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Letter to the Editor:

I was really shocked this morning to hear my favorite local radio station promoting smoking! This is a radio station that nurtures an image of caring about the community it serves.

Last I recall, the Marlboro Man was banned from the broadcasting waves. Do I remember correctly that the surgeon general has determined that smoking kills? And yet this radio station promotes smoking? Why would they do that? The answer is simple: Money.

But is it worth the money they received for the advertisement to speed the death of the few people who respond to the ad offering 12 cigars for $12? Sure, they are going to smoke anyway, but why promote it?

Is this a trend? Is the Marlboro Man back? Having lost my father to cancer caused by smoking, I certainly hope not.

Erich Zorr

Three Lakes

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 2:57 PM


-18 #3 2013-06-30 13:55
So I am getting the negatives why?

for the record I do not smoke so the tobacco tax does not bother me.

I find it odd that mr/mrs negative feedback(s) does not care that OUR government SNEAKS items into bills ..

The banning of the machines was urged on by the BIG Tobacco companies..
and the following is true.

packs of manufactured cigarettes were down 10plus percent

therefore government cigarette based revenue was down less than 10 percent(they still got revenues from the pipe tobacco used,which is taxed at a much lower rate)

now the speculation

government is in bed with big tobacco

government rather support high taxes(from cigarettes tax,not tobacco tax)
-24 #2 2013-06-18 11:55
Nothing to be surprised about.YOU SHOULD BE SCARED of what happened to the store owner in Rhinelander(and cross the country).You see this store had a machine where you could fill your own filtered tubes with tobacco for a fraction of the cost of a HEAVILY TAXED carton of cigarettes.
What happened?
The use of the machines was being litigated with a judge ruling that they could be used with prejudice for multiple years.
Washington snuck a paragraph (which more than half did not know was in it) into a HIGHWAY BILL(?) stopping the use of these machines.
The original judge(on a Friday afternoon) ruled the machines could be used again stating that the "law" interfered with his original ruling.
By the following Monday morning a three judge panel was convened and overturned the original judge.
It is very clear that the government(Stat e and Federal)does not care about the side effects of smoking as they depend on the revenue generated by the cigarette tax
-19 #1 2013-06-13 20:08
Simple answer: Freedom of speech.

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