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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Public Square: A word from a pissed-off smoker

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 1:28 PM

I've been a smoker for 12 years and with the birth of my son last week I've decided I need to quit. I discovered in the hospital that the nicotine patch really helped with my cravings and that if I used that to quit I would most likely be successful. My insurance does not cover "the patch," so I've been looking on-line for other assistance in quitting smoking. I figured with all the tax money I've paid the State of Ohio for the past 12 years through my addiction, and the fact that there is a campaign to make Ohio "smoke free," that there should be some assistance available to me. I was VERY disappointed... There's no suggestions on how to help smokers break their addiction. All your site is providing is a place for businesses and individuals to rat each other out and hear sob stories of supposed second-hand smoke ailments. You are destroying our economy by causing smokers to stay home. Small businesses that were smoker-friendly are having to close their doors as business diminishes. The state of Ohio has no intention of helping anyone quit smoking, since so much revenue is gathered by the habit, yet you limit the freedoms of our people and businesses contributing to our already declining economy. The least your campaign could have done was to provide some tips on how to quit smoking or links to other sites that provide support. If the purpose of your campaign is simply to provide non-smokers with clean air, you should have given local businesses the choice to declare their establishments as "all smoking" or "all non-smoking". That way capitalism would decide which businesses thrive and non-smokers can choose to avoid the "all smoking" establishments if they are concerned about their health. Irritated taxpayer

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