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Big Tobacco must stop preying upon nation’s poor

Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Big Tobacco must stop preying upon nation’s poor

I was happy to see the Daily Gazette’s March 28 editorial highlighting the need to reduce tobacco use in low-income populations.

As the editorial stated, the heavy burden of tobacco-related illnesses often falls on those least able to bear it. While we’ve made great strides in reducing tobacco use among some populations, others remain woefully under-served.

Let’s use the “loosie” ban in Schenectady as a starting point to have a conversation about ways that we can reduce tobacco use in communities that need it most, by targeting our efforts toward creating tobacco-free environments that encourage cessation and emphasize prevention.

One way the tobacco industry ensures that current smokers keep smoking and new smokers (88 percent of whom are under 18) pick up the habit is by pouring millions of dollars into marketing — at our gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.

The tobacco industry spends the majority of its marketing dollars this [way] because it knows it works, and there are significantly more tobacco retailers in low-income neighborhoods. These retailers are plastered with ads and are often the most accessible stores to low-income families. This is unacceptable.

Let’s take a stand to fight for the health of these neighborhoods.

Erica Olmstead

Cohoes

Did Tague sway board on Howe casino vote?

I was wondering what kind of pitch the representatives from Howe Caverns gave the supervisors for them to have made a complete [reversal] and vote “yes” for a casino. They voted “no” just last month.

Could it be that the main player in the game is Chris Tague? He wears many hats in Schoharie County — general manager of Cobleskill Stone, representative and spokesman for Howe Caverns, vice chairman for the county’s Republican Party.

That concerns this taxpayer very much, as the Republicans hold a majority on the board. It just might be a conflict of interest. I hate to say it, but it looks like the good ol’ boys are at it again.

Jerry Fiore

Summit

Gazette editors lost their minds with Miley

In the many years I have been a Gazette subscriber, I have never seen a more worthless, tasteless cover page than that of March 27 [featuring Miley Cyrus]!

I consider it a gross insult to the intelligence of a daily reader of a normally respectable publication.

Please use your common sense more constructively in the future.

Owen Dievendorf

Fort Plain

Nothing but the best for U.S. military

I have been reading about Obama this and Obama that, along with Vladimir Putin and Russia’s move into the Ukraine. Just add Iran and a few others to this; what a mess.

I know one thing: The United States has to have the strongest, most sophisticated armed forces in the world, and [we should] let the world know about it.

We also have to draft the good ones, train them for two years, then discharge them. This is good for the economy and better [for the] Army, Navy and Air Force. It’s also better for those being trained.

We have to put pride back in our country, along with respect for the United States. The clock is ticking, we are not sure what direction we are headed in. But whatever it is, let’s be ready for anything that comes our way.

We are a great country; let’s bring it back to where it was.

Sid Gordon

Saratoga Springs

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