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Gazette Editorial

Refocus anti-smoking effort on poor

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Part of Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy’s rationale for banning the sale of “loosies” was to keep poor people who frequent the convenience stores that typically sell single cigarettes at huge markups from smoking. A worthy goal, considering that the poor tend to be on Medicaid, and thus their medical bills are ultimately paid by taxpayers. A disturbing new federal study on smoking indicates that there’s plenty of room for improvement in this area: While smoking ...

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