Subject: The New War on Drugs - Tobacco
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 09:45:33 -0600
Hey Tarla, you would appreciate the stupidity of this one. On the radio in
Austin they have been advertising the consequences of a new law recently
passed that imposes criminal penalties on teenagers who smoke cigarettes.
This sanctimonious voice of an "adult" comes on and threatens them lil'
chillens about the costs of puffing up a ciggy. One of the penalties
(besides fines) is and 8-hour manditory "tobacco education" class. Woo hoo!
We have another winner in the category of expanding the war on drugs.
The whole scenario just makes me want to kill someone. I can only imagine
how half-assed this approach to curtailing teen smoking is going to be
implemented. Classes of goth punks, teeny boppers and bow-heads in stuffy
community center classrooms listening to stodgy police pinheads demonizing
tobacco to the point wher some little sensitive girl starts crying during the
film of the pretty girl dying of lung cancer (she really has lukemia, but
what the fuck, a dying little girl looks like any other). When the class is
over, free condoms are handed out with packs of candy cigarettes and chewing
gum. Tons of full color printed brochures in nice plastic tote bags are
doled out as well (total cost per package $27.50) and the teens go off to be
bored somewhere else.
When are these ass blasters going to get it through their thick, pasty-
skinned heads that this shit doesn't work? Fuck, what's next on the list for
them to criminalize? Don't answer that, it's not even remotely fucking
funny. I don't know what to do about this kind of crap legislation and I can
only hope that it gets repealed when it dawns on the powers that be how
expensive and pointless it is.
Anyone else have this going on in their state?
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