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Ark. governor: Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold
Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | August 2, 2006

Posted on 08/02/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT by HAL9000

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LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide workplace smoking ban earlier this year, predicted Wednesday that cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks.

"I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were."

Huckabee was responding to a caller's question of why cigarettes are allowed to be sold if they are so harmful. The governor fielded complaints from at least two callers about the state smoking ban, which went into effect July 21.

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1 posted on 08/02/2006 2:28:15 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Health Nazis alert!


2 posted on 08/02/2006 2:29:35 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
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To: HAL9000

How will the revenues to the gubmint be replaced?


3 posted on 08/02/2006 2:30:20 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: HAL9000
"If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were."

The exact same thing has been said about gasoline.

4 posted on 08/02/2006 2:30:31 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: HAL9000
I refuse to let a government entity tell me how to live my life. If I want to smoke, so be it. I'm a intelligent smoker. I don't smoke around non-smokers, I don't smoke at restaurants or even bars. If I do smoke I'm always on the look out and I will put it out if asked to.

If it comes to it, I'll just grow my own in a garden.

5 posted on 08/02/2006 2:30:36 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: SheLion; Gabz; CSM
Puff
6 posted on 08/02/2006 2:30:36 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: BigTex5

"If it comes to it, I'll just grow my own in a garden."

Will you deal?


7 posted on 08/02/2006 2:32:09 PM PDT by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: HAL9000

Awesome. I hope it comes soon, so a ban on tobacco can defund government and cause the whole failed war on some drugs to come crashing down. Also, the health nazis will get their taxes raised, which I find hilarious.


8 posted on 08/02/2006 2:32:53 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: HAL9000

Prohibition II


9 posted on 08/02/2006 2:32:54 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: HAL9000
Huckabee said the smoking ban is not an attempt to prevent people from smoking, but is a way to protect nonsmokers from tobacco's harmful effects.

I call BS. There is no majority, much less a preponderance, of scientific evidence that shows ETS as harmful to anyone that doesn't have a preexisting medical condition.

"It's not about denying people the right to do something dangerous," he said. "Smoking is unequivocally dangerous...The question is, should the rest of us be responsible for any of the harm?"

I call BS again.
Why would anyone be responsible for harm to a nonsmoker when there isn't harm done?

Follow the money.

10 posted on 08/02/2006 2:33:45 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: HAL9000

Government has to be careful here. If they admit they were harmful, they would have a hand in the liability. They have funded the production of tobacco and profited from its sale.


11 posted on 08/02/2006 2:34:17 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Sybeck1

That's the million dollar question. The consumers are eating the entire tobacco settlement -- not the tobacco companies.


12 posted on 08/02/2006 2:34:22 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: BigTex5
"I'm a intelligent smoker.">

Oxymoron alert!
13 posted on 08/02/2006 2:34:48 PM PDT by Registered (The Founders wouldn't scam donations from Patriotic citizens.)
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To: HAL9000

I predict someday drunks won't be Governors in Arkansas anymore


14 posted on 08/02/2006 2:35:55 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: HAL9000

well when your product kills your customer you are bound to go out of business at some point.


15 posted on 08/02/2006 2:38:00 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: HAL9000

"... but trailer parks are safe and perfectly legal, huh Bill?"


16 posted on 08/02/2006 2:38:21 PM PDT by Blogatron (- Automated Freeping Device. (Please insert 2 cents for the next rightist harangue))
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To: HAL9000

Supply? Demand? What's that?


17 posted on 08/02/2006 2:38:33 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Registered

18 posted on 08/02/2006 2:38:37 PM PDT by Young Scholar
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To: HAL9000

Someday we will celebrate the attainment of a risk-free society, and promptly be arrested for it.


19 posted on 08/02/2006 2:38:43 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sybeck1
How will the revenues to the gubmint be replaced?

T A X E S

20 posted on 08/02/2006 2:39:32 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: HAL9000
They didnt know? They did know you fool!! My grandpa in the marines in ww2 called em coffin nails..People always knew..they just took the responsibility for their actions
21 posted on 08/02/2006 2:40:37 PM PDT by skaterboy
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Cigarettes are good for you ping!


22 posted on 08/02/2006 2:41:44 PM PDT by Trampled by Lambs (I think, therefor I Zot!)
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To: HAL9000
Never happen!! Our government is addicted to tobacco taxes.
23 posted on 08/02/2006 2:43:11 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: HAL9000
"I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes sugar, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes sugar was introduced to the marketplace today, it wouldn't be sold. It'd never make it because what we didn't know when it was first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they sugar is."

There! I went ahead and fixed it for the year 2100.

24 posted on 08/02/2006 2:44:32 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity'...nor am I a *person* as created by law!)
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To: HAL9000
Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold

Free cigarettes? Cool. I may have to take up smoking again.

25 posted on 08/02/2006 2:44:47 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: HAL9000
"If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were."

I dunno....I think we should ban politicians....they've been more damaging to my health than cigs ever were.......Let's start a class action, eh?

26 posted on 08/02/2006 2:47:27 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Sybeck1
How will the revenues to the gubmint be replaced?

Probably the only reason we are still permitted to smoke in the "designated areas".

28 posted on 08/02/2006 2:48:15 PM PDT by somemoreequalthanothers (All for the betterment of "the state", comrade)
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To: HAL9000
...cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks.

I see. What's next, hamburgers? Low cut bathing suits? Knives? Automobiles?

29 posted on 08/02/2006 2:48:31 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: weegee

"They have funded the production of tobacco and profited from its sale."

Profited moreso than any other party in the supply chain, including the growers and the tobacco companies themselves. Who gets the biggest payoff from "Big Tobacco?" Why, it's the federal government.


30 posted on 08/02/2006 2:52:04 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

And yet still they sued Big Tobacco in a class action lawsuit.

The beast is hungry and the law is a ass.


31 posted on 08/02/2006 2:55:57 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: jumpstart1981
How much tobacco does one have to smoke before it impairs driving?
32 posted on 08/02/2006 2:57:28 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: jumpstart1981

I personally don't have a problem with legalizing marijuana. I'd much rather see stricter penalties for alcohol related crimes and accidents. I've never met an angry stoner ;)


33 posted on 08/02/2006 2:57:38 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: jumpstart1981

"Isn't it funny how people will cry foul when tobacco and nicotine is taken away but laud the government for telling people to go to jail for smoking marijuana?"

It's almost as funny as how people will cry foul when people go to jail for smoking marijuana, but laud the government for attempting to take tobacco and nicotine away, isn't it, noob? LOL. And, welcome to Free Republic, by the way.


34 posted on 08/02/2006 2:58:00 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: HAL9000

And that day will be the birth of a phenominally large black market, one that will rival drug cartels in size and scope.

That would be a very short sighted move.


35 posted on 08/02/2006 2:58:23 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: Young Scholar
The Health-Nazi Apparatchiks find your post double-plus-ungood. Report to the Ministry of Truth immediatly so we can airbrush the pipe out from Einstein's mouth. Also, we shall change his name in the History Indoctrination Manuals to Eichmann (we wouldn't want anybody to know he was a JOOOOOOOO, after all).
36 posted on 08/02/2006 3:11:26 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: lesser_satan
Also, we shall change his name in the History Indoctrination Manuals to Eichmann (we wouldn't want anybody to know he was a JOOOOOOOO, after all).

Eichmann isn't a Jewish name?

37 posted on 08/02/2006 3:14:42 PM PDT by Young Scholar
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To: HAL9000
Keep talking, Mike..so that all those who even think you might be Presidental material know exactly what we are in for...

sw

38 posted on 08/02/2006 3:19:00 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: tacticalogic

Like. . .Everything that is not mandatory is forbidden?


39 posted on 08/02/2006 3:19:04 PM PDT by doberville
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"Presidential"


40 posted on 08/02/2006 3:22:37 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: MNJohnnie

What do you expect from a reformed Fatty??? HE has been on a campaign against Tobacco as well as food for the last few years.... getting more and more focused on it as he has lost weight (110 lbs).

I guess the revenue (taxes) that would be lost from the ending of tobacco sales would be made up with grants from the Feds for the NWOT (New War on Tobacco).


42 posted on 08/02/2006 3:37:10 PM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of a Cancer on Society)
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To: BigTex5

I wish you would write a book. So many smokers claim that they cannot go the time it takes to eat a meal without a smoke.

To me - I think it is rude to smoke around other people who choose not to smoke (regardless of our point of view on the claimed health-related problems tied to second hand smoke). Just shows how much of a grip tobacco has on a person when they cannot go for a meal without smoking....


44 posted on 08/02/2006 3:39:06 PM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of a Cancer on Society)
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To: weegee

Good thought!. The government is liable for taxing tobacco and not prohibiting its sale. The day will come when sick people will sue the government instead of the tobacco companies.


46 posted on 08/02/2006 3:45:54 PM PDT by angelanddevil2
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To: RegulatorCountry

LOL.


47 posted on 08/02/2006 3:48:24 PM PDT by angelanddevil2
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To: jumpstart1981

" It's nice not to have to go into a bar and come out smelling like an ashtray"

Nobody's ever prevented the establishment of bars with no smoking allowed.


48 posted on 08/02/2006 3:48:31 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: jumpstart1981
Isn't it funny how people will cry foul when tobacco and nicotine is taken away but laud the government for telling people to go to jail for smoking marijuana?

exactly opposite in California - the best bud these days is gummint green from that farm in New orleans
49 posted on 08/02/2006 3:49:03 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Young Scholar

Excellent, jung Herr.


50 posted on 08/02/2006 3:53:51 PM PDT by patton (LGOPs = head toward the noise, kill anyone not dressed like you.)
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