Linn County Health Officials Want to Ban Dissolvable Tobacco Products (Which Kids Don’t Use) and Keep Cigarettes (Which Many Kids Do Use) Available

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Apparently wanting to make sure that kids in Linn County, Iowa will continue to have access to their tobacco product of choice – cigarettes – health officials in that county are urging the County Board of Supervisors to pass a law that bans the sale of tobacco products, but exempts the most popular types of tobacco products among kids: cigarettes and traditional smokeless tobacco products like snuff and chewing tobacco.

In fact, the only type of tobacco product for which a ban is recommended by county health officials is dissolvable tobacco products (like Ariva and Stonewall), which are exceedingly unpopular among youths.

Ironically, the entire premise of the proposed policy, according to health officials, is to “protect youth.”

According to an Eastern Iowa Health article: “Linn County Public Health received a $2 million, two-year Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant last year through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to target tobacco policies.”

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If this is how the $2 million of federal taxpayer money is being used, then it is being spent in exactly the opposite way that it should.

This policy targets precisely the least popular type of tobacco product among youth and specifically exempts the most popular tobacco product: cigarettes. Thus, the proposed ordinance does nothing to reduce youth tobacco use in Linn County. It does, however, penalize smokers who may be trying to quit with the use of Ariva or Stonewall.

A study published last year in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research demonstrated that the use of Ariva/Stonewall “led to a significant reduction (40%, 95% CI: 24%–55%) in cigarettes per day, no significant increases in total tobacco use (cigarettes + Ariva/Stonewall; p > .05), and significant increases in two measures of readiness to quit, either in the next month (p < .001) or within the next 6 months (p = .04), as well as significant increases in self-efficacy to quit smoking (p < .001)." The researchers conclude: "this study suggests a strong need for a large prospective randomized clinical trial to more accurately assess the long-term viability of smokeless tobacco use as a method for cessation induction among unmotivated smokers." I guess they won't be conducting that trial in Linn County. There, they seem to be eager to take off the market a product which is safer than cigarette smoking and which could potentially be helping some smokers to quit, under the guise of "protecting youth." But how exactly does it protect youth to ban a product which those youth are not using? And to exempt from the ban the precise products which are most popular among those youth? The logic among Linn County health officials is exactly reversed. This is similar to the reversed logic among national anti-smoking groups, which supported FDA tobacco legislation that institutionalizes the FDA's seal of approval for the most toxic tobacco products on the market - cigarettes - and puts insurmountable obstacles that preclude the marketing of safer tobacco products that could potentially save lives. While Linn County received a $2 million "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" grant last year, I would suggest that this year it needs a $4 million "Communities Putting Logic to Work" grant.

2 comments ↓

#1 Vapor Vixen on 06.09.11 at 12:45 AM

It just seems like folks just still want to protect the stick!

#2 JAMES G. DOUGLAS on 06.10.11 at 1:34 AM

Plan to Starve the World of Social Drugs and Dupe it into Dope
Early 1980s, a group of people dealing in hard drugs in the USA, feeling threatened by new legislation sought to infiltrate and consequently influence Drug related administration and research institutions.
By 1985, they had come up with blue print on how in the next 30 years, they would seek the legalization and liberalization of trade in hard drugs not only in the USA but all over the world.
The strategies to accomplish the elaborate process were, first, to embark on a propagandist denigration of Tobacco, coffee and alcoholic beverages and secondly, to crusade for continuous raising of these commodities prices to beyond the reach of the majority of users. All this will be done purportedly to save the world from the dangers pertaining to drugs abuse which of course will elicit support from activists (especially local and international NGOs including pertinent UN organs mainly WHO) and world’s highest offices (Heads of States and Governments) who will welcome such a humanitarian campaign. By influence of such offices and personalities, even the unwitting manufacturers and traders in Tobacco, Coffee and Alcoholic beverages will be persuaded to join the campaign.
Once the world was weaned of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the gap of the unfortunate but natural human predisposition to getting “high” and must be filled by something. That is when the authors of the 30 year plan will have a field day filling the gap with Marijuana and hard drugs.
Going by the number of countries that have already liberalized the use of Marijuana and those which are seriously considering following the already set example, it is evident that the campaign has been very successful so far. The diminishing numbers of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol and proportional increase of drug users clearly indicate that the world is ready for the next step which will come in form of suggestions that addicts be viewed as sick people who and deserve sympathy rather than condemnation. From now on, some of the world’s most influential personalities (former presidents, UN General Secretaries and various celebrities) will soon openly campaigning for the release from jails for those imprisoned for possession and /or use of small quantities of Marijuana and hard drugs. They will even go on to suggest that in future, users and small pushers be rehabilitated rather than jailed.
The reason for the campaign will be ostensibly to empathies with ‘victims’ but in reality, it will be a preparation for liberalized of “use” of Marijuana and hard drugs by the 30 year plan comes to maturity in year 2015. After that, a new campaign to demand ‘privacy’ by which they mean that people can indulge in drug and sex orgies in their homes and no one has the right to interfere will be put into gear.
James G. Douglas
Nairobi,
KENYA

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