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To save lives, why not ban tobacco sales on election days?

By TOM OSTHOFF Benton

EDITOR:

Here we go again. Alcohol is evil. Do not sell it on election days.

Alcohol was responsible for 138 traffic deaths on Kentucky roads last year. Our jails are full of inmates who consumed alcohol and killed other people.

If you would read the statistics of deaths due to alcohol versus deaths attributed to tobacco use you would see that tobacco-related deaths are almost 100 times greater than those deaths caused by alcohol usage. If these statistics are anywhere close to accurate then in the state of Kentucky there were over 10,000 tobacco-related fatalities compared to 138 alcohol-related traffic fatalities last year.

Where are the pink signs showing these numbers and calling for banning tobacco sales on election day? What about the innocent deaths caused by secondhand smoke? Are these lives any less important than those lost in alcohol-related traffic deaths? I think not.

I was a smoker for 30 years. I quit smoking 30 years ago. When I drive to Murray down Ky. 80 and see those fields of big green-leaf plants growing I wonder about our priorities as human beings.

TOM OSTHOFF

Benton

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