Letter: Tobacco fight continues

Last modified: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
With the recent death of baseball great Tony Gwynn at age 54 from cancer related to chewing tobacco, Bow High School graduates with celebratory cigars pictured in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Beverly lacrosse players with cigars on school property – let alone the continued exponential rise of e-cigarette use among kids – we at the Tobacco Free NH network will continue to advocate for prevention of tobacco product use, especially among our youth.

Big Tobacco is using the same glamour, health, cool ads as in the 1950s just with new flavors: chocolate, pina colada and other kid-friendly flavors – to hook the next generation of tobacco users.

But with proven public health tools we know work, “elimination in a generation” of tobacco use (still the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the country), is still possible. We just need the political will to do it.

1. Raise tobacco user fees (taxes) on all tobacco products.

2. Restrict minors from using any tobacco products.



(The writer is the MD chairman of Tobacco Free NH.)