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U.S. government is Big Tobacco

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City raised the price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13 recently. According to the Washington Post, most people who smoke cigarettes are poor and disadvantaged. According to the government, hundreds of millions of smokers are addicted to cigarettes because the tobacco industry manipulates nicotine to addict smokers.

If that's true, then why does the government tell the tobacco farmers if we catch you planting “outlawed” low-nicotine tobacco seed varieties we're going to put you in jail for five years?

The truth is the government is in charge of nicotine in tobacco by law. It appears when it comes to tobacco all the government cares about is the money they get from cigarettes taxes.

In the crop year 2017 the tobacco farmers were paid 9 cents for the tobacco in a pack of cigarettes. Pay the American tobacco farmers $1 from the price of a pack of cigarettes so they can grow their tobacco 100 percent organic and people will stop dying from smoking cigarettes.

People should quit smoking immediately because they are literally smoking poison. The government knows this and should act to fix the problem.

Never doubt that Big Tobacco is Washington D.C. The government is in charge of the tobacco industry by rule of law. Wake up America before the government has taken you over completely and you have no freedom left in America. In God we trust.

Dwight Ware Watson

Rocky Mount

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