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There are 5 comments on Can Brookline’s New Anti-Smoking Law Create a Tobacco-Free Generation?

  1. Don’t smoke, don’t get sick, don’t dare to be happy..
    Just do whatever you have to do for your employer
    and then stay home to watch Netflix.
    Everything else simply costs way too much..
    Welcome to the new-era capitalist dystopia
    referred to as liberal/progressive (my ass).

  2. Is this the USA?

    Former smoker. Quit all by my big boy self without interference from a town. What is this country coming to when we’re overrule Roe v Wade, require personal health documents to go to dinner and a town can tell me I’m generationally excluded. Does Brookline also produce all the predatory Planned Parenthood harassers?

    Psst, you can’t buy cigarettes but we make a killing off taxes from the sale of weed.

  3. Since obesity has been shown to be as deadly (or even deadlier, depending on the country studied) as the consumption of tobacco products, hopefully Brookline will go the extra mile and prevent teenagers from buying soft drinks, junk food, etc., –gateways toward life-long unhealthy eating habits. And since young people are not completely formed adults until they are in their mid-twenties, Brookline could also initiate a national campaign to restrict signing up for the US armed forces until the age of 25, i.e., when their brains can make the right decision on such a serious matter. (Now that I think of it, might Brookline perhaps consider issuing a waiver for 18-year-old veterans coming back from one of our foreign wars, perhaps maimed, and who want to buy cigarettes? But then of course those self-same veterans wouldn’t be served alcohol if they wanted a drink to erase the images of war…)

  4. Never smoked before and hate being around it…but, do you know what I hate more? The government infringing on people’s rights. This is absurd and controlling…and any proponent of freedom should never support such a law. Why is the government moving from regulating to dictating? Who is going to stop this madness?

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