Pubdate: Thu, 14 Feb 2002
Source: Oklahoman, The (OK)
Copyright: 2002 The Oklahoma Publishing Co.
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth


To The Editor:

I understand the smoking in public places policies but using Leis Urban's 
logic ("Your Views," Feb. 11), we should also ban french fries, chocolate, 
coffee, automobiles, aspirin and innumerable other abusable items and 
substances. Ask Russia about the black market cigarette business -- and 
tobacco isn't banned there; it's just very expensive.

The "nicotine mob" in Russia fears the same thing that drug dealers around 
the world fear: legalization, fair pricing and regulation. Just like food 
and alcohol and everything else in life, moderation is the key; defining 
moderation through prohibition is rarely the answer.

Myron Von Hollingsworth,
Fort Worth, Texas
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