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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Essential Estrogen: Legislators Mirror Mobsters: They Can't Leave the Blood Money Behind

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

There's something disingenuous about the cigarette conversations
taking place in Des Moines. On one hand, Iowa residents are being told
that the statewide ban currently under consideration -- recently
passed through the Iowa House of Representatives -- is in direct
response to public health concerns. On the other hand, we're learning
that the word "ban," much like the word "sex," has several different
levels of meaning. The proposed statewide ban isn't really a ban at
all. It will effectively remove tobacco use from most public spaces --
except casinos. The "ban" also allows for cigarettes to be smoked at
private clubs such as local veterans' halls. People can still smoke in
their cars, in their homes and on private property.

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