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Housecall for Health: OR Considering Cigarette Ban

Some are calling it a new version of Prohibition: One U.S. state is considering a law that would make cigarettes illegal in the state.

FOX’s Colleen Cappon reports in today’s “Housecall for Health”:

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A proposal in Oregon to make cigarettes illegal may have the best intentions for public health.  The bill would classify nicotine as a controlled substance – legal only with a doctor’s prescription – with possession leading to fines and even jail time.

Legislators say the ban could help prevent nearly half a million deaths every year, but other state lawmakers say, with almost 50 million American smokers, the ban is unrealistic and could lead to a black market in cigarettes.

Housecall for Health, I’m Colleen Cappon, FOX News Radio.




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