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I have to side with Abrams. Sure the gummint has an interest in the health of its citizens just as it has in their freedom to choose their vices.

To say the gummint interest is strong enough to overcome these free speech rights is wrong, if only because the early death of smokers reduces the burdens of Social Security and Medicare to the gummint, so the gummint's argument runs the wrong way. It is the non-smoking propaganda that should be taxed or prohibited, because it increases costs to the nation.

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