Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [INTERVIEW]

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"The American Lung Association doesn't have any position at all on alcohol tax. But I think sometimes the alcohol and fast food arguments are used as distractions," Moffitt said. "In any discussion on the health effects of tobacco, sooner or later someone jumps in and says, 'What about fast food and what about alcohol? They're much worse.' I try and steer them back and say, 'Yeah, but right now the topic is tobacco.'"

Moffitt also said the Lung Association hasn't yet taken a position on reforming Minnesota's marijuana laws, which promises to be a hot topic at the Capitol next session.

Finally, we asked Moffitt about e-cigarettes, which seem to be emerging as an increasingly popular way for smokers of traditional cigarettes to try to quit or get their nicotine fix without having to head outdoors.

"Well, we certainly don't recommend them as a healthy alternative to cigarettes," Moffitt said. "There's the concern that the e-cig industry is largely unregulated, we're not sure what's in some of these packets -- where they are being made, what sort of standards are they being held to? I certainly wouldn't want to put one of those things in my mouth."

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16 comments
Kevin Green
Kevin Green

For the State to attempt to profit off of a persons addiction to further victimize those poor souls that face addiction is shameful. And to try to justify it by stating they can quit is the height of hypocrisy. It really shows the low class short sighted mindset of these self important elected officials. Who do they think they are fooling besides themselves.

Nathaniel Hodne
Nathaniel Hodne

It's bull shit, another way for people to feel that they have control over others.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

This tax won't be in effect at the tribal casinos however, right?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Fat Bob Moffit: what are your cholesterol and blood pressure levels? Worry about yourself, fatty.

justplainbobisahack
justplainbobisahack

Bob, c'mon, you know you would support all out prohibition too if it was on the table.  Tell me Bob, what will the ALA pour money and political dollars into next when tobacco is regulated into oblivion?  What will be next on the ban list, I really, truly want to know your opinion.

qwer
qwer

What a dick.

Jane Peterson
Jane Peterson

if a kid wants to smoke they WILL ALWAYS find a way, so no matter what you do you arent going to change that!

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Bob looks like he will be waiting by the park in his windowless van to give each and every kid a hug.

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

Regressive sin taxes, must've been passed by conservative Republicans right? Obviously it wasn't Dayton and "tax the rich" Democrats who would do such a thing! Lying assholes.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

They will just start chewing tobacco... most already have.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Hi Bob, go fuck yourself! Taxing doesn't benefit anybody. It's a smokescreen, you are a single-minded dickhead, and...your mustache is too big for your face, but it does match your glasses...also too big.

Jim McFarlane
Jim McFarlane

That's really gonna cut into Uptown's ramen budget.

Dan Gustafson
Dan Gustafson

50,000 kids will want to smoke more than ever now just to rebel against statist control freak douches.

Joseph Bartel
Joseph Bartel

"Well, we've never called for a total ban or prohibition on smoking," Moffitt replied. "As a nation we tried prohibition once and we know how that worked out for us." So much cognitive dissonance here.

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