Protection from nicotine

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The Sun Journal ran a story that the nicotine in cigarettes has increased 11 percent in the past 10 years. (Jan. 18) No wonder it’s so difficult to stop smoking. What an insult to all smokers. Cigarette makers are determined to destroy smokers with cancer and other related illnesses caused by smoking. We also know it is costing all of us for medical care because of smoking.

Since those companies have deliberately increased the nicotine in cigarettes, they should be made to pay for the medical costs that are imposed on all of us, and the federal government should force those companies to reduce the nicotine rate at a rate of 10 percent per year for the next 10 years. If the companies fail to do so, they should be forced to pay a substantial fine.

It’s up to our government officials to protect the people who elected them. Government action on cigarettes could cause a huge fight in Congress, but people can accomplish action if they all make their wishes known to their senators and representatives.

Norm Boulay Sr., Lewiston

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