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Letter to editor: Editorial overlooks pitfalls of proposed flavored tobacco ban in Maine

The May 24 Press Herald’s main editorial, “Our Take: Stop Tobacco Companies from Targeting Young People,” reflects the uninformed and militant rhetoric around this important issue and overlooks many important facts. As we’ve learned throughout history, government prohibition doesn’t work. Banning flavored tobacco will not discourage use by young people. …

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Conservatives, liberals and double standards everywhere

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, monthly contributor, is professor of philosophy at Brown University. Are you tired of the media’s constant promotion of positive thinking? In her 2009 book “Bright-Sided”, Barbara Ehrenreich critiques this trend and emphasizes that dissatisfaction is the engine of progress. You might enjoy the book’s dedication, “To Complainants …

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Atlantic City casinos hang on to smokers | New

It took a pandemic to quit smoking in more than 1,000 gambling halls in the United States. Now that the economy is reopening, tobacco opponents are urging elected officials and casino operators to make the restriction permanent. In New Jersey, the casino smoking ban – like indoor masking, capacity restrictions, …

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