Anti-drug efforts should include tobacco

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To the Editor:

Have you ever called out cigarette smokers with the phrase "drug addicts?" Interestingly enough, more than any other drug user the term "drug addict" is entirely appropriate. It's unheard of that the media and public refer to them that way but cigarette smokers are, in fact, foremost among all drug addicts.

Donald Trump is reported as saying that "drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty." The American antidrug culture, however, does not include cigarette makers, sellers and users in with the stigma and incarceration modes as it does with so-called "illegal" drugs. Yet, there is no question that cigarette use is the deadliest drug known to man. Statistically, the mortality rate of cigarettes represents more deaths than all drugs, accidents, murders and wars combined, each and every year.

Within the obvious culture-wide hypocrisy, don't expect Donald Trump, or any American, to advocate the death penalty for cigarette dealers or incarceration for smokers. The ubiquitous cigarette tripartite of makers, sellers and users, here and abroad, are certainly the largest group of "serial killers" in all of human history.

Millions of innocent nonsmokers, including our children, are condemned to illnesses and death with every breath they are exposed to from side-stream cigarette smoke. And, you and I can't do a damn thing about it.

Vidda Crochetta,

Brattleboro

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