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Dear American Lung Association,

What part of, "we're a tobacco state" confuses you? Ever take the time to see how much money tobacco brings into this state? And before any of you sob-sisters start moaning about the healthcare costs of treating smokers, please realize that the true problem is your weakness, an inability to hold people responsible for their own lives. If insurance companies and governments simply refused to cover smokers for any pulmonary or cardiac illnesses, the issue becomes quite simple and where it should have remained all along. The same holds true for people who exist on pizza and cheeseburgers, and whose idea of exercise consists of walking from their front door to the car. When you develop Type II diabetes at forty and have your first heart attack at fifty, why should anyone but you have to pay for that kind of self-abuse? Let's face it - we're ALL reaching the same end-of-the-road. When we get there and the exact mechanism that gets there is inconsequential in the big scheme of things. It makes no sense whatsoever to spend billions every year treating smokers and lard-butts for the results of their own actions. Dying is just as much a part of life as being born.

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