New tobacco regulations may be ticket to quit
So how are the new regulations on tobacco being received here? Smokers NewsChannel 3 spoke with said they understand looking out for people’s health. And while some do not necessarily agree with how the president is going about these new regulations, they said the law may be the ticket to help them quit.
Bryon Cmar has been smoking cigarettes for ten years and said he wants to quit. The new tobacco regulations signed into law Monday may be the extra push he needs. Among the new regulations is banning certain flavors of cigarettes. Cmar only lights up menthols, and said if it would ever come down to banning those, he would kick the habit. “I don’t have any big problems with the regulations, but if the menthol wasn’t there, I probably wouldn’t smoke,” he said.
Alyssa Shelton also only smokes menthols. She supports larger warning signs and other preventative measures to protect kids, but her support ends with restricting the sale of certain kinds of tobacco. “It’s going to make people lose money, like the cigarette stores around town,” she said. “A lot of people are going to quit smoking, probably including me.”
While she does want to quit eventually, Shelton said she doesn’t want to be forced to do so by the government. “I want to be able to quit on my own terms and not because I have to, because it’s too expensive or because they’re just taking away the kinds of cigarettes I like to smoke.”
Advocates of the bill said it will help save some of the 400,000 people who die from smoking related illness in the US each year. Cmar added, “If you can stop kids from smoking, I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. It’s bad for the ones of us that do smoke, but if we can stop a habit then why not?”