SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Tobacco marketing

Recently, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons wrote on his Facebook page that President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, “taking great strides to restrict tobacco marketing and sales to young people and hold the tobacco industry accountable for the impact their products have on our nation’s health.

“Today, I am appalled by Big Tobacco’s blatant use of social media marketing to target young people, which flies in the face of longstanding regulations meant to protect our country’s youth.”

• Agree, tobacco should not be marketed to youngsters, or anybody for that matter. — Gordon Roth

• What if parents taught their kids that breathing smoke is unhealthy? I really don’t know why we need the federal government to babysit everyone. — Glenn West

• Personal liberty and public health are often at odds. — Cameron Gilmore

• A 17-year-old walks into Wawa and tries to buy cigarettes “Do you have ID”? “No you cant have cigarettes “! Same 17-year-old walks behind Wawa and buys heroin without ID and its cheaper!! Am I missing something? — John Craig

• But didn’t Obama smoke cigarettes? Sounds like more double standards to me. — John Marshall

• Obama is an adult and quit smoking upon being elected to office, President Obama is no longer POTUS, “Big Tobacco” are Republican owned and operated; as a matter of fact, Mike Pence does not believe smoking is bad for your health. — Cheri Zatko-Coseglia

• I agree Senator, it seems that we need to update laws and/or expand enforcement of laws governing advertising and extend them to social media. Many laws were enacted when TV and radio were the most widespread types of advertising, especially marketing toward your people. Today, young people are far more likely to be on social media or the internet, rather than watching/listening to TV/radio. — Kevin Watkins

• Don’t want tobacco? Don’t buy it. Don’t need this senator? Vote for someone else. — Dennis Smith

• Smoking is a legal activity. It is a personal choice that free people can make. Why shouldn’t the manufacturer have a right to advertise? —Tim Dyer

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