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Oregon Bill Would Make Cigarettes Only Available with Prescription

Is this the next step in the war on smoking? A Portland lawmaker has proposed that you can only buy or possess cigarettes in Oregon with a doctor’s prescription, reports Fox 12:

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.

Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.

Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.

Really, the amount of moral outrage over smoking is insane. It’s not a great habit, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s fairly small. And as long as the government isn’t taxingrequiring a prescription for other non-ideal behaviors (complaining, unkind gossiping, laziness, etc., etc.), it should stop singling out smoking. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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