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I was considerably surprised earlier today when I read a news story about something that I am interested in. Namely, smoking and cigarettes. I read that there may be a ban on menthol cigarettes!

What? This is how our government operates? Let's ban menthol cigarettes and leave the others alone. Let me share something with you right here and now. I do not believe that there will ever be a ban on cigarettes of any kind, menthol or otherwise.

Here's why.

Tobacco companies make a whole pile of money every year. I have mentioned in at least one of my other articles that 10 million cigarettes are sold every day! Now, I don't know what percentage of them are menthol, but I bet it's quite a bit. Menthol is popular and I know lots of people who use menthol cigarettes. In any case, I do not think that the big companies that sell menthol smokes are going to sit around with their hands in their pockets and let this happen.

For one thing, as I mentioned, these big tobacco companies make big big bucks. I don't think they are going to stand still and let anyone cut into their profits, government or otherwise. They will fight them tooth and nail for as long as it takes to get this whole idea dropped. But, quite frankly, I don't think it's going to be much of a fight.

Our government says something like, "hey, let's put a ban on menthol cigarettes" but I don't think they really mean it. They say things like this to make us, the public, think that they are actually doing something useful. Now, don't get me wrong. Yes, government does some useful things for us. Roads, for example, really come in handy. But I don't think that statements like they are thinking of putting a ban on menthol cigarettes really mean anything. Why?

Because they would be shooting themselves in the foot. If the tobacco companies are really making these big profits then I would think that the feds are collecting a pretty penny in taxes. And, given that they really like to spend money, I don't think that they are going to do anything that will diminish their income. Do you?

Besides all this, the big tobacco companies also make some pretty big campaign contributions. Politicians who support them are rewarded generously, I think. So, although many people would like to see a ban on menthol cigarettes, or even all types of cigarettes, I just don't believe it's going to happen. Let's just wait and see.


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