601 W. Broadway St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Dear Mr. McConnell
My name is Samuel Hoffman, and I am a resident of
Before I moved to Kentucky, I lived in Michigan. One of the changes I saw was the amount of tobacco crops and an increase in of smokers in Kentucky than in Michigan. The issue is not only in Kentucky, but is a problem festering across the United States, and I urge you to take action.
On April 14, 1994 in front of the House of Representatives, on the Committee of Energy and Commerce, in front of the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, during the Hearing on the Regulation of Tobacco Products, seven CEOs of tobacco companies, under oath, claim nicotine is not addictive. Mr. Campbell, President of Phillip Morris U.S.A., Mr. James Johnston, Chairman and CEO of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Mr. Taddeo, President of U.S. Tobacco, Mr. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Lorillard Tobacco Company, Mr. Horrigan, Chairman and CEO of Liggett Group, Mr. Sandefur, Chairman and CEO of Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, and Mr. Donlad Johnston, President and CEO of American Tobacco Company all swore under oath that nicotine is not addictive.
According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, an addiction is a “compulsive need for and use of habit-forming substance (such as heroine, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.” This clearly describes the effects of nicotine – the active drug in cigarettes.
In the U.S. Surgeon General’s 1988 report on nicotine addiction the following was stated: “Cigarettes are highly efficient nicotine delivery devices and are as addictive as drugs such as heroin or cocaine.”
Clearly, nicotine – the active ingredient in cigarettes – is addictive. I support higher regulation of smoking.
In addition to the addictive effects of nicotine, second hand smoking is also a profuse issue, especially in Kentucky. Second Hand Smoking has harmful effects. Laws protecting citizens against second hand smoking would benefit the health of Kentuckians, and U.S. American Citizens if we could set a standard for other states to follow.
Please consider my thoughts and consider the facts.