Portland Rep. Mitch Greenlick introduced the bill in the Oregon State Legislature in an attempt to reduce the number of addicted people, but has received criticism from smokers and non-smokers alike who believe the initiative is not feasible.
Under Greenlick’s proposal, smokers would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to one year’s imprisonment and a $6,250 fine for being caught with a cigarette or any of the other Schedule III controlled substances, including ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.
Why does the gov hate tobacco? Phillip Morris is the largest corporate taxpayer in the U.S. Smokers pay the highest sales taxes, an estimated 67%, die youngest and don't collect gov pensions. Smokers contribute more to health care costs and use them for what... 30 years less? than non-smokers so why the antipathy? From a gov POV if everyone smoked their profits would be massive and if nobody smoked we'd all live to 100 and collect pensions.