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States of the Union: Massachusetts

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Several major politicians have earned their political stripes in Massachusetts -- including Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and now Mitt Romney. On States of the Union, we find out how Bay State voters feel about Mitt Romney…as well as whether their universal health care policy has been a success, and why the state recently moved its primary to February 5. Fred Thys is political reporter at WBUR.

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Comments [4]

Gene

You're confused. No one is telling adults they can't smoke.

Tobacco control programs advocate limits on smoking _in places where it impacts others_.

Tobacco control programs tell smokers information the industry hides, information they need--such as how their secondhand smoke is hurting their kids.

And unlike the industry, tobacco control people actually stick with smokers after they get ill, advocating for increased lung cancer funding, awareness, care and research, etc. Unlike the industry & its PR, they don't _blame_ the smoker for his or her illness.

It's a fact that 75% of smokers want to quit, and that most don't want to harm others. Many ex-smokers mark their day of freedom as one of the toughest _and most rewarding_ things they've ever done.

Smokers aren't being picked on; they actually are being helped by well-designed and -implemented tobacco control programs--like the one Romney killed in Massachusetts.

The reason pols might not be targeting you is that you aren't paying much attention to reality.

Dec. 20 2007 03:46 AM
mark from michigan

Mitt is a puppet just like the majority of politicians and corporate people in America, they reach out the the ones with deep pockets.. i hope its just a matter of time before before get really pissed and start daily mass protests and resistance. All of my friends have never been reached out to by a single politician, they dont care about us.. let us live how we want to. As far as smoking rates and what not, who are you to tell someone they cant smoke, stop telling people how to live there lives. To many elitist whom think they can control people and dominate.
=National Elitist Radio

Dec. 19 2007 02:03 PM
Gene

Romney's contribution to higher youth smoking rates should not be neglected.

The Mass. tobacco control program was the best in the country, and was rapidly reducing smoking rates when Romney completely dismantled it. Teen smoking rates skyrocketed until just recently (under a new tobacco control program).

Thanks, Mitt!

Dec. 19 2007 01:18 PM
mark b from michigan

It makes me sick that you choose to pay attention to the "major candidates" more so than the other candidates, NPR is very similar to mainstream media and its true that the soft spoken and suto-intellectual crap talk turns of more people to NPR than you realize, once again its an example of a major media station falling into the stereotypical predictable programming, NPR is corrupt.

Dec. 19 2007 01:17 PM

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