Dennis D. Embry
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This is graph of a procedure called Reward & Reminder™ that you can read about at the National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs & Practices. Go to

Drug stores and convenience stores have lots of incentives (and so do clerks) for selling tobacco products, including to minors. It's important to note that tobacco use does not begin in adulthood; it virtually always begins when young people are minors, and are then "hooked" for life. If you don't believe that's true, please read the tobacco papers (the internal documents of the tobacco companies). The fewer places that sell tobacco products, they fewer children and teens who start smoking and become regular tobacco users. The graph above is the largest controlled experiment to reduce youth access to tobacco, wherein we reward and recognized clerks and stores daily for not selling tobacco in two states (which we've replicated now in other states). The above changes mean that about 5,000 fewer young people in Wyoming and about 50,000 fewer young people in Wisconsin will die from tobacco related diseases by reducing access to tobacco. While most of the chain drug stores are better at not selling tobacco to minors, eliminating tobacco from establishments are supposed selling products that make us healthier or reduce our morbidity or death, this sends a good signal for our future generations—and will objectively reduce all cause sickness and death.

It's just common sense to reduce the sales of tobacco, especially given how much money will be lost to tobacco related illnesses that you and I pay for plus all the suffering and untimely deaths that will be avoided by one of the most addictive substances known to mankind. As a personal matter, both my parents and my only sibling died of tobacco-related diseases—all in horrible ways. My parents' tobacco use during their pregnancy with me had adverse consequences for my lifetime health, as well, which they had no idea about at the time. Perhaps it's time to consider our children's futures, and not excuse adult addictions that were created by the largest marketing campaign ever undertaken to hook people to a substance that all the tobacco companies knew well before the Surgeon General's report caused cancer, heart-disease and many other fatal or chronic diseases.


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