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Cigarettes and crime go together

Jeffrey A. Kelly, director of the Field Enforcement Division of the Office of the Comptroller, discusses a case in which more than $450,000 worth of untaxed cigarettes and tobacco products were seized. Kelly discussed the bust during a press conference in Annapolis on Nov. 20, 2019.
Jeffrey A. Kelly, director of the Field Enforcement Division of the Office of the Comptroller, discusses a case in which more than $450,000 worth of untaxed cigarettes and tobacco products were seized. Kelly discussed the bust during a press conference in Annapolis on Nov. 20, 2019. (Pamela Wood/Baltimore Sun / Baltimore Sun)

I am one of many who feel cigarette smoking is the single most serious health issue of the century and who comments on the issue each time a politician airs his or her concerns about U.S. health care, yet in the same breath, makes no mention of the dangers of tobacco smoke.

One reason for failure of a legal mechanism to ban sale and use of cigarette sale and use is comparison with prohibition. However, per a recent article in The Baltimore Sun, now even without the prohibition on cigarettes there are still criminal issues connected with the sale of cigarettes (“'Floor to ceiling’: Maryland comptroller touts biggest tobacco bust in state history,” Nov. 20).

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Surprise, surprise!

Nicholas Delambo, Baltimore

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