Back Talk | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week
Pin It

Back Talk 

Letters to the Editor

Up in smoke
Thank you for your article on smoking prevention and the North Carolina tobacco settlement. I am not an North Carolina native, having moved here in 2000 to complete a psychology internship at the VA hospital in Durham. I learned to administer smoking cessation therapy at the VA, and became interested in anti-smoking efforts.

In addition to teen smoking prevention, I believe that teens and young adults need smoking cessation services. That is, if 38 percent of North Carolina high-school students smoke, they should stop as soon as possible to avoid the negative health consequences. Research clearly indicates that young smokers do not expect to be smoking for long, but then have difficulty stopping. I briefly investigated funding options to support smoking cessation efforts, and learned that virtually all of the tobacco settlement money North Carolina receives is being spent on the tobacco industry to fund absurd projects such as ensuring the construction of a new tobacco processing plant. I was appalled and realized immediately that the tobacco settlement is controlled by good ol' boys who are not interested in reducing smoking in this state. So I thank you for calling attention to this important problem that could eventually promote death and disability for thousands of men and women in North Carolina.
--JOEL W. HUGHES, PH.D. DURHAM

Correction
A graphic accompanying last week's story "An Ounce of Prevention" had some incorrect figures for the state's share of the tobacco-settlement. Of the $4.6 billion the state will receive over the next 25 years, $3.45 billion will go to tobacco growers, farmers and communities and $1.15 billion will go to health.

talk back
Got something to say about an Independent article? Send no more than 300 words to backtalk@indyweek.com; to P.O. Box 2690, Durham 27715; or fax 286-4274. Include your name, phone number and mailing address for verification; we cannot publish a letter without confirmation from the writer. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, style and clarity.

Latest in Letters to the Editor

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Letters to the Editor



Twitter Activity

Comments

was the misogony stuff actually some type of performance art?

by sthomper on Mob Rule (Letters to the Editor)

Ryan Plankenhorn appears to have good intentions with his remarks, and it is much appreciated. I would kindly like him …

by MelissaJ123 on Blind Attack (Letters to the Editor)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Most Recent Comments

was the misogony stuff actually some type of performance art?

by sthomper on Mob Rule (Letters to the Editor)

Ryan Plankenhorn appears to have good intentions with his remarks, and it is much appreciated. I would kindly like him …

by MelissaJ123 on Blind Attack (Letters to the Editor)

Who are these people who behave so badly and dare anyone to comment on them in public? Are they relatively …

by MickeyNotMouse on Mob Rule (Letters to the Editor)

Julian Baddy's comment about or "fear" of an "idea" from the south is ridiculous.
Bigotry is not an "idea". Hate …

by George Greene on Monumental Debates (Letters to the Editor)

Why exactly does anyone think Edwin Yoder is credible when he says that listeners would be appalled by Julian Carr's …

by George Greene on Monumental Debates (Letters to the Editor)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation