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Cigarettes. . . .

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This picture shows children of ages 10 through 12 at a Monday rally at the Indiana state house in Indianapolis. They are holding signs to lobby for an increase in the tax on cigarettes in Indiana, which the lower house of the Indiana legislature has fortunately chosen not to enact. The Louisville Courier-Journal caption reads: "Indianapolis elementary students (from left to right) Cathe Womack, 11, Karina Ramos, 10, and Noemi Gomez, 12, held up their anti-smoking fact sheets during a rally at the Statehouse. The kids are members of Voice, an anti-tobacco student organization. (Photos by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener)".

Why aren't these children in school? Apparently, lobbying for higher taxes is considered an educational activity by some folks; and perhaps it is. Obviously these children did not themselves make the neatly designed placards they are holding, full of "anti-smoking facts."

Myself, I find it repugnant that children are apparently being recruited into the anti-smoking agitation. Anti-smoking is the latest belief system to come down the pipe that urges believers to treat some of their neighbours as disgusting contaminants whose presence cannot be tolerated. They require segregation to protect the pure ones from their filthy presence. It is OK with some people, not only to recruit children to this banner and parade them as propaganda, but to take them away from their educations to do so.

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