Monday, January 16, 2006

I am your government, but I want to be your mommy too.

Via the Corner, we find that the community of Elk Grove Village, Illinois is, in addition to its ban on smoking in all public places, considering banning the sale of cigarettes altogether within the town. Why not beer, too? Or fatty food? Or aspirin--after all, aspirin causes more deaths each year than Vioxx ever dreamed!!
Merchants are likely to fight being told what they can or cannot sell, said Rob Karr, vice president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Elk Grove Village officials will consider the cigarette-sale ban and a restriction on public smoking during a series of meetings starting Wednesday.

"This is a legitimate product, like it or not," Karr said. "Where does this stop? There's a myriad of products that can be abused. Twinkies, ice cream, all to a certain amount are not good for you. Is the next step in the obesity battle a ban on the sale of ice cream?"

Stanley Magnuszewski, owner of Turner Liquors at Turner Avenue and Arlington Heights Road, said banning cigarette sales would hurt his business.

"Pretty soon the government will dictate what you can eat," he said. "As long as they are making them, we should be able to sell them."