One of the strangest (and probably smartest) anti-smoking proposals I’ve ever seen comes from Oregon, where they’re considering making nicotine a Schedule III controlled substance. If that bill is passed, this means that cigarettes will be illegal to own or distribute without a doctor’s prescription.
If the bill passes and you’re caught with cigarettes as an Oregon resident (or, I would imagine, just passing through), you would face up to a year in prison, a $6,250 fine, or both, reports MSN. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring the prescription cigarette bill.
Other Schedule III controlled substances include ketamine, lysergic acid, and anabolic steroids, reports Fox12.
I’m a smoker myself, but I have to hand it to the Oregonians: This prescription cigarette bill is a stroke of pure genius. It will never pass, but it’s a stroke of pure genius. I mean: what doctor is going to write you a prescription for cigarettes? How do you justify the need for nicotine to your medical health professional?
Then again, maybe doctors are lobbying for it. Think of all the money they will make from prescribing cigarettes and then lung cancer drugs. It’s win-win. Doctors should lobby hard for this.
To the people! How do Oregonians feel about the new prescription cigarette bill?
“I think it’s pretty crazy,” said Juan Silva of Salem. “I don’t see it going through. It’s going to be something to watch for, but I don’t think it’ll pass.”
However, some think the bill is a good way to get people to quit smoking. You know, because it forces them to.
“I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it,” said Rick Cannon of Salem. “You know there’s less and less smokers everyday because they know how bad it is for them, so I just hope people wake up and realize how bad it actually is for them.”
Nevermind that Oregon is a rancid den of hippies, so cutting down on the smoke is only going to make the body odor and patchouli oil smell all the more apparent.
What do you think? Is Oregon’s prescription cigarettes measure a smart move or a slap in the face? Will it pass?