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Reader's View: Don't restrict access to a legal product

It was almost a year ago that Duluth city councilors voted to implement a ban on the sales of menthol tobacco products in local convenience stores. These small business owners are still trying to make up for the loss of business from this ordinance.

It was almost a year ago that Duluth city councilors voted to implement a ban on the sales of menthol tobacco products in local convenience stores. These small business owners are still trying to make up for the loss of business from this ordinance.

Now, threatening to seal the fate of local business owners, another ordinance to raise the age to purchase tobacco products has been introduced (" Duluth may curb tobacco and e-cig sales ," Dec. 20). Since few if any of the Duluth city councilors have ever had to meet a payroll, I imagine it is hard for them to understand what it takes to keep the doors open and the lights on. As a former store owner, let me tell you, it's not easy.

While none of us are proponents of smoking, access to a legal product should not be restricted. These council members seem to believe it is their duty to save people from themselves. How about looking at the loss of jobs, business, and tax revenue to Wisconsin from these actions? Have councilors taken the time to calculate those numbers?

I am wondering how we have gotten to the point where our new governor wants to legalize marijuana while the Duluth City Council has banned the sales of menthol products in convenience stores? And soon, only those 21 or older will be legally allowed to purchase these products?

Catherine Letourneau

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