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Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs
January 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

What are your thoughts on this?


If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription.

Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both. 

Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.

"The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing requirements and limitations on the sale or transfer of products containing nicotine," the bill's text says.

"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."

Others see the proposal differently.

"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."


  • survivorinohio
    January 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Oh Boy.  I dont see many drs willing to prescribe tobacco, it would go against their oath I think.

    I want to quit but this would just piss me off.

  • LoganTroyMom
    January 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM
    nicotine IS a drug, but so is alcohol, and they have no health benefits, so why prescribe them?
    stupid idea.
  • krysstizzle
    January 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM
    What? So nonsensical.
  • radioheid
    January 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

     LOL Yeah, *THAT* is gonna pass.

    We need to END the war on drugs, not escalate it!

  • yourspecialkid
    January 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

     Given some of the stuff Oregon has passed over the last several years I can see this possibly passing.

    I think it is ridiculous.  Caffeine is a drug are they going to make soda and coffee only available by prescription? 


  • Citygirlk
    January 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I guess we're going to be seeing more shootings.

  • Simmeringhearts
    January 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Good Grief! Don't these people know that stupid people are entitled to being stupid?!

  • Sisteract
    January 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    They should just jack up the health insurance rates for those who smoke- like a thousand fold. And for those willing to quit by trying all means, lower those rates.

    Consequences for choices made.

  • Euphoric
    January 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

     I live in Oregon. Good luck Greenlick.

  • candlegal
    January 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    It would just open up the black market for cigarettes even wider.

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