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Coast justified in smoke ads 

I can't believe the bitching and moaning that greeted these ads; you'd think the world was coming to an end.

To the editor,

Gee, it was nice of Kyle Shaw to pen his "Smoking mad" editorial last week defending The Coast's practice of running tobacco ads. I'm sure he had nothing better to do with his time than explain what should have been obvious to anyone with an IQ over 40. The Coast exists because companies pay for ads and tobacco companies are allowed to advertise their products in a paper such as The Coast, so The Coast accepts their ads. And why shouldn't they? I can't believe the bitching and moaning that greeted these ads; you'd think the world was coming to an end. And well it may, but certainly not because The Coast is advertising tobacco. Pierre Trudeau famously said that government had no place in the bedrooms of the nation. Well, I don't think they have any right to intrude in the marketing of a legal product to an audience of adults. Sure, some younger people will likely get their grubby paws on the paper, but I'm not convinced the little urchins will be making a beeline to the nearest cigarette purveyor simply because The Coast ran a cigarette ad.

If your sensitivities are such that merely viewing tobacco ads causes you physical or mental pain and anguish, then cancel your subscription. Whoops, sorry---the paper's free, for Christ's sake.

---Steve Jamieson, Dartmouth

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