The issue of cigarette smoking is a complex one. And while I am hardly ever supportive of government regulations, I would not oppose certain reasonable attempts aimed at preventing children from smoking. Ninety percent of the 400,000 individuals that will die from tobacco each year started using tobacco products before age 19. Therefore, I would not oppose efforts to curtail what I consider to be blatant attempts by tobacco companies to lure young people to smoke, especially in print advertisements. In fact, I have signed a pledge called "A Commitment to Our Children" which promises my support for common-sense methods aimed at reducing tobacco use by children.
Please know, however, that I remain opposed to attempts by the federal government to ban smoking in most public places. It is my belief that this is an issue that should be reserved for state and local governments. Furthermore, I am opposed to any further taxation or regulation of tobacco products themselves.
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