Testimony: 'Bad for our business,' 'A serious issue,' 'As dangerous as any enemy'

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Among the testimony at this morning’s hearing on SB 1255, the bill to raise Idaho’s smoking age to 21: Fred Birnbaum of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, who spoke against the bill, drew gasps from the audience when he told the Senate State Affairs Committee he doesn’t think raising the smoking age would save money on health care costs “because people who smoke do die earlier.” He said, “The world we live in should have enough space to accommodate the habits of others as long as they don’t do us injury. … I don’t believe that the increment we would see going from 18 to 21 is going to be very significant.” Elizabeth Hall, a decorated combat veteran of the Gulf War who said she’s from a family with military service dating back to the Revolutionary War,...

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Testimony: 'Bad for our business,' 'A serious issue,' 'As dangerous as any enemy'

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