Should Cigarettes Be Available By Prescription Only?
Heads up smokers! If a law maker has his way, cigarettes will be considered a Schedule III controlled substance, which means that distribution and possession would be illegal unless you had a prescription from your doctor.
"The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing requirements and limitations on the sale or transfer of products containing nicotine." reads a portion of the proposed bill's text. This idea comes from Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, Oregon. This proposal would mean that products containing nicotine would be considered Schedule III controlled substances, available only with a doctor's prescription. Offenders could face prison terms and hefty fines.
A note from your doctor? Good luck with that! Do you think smokers are being unfairly stigmatized? If Oregon passes this new legislation will other states, including Michigan, be far behind?