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TOBACCO INDUSTRY OFFICIALS MUST NOT HAVE CONSCIENCE

My wife of 26 years started smoking in 1966 and continued to smoke until January, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. My two sons, 15 and 18 years old, and I watched her die of cancer on Nov. 3.

She went through five months of chemotherapy, radiation, several blood transfusions, endless trips to the doctors and hospitals and several surgeries. The medical bills were astronomical. Thank God we had medical insurance.

My wife's decision to smoke was her own and she tried to quit several times. But I cannot believe that anything this addictive can still be sold legally over the counter, especially to our younger generation.

If this letter helps even one person quit smoking, then I will feel good about writing it. Hopefully it will be my son, who is now trying to quit. Shame on the tobacco industry.

BARRY BALL

Alden

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