Big Government thugs harassing tobacco retailers

It's 3 a.m. and you're waiting in an alley in a long trench coat. Suddenly, a dark figure steps out of the shadows, presses a small package firmly in your hands, and quickly disappears.

No, he didn't hand you a baggie of heroin. It wasn't a stolen handgun either.

It was a pack of Marlboros! And if that sounds crazy to you... if you don't think you should have to sneak around like a criminal to exercise your RIGHT to smoke... you'd better start making noise before it's too late.

More than two dozen states have sent official letters to pharmacy retailers Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway and Walmart asking them to stop selling tobacco forever. These same Big Government thugs who have been attacking your right to light up for years now want to tell PRIVATE businesses what they can sell.

And it's all because these nanny-state liberals smell blood in the water. A few weeks back, CVS caved to their pressure and announced it would pull tobacco products next year. Their CEO even hopped on his soapbox and claimed tobacco was no longer compatible with the chain's health focus.

Oh please spare me. If there's ever a Hypocrite Olympics, CVS will take home the gold. This is the same company that offers coupons and money-back rebates on hard alcohol... the same company that has made BILLIONS hawking prescription drugs that have been linked to the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

And you can bet your bottom dollar that you'll still be able to stroll into any CVS store across America and buy all the vodka, Oxycontin, and super-sized bags of candy you can carry.

Uncle Sam's move to yank tobacco out of pharmacies doesn't have a darned thing to do with your health. It's a groin shot to the entire tobacco industry that will threaten its very right to exist.

Tobacco companies sell $2 billion worth of their product every year through CVS -- and you'd better believe that's a drop in the bucket next to Walmart.

Listen, I'd rather put a toilet-handle in my mouth than a cigarette, because who wants to smoke burning paper? And don't even get me started on the chemicals you could be sucking down. But I DO smoke delicious all-tobacco cigars every single day, and the tobacco and nicotine help me fight everything from heart disease to cognitive decline.

But that's entirely beside the point, isn't it? Because, in this country of all places, you ought to be able to follow the old maxim "smoke 'em if you got 'em" without worrying about some government goon looking over your shoulder while you do.

So the next time you're in one of these pharmacy retailers Big Government is targeting, walk right up to the counter and buy your tobacco product of choice. And make sure you let the manager know that the day they stop doing business with tobacco companies, they're done doing business with you, too.