A reply to the bleeding-heart Democrats concerning the death of the tobacco bill and the doom it will cast on our children (letters, June 23): All you concerned people who think that a tax increase will stop kids from smoking are completely out in left field. I get so angry when I hear President Clinton preach that the Republicans are killing our kids. In the last five years drug use among high school students has increased 38%.
If the Clinton administration wanted to protect children, it would do something about the war on drugs. I have never seen a child die from smoking a cigarette, but I have seen one die from drug use. Yes, I lost my daughter. If we had a better-informed president, maybe my child would be alive today.
FRANK RAINIS, Whittier
Since the vast majority of teens in the U.S. do not smoke, don't people who used to smoke or never smoked get any affirmation?
I don't think the work of families (parents, grandparents, older siblings, aunts, uncles, etc.), schools, doctors and others in the medical profession, political anti-smoking groups and state governments, etc. should be ignored or discounted.
Since we all know that people under 18 are the future of the tobacco industry in the U.S., I hope we can continue to discourage teen smoking and teen access to tobacco products. Businesses that have been warned, fined and continue to sell illegally should have their tobacco-selling licenses removed.
ETELVINA R. PATMAS, Mission Viejo
Arizona Sen. John McCain, as the co-author of both the campaign reform and the tobacco bills, must be highly frustrated by the assassins in his own Republican Party; they shot down his uncountable hours of hard work.
LEN ZIRALDO, Los Angeles