If the state was really serious about a smoking cessation program, they would either ban tobacco sales, require a prescription to control how and to whom it is distributed to, or prohibit the mentally ill from buying tobacco once they are released from a state mental hospital. None of those options will ever happen, because the legislature sees tobacco tax as a cash cow.
This governor and legislative leadership team have robbed from the agency devoted to public assistance for a very vulnerable class of people. While they were doing it, they were making lofty speeches on the floor of the House about how caring they care for the plight of the mentally ill. (read the House record of Budget Chair, Leslie Osborn's presentation of the 2017 Budget & the 'Tobacco Cessation Fee', on the House floor)
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...