It seems he is unconcerned that tobacco kills former teenagers by the hundreds of thousands annually. Apparently he has never watched the slow and painful death from cancer of a loved one who took up smoking as a teenager.
Convenience store owners also oppose this attempt to reduce the teenage use of tobacco, widely recognized as more addictive than cocaine or heroin, because they make a lot of money selling it.
I am confident that store owners have nothing to fear from this legislation, because the vast majority of tobacco addicts will not give up tobacco just because they can’t buy candy-flavored cigarettes. They will continue to smoke whatever tobacco products the convenience stores sell, no matter what the flavor.
At any rate, if a store can’t stay in business without selling a deadly, addictive product to children and teens, then perhaps the owners need to re-think their business model.
Drug dealers make a lot of money selling heroin and cocaine, and the fact that their products are illegal is very inconvenient for the dealers, also.