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Jason Davis

on 23 February 2011

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Transcript of Editorials

Writing an Editorial What are they? Newspaper's opinion on something....
[this is the newspaper's opinion - not
necessarily yours! Keep it politically
correct! You want to build an argument
and then try to persuade the readers
to think the same way you do. What are their parts? Lead & answer the 5 ws and h Timely news Opinions from
the opposing
viewpoint Writing is professional -
Don't take personal shots Provide a solution
to the problem! Anyone
can complain! Four Types of Editorials Explain/ Interpret Criticize Persuade Praise Step by Step 1. Pick a topic that is current
2. Collect information & facts
3. State your opinion (like a thesis)
4. Explain the issue objectively
5. Give the opposing viewpoint
6. Reject the other side
7. Lay out your argument with one
reason per paragraph. Be sure to give
real-world examples.
8. Repeat key phrases
9. Give realistic solutions
10. Wrap it up Examples Tobacco companies are doing an end run around Minnesota laws by wrapping cigarettes in brown paper and calling them "little cigars.'' State lawmakers should act quickly to close this tax and regulation loophole, not only for revenue reasons but to prevent tobacco companies from hooking younger generations on their products.

Packages of so-called "little cigars" retail in Minnesota for less than half the price of a traditional cigarette brand -- $1.99 vs. $5.70 during a recent check at a local convenience store. That price point and the little cigars' fruity flavors make them attractive to teens and young adults.

The per-pack difference is mainly because cigarettes are subject to a minimum price law in the state and are taxed much more than discount little cigars, which are wrongly classified as "other tobacco products.''

If you put a Marlboro 100 cigarette next to a strawberry-flavored Swisher Sweet little cigar, even hard-core smokers would be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Little cigars have the same size and shape as cigarettes. They have filters. They commonly come 20 to a package. They're essentially the same product other than the brown paper wrapping, which contains just enough tobacco pulp to give it color.

But the tobacco's presence means that these products are not considered cigarettes. It doesn't make sense, and it needs to change. Making these products' price more equal to cigarettes will help deter smokers and prevent high health care costs in years to come.

This is a critical public health priority that will help hold down future costs of private medical insurance premiums and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid -- the two big, expensive, government-run health care programs for the elderly and the poor.

It's galling to think that tobacco companies are thumbing their noses at both state and federal tax laws while health conditions strongly linked with their products contribute mightily toward the nation's soaring $2.3 trillion annual medical bill.

This isn't about raising taxes. It's about accountability and ending tobacco companies' exploitation of a loophole.

Minnesota lawmakers neglected to change little cigars' classification when they updated state tobacco laws last year. Those new and much-needed regulations put many new smokeless and spitless tobacco products -- such as "orbs," which look like breath mints and dissolve in your mouth -- behind store counters and out of reach of young customers.

That's an important step when the latest data shows that smokeless tobacco products' use is increasing in Minnesota while adult smoking is declining.

This year, lawmakers need to complete their work by tackling little cigars. Lawmakers need to end 'little cigars' fiction and loophole
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