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Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

18 is the age of legal adulthood. We need to allow consumers to make their own decisions when it comes to things like this and stop trying to add costly legislation around it. This is obnoxious. Yes, smoking is bad for you - everyone knows that. But an adult should be allowed to make his/her own decisions when it comes down to it. Unless we raise the voting and military age to 21, I will never support this. I also believe the drinking age should be lowered to age 18, and all illicit substances should be decriminalized (except for use/sale/transport by a minor, of course). Vermonters can, in fact, take care of themselves if given the tools and opportunity to do so. Let's stop treating our citizens like children and let them make their own ways.

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Posted by ThoseGreenMountains on 09/16/2016 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Vermont's EpiPen Problem Is About Price and Politics

Perhaps the state should look at alternatives to the EpiPen since nobody requires access to the brand name. A simple vial of epinephrine and a syringe would cost consumers about $14 per injection, which is less than half a percent of what Mylan charges. Sometimes, convenience is costly. I don't blame Mylan for wanting to make money. Mylan is an innovative health care corporation. I would look to the FDA for allowing patents that block competition, and I would look at insurance carriers, including Medicaid and Medicare, to add better consumer protections. Why not remove the EpiPen from the formulary list and offer patients epinephrine with a syringe instead? Mylan simply charges for the convenience of the spring-loaded dispensing mechanism.

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Posted by ThoseGreenMountains on 09/16/2016 at 2:23 PM

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