To the editor of THE EAGLE:

It seems as if everyone is jumping on the bandwagon restricting tobacco usage. Different aspects fall like dominoes, and draconian versions of archaic blue laws are created.

No smoking on city property, none in parks, city events and more. Who are the compliance cops? What are the penalties? There is no smoking at Live at the Lake. What if you attend in a boat? Do these ordinances ban all smoking, or can you use tobacco in other forms?

An Eagle poll on Feb. 19 found that 62 percent wanted no new restrictions on tobacco, which is a legal product. That’s "we the people." Tobacco is a legal product. Alcohol is also a legal product, and each local board regulates the state law. Which product is the real killer?

The cliché is, "When was the last time you heard of someone arrested for driving under the influence of nicotine?" I don’t want the creation of modern day blue laws.

Finally, I don’t smoke.

ED STEVENS

Pittsfield