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the verdict is in
cigarettes do cause cancer
it’s been known for years

the verdict is in
those who smoke can become hooked
it’s been known for years

right on the package –
“Cigarettes may cause cancer” –
or to that effect

outrageous taxes!
smoking is too expensive
it’s outrageous!

but they go right on,
these hooked victims of smoking,
ignoring the facts

a desperate need –
smoking, like the need for gasoline –
and prices will soar!

come on, let’s face it!
the big money is riding on
our human weakness

and the end result?
very rich or very poor,
the new age classes

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  1. Date: 7/26/2013 12:31:00 AM
    hello again, my friend!!!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 1:27:00 PM
    such truth here, Daver. You haven't been well? Hope you're better now

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 3:06:00 PM
    Hey, Daver, are you doing any better yet?

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 12:42:00 AM
    DAver, I'm sorry to hear of this breathing problem you are having. Those things really can bring us down and I sure hope you get to feeling more like yourself. poetry uplifts you and that is what I hope to see from you!

  1. Date: 6/17/2013 10:44:00 AM
    Quite true Daver...How depressing though..' Oh well, what can be done?? much i suppose with determination..with thought, with interaction, by disscussinn, and listening..hmm...makes me thoughtful...' Hope you are well, Joe..)

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 2:00:00 PM
    btw, did you ever see the funny movie: thanks for not smoking? Or was it Thanks for smoking? I forgot now. it was outrageous comedy.

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 1:59:00 PM
    yes, so true and it's not just about cigarettes but also many other products they hook us on. Daver, it's so nice to see new poems of yours posted. HOw are you doing today?

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 11:48:00 AM
    great write, Daver - and such truth

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 10:11:00 AM
    Oh Yes love this kind of poetry, and you write it so well.. the sad aspect today also,, our kids have all the facts, and still go out there and do it (smoking that is)