Sorry to Keep Putting Indiana News in Your Feed, But Pence is a Cigarette Truther

Sorry to Keep Putting Indiana News in Your Feed, But Pence is a Cigarette Truther September 21, 2016

Welp. As if hating gay folks, trans folks (most recently this outrage), impoverished drug-users, and uterus-havers isn’t enough, Pence is apparently in the pocket of the tobacco industry.

Photo by Pixabay. Public domain.
Photo from Pixabay. Public domain.

Click over to read Josh Israel’s coverage at ThinkProgress, but the highlights include:

  • Pence saying things like “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill”
  • Pence receiving almost $100K in campaign donations while in Congress from tobacco-motivated businesses
  • Pence rejecting a plan (proposed by his fellow Republicans, even) to raise taxes on cigarettes, despite the fact that Indiana has the 7th highest smoking rate in the nation, and especially high rates among pregnant women)

Um. Yeah. I didn’t think Indiana’s leadership was necessarily this anti-science (despite the crummy abstinence-only sex education happening here), but there you have it.

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