To the editor:
A friend called my attention to a superb editorial published in The Dalles Chronicle regarding the “Economics of Addition” in the Dialogue section, Sept. 24.
Thank you for such straightforward writing about a subject that should be of concern to all Americans — addictions to tobacco and other products that diminish our health.
As a public health professional who has studied tobacco and the costs of addiction to the United States since I was a youth writing my first term paper on the 1963 Surgeon General’s report on the costs of tobacco to this country, I thought the writer really captured key issues of Wasco-Sherman — and all of Oregon and the entire USA face.
We learn addictions principally in our youth. Big companies, not just the cartels of other countries are involved in pushing stuff off on us.
We allow such to happen in our communities. We can take charge of our environments and create healthier places and social norms, to build communities that care about us.
That’s what mothers and nannies do for their children. For those of us who are addicted to tobacco, sugar, booze, and even unhealthy white flour, I believe: 1. We can take charge of our own health and 2. Work hard to educate folks about all kinds of addictions and buzzes and 3. Work for balance and the creation of healthy communities in Oregon in which natural, healthy choices are the natural choices.