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Miss. Gov don’t mind kids dying

Former Tobacco Lobbyist Turned Governor Kills Statewide Anti-Smoking Program

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former tobacco industry lobbyist, won a long battle in court to withdraw all funding for Mississippi’s highly successful anti-smoking program, and last week the last dollar ran out.

“This is truly a case of one man, a longtime tobacco industry lobbyist, using his power to destroy a program that was reducing tobacco use among Mississippi’s kids,” said Matthew Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a national nonprofit organization.

Myers says he believes Barbour’s motive was to protect his longtime clients in the tobacco industry. Barbour served as a lobbyist for tobacco clients from 1998 to 2002. His firm, Barbour, Griffin, & Rogers, was paid a total of $3.8 million by the tobacco companies, according to reports obtained by the United States Senate Office of Public Records. </i>

Guess the price of a kids life in Mississippi is roughly 3.8 million. What a ghoul.

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