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BOSTON -- The tobacco industry has begun to enlist smokers in the battle against a proposed ban on cigarettes in restaurants and bars in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe.
In a copy of an "action alert" e-mail obtained by the Boston Globe, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. exhorts consumers to write to their state senator because "smokers and business owners in Massachusetts do not need big government dictating behaviors, especially concerning a legal consumer product," the news report stated.
The e-mails are being issued to people who have logged onto a Reynolds website called My Smokers' Rights, expressing a desire to be alerted when issues pertaining to tobacco use emerge. Reynolds provides a mailing address and phone number for contacting members of the state Senate, the Boston Globe reported.
The Winston-Salem, N.C., company would not disclose how many e-mails have been sent, citing proprietary reasons, the news report said.