Kicking The Habit

Nicotine patches are hot, but they're hard to find

Here's a pop quiz sure to make libertarians quiver. Which of the following items cannot be acquired without special permission: a carton of Lucky Strike nonfilters, a liter of grain alcohol, handcuffs, a hypodermic needle or (hint, hint) a nicotine patch?

Yup. The kids can discreetly get their condoms at school, but Mom and Dad must slink off to the doctor's office and pay for permission to attempt to quit smoking with nicotine patches. And that's not all. Even with a prescription, smokers in many states have an easier time purchasing a semiautomatic AK-47 assault rifle -- totally legal, no waiting...

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