Waynesburg couple opens business that caters to smokers

Shannon and Ken Bratschie are shown in their Waynesburg business, Dad's Tobacco Shop, with daughters Dawn, 8 and Abbi, 3 and the family dog. Full Story
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Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#21 Mar 4, 2012
Euro K 2Me wrote:
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Huge Ass, I'm wondering how a wholesaler can sell to this shop if minors own the shop. Isnt it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors?
Oh, how clever of you to think of twisting my name like that! Did you really come up with that all on your own? What a MARVEL you are!

Now that we know what you are wondering about we can freely wonder WHY you are wondering. Who said anything about minors owning the shop?
Azmac

Avon, OH

#22 Mar 4, 2012
An American wrote:
Minors don't own the shop. Obama is not uneducated and he smokes.
Get with the program dummy. Not hard....
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-02-08/ne...
An American

New Philadelphia, OH

#23 Mar 4, 2012
So what, he did smoke and he only quit because of his wife, ding bat. Not hard to come by that, dummy.
Historian

Dover, OH

#24 Mar 4, 2012
As long as I live I will remember the sounds my father made as he struggled to his death from lung disease. I will remember the helpless look on his dear face as he fought this dreadful fight. It took him in the prime of his life. That was years ago, and we should all be smarter by now. God help anyone who has to watch their loved ones die from lung disease.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#25 Mar 5, 2012
An American wrote:
So what, he did smoke and he only quit because of his wife, ding bat. Not hard to come by that, dummy.
Ah, so the fact that he cared enough about his family to overcome the addiction for them makes him...what?

I strongly suspect that being a President with the education to KNOW how bad a thing tobacco smoking is and wanting to lead by example in confronting it had something to do with his quitting as well.

If he does nothing better while in office than to provide that role model for the black youth who are bound to celebrate his achievement in winning that office, then perhaps he did us proud.
An American

New Philadelphia, OH

#26 Mar 5, 2012
Good for him he stopped Hugh Jass. Azmac misses my point, people from all walks of life smoke, rich, poor, black, white, men and women, educated and non-educated. I don't smoke, never have and I think it's a health risk and wish no one did smoke. As long as it is legal and people know the risks then it's up to them.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#27 Mar 5, 2012
An American wrote:
Good for him he stopped Hugh Jass. Azmac misses my point, people from all walks of life smoke, rich, poor, black, white, men and women, educated and non-educated. I don't smoke, never have and I think it's a health risk and wish no one did smoke. As long as it is legal and people know the risks then it's up to them.
There are a few things to consider here.
Almost everyone who takes up smoking does so before the decision-making part of the brain is fully developed. This is as much reason for the laws against marketing to minors as the vulnerability of their developing bodies.

Nicotine addiction has very little to do with education, money, race, or gender. Nor, unfortunately, is youth any protection from it.

So, if the law is not broken (by marketing to minors), there will rarely be any addicts and therefore no market for tobacco products.

The only legal technicality is that, in many places, it is against the law to sell to minors but there is no law against minors smoking. Still, selling to minors despite the law is a huge part of the access minors have to cigarettes. Careless adults are also a source, of course, but the illegal sale remains an integral part of smoking as a cultural phenomenon.
Just me -

Los Angeles, CA

#28 Mar 5, 2012
An American wrote:
...people from all walks of life smoke, rich, poor, black, white, men and women, educated and non-educated.
That is true but you will see a lot more people smoking in the poorer neighborhoods than you will in the wealthier ones. You will also see a lot more people smoking outside of a warehouse than you will outside of an office building.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#29 Apr 8, 2012
An American wrote:
Good for him he stopped Hugh Jass. Azmac misses my point, people from all walks of life smoke, rich, poor, black, white, men and women, educated and non-educated. I don't smoke, never have and I think it's a health risk and wish no one did smoke. As long as it is legal and people know the risks then it's up to them.
I apologize for not addressing that element of your post(s). That concept was, I think, misworded when it was presented. It is not true that "smokers are poor and uneducated".
You are right that smokers come from all walks of life. They mostly come from the ranks of children, but that's a different story.

Smoking IS much more prevalent among those with lower levels of both education and income. The distinction between those two statements is often lost in communication.
Old Guy

Brookville, OH

#30 Apr 8, 2012
Did anyone else notice the advertisement that accompanied this story?
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#31 Apr 8, 2012
Old Guy wrote:
Did anyone else notice the advertisement that accompanied this story?
I'm not certain it would be the same ad for all of us. Which one do you mean?
Old Guy

Brookville, OH

#32 Apr 8, 2012
Hugh Jass wrote:
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I'm not certain it would be the same ad for all of us. Which one do you mean?
In the top right corner there's an ad for "Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home." It's the only ad on the page.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#33 Apr 8, 2012
Old Guy wrote:
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In the top right corner there's an ad for "Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home." It's the only ad on the page.
Good spot. In this medium, there are numerous sidebar-style ads that vary and then some at the bottom of the page. That one IS there on the page as I look, as well. I wonder if the shop owners noticed.

This reminds me of that senator Linda was so fond of quoting--can't recall his name just now--the guy the press apparently dubbed the "Senator from Philip Morris". His family's money was from a funereal business of some sort. He headed a tobacco-relevant committee in the US Senate for a long time and delivered the industry's spin with all the authority and influence that gave him.
MAKE PUFFERS SUFFER

Winnipeg, Canada

#34 Apr 9, 2012
This place caters to addicts who will die for their addiction. I'll give you another example. Where I grew up there were 3 neighbourhoods that clashed. That being fighting amongst the young guys. It was hate. Now the leftovers who couldn't get their lives on track have formed a new and final group made up from all 3 neighbourhoods. These smoker-drinkers are a group of losers who are only interested in addiction and they enable each other. Some died before age 50. I'm one who moved on and I never did smoke. I was too smart.

Since: Jul 12

Minerva, OH

#35 Aug 12, 2012
Are we trying to run these folks out of town or what.the tobacco industry is a sucessful business to run,many people smoke.its in demand,and just bc they have young daughters don't mean anything.they are provideing for them children like any of us would.everybody wants to run them down but nobody comments on the gambling hot spot in town.that in my eyes is a waiste its takeing from our familys.but u sont jear much about that place why is that.

“"You're Ok to me"”

Since: Jan 08

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#36 Aug 12, 2012
yeager? what are YOU smoking?
REALLY

East Sparta, OH

#37 Apr 10, 2013
This Bratschie couple is nothing but a pair of theives.

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