Oregon Bill Would Make Cigarettes Prescription-Only




An Oregon state legislator has introduced a bill that would make packs of cigarettes prescription-only, the Willamette Week reports:

Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), filed a bill that would put nicotine in the same category as ketamine, and would make having the addictive substance without a doctor’s note a crime.

House Bill 2077 would classify nicotine as a Schedule III controlled substance and would make the unlawful possession and distribution of nicotine a crimepunishable by up to one year of prison and a $6,250 fine.

The state legislature banned smoking in all bars, bowling alleys and bingo halls in 2009. A no smoking rule—including chewing tobacco—took effect on all state government property this year.