21 August 2003
The official line on smoking
It's called the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, and it's intended to provide assistance to those who want to quit the evil weed. (I somehow doubt that they'd have anything useful to say to someone who wanted to start.) To no one's surprise, this service has a telephone number that spells something: in this case, it's (866) PITCH EM.
The cost of the Helpline, we are told, will be paid from the interest earned on the state's cut of the tobacco settlement. As a nonsmoker since Day One, I doubt I'll have any reason to talk to these folks, but it should be interesting to see how (if?) it works.