You might wonder why the sale of loose cigarettes is a crime. The FDA specifically bans the practice:
"Do NOT sell single cigarettes, also called 'loosies'."
Apparently it's to protect the children! African American children in particular:
'In many urban areas, the widespread availability of single cigarettes known as "loosies" poses a significant threat to anti-smoking initiatives—and may be contributing to the high percentage of young adult African Americans who smoke, according to a Bloomberg School study published in August's American Journal of Public Health.'
This can lead to people accidentally dying while being forcibly arrested.
It may seem like a gentle nudge
but if one refuses to budge
in comes a swarm
of men in uniform.