Dear Editor:Today (July 29), I turned to page 7 and found two stories that would seem to be very related: "Nation is Losing Fight Against Obesity" and "Adult Smoking Rate Hits Historic Low." Seems to me there's a correlation here, is there not (at least anecdotally); for we all know someone who gave up smoking and started to pack on the pounds. So, do you want to die of respiratory problems from smoking, or cardiac arrest from being too fat? It would seem that the choice should be left up to the individual, and the Nanny State should butt out. -- Drew Kelley, Downey

********** Published: August 04, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 16