Strangest Way Ever to Quit Smoking: Slap a Cop
California woman does so to get sent to a smoke-free jail
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
Updated May 12, 2013 7:51 AM CDT
Etta Mae Lopez, in her booking photo.   (AP Photo/Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.)

(Newser) – Etta Mae Lopez wanted to quit smoking, so she did the usual: waited patiently outside a sheriff's office until a deputy came out and then slapped him across the face. And, ta-da, now she's in a smoke-free jail for 63 days, reports the AP. The 31-year-old Californian explained to the confused deputy that she wanted to get locked up to kick the habit, so she pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery of a peace officer.

She figured "that the only way to quit smoking was to go to jail because they don't allow tobacco in the jail," the deputy tells the Sacramento Bee. "She waited all day for a deputy to come out because she knew if she assaulted a deputy she would be go to jail and be inside long enough to quit her smoking habit."

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May 13, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
Only in Cali! Man o man.
May 12, 2013 11:28 AM CDT
at a low cost of 110 per day to house her, this anti smoking kick will cost tax payers 6300.00 dollars, Good job liberal , I see how you love to have and agenda, IE, Quite smoking and call on tax payers to fix it for you,, AGAIN!!!
May 12, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
Its no wonder California is screwed , liberals use tax payer money to house and feed this bitch , just so she doesn't have to take responsibility for her own life and vices! I would charge this bitch with public nuisance and charge her daily for housing and food, with a felony conviction so she can no longer VOTE!!!