Cancer Sticks

Obama signed a bill giving the FDA authority to more strictly regulate tobacco products.  That’s good news.  From the AP (via, alas, HuffPo):

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act also allows the FDA to lower the amount of addiction-causing nicotine in tobacco products and block misleading labels such “low tar” and “light.” Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings.

The law won’t let the FDA ban nicotine or tobacco outright.

“It is a law that will save American lives,” Obama said.

I started smoking when I was fifteen.  It’s a filthy habit, with the one redeemable aspect being that you can excuse yourself from an awkward situation without making it even more awkward (“I’m gonna go smoke a cigarette” works better than “This is getting a little bit weird.  Excuse me.”).  I’d quit if I could, but I’m dumb.  And George Will knows it.

(P.S. I finally figured out how to make block quotes.  It was embarrassingly easy.  Hooray!)

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2 responses to “Cancer Sticks

  1. i fear that continuing to cover this story will not only bring the wrath of god on the smoking community – the only kids standing on the curb that will have you, blogtom – but will also increase your standings on the “are smokers dumb” googleroll. then again, oregon may not vote to pass further cigtax legislation: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/06/post_1.html
    in other news, wanna start an internet bulk tobacco co-op?

  2. I really hate awkward situations, so i just might pick up smoking! Good shit that was too funny!! haha

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