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!)