"WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers took the final steps on Friday to pass sweeping legislation giving the broad authority over cigarettes and other tobacco products, sending the bill to the president to be signed into law." It also allows the FDA for the first time to monitor and inspect tobacco companies. Cigarette makers would have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in user fees, register with the agency, and provide a list of all the products they make. Smoking is not good for one's physical health, and I have no argument there. However, I don't know that government intrusion, in yet another industry, is the best solution. The government is not your Daddy! Tobacco has been used in its various forms for about 2,000 years: "c.1 BCE: Experts believe American inhabitants have begun finding ways to use tobacco, including smoking (in a number of variations), chewing and in probably hallucinogenic enemas (by the Peruvian Aguaruna aboriginals)." (Note: That last one is similar to what most non-smokers would like to tell smokers to do with their cigarettes.) Then we take a big leap forward, jumping over the intermediate history, to that with which we are most familiar:
"1493: Ramon Pane, a monk who accompanied Columbus on his second voyage, gave lengthy descriptions about the custom of taking snuff. He also described how the Indians inhaled smoke through a Y-shaped tube. Pane is usually credited with being the first man to introduce tobacco to Europe." Shortly thereafter tobacco was introduced to the courts of Europe, and the rest is familiar to most of us. This is history - it is not meant as justification for smoking, snorting, or chewing tobacco. However, that history helps to explain the continued use of tobacco today. Tobacco has been in regular, legal use since the beginning of the Renaissance some 600 years ago. It wasn't until the latter part of the 20th century that tobacco use was linked to some very serious health problems. It is estimated that directly or indirectly, tobacco causes more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. annually, a figure that represents nearly 20 percent of all U.S. deaths. These deaths have been to a number of conditions defined as tobacco-related including; heart disease, cancer, chronic pulmonary disease and stroke.Those are the primary conditions attributed to smoking tobacco products, which could effect as many as 70,380,000 Americans. Those who choose smokeless tobacco are the beneficiaries of conditions such as cancer of the oral cavity, including the lips, gums, tongue and palette.
The government's justification for inflicting themselves on yet another industry, is to improve the general health of the population of the USA, and reduce the costs of medical care - another industry in which the government is seizing control!
I resent and fear excessive governmental involvement in any and all private industries! It's just one more step forwarding Obama's Marxist/Socialist "Progressive" agenda for the USA. Which industry will the government force its control upon next? Entertainment? Clothing? Your guess is as good as the next persons. If the people do not say, at this juncture, "ENOUGH!!", then there will be no end to governance OF the people, rather than BY the people.
There's a remote chance I could be wrong about this... but it is about as remote as the Lunar wilderness!