Wednesday, March 11, 2009

If Big Tobacco is for it, I'm against it

A bill to let the FDA regulate tobacco is quietly moving ahead, temporarily lost in the noise and confusion of bailouts and budgets.

FDA regulation of cigarettes would seem to be a good thing for children (which is what nearly all people who start smoking are) and their families.

Philip Morris supports the bill. A paper by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, says the company is doing so because it "seeks to enhance its legitimacy, redefine itself as socially responsible, and alter the litigation environment."

You can read the paper if you like, and form your own conclusion. I don't know exactly what Philip Morris and Marlboro are up to, but they're very good at what they do.

So if they're for it, I'm against it. I don't need to know the details. If you feel the same way, let your senators and representatives know.

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