Justinian Lane

Inter Alia on the Internet – April Fools’ Edition

I’m not feeling terribly creative this morning, so you have my assurance that there aren’t any fake stories here intended as an April Fools’ joke. 

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Apr 01, 2009 in Roundup
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Re: the FDA regulating cigarettes--can they really handle regulating anything else? Not doing so good a job as it is.

But having more oversight on big tobacco wouldn't be a bad thing.

Why do you think it's not a good idea? Just wondering.

Posted by: Kia | April 1, 2009 7:54 PM

I will admit now that Levine came out the right way, I'm less worried about FDA regulation. I originally feared it was a slippery slope towards eliminating tobacco lawsuits.

Now I just feel that it's a waste of taxpayer money to regulate a deadly product. Are we going to let tobacco user fees fund the regulation? Then we'll have useless regulations. Are we going to spend taxpayer bucks on it? Why? It's not like with some FDA regulation tobacco would become safe.

Posted by: Justinian Lane | April 2, 2009 2:02 PM

I hear that. Actually now I recall intending to blog about this. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families, was quoted in Washington Post saying the following:

"Cigarettes and cigars are drug-delivery systems, delivering an addictive drug -- nicotine -- in a product that kills when used as directed," said Zuckerman, whose group supports the bill. "How can the FDA justify regulating, rather than banning, those products? On the other hand, if the FDA regulates tobacco products, it can stop misleading advertising and help prevent the sale of tobacco products to children. That will save lives." (WAPO)

Also according to Washington Post, supporters of the bill include some consumer advocates, Democrats in the House, and, oh yeah, Phillip Morris. BIGGGG RED FLAG, isn't that?!

Posted by: Kia | April 3, 2009 5:29 PM