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  •  From What I've Read.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...FDA regulation of tobacco would be the usual cynical and predatory sham as is everything that applies to government tobacco policy.  They plan to remove a plethora of ingredients from cigarettes....but not addictive nicotine....because government can't bear the thought of tens of millions of Americans actually quitting smoking now that this nation's financial future has been wholly mortgaged on massive tobacco taxes and extortionist "agreements" with the companies to ladel out hundreds of billions more in outlays.

    There are even more cynical theories out there about government looking to orchestrate a shift of nicotine products to its peeps in Big Pharma as a result of FDA tobacco regulation.  We'll see.

    •  Many of us (0+ / 0-)

      have heard/seen lots of those theories. Generally put forward by those who know the least. Or, have the most to gain from preventing FDA from regulating.

      Common Sense is not Common

      by RustyBrown on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 09:10:37 AM PST

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      •  thank you for that n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 09:17:26 AM PST

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      •  Those Who Should Have the Most to Gain..... (0+ / 0-)

        ....from FDA regulation would be Philip Morris, the biggest bogeyman of all to the antitobacco ideologues as they would be able to monopolize if RJR falls, as many suspect would happen in the event of FDA regulation.  I don't know the specifics on whether this speculation holds water, but the fact that Philip Morris has come out in favor of this legislation should give pause to all of the lifestyle puritans cheerleading this policy.

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