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Old 06-22-2009, 09:37 AM   #16
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How is Keith Richards still alive? Anyone?

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is set to sign into law an anti-smoking bill that will give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco.

Obama is scheduled to sign the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act during an event Monday in the Rose Garden. The law allows the FDA to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings and block 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, but the agency will be able to regulate what goes into tobacco products, make public the ingredients and prohibit marketing campaigns, especially those geared toward children.

Anti-smoking advocates looked forward to the bill after years of attempts to control an industry so fundamental to the U.S. that carved tobacco leaves adorn some parts of the Capitol.

Opponents from tobacco-growing states like top-producing North Carolina argued that the FDA has proved through a series of food safety failures that it's not up to the job. They also said that instead of unrealistically trying to get smokers to quit or to prevent others from starting, lawmakers should ensure that people have other options, like smokeless tobacco.

As president, George W. Bush opposed the legislation and threatened a veto after it passed the House last year. The Obama administration, by contrast, issued a statement declaring strong support for the measure.

Obama has spoken publicly of his own struggles to quit cigarettes

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:46 PM   #17
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I doubt if Dylan still smokes heavily, or at all. Richards definitely still does.

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I do not smoke or dip anything but I don't believe it should be illegal or severely restricted. If people want to smoke it that is their business. If others don't want to breathe it/smell it, they can get out of the way our nicely ask the smoker to stop. We have too many restrictive laws already, we don't need any more arbitration in our lives.
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I do smoke and I love it!

Smokers have more fun!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:44 AM   #20
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Some people say that those in the military should be allowed to smoke, given what they face on a daily basis when they are in the trenches/front lines, whatever you want to call it. It is one of the last bastions of smoking freedom.

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- A proposed ban on tobacco would end sales on U.S. military bases and prohibit uniformed soldiers from smoking, even in combat, authorities said.

The ban was proposed in a study commissioned by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, USA Today reported.

The study, which recommends phasing out tobacco products during a 5- to 10-year period, said tobacco use impairs military readiness and can cause lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, CNN reported Sunday.

While any final decision rests with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, many in uniform would oppose such a ban, said retired Gen. Russel Honore, known for his ever-present cigar when he coordinated military relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

"When you're tired and you've been going days on end with minimum sleep, and you are not getting the proper meals on time, that hit of tobacco can make a difference," Honore said.

One in three U.S. service members uses tobacco, compared with one in five adult Americans overall, the VA said, noting combat veterans are 50 percent more likely to use tobacco than soldiers who haven't seen combat.
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Well we must be getting closer to universal health care then. I wonder what they'll want us to stop doing next.

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