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January 11, 2011

The Obama Exception

Stay kool and keep your creases straight. The FDA’s power to ban menthol goes back to the 2009 “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” —
the law giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco. That bill contained a provision barring all flavorings except menthol. At first glance, the decision to ban other flavorings may seem curious. After all, the only real player in the flavored cigarette market was, and is, menthol, which is smoked by about 30 percent of our nation’s 45 million adult smokers — and perhaps three-quarters of African-American smokers. -- Should menthol cigarettes be banned?

Posted by Vanderleun at January 11, 2011 4:12 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And cut Hussein off from his Kools?

Posted by: Fat Man at January 11, 2011 8:53 PM

So, is Obama white or black? Newports or a Marlboro man?

Posted by: james wilson at January 11, 2011 11:36 PM

I can't wait to see this one play out - tragic incivility over the arugula as the Health Nazis sob "For The Chiiiilllldren" and the Enlightened counter with "Raaaaaycisum!!!"

Meanwhile, Dr. Ross frets that a ban may cause a widespread "Black market." My my my.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 12, 2011 9:39 AM

The only question that needs asking is: How much was Ross paid?

"When American corporations come up against inconvenient science," writes Bill Hogan, "they call in the American Council on Science and Health." The group's medical / executive director, Dr. Gilbert Ross, has "defended the Wood Preservative Science Council, saying ... the arsenic in pressure-treated wood poses 'no risk to human health,'" and has written "on behalf of the farmed-salmon industry that the PCBs in fish 'are not a cause of any health risk, including cancer.'"

And Ross' background is as spotty as his junk science-for-hire. For "his participation in a scheme that ultimately defrauded New York's Medicaid program of approximately $8 million," Ross had his medical license revoked, spent a year at a federal prison camp, and was barred from the Medicare and Medicaid programs for 10 years, after a judge found him to be "a highly untrustworthy individual." Ross regained his medical license last year.

Posted by: Sadie at January 12, 2011 9:49 AM

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