Underreported: The Food and Drug (and Tobacco?) Administration

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For years, the tobacco industry has resisted efforts to make tobacco a substance that’s regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, but a bill making its way through Congress could change that. Washington Post staff writer Lyndsey Layton describes how FDA regulation would change the tobacco industry and whether the bill has a chance of passing.


Lyndsey Layton

Comments [9]

Jessica W. from newark oh.

Well i agree that tobacco is bad and does horrible things to you, but i believe that it can not be illegal. Banning it from our country will cause many illegal imports from other countries that still allow it, just as when we illegalized alcohol. So I colclude that I disagree with the illegalization of tobacco.

Nov. 08 2009 10:02 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Things have gotten totally out of hand with this "smokers witchhunt" and let's get tobacco! I myself quit smoking cigarettes some 9 years ago, at age 53, and am very happy I did. And feel better for it. But I remained a light pipe smoker, and today I got sticker shock on my pipe tobacco order. Five months ago my usual five month supply of Captain Black in bulk cost me under $74 including taxes, shipping, etc. Today, 5 months later, it's jumped to over $92! And the entire 25% increase in price due to TAXES! Enough is enough! Stop the insane persecution of light tobacco users!

Jul. 06 2009 12:45 PM
JP from The Garden State

The last post was directed to “the truth from bkny” in relation to “They shouldn't regulate it they should outlaw it, force all smokers to kick the habit and drop this filthy, stinky practice”.

Jun. 26 2009 03:08 PM
JP from The Garden State

That’s a really good idea!!! Let’s make tobacco illegal. Prohibition seems to be working great with the war on drugs. In fact in its 40+ year history, it’s worked so well that we do more illegal drugs then ever!!! And unlike most illegal drugs, tobacco can be legally grown just about anywhere in the world (climate permitting)!!! So no problems for outside forces to legally grow it and smuggle it in. Since marijuana is similar in size and weight, tobacco will be a well welcomed new product on the black market!!! Where would we be if we had never outlawed alcohol? Look at all the fantastic things the short lived alcohol prohibition did for our thriving black market and underworld!!!! How can you expect to support any kind of terrorism without a thriving black market? Even all the oil imports can’t do that without some help from the black market.

These days, I run into far more bad body odor and bad environmental odors then stinky smokers. Prohibition has never worked on anything that the human species can become addicted to (mentally, physically or both). No? Give one example of a banned illegal substance in this country that illegal sellers made millions on but was then successfully and completely eradicated by prohibition and not replaced by a similar but still illegal substance. I already have the answer for you. There is no such success story or banned substance, not a single one.

It would be far more productive for the billions of dollars won by various states that were promised to be used for healthcare, education and treatment/rehab for tobacco users to be actually used on that and that only. Instead, most states are using their settlements for paying down state budget items that have nothing to do with reducing the use of tobacco products.

Jun. 26 2009 03:02 PM
the truth from bkny

I don't know why this filthy habit started but it has got to be the stinkiest habit ever! Never smoked, never will and I never usually say never.

They shouldn't regulate it they should outlaw it, force all smokers to kick the habit and drop this filthy, stinky practice.

Hey smokers, you smell your Breath, Hair, Fingers, House, Car and Clothes!

When you get off the elevator the smell stays, too!.....yech!

Jun. 22 2009 02:10 PM
Lynas from Upper Left Side

The overuse of the word "Absolutely" is driving me absolutely mad. Nothing is absolute except Vodka and that other thing. Many people (persons) say it twice with an "oh" between for emphasis .

Jun. 17 2009 02:00 PM

Re: Philip Morris support of the FDA bill.

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a co-sponsor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

She is also an ex-Philip Morris lawyer who visited its foreign lab, INBIFO, at least 4 times and who worked with a powerful committee that addressed using attorney-client privilege to shield documents. She has pointedly minimized her work for PM.

But Judge Gladys Kessler, in her verdict in the massive 7-year DOJ suit, had this to say about the lawyers who have helped Philip Morris:

"At every stage, lawyers played an absolutely central role in the creation and perpetuation of the Enterprise and the implementation of its fraudulent schemes.

"They devised and coordinated both national and international strategy . . . and they devised and carried out document destruction policies and took shelter behind baseless assertions of the attorney client privilege.

"What a sad and disquieting chapter in the history of an honorable and often courageous profession."

And yes, Philip Morris is a Gillibrand donor.

You can read details (and a 500+ message discussion) here:

May. 14 2009 02:12 PM

This country! Crap food! Tobacco! No wonder we are finally bankrupt - we have been morally bankrupt for so long

May. 14 2009 01:57 PM

I saw on French tv that tobacco uptakes radioactive polonium (remember polonium?) and gives the equivalent of 800 chest x rays per pack smoked - less if tobacco is organic - tobacco companies know this but don't care

May. 14 2009 01:45 PM

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