Obama’s War On Cancer Sticks

Obama may puff on a cigarette every now and then, but that doesn’t mean he thinks it’s okay for you to do it. On Monday, he signed a bill that will seriously regulate cancer sticks. Under this bill, the Food and Drug Administration gets to rule over tobacco companies with an iron fist. By January, cigarette companies will have to register with the FDA and offer up a list of the ingredients in everything they’re making. The president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids called this “the strongest action the federal government has ever taken to reduce tobacco use.” [USA Today] Here is exactly what the bill prescribes:

  • In about a year, you won’t see tobacco company’s logos on clothing or promotional items in the sporting or entertainment world. This makes sense, since there’s nothing athletic about a cig.
  • By next July, you can say goodbye to the terms “light,” “low” or “mild.” Peeps are going to have a much more difficult time making themselves feel better about puffing away.
  • In 2011, the warning labels on tobacco products are going to be even bigger and bolder. Maybe cancer stick packages should just be one, big warning label?
  • Flavored cigs are going to be off the market by fall. This is good because, let’s face it, these are like the lolipops of cigarettes and totally appeal to kids.

What do you think—should the government be taking such bold steps against tobacco? How long til you think it’ll be illegal.