The state Assembly in Sacramento California approved a package of tobacco-control bills that would regulate the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes and make California the nation’s second state to increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The lawmakers also approved bills that would allow counties to enact local cigarette taxes, close loopholes in existing smoke-free workplace laws and require that all K-12 schools be tobacco-free. [San Jose Mercury News]
Category: Tobacco Legislation
Smokers in Boston now face a $250 fine if they exercise their right to light up in city-run parks. The ban covers the 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and other spaces run by the Parks and Recreation Department, including Boston Common, the Public Garden and Franklin Park.
The Senate passed and President Obama signed into law a bill to regulate the tobacco industry under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The bill will give the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate the manufacture and sales of any tobacco product.
When you can’t compete against a product in the American free enterprise system, the only solution is to eliminate it through legislation.
Handing big tobacco corporations a huge victory, the PACT Act passed by unanimous consent without a vote or a hearing on a late night in March, 2010 in another one of those back room deals by our Open and Transparent Government.
Good news for pot and cocaine smokers… under the Obamacare health insurance company bailout plan, health insurance companies cannot penalize you with higher premiums. Now, if you smoke cigarettes, it’s a different story… they can hike your premiums up to 50 percent higher than potheads.
Last week, another bill was passed and signed into law that takes more of our freedoms and violates the Constitution of the United States. It was, of course, done for the sake of the children, and in the name of the health of the citizenry. It’s always the case that when your liberty is seized, it is seized for your own good. Such is the condescension of Washington.
I stumbled upon this interesting article on the John Birch Society website called, “The Moralists of San Francisco” that once again points out the hypocrisy of the governments role in protecting our health.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted (326-102) to give the FDA regulatory control over tobacco. Now get this… Philip Morris USA, which thinks regulation by the Food and Drug Administration will help shore up its position as the leading cigarette manufacturer, endorsed this big government move to further nationalize the tobacco industry.
The FDA is already in crisis and overburdened. Its own scientific advisers say that the Agency can’t fulfill its mission to protect our nation’s health, food supply, medicines and medical devices. Now, Congress wants to add new taxes and fees of more than $7 billion to fund new FDA tobacco regulations when numerous other federal and state agencies are already working to reduce tobacco use.
On December 5th, 1933 the 18th Amendement to the U.S. Constitution (thats Prohibition folks!)was repealled.
Today, you might be able to have a drink legally, but it’s illegal to light up that smoke with your cocktail. This madness must stop. Identify the politicians that voted to prohibit your right to smoke and get them out of office.
Oregon’s Measure 50 will supposedly raise money from an 85-cents-a-pack tax increase on cigarettes to pay for children’s health insurance and other health programs.
Measure 50 will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, with ballots being mailed next week.
In yet another move to restrict your ability to purchase low cost cigarettes online, legislation (H.R. 2932) to ban cigarettes and other tobacco products from being shipped via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been introduced in the House by Rep. John M. McHugh (R-NY).