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1 Henchman 25  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 8:43:41am

Of course, because Corperate Masters > The Peoples' Health.


2 Political Atheist  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 9:13:27am

Good lord, this was not an Onion satire? Yeow.

3 nines09  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 9:24:21am

I guess this was/is some of that "Big Government" interference that the GOP/TP loves to talk about. When your only vested interest in anything is money, you are a bought and sold hack. These are the same folks who want to roll back clean air and water acts as " business busting." They are for sale and bought daily. Shameless.

4 elizajane  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 10:02:47am

This is exactly what every Republican at the debate meant when they said "just get government out of the way." And just think of all the jobs this is going to create! We should all be grateful to the tobacco industry.

5 Bill Nye: People Magazine 'Sexiest Man Alive'  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 11:36:13am

I think the tobacco industry is testing the waters again. The climate is good to slowly push anything.
Lobbyists are finding a very gullible audience who will believe any outlandish thing Republican leaders claim. If they said that new studies have shown cigarettes to be less harmful than originally thought, and it gets an OK reception, they could easily take it further and claim the tobacco-cancer connection to be a scientific hoax. And if the American Cancer Society pushes back-DE FUND THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY!11!!!11!!
I don't think it will really get that far, but it would not be unthinkable in the current political climate.

6 EiMitch  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 1:11:29pm

Since nobody else seemed to notice:

...and eliminate the FDA’s ability to stop tobacco companies from adding ingredients that make their products more attractive to children and minorities...

Ingredients that are more attractive to minorities? What the fug?! Isn't that just stereotyping?

7 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 2:26:02pm

re: #6 EiMitch

Since nobody else seemed to notice:

Ingredients that are more attractive to minorities? What the fug?! Isn't that just stereotyping?

It's not stereotyping when it's backed by a few million in market research. They know where they sell their menthol.

8 freetoken  Thu, Jun 16, 2011 7:30:05pm

The reactionary right in this country loves their tobacco companies:

U.S. Chamber to Kick Off Star-Studded, Anti-Regulation Road Show

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has enlisted Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff under President Bush, and Democratic former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh for a national "road show" to rally businesses to oppose government regulations. Communications for the road show are being handled by Chamber employee Thomas Collamore, who formerly was vice president of Philip Morris Corporate Affairs -- the department that was responsible for thwarting local, state and national policies to reduce tobacco use. The Chamber plans to formally announce the Bayh and Card road show on June 22, 2011, and then will start flying the two around the country to gather support for rolling back regulations designed to protect the environment, consumers and workers. A June 2 memo to the Chamber's Board of Directors says the two will give speeches, and attend events and media appearances at local venues across the country. The Chamber's effort is aimed at fighting the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, minimizing the power of the recently-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, blocking OSHA workplace safety and health programs, hampering employees' ability to join unions and other pro-business reforms. The Chamber has spent months soliciting millions of dollars in funding from Wall Street financial firms, insurance and energy companies for this anti-regulatory effort.

9 boxhead  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 2:40:25am

Bizarro world indeed.... no shame at all....

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