Lawmakers Unite to Fight FDA Cigar Re...

Lawmakers Unite to Fight FDA Cigar Regulations

There are 5 comments on the Roll Call story from Jun 5, 2012, titled Lawmakers Unite to Fight FDA Cigar Regulations. In it, Roll Call reports that:

Luquman Shaheen of Vancouver and Neil Waxman of Ohio enjoy cigars at W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist on 15th Street Northwest.

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Orlando, FL

#1 Jun 5, 2012
What the hell does this story have to do with ANYTHING?

Scott Walker wins a recall 1st TIME IN HISTORY and you put this up? What's wrong with you?

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#4 Jun 6, 2012
bad news for Bill clinton, if cigars are outlawed, what will he shove up Monica?

Since: Jan 07

Pittston, PA

#5 Jun 6, 2012
The proposal to regulate (read "tax") cigars is a desperate effort on the part of legislators to find something else to tax in lieu of raising income taxes. Smoking is a form of obsessive compulsive behavior which makes it very difficult for those who indulge to quit.(Nicotine is also very addictive.) The alleged goal of the great tobacco scam of the Clinton administration was not to safeguard the nation's health, but to raid private companies and increase revenue by regularly increasing taxes. The money from the tobacco companies was supposed to go to medical services for smoking and preventive advertising and assistance. The cigaret taxes also support the CHIPs program for disadvantaged children. It is now part of the operating budget of many states.

I can't speak authoritatively for other states but Pennsylvania slaps an additional dollar a pack tax on cigarets every year. Since so many people have quit smoking, unable to bear the cost, the revenue is drying up. Raising taxes yearly results in less revenue because the pool of smokers is shrinking. Thus, another "sin" tax must be introduced.

Those in Congress who are opposing such a tax on cigars probably indulge themselves or are friends of those who do. OR they receive significant donations from cigar makers. When a proposal hits too close to home, these yo-yo's are all about bipartisonship.

Before the months before the great tobacco scheme, it seemed that every night there was a segment on the dangers of smoking, designed to force smokers to quit and non-smokers to eschew the habit. Government studies "proved" that second hand smoke kills. Mothers who smoke would have children with low IQ's and other defects. By and large, smokers were deemed more likely to go blind than those who did not smoke. Such advertising softened the public to favor high taxes and smoking bans everywhere but one's own house. The cigar tax probably won't get off the ground but there is a new health issue coming to the forefront: obesity. How this will be taxed is anyone's guess, but since I am seeing something about obesity on the nightly regularly, overweight people, regardless of cause, are going to be the new national pariahs.
Your Ex

Forest City, NC

#6 Jun 6, 2012
Unions are bad, Mmmkay?

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#7 Jun 6, 2012
everything else in the US is regulated, and the economy is in the crapper, these guys can't agree on any one thing, but THIS they can agree on?

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