"...On behalf of TRI-PAC Health and Wellness Advocacy, our Industry Advisory Board, as a longtime tobacco control advocate, and as your longtime constituent:
It is a personal privilege to congratulate, commend, and to express our SUPPORT and ENDORSEMENT of HR 1108.
Given your leadership and the new leadership in Congress, the time has come for the FDA to be granted authority to regulate the sale, production, and marketing of tobacco products.
Tobacco companies have long been able to play under their own rules and deceive the public.
As this legislation wades its way through the legislative process’, may the change in tobacco companies rules and operating process’ and the benefits to our citizens commence..."
As a Physician and a former smoker, I am wholeheartedly against smoking, and support any all efforts to educate the entire population as to to the dangers of all forms of tobacco use.
It started a while back with bars, than restaurants, than parks, than beaches, that public areas (City of Santa Monica-http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid252586736?bclid=254756163&bctid=254756161) and all the way to no smoking in the city (Calabasas and Belmont, both in California).
When enough is enough? How and when our health concerns balanced with the citizens rights!? Ms. Esther Schiller runs an organization dedicated to availability of smoke-free housing, especially affordable housing and is working with the City of Santa Monica to enact the appropriate ordinances (http://www.smokefreeapartments.org/).
I believe a person has a right to be dumb, uninformed, ignorant and/or outright self destructive (A.N.S.-RIP) with regard to tobacco uses, whether sniffing, chewing, or smoking, especially inside person's home.
I for one, think the government should start "no flatulating" enforcement in enclosed/crowded spaces like bathrooms, elevators, Costco check-out lines, movie theaters, prisons, museums and Jet Blue planes! But than again, according to Al Gore, there are legitimate energy uses of bio-gases!?
Don't use tobacco & be well!
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