Moving Toward Tobacco Prohibition

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:51:14 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Ron Paul at Campaign for Liberty - Commentary on H.R. 1256, the "Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act", which was presented to the president yesterday.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act will give sweeping new powers over tobacco to the FDA. It will require everyone engaged in manufacturing, preparing, compounding, or processing tobacco to register with the FDA and be subjected to FDA inspections, which is yet another violation of the Fourth Amendment. It violates the First Amendment by allowing the FDA to restrict tobacco advertising in multiple ways, as well as an outright ban on advertising any cigarettes as light, mild or low-tar. The FDA will have the power of pre-market reviews of all new tobacco products, and will impose new user fees, meaning taxes, on manufacturers and importers of tobacco products. It will even regulate the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.

I'm sorely tempted to start growing my own tobacco.

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Submitted by Johnny Tobackyseed on Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:49:02 GMT

I'm neither a tobacco user nor (alas) a plant breeder...but picture, if you will, one or more tobacco varieties adapted for good quality, shorter northern growing seasons, and lower fertilizer demand, patented (only so no one else can) and given away to all comers.

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