Posts Tagged ‘tobacco’

The Tobacco Industry’s Image

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I consider myself a capitalist and pro-business. Generally, I believe that business people are productive builders who help society. We have all, of course, encountered the exceptions. But there is one group of businesses for whom I can give no benefit of the doubt, and that’s the tobacco industry. For years, they have known that their products cause sickness and death. For years, they ignored the evidence, fought a legal and public relations battle and continued to produce their death sticks and other tobacco products. More, they sought to hook people faster and more effectively by upping the nicotine content of their products. (more…)

Vendors Selling Tobacco to Minors Without Penalty.Part 2

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

DHHS did not adhere to the Synar Amendment any more tightly than did state governments. DHHS did not take issue with any of the 3 states that allowed the sale of tobacco to minors without penalty. Funding was not withheld from any of the states that did not show evidence of enforcing their laws. (more…)

Vendors Selling Tobacco to Minors Without Penalty.Part 1

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Although federal law requires states to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors, most states do not enforce these laws. Furthermore, the federal government fails to punish states whose enforcement is lax despite federal laws which require such penalties. As a result of this weak regulation of tobacco retailers, children under 18 can easily obtain cigarettes, thus exposing themselves to the leading preventable cause of death in this country. (more…)