Think he’s smoking something other than lettuce

This past Friday, Congress smacked down the cigarette industry. Having raised taxes on tobacco earlier this year, a new bill allows the FDA to regulate tobacco advertising, banning terms such as “lite” and “low tar” along with ads that may “suggest” that certain cigarettes are not as bad as other ones. It bans sponsorship of sporting and entertaining events and makes the warning labels even bigger than they were. (But still short of the European-style fire and brimstone warnings.)

The bill passed relatively easily but was not without controversy. Congressman Steve Buyer of Indiana did his best to bungle the issue and actually compared smoking lettuce to smoking tobacco saying “it’s not the nicotine that kills, it’s the smoke!”

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