Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A ban on flavored tobacco products (Flavored Cigarettes Now Illegal)

The FDA has announced a ban on flavored (fruit, candy, or clove) cigarettes. The ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is part of a national effort by FDA to reduce smoking in America. What type of progress will our country make as our nation tries to eliminate smoking? Will we actually start seeing population health effects such as reductions in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases? (I think the answer is yes, but it will take many years before we observe a noticeable effect)  Of course, if new carcinogens enter the environment, then we may not see such a dramatic effect.

I'm so glad that smoking is now banned in many public places such as restaurants. In the past, it used to be so unpleasant to smell smoke while you were dining out. We still encounter this if you're eating somewhere that has outdoor seating, but maybe that will eventually change as well.

We may no longer need drugs like Zyban and Chantix on the market (I'm trying to be optimistic). Can you imagine a world where no one smokes?

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