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June 12th, 2009
09:11 AM ET

Big blow against big tobacco

By this afternoon, the president could be signing a bill into law – giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco companies. It's considered a huge step in the effort to snuff out smoking in America. The Senate overwhelmingly voted yesterday to strike a big blow against big tobacco.

Filed under: Business • Politics
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    once again big government trying to take over a company that has no right or business in. First chrysler then gm,now tobacco when will it ever stop!!!! Regulating tooo? what for. Its so unAMERICAN to me . im DISGUSTED. they say by signing and putting this bill into play that americans will see less tobacco smoking, but thats not going to do curb the use of tobaacco and anything but raise the price on it which i see is already high as is...... obama trend..... he smoke cigs too hah what a flip flopper. he flipped on the war, flipped on drug war stance, flipped on the American people. Propaganda We can believe in. SOUND FAMILAR OBAMA?

    June 16, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  2. Sharon

    By reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes, all that will result is that people will smoke MORE. Two, three cigarettes in order to receive the levels that ONE cigarette delivers now. Makes no sense. I think there has to be a better approach.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  3. Sheila

    I feel government is getting too much say in what Americans can and cannot do, say or believe.
    Where does it all end?
    I live where it was once thougth of as the Tobacco Capital of the World, North Carolina. Being raised on a tobacco farm, I have seen alot of changes over the years towards the tobacco farmers and the way big government has stepped in and tryed to take it over. Don't
    they have enough on their plates?? The economy, the gas prices, etc.
    I do not understand. They are slowly taking away all rights and God given freedoms that make this country so great. We are slowly being stripped of our rights, is communism far behind?

    June 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  4. James

    the price of petrol increase, because all the would say the reason, and why ... (OPEC) organisation of petro exporting in the country can to rise or the down. Example the china, and india, because their very big population,and also U.S. the population is very big, so their demand is very strong, to U.S., the compagny of petrol, in the golf, to texas, in Alaska, is control by of enterprise private republican conservative very, very rich. have you to hear to speak of Dril Baby Dril, in the campaing of republican 2008. So, when the recession finish, the price of gas to go down immediately. the price of gas affect all the would, the trip, my congress of chairmanship in Russia. ect.

    June 12, 2009 at 10:31 am |