Obama Lauds Anti-Smoking Bill

President Barack Obama has signed the strongest anti-smoking measure ever, calling it an extraordinary accomplishment that will help keep children from getting hooked on cigarettes.

Standing in the Rose Garden with a number of lawmakers and other guests, Obama declared: "It is a law that will save American lives."

The legislation gives the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco and cigarette marketing.

Obama himself has struggled to quit smoking. He acknowledged in his comments how difficult it can be to quit the habit.

The White House embraced the law with a sun-splashed ceremony, and the dozens of invited guests included children from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids who were personally introduced by Obama.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    OSOC - so you are an engineer and a healthcare professional? I am pretty sure that second-hand smoke is just as deadly as smoking the cigarette. I doubt athletes smoke if they want to preform at the highest levels, so why would anyone else? Addiction is addiction, and that one is not for me.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    OSOC - you've said you have a degree in engineering, does that qualify you as a healthcare professional? You don't believe second hand smoke harms others? Well, my nurse wife begs to differ. She's had experience working with patients that had lung cancer and never smoked a day in their lives. They usually had a smoking spouse or worked in a pro-smoking facility. Wierd thing is those patients never had family members with lung cancer, significant? You betcha! I just hope you aren't working on that bridge in Wash., I hope they are using real girders and not the false promises you've stated. No one is stopping you from smoking, just keep your smoke away from me because I like the taste of the food I eat.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    OSOC...I could be as big as the side of a house and it doesnt matter. SMOKERS have a FILTER, NONSMOKERS do not. I could care less what the surgeon general says, i use my own common sense! Feedom? Not sure what that is but Im pretty sure I know what FREEDOM is. Yeah, its a freedom to smoke but not to force it upon others to breathe in.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 23, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    To Davis, I would say a joint. I don't see anything wrong with this and it does sound like Obama cares about the future generation, but it should be people learning to quit smoking on their own that comes into play.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Well J and Laura, I hope both of you are slender. So you buy the second hand smoke "story" that the surgeon general pushed. I have a bridge in Washington NC I want to sell you. In fact, its being rebuild right now. Wolfgang, you are right, Marxism here we come and these bozos are buying it. The only time they will complain is when it hits home and its knocking on the door now. They just don't see any long term damage. Healthcare insurance is endorsed to increase your premiums if you smoke. So, if your medical files go to the federal government, then they can decide that since you have diabetes, they can allow an increase on you. If you have any problem they deem costly, you are setting a precidence with smokers. J and Laura, its about Feedom! You know, the thing our fathers fought for? Learn about it, its more important than smelling smoke.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 23, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    WOLFGANG *high five* LAURA...smokers can kill themselves with smoking, not others. Businesses / Restaurant should NOT have to have a smoke area unless its beside a dumpster. He isn't making people stop smoking, its pretty much the only good thing he has done as far as the smoking ban inside places. I'm ready to see what happens in 2012.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    I just found out today that my grandmother's lung cancer spread into her brain. She smoked two packs of cigarettes a day since she was a teenager. We attribute her cancer to her lifestyle. I hope she can pull through a little while longer. Just thought I would let you all know, have a good day. (remember to talk to all of your family, because they are all you have)
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 22, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    I do not know how many of you WITN commenters read 1984? When I did I was a little distrubed. The novel has become famous for its portrayal of pervasive government surveillance and control, and government's increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual " Big Brother ". Obama must have read it. He seems to be implomenting it on us free Americans. Obama is a Marxist you will see if you read his book. He wants totle control over you , business & government. Obama Snake Oil is right. Watch out you might have to step on a weight scale. Before you can buy food at the Piggly Wiggly. You are overweight by the new Obama's standards. You must leave now or be arrested. You are wasting the peoples food by over eating your share of the peoples food. 1984 I think Obama took book notes. Our cameras are on you. You are not allowed 500 feet of a food store. Go home now,and turn your inside home camera's on so we can watch you. I hope in 2012 we will be set free again.
  • by laura Location: washington,n.c.27889 on Jun 22, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    Mr. President,who is going to help the children who are in closed vehicles,who are being poisioned in their car and house?yall are going too approve marijuana to smoke.people should have a smoke area on their job and outside of resturants.
  • by Davis Location: Williamston on Jun 22, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    After his comments, I am sure he went and lit up. But what did he light up? What a hypocrite!
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