New Tobacco Rules In Effect

A number of new rules governing the sales and marketing of tobacco products go into effect Tuesday.

One year ago President Obama signed a law giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. On Tuesday, we see the first fruits of that law.

The FDA now prohibits giving free samples of cigarettes or selling packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes, sales of cigarettes in vending machines will be much more severely restricted and tobacco brand names will no longer be able to sponsor social or cultural events or sports teams.

The new regulations also prohibit the sale of hats and t-shirts with tobacco brands or logos on them.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 24, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    Somehow I don't think political allignment is the topic here, "@OSOC". Some people like to troll for a fight on that subject, no matter what the thread, because they can't come up with anything intelligent to add to the conversation. OSOC: That's precisely why I agree with you that it's Pandora's Box. Everybody always thinks they can control it. I watched someone just last night not use their brain, & try to release pressure from the radiator on my unfortunately overheating car... When the cap flew off and the inevitable scalding occurred, I thought 'what an illustration'. I've said over & over, wait till it's you.. your favorite indulgence. It doesn't matter if it's french fries, cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, red meat, your choice of entertainment, your career, or personal appearance. It starts with one thing but it won't end there. Everyone will be affected. The govt already thinks they know what overweight is. I'm just watching for them to make a law about it.
  • by @OSOC on Jun 23, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    You can't be the chairman of the RNC. You claimed to be a democrat a few days ago. Were you fibbing then? Or, are you claiming now to be so far to the extreme right that you see moderate as far left?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    Moderate, if you think you are moderate than I am the chairman of the RNC. Think you should change your poster name to "Progressive". At least it would be accurate. Audra, all these folks think it will not effect them or that it will not apply to them, however, once the government is empowered, the sky is the limit. OK, an example "Moderate" uses a skateboard to get to work everyday, well, you know he would not use gasoline or petroleum...the government decides he has to give up skateboarding since its dangerous. He could be injured or killed or even kill someone else. I am serious, you have empowered the government based on smoking? Thats correct. The government can come out on any issue and determine your life style is dangerous and regulate it. As I mentioned, the state now charges employees more money for being overweight and smoking. You empowered them with smoking, they went after overweight. What is overweight? The government will decide for you.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 23, 2010 at 01:06 AM
    I'm a nonsmoker w/ a boyfriend that smokes. I want to see him quit one day b/c I love him & want him healthy, but there's no point in flogging him over it. He will when HE decides to. No restrictive laws will change anyone's habits. Illegal drugs are a prime illustration of that. People need to stop nagging & mind their own. Everyone makes unhealthy choices. It's not the govt's job to decide you can't. Fact is the law is written ignorantly. No packs fewer than 20? So? (How many were in them before anyway?) Clothing w/ ads will be rerouted as gifts for other purchases, & free promotionals. Boyd: re Taliban - wait for it. Drunk, & Me: Haven't you 2 figured out that alcohol is next? OSOC, myself, & others have tried to warn people, only to be ridiculed. OSOC is right, it's Pandora's Box. I saw this coming the first time I saw Oblabber speak on TV. It gave me the creeps. I said then he was dangerous. Wait till they make it illegal to be outside govt. weight chart stats. U think they wont?
  • by Anonymous Location: enc on Jun 22, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    Moderate: It's a false economy you idiot. Take off the blinders and see the hyper-inflation before your eyes. While your at it cut your hair and lose the peace sign, it's all outdated!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    You guys are just puppets of a political run country. They're all a bunch of rich folks who have no interest in your "feelings" at all. All they care about is getting a one up on each other in Washington, DC and making you believe they are for you! All they want is to make $ for themselves, tricking you into thinking they are for you, so that they can get in office!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 22, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    Shorty you can blame petro-bra or petro brazil and george soros and his 900 million dollars he invested there for part of the reason the well has not been capped to drive up prices,look at the pump prices in the past 2 weeks?wonder who will pay for the clean up? you&I
  • by Moderate Location: NC on Jun 22, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    OSOC, I have to wonder why you're so worried about the DOW being below 11,000 now, but 6000 under George W. Bush wasn't a bad thing at all. And how did the DOW get from 6000 to 10,000 ? Did Obama's communists do that? Does the President have nothing to do with a successful economy when he is a Democrat, and everything when he is a Republican? Why is it that you ask me for examples to support my position, then when I provide them you ignore them and go off on another ridiculous rant? You would have a hard time making a case before an impartial body, but then you don't have to, do you? All you have to do is sit on the sidelines and throw mud.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    GBHB, only passing on the facts. Just remember, Bill Clinton even moved to the middle. Obama is far left progressive....he has lost his audiance. You know, only Jimmy Carter had numbers like Obama, however, Carter was higher in the polls. Anotherwords, he will go back to community organizer as his career is almost threw. He could have been at least a good president, however, he will go down as only the first black president. That will be his legacy.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    Scarlett, I still believe that a human being in America can go as far as the stars. However, when this stuff is up for vote or given to an agency with an agenda.I have a problem with it. When I go to airports, I see an unfriendly city that wants to dictate what tobacco users do. Even on planes, chewing tobacco is any tobacco product is not allowed. OK, so are you serving fatening foods at the airport.I saw an older lady, going to her mothers funeral,she was on the same flight, standing the cold rain at RDU, since they don't allow smoking on under the overhang. Well, I am from NC, which was known to be friendly to everybody that visits here. I didn't see the love, or friendly, at RDU. Then there is being overweight coming up on the agenda...all we did was empower the government to pass laws to control behavior. Sort of like women with winter weight and summer weight, winter weight will no longer be tolerated since Obama and houses say, its not good for you. I can make decisions myself.
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