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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Exempts Cigars from Sports Sponsorship Ban, Then Complains that Cigar Company is Sponsoring Orange Bowl; More Hypocrisy
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has joined Senator Dick Durbin in condemning the Orange Bowl for accepting sponsorship from a cigar company and urging the NCAA to prohibit such sponsorship. In a letter
to the Orange Bowl and the NCAA, the Campaign writes: “As public health groups that combat the use of tobacco and its devastating toll on American families every day, we urge the Orange Bowl Committee and the NCAA to cancel a cigar company sponsorship of the Discover Orange Bowl. Tobacco has no place in sports, and the promotion of cigars at such a prestigious sporting event entices youth and young adults, putting them at risk of developing a deadly addiction.”
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December 21, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the Data Quality Act (DQA), also known as the Information Quality Act, 44 U.S.C § 3516, note.
The DQA has deep roots developed over nearly a half-century as the result of a seed planted during the Johnson Administration which germinated in the Nixon Administration, was watered by the Carter Administration and whose product was harvested by the Reagan Administration, made available to the public in the Bush I Administration and subsequently enhanced by the Clinton Administration and promoted by the Bush II and Obama Administrations. See: http://thecre.com/ombpapers/SystemsAnalysisGroup.htm and http://thecre.com/quality/20010924_fedinfotriangle.html
David Burns, MD (UCSD, School of Medicine, Professor Emeritus) (9:00 am) noted that the WHO list of the most hazerdoous tobacco constitutents was not based solely on toxicology per se as the list was developed for regulatory purposes.
– Clifford Watson, Ph.D. (CDC) (11:20am) stated that “we would want to use the best available science to decide this list of harmful constituents.”
– Dr. Burns, (11:40am) stated that animal toxicity data is not a reliable predictor of human toxicity.
Dr. Connolly made the following statement at first Advisory Committee meeting:
“I hope everything we do shows respect and dignity to smokers. We are here to help smokers.”
What are the public policy implications of this statement? In particular should the advisory committee examine the effects a ban on menthol would have on smuggling, production of counterfeit products and the funding of criminal organizations?
Statements made by members of the Advisory Committee will be presented on this page.
CRE will begin by conducting reviews over time and the order of the members chosen is only determined by the ease in identifying key statements.