A Misguided FDA Crusade

From: The Weekly Standard

The case for leaving cigarette flavorings alone.


From Brussels to Chicago to the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, Maryland, public health officials, antismoking crusaders, and mayors are waging a battle against flavorings for both tobacco cigarettes and newer e-cigarettes.


The confluence of these trends in public health—toward banning flavorings and treating e-cigarettes the same as their deadlier combustible cousins—could get ugly fast. It could herald a new Prohibition. It would be Prohibition in all but name for cigarettes, as the law would allow few attractive alternatives for those who crave nicotine.

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