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The REAL reason Obama let FDA regulate tobacco

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posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 02:08 PM
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The real reason President Obama let FDA regulate tobacco products is simple. Smokers cost too much! If the government is going to have any success running a health care program then the smokers have to go.


Almost all the insurance premiums are set on the basis of the intensity of risk of the claims


And unfortunatly, smokers are an intense risk..


Smoking causes complex diseases like, stomach ulcers, heart attack, cancer (in particular lung cancer) as well as chronic obstruction in airway


It is these complex diseases that cost very much to cure, if they can be cured.

So back to my point, the government is very aware of this problem, and If they are to take over health care in the US, then you can expect some dramatic changes in the regulation of tobacco.

-E-

Quotes from this article
Obama signs cigarette bill




posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 02:33 PM
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Just tobacco right?

It ends there right?

It won't morph into restrictions on alcohol (of course not), or unpatented non-petrochemical (natural) drugs or treatments?

How about overeating? Or not exercising....?

Upon the premise of 'taking care of us' THEY decide right? I am not impressed by the logic. smokers pay a very high tax on their choice of consumption already, but certainly, it would be 'better' to prohibit the choice, right?

Legislation like this will mark the end of personal sovereignty in future history.

It's a shame really.



[edit on 26-6-2009 by Maxmars]



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 02:40 PM
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I am certianly not saying that they will not try to take away other personal liberties in the future, in fact I believe they will. But currently, they have given the FDA power to regulate tobacco, because it is at the top of the list for health care expenditures.

-E-



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 02:52 PM
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Dr. Jeffrey E. Harris MD. Phd Said in his presentation to the U.S. House of Representatives..



From my review of past and ongoing research, I estimate that cigarette smoking accounts for 8 percent of all health- care spending in the United States



-E-



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 02:53 PM
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I think that makes sense. Smoking is a careless risk towards your health. They limit drinking and driving because it causes injuries, underage drinking because of health problems, they tax soda in some places, and they make other things that are bad for your health like some drugs illegal.

But that's just me. I don't like smoke. I don't know why it's legal to smoke. It shouldn't be, along with tanning, and swimming in pools of radiation. Things that cause cancer in large amounts just shouldn't exist.



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 02:54 PM
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Actually, the cost of Healthcare that Tobacco cause to American Tax Payers is a total ruse. I'm not saying that Tobacco doesn't generate a financial burden, but it is chump change compared to what is really going on.

What the fact of the matter is, in regards to this legislation that Obama signed into law, that this is Economic Protectionism hidden under the guise of Health interests.

What this law effectively does is allows the FDA to discriminate Tobacco products not on the merits of their health risk, but on the merits of their point of origin, without violating Trade Treaties.

The fastest growing section of the Tobacco Sales in the United States is Kreteks (Clove Cigarettes). In the past decade Kreteks have gone from .9% to 9% of all Tobacco Sales in the US. Current trends show that this growth-rate is only going to accelerate. Kreteks have been shown by the CDC to have no greater health risk than any other Tobacco product (and actually a 15 year long study by the CDC on Indonesians who smoked in excess of 1 pack of Kreteks a day showed no instances of elevated health risk over not smoking!) As all Kreteks are imported from Indonesia and there are currently no US Manufacturers that produce Kreteks, this is a significant financial threat to the US Tobacco Industry. And this is just the largest segment that poses a threat. All of the Tobacco products that are flavored come from North Africa, the Near East, Russia or SE Asia, not from the US. These are the products that have been explicitly banned under this new legislation. Without invoking a Trade Embargo against these Countries, which would cause an International Incident and cause a Trade Embargo of US Tobacco Exports in retaliation, this law was contrived to have the same results without affecting our ability to Export Tobacco products.

Thus, only US Tobacco products can now be bought and sold in the US...although US Tobacco products can still be Exported to other nations.

Also, States annually receive a portion of profits from the US Tobacco Industry as terms of a Class Action Lawsuit. Foreign Tobacco Companies that have their products imported into the US do not have to pay the States a part of their profits. Thus, it is in the cash-strapped States better interests to eliminate all foreign competition as that will make their profit-sharing in the US Tobacco Industry's sales go up!

Remember the old Axiom of "If you want to find the real reason behind something, just follow the money!"



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 03:03 PM
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I can honestly say, good job Obama (although he smokes as well). And start taxing even harder on the cancer sticks. In some states its illegal to smoke in a car with children,smoke in restaurants/schools. When are people going to realize that smoking is no longer the "fad".

500k+ die a year from smoking related problems. A minority of those people never touched a cig in their life,but received second hand smoke.
I just watched my grandmother choke on her own Bile and die from a miserable 20+ years of fighting cancer that was related to her smoking habit.

Why dont smokers just go grab a loaded gun,take off the safety, and just end their existance. Smokers are "sheeple", because even though the warning signs are there, even on the side of the damn boxes, some people continue to smoke them and give money to the USA's filthy gov.

Now everyone has their reasons on why the smoke, but WHAT IF, just WHAT IF, you wake up one day to find out that your child has lung cancer and that it was tobacco related. If you think about it, the smoking laws have not been around that long. There is probably plenty of people out there that have not smoked anything in their lives walking around with cancer because of second hand and they just dont know it yet.




Sorry I just have to rant when people start talking about cigs, because ive lost so many close to me because of them.



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 03:04 PM
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I think your reasoning is good, other then the fact that the govt. isn't in the business of selling tobacco. Now, state govt's do benefit as you stated by the additional tax, but I don't think this legislation was specifically aimed at that. The timing is too coincidental with the health care legislation on the table. You said "follow the money", and as I said earlier, the govt. ins't directly in the tobacco business, but they soon will be in the health care business.

-E-



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 03:21 PM
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1. The real reason he let the FDA control tobacco is because he is a Liberal and Liberals always think they know the best choice for everyone.

2. It might be 8 percent of healtcare costs, but how much is a 20 yr war on Illegal Tobacco Dealers going to cost the country?



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 03:29 PM
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Originally posted by ravenshadow13
But that's just me. I don't like smoke. I don't know why it's legal to smoke. It shouldn't be, along with tanning, and swimming in pools of radiation. Things that cause cancer in large amounts just shouldn't exist.


Like self-righteous, authoritarians who can't see past the ends of their own noses? When is it your turn? Get in line with an attitude like that. People wanting their chance to lay down decrees for everyone else are the real cancer.

What do you like? I'll lead a campaign to ban it just because.



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 03:30 PM
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When I think of every thing our ancestors have been through to conserve our freedom and civil liberties.........

I find it both shocking and appalling at how quickly some people are willing to hand them over.

[edit on 26-6-2009 by ladyinwaiting]



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 04:29 PM
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Originally posted by MysterEI think your reasoning is good, other then the fact that the govt. isn't in the business of selling tobacco. Now, state govt's do benefit as you stated by the additional tax, but I don't think this legislation was specifically aimed at that. The timing is too coincidental with the health care legislation on the table. You said "follow the money", and as I said earlier, the govt. ins't directly in the tobacco business, but they soon will be in the health care business.


On the contrary. Tobacco is the 2nd largest revenue source for the US Treasury, exceeded only by Excise Taxes on Gasoline. The Federal government receives revenue from Tobacco not only from Federal Taxes on Sales, but also Federal Excise Taxes on Imports, Federal Taxes on US Tobacco Industry Revenue, and Federal Taxes on US Tobacco Industry Employee Wages.

The CDC calculates the estimate cost of smoking in the US to come out to $96 Billion/yr in Health Care (which is not yet a liability to the Federal Government, but will be if we adopt Socialized Healthcare) and $97 billion/yr in lost productivity (read potential lost Taxes on Wages due to decreased life-span). Only 22 billion packs of cigarettes are sold domestically in the US, so this comes out to be $3.45/pack in potential Health Care cost and $3.73/pack in potential lost productivity, which we tax $2.92/pack directly, coming out to a seeming loss of a potential $4.16/pack to the Federal Government (again, this is a hypothetical loss assuming fully Socialized Healthcare). Yet when you include all the other Taxable Revenue sources attributed to the growing, manufacturing, and distribution of that pack of cigarettes, the US Treasury still receives a Net Gain of $0.32 per pack of cigarettes sold in the United States (or $7.04 billion dollars annually) under this estimate. This also does not include the consideration of Tax Revenue from raw Tobacco or Exports.

On top of this, the US Tobacco companies pay the States $24.6 billion/yr in Settlements (having paid $203.5 billion in the past 10 year since the DMA).

Still, this is chump change.

Now, let's get to the big bucks of where the US profits from this new Tobacco Law...

We export 191 Metric Tons of raw Tobacco a year. We import 241 Metric Tons of raw Tobacco a year, giving us a Net Import of 50 Metric Tons.

We export 170 billion pounds of cigarettes a year but import 200 billion pounds of cigarettes a year, giving us a Net Import of 30 billion lbs.

By effectively banning Imports (by using the FDA instead of Trade Embargo) we have turned this into a Net Import of -191 Metric Tons of raw Tobacco and -170 billion pounds of cigarettes a year, all of which means higher Capital Gains for the entire Tobacco Industry in the United States. This means the Tobacco Industry in the United States will now have to produce 432 Metric Tons of raw Tobacco a year, and and ramp up to producing 370 billion pounds of cigarettes a year to make up for this difference in Net Import. This effectively more than doubling the US Treasury's Revenue, making Tobacco now the number one revenue source for the US Treasury. It also means that a huge amount of US jobs are created to help assist in this more than 100%+ increase in US Tobacco production.

Name me any other industry that can turn a 100%+ increase in Revenue and Taxes!

The US Car Industry and Wall Street combined don't equal the amount of Revenue that the US Tobacco Industry represents to the US Treasury!

You can consider this Legislation to be the US Tobacco Industry's Bail Out, the only difference is that it is making both the US Tobacco Industry and the US Treasury fat off the deal, at the expense of foreign Tobacco Industries and US Consumers.

Of course, this will only last until the WTO rules on this, as Indonesian Kretek Manufacturers have already asked for Economic & Trade Sanctions against the U.S. Still, the US Treasury and US Tobacco will profit greatly off of this scheme for a couple of years until then, and hopefully by then the US Economy will have recovered enough to handle things going back to the way they were prior to this law.

[edit on 26-6-2009 by fraterormus]



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 04:43 PM
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Originally posted by MysterE
reply to post by fraterormus
 


I think your reasoning is good, other then the fact that the govt. isn't in the business of selling tobacco. Now, state govt's do benefit as you stated by the additional tax, but I don't think this legislation was specifically aimed at that. The timing is too coincidental with the health care legislation on the table. You said "follow the money", and as I said earlier, the govt. ins't directly in the tobacco business, but they soon will be in the health care business.

-E-


Read the bill they are now


Not only can they regulate what is going on in the industry; they can also say who sells what and to who AND for how much and what is TAXED.. when ever THEY see fit.
I know 1200 pages of a health bills and several thousand additional pages of bill's being attached to the first health bill ALREADY PASSED is a bit much. BUT if you want to know what is going on and carry on a logical form of conversation about it that doesn't involve allot of bashing or personal "feelings" get to it and start reading.
IF EVER you "hear or see" that a bill has an extremely high number of pages; you can be guaranteed that there is something else stuffed in between several lines in it. There are lobbyist's for a reason people. They get what they want by paying dearly for it. If you see a HUGE bill they have got what they "need and want" in it.
The only way you can find the tid-bit's is to actually get down and READ THE BILLS.



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 04:43 PM
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Originally posted by EnlightenUp
Like self-righteous, authoritarians who can't see past the ends of their own noses? When is it your turn? Get in line with an attitude like that. People wanting their chance to lay down decrees for everyone else are the real cancer.

What do you like? I'll lead a campaign to ban it just because.


Well said!

I think that a large problem is date rape. I think all women should be required to wear burkas and have a male relative escort them at all times.

Another problem is religion - we all heard about those wackos that attack abortion clinics - ban them!

An what about the number one killer of all: obesity? Obviously, if we were only allowed to eat moderate amounts of tofu and broccoli then we wouldn't have this problem!

The list goes on and on...

To paraphrase Hans Gruber: "Sooner or later, I will get to something you do care about"

If we continue to ban everything that is unhealthy, unsafe or has a potential for abuse then we will all end up in climate controlled, rubber rooms with nutrition dispensers and treadmills. That doesn't sound like being a free human being to me - it sounds like being a hamster.



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 06:02 PM
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The REAL reason why Obama approved the bill to allow FDA regulation of tobacco - why its because Philip Morris wrote the bill.

You have all been taken to the cleaners my friends. You see the bill allows FDA control to ban any new products of the market place. IN a market where the e-cigarette provides a much safer alternative to smoking, then for the first time, Philip Morris has some competition.

So FDA bans the e-cigarette and Philip Morris continues to dominate the market place.

Further, this bill was written by Philip Morris and promoted by so-called anti-smoking advocates..predominately the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society etc.

Note that the bill bans "flavored" cigarettes ie cherry apple banana but exempts menthol. Flavored cigarettes comprise less than 1% of the market - guess what percentage of the market menthol flavored cigarettes gets.

On the same day that Obama signed the bill - Philip Morris released its new brand of menthol cigarettes called "Kool-54".

You can read all about how completely the american public was sucked in on this website

tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com...

I suggest you start with the blogs written in May and June 2009 to read about the meetings between Philip Morris and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to truly understand the scam at work here and the true effects of the bill.

Tired of Control Freaks



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 07:30 PM
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Alot of you the posts here make excellent points, but I believe the timing of the passage of the tobacco legislation gives away the govt's intentions. Health care is President Obama's main goal, and will be his legacy. The current cost of health care is not sustainable by the govt. Hence, reduce one of the leading factors of expensive care. If the bill was about taxes, or import/export, it would have been done a long time ago. I have no doubt that all the great reasons here play a role, but what I am saying is that the timing of this legislation coinsides perfectly with socialized heatlh care.

President Obama will get his health care, and IT WILL COST SOME OF US CERTIAN FREEDOMS.

Forbes top 9 most expensive desieses
1. Heart Conditions - 68 Billion
2. Trauma - 56 Billion
3. Cancer - 48 Billion
4. Mental Illness - 48 Billion
5. Respiratory Ailments - 45 Billion
6. Hypertension - 32.5 Billion
7. Arthritis And Joint Disorders - 32 Billion
8. Diabetes - 28 Billion
9. Back Problems - 23 Billion

From my OP



Smoking causes complex diseases like, stomach ulcers, heart attack, cancer (in particular lung cancer) as well as chronic obstruction in airway


As you can see smoking causes some of the most expensive health care issues, and President Obama is very aware of that.

-E-


[edit on 26-6-2009 by MysterE]



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 08:03 PM
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Originally posted by MysterE
The real reason President Obama let FDA regulate tobacco products is simple. Smokers cost too much!


I don't think Obama and the government are worried about spending at this point. We're so in the hole, I'm sure adding a trillion to the national debt will be like throwing a penny in a fountain.



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 08:09 PM
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The state if Michigan alone pulls in 1 BILLION in tax from tobacco products.6 oz of tobacco cost 9.96$ 3 months ago(that was with state taxes add of course). Now with new Federal taxes, that same 6oz bag now cost 28.96$!!! That means the government will pull in well over 6 BILLION in tax, from one state alone.

They ARE in it for the money!

I would like to ask you, do you know just how much of those health risks are contributed to by smog and pollution? Smoking rates have fallen massively yet cancer and lung problems continue to rise...

It really poses no more of a threat than drinking or even prostate cancer.

[edit on 26-6-2009 by LordBaskettIV]



posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 09:13 PM
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I don't question that the data is right, just how it is being interpreted.

It seems to me that the most expensive medical conditions used to be psychiatric and long term care that required long term inpatient hospitalization.

Has that CHANGED? I seriously doubt it.

My mother died at 62 as a result, no doubt, of long term smoking. She had a nasty habit but it was HER habit and she didn't want to give it up. Death came rather quickly once lung cancer was found.

My grandmother lived into her 90s and was on social security from the time she was 62. She lived in state funded housing and was frequently sick - with at least 10 major hospitalizations and surgeries throughout the years - culminating in a stroke that put her in the nursing home for 2 years before her death.

You know, if I had to bet on it, my grandmother who walked every day and tried to do whatever the doctors TOLD her to do - I bet...if you looked at what she cost the govt, it was many, many more times that of my mom.



posted on Jun, 27 2009 @ 01:08 AM
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I agree with your post LordBasket, but you are refering to the state level. Healthcare will be a federal issue. And as IKnowNothing put it 1 billion is "like throwing a penny in a fountain." The govt. was happy to get their share of the tobacco profits until it undermines one of their main goals. Now, they need the effects of tobacco to minimalized. Now this may not be the elimination of tobacco, but it will almost certianly result in a less deadly cigarette now that the FDA has the authority. It is necessary for socialized health care to work in the US. It will not stop at tobacco, the govt will try to minimalize other freedoms we enjoy as long as it costs them more.

-E-



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