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""(A) IN GENERAL.--In applying manufacturing restrictions to tobacco, the Secretary shall, in accordance with subparagraph (B), prescribe regulations (which may differ based on the type of tobacco product involved) requiring that the methods used in, and the facilities and controls used for, the manufacture, preproduction design validation (including a process to assess the performance of a tobacco product), packing, and storage of a tobacco product conform to current good manufacturing practice, or hazard analysis and critical control point methodology, as prescribed in such regulations to assure that the public health is protected and that the tobacco product is in compliance with this chapter. Such regulations may provide for the testing of raw tobacco for pesticide chemical residues regardless of whether a tolerance for such chemical residues has been established.

{NB- This is just about raw tobacco, before processing and additives. It "may" (not "must" or "will") provide for testing for pesticide contaminants. Other forms of agricultural cellulose besides tobacco (see above), mixed with or entirely replacing tobacco in a given cigarette, are not mentioned. FDA says it's "tobacco" whether it is or is not.]

SEC. 4. SCOPE AND EFFECT.

" (b) AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES.--The provisions of this division (or an amendment made by this division) which authorize the Secretary to take certain actions with regard to tobacco and tobacco products shall not be construed to affect any authority of the Secretary of Agriculture under existing law regarding the growing, cultivation, or curing of raw tobacco.

[NB- Growing, cultivating, and curing involve pesticides. The USDA has approved of tobacco pesticides, up to about 450 that are registered for this use, since early in the last century, or, in other words, since the beginning of cancer epidemics. The USDA also approved, and still approves, phosphate fertilizers that put carcinogenic levels of PO-210 radiation into the smoke from many cigarettes and into the furthest reaches of Guinea-pigged smokers' lungs. No warnings to consumers requested or required.

Worse than that is that doctors, who've sworn the Hippocratic Oath, also fail to warn about or test patients for that or to assist patients in pursuing liability suits against the perpetrators.

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Perhaps doctors are too dependent on the perpetrators' health insurers that invest so many billions in the cigarette industry, and in chlorine interests that are such a big part of corporate "medicine," AND in the pharmaceutical firms that make so many tobacco pesticides. Nice health care industry we have.

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