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* The legislation, though it says it will require the revelation of ingredients (it does not say “all”), forgets that the still-in-effect Comprehensive Smoking Education Act of 1984 forbids the government from revealing “trade secret” ingredient lists. Media outlets report that ingredients are to be revealed---but to whom?  Perhaps not to consumers, their liability attorneys, health professionals, or the general public. How doctors can properly treat patients without being allowed to know what poisoned them is a question.

And more. It’s “historic” all right. Perhaps never before have so many deceits, unfounded presumptions, institutionalized threats to human health, evasions of liabilities and criminal charges, and omissions of relevant facts, been put together in one piece of legislation. It is also a historic revelation of the character of the vast majority of our Congress.

Beyond that, this is Exhibit "A" in demonstrating the effectiveness of getting even the most illegitimate laws passed if they are packaged in a way that appears to “protect the kids”, or be “for our safety”, and just happens to have an unpopular villain.

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References for most of the factual things in this ... by John Jonik on Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 11:35:05 AM