Thursday, July 19, 2007

Here and Now Radio Segment on FDA Tobacco Legislation

Here is a link to the Here and Now segment on the FDA legislation (in which I was interviewed), which aired yesterday on 53 National Public Radio affiliate stations.

This coverage is important because it emphasizes:

1) The concern that the FDA legislation would give cigarettes a federal government seal of approval, yet there is no documentation that the product will be any safer;

2) The fact that the key provisions of the bill were inserted specifically to protect the financial interests of Philip Morris, at the expense of the protection of the public's health; and

3) The fact that the major ways in which the FDA could actually have an impact on youth smoking are all precluded by the bill, as a favor for Philip Morris.

As I state in the interview, this bill is little other than a huge favor for Philip Morris.

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