Legislation was signed by Congress that would give the FDA the power to regulate tobacco products. Proponent Dick Durbin, a Democrat of Illinois (the yea’s were overwhelmingly Democrat): “This is a bill that will protect children and will protect America.” Way to milk the morality factor, Dick! He adds, “Every day that we don’t act, 3,500 American kids — children — will light up for the first time. That is enough to fill 70 school buses.” A cheaper alternative might be the aversion method: my grandpa let me try his cigarette when I was about 7 and warned nothing against inhaling. It sent me running to the bathroom, gagging in pain, and was a constant reminder ever since.
Sleazy as the tobacco companies are/have been, I’m skeptical of the measure altogether, as though the government needs something else to bring under its power of oversight. At this point, so much has been done to curb public smoking (particularly banning it in and out of commercial and public establishments) that I can’t really see that it’s the government’s job (state or federal) to pull the cigarette from anyone’s mouth. You can only urge a person so much!
Actually, I think the America during the days of Miami Vice as being far more in danger. Sonny Crocket was a chain smoking chimney!