Skip to comments.Biden's menthol cigarette prohibition is so obviously stupid and wrong it boggles the mind
Posted on 05/01/2021 8:06:27 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Biden claimed to regret how his drug warrior legacy led to mass incarceration.
But the prohibition will lead to harsher policing in Black communities.
It's like the president hasn't learned a thing from the failed and evil War on Drugs.
This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
Joe Biden clearly hasn't learned a thing from the failed and immoral War on Drugs - a disaster that he played a huge part in creating.
The president on Thursday ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol cigarettes, a plan first reported on Wednesday by the Washington Post. Since it's a regulatory change, Congress has no say in the matter.
Anti-smoking advocates have lobbied for the ban for years, arguing correctly that the tobacco industry has targeted menthol sales at young people and Black communities.
Let's be clear: Big Tobacco is a callous, lying cabal that exists to profit off addicting people to a deadly product. But cigarettes aren't going to be made illegal overnight, just a certain flavor of cigarettes.
The ban will make menthol a prized commodity, a sought-after product whose artificial scarcity will inevitably drive up its price on non-legal markets.
A flavor will now be a crime, making criminals out of people who want some mint flavoring with their toxic tar.
This idea isn't just dumb and wholly unnecessary - it's plainly destructive to the communities it's supposed to be helping.
Throughout the 2020 Democratic primary, Biden was badgered by his rivals into apologizing for authoring several of the Drug War's most punitive and socially destructive laws.
Those laws contributed to mass incarceration, the militarization of police, black markets controlled by violent criminals, as well as millions of broken homes and shattered lives.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Did this originate with the Babylon Bee awhile back? Seems like something they’d publish.
He should’ve just banned all cigarettes and Vape. The country will be better off for it, and in this case that would be a non-racist
Biden = Stupid.
“Biden’s menthol cigarette prohibition is so obviously stupid and wrong it boggles the mind”
And sodas, hot dogs, and hamburgers. /sarc
“He should’ve just banned all cigarettes and Vape. The country will be better off for it, and in this case that would be a non-racist”
You want to live in a society where the president can arbitrarily ban any product he wishes? Guns, internal combustion engines, fast food, kitchen knives, ladders? All have the potential to harm or kill human beings and therefore could be considered unsafe.
Joe’s dementia has progressed to a point he doesn’t know what he talking about and is told what to say. He keeps his eyes glued to the prompter and never goes off script because he doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. God help us but things are progressing to total chaos.
Too bad, so sad. They got what they voted for and if they claim to have not known, that just makes them stupid too.
I remember when everyone smoked and I thought it was a nasty habit but I wouldn’t want to ban it for anyone. I could see the argument of fully outlawing all smoking even if I would be against it ,but just banning menthol comes off as pretty racist
Always trying to help “those folks” because they’s two stoopid to make it on their own. Right pedo joe? The actual racists are so blatantly obvious. Guess “the emperors new clothes” syndrome?
He could have just made the mint plant a controlled substance. Swap places with the marijuana plant, so to speak.
If tobacco is so evil, outlaw it.
After all, all we had to do to eliminate the scourge of drug addiction, trafficking and violence was outlaw drugs.
When, oh when, will we learn?
I’m sure menthol must be in the constitution somewhere.
Leghair Joe is still pissed off at Corn Pop.
Biden … just banned … a FLAVOR?
Not a flavoring that was inherently, medically, chemically dangerous.
Not the plainly dangerous thing being flavored.
The pResident of the United States just named a f*ing FLAVOR.
I can see this being overturned by SCOTUS as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech a la pleasurable sensory expression.
named = banned
(Darn autocorrect on a small screen in bright sunlight)
Crack is still cool ...right?
Unfortunately, this started under the Trump Administration.
Since 80% of cigarettes price is tax the government won’t ban smoking.
The big government people would like gasoline,guns, and electricity to be taxed likewise.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.