Tag Archives: smoking

The Ontological Status of Tobacco

Tobacco Regulation Smokescreen Have you ever seen anyone sit down at the breakfast table and pour themselves a big ol’ bowl of cigarettes? Of course not. Why not? Because cigarettes aren’t food, that’s why. Have you ever seen someone at the drug store waiting for their prescription of Marlboros? Of course not. Why not? Because […]

Clearing the Air

Woohoo! The Allegheny County Council has passed a ban on smoking in public buildings (Fedora Tip: The Burgh Blog )! I guess smokers will have to find another way to get their fix away from home . 😉 Addendum: I keep hearing that it's not the government's job to protect us from harmful substances. Really? […]

Cigarettes Are Evil

Some good (but not great) news: “A federal judge ruled yesterday that tobacco companies have violated civil racketeering laws, concluding that cigarette makers conspired for decades to deceive the public about the dangers of their product and ordering the companies to make landmark changes in the way cigarettes are marketed.” “But U.S. District Judge Gladys […]

Screwed Up Priorities

Which of these is more likely to help poor people, cheap groceries or cheap cigarettes? Groceries, right? Tell that to Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Haley Barbour. Addendum 03/20/06:  Since Publius doesn’t care for my "self-righteous indignation over an evil, greedy Republican supposedly screwing the little guy to benefit evil, murderous tobacco companies", I’ve decided to explain […]

Smoking Ban in DC

It appears Washington, DC will be the next city to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. That puts a mile-wide grin on my face and makes me wish Pittsburgh would follow suit. Fr. Jim, on the other hand, isn’t so thrilled.