Perception Is Everything

Chris Snowdon:

Nothing is more important to Australian ‘public health’ campaigners than plain packaging being perceived as a success.

Perception is everything these days. It doesn’t matter if plain packaging isn’t actually a success. All that matters is that it is perceived to be a success.

And a public perception of this sort can be achieved if the mass media and all the pundits and experts and authorities and the Great and the Good all declare it has been a great success.

The same applies to everything else that is related to tobacco. Environmental tobacco smoke is actually harmless, but it is perceived to be harmful, and that’s all that matters when it comes to introducing smoking bans. Smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer, but it is widely perceived to cause lung cancer (and any other malady you may care to mention), and that is really all that matters.

Step outside the world of tobacco, and alcohol and sugar and salt and butter and fat are perfectly healthy, but they are increasingly widely perceived to be harmful, as an army of scaremongers have started doing to them what they’ve already done so successfully to tobacco.

And out in the wider world, while the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may actually have little or no effect on the Earth’s climate, it is widely perceived to have a considerable effect, and there’s a conference in Paris right now, attended by presidents and prime ministers from all over the world, that is devoted promulgating this perception. And  of course all the attendant presidents and prime ministers wish to be perceived to be doing something about this perceived problem (while actually doing nothing about it).

Equally, the Islamic State in Syria is perceived to have been behind the recent Paris atrocity (although I have yet to see any evidence that it actually was), and so the French government has sent an aircraft carrier into the Mediterranean in order to be perceived to be doing something about it, by being perceived to be bombing Islamic State activists.

Meanwhile in America, the media and the Republican party have been trying to change the public perception of candidates like Donald Trump from positive to negative. Here again, perception is everything. Nothing else matters. And it’s not just Trump (who’s a seasoned TV performer). It’s everybody else as well. The US Presidential elections are completely and entirely about perceptions, how candidates are perceived.

And I really believe that these days, if someone with sufficient authority were to declare that 7 times 8 equals 78, then if there was sufficient media support from the media and other experts and pundits, all repeating it, then 7 times 8 would be widely perceived to equal 78.

What can one say of such a world, where illusion has comprehensively trumped reality? Clearly, in a world in which imaginary problems (like tobacco smoke and carbon dioxide) have captured public attention and public funding, real problems are not being addressed. We may not even know what these real problems are, because they receive no attention. But they are likely to creep up and catch us all the same.

It is as if we were all on board some luxury cruise ship whose captain – whom we might call Captain Francesco Schettino – believes that the biggest problem he faces is what colour to paint the ship, or how best to capture the hearts of pretty women passengers, or how to impress his friends ashore,  rather than attending to his real job of keeping the ship afloat and on the right course.

Francesco Schettino was, of course, the captain of the Costa Concordia, that ran aground and sank, killing 32 people, after performing a daring but completely unnecessary manoeuvre to impress some friends of his ashore. He is now serving 16 years in prison.

When our much larger- but equally mismanaged – cruise ship in its turn runs aground and capsizes, I wonder what sort of sentences will be handed out to the army of charlatans and confidence tricksters that now infest public life. Or whether they will all be simply put up against a wall and shot.

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43 Responses to Perception Is Everything

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    I guess if I had a Billion a year to claim something was a success you might get a few to believe it. But then again when you have to keep on repeating it people stat to question the claim. Then someone comes along and busts the whole thing wide open like the IPCC 2009 Emails did.

  2. smokervoter says:

    I love the chords to that song. You can’t go wrong with those main two the Cars employed there. The vocal melody weaving is brilliant and emotionally captivating.

    Makes me think about a certain chick I had an affair with around the very time that song was released.

    I don’t have any regional insight to add to the horrible shootout that just occurred in my neck of the woods other than I’ve driven down that road at least a thousand times before. It’s one of my main non-freeway shortcuts to San Bernardino.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Just Think how many were tobacco control activists and tobacco control enforcers!
        LMAO…..That tobacco ban enforcement graveyards needing to be made Frank its filling up quick these days.

      • beobrigitte says:

        And still the media peddles:
        The first 911 call came at 11 a.m. Police responded to the scene within four minutes, Burguan said.

        As it has in others of America’s seemingly never-ending string of mass shootings, word spread via social media.
        So, the general perception is that these things happen “endlessly” only in America where everyone can just buy a gun?
        I don’t believe you can just go and buy a gun there to begin with. It is just more legal than it is this side of the water.
        And, anyone been in London? There sure are news of someone being shot (!) quite regularly…..

        Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ever want to buy a gun, less even shoot one at someone. However, the law against owning a gun does not guarantee that I won’t be shot in EUROPE.

        Reality check.

  3. Tony says:

    I’m off topic again I’m afraid.

    So now that Tony Abbot has been removed and the global warmists have gathered in Paris, what is Christopher Monckton planning to do? Sounds very interesting. From about 5 minutes in:

    http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/142531

  4. smokervoter says:

    The unfolding events and stories are coming fast and hard. The rundown changes every minute at this point in time.

    Wait a minute. I’ve just heard on the radio that the SWAT team has a house surrounded just down the street…

    So I sauntered out the front door, looked down said street and … absolutely nothing. Someone apparently at the radio station had the wrong address.

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    Perception becomes reality in the realm of public health aka the Ministry of Truth…

  6. Roobeedoo2 says:

    A whole police department has resign in Midlands, South Carolina because they don’t like the new mayor:

    http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2015/12/02/north-police-department-officers-quit/76693038/

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Who’s Up Next? More Pharma Companies Expected To Settle Foreign Bribery Cases

    GlaxoSmithKline and Teva Pharmaceutical top the list of pharma companies under investigation for foreign bribery following Bristol-Myers Squibb’s $14 million…

    Now that Bristol-Myers Squibb has settled its foreign bribery case with the US government, speculation has turned to which pharma company will be next.

    Take your pick: GlaxoSmithKline, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Sanofi, AstraZeneca, UCB, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly?

    All of those pharma companies, and probably others, reportedly are being investigated for violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) – some for the second time.

    Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice will being putting a bigger squeeze on companies for foreign bribery practices. A DOJ official recently told the Wall Street Journal that the department is adding to the resources devoted to investigating foreign bribery cases and is focusing on large-value, high-impact matters. It has tripled the number of FBI agents working on foreign corruption investigations.

    The Security and Exchange Commission’s $14 million settlement with Bristol-Myers concerns allegations that Bristol-Myers’ majority-owned joint venture in China, BMS China, gave healthcare providers in China cash, jewelry, meals, travel, entertainment and sponsorships for conferences and meetings between 2009 and 2014.

    The SEC said that Bristol-Myers failed to respond to “red flags” indicating sales personnel were bribing healthcare providers in China. The drugmaker didn’t investigate claims from former BMS employees about improper payments and ignored similar concerns raised by internal audits, according to the SEC.

    Over the years, pharma companies have had plenty of red flags about improper and illegal sales and marketing practices. The most prominent “red flags” are the whistleblower-initiated cases alleging improper marketing practices in the US – including allegations concerning inducements paid to doctors and other healthcare professionals – that pharma companies have paid billions to US enforcement authorities to resolve.

    Instead of cleaning up their act, pharma companies appear to have simply exported improper practices they developed first in the US to international markets. Thus far, settlements to resolve FCPA allegations against two drugmakers – Eli Lilly ($29 million in 2012) and Pfizer ($60 million in 2012) – were both reached after those very companies paid hundreds of millions to the US to settle allegations of illegal kickbacks and other improper marketing practices.

    Glaxo is a leading example. It paid the largest healthcare fraud settlement ever – $3 billion – to the US in 2012 to resolve criminal and civil allegations of improper marketing practices. Two years later, Glaxo’s Chinese subsidiary paid nearly $500 million to China after a court found the local subsidiary guilty of bribing healthcare officials. Glaxo is likely to pay millions more to settle bribery charges as both US and UK regulators are investigating the drugmaker’s practices in China, Poland, Jordan and Lebanon.

    Similarly, Teva reported earlier this year that the SEC and DOJ have been investigating allegations that it violated the FCPA. Any settlement with federal regulators is unlikely until 2016 at the earliest. Last year, Teva paid the US $27.6 million to settle allegations that it had made payments to a doctor to induce the prescription of generic clozapine for Medicare and Medicaid patients despite potentially deadly side effects for elderly patients.

    The Justice Department’s decision to increase the resources it devotes to FCPA cases is welcome news. That commitment combined with the SEC’s whistleblower enforcement efforts will attract well-placed company insiders who have detailed information about wrongdoing and will undoubtedly lead to many more foreign bribery cases.

    As for Bristol-Myers, its post-settlement statement was filled with the platitudes we have become accustomed to hearing following similar Big Pharma missteps: “We have resolved this matter with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and are committed to the highest standards of business integrity, vigilance and ethics across our organization.”

    I expect we will be hearing more of the same from other pharma companies very soon.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikakelton/2015/10/14/whos-up-next-more-pharma-companies-expected-to-settle-foreign-bribery-cases/2/

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      It would seem to me Deb Arnott should be making sure her own non profit pharma financed groups aren’t guilty of the same thing her folks are claiming BT is doing BRIBING folks……….

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    The Prohibitionists are building up their initial new groups for the next time they decide to push prohibition. This time Suckerburg of FB is donating 45 Billion to the cause in stocks over the next years. The first thing we need to remember is FB stock isn’t really worth the paper its printed on.

    Nobody went wild buying it. Id say the biggest owner of FB stock is the Federal Reserve Bank thru some wall st investors who were told to buy it so the Nazis could keep their agenda on the move again and again in the coming decades after this one crashes and burns too.

    The Surprising Math In Mark Zuckerberg’s $45 Billion Facebook Donation

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/12/02/the-surprising-math-in-mark-zuckerbergs-45-billion-facebook-donation/

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      My guess is they see the end of this failed attempt coming on the horizon and have a new grand scheme instead of white coats and junk science for the next round in about 60-80 years. Before it was Bibles and old time religion!

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Iro CyZane

    8 hrs
    .

    Some are more human than others.

    ”Mrs Morton said the lack of a designated smoking area for those patients was a stumbling block in their treatment.

    “It’s very difficult for people who are smokers to come involuntarily into a secure area of a mental health facility and basically be expected to go cold turkey at a time when they are in the most difficult phase of an acute illness,” she said.”

    WA Minister vows to address smoking ban for involuntary patients

    WA’s Mental Health Minister says she will correct a problem that prevents the state’s most vulnerable patients being able to smoke.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-03/minister-vows-to-address-mental-health-smoking-ban/6997476

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Toss in a dead wafflehouse waitress over a company that was protested to death over smoking and finally yields then 5 months later a waitress with a big mouth over smoking gets her shit blown away by a smoker with a mental problem from a car accident suffered years earlier. The man had always been able to go to wafflehouse and self medicate/smoke and unwind. When his safe place was attacked in his mind he was defending it.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        I also assume the UNITED NATIONS will likely be dissolved yet too after this anti-everything is defeated since the UN was the tool used to force it off on everyone. Seems world wars are easier to deal with than a world with a one world order at the helm.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Answers to parliamentary questions revealed the reason was because occupational health and safety requirements had not been satisfied, saying nicotine replacement therapy was being considered as part of treatment.
      I do have a question: This nicotine replacement stuff…. does it include e-cigarettes to be used INDOORS?

      Didn’t think so.

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Authorities identify couple who they believe killed 14 at San Bernardino holiday party

      Dressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, they entered a holiday party for county health workers in San Bernardino as it was in full swing. Before they fled, they had killed 14 people and wounded 17 others.

      Four hours later, as fearful residents were ordered to stay home and scores of officers swarmed the streets, authorities chased a black SUV carrying two suspects from a home in the nearby city of Redlands. As TV news stations broadcast live overhead, the chase spilled back onto San Bernardino’s streets, where authorities and the suspects traded gunfire.

      When it was over, a man and woman connected to the assault were dead. One body lay in the street, blood pooling. Another was recovered from the vehicle. A police officer also was wounded in the firefight but is expected to survive.

      Late Wednesday night, San Bernardino police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified the people killed in the gun battle with police as Syed Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old American citizen, and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik. Police did not know where Malik was born or where she had lived.

      Burguan said police are “reasonably confident” that Farook and Malik, who may have been married or engaged, were the same two people who opened fire at the holiday party Wednesday morning.

      Farook, who had worked for the county health department for five years, left the party “under some circumstances that were described as angry.”

      While federal sources have told The Times that Farook left the party after an altercation, investigators said Wednesday night that the motive for the mass shooting was unclear.

      “Is this a terrorist incident? We do not know,” said David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. He later said that terrorism had not been ruled out as a motive.

      http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-up-to-20-shot-in-san-bernardino-active-shooter-sought-20151202-story.html

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        ressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, they entered a holiday party for county health workers in San Bernardino ……………….

        ROFLMAO! NEXT QUESTION WERE THEY ANTI-SMOKING ADVOCATES……….

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Muslim group in Indonesia was getting funding from a Michael Bloomberg-owned organisation in 2010:

          An organization owned by the mayor of New York City has channeled over US$390,000 to Muhammadiyah as part of a global anti-tobacco campaign, but the country’s second largest Islamic organization denied the funding influenced its recent edict banning smoking.

          A. Fattah Wibisono, a deputy secretary at Muhammadiyah’s council tasked with issuing religious edicts, acknowledged that his organization was cooperating with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a philanthropic organization established in 2006 by Michael R. Bloomberg to fight tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries…

          The Bloomberg Initiative says on its website, http://www.tobaccocontrolgrants.org, its program with Muhammadiyah aims “to mobilize public support towards obtaining religious policy on tobacco control and to support FCTC [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] accession”.

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    Here Obamas cheerleading club for gun control as Obama went str8 for the gun control shit before they even knew who did the shootings.

  12. harleyrider1978 says:

    Some in Kearney, Mo. regret public smoking ban NBC Action News Thursday 3rd December, 2015 KEARNEY, Mo. – It’s been two months since a smoking ban in Kearney, Mo. went into effect and city officials are already putting it under review.The ordinance prohibits smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars. “Why should they come down here and spend their money here when they can smoke all they want and drink at home? That’s probably exactly what they are doing,” said Jim Holmes, the post commander of the Kearney VFW.Since the ordinance has gone into effect, Holmes said his business has been down nearly 30 percent. Now, he said, it’s getting harder to pay t… – See more at: http://www.kansascitynews.net/index.php/sid/239106825#sthash.UQl9Gs3p.dpuf

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

  14. harleyrider1978 says:

    During Mock up fitting in a few of the guns

  15. harleyrider1978 says:

    I wrote Owebama he should make sure those gunfree zone signs are in arabic………of course he didnt listen and neither did Gov MOONBEAM

    Here it is in ARABIC

    المنطقة الحرة بندقية

    almintaqat alhurrat bunduqia

  16. beobrigitte says:

    Perception is everything these days.
    For as long as my boss pretends that he pays me well I will pretend to work well.
    Perception works both ways. The best example is the pretence of the smoking ban working well; How many people pretend these days to be non-smokers?
    The anti-smokers don’t care about this, for as long as the perception works they push ahead with the silliest things until people had enough of them and/or there are REAL problems.

    And out in the wider world, while the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may actually have little or no effect on the Earth’s climate, it is widely perceived to have a considerable effect, and there’s a conference in Paris right now, attended by presidents and prime ministers from all over the world, that is devoted promulgating this perception. And of course all the attendant presidents and prime ministers wish to be perceived to be doing something about this perceived problem
    Only yesterday I found more fuel for my stray thoughts that keep on wandering….
    By following the tracks you can walk with these dinosaurs as they waded through a lagoon 170 million years ago, when Scotland was so much warmer than today.”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/dinosaur-prints-prove-isle-skye-6935399
    So, the earth’s climate changed numerous times and for as long as we all perceive that man speeds this process up, we try and slow a ‘climate change’ down to the speed some number crunchers perceived to be the “right” speed? Have all the ‘climate changes’ of this planet occurred at the same speed?
    Also, by the perception of “green” energy being something “good” for the planet, why are we killing rare birds (and other animals which depend on them in turn) by massive wind farms and destroy farm land and lakes?

    Another perception: ‘We all live longer these days’ and therefore pension age is being raised.
    Interesting.
    By 2035 (when the proposed Age Pension change would take place), one in five women and one in four men in their 60s will be in fair to poor health, and will likely have trouble working.
    https://startsatsixty.com.au/current-affairs/news/working-in-our-60s-will-we-be-too-sick-to-enjoy-retirement
    Oh, but…… but….. but….. what happened? Isn’t the media peddling the perception that by 2020 ASH will be dissolved because no-one will want to smoke cigarettes/cigars/pipes anymore? Where ARE the 10 years longer promised by the anti-smokers? Perhaps smokers should lobby retirement at 60 – after all, it is perceived that the state would not have to support us (btw. this does include poor Helmut Schmidt dying shortly before his 97th birthday 10 years prematurely!) smokers for long.

    Reality check?

    • beobrigitte says:

      The cars…… I hated that song when it was played endlessly in pubs…. Now it reminds me of crowded pubs and laughter – and never getting a seat there!!!! And of no-one trying to scare me into compliance.

  17. garyk30 says:

    California shooter was a US citizen, I think it would be vastly amusing if he were a registered Democrat and had voted for Obama and MoonBeam.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Gary the shooter and his wife had just returned from the middle east. I guess they was getting tactical trainng!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        San Bernardino Shooting: Syed Farook And Tashfeen Malik Had ‘IED Factory’ In Their Home

        San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik have been married for about two years, according to relatives. Farook recently returned from a trip to

        http://www.inquisitr.com

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Update on suspects: Tashfeen Malik was from Pakistan, where Syed Farook recently traveled. Malik was issued a Green Card to come to the United State after she married Farook. Multiple news agencies have reported that Syed Fook was radicalized before the San Bernardino shootings. He was in contact via both phone and social media with more than one FBI terrorism suspect. President Barack Obama insists that it is still too soon to tell if the Inland Regional Center shootings were an act of ISIS inspired terrorism and not workplace violence.

          Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik Update – Fox News is reporting that the wife of the male San Bernardino shooter was a native of Pakistan. She was not known to be on any terrorism watchlist.

          San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik have been married for about two years, according to relatives. Farook recently returned from a trip to the Middle East and reportedly spent about one month in Saudi Arabia. The Redlands home shared by Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook has been deemed an “IED factory” or “IED facility” by some law enforcement sources.

          Syed Farook, 28, has been described as a devout Muslim who began growing a beard over the course of the last year. The couple had a 6-month-old daughter, WYFF 4 News reports
          Before going to the Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center, a gun-free zone, Farook and Malik took their baby girl to the home of the county employee’s mother. If emerging news reports are accurate, Syed and Tashfeen lied to his mother and said that they had to go to a doctor’s appointment that day and needed her to babysit. The grandmother reportedly became concerned after seeing news reports about the San Bernardino shooting on television and was unable to reach Farook.

          http://www.inquisitr.com/2606621/san-bernardino-shooting-syed-farook-and-tashfeen-malik-had-ied-factory-in-their-home/

  18. harleyrider1978 says:

  19. harleyrider1978 says:

    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/260360-obama-pushes-to-clear-the-smoke

    Obama pushes to clear the smoke

    President Obama is moving to cement a significant legacy in the fight against smoking.

    thehill.com

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      President Obama is moving to cement a significant legacy in the fight against smoking.

      Despite Obama’s own struggles with cigarettes, many public health advocates see him as a champion on the issue, and a series of proposals in the waning months of his presidency could bolster his record.

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      Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week proposed a smoking ban at public housing facilities. The move would prohibit smokers from lighting up inside government-subsidized homes and would affect close to a million units where smoking is currently allowed.
      The regulations are part of a wide-ranging campaign undertaken by the Obama administration. From shepherding anti-smoking legislation through Congress early in his presidency to running advocacy campaigns aimed at helping smokers quit and raising tobacco taxes, the results are staggering, public health advocates say.

      According to various figures from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of smokers has declined by roughly 10 million people during the Obama administration. Nearly 20 percent of adults smoked in 2007 compared to about 15 percent now.

      While the decrease can’t be attributed entirely to his policies, public health advocates say Obama — who’s spoken openly about his efforts to quit for his family — should get some of the credit.

      “Sometimes the people who have struggled to quit smoking like the president has are the ones who understand the dangers of smoking the best,” said Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

      Though they say Obama has taken major strides to reduce tobacco use around the country, the advocates say there is still work to be done before he leaves the White House.

      “We’re in the eighth inning of a nine inning game,” said Paul Billings, senior vice president of advocacy at the American Lung Association.

      The proposed smoking ban, which would protect hundreds of thousands of low-income families from breathing the secondhand smoke of their neighbors, still needs to be shepherded through the rulemaking process, advocates say.

      It would block people from smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes — not only in common areas and in administrative offices but also inside their own homes.

      Under the smoking ban, state public housing agencies would have 18 months to implement smoke-free policies. Some have already adopted such policies, but many others have not.

      The smoking ban is intended to protect young children and elderly people, who are the most vulnerable to the health effects of secondhand smoke, government officials said.

      “We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer form asthma and other respiratory diseases,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement when the rule was released.

      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also working to complete controversial regulations for electronic cigarettes and cigars. The first-ever restrictions on the burgeoning e-cigarette industry, which had been scheduled to be finalized this past summer, were proposed in April 2014.

      Public health groups, which warn e-cigarettes will attract children to smoking, are pressuring the Obama administration to finalize the rules immediately.

      “There is no president that has a stronger legacy on tobacco control [than Obama],” Hansen said.

      “But that doesn’t mean we’re satisfied,” he added. “The e-cigarette regulations should’ve happened a long time ago. This has been really slow.”

      Industry groups, meanwhile, say the devices could help wean existing smokers off more harmful traditional cigarettes and contend the rules would cripple the emerging industry.

      Julie Woessner, president of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, said e-cigarettes are “99 percent less hazardous” than traditional cigarettes.

      She called the e-cigarette regulations a “public health disaster.”

      Industry groups say e-cigarettes could be more effective at helping smokers quit than products such as nicotine patches and gum.

      “You’re talking about saving human lives,” said Cynthia Cabrera, president of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, which represents the e-cigarette, or vaping, industry.

      “There will have been a missed opportunity to leave a legacy that could have helped millions of current cigarette smokers actually switch over to a product that has the potential to save their lives,” she added.

      Aside from the e-cigarette regulations, public health advocates would like to see the Obama administration press forward with graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, intended to deter people from smoking.

      The FDA’s original warning label rule was struck down in federal court in 2012, but advocates are calling on the agency to reissue a new version of the rule that would pass legal muster.

      Advocates hailed the Obama administration’s negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as an example of the president’s fight against tobacco.

      U.S. officials negotiated a provision that would make it difficult for tobacco companies to block smoking regulations around the world.

      Public health advocates such as Hansen called the move “groundbreaking.”

      “This has never been discussed before in trade agreements,” he said.

      But the move is not without its risks. Some Republicans, particularly from tobacco producing states such as North Carolina, are threatening to oppose the TPP over the provisions, among a handful seen as jeopardizing passage of the sweeping trade deal.

      Perhaps the biggest step taken under the Obama administration, advocates say, was the passage of the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. The law gave the FDA authority to regulate additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars, previously exempt from many of the rules that apply to conventional cigarettes.

      The FDA has also taken steps to prohibit flavored cigars and deceptive marketing descriptions that suggested certain cigarettes were healthier than others because they are “light” or “mild.”

      Meanwhile, ObamaCare included coverage for cessation devices to help smokers quit, advocates say.

      “President Obama has been a bold and visionary leader in protecting America from the harmful effects of tobacco,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

      This story was corrected on Nov. 18 to attribute remarks to American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

      • slugbop007 says:

        Pftt to Obama! Hypocrite. A smoking ban at subsidized housing could be coming to my neck of the woods, in Montréal, soon. The Quebec government just banned smoking on open air patios last week. I detest these self-righteous, do gooder health Nazis. I sent the Premier of Quebec a link to the French version of SOTT’s article on the Nazi antitobacco campaign yesterday. Also one to the mayor of Montreal and the Quebec Health Minister. Not that he’s gives a you know what, but I wanted him to know that I think he’s a Nazi pretending to be a Liberal.

      • slugbop007 says:

        So, Mr. Obama is aiding and abetting corrupt pharma, Robert Wood Johnson, junk science and various other public health entities. That’s not the ‘Yes, we can’ that I was hoping to see from him. Blame it on his wife, she’s probably blackmailing him. ‘Do as your told or no nookie tonight, honey’.

  20. harleyrider1978 says:

    It appears that Obama’s claim that the California massacre was a “workplace violence” incident is rapidly proving to be patently FALSE. As more details emerge, it’s looking as if the attack was definitely an act of RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR!

    It turns out that at least one of the killers, Syed Farook had been associating with fellow Jihads that are being investigated by the FBI for having TIES TO TERRORISM, according to CNN.

    How nice. How much investigating does it take nowadays to determine if these scumbags are terrorists? It’s insane.

    Farook’s apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said.

    In an effort to deflect any blame on Muslims and Islam Obama immediately shifted the focus on the slaughter to it being a ‘workplace violence’ incident and said the attackers may have had “mixed motives.”

    Fair enough. We didn’t know then, what we know now.

    Now, it’s quite obvious based on the FACTS that these were radicalized Muslims hell bent on killing Americans. Period.

    The assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, David Bowditch told reporters that Farook had traveled to Pakistan.

    And two government officials said no red flags were raised when he’d gone to Saudi Arabia for several weeks in 2013 on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are required to take at least once in their lifetime. It was during this trip that he met Malik, a native of Pakistan who came to the United States in July 2014 on a “fiancée visa.”

    Well, there’s one way to get into the U.S.

    Farook and Malik had managed to stay under the radar and had no previous run ins with law enforcement that we know of.

    Yet Farook himself had talked by phone and on social media with more than one person being investigated for terrorism and was know to have “overseas communications and associations,” one official reportedly said.

    Officials say they didn’t considered these communications as a “high priority.”

    It looks like you people might want to step it all up a tad. Start doing SOMETHING about these scumbags. Screw what Obama says. DO YOUR FRICKING JOBS! WE PAY YOU MORONS!

    Obama can pretend all day long that these two pipe bomb manufacturing Jihads were disgruntled employees, but the rest of America knows the truth.

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