The FDA Moving to Protect Cigarette Companies

The State and Cigarette Companies have been having clandestine romantic encounters for decades now. While The State claims to have left Cigarette Companies, who it endearingly refers to as Big Tobacco, forever they continue to setup romantic encounters in seedy motels. On the surface this behavior may seem confusing but when you look at the big picture this behavior makes a great deal of sense. The State isn’t a very faithful partner and likes to moonlight with The People as well. Unfortunately for The State, The People hate Big Tobacco and have continuously demanded that The State leave him. Fortunately for Big Tobacco, The State greatly enjoys his gifts of lobbyist money, lobbyist jobs for The State’s friends, and tax money. Because of this The State continues to protect Big Tobacco, which is why it called one of its best friends, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to stomp out some of Big Tobacco’s competition:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to oversee electronic cigarettes marketed for non-therapeutic use as tobacco products after a court ruled the products can’t be regulated as drugs or medical devices.

The FDA will propose subjecting e-cigarette companies to rules that already cover the makers of regular cigarettes, such as providing the government with lists of product ingredients, the agency said today in a letter on its website.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said in December the FDA can regulate e-cigarettes only as tobacco products if they aren’t marketed for therapeutic purposes. The ruling meant that while the agency can review new e-cigarette products before they go on sale, it can’t require manufacturers to conduct the types of animal and human studies mandated for FDA approval of drugs or medical devices.

“The government has decided not to seek further review of this decision, and FDA will comply with the jurisdictional lines established” by the ruling, Lawrence Deyton, director of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products, and Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in today’s letter.

E-Cigarettes hasn’t been very good to The State. Unlike Big Tobacco, E-Cigarettes hasn’t showered The State in gifts of lobbyist and tax money. The State, being a vengeful bitch, has finally found a way to get back at E-Cigarettes by getting the FDA to regulate him under the same rules that regulate Big Tobacco. Big Tobacco, being extremely wealthy, doesn’t mind paying a little extra money to do business but really hates that E-Cigarettes has been taking business away by offering Big Tobacco’s customers a method of getting their nicotine fix without all the additional harmful chemicals found in Big Tobacco’s products. However E-Cigarettes, not being as wealthy as Big Tobacco, may find itself going bankrupt under these new regulations.

Once again we learn that The State is not only a whore but a whore that is protective of its lovers.