Dragging Us Down.
A couple of snippets to give you the feel:
(I hope that falls under fair use. Mods, feel free to edit if you think I've quoted too much.)
Perhaps most amazingly, the HHS Secretary's decision whether or not to ban the "modified risk" product from the marketplace is not to be based on whether or not the product actually provides a reduced risk or other benefit to the individual smoker. Individual well-being is not important to the ninnying nannies on Capitol Hill. The decision must be made to "benefit the health of the population as a whole, taking into account the impact on both users and nonusers of tobacco products."
And the FDA
is at it again with news last month the agency will seek to regulate or ban "electronic cigarettes
." These are tobacco-free devices that allow for the inhalation of a nicotine vapor.
It seems much of the impetus behind this and similar legislation is not individual or public health per se, but rather a postmodern puritanism ...
A quotation which seems relevant:
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.- H. L. Mencken