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Progress on Tobacco Regulation February 4, 2009

Posted by federalist in Healthcare, Regulation.

In 2007 I noted that the FDA was opposed to innovative tobacco products (e.g., snus) that allow addicts to dose themselves without smoking the plant.  Turns out it wasn’t just the U.S. government: This article notes that much of the EU, Australia, and New Zealand have banned snuff and snus, for dubious reasons.  Their rules effectively say, “You can sell tobacco, but only if it is designed to be consumed in the most unhealthy and offensive fashion possible: by smoking.”

Meanwhile, as far as I can tell the U.S. has come around to a more sane policy since smokeless tobacco products are now proliferating here.



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