The FDA Has New Plans to Protect People From “Defective” Tobacco Products
In one of the most ironic news stories we have seen in awhile, the FDA recently announced that they were working on a new plan to protect Americans from suffering due to “defective” cigarettes and tobacco products. They are asking the public to step forward and report any tobacco products that might be defective so they can properly address the problem.
So what qualifies a cigarette as defective? According to the FDA, a normal cigarette will give you lung cancer, heart disease, leukemia, emphysema, or maybe kidney cancer. That means you bought a lucky pack of smokes and they are working just right! But if your cigarette causes effects “beyond those normally associated with tobacco product use” then it is time to file a report so the FDA can investigate.
The FDA is requesting for any smoker that suffers strange side effects to give them a call. However, they are simply not interested in reports of smoker’s coughs, cancer, brain problems, or lung disease. However, if the cigarette “just smells or tastes wrong”, you need to take action. They are mostly interested in tracking down any cigarettes that are moldy or contaminated. However, they also want to hear about fires, burns, allergic reactions, or poisoning.
It’s pretty shocking to see that the FDA is on a mission to rid the world of defective cigarettes, but they are not interested whatsoever in dealing with the real dangers. Forget mold and allergic reactions… what about strokes, heart disease, and advanced stage cancer? So far, the FDA has done nothing to deal with these serious cigarette problems, but they are certainly passionate about tracking down smokes that taste a little funny.
Even though the “normal” cigarettes are linked to over 400,000 American deaths per year, the FDA still gives their stamp of approval to these products. However, the Center for Tobacco Products says the FDA is hard at work to deal with the problem of defective smokes. “Issues will be addressed to ensure the protection of the public health,” said the CTP.
To make matters even worse, the FDA has put a large target on electronic cigarettes, an alternative to tobacco smoking that has been highly successful for millions of people worldwide. While they do nothing to eliminate and ban dangerous tobacco cigarettes, they are taking the initiative to regulate e-cigs and track down any tobacco smokes that smell moldy.
It seems like the FDA’s involvement with cigarettes is really no more than a public embarrassment. It’s time for this organization to get their priorities straight and stop focusing on strange smells and worry more about the thousands of carcinogens in their so-called “normal” cigarettes. What do you think of the FDA’s efforts to track down defective cigarettes?