Tobacco Companies On The Fall? The Experts Think So

June 27, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – After a key bill signed President Barack Obama gave the FDA power to regulate tobacco products, experts have stated that the life of big tobacco is about to be cut short.

According to Michael Fiore and Timothy Baker, who wrote a piece for a coming issue of the American Journal of Public Health, this move is a nail in the coffin of the tobacco companies, and that with such regulatory measures in place, tobacco use will likely have disappeared by the year 2047.

But the two men say that we should not rely on the bill alone to achieve this landmark. They claim that only through increased taxation, federally funded banning of nicotine in cigarrettes, and clean air laws, among other methods, will get rid of smoking for good.

“The progress made in reducing tobacco use over the last 50 years should in no way temper our commitment to further reductions. Nor should that progress be interpreted to mean tobacco use is less toxic or that tobacco companies are now on the ropes. But, if appropriate steps are taken, a tobacco-free nation can be achieved within a few decades,” Fiore was quoted by Eureka Alert.

Their study has been titled ‘Stealing a March in the 21st Century: Accelerating Progress in the 100-Year War Against Tobacco Addiction in the United States’.


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