Do you support or oppose HR 1256, which gives the government more control over the tobacco industry?

I believe in good health and good habits, but I am opposed to anything that gives the government control over our lives or takes away personal freedoms. Banning candied tobacco products, which are aimed at children, is a good idea, but I think it's ironic that the government wants to protect children from being exposed to candy but not from exposure to pornography. Further, decreasing the amount of people who use tobacco products is going to reduce tax revenues, and the difference is going to have to be made up somewhere. I'm sure this is not lost on the Obama administration, and a plan is already in the works to fill the gap.

That's what I think. What do you think about HR 1256? Thanks for answering.

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10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    The S-CHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) is being funded by the tobacco tax. If you really care about the kids you'll smoke up so little Johnny can get his bone marrow transplant.

    After all, it's for the children.

  • canam
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The sad part of this bill is that it has been proposed many times before but the tobacco companies opposed it, paid millions of dollars to make sure it did not go through. Our elected officials were bought off then. Now this bill will actually be advantageous to one of the biggest tobacco companies and so they offered nothing to stop the bill. In other words, there was no money to buy votes so they passed the bill. It seems everything in washington has to do with $$$ and not what is best for the voters.

  • 1 decade ago

    Now tobacco will be controlled by two government agencies. Can't have too much government protection-sarcasm.

    That makes banking, housing, auto industry, tobacco and up next health care under total government control. Any guesses as to what is next?

  • 1 decade ago

    Oppose... The government doesn't need any more control than they have already given themselves. They don't need to regulate another industry... It is our responsibility to educate ourselves and our children about the hazards of tobacco.

    They are taking liberties one by one, under the guise of saving us from ourselves.

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  • Edg1
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Oppose. No matter how well intended, more government involvement in any private business is a bad thing. We must all fear incrementalism. If allowed to tinker with one business, there is nothing to keep them from messing with another and so on. This sets a bad precedent.

  • 3 years ago

    by way of fact tobacco is a crop that falls interior the Federal Agriculture software authorized via Congress years in the past, and the legislature that "tried" to regulate tabacco is decrease than a distinctive umbrella. yet particular, it is wickedly screwed up.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    Like you I believe in good health and good habits. But I believe it is up to a individual to be well educated and understand the risk and consequences of there choce to smoke, not the government.

  • 1 decade ago

    YES! For far too long, the tobacco industry has bought Republican members of Congress and used that influence to block sensible legislation that would regulate the addictive drug and death causing products they market to children and adults. Now that the Republicans have lost all power, the tobacco industry will be treated like all other products sold in the USA. It's about time!

  • Karma
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago


    Anything that gives the government more control over any industry or people is bad news.

  • 1 decade ago

    Oppose. More government control is NEVER a good thing.

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