Trump smokes tobacco industry

Tobacco use across the country continues to decline, but in states across the south and midwest, progress is slow.  The Trump administration and new congress has tobacco interests and anti-smoking groups watching closely.  

Despite years of steady declines in smoking nationwide, more than half a million people die every year in the US from smoking related injuries.

David Dobbins, COO of the Truth Initiative says, "It's poor people and people without high education who are smoking now...  If you live in a poor area you're 30 percent more likely to be a smoker."

New food and drug administration rules set going into effect next year could have a big impact on tobacco use in the country.

Mark Pursell, who represents cigar and pipe tobacco sellers, say they go too far.  "The compliance cost would be overwhelming and wipe out a good chunk of our category."  The regulations call for new testing and labeling requirements and ban use of the terms 'low, light and mild' on packaging and advertising.
Pursell adds, "we need a scheme that works that achieves the public health goals but also makes it possible for the businesses to continue."

The Trump administration delayed implementation of the new FDA rules and says it will change them.  Meanwhile, e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies are pushing for the ability to label their products as safer than smoking.

Observers on both sides say it's too early to tell which direction the new administration will go.  Dobbins says he expects a "vicious fight" going forward.  "The tobacco companies are doing their best to keep people hooked as long as they can."

 
Drew Petrimoulx, Washington.

More Stories

Don't Miss

  • 2018 YourErie.com Golf Pass
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Bianchi Honda SkyCam Network
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Contests

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center