Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stupid black people - and some fast food

The American Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee will meet March 30 and 31 in Washington, D.C. to discuss background information about menthol cigarettes that could end up in a future report by the secretary of Health and Human Services.

Specifically, the panel will examine the use of menthol cigarettes among African Americans, and the potential health effects of the flavored smokes over regular cigarettes. Not too strange since The Congressional Black Caucus have been calling for changes to the House tobacco-regulation, demanding that the legislation place restrictions on menthol cigarettes, the type heavily favored by African-American smokers.

This is of course a very offensive bit of government paternalism. African-Americans need to be saved from themselves.

Remember how marijuana got to be illegal in the US? It was the horrible Negroes roaming the countryside, stoned beyond belief, raping white women and committing crimes that created that legislation. It would seem like that sort of racism lives on.

This anti-smoking crusade is as stupid as the war on drugs or the prohibition period. People know today that they get cancer, lower lung capacity and yellow teeth.

But of course the made-up enemies never stop coming. Now it seems like the Brits have found a new enemy…

From the ever qualitative Daily Mail we learn that Junk food 'is as addictive as heroin and cigarettes'. Yapp, apparently sausages, bacon and cheesecake are highly addictive and that once you've tasted them you will be craving them forever.

I wonder if people of color are in the crosshairs on this one too. Probably since people of African and Indian decent seem to be overrepresented within the fast food industry.

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