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Presidential smoking = public health opportunity

President Barack Obama’s ongoing battle with cigarettes provides an enormous public health opportunity to do something to reduce the 400,000 American lives lost every year to smoking.

What’s Sexier: Obama’s Smoking or His Nuclear Weapons Policy?

On Monday, as I walked to the White House for the daily press briefing, I bumped into a Canadian journalist who was heading there as well, and we engaged in a common practice: guessing what topic would dominate the questions for press secretary Robert Gibbs. Health care, I said, explaining that this was still the main narrative of Washington’s political theater: Would President Obama resolve to use the reconciliation procedure to push his health care overhaul over the finish line? “Not the new Nuclear Posture Review?” she asked, almost incredulously. I chuckled and politely shook my head. “But it’s on the front page of The New York Times,” she exclaimed.

What is Obama smoking?

Apparently, the debate over the economy is over, and it’s settled science that government spending stimulates growth. womanAt least that’s what President Obama wants you to believe. On CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Dec. 13, he boasted, “What we now know, and every economist who’s looked at it will acknowledge this, is that [the stimulus] helped us [stem] the panic and get the economy growing again.” Mr. Obama’s exaggerations are starting to sound a lot like Al Gore’s claimed “consensus” about global warming - a formerly hot topic that has cooled down recently.

Tobacco groups ask Obama to challenge Canadian ban

WASHINGTON – Philip Morris International joined with U.S. tobacco industry groups on Thursday to ask President Barack Obama’s administration to challenge Canada’s new law banning flavored cigarettes and small cigars.

Marijuana, tobacco and Obama