President Obama openly admits he is an addict. While in some places, tobacco addiction is still socially tolerated, Obama recognizes, this is not the norm. Most Americans understand tobacco smoke can lead to the death of smokers and those around them.
As such, Obama is trying to be politically deft while balancing the line of hypocrisy.
Ironically, President Bush, a reformed smoker who quit after many years and became an example of physical health, opposed related bills.
Hopefully our president will step up and be a man about his addiction and quit. Otherwise, in everything from MSNBC to FOX to blogs like mine, an asterisk will be posted next to related discussions. Meanwhile, those who look at Obama as a man worthy of following may be influenced to smoke.
As the article says, "The law allows the FDA to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings and block labels such "low tar" and "light." Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings."