Tobacco settlement still funding politics
Recently this president said marijuana smoking was “no worse than smoking cigarettes;” but to hear him and other Democrats talk, cigarette smoking was the most evil thing in the world until 2010 when the only thing more evil to Democrats arrived — the TEA Party.
It has been drilled into our heads how evil smoking is and how many people it hurts through direct use as well as second-hand smoke harming others. Cigarette smoking is touted as the biggest medical problem we have today — so bad, in fact, that evil, big tobacco continues to pay billions to state governments as part of the 1998 settlement. The companies pay at least $206 billion over 25 years to cover health care and fund prevention.