It is a dark secret that tobacco companies make more use of these agreements than perhaps any other industry. There have been at least thirty trade and investment cases brought on behalf of big tobacco. The TPP will spur more.
E-cigarettes, and the furtively named "vaping" industry it has spawned, are a mostly uncharted territory of the public health landscape that is finally -- finally -- getting some guidance from the Food and Drug Administration.
My father remarked every time he saw our neighbor light up that he was driving another nail in his coffin. So I asked the kid next door if his father was really building a coffin. He didn't know what the heck I was talking about!
In short, the global warming deniers are as wrong as the smoke-blowers who said in the 1960s that a pack a day was fine. No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn't bad for you -- and if they did, no one would listen.
I would argue that Heartland's billboard was more than just a matter of living in a bubble: climate deniers are at a turning point. The oil industry and petroleum supporters are backed into a corner on the issue of climate change.