Smoking is slowly being done away with in our society, and as far as cigarette smoking goes, I can’t say I’ll miss it. I am more ambivalent when it comes to cigars and pipes, though I’m not entirely sure why that is or why it seems more okay (Hooser, a short post on this subject?).

The next great thing to be attacked is food. We’ve already seen hints of this, with suing McD’s for being fat, getting rid of soft drinks in schools, and so on. Here’s a good article on the subject.

Money quotes:

Somehow, “the food industry” doesn’t sound quite as evil as “the tobacco industry.” Something about food—the fact that it keeps us alive, perhaps—makes its purveyors hard to hate.

A fact sheet from [Senator Tom] Harkin implies that schools should treat milk, French fries, and pizza like soda, jelly beans, and gum. Come on. How many people died in the Irish jelly bean famine? How many babies have nursed on 7-Up? How many food groups does gum share with pizza? If you can’t tell the difference, don’t tell us what to eat.

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