This editorial appears in the June 6 print edition, due to arrive to subscribers this week.
It’s “the No. 1 preventable cause of death in America.” The 400,000 lives it cuts short every year are “more lives lost than from automobile accidents, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs, AIDS, murder and suicide combined.”
That’s why Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., fought for more than a decade for legislation giving the federal government “broad authority to regulate the sale, distribution and advertising” of a product that kills a third of its users. And as Kennedy lay dying in June 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law, saying that the bill would...READ MORE