“Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.” -- Igor Stravinsky
For some reason I refuse to believe that it was only the anti-smoking groups lobbying for this.
Yes, I can well imagine groups whose interest is tied to tobacco-cultivation might lobby against this as well!
Ding! Ding! Ding!A few years ago we had these ads in Ohio saying something like, "cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco are taxed very highly to dissuade usage, how can we sit back and watch these e-cig users, roll-your-own tobacco users and snus users skate by without paying their fair share", or something like that. Anyhow, it turned out that it was an anti-smoking group that funded it, and wouldn't you know it that this "anti-smoking" group was funded by a particular tobacco company. Incidentally, the group that funded it was formed due to a particular court case and subsequent legislation some years back that dictated tobacco companies must fund anti-smoking efforts. Apparently, people make a pretty decent living doing this.