The FDA is coming after your cigar:
Nearly four years after it began regulating cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is poised to extend its reach to a broader range of tobacco products. At the top of that list: cigars, which have experienced a boom in recent years even as cigarette sales have declined, in part because of growing popularity among young people.One should look very hard at regulations proposed by "public health experts," because they will always value the average health of the collective over the liberty of the individual. Every time.
Anti-tobacco advocates and industry representatives widely expect the agency to require changes in the marketing and manufacturing of cigars. But the central question remains: What kind of cigars will the FDA target, and how? ...
Public health experts and some anti-tobacco lawmakers are pressing the FDA to regulate all cigars, but they mostly worry about the inexpensive, flavored varieties that have proliferated in recent years.
This is not to say that we have anything against public health as a discipline. Quite the contrary, we think it is fascinating and even write about it with some, er, regularity. Public health experts do a great job of telling us all what is -- how our average actions influence the collective, average health. This is important. We need to know what the average effects of things are so that we can change our behavior in positive ways.
Unfortunately, "public health experts" never took a course in philosophy, and therefore do not understand that one can never derive what ought from what is. Like "climate scientists," they are not merely content to describe the phenomena that they see, but insist that their characterization of what is leads ineluctably to one or another new regulation that circumscribes individual choice. In fact, what is does not so lead logically, and only does so morally, on occasion, by accident, and almost never when the person making the choice is the person suffering the consequences.
Unless, of course, you are not competent to make sound choices. Public health experts believe that there are many such people, which is another reason why we should be very reluctant to take their advice about, say, new laws and regulation.