Don Fanucci: This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little. I hear you and your friends cleared $600 each. Give me $200 each, for your own protection. And I’ll forget the insult.
The Godfather part 2 1974
Monday evening I was grabbing something at the supermarket when I noticed a headline at the Boston Globe concerning the safety of e cigarettes. As that story is behind a subscription wall I bring you this report from the Washington Examiner instead:
A majority of people say in a new poll that e-cigarettes are harmful to health and should be subject to strict regulations that tobacco cigarettes now face.
The poll, released Monday by Harvard and the Boston Globe’s Stat news service, comes as federal regulators are finalizing a slew of regulations for the burgeoning e-cigarette industry.
Now the first thing that jumped out at me was: WHO CARES?
In terms of evaluating any drug for safety the question isn’t what the general public thinks, the question is what do we actually know.
Now ecigs contain nicotine so if the government wants to judge their safety based on the known risks of nicotine that’s perfectly legit.
But these polls aren’t about public safety, or the data, it’s all about justifying a tax on a product so that the government bureaucracy can wet it’s beak.
The difference between Don Fanucci & the government is Fanucci doesn’t pretend it’s not about feathering his nest.