Federal Judge Richard Leon, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled in February: “The graphic images … were neither designed to protect the consumer from confusion or deception, nor to increase consumer awareness of smoking risks; rather, they were crafted to evoke a strong emotional response calculated to provoke the viewer to quit or never start smoking.”

Now, the judge’s critics “argue that his litmus test for what constitutes permissible federal limitations on free speech should not apply to commercial speech, which is not as widely protected as political, religious or artistic expression. They also argue that the government has a compelling interest in protecting public health through the regulations.”
And The Hill says here that “While some conservatives are eagerly anticipating another blow against the Democrats’ agenda, congressional Republicans have been largely silent on the matter after many of them voted for the law that made the regulations possible.” Of course they did, the scaredy cat go along to get along Republicans who don’t want to make any waves.

But, again, I’m just gonna take you back to a hard, cold reality. Tobacco sales tax revenue is funding children’s health care, numerous programs all across the country. Doesn’t that logically mean that we would want as many people buying tobacco products as possible? If the revenue from the sales of tobacco products is protecting our children and their health care, don’t we want people buying tobacco products? “No, Mr. Limbaugh, we don’t because tobacco kills, and it prolongs people in a disease that wipes ’em out and requires extensive health care.” Then why are we funding children’s health care programs with the sales tax revenue of a product that we’re trying to get people to stop using? What sense is there in that?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I think cigarette smokers deserve a medal. They’re single-handedly taking all this abuse. They’re being forced outside to all of the extremes of weather to engage in their addiction, their habit. Furthermore, they are funding children’s health care programs, and yet they are targeted as the absolute most despicable people in our culture. But without them and their purchases of tobacco products there wouldn’t be the money to fund children’s health care programs, and I don’t care how that makes you feel, that is an irrefutable reality.

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