Jacob Grier on the FDA's Cronyist Cigarette Regulations



Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its authority to remove tobacco products from the market for the first time ever. While some applaud the action, Jacob Grier highlights not only how insignificant the action really was, but just how unprepared the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products is to take on additional responsibilities. In four years it has accomplished little more than a bureaucratic freezing of the cigarette market. Until it proves capable of making decisions efficiently, objectively, and fairly, it should refrain from extending its authority even further.