FDA: Institutional culture a bad fit for dealing with tobacco

I have another post due up soon but in the meanwhile wander over to ep-ology where Carl has a thoughtful post on how the institutional culture at the FDA does not portend for the best when it comes to determining good tobacco policy.

Excerpt:

An institution that is used to being obeyed, and that does not function well in a realm where that does not happen, and that primarily measures life years saved and dollars spent and ignores most other human desires. Merge in a political movement that has been itching for more police powers and tends toward utopian (i.e., overly optimistic fascism) extremism. I am not sure whether the better metaphor is The Drug War or Afghanistan. Either way, I fear that even most of the pessimists have not predicted just where this is going to end up.

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