We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Global warming is real, itís caused by human activity that goes straight back to the capitalist energy markets they worship, and it is really bad. None of these things are up for debate with sensible, reality-based people.
Erm, nicotine is NOT harmless. I learned years ago that distilling the nicotine from two or three cigarettes would produce enough nicotine (or nicotinic acid) to comprise a fatal dose.
Not that I stopped smoking.
The levels actually taken from cigarettes, or E-Cigarettes, is miniscule. And since that is the case, the FDA considering extending regulation to cover the E-Cigarettes as "drug delivery devices" is probably a bit silly. By such "precautionary principle" reasoning, our community water-supply systems can be classified as such.
Bad, yes. But the law has not changed, only the capability of finding evidence. Of course. the places affected (those which actually make the bagels already pay this "manufacture/preparation" tax) could ask their suppliers to cut the bagels, or switch to brands that are pre-cut, and buy/provide the toppings in packages - expensive and would not be popular.
This is an example of why, while I object to a number of laws, I can also appreciate the difficulty of writing them and applying them.