The New York Times reports today that electronic cigarettes moved a step closer to being regulated like mainstream tobacco products after a federal appellate court unanimously upheld an injunction against the FDA's attempt to ban them or more strictly regulate them. Meanwhile, what in blazes are Snus? Oh, "spit-free tobacco pouches". Blecccch.
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Or just be a scene-maker in Williamsburg, the presumed center of cool in Brooklyn? Well, in a deeply cynical move on the part of RJ Reynolds, the cigarette brand that sports a four-legged mammal with a hump on his back will come in a special, er, hipster package this December (slyly getting in under the wire of the new packaging regulations soon to be enforced by the federal government). Camel Blue will be customized with scenes of Williamsburg behind Joe himself and a curiously counter-intuitive "Be Free" online campaign. It's hard to say which stylish iconoclast is going to fall for this transparent marketing ploy, but who imagined that a mediocre cup of coffee, with a big green logo and a $4.00 price tag, would catch on either?
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"I've not seen or witnessed evidence of any smoking in probably nine months," Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, told reporters on Thursday. "I think he has worked extremely hard. And I think he would tell you, even when, in the midst of a tax agreement and a START deal and all the other things that accumulate, that even where he might have once found some comfort in that . . . he's pushed it away. So he understands . . . its dangers and I think has done a lot of extraordinary work to wrestle with that habit, as millions of Americans have."