My dad, a smoker, has been complaining lately that his Camel filtered cigarettes are acting funny. They don’t stay lit unless he puffs on them more. First he thought it was a bad carton, but he’s bought several cartons since he noticed it (albeit from the same store) and he’s sure it keeps happening.
I’m a smoker too and I actually noticed this with my cigs (not Camel), independent of my dad’s claims. I just figured I wasn’t packing hard enough.
Lucky for Dad, he listens to AM talk radio :rolleyes: He heard a caller on a show mention that the FDA, which now controls the cigarette industry, “either added a chemical or changed the paper” which is causing this problem Dad is experiencing.
I don’t see how or why the FDA would do such a thing. If anything, the cigarette companies might do such a thing to make us smoke harder/faster.
But, Dad’s furious with The Government for making such a change without telling him (seriously). Since he’s not on the Internets, he has asked me to find out the Straight Dope.
I did a search and came up with nothing, other than the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act went in to effect in June (the FDA does have control to regulate cigarette manufacturing), the FDA is unhappy with e-cigs, and the FDA has banned cloves and “fruity” cigarettes.
Anyone have any info I can pass on to Dad? Any idea what the whacky talk radio caller may have been going on about?
I am all for answers along the lines of “no, there is no data to back that up.” Dad’s just coming to terms with having a black president. A black president that makes his smoking different, however, is just going too far.