Let's Include A Real Killer Drug
in the Federal Controlled Substances Act

          On Thursday, 5 August 1999, the bill by Rep. Fred S. Upton (R- Mich) to add gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) (also known as the date-rape drug), to the Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 et seq., was approved by the House Commerce Committee. His professed concern and bill came about as there have been several incidents of harm and death. Senator Spencer Abraham (R - Mich) is introducing a similar Senate bill. The drug is new drug. And re this new drug, there have been several incidents and deaths.

          There is another drug needing addition to the Controlled Substances Act. Doctors have linked it for centuries to millions of incidents and deaths:

          The name of that drug is tobacco. Cigarettes cause "the worst of all drug habits, the smoking of tobacco"—Herbert H. Tidswell, M.D., The Tobacco Habit: Its History and Pathology (London: J. & A. Churchill, 1912), p 69.

Michigan has already banned that drug by law MCL § 750.27, MSA § 28.216. Congress should too. If a new drug that has caused a few incidents should be included in the Federal Controlled Substances Act, certainly a drug that has been killing for centuries, and is still killing millions, should be included!

           Other less dangerous drugs are banned by the federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 et seq. Tobacco should definitely be deemed covered by that law in view of its meeting the criteria of law, including 21 USC 811c et seq. and 812 et seq. principles.

          Pursuant to medical research on cigarettes' toxic chemicals, cigarettes have been found to contain the hallucinogen norharmon.

          The law authorizes the attorney general to add drugs to the list of controlled substances. Wherefore, please read the law, then write to Attorney General John Ashcroft, US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, asking him to add tobacco to the list of controlled subtances. Cite the law references, advise that tobacco meets the criteria, and ask him to take immediate action to list it pursuant to the law.

          In addition, feel free to write to Rep. Fred S. Upton requesting him to introduce a bill to have that drug, tobacco, included in the Controlled Substances Act. Please write by letter or email, talk2.fsu@mail.house.gov, Rep. Fred S. Upton, 2333 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, telephone (202) 225-3761, fax (202) 225-4986, http://www.house.gov/upton.

          In addition, please write to Michigan Senators requesting them to introduce a bill to have that drug, tobacco, included in the Controlled Substances Act.

          In fact, please write to the President (email at president@whitehouse.gov) and all officials that you can, asking each to introduce a bill to have that drug, tobacco, included in the Controlled Substances Act, both federal and state. Here are pertinent addresses (for the unknown ones, please consult your local library or other references).

President George W. BushU.S. Senator _______U.S. Representative __Governor ___ State Senator __State Representative __
1600 Pennsylvania AvenueSenate Office BuildingHouse Office BuildingState CapitolState CapitolState Capitol
Washington DC 20500Washington DC 20510Washington DC 20515City State ZipCity State ZipCity State Zip

          Here is the address of the Governor of Michigan: email migov@exec.state.mi.us, Honorable John Engler, Governor, State of Michigan, P. O. Box 30013, Lansing MI 48909-7513, telephone (517) 335-7858, fax (517) 335-6863, http://www.migov.state.mi.us/.

           Here are examples of the danger that the drug tobacco poses, meeting the criteria of the controlled substances law:


Sites on Legal Aspects
Cigarettes' Toxic Chemicals and Hallucinogen Norharmon
Definitions of Pertinent Legal Terms
The Tobacco Body Count
The Tobacco Holocaust
Dangerous Tobacco
Tobacco in Court
Bribery As Reason For Not Listing Tobacco In the Law

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You should be aware that the 'war on drugs'
was devised as a scam,
by government prosecutors and drug czar,
using knowingly false information,
blaming drugs for tobacco effects
a deliberate effort by them
to divert attention off tobacco effects.

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Updated 1 Dec 1999