I hate cigarettes, I hate cigarette smoke and most of all I hate what smoking does to those that become addicted to it. Let me make that clear. But I do believe in the right of those that choose to smoke. A recent vote in the U - S Senate empowers the F-D-A to regulate the nicotine content of cigarettes. It also bans candied cigarettes that are typically aimed at young people. These things are bad for you. Most smokers will agree. But there is one point of the new law that is most disturbing - the point about the level of nicotine now being regulated by the government. If the federal government can regulate the level of nicotine in cigarettes, what will be next? If the government dislikes the amount of calories in your favorite burger will they pass a law allowing regulation of such? If your favorite soft drink has too much caffeine could it become a target for possible regulation? Watch out Red Bull drinkers. People make lousy choices everyday about what they consume and inhale but the federal government needs to step back and let people make those choices and then if it is harmful, those affected will pay the price. Choosing to smoke cigarettes is bad but it is a decision you have the right to make and government product regulation is not the answer. Keeping decisions with the people will make this a better east Texas.