Feds demand tobacco industry 'self-criticism'

It's a Nanny State dream come true: The tobacco industry is being forced to run ads attacking... itself!

This federally mandated self-criticism campaign will be centered around government-written "corrective statements" -- but let's ditch the Orwellian doublespeak and call this what it really is: propaganda straight from the lips of Big Mother.

Here's one of the proposed statements:

"When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain -- that's why quitting is so hard."

Like all the best lies, this one has a seed of truth: Nicotine DOES change the brain... but when you hear about what it does, you won't want to quit!

Smoking can lower your risk for degenerative brain disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. The latest research even proves it (click here for the full scoop).

For now, let's get back to those "corrective statements" -- because I haven't heard of anything like this since... well, let's just say the last big supporter of government-enforced public self-criticism was a guy by the name of Chairman Mao.

But let's wave our Little Red Books here and pretend for a moment that this is the kind of country we want to live in. Of all the industries in America for this treatment, why single out tobacco?

Why not soda, fast food, and Big Pharma?

Fact is, all of those industries have been caught with their pants down, lying about their products and running misleading ad campaigns... and they're all sure as hell guilty of killing more Americans than smoking ever will.

But you can bet your Big Mac you'll never see Ronald McDonald forced to issue "corrective statements" in a federally mandated ad campaign.

Don't expect any apologies for the likes of Vioxx and Avandia, either.

And just imagine what it would take for the feds to issue their own "corrective statements" -- they'd need a 24-hour Self-Criticism Channel just for the FDA!

Now, let's get back to smoking. Keep reading for breaking news on how nicotine helps the brain.