smoking http://kalw.org en The Nanny State: Comparing Richmond's soda tax to California's anti-smoking campaign http://kalw.org/post/nanny-state-comparing-richmonds-soda-tax-californias-anti-smoking-campaign <p></p><p>As controversy rages regarding the government's right to regulate health, some have been quick to compare the ideas of government regulation to preventing obesity, to legislation against lung cancer and smoking. While&nbsp; obesity and lung cancer are both health issues, research shows that they aren't as analogous as one might expect. Men who smoke a pack&nbsp; of cigarettes per day have a relative risk of mortality nearly four times higher than the national average. The relative risk of mortality from obesity isn't even close to that; it's 1.5 times the average.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:50:11 +0000 Isaac Silk 16637 at http://kalw.org The Nanny State: Comparing Richmond's soda tax to California's anti-smoking campaign