Former president Barack Obama is facing a barrage of accusations of hypocrisy and hypocrisy-fueled hypocrisy from his former colleagues over the controversy surrounding his decision to discontinue the Marls.
According to The Hill, Obama has been a big proponent of tobacco-free workplace policies.
The former president even penned a letter in 2014 asking Congress to support a tobacco-control law and to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which restricts the amount of tobacco available to businesses, including restaurants, bars, and theaters.
In 2014, Obama wrote that he felt that the Johnson-Webb Act would help “protect consumers and small businesses from the dangerous health hazards of tobacco.”
The Hill writes that in 2015, Obama told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that the smoking ban was a “big deal” because it made it easier for smokers to quit.
But in his letter to Congress, Obama stated that he was “disappointed” that Congress did not act on his request.
In a 2016 interview, Obama said that “the Johnson- Webb Act was one of the major things that helped us achieve the level of public health that we have today.”
The president then explained that the decision to go tobacco- free was motivated by the fact that the country was facing a crisis of obesity.