This oversimplifies Ferguson's point just a bit:
All along, the basic political fight has not been over tobacco but
over taxes, regulation and the extent of laissez-faire. Republican
leaders in both the House and the Senate, after all, have been as much
in thrall to the medical-industrial complex as they have to tobacco,
and both sectors have been singled out in the business press as among
the likely winners in the political paralysis that comes with even
failed impeachment proceedings.