Friday, December 19, 2008

The Smokers Rights Newsletter Issue

The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

December 19, 2008 - Issue #508

"Actually, I think all addiction starts with soda. Every junkie did soda first. But no one counts that. Maybe they should. The soda connection is clear. Why isn't a presidential commission looking into this? Or at least some guys from the National Carbonation Council."
- Chris Rock
Non-Diet Soda Tax: NY Gov. David Paterson's budget plan for taxing non-diet sodas under an "obesity tax" that will raise $404 million.

The big, fat myth of government prevention programs. By Sally C. Pipes. Government prevention programs don't reduce healthcare costs. And worse, they are an infringement upon our most basic freedoms. We should resist government control over our health choices, even as we resolve to lose that 10 or 15 pounds of holiday-induced cheer chub.

Health risks stack up for students near industrial plants. The U.S. EPA, which has a special office charged with protecting children's health, has invested millions of taxpayer dollars in pollution models that could help identify schools where toxic chemicals saturate the air. Even so, USA TODAY found, the agency has all but ignored examining whether the air is unsafe at the very locations where kids are required to gather.

Supreme Court Allows Fraud Lawsuits in 'Light' Cigarette Advertising Case. By a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled against Altria Group Inc's Philip Morris USA unit and held the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act does not bar or preempt such state court lawsuits.
From The Mailbag
KS: Hutchinson Vote Supports Business, Disappoints Busy-Bodies.
KY: Ashland. City and hospital agree to new approach to smoking.
KY: Corbin Smoking surveys go out to restaurants.
KY: Farms production rebounding aided by exports to Germany.
MA: Boston bans sales in drug stores but delays cigar bar closings.
NY: Gov. Paterson signs cigarette tax law for Indian land sales.
SC: Easley joins Greenville in restricting smoking.
USA: CRS reckons effects of cig tax hike for SCHIP.
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Bulgaria: Smoking kicks off civil protest, Ministry and police too.
Ireland: Smoking On Film, No need to get puffed up about past.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Coal: False and misleading data. By Mark Wernimont.
Scents: Judge says perfume lawsuit can proceed. A Detroit city planner says co-worker's scent interferes with job performance, breathing.

The TICAP Conference

1st World Conference Against Prohibition:
"Smoking Bans and Lies"
Brussels, at the European Parliament Building
27/28 January, 2009
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