Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This is a dumb idea when it comes to banning items!

Based on how many deaths have occurred in cribs over the past several years thanks to kids playing with loose guns in cribs, I always wonder why this illogic on banning novelty lightas has neva been applied to banning guns in states. Whateva happened to banning guns in order to prevent kids from causing crib deaths that are more like accidents?

The tragic event in this article was caused by an irresponsible parent. Not by a kid playing with a novelty lighta. She's just about as irresponsible as a parent who keeps loose guns in a crib.

http://tinyurl. com/3j6466

Oregon lawmakers asked to ban novelty lighters
6/18/2008, 3:32 p.m. PDTThe Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state officials and firefighters have asked state legislators to ban the sale of novelty cigarette lighters that they say children can mistake for playthings.

Tim Birr, a retired firefighter and chief, told legislators that in 2000 when he was with the Tualatin Valley Fire District, firefighters pulled two boys, ages 2 and 6, from a burning house, but the older child died. The boys' mother had left the home for a quick errand and left on a front-room table a cigarette lighter, that was "designed to look like a dolphin, a lighter the younger boy appeared to have a fascination with."

Judy Okulitch, coordinator of the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program in the state fire marshal's office, said she is working on legislation to ban the sale of such lighters.

At a hearing Tuesday, she showed the House Committee on Consumer Protection pairs of colorful items: Toy ducks, yellow bulldozers, miniature bears.

In every case, the two items were virtually identical.

"The only difference," she said, pointing to one of two green tractors, is "the one on the left has an ignition and shoots a flame."

One lighter was of Sparky, the Dalmatian fire dog. Pressing on his red fire helmet triggers a flame from his mouth.

Lobbyists for grocery stores and retail chains sat in on the hearing but did not testify. Afterward, they said their clients don't sell such novelty lighters and most likely would not object to a ban.

Okulitch said she has found such items in Oregon convenience and liquor stores.

Rep. Paul Holvey, a Eugene Democrat and the committee's chairman, said he expects the bill to be well received.

"These toy lighters are pretty cool and if I were a kid, I'd probably want to play with them," he said.

Scientific evidence shows SHS is no danger

Here's a good page from the Heartland Institute, one of those orgs I heard about from past IL Smokers meetings. And I rememba going to one of those Heartland events in Chicago in Oct. 2006.

Since this page is very long, I'll just limit it to a link you can click for viewing.

"SHS is no danger"

Monday, June 16, 2008


Did you know you can come down with empsyshema at birth via lung infections at birth? At least one doctor finally confessed you can actually be BORN with emphysema. Meaning smoking is NOT the only way you can come down with it.

"Although smoking is a common cause, the condition is also linked to lung
infections earlier in life - such as childhood bronchiolitis and
whooping cough. "



Why do I find it so hard to breathe?

By Dr Martin Scurr
Last updated at 10:24 PM on 16th June 2008

Dr Martin Scurr has been treating patients for more than 30 years and
is one of the country's leading GPs. In Good Health, every Tuesday,
he answers your questions ...

I am 64 and suffer from breathlessness. Following various tests,
including a chest X-ray, I've been told that my lungs are over-
inflated and that 'it might be a problem in later life'.

Any idea what's caused this, and what exactly does it mean? I have
never smoked, am not overweight, and have always been extremely fit.
I both climb and ski, and also walk twice daily with my dogs. Ann
Walker, Goole, Yorkshire.

Dr Scurr says...

Breathlessness can be frightening, especially as the advice so far
has left you uncertain about the future.

The medical term for your complaint is emphysema. This is a condition
that people generally associate with smoking, but in fact the term
refers generally to a loss of functioning lung tissue. Although
smoking is a common cause, the condition is also linked to lung
infections earlier in life - such as childhood bronchiolitis and
whooping cough.

Some people develop it through long term-exposure to pollution.

Smoking, lung infections and pollution can damage the walls of the
tiny air sacs in the lungs. These air sacs - or alveoli - play a
vital role in passing oxygen from the airways into the blood. As the
walls are destroyed, the air sacs amalgamate, so that there are fewer
of them. As a result, less oxygen is passed into the blood.

These changes occur slowly over the years. But it sets up a vicious
circle: their increasingly damaged state makes the lungs a perfect
breeding ground for certain types of bacteria. The subsequent
infections then exacerbate the damage.

The usual symptom is breathlessness, even with only minimal exertion.

The lungs can also ' overinflate' . Because the lungs don't function
as well, the patient can't properly expel all the air breathed in
(this is why patients often breathe out through pursed lips - it
helps force the airways open to expel the air).

You also might not be able to breathe in as deeply as normal. Some
patients cough or wheeze, too.

Once damaged, the air sacs do not repair themselves, and there is no
treatment to reverse the process. To contain your emphysema and
minimise the chances of progression, you need to see a chest
physician regularly. And if you develop a respiratory infection, you
should have vigorous treatment with antibiotics as bacterial
infection will worsen the destruction of lung tissue.

You will almost certainly need to use inhalers - similar to those
used by asthmatics - to help you breathe better. These will provide
corticosteroids to keep any inflammation caused by infections or
pollution in the airways well suppressed and so minimise further
reduction of the air sacs.

Bronchodilator drugs are also used to open up the tiny air passages
and ensure high levels of oxygen get to the air sacs and then to the

All of that will enable you to continue to make the best use of the
lung tissue that you have remaining, and reduce the chances of any
further loss of lung tissue.

24 states will have smoking bans as of 1/1/2009

According to my understanding, Iowa's smoking ban starts July 1. Which means going to Iowa won't be an option for gambling if you're an IL smoker.

I heard from a smoking chick online recently that Oregon will be joining the Smoke-Free club on 1/1/2009, IL's first anniversary of having a statewide smoking ban.

So if my calculations are correct, that means 24 states will have statewide smoking bans as of the start of 2009.

It's pitiful that a year from now, nearly half of this country will be under the statewide smoking bans. At least Wyoming and WI are two states that threw the idea into the trash. But I'm sure the smoking ban talk will resume in both states when 2009 comes.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

BBWI petition

Here's an online petition I found from BBWI. I don't believe Ryan ever posted this link. I signed it.


And I don't care if the comments I left in the petition are offensive to some. I believe I'm telling the truth about living in the USA. But of course, the world I live in is a lot different from the community most smoking activists live in. But at least most of the smoking activists would agree WI smokers/WI owners don't deserve to receive nanny treatment. Having a govt control everyone's lives defeats the purpose of calling this USA the land of the free.