Saturday, June 28, 2008

Smoker gets shot and killed in Cleveland

I heard on the news tonite about a wheelchair man getting shot to death while smoking a cig outside. Unfortunately, that guy was at the wrong place at the wrong time. It had nothang to do with an anti approaching him and just simply fire some rounds afta an argument.

I bet there are more murders like this happening than you may think. If a smoker gets murdered outside of a smoke-free tavern or a club, I'll bet 50 bucks that you won't hear of those type of smoker-related murders on the news. Cause then smoking activists like me would be saying "See? I told you so MFkin antis, but you don't listen to sheet from me! When people gotta step outside of bars late at nite to smoke, they become crime targets! I hope I don't die by simply smoking outside late at nite! Especially outside of a bar!"

Smokers oughta look into getting more handguns when it comes to smoking publicly

It's getting to the point now where it's slowly becoming illegal to even smoke outside in public. Well with the Supreme Court's ruling on handguns, now is the perfect time for smokers to look into buying handguns. The Court says there's nothang wrong with using a handgun in public for self-defense. Well, I think an anti harrassing me or anyone else for our smoking is a legit reason for pulling the trigga on the Fka. If someone harasses you about anythang, you gotta self-defend.

Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision, now even more people will have guns in the streets. That's good or bad depending on how you wanna view it. But smokers are the ones who need to get used to the idea of making sure you take a gun with you wheneva you step outside to smoke in public. Cause if you smoke, you will come up with plans to work around outdoor smoking bans.

And if someone tries butting into your way to use your smoking freedom outdoors, just pull that small baby out and fire away. Afta all, you killed the person for self-defense purposes since he/she was in your face for no legit reason.

And the smokers who I'm encouraging to take advantage of the Court's decision are the goodie smokers across the nation..including the brainwashed smokers. I think a Black smoker or hood smoker is already familiar with handguns and how/when to use them. But a smoker of my type is gonna use it for a lot more than just defending his/her right to smoke outside.

No More Breakfast for smokers at Bob Evans

>>"We recognize that our customers and their families are increasingly interested in dining at non-smoking restaurants, "

I ate at Bob Evans before. Who the he!! said I'm interested in a non-smoking family establishment? I'm interested in a place where I can eat and live freely as a smoker.

Buh-bye, Bob Evans! If I use Lynda's logic, I should stop buying your guys' sausage in the supermarket as well, since I'd be supporting a restaurant that drank the poisonanda.


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Richmond restaurant, 19 other Bob Evans' sites to go smoke-free
PALLADIUM-ITEM • June 26, 2008

Bob Evans Restaurants has announced that all restaurants will be
designated non-smoking, effective Wednesday.

The designation includes the restaurant at 401 Commerce Road in
Richmond. The other Richmond Bob Evans site on Mendelson Drive has
been smoke-free since April 1.

The decision to change operations to non-smoking is the result of
customer comments, national and local restaurant industry trends and
the U.S. Surgeon General's report issued June 27, 2006, the company
said in a release.

The change will affect 20 restaurants.

"We recognize that our customers and their families are increasingly
interested in dining at non-smoking restaurants, " said Steve Davis,
chief executive officer of Bob Evans Restaurants. "We hope that this
change will make our restaurants more welcoming."

Bob Evans Farms Inc. owns and operates 571 full-service, family
restaurants in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and
Southeastern regions of the United States.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Majority wants smoking banned in public homes

ARTICLE LINK

I sure would like to know how anyone can actually enforce no smoking in an actual crib. It's funny smokers can't smoke in several places, but yet these MFking antis LIVE off of smokers' money via tobacco taxes!

You can buy em, but you can't smoke em. That doesn't make Fkin sense to me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Air begins to clear on smoking ban (IL)

This article seems to be hiding the truth. Just cause business has spiked up in a few places doesn't mean the same is true in otha IL communities.

ARTICLE LINK


Air begins to clear on smoking ban


June 23, 2008

Six months after Illinois went smoke-free, complaints locally and statewide are low, and many restaurant and bar owners say they've embraced the new reality.

Since Jan. 1, there have been 230 complaints of non-compliance in DuPage County, 82 in Kane County and 5 in Kendall County.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, statewide there have been 3,913 complaints, and nine fines issued, totaling $600.

But health officials warn the numbers are only an estimate of how people are responding to the law, since several agencies can enforce it.

"There is no single agency that is collecting all of the data," said Dave Hass, DuPage County Department of Public Health spokesman. "So from our perspective, it makes it tricky what the overall reaction is."

For example, in Aurora police have handed out three tickets for violating the smoking ban.

An Aurora woman was charged on two separate occasions, as she smoked in an apartment lobby in January and a laundry room in February, police said. And in May, a Naperville man was ticketed for lighting up within 15 feet of a restaurant, police said.

Local officials say most businesses and residents have been cooperative, although there has been some push back.

Five Will County residents made headlines when they were ticketed for violating the Smoke-Free Act. They took their cases to court claiming the violations were unconstitutional.

Then there are the restaurant and bar owners. Before the smoking ban, many were furious about enforcing a law upon their patrons. They feared a drop in customers and profit.

But six months into smoke-free Illinois, at least three Fox Valley establishment owners say business is alive and well.

Not bad at all
Mark and Dorothy Rubin, owners of The Foundry on Aurora's far East Side, found a way to satisfy smoking and non-smoking customers, technically under one roof.

What they did still meets the standards of the smoke-free act, and even if other restaurants wanted to follow suit, it's too late, Mark Rubin says.

Before the law went into effect, The Foundry converted its 2,400-square- foot banquet room into a tobacco shop with comfy seats and vending machines for patrons to purchase cigarettes and cigars. Anyone eating or drinking at The Foundry and in need of a cigarette can walk over to the connecting Furnace Room, where they must purchase a tobacco product to enter. The room has its own ventilation system, employees and registers.

Selling tobacco is still legal for businesses that dedicate 80 percent of sales to smokes and cigars. It's also legal to smoke inside tobacco establishments.

But any new tobacco shop that opened after Jan. 1 had to be freestanding, which is why the Rubins jumped at the chance to get a tobacco sales license in late 2007.

"We found a loophole and were able to take advantage of it," he said. "While everyone was reacting to the smoking ban, The Foundry was proactive."

At McNally's Pub in St. Charles, manager Erin Breslin says more families are coming out to dinner in a place that she admits, "was really smoky before." Smokers have adjusted to the change, and still call McNally's home, she says.

In Yorkville, the owners of Legends bar are doing just fine six months into the ban.

"I'm sure a lot of smaller bars that don't serve food are impacted more, but it wasn't a bad thing at all," said co-owner John Pappas.

Food sales have also spiked since Jan. 1, and customers seem to enjoy the outdoor patio, which is designed for non-smokers and smokers. Pappas added that he wouldn't be surprised if more establishments followed suit.

"I don't think you can open up a bar or pub without outdoor seating anymore," Pappas said.


Congress wants to ban menthol cigarettes

This is a topic I briefly mentioned last weekend, and I found an actual page with a copy of the same email I received from Newport.

Even if you don't like smoking menthols, I'm cool with that. But this talk about banning menthols is no different from smoking ban proposals. Banning menthols, and especially banning the #1 brand for Blacks who choose to smoke is a violation of my freedom of choice.

If you a smoker who at least believes in freedom of choice, I'd suggest (aside from please continue to read this post) contacting your members of Congress too and tell them to say NO to banning menthols.

(links should work on actual linked page)

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SAY "NO" TO BANNING MENTHOLS!

URGENT! URGENT!


Congress wants to make it illegal to smoke Newports and other menthol cigarettes.

Call your Member of Congress now and tell them to oppose any amendment to ban Menthol cigarettes. Tell them to say “NO!”

Congress could likely vote on such a ban early next week.
CALL IMMEDIATELY! !

Find your Member of Congress by clicking here.
www.House.gov

This time Congress has gone too far.
Your action will make a difference.
PLEASE CALL
TODAY!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Smoking ban to go national

Published: June 21, 2008 01:02 am
Smoking ban fight to go national

CLINTON — Those fighting to overturn the smoking ban in Iowa are
looking to band together with groups from other states and take the
fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Legislature passed the smoking ban last session, which prohibits
smoking in most public places. The ban affects restaurants and bars
but provides exemptions for gambling areas of casinos and the Iowa
Veterans Home at Marshalltown.

In April, the Clinton Organized Bar and Restaurant Association
announced plans to join forces with other bar and restaurant
associations and establishments across the state of Iowa to file an
injunction against the smoking ban. But, after learning that the act
includes a clause preventing any injunction from stopping the law
from going into effect, the group began investigating other avenues
to pursue.

During a recent meeting of the Clinton Organized Bar and Restaurant
Association, COBRA President Jon Van Roekel noted that he and COBRA
member Gary Sawyer met with "key players" on June 11 in Grinnell. Van
Roekel said several states are actively fighting the ban, but said
some are "coming to a wall." He said COBRA officials have decided to
forgo attempting to gain a level playing field at the state level and
intend to create a unified front against smoking bans by taking the
fight nationwide and declaring the matter a personal property rights
issue.

Van Roekel said COBRA members have contacted representatives of
groups involved in a smoking ban fight in nine states and have 11
more states to contact. He said that so far, all those contacted
are "on board" with making the smoking ban fight a national issue.
Van Roekel said the key objective is to band with groups from other
states to pool experience and information, as well as resources and
funding, because it will cost millions of dollars to take the issue
to the U.S. Supreme Court. He pointed out that the Supreme Court has
issued previous rulings siding with property owners regarding
personal property issues.

"They cannot tell you what you can and cannot do with your own
personal property within reason," Van Roekel said.

Van Roekel added that the Iowa smoking ban could be overturned by
another legislative vote. He said if four seats in the Iowa House of
Representatives can be overturned, or if incumbent Democrats could be
unseated by Republican challengers, a legislator could reintroduce
the issue and a new vote potentially could overturn the ban.

Van Roekel noted that currently, studies have not shown a positive
link between secondhand smoke exposure and cancer in a work-related
environment.

He said that if information attesting to that can be introduced in a
court of law, it would remove the foundation of the smoking ban
argument and the ban would be overturned. He stated that the only
information legislators considered in ruling on the ban was from
groups in support of the ban and remarked that Sen. Roger Stewart
refused to present opposing information. Van Roekel said some
Democrats who based their decision on information that was incorrect,
are now seeing negative personal impacts from their vote.

He advised the group that the Health Department is sending
information about the ban via e-mail, informing bar and restaurant
owners of their responsibilities regarding the ban. He said the
regulation stipulates that if an owner or staff sees someone smoking
illegally, they "should" ask them to stop. If the person continues,
Van Roekel said, the person "may" ask the smoker to leave the
building and "may" stop serving them. He said if the smoker continues
to refuse, the person "may" call police.

According to the draft administrative rules intended to supplement
implementation of the law from the Iowa Department of Public Health,
the primary goal of the IDPH is to promote compliance once the law
becomes effective by educating the public and business owners about
the Smokefree Air Act. Clinton Police Chief Brian Guy said no
intergovernmental agreements have been reached to get local law
enforcement agencies involved in pursuing violations of the smoking
ban as of yet. He said if the Clinton Police Department receives
telephone calls regarding smoking ban violations, complaintants will
be directed to call the Iowa Smokefree Act Helpline.
http://www.clintonh erald.com/ local/local_ story_173010202. html