Saturday, December 20, 2008

Repeal Fire Safe Cig Laws: A petition

Here's one petition I recently signed. I am sorry to hear lots of smokers decided to quit instead of smoking the poisonous FSCs.

PETITION LINK


If more premade smokers were open to giving Native brands or make their own cigs a try, they wouldn't have to worry about quitting smoking. Besiders, Natives and MYOs are a lot cheapa than a carton of poisonous cigs with no tobacco in em at all.

I actually laughed when I read one petition comment claiming there's WOOD inside of a FSC when you break the cig down. Natives put ONLY tobacco in their cigs. Not pieces of wood. (LOL at that wood in commercial cigs).

When I smoke Natives, the cherries on my cigs neva fall off, and I neva have to re-light a Native cig. Seneca is one brand of Natives that burn slow. They don't burn as slow as cigars though.

If smokers wanna choose to smoke regular cigs, then they need to visit the Blackhawk Shop if they wanna learn about the Native brands this shop offers.

Native brands ARE normal cigs and Natives taste a heck of a lot better than smoking a commercial brand. Natives are poison-free and all-natural!

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.

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27/28 January, 2009
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Scotland: Youth smoking has gone up despite smoking ban

Scotland will neva be smoke-free. Antis over there can mark my words.

Maybe chicks in Scotland start smoking at younga ages cause a lotta of em in the 16-19 age range are new moms. And since being a single mom is a job in itself, I can see those new moms starting smoking as a way to relieve em of stress. I hope they actually enjoy cigs themselves, and not just use smoking as a stress reliever from parenthood (and actual offline work for that matta)

http://tinyurl. com/4kqcje

Youth smoking up despite ban
8 hours 5 mins ago

The number of young people smoking in Scotland has risen sharply,
despite the ban in pubs. Nearly a third of 16 to 24 year-olds are
smokers, an official health report showed. The percentage - 31 per
cent - is a substantial rise on the number of young smokers in 2004,
which stood at 25 per cent.

The smoking ban was imposed in March 2006. Public health minister Shona Robison said: "We are committed to doing all we can to reducing smoking rates in Scotland - both by encouraging more smokers to quit and discouraging young people from starting in the first place. "Significant progress has been made in recent years to shift cultural attitudes to smoking, but this report
clearly demonstrates that firm action needs to continue if we are to succeed in our desire to make Scotland smoke-free."

The findings will disappoint anti-smoking campaigners. Even though some of the
demographic are too young to go to pubs, several experts predicted
the ban would have a freezing effect on society, where smoking lost
some of its charm to the young. But David Gordon of NHS Health
Scotland said smoking figures did not always yield reliable
results.

"Smoking rates have fluctuated without showing any sustained
trend between 1999 and 2007," he said. The figures show women are
more likely to smoke than men between ages 16 to 19 while men become
more likely to smoke between 20 and 24. Half of young adult smokers
in 2006 were in employment, while 30 per cent were not in education,
employment or training.

Michigan ban on smoking fizzles out

Michigan is already in the 21st century. I guess that state ain't ready for the 21st century in the sense of snokers (and now obese people) being the "21st century Afro-Americans?" Gimme a Fkin break! Michigan doesn't need to stoop to the level of treating smokers as "21st century Afro-Americans."

Michigan doesn't care about the workers and customers' health? Who said people are forced to work at or visit a smokey tavern anyway?

It's good news for Michigan. I dunno why it's bad news for antis. All they care about is smoke-free power. And some people in America are slowly starting to see the lies behind the antis' reasoning.

Oh yeah, if they so concerned about protecting the workers' health from SHS, would antis care about protecting the workers' safety frpm trouble? I'd think protecting workers from someone walking into a tavern with a gun and is looking to start a fight with someone is a lot more serious than SHS.
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http://www.freep. com/article/ 20081219/ NEWS06/81219009/ 1001/NEWS

UPDATED AT 3:40 A.M.

LANSING -- There'll be no statewide ban on smoking in public places -- for now.


State lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a ban early this morning, leaving anti-smoking advocates bitterly disappointed and a new Legislature to grapple in 2009 with an issue that has wide public support.

The defeat left smoking ban proponents talking of a 2010 ballot proposal to accomplish it if lawmakers can't.

In a final, marathon lame duck session that began Thursday morning, the House and Senate could not overcome disagreements over whether to allow smoking in casinos and smoke shops.

It was a major fizzle among the passage of dozens of low-profile bills, as the Legislature wrapped up its 2007-08 session.

"It is a serious disappointment, it's another signal that Michigan doesn't quite get it, is not quite ready to step into the 21st Century," said Rep. Andy Meisner, D-Ferndale, a leading proponent for a smoking ban who acknowledged the issue was dead for this year.

"It sends an unfortunate message to the citizens of Michigan that we don't care about their health, and that there are interests in Lansing that have greater influence than they do."

Meisner said compromise proposals could have passed the House and Senate, but that Democratic and Republican leaders could not agree to allow those votes.

Some House Democrats, including Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, wanted an exemption for Detroit's casinos, which complained that the ban would chase smoking gamblers elsewhere, mainly to Indian-run casinos where the state cannot ban smoking.

But majority Senate Republicans insisted that any smoking ban must include all establishments, no exceptions.

Advocates said a ban would protect employees in restaurants and elsewhere from the health dangers of second-hand smoke.

The proposed smoking ban's demise was good news to the Michigan Restaurant Association and others who lobbied against the bill as unnecessary government intrusion on private businesses. They argued that many restaurants have gone smoke-free on their own, as customers demand it.

Restaurant association president Rob Gifford said a ban with exemptions for casinos and other establishments such as horse race tracks would be especially unfair.

"If the Legislature is going to do it, do it in a way that treats all businesses equally," Gifford said.

Advocates say 33 other states ban smoking in public places to some degree. They cited numerous studies to argue that a ban would not affect business at bars and restaurants overall.

Meisner said a petition drive for a ballot issue to ban smoking is a possibility, although it would require significant fund-raising.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A perfect Christmas gift for smokers and antis

A perfect Christmas gift for a smoker would be a carton of Seneca Reds and/or Blackhawk Reds.

A perfect gift for antis would be givin em a taste of their own medicine by me issuing them fines for disrupting the hospitality industry with their smoking bans. $100k for each major antismoking org sounds fair. That "fine moolah" would go to owners and workers who are in desperate need for moolah before they're the next ones to lose their business to a smoking ban.

At least that's a non-violent version of a Christmas gift for antis. :)

4 years ago, I was just a smoker online checking out different prosmoking sites. 4 years lata, I'm giving my support for smoking activists in the fight and I'm online friends with 3 different smoking ladies....and I help em out in different ways.

I've helped out Garnet have offline smokers meetings. That actually was a good idea for 1.5 years. I dunno if she plans on trying that out again when she returns to the fight in 2009. But I also gave her my support at one hearing related with smoking....the hearing on the state smoking ban proposal back in 2006.

I also help out one lady online with her smoking fetish business online. Her name is Rachel, and she believes smoking is a right herself. I believe I saw a comment from her on smokinglobby.com months ago when her home state of WI said "NO" to their own statewide smoking ban in 2008,

And I'm online friends with Melissa, a lady who has been running the Blackhawk Smoke Shop for a couple of years online. She believes me posting news in relation to tobacco issues and smokers rights is important for her shop's forum. Since she's trying to make her forum as prosmoking as possible. You might see I'm a new regular poster on the Blackhawk forum as well.

I've come a long way as a smoker in the past few years. It's a wonder how smoking bans would fare if smokers AND owners all had an attitude towards abuse of freedoms, and disapproval of discrimination towards a certain group of people...which are smokers of course.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Seneca Nation vows to fight law

(From an online article)
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Its an issue that ignited heated protests in the past, taxing cigarettes sold by Native Americans.

The Seneca Nation vows to fight the law signed Monday by Governor David Paterson.

Larry Johnston drove from Grand Island to pick up ten cartons of cigarettes on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County.

Johnston said, "I'm here today to stock up, you know, more than I can really afford today just in case to see what happens with this issue."

What happened is Governor David Paterson signed into law a bill that intends to enforce collection of excise taxes on cigarettes sold at Indian-owned stores.

The new law will prohibit manufacturers from selling tobacco products without a state tax stamp to any wholesaler that doesn't certify the cigarettes won't be resold tax-free by New York's tribes.

It's not going over well at Native American stores like Jay's Place in Niagara County.

Jay's Place cashier Lisa said, "This issue for us is about New York State breaking federal treaties, and it's not within their jurisdiction to do that."

Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder said Monday, "This action is a threat to the Seneca Nation and we have no choice but to explore all of our options. The issue here is not cigarettes, Snyder adds, but the protection of the nation's treaty rights.

We'll do whatever it takes at the right time to protect those rights."

Tony Irizak said, "I think it's good for us, for the stores."

At the Quick Check convenience store in Kenmore, Manager Tony Irizak sees it as good news.

Irizak said, "This way it'll be fair between us and the Indians. We get the same, everybody will pay taxes."

The last time the state tried to collect the tobacco taxes, Seneca protestors used burning tires to shut down a section of the State Thruway, which runs through tribal territory.

The next step will be for the State Tax Department to establish a certification process for wholesalers within 60 ! days.
Supporters of the new law believe the tax would bring the state more than 62 million dollars a year