The United Pro Choice January 16, 2009 - Issue #512
TAKE ACTION! Congress is once again considering a $35 billion expansion of the SCHIP health program funded by a 156% cigarette tax increase. This legislation places an unfair burden on adult smokers. In difficult economic times like these, raising taxes just doesn't make sense! Say NO to Higher Cigarette Taxes!
Freedom Works: Fight tax hikes for socialized medicine! One of the first proposals that the liberals are pushing is a serious step toward government-run health care. They are trying to do this through a massive expansion of the SCHIP program, which would increase taxes on cigarettes to pay for government-run health care!
SCHIP's Tobacco Taxes: An Economic Disaster. By Leonard Stebbins, owner of Dewey Ave Smoke Shop. If Congress considers a bill early in 2009 to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by significantly increasing federal cigarette and tobacco taxes, the fallout from the tax increases will include major sales reductions, massive employee layoffs, numerous store closings and many more robberies because of the much higher value of tobacco products.
Federal Tax Alert: A tax increase may seem counterintuitive in a recession — especially since Obama and congressional Democrats are simultaneously touting tax cuts as part of the cure for the ailing economy.
More Third Hand Smoke Nonsense. By Michael J. McFadden. Judge for yourself: Has the NY Times lived up to its supposed standard of being a reliable paragon of journalistic excellence? Or have they sunk completely into the mixing of editorial opinion and news reporting that would get a high-school journalism student a failing grade?
Smoke Screens: The Truth About Tobacco. By Richard White. The first three chapters of Smoke Screens are available to read here for free. It reviews the exact studies anti-smokers have used, to see whether the hysteria is justified, as well as looking at a number of other factors that are overlooked conventionally.
KS: First Reading of Stricter Salina Smoking Ordinance Approved.
ME: Taxes, Baldacci singing an old tune, a tiring one.
VA: IPCPR Warns of Economic Impact from Virginia Smoking Ban.
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Canada: Champix side effects prompt 818 complaints.
EU: Employment commissioner Spidla announced no workplace ban during his term of office this year.
UK: ACTION: Join the licensees protest march January 26.
United Nations: The UN's battle to ban smoking in its headquarters doesn't encourage confidence in its ability to enforce will anywhere else, writes Tom Leonard.
The TICAP Conference
1st World Conference Against Prohibition:
"Smoking Bans and Lies"
Brussels, at the European Parliament Building
27/28 January, 2009