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The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter

The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

January 9, 2009 - Issue #511

"Lies - damned lies - and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of."
- Leonard Courtney, August 1895
Click here to read Third-hand Smoke:
... Back in the news again! The aim is... total tobacco prohibition. "When you smoke – any place – toxic particulate matter from tobacco smoke gets into your hair and clothing," said Dr Jonathan Winickoff, from MassGeneral Hospital for Children, in Boston, and an assistant professor of paediatrics at Harvard Medical School, who led the study.
... Third Hand Smoke. By Dave Hitt. There is no end to the fictions nicotine nannies will create to justify their venomous hatred of smokers. This is their latest one, but, but we can be sure there are more to come. Smokers who politely smoke outside, often in inclement weather, to avoid annoying people with second hand smoke, are now horrible evil bags of toxins that will kill your children. And while the idiocy of this will be obvious to anyone with a functioning brain cell, we can be sure that plenty of stupid people will swallow this lie and use it as an excuse to harass smokers even more.
... New Study Warns of Dangers of "Thirdhand" Tobacco Smoke. By Michael Siegel, MD, MPH. I question the accuracy and the scientific support behind such a health claim. It's not clear to me that if a smoker is careful never to smoke inside the home, that merely hanging up their coat on a hook inside the home will cause harm to his children from toxins that offgas from the coat. I just am not aware of any evidence that this represents a significant health risk.
From The Mailbag
IA: Dissent dilutes Iowa's smoking ban, flouting the ban.
IL: Area establishments defy indoor smoking ban.
IL: Smoking ban hurts state's casinos, cities.
NY: Woman charged with tax evasion for buying cigarettes.
OH: State puts expanded prison smoking ban on hold.
USA: New laws in 5 states call for fire-safe cigarettes.
USA: Please let the Obama team know your story.
USA: Smokeasies defy smoking bans across the country.
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Canada: Andrew Stephen Frang, stabbing victim, killed over cigs.
UK: Freedom To Choose, Success Comes To Those Who Wait.
UK: Jersey, the law has forced smokers out onto the street.
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