Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Smokers Rights Newsletter Issue

The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

February 13, 2009 - Issue #516

"We must all hang together,
or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
- Benjamin Franklin at the signing
of the Declaration of Independence
ACTION ALERT: CALL Obama, he promised no taxes and then taxed smokers. He said no special interests and then helps Big Pharm? Obama at the Whitehouse comment phone number, a person really answers. 202-456-1111

Wyoming: Anti-smoking billboards draw fire before vote. "Here we have a state agency that has put up their billboards, which are clearly intended to influence legislation," said Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, an opponent of the smoke-free bill. Michael J. McFadden suggests, "The Wyoming legislature has only one responsible recourse in the face of this outrageous attempt to influence it via taxpayer money. They should immediately vote to quash any discussion or decision regarding smoking bans for ONE FULL YEAR from whatever date the offending signs are removed with a warning that similar action will be taken again next year if other such offenses are committed."

Brainwashing: Goose-stepping in unison may have been used by the Nazis to help brainwash people into following their cause, a new study suggests. The findings, published in New Scientist, could explain why the likes of Hitler and Mussolini both seemingly had the ability to bend millions of people to their will.

Canada: Since obese people do not hurt anyone else but maybe themselves and since forcing other people to lose weight is not totally socially acceptable…yet, the lifestyle trend setters aka politicized scientists and their pharmaceutical funders, are slowly but surely introducing the notion that obesity is contagious.

USA: In an effort to rein in rising health-care costs, Alabama will start charging a fee to overweight workers who do not take part in free wellness programs. "We are trying to get individuals to become more aware of their health," said Robert Wagstaff of the state insurance board. While some states offer one-time incentives for employees to lose weight, no others penalize overweight workers.
From The Mailbag
ME: Ban smoking in homes with kids? A slippery slope!
MO: 'Show Me' Missourians Won't be Pressured into Bans.
PA: Video reports on the students beating the ban at school.
SD: Senate says NO, kills ban on smoking in public places.
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Canada: Crown7 Allows Canadians to Puff without Smoke.
Africa: IPPA Among Top-To Go Think-Tank Globally.
UK: New Labour Party video about the current state of the UK.
UK: Full correspondence between Rich White and the DOH.
UK: Royal Bolton hospital smoking ban starts July 1.
World: International Pipe Smoking Day, Feb. 20. To celebrate the occasion, many pipe clubs and tobacconists across the United States, Europe and elsewhere are staging pipe smoking events at 9:00 p.m. locally to bring together their members and others interested in pipe smoking.
Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
Bugger off! It sounds like a plot concocted by Alfred Hitchcock: cockroaches nestling inside oxygen masks in a hospital intensive care unit and crawling around in the light panels hanging from the ceiling. But this was no horror film. Meanwhile, ICU staff have stopped going out for cigarette breaks via the doctors' offices, Pettit said, "Because we locked the doors and now they cannot open them anymore."

Mandigo charges in nursing home death, after leaving a smoker outside to die in the cold. The Crown maintained that Mr. Mandigo had a duty to provide the necessities of life to Mr. Patterson, and that he had failed in his duty and did so over an extended period of time, and was therefore guilty of criminal negligence and failure to provide the necessities of life.

MO: Council hears pleas on smoking. Gary Nolan, program director and talk show host with KSSZ in Columbia spoke to the council against a smoking ban. Nolan ran for president on the Libertarian ticket in 2004 and currently serves as the U.S. regional director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance and its Smoker's Club.
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