Sunday, March 22, 2009

Smokers Rights Newsletter: 3/20

The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

March 20, 2009 - Issue #520

"There may be liberty and justice for all,
but there are tax breaks only for some."
- Martin A. Sullivan
Michael Siegel Evidence Mounting that Chantix May Be Associated with Suicidal Ideation and Behavior; Anti-Smoking Movement Plays a Role in This Possible Tragedy. By Michael Siegel.
Major Section of FDA Tobacco Legislation is Blatantly Unconstitutional and Will Be Struck Down; Bill Will Give FDA Seal of Approval to Cigarettes.
FDA: Bill Would Add Auto-Enrollment Feature to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Apology: A Japanese doctor has apologized after saying that people should smoke themselves to an early death to save the country money on elderly care, according to his hospital.

Backlash: Doctors' boss likens smokers to pedophiles. NT Health Minister Kon Vatskalis is fervently anti-smoking but he rejected the idea. "We have enough difficulties recruiting health professionals to the Territory," he said. "Why would we place further restrictions on them?"
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Denmark:Sweet toothed smokers could pay for proposed tax reform.
Scotland: Shopkeepers count cost as cigarettes go under counter.
UK: Listen online, Freedom 2 Choose now has a radio show!
UK: FOREST 30th Anniversary and new facebook group.
UK: Double Standards as smoking ban is lifted for G20 leaders.
UK Video: By Phil Williams. With callous disregard for their own law that the government imposed on the UK populous, our leaders have decided to amend the smoking ban for the G20 summit. While they are perfectly happy to ignore the economic damage this ban has wrought on our hospitality trade (over 3000 pubs forced out of business), they now have the afront to amend the ban for themselves and themselves only.
From The USA Mailbag
KS: Hutch business owners flare over smoking ban legislation.
MI: Legislators Have Love/Hate Relationship with Tobacco.
OH: Perspective: Ohio ranks low on the freedom scale.
SC: Columbia. Huffing about ban on puffing in cigar bar.
SC: Smoking ban has become about property rights.
SC: The politics of public smoking: Lexington County.
WI: Cigarette tax unnecessary, unfair, unwanted.
WV: Bill would ‘fix’ mistake regarding smoking ban.
USA: ALERT: See the proposed state taxes increases.
USA: Stimulus Watch. Bill projects listed by state or territory.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Aspartame and Diet Soda: HI asking FDA to Rescind Approval.
Barbie: WV lawmaker wants to ban Barbie dolls, and others.
Being Nude: In Thin Air of the Alps, Swiss Secrecy Is Vanishing.
Cameras: Snellville GA Suspends Red Light Cameras for 90 days.
Cellphones: Brain tumour link to teen cellphone use.
Facebook: How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer.
Internet: B.C. case could change Canadian web landscape.
Lunch: Parents' fury over 'mealtime Gestapo' at school which inspects lunches and confiscates junk food.
USA: 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom.

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