Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Smokers Rights Newsletter Issue

Me loves the lightup pic at the end of this newsletta. :)

The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

March 13, 2009 - Issue #519

"(Public Health) Are you falling for it? Don't be a fool."
- Gian Turci
The Four Commandments of the Anti-Smoking Movement: A Tribute to the Memory and Legacy of Gian Turci. By Michael Siegel. Gian was insightful, because there is great truth to the idea that in the tobacco control movement there is an almost abstinence-only approach to public health. The idea of harm reduction has been almost entirely shunned, but without careful consideration of the actual science-base and evidence for what might be the most effective strategies for tobacco control.

Fire-safe cigarettes: Smokers as lab experiments. Where are the concerns about additives in the case of "fire-safe" cigarettes? How come the public health “authorities” are silent on this? Where are the antismoking groups that claim to “worry” about the “health” of their victims while really worrying only about their grants?

States Budget Crises Arrive Like Clockwork. Lawmakers once again turn to cigarette taxes to balance their budgets. By Michael Flynn. Isn't it time we retired this skit? We're almost one decade through the 21st century and our esteemed lawmakers in state capitals are still using a decades-old recipe: Boom and bust budgets; cigarette taxes when times get tough. Stir. It seems our state lawmakers have reached their "sell-by" date.
From The Mailbag
CA: Anti-Smoking Paternalism: A Cancer on American Liberty.
HI: Smoking bans fail in Hawaii Legislature. Proposed bans on slim cigarettes and smoking on Waikiki Beach have faltered.
KS: Governor Kathleen Sebelius at Odds with OSHA.
MD: Lawmaker wants smoking banned in cars with youngsters.
SD: The evolution of a fraud. By Lance Morgan.
UT: Anti-smoking efforts losing big in Legislature. As two tobacco tax bills languish on Utah's Capitol Hill, the $4 million fund for advertising and marketing of a smoking cessation program is also being raided. This combination is especially disturbing to anti-tobacco advocates.
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Alcohol: France. Beer and wine selling ban under 18.
Death: Questions arise. Human life is a precious and fragile thing.
Rights: 'Privacy' doesn't matter to those seeking to control you.
Smokers stay home. Six Flags Over Georgia Lowers Prices.
Chemicals: Probable Carcinogens Found in Baby Toiletries. Some of the biggest names on the market, including Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic lotion, tested positive for 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde, or both, the nonprofit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported.
Nick Hogan
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Part 4 - Part 5

Phil Williams
Mathematical Genius
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