Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Smokers Rights Newsletter Issue

The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

April 3, 2009 - Issue #521

"Avoid strong drink,
it may lead one to shoot at tax collectors, and miss."
- Samuel L. Clemens

Rush Limbaugh Morning Update:

High Taxes and Lost Liberties.

Surprise Supreme Court Decision Ends Big Pharma's Pre-Emption Bid for Legal Immunity. The decision has hit Big Pharma hard. The industry, already reeling from layoffs and a loss of innovation, is now facing a wave of lawsuits from potentially hundreds of thousands of people who have been harmed by dangerous prescription medications. The legal path for such lawsuits has now been cleared, and drug companies can no longer claim legal immunity just because they managed to deceive the FDA into declaring their dangerous chemicals were "approved."

Don't Flatter Yourself: Why Survey Research Can Be Flawed. When asked about their own behavior in relation to materialism, compulsive buying, drug and alcohol addiction, cigarette smoking, shoplifting, gambling, prostitution, and intolerant attitudes, people tend to answer in a less than candid manner.

JAMA editors allegedly threatened tipster. Professor Jonathan Leo raised concerns of study author’s ties to drug industry.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Misusing and Tricking Kids into Doing Its Special Interest Lobbying for It; Behavior is Sleazy and Unethical. By Michael Siegel. In all seriousness, this is the sleaziest maneuver I have ever witnessed during my 23 years in the tobacco control movement.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Africa: Urges G20 Leaders to break down trade barriers.
Hong Kong: May allow hi-tech smoking rooms in bars this year.
Scotland: Freedom2Choose Supports Vending Machine Operators.
Scotland: Petition: Request To Terminate Mental Health Consultation: The Truth Is A Lie? From Freedom to Choose.
Somalia: Islamists ban khat and cigarettes in Dhobley.
UK: A Ducking Doctor, Atherton incapable of defending herself.
UK: Phil Williams video response to anti Hamish Champ.
UK: Petition for UK residents only. Please sign today for the pubs.
From The USA Mailbag
AK: Both Soldotna and Kenai say NO to ban proposals.
CT: Mohegan promises smoking ban battle all the way to high court.
HI: IPCPR Says Hawaiians Should "Onipa'a" Against HB895.
IN: Star indulges tyranny of anti-smoking health police.
LA: Cigar 101, Cigar Night for beginners, get a free cigar 4/3/09.
NC: Note from NC Representative Thom Tillis.
NC: Says NO ban when there are no minors in the building.
ND: Smoking ban fails on all ND state university campuses.
NJ: Ex-health chief: NJ anti-smoking program faces cut.
NY: Gov. Paterson wants to snuff out cigarette sales.
NY: OK for American Taliban, but defending big tobacco verboten?
OH: Lawmaker Sen. Robert Schuler wants smoking ban changes.
SC: Local courts to consider if ban violations break law.
SD: Groups Considering Referral Of Smoking Ban. Hold a vote?
TX: Burleson says NO and rejects tougher smoking proposal.
VA: Smoking and non-smoking areas are permitted in restaurants.
USA: Fire Safe Cigarettes - Or - Smokers as Lab Experiments.
USA: PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama tax pledge up in smoke.
USA: Video dedicated to all that still believe in liberty.
USA: Massive Tobacco Tax Increase by Congress Spells Even More Economic Disaster for Jobs and State Economies.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Obesity Epidemic: Headlines tell us the nation is getting fatter, and that obesity has become an epidemic. But there is more to the story, according to one University of Houston sociologist.
Sign: Smokers Not Allowed. If you're straining to accept the credulity of the sign, you did indeed read it correctly. The sign doesn't say: "smoking is not allowed in this room," it says "smokers are not allowed in this room."
Skin Cancer: Preventing America’s Most Common Cancer. Solar Radiation a.k.a Sunlight is a "Class A" carcinogen.
Third Hand Smoke: From the horses mouth the third hand smoke scare is nothing but lies and irresponsible outpouring of false information. Don’t believe the hype.
$$$: Big Pharm only wants you to use THEIR quit smoking products.

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