| The Property Rights Newsletter|
July 31, 2009 - Issue #533
"Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous,
that there will be no cakes and ale."
- William Shakespeare
| Ron Paul: Moving Towards Tobacco Prohibition. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act will give sweeping new powers over tobacco to the FDA. It will require everyone engaged in manufacturing, preparing, compounding, or processing tobacco to register with the FDA and be subjected to FDA inspections, which is yet another violation of the Fourth Amendment. It violates the First Amendment by allowing the FDA to restrict tobacco advertising in multiple ways, as well as an outright ban on advertising any cigarettes as light, mild or low-tar. The FDA will have the power of pre-market reviews of all new tobacco products, and will impose new user fees, meaning taxes, on manufacturers and importers of tobacco products. It will even regulate the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.|
FDA wrong about e-cigarettes, says FDA study. So what justification is there for distorting the evidence and deceiving the public about a product that has the potential to save lives? There isn’t any. This is nothing more than scare mongering on the part of the opportunistic health nannies at the FDA and their shills in the media.
Government anti-smoking efforts not as effective as first thought. There is evidence, again ignored by the CDC, that little to no connection exists between state spending on tobacco control and the degree to which residents smoke.
Soda Tax: This soda tax scheme is the latest to surface as liberals scramble to try and figure out how to pay for their proposed government take-over of health care.
Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tax: State Budgets Get Boost from Alcohol Tax Increases... will lawmakers be willing to stand up to the powerful lobbying of Big Alcohol?
Kreepy Killer Kornflakes! By Michael J. McFadden. The news story below is factual. It is not a satire. It is not made up. It is about a real study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology which found that eating a bowl of cornflakes induces the same sort of "threat" to the heart as Otsuka et al found in their famous "30 Minute Heart Attack" studies.
MN: How successful have ban laws been in the Twin Cities area?
MO: Premium Cigar Store Owners Unite to Fight Proposed St. Louis County Ban... minorities have rights and smokers are a minority.
NY: Aiming Wide in City War on Smoking, disgusting displays in stores. IN that case, how about taking this approach even further? Why stop with cigarettes?
SD: State says NO and smoking ban is back on hold.
Czech Republic: Clarify smoking legislation but total ban still long way off. As any visitor to Prague already knows, smokers are mostly free to light up anywhere and anytime they want in Czech bars, pubs and restaurants.
Denmark: Smokers: The war is in progress. Soren Højbjerg may well understand that you can be bothered by the smell when you are not themselves smoke. But on the other hand, one can not expect that you will never feel anything from a neighbor.