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The Property Rights Newsletter

September 18, 2009 - Issue #540

"Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens."
- William Beveridge
An Absence of Tobacco Evidence. By Patrick Basham, Cato Institute. The government knew that this claim, and the evidence that it was based on, was not true. Recently released DoH correspondence shows that the government was told in a March 2009 email that removing tobacco displays in Canada 'has not caused a decline in tobacco sales or discourage[ed] kids from smoking'. Yet, the anti-tobacco lobby continues to push for even more far-reaching tobacco control legislation. This past week, Action on Smoking & Health (Ash) trumpeted a new study about the influence of tobacco packages as proof that putting all tobacco products in plain packages was now required. Ash's Deborah Arnott told the BBC that: "This research shows that the only way of putting an end to this misleading marketing is to require all tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging." What Arnott did not tell the BBC was that she and Martin Dockrell, Ash's campaign manager, were not only two of the authors of the very study they so fulsomely praised, but Ash, along with the DoH, paid for the study.

Global Tobacco Control Will Be Exposed. Former tobacco control frontman David Goerlitz has published further exposure of the corruption and appalling practices that continue to jeopardise the tobacco control industry.
From The Mailbag
Budget, Avis Rental Cars: Beginning Oct. 1, Avis and Budget will become the first major rental-car companies to ban smoking in their entire North American fleets and to impose a cleaning fee of up to $250 on customers who smoke in the cars.
CA: Jury orders Philip Morris to pay $13.8 million to Bullock.
FL: Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902.
NY: Bloomberg says NO and backs away from park ban idea.
PA: IPCPR Urges Lawmakers, Governor to Reduce Spending.
WA: Spokane says NO. Park Board has reversed its springtime decision to phase in an outright ban on smoking in parks.
Croatia: Says NO and smoking ban is watered down by the govt.
UK: Smokers Rights News and articles from Freedom2Choose.

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