|The Property Rights Newsletter|
October 30, 2009 - Issue #545
"I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time."
- Mark Twain
Presidents Who Smoke: 61% of all U. S. presidents smoked tobacco. As the legendary story reveals John F. Kennedy gave orders to Press Secretary Pierre Salinger to round up as many Corona cigars (JFK's favorite) before signing the Cuban trade embargo. Salinger later reported 1,200 Coronas in his possession. It was not until the Clinton administration when an absolute no-smoking policy was implemented in the White House and Hillary happily removed all the ashtrays from the premises. So where might Barack Obama sneak a smoke? It's rumored that Willie Nelson fired up on the White House roof when invited to spend a night, though we doubt it was tobacco he was smoking.
MO: Continued smoking in reservation bars, casinos boosts business. We look forward to seeing MO bans collapse too.
SC: ALERT: Florence City Council members to propose city smoking ban. (After a failed attempt in 2005.)
Canada: Dr. Stella Daskalopoulou Anti Junk Science. By Michael J. McFadden... something makes me think that this "One Cigarette Is Deadly" study may just possibly be biased a bit toward producing and promoting a certain desired perception.
Canada: Judge says NO and Ruling lets federal inmates puff away outdoors. The ruling applies to all federal penitentiaries in Canada. Smoking rules in provincial jails vary by province.
Canada: Peel says NO, rejects proposal to ban smoking in tenants homes... officials said restricting tenants rights to do what they wish in their own homes wouldn't stand up in court.
Croatia: Says NO and gives up on smoking ban. Owners of small cafés can now decide themselves whether to allow smoking or not. When the ban was introduced, it met with widespread protests.
Scotland: Increasing heart disease has steadily paralleled the rise of motor vehicle use... encourage many Scots who currently drive, to walk or use healthy bicycles instead.
UK: Watch: Welcome to Britain, eternal darkness and despair.