Saturday, May 23, 2009

The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter

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The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

May 22, 2009 - Issue #527

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank
check made payable to The United States of America for
an amount of "up to and including my life."
- Author Unknown
Burr and Hagan join to fight tobacco bill. In a first, N.C. senators team up to oppose a bill that would "further devastate" the state. The economic impact, Hagan told committee members, amounts to $7 billion. “The bill before us today is going to further devastate the economy in North Carolina and put thousands of people out of work,” she said.
Based on Conclusions of New Study, Philip Morris Should be Congratulated for Designing a Safer Cigarette and Should be Allowed to Advertise It As Such. By Michael Siegel. It actually demonstrates exactly why the FDA legislation is a terrible idea and why it would perpetuate, not end the fraudulent deception of American consumers about the risks of cigarettes.

Go To Blazes On A Cruise. By James Leavey. Consider this, if there was a ban on ice cream and you were told you could purchase an ice but not lick it in public, how would you feel? Oddly enough, despite the growing number of smoking bans around the world, there is only one country that has actually banned the sale as well as the public enjoyment of tobacco: Bhutan. The rest continue to allow tobacco to be sold, albeit increasingly under the counter, presumably because taxation on smoking props up their revenues.
From The Mailbag
CT: Says NO and lawmakers let casino smoking ban bill die.
FL: Says NO to No Smoking Beach Signs in Palm Beach County.
MI: The Issue Of Smoking Bans Causes Another Prison Riot.
MN: ClearWay Minnesota funds "new study" to deceive lawmakers - "smoking bans didn't harm hospitality industry in MN."
TX: Says NO and Restaurant smoking ban is extinguished.
VT: Says NO and lifted hospital smoking ban in Rutland.
Africa: Fake drugs kill over 700,000 people every year - new report.
Scotland: Evidence Continues on the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Bill. ...financial burdens during these hard economic times.
UK: Freedom2Choose Smoking Ban Reform Talks Commence.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Obama: Proposed mileage standards would kill more Americans than Iraq War. By Steve Milloy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every 100-pound reduction in the weight of small cars increases annual traffic fatalities by as much as 715.
USA Beer Tax on tap for health care? Taxes on wine and hard liquor would also go up. And there might be a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks blamed for contributing to obesity. No taxes on diet drinks, however.
E-Cigs: Tobacco Treatment Organization Writes FDA and Issues Press Release to Promote Ban on Electronic Cigarettes.
UK: Vote of no confidence

The parasites that infest our parliament have feasted off the carcase of this dying country long enough. It's time to kick the bastards out and restore this once proud nation.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Ohio: Robber steals 33 cig cartons from gas staton

ARTICLE LINK

>>>"It's just ridiculous, I don't know why someone would do it, if they get caught they are going to jail," Shamrock Asst. Manager Nicki Brooks said.

Dat's why a person stealing cigs has to be fast at it, a-hole. Why do you think robbers in banks and C-stores usually say "Hurry up! Put all of the loot in [the bags]?" LOL!!!!

I know why they do it. Cigs are in the same class as loot in a bank (or C-store) and jewelry. If you gonna be slow at stealing anythang, you might as well go to jail.

People stealing cigs ain't news to me. And the fact they fast in stealing the cartons? Dat's no different from otha robbers out here.

It does sux I gotta be fast at sneakng cigs in places though. Especially on my job.

I watched the vid in assosciation with this article. Dat robber knew what he was doing. He did a d@mn good job of hiding his identity. He obviously has experience from robbing in the past. And sh!t, loading 33 cartons in a trash bag in less than a minute? Dat w-boy is VERY fast! I'd be lucky to just grab 10 cartons and stuff em up in less than a minute.

If this happened in Chicago, there would be mention of the robbery on the news. But a "top story" around here would be more like a murder. Even a bank robbery would be more of a bigga story than someone stealing cig cartons around here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

House votes to crack down on tobacco black market

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved tougher enforcement measures against contraband cigarette sales that make money for criminals, but cost federal, state and local governments billions of dollars.

The bill, which passed 397-11, is especially aimed at Internet sales. Sellers on the Internet and others shipping to remote locations would have to verify the purchaser's age and identity through accessible databases.

Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products could no longer be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service except in limited cases. Private delivery companies already have agreed not to ship tobacco products while the Postal Service continues to deliver products purchased over the Internet.

Misdemeanors under current law would be made felonies, and it would be a federal offense for any seller failing to pay state tax laws.

The legislation would empower each state to enforce federal law against out-of-state sellers sending delivery sales into the state.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would gain authority to inspect distributors of cigarettes, and anyone refusing the inspection would be penalized.

Chief sponsor Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., said that as tobacco taxes have increased, "We have unwittingly created a large and growing black market for smuggled tobacco products."

Weiner cited a Government Accountability Office report that organizations including Hezbollah made money through the tobacco black market.

The Senate yet to consider the measure.

Comments on Ohio-based article quotes

Full article can be read by CLICKING THIS.

"I told my cardiologist every time I quit, I gained weight. I told him I'm either going to die from smoking cigarettes or die from obesity, and he said smoking is worse," recalled Cheek, who recently completed Aultman's Give It Up! program and is determined to remain smoke-free.

Dying from smoking is worse than dying from obesity? WTF is dat cardiologist smoking?

I wouldn't even think someone can die DIRECTLY from smoking cigs eitha. I dunno how someone can smoke for 18 years if there was any truth to cigs causing a direct death.

"It's too dang expensive to keep doin' it."

Honey, I've heard dat from smokers in my own community. But smokers around me still find ways to get cigs. I ain't gonna recommend stealing cigs if they're too damn expensive. But if you heard about buying cigs online, I bet you wouldn't quit then.

But I did hear it's illegal to buy smokes online if you live in Ohio. :(

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Smoking in China

I notice packs of cigs in China have less than 20 cigs in em. Me looked at the pic, and dat Marlboro Lights pack had a numba of less than 20 cigs on it.

Maybe one reason why China has the largest smoking rate in the world is cause they have the cheapest prices for packs in the world. I can see paying 2 bucks for a pack of less than 20 cigs.

And of course, smoking is still socially acceptable over there. It would be rude for someone to turn down a cig offer from me over there, and it would certainly be rude of me to say "No thanks" to a hot chick offering me a cig.

D@mn, I wish those days in the US would come back. Being a smoker used to be a good way to make new friends. Like if you or someone else offers a cig, the offer is accepted, you two light up your babies in your mouth, and you all start a friendly chat.

It's hard meeting new smokers in modern times within the US cause of the smoking bans. And you can't easily use a cig as an ice-breaker for conversation with someone (unless you smoking outside in my area....it's real easy to use your smoking to attract new people in a hood, although dat's different than trying and praying to meet a new smoker in downtown)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Kick review page has been updated

My Kick review page has been updated, now that I've tried the Kick Menthols and Kick Menthol Lights. If I had to rank all 5 of these Kick brands, it would be tough since I like the taste of 4 of them. But I definitely know I think I finally found a very good alternative to smoking expensive Newports.

Kick menthols may not be as strong as Newports. But they have a MUCH BETTA mint flava in em compared to Newports! Kick Menthol lights almost feel like the same way a MYO menthol light tastes....with the breath-mint taste in the cigs!

My Kick Brand Rankings:

1. Kick Full Flavor.....4 stars
2. Kick Menthol......4 stars
3. Kick Lights....3 stars
4. Kick Menthol Lights.....3 stars
5. Kick Ultra Lights.....1 star

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter

My bad for the delay if anyone actually reads these newsletta posts. I don't mean to give anti lurkers a heart attack. But I do have a life outside of the net. My smoking is actually a major part of enjoying (in my case) life in a city. hee hee

It's actually nice running into lots of smokers in urban life. Unfortunately, a lot of smokers near me are trying to quit, and some of em actually think smokers rights are a joke. It ain't a Fkin joke to me of course. However, I do admire smokers around me who will light up whereva they are. And I wish more smokers would say somethang similar to this quote I heard from a sista on my job. "When I wanna smoke, dat's MY business. I don't give a sh!t about not smoking in [the work] line [at my job]."

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The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

May 15, 2009 - Issue #526

"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do
something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."
- Lily Tomlin

Hawaii. KHON TV Video
Smokers Protest Tobacco Tax Hikes

Watch: The great ban loophole of Minnesota Smoking performance video
Patrons of Barnacles on Mille Lacs Lake found a loophole in Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Act, which banned smoking in bars and restaurants.

Update MN: Appeals Court Hears Theater Nights Smoking Case.
Glantz Defrocked! The Smoker's Club Mid-Atlantic Director, Michael J. McFadden, has teamed up with Pam Parker of Opponents of Ohio Bans to challenge Stanton Glantz's fondness for declaring that he has "no competing interests" at the end of all his research submissions.

Soda Tax: Some liberals in Congress have proposed paying for government-run health care by hiking taxes on soft drinks and other beverages. Because the socialized health care schemes being considered will cost at least a trillion dollars, liberal politicians are looking for ways to pay for their schemes without upsetting too many folks. So they think that a tax on soft drinks is better than any other type of tax.
Watch Jackie and Dunlap discuss Washington's proposed tax on cigarettes, alcohol, and junk food.
From The Mailbag
NC: The bill now goes to Gov. Perdue, who is expected to sign it.
NJ: Study: N.J. Cigarette Tax Hike to Result in $12M Loss.
NV: Bill that would loosen smoking restrictions dies.
NY: Michael Herklots cigar fundraiser for school program.
TX: Alert: Don't Allow Your Rights to Go Up in Smoke.
WI: Smoking Ban Bill Awaits Governor's Signature.
USA: Proposed E-Cigarette Ban Pushed in the Name of America's Health Actually a Backdoor Boost to Pharmaceutical Companies.
Netherlands: A Dutch appeals court ruled that small bars with no staff except their owners are exempt from a national smoking ban introduced for the hospitality industry last July.
UK: Smoking room? No, it's our research centre. Kerry Fenton, landlady at the Cutting Edge in Worsbrough, Barnsley, turned the pub's tap room into a "smoking research centre", where people could smoke if they filled in a questionnaire.