Saturday, July 4, 2009

Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009

Here's the first page I've seen dat includes the pros and cons of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009.

ARTICLE LINK


(b) Findings- Congress finds that--

(1) the sale of illegal cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products significantly reduces Federal, State, and local government revenues, with Internet sales alone accounting for billions of dollars of lost Federal, State, and local tobacco tax revenue each year;

No sh!t. Most of the smokers are poor. most of em can't afford the hi offline prices, so what a few of those smokers will do is buy em from the underground sellers. And a lot of those sellers resort to stealing cigs.

I hope Congress is aware even if nobody bought cigs online, tobacco tax money would still be lost when you take cig heists offline into account.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out why people buy cigs online underground, or even think of stealing em. Some antis think it's crazy to hear of cig heists. They claim if someone steals cigs, dat robber is totallyaddicted to nic.

I disgree with dat theory. To me, a person (or group) pulling off cig heists is sorta like a bank robber. I don't think a bank robber is necessarily addicted to seeing cash. LOL!!

And just like money, a smoker needs cigs in order to live. I don't give a flying sh!t if I sound crazy to antis. But it's the truth on needing cigs to live. I don't need to steal em (unless this was the old days where I can help myself to a pack in stores). But buying em online makes my wallet smile. I wouldn't compare buying cigs online being just about as bad as atealing em offline. Those are two different thangs. But the govt still loses tobacco tax money with both of those ways to get a smoker's basic necessity.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This is good Obama satire

http://www.dailysqu ib.co.uk/ ?c=117&a=1853

WASHINGTON DC - USA - President Barack Obama is said to be smoking about five or six red Marlboro packs a day now and sometimes even filterless Gitanes.

Senior White House aides are said to be concerned for the new president after the volume of cigarettes he is smoking daily has increased substantially in recent weeks.

"The Oval room is now one big ashtray, with Dubya we had to install a spittoon, with this guy we just have one giant ashtray in the middle of the fucking room where he sticks his butts. You can imagine the stench especially, whenever there is a slight crisis. Barack will just keep chaining 'em like there's no tomorrow. We even had to get some people in a few days ago to scrape the nicotine off the once white ceiling," John Smithers, the White House press officer told CNN.

It has been one disaster after another for Obama and it seems the fake veneer of his election promises are slowly wearing thin.

Tanya Gould, a prominent Obama supporter and campaigner told the Washington Times: "It's like the people got conned by electing him and sometimes you see the real truth of the situation. Like you get little glimpses, but then the PR people come in and gloss over the truth. I just wish there would be some reality even though things would be bad at least it would be real huh."

The White House's resident doctor, Meat Johnsons M.D, who trained at the Michael Jackson School of Medicine, said this about Obama's unhealthy habit: "We need to realise that Obama is under a lot of stress and he needs to smoke because it gives him the strength to carry on when everything else is crumbling around him. I say smoke more!."

What with the whole of the U.S.A slowly imploding underneath the trillions of debt dollars; the social infrastructure crumbling; healthcare; pensions and mass unemployment, at least Obama is keeping the U.S.'s tobacco industry afloat.

French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who attended a meeting with Obama at the White House last week was astounded at the level of smoke in the Oval office: "Sarkozy is not a big guy and we actually lost him at one point under the smoke from the cigarettes and ashtray. We had to get a secret service dude to open the window so we could find the French guy. In the end we found him cowering behind a chair. It was a hectic 25 minutes I tell you," another aide, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, divulged.

Graphic images in NYC stores may become law

I hear in NYC, you might see graphic antismoking signs when you walk into stores selling cigs. As well as the future graphic images on packs and cartons.

http://gothamist.com/2009/06/24/graphic_anti-smoking_signs_may_soon.php


I mean, like do people think a smoker is gonna walk into a store, and change his/her mind on buying cigs afta seeing graphic antismoking signs? Maybe dat smoker will scream and run outta the store afta seeing the images. HAHAHA

Even if those signs in stores become an actual law, those signs won't stop the "otha type of people" looking to go afta cigs in a NYC store eitha. As long as they get what they want, they don't care about antismoking images posted in a store.

What will be the next idea? Seeing a return of cig ads in mags/outdoor billboards, but with graphic images in those?

If these graphic images (coming to the actual packs/cartons) include bloody bodies, I might actually like seeing those. :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

6 months of BS for Americans with Obama

I guess July is the 6-month anniversary of Obama's presidency. I hope America loves having a "Black" President. The only part of this guy's personality dat makes him black is he doesn't read sh!t when it comes to signing bills into law.

I wonder if someone presented him a bill dat would make it legal for authorities to attack ANYONE they see smoking a cig in public, would Obama at least read a bill like dat? I bet he wouldn't, since he calls himself a 95 percent nonsmoker.

I'd read it, and not sign a bill as discriminatory as dat one. I'd basically say "If you think it should be lawful for cops to murder any smoker, then you might as well show me a bill dat makes it legal to have like smokers restaurants and nonsmokers restaurants. If we gonna re-live the days before "we" got recognized as actual Americans (where this time, it's smokers getting 2nd class treatment), then we might as well have smokers' businesses. Othawise, smokers have the right to live in peace without added hatred just like us, thank you!"

Happy anniversary, Obama! America hasn't improved ever since you became President. It got worse. But I guess a long as antis keep paying you to support their side, you don't care about the increase in cig heists....let alone people still losing jobs every month.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Smoking is legal but a crime to most in society

Here's a small thought on my birthday.

Most smoking activists already know the govt is nothang but a bunch of hypocrites by encouraging smokers to quit. Bet yet, those rich a-holes wanna BEG people like me to keep buying cigs for SCHIP.

Their first way of forcing people to quit smoking? Keep raising the prices on cigs. This way didn't work. Some stopped based on the prices. But most smokers found alternative ways to buy tobacco. Even if it means making adjustments in their moolah management in order to afford cigs.

The second way to force people to quit smoking? Make all brands FSCs. This method seems to be working betta in making people stop smoking, although some smokers switched to rolling and/or growing their own. At least those smokers who switched from FSCs are brave for not giving into pressure from antis and politicians.

I guess once the govt eventually learns about people making their own cigs and/or growing their own tobacco, I dunno how they gonna stop the serious smokers. The politicians wanna make people die fasta if those folks choose to smoke....dat's why they kept their mouths shut to the public as FSCs became more common.

Well, if high tobacco prices and FSCs don't work in forcing every single smoker to quit, I hope the nannies in the USA don't take "making smokers die fasta" to the next level by having authorities visit those who are growing their own tobacco (and then treat those goodie smokers as actual criminals on the run).

Nah, I don't think authorities would go as far as arresting and resorting to gun violence in stopping the serious smokes out here. But now dat I'm a year older, I'm convinced smoking is the only legal habit out here dat's treated like a criminal activity. I still think it's funny it's a "crime" to smoke near doorways while outside of all f'kin places.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Man decides to grow his own tobacco


http://www.ohio. com/news/ 49365072. html

FREEDOM TWP.: Standing on brown earth on a flat field hundreds of yards from the nearest road, Don Carey is surrounded by tiny plants.

He walks along a three-quarter- acre plot in a desolate spot in this rural township in northeastern Portage County and looks at the thousands of tobacco plants he is growing.

Carey, 49, decided in April, when federal taxes on tobacco skyrocketed, to grow his own.

''I thought it was an April Fools' joke,'' he said of the tax increase that sent taxes on roll-your-own tobacco up 2,153 percent.

There is something ''fundamentally wrong about picking on the smokers all the time,'' said Carey, whose experiment with growing tobacco comes as President Barack Obama last week signed the strongest anti-smoking bill in history. The measure gives the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco for the first time.

A general contractor who lives in Peninsula, Carey has been a cigarette and cigar smoker most of his adult life.



But when April 1 came and he read that taxes on tobacco products increased, he took action.

Carey went on the Internet and found places where he could purchase tobacco seeds.

Within about a week, he had received 40 types of seeds and his life as a tobacco farmer was planted.

''This project is something of an experiment to identify varieties of tobacco suitable for growing in our climate,'' Carey said.

7,000 plants in ground

The tiny seeds, so small they can hardly be seen, grew into plants by mid-June. And when the ground had warmed up, a group of friends helped him put the plants into the ground — 7,000 in all.

The land where his tobacco plants are growing is leased by his sister, who allowed him to put in the tobacco crop.

Since April, Carey has been reading all he can find on tobacco farming.

Under the new tobacco law, Carey is allowed to grow tobacco for his own use, said Siobhan DeLancey, a spokeswoman for the FDA.

It seems that Carey is probably not alone in deciding to experiment with tobacco growing.

David Dugan, Ohio State University extension educator for a 10-county area in southern Ohio, said he began receiving inquiries about planting tobacco around the time the taxes were increased.

''I had several calls back in March and April when that was going on,'' Dugan said. ''People calling me were looking for where they could buy tobacco plants and seeds.''

Dugan said it is no easy task to grow tobacco.



''He has a real adventure in front of him,'' Dugan said of Carey.

Three-quarters of an acre of tobacco, he said, could ultimately yield up to 2,000 pounds of tobacco.

''If the crop grows well, he is going to need a lot of space to hang this stuff to get it to cure and then a lot of space to store it once it is stripped,'' he said.

Curing tobacco is a process that depends on the weather, he said. ''You don't want it to dry too fast,'' he said.

There has to be just the right amount of humidity in the curing process that results in a leaf that has the right color and quality. Plus, he said, you have to watch out for insects and rodents when storing it.

Tobacco production in Ohio has fallen off as demand for the product has dropped, Dugan said.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture reports that in 2006, there were 3,500 acres of tobacco grown in the state and about 7 million pounds produced.

The top tobacco county is Brown in southern Ohio, where Dugan is headquartered. It had 1,450 acres and 2,886,000 pounds of tobacco in 2006, the department reported.

No numbers for area

Tobacco production in Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Wayne counties is so small that production numbers are not even collected, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department said.

Carey said a smoker, who goes through a pack a day needs about 17 pounds of tobacco a year.

''So if I get a thousand pounds, it will be good for 50 something years.''

But first, he must harvest the tobacco this summer and then cure it.

Carey said he will use an old corn crib for curing the crop.

Because tobacco growing has such a long history in the United States, he said, it will be fun to experience that tradition.

''Tobacco is more American than apple pie and baseball,'' Carey said.

He said he will be able to determine from this year's growth, which type of plants do best in Northeast Ohio's climate.

As a teenager, Carey worked on a farm in Boston Heights and said he feels confident that he has the skills to pull off his tobacco experiment.



''I'm not trying to start a revolution or anything,'' said Carey, who has time to work on his crop because of the downturn in the economy and its impact on the building trades.

''I'm trying to end up with a finished product I can use for cigarettes and cigars.''

Ready late next year

Once the tobacco leaves are ripe, he said, he will cut the stalks down and cure the plants. He figures he may be able to smoke the first cigarettes from his field late next year.

Carey said that so far, the crop looks good.

''The plants are doing very well other, than a small bout with slugs that cost about 50 plants,'' he said.