|The Property Rights Newsletter|
January 22, 2010 - Issue #554
"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
- Douglas Adams
| Gary Nolan, national director for Citizens Freedom Alliance, a group that fights for property rights, challenged proponents to a debate on the issue of whether secondhand smoke is harmful. "Instead of making a brief presentation, let's have a real honest debate on this subject," Nolan said. "It is an affront to the property rights of restaurant and bar owners to pass a smoking ban. It is their property and they should be making that decision," Nolan said. He said the decision of whether to go into a restaurant or bar with or without smoking should be a decision of the individual. "Allow them to continue to have a choice," Nolan said.|
France: Smoking Ban? The French Light Up Again in Public.
UK: Joe Jackson's New Year message. I fear we are moving closer and closer to a sort of Soviet existence where authority is simply accepted and only grumbled about around the kitchen table - which is where all the parties are going to be anyway, with no pubs left!
GA: Outdoor Smoking Bans Spread Without Science. According to the Athens Banner Herald, “the county commission and the state legislature both considered extending the ban to 25 feet outside doorways but abandoned the idea.
KS: Store Owners Say "No" to Governor’s Proposed Tax Hikes.
SC: Cayce Smoking Vote Puts Heat on West Columbia.
SC: York County Council chambers packed with people fuming over smoking ban. Council to discuss whether to exempt private businesses from ban.
WA: Proposed Washington State Tobacco Tax Increase Causes Committees to Clash. HB2493.
USA: FDA to Study Cigarette Ingredients to Determine if They Pose Any Danger. "If we can just get our politicians to be sleeping with each other rather than with industry, then they can be doing to each other what they're currently doing to us."
Fat: Call for obesity action as new links to heart disease emerge. The researchers called for increased efforts to reduce people's weight to prevent them dying from cardiovascular diseases.
Studies don't show smoking kills people. By Thomas Laprade. Air ventilation can easily create a comfortable environment that removes not just passive smoke, but also and especially the potentially serious contaminants that are independent from smoking.
Vehicle exhaust fumes linked to severe pneumonia in seniors. "We postulate that there might have been effects on the innate immune system, that is these air pollutants would affect the ability of the lungs to clear pathogens," he said in an interview from Hamilton.
Anti smoking home goal
Anti smoking home goal 2
Wherever smoking bans are introduced we see a growth in smoking rates, especially amongst the young. Thank you anti smokers for making smoking cool again, and congratulations for your service to the tobacco industry.