Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Property Rights Newsletta

The Property Rights Newsletter

February 19, 2010 - Issue #558

Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted
in her life before, and she felt that she was losing her temper.
"Are you content now?" said the Caterpillar.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!Alice in Wonderland: Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.

Avatar: James Cameron defends smoking scenes. Sigourney Weaver’s scientist Dr Grace Augustine taking a drag have caused outrage with health experts, Stanton A. Glantz, the director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education complaining that, “This is like someone just put a bunch of plutonium in the water supply,” on the damage done to his Smoke Free Movies initiative. However, never one to sit back and take it, Cameron’s come back fighting.

Smoking in Tintin cartoon breaks Turkish law. the channel went to court to fight the fine, and the verdict came in the channel's favor. The court's decision was based on an expert report that pointed out the series was shot before the smoking ban was enacted.

Third Hand Smoke: John Dale Dunn, "No one, ever, has shown that tobacco smoke residue causes cancer. In fact no one has shown that side stream or exhaled tobacco smoke causes cancer. The issue for anti-tobacco crusaders is smell and preferences, and interfering with smokers, not some serious public health issue." Elizabeth Whelan, "In the end, these claims of third-hand smoke dangers will be confirmed for what they really are--nonsense." (Read articles here at the Newsletter going back to 2003 about this Junk Science.)
From The International Mailbag
Canada: Mike Kennedy, "Fight not for your freedom to smoke, but your freedom to enjoy private property and socialize with whoever you choose." Smokers-Choice is now online.
Cyprus: Pro-smoking lobby hopes to repeal ban by April. MPs maintain that the law violates human rights.
UK: Misleading anti-smoking leaflets withdrawn by Sussex NHS chiefs. Health chiefs have been rapped on the knuckles for making unfounded claims about tobacco companies.
From The USA Mailbag
ID: Twin Falls says NO to smoking ban. Most public comment centered around concerns of the economic harm a ban would do to local business and about the city meddling with private property rights.
MO: Pipe Smokers Celebrate Int’l Pipe Smoking Day, Feb. 20.
NY: The Privacy of Smoke. Having a cigar in Lower Manhattan.
SC: West Columbia smoking ban gets preliminary approval.
TN: New restaurant markets itself as "smoker-friendly."
WV: Developing: Legislation May Disrupt Smoking Bans.
USA: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says U.S. would reap billions from $1 cigarette tax hike. "The report neglects to mention the fact that cigarette tax increases rarely generate all of the revenue they are projected to raise -- creating more budget problems down the road."
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Big Brother out of control. By Jeff Jacoby. There was a time when Americans were thought capable of deciding for themselves what to do with their coffee grounds or whether to carry groceries home in paper or plastic bags. Nothing in the Constitution authorizes the federal government to take charge of “revamping the way American children eat and play.’’ It is only our passivity that makes such an encroachment possible. This used to be the land of the free. Is it still?
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
Watch: Phil Williams, The Anti Smoking League: Bastards.
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