|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.
| 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.)
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UK: Misleading anti-smoking leaflets withdrawn by Sussex NHS chiefs.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.
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."
Watch: Phil Williams, The Anti Smoking League: Bastards.