Saturday, March 27, 2010

I can't wait to see how no smoking is enforced at Cub games dis year

I'm gonna see in a few weeks how the new Cub owners plan on making sure the ballpark is ALWAYS smoke-free.

In the late innings, it's common to see drunk dudes smoking in the corner of one restroom. It's so smokey in dat corner, it looks like I'm walking into fog. And in the past, I'd light up a cig behind the stall without saying a single word.

But I have a good feeling dis year will be different. I know the smoking rule hasn't changed. If you a fan caught smoking, your azz is kicked outta the ballpark. If you a worker, you can't get fired if nobody catches you.

But I ain't gonna imagine if I run into one of the Ricketts and he tells me "I don't want you working in my ballpark cause you smell like cigs." I was told the Ricketts have every right to say "I don't want him/her working here cuz I don't like the way he/he acts or looks."

Welcome to the ballpark you now own Ricketts. I ain't gonna imagine a bro/sis worker flipping over you guys using your right to fire him/her. I especially ain't gonna imagine you guys telling a bro or sis "You fired for smelling like cigs." I bet if dis was 3 decades ago and you guys owned the Cubs, you probably wouldn't care if Blacks work and smoked in your ballpark.

I didn't wanna make dat statement sound racial. But it's true most of the Cub workers in the concession dept are Blacks. And there are ALWAYS lots of workers who smoke there. I'd be lying if I said I can go through a whole game without seeing at least one bro worker smoking in the restroom. ;)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Maine hospital tears out tobacco ads in magazines

Dis is wha I call taking a "smoke-free hospital" to the next level. Tearing out tobacco ads in every single magazine! If you gonna tear out the best part of mags, then wha's the point of me reading it? I look at cig ads more in mags. But cig ads are a thang of the past to me.

(Dis is more of a news clip vid than an online article)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Raising cig taxes can make the poor and the recession worse

[[[Sadly, many of the proposed taxes target the pocketbooks of Georgia’s poorest families – many of whom are already struggling with the burden of unemployment. The potential cigarette tax, for example, would add a one dollar levy on every pack – a burden that would disproportionately affect lower-income individuals who have a higher portion of smokers than other demographic groups. For example, more than one-third (34 percent) of those earning less than $12,000 a year are smokers, according to a 2009 Gallup poll. Furthermore, this targeted population also faces an unemployment rate of 30.8 percent, according to data from February 2010.

As such, it is the poor and the unemployed being forced to surrender additional funding to the state government in order for the state government to keep on spending. This shell game seems counter-productive, and experts argue it is. Increasing taxes on the poor – or anyone else for that matter – during a recession is a tried and failed strategy that stifles growth and will perpetuate Georgia’s already high rates of unemployment]]]

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Property Rights Newsletta

The Property Rights Newsletter

March 19, 2010 - Issue #562

"Write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
- Ben Franklin
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Report From The TICAP Conference: The Hague! By Michael J. McFadden, Citizens Freedom Alliance. The Conference was a great success! To the future... We have the truth and the facts on our side, while the power of the antismoking industry is based only on money and lies. We CAN beat them! Keep on fighting!

Another Published Study Finds No Evidence that Smoking Ban Resulted in Short-Term Decline in Heart Attacks. By Michael Siegel, MD, MPH. Negative Finding Doesn't Stop Researchers from Telling the Media that They Found an Effect. Why bother doing the research if you are going to tell the media the same thing no matter how the study results come out? In addition, the study itself uses misleading, inappropriate, and non-scientific language in describing its findings. How does this get past the peer review of the journal?

Columbia Study as Corrupt Misuse of Junk Science. “Nothing in the study justifies this erroneous conclusion. It is prejudicial and preconceived, thereby justifying the labeling of the survey as being a corrupt misuse of junk science,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR.

Cigarettes might be infectious. And, presumably, people wouldn't need to light up to risk getting sick. The idea that tobacco might contain viable germs isn’t just idle conjecture.

Four Members of FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Have Received Pharmaceutical Money; Influence of Industry on FDA Grows Pfizer and Nabi Pharmaceuticals Also Given a Seat at the Table. The tobacco and pharmaceutical industries must be laughing all the way to the bank. There's nothing like sitting on the panel of the Agency that regulates your products or makes decisions about the regulation of the products of your chief competitors.

A New Policy on Tobacco Papers. Simon Chapman and Ross MacKenzie critique the dominant messages about smoking cessation contained in most tobacco control campaigns, which emphasize that serious attempts at quitting smoking must be pharmacologically or professionally mediated.

Cooking with gas raises risk of lung cancer - study. The results showed more naphthalene - a banned substance contained in traditional mothballs - and mutagenic aldehydes were produced when cooking with gas.

Consumption Of Magnesium Rich Foods Can Cut Colon Cancer Risk In Men. Magnesium has been shown to defend against hypertension, cardiopathy, Type 2 diabetes, migraines and osteoporosis. Currently, the new research suggests that the health gains of magnesium expand even further.
From The Mailbag
GA: Tobacco taxes. They have led to massive smuggling in many places that have imposed them. Nanny Bloomberg's New York has witnessed this as organized crime organizations have brought cigarettes in by the truckloads from states like VA and NC.
IN: The Indiana General Assembly adjourned last week before acting on a proposed statewide smoking ban that would have cost the state untold jobs and tax revenues.
NC: The Juggling Gypsy said it will fight the penalties, taking to the courts if necessary.
NY: City Tries to Shut Club It Says Flouts Smoking Ban. The nightclub, the M2 UltraLounge on West 28th Street in Manhattan, went on trial last week at a special administrative court that the city uses when it seeks to take away property.
OH: Watch video. Department of Health figures show the state has spent $3.2 million to impose $1.2 million in fines on violators of Ohio's smoking ban. Also Maurice Thompson's Ohio series.
Canada: The Gestapo come in many forms. By George Jonas. When the smoking wars went into overdrive, anti-smoking activists couldn’t believe that anyone who quit smoking years earlier, as I did, could nevertheless object to the tyranny of the smoke Gestapo.
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