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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Article update

It was brought to my attention the article I was interviewed for may have been pushed back to NEXT Wednesday.  I couldn't find it when I tried my own search on the Trib's site.

"They always do that without telling us." (The reporter's quote)

Maybe the Trib pushed it back to give em more time to edit my own words since I definitely replied to his Qs as a committed smoker.  If anyone asks me "Are you interested in quitting smoking for the new year?" I'm gonna be honest with a NO.  I aint gonna lie just to made someone's column look good.

Cigarette Price Watch

A page dealing with news in connection with cig prices throughout the nation (ie: Cig tax  increases within certain states).


http://cigaretteprices.us/

Friday, December 23, 2011

Another Dec Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
December 16, 2011 - Issue #642
"Common sense is not so common."
- Voltaire
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! US calls for ban on in-car phone use ... even with Bluetooth. The government's transportation safety experts recommended Tuesday to ban all American drivers from using portable electronic devices — including cell phones, even if you use a hands-free device. "No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life," Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference in Washington. Besides calling for government action, the NTSB also urged consumer electronics manufacturers to figure out a way to "disable the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver when a vehicle is in motion" while at the same time being able to turn themselves back on in an emergency. - But similar studies linking cellphone use to poor driving have been challenged, most recently by researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, who concluded last month that some earlier studies were seriously flawed.
Seneca cigarette dealer files for bankruptcy. One of the biggest movers of Native American-made cigarettes has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, a month after a court said the wholesaler is responsible for potentially tens of millions of dollars in federal tobacco assessments. The Chapter 11 reorganization filing by Arthur Montour, owner of Native Wholesale Supply on the Seneca Indian Nation’s Cattaraugus Reservation, lists more than $50 million in liabilities by the businessman who has become wealthy by moving billions of cigarettes made on an Ontario reservation to other tribes across the United States.
California couple enlists churchmember to beat their teen for smoking. Paul Kim, 39, of Chino Hills, is facing felony child cruelty charges after cops say he hammered the unidentified high schooler about a dozen times with an inch-thick pipe at the boy's parents request. San Bernardino County Sheriff's department is asking any other victims and witnesses to come forward.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Can the Dutch Government Really Be Abandoning Smokers to Their Fate? Let us hope they are. A wailing letter to the editors of the Lancet, signed by Stanton Glantz and other anti-tobacco fanatics, complains that the Dutch government "is all but closing down its tobacco control operations." So what have the Dutch actually done? Chris Snowden explains: Last year, it relaxed the Dutch smoking ban after a grass-roots campaign led by small bar owners. This year it decided that there are better uses for public money than funding anti-tobacco advocacy groups whose beliefs are fundamentally at odds with Dutch liberalism.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! More: Welkom bij de site van Forces Nederland. Nieuw Nederlandstalig boek over meeroken, De Mythe over Passief Roken, By Marcel Roggemans. - Gezondheidsindustrie: De internationale hulptroepen van Stivoro. - Overheid: 600 doden extra door beleid Minister Schippers? - Overheid: FDA: Grafische waarschuwingen ineffectief.
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Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
December 23, 2011 - Issue #643
"The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
Our Christmas Card For You.
Read more about keeping Christmas in Christmas.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there.
When suddenly up on the roof, there a'rose such a clatter,
I jumped up from my bed, to see what was the matter.
I ran down the stairs, and what did I find?
a big fat elf smoke'n in my living room, ...must be out of his mind.
I yelled HEY! get out of here with that pipe,
You're stinkin' up my house, and that ain't just no hype.
I'll get the Lung Association, and Heart Association and ANR in your face,
I'll make a few calls, and even get Repace!
and I'll bet you didn't even pay taxes on the weed in that thing,
when the attorney general gets done with you, you'll end up in Sing Sing.
and the FAA says you can't smoke on your sleigh,
It's a regularly scheduled flight, even if it's for only one day.
and the law says you can't smoke, in your workshop at all,
the Dept. of Health will fine you, when I give em' a call.
So get out of here with that thing, and don't ever come back,
or ASH will rip it out of your mouth, and shove it up your crack.
Next year Tobacco-free Kids will deliver our gift,
you're banished from Christmas, do you get my drift?
and I heard him exclaim, as he rode out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all! 'cept the dork on my right.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

I was interviewed by a newspaper's reporter on smoking topics

Last week, I was interviewed by a Chicago Tribune reporter for his column dealing with dangerous activities people enjoy and refuse to quit (such as smoking).

This reporter actually found me through my blog. And I'm guessing he researched it before deciding to contact me. He did ask me what do I find so glamorous about smoking?  That Q is more closer to being a smoking fetish Q to me.

I basically told him "I like the feeling of holding a cig and there's actually glamor in the act of inhaling the smoke in itself. And of course, I think lots of women look attractive with a cig."

Most of his Qs were more closer to general smoking Qs. Such as "What do you think of the quit smoking tv commercials?" (I think they're a joke and they have no effect on me wanting to stop smoking) And he brought up the IL smoking ban topic as well.

His column will be published in the Dec. 28th Chicago Tribune. I'll have to visit the Trib site on that date.

City extends smoking ban

 
SMOKING will be banned in all outdoor dining areas in Parramatta by May.The council passed the ban after the results of a survey of 900 people that showed it was supported by 68 per cent of respondents.
The policy will also ban smoking within 10 metres of children's playgrounds, sporting fields, sports facilities and bus and taxi stands.
"The impacts of secondhand smoking have been well documented and this new measure will be welcomed by many restaurant-goers, particularly those who frequent our popular Church Street Eat Street precinct," Lord mayor Lorraine Wearne said.

The council acknowledged business owners surveyed opposed the restriction.
"The council is committed to working with our local establishments to minimise any impacts," Cr Wearne said.
"With our high concentration of restaurants and cafes, we're quite different to many other metropolitan areas that have already implemented a similar ban, which is why it was important to engage with all relevant stakeholders."

The ban was scheduled to be implemented a year ago but was delayed after the council received two petitions against the ban, one signed by 120 restaurateurs and another by 8400 diners in Parramatta.
"Every restaurant I spoke to said. . . they were worried about the business they would lose due to this band," Parramatta resident Michael Rhima said when the ban was proposed.

"We're facing tough economic times as it is.
"We shouldn't be further discouraging business from our local restaurants."
The council has said it will run an awareness and education campaign highlighting the new outdoor smoking policy over the next six months. It has also promised to provide resources and, in some cases, financial support for businesses during the transition period.
The council will write to the state government seeking uniform outdoor smoking legislation across the state.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

The War on Smoking is not about health (my comment to this blog post)

 
LINK TO BLOG

Yup, antis don’t care about my safety when it comes to me smoking outside. I heard of smokers getting murdered, raped, and robbed over the years while simply smoking outside. It’s a lot more safer for smokers to enjoy a cig inside than outside for reasons that deal with more than just their health. I aint risking my life to just smoke outside late at night.

Antis got their smoking bans wish. What they need to do is patronize these smoke-free places to make up for the huge loss of smoking patrons. Smoking bans in general is more about greed from antis. Health is more of an excuse to me.

My reply to "Is smoking a cigarette attractive?"

Smoking a cigarette is very attractive.  But thanks to smoking bans, the antismokers and politicians have taken away the beauty of seeing ladies smoke in taverns and restaurants.  SHS is nothing but BS from antis as a way to wipe tobacco off of planet Earth.  SHS never harmed nonsmokers and kids in the 80s.  How the heck can SHS harm nonsmokers now?  If someone said "SHS can kill ir pets," would you believe that BS?  The feeling of even holding a lit cig is powerful to me. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

gotcheapsmokes.com: A US-based smoke shop with cartons of real cigs

I found a US-based smoke shop that is NOT an e-cig shop.  Based on my research, this shop WILL deliver cigs to your home through a private carrier.

GOTCHEAPSMOKES.COM

5-carton minimum on ALL orders.
 
Payment by: E-CHECK (no credit cards)

Shipping Rate:  $19.99 for the first 5 cartons.
$2.50 for each additional carton (when ordering 6 cartons or more)

Delivered by: A private carrier

Delivery time for orders: 7-14 business days

Reports orders?  NO

Sells Marlboro and Newport for premium cigs

Sells mostly Native cig brands (ie: Seneca, Skydancer, Lewiston, etc)

Also sells  cigars and loose tobacco.







Friday, November 18, 2011

Obama scolds tobacco firms for fighting new labels

President Barack Obama — pronounced tobacco-free in his latest medical checkup — has tough words for cigarette makers.
Some tobacco companies, he says in a new White House web video, are fighting new cigarette warning labels because "they don't want to be honest about the consequences."
The video, provided to The Associated Press in advance of its release, observes Thursday's 36th "Great American Smokeout" by the American Cancer Society.
Obama says the country has made progress in reducing the number of Americans who smoke but notes that 46 million are still addicted.
"The fact is, quitting smoking is hard," he says. "Believe me, I know."
Obama has fought the habit by chewing nicotine gum, and his last medical report, issued Oct. 31, declared him tobacco-free.
"Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable early deaths in this country," Obama says in the video. "We also know that the best way to prevent the health problems that come with smoking is to keep young people from starting in the first place."

In 2009, Obama signed legislation to help keep young people from lighting up. In June, the Food and Drug Administration approved new warning labels that companies would have to place on the top half of cigarette packs. Some of the labels are powerfully graphic and include images of a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a tracheotomy hole in his throat, the corpse of a dead smoker, diseased lungs and a smoker wearing an oxygen mask.
Companies led by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. sued the FDA in August to block the labels, arguing the labels cross the line from fact-based warnings to anti-smoking advocacy. R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard declined to comment on the Obama video. Altria Group Inc., parent company of Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA, is not in the lawsuit.
Earlier this month a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in the suit, blocking the requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images on their cigarette packages. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said it is likely the cigarette makers will succeed in their suit to block the new standard.
"Today, some big tobacco companies are trying to block these labels because they don't want to be honest about the consequences using their products," Obama says. "Unfortunately, this isn't surprising.
"We've always known that the fight to stop smoking in this country won't be easy."
In the video, the president directs viewers to the Health and Human Services Department website, www.hhs.gov, which has links to resources that can help smokers quit and highlights government efforts to prevent young people from lighting up.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2011/11/obama-scolds-tobacco-firms-fighting-new-labels#ixzz1e5CKQdT4

Sunday, November 6, 2011

'Taxed Out' NYC smokers are rolling their own cigs

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At Island Smokes on New York City's Lower East Side, customers sick of the highest tax on cigarettes in America are fighting back by rolling their own cigarettes out of pipe tobacco.
It's a way around New York City's sky-high cigarette taxes, which have led to a 35 percent drop in smoking rates since 2002, when city anti-smoking initiatives began. according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Among New York City public school students the drop is sharper, down 52 percent since 2001, the New York City Department of Health says.
But while city residents may be smoking less, the high taxes — which boost the cost of cigarettes to as high as $15 a pack — have fueled a black market in contraband cigarettes.
All over New York City, runners hawk untaxed, $5-a-pack smokes on city street corners. Newsstand owners pocket city and state taxes with each cheap pack. And Indian reservations flood the market with contraband cigarettes.
State law requires that reservations sell cigarettes only to tribe members, but last year the smoke shops on the tiny Poospatuck Indian reservation on Long Island sold more than 4 million cartons. That would require every man, woman and child on the reservation to smoke 523 packs a day, the city charged in court papers last fall, complaining those cigarettes were being sold, illegally, in New York City.
At Island Smokes, customers pay $4.50 per pack if they make one pack of cigarettes; the price drops to $3 a pack if they make an entire carton of 10 packs. By comparison, one pack of 20 cigarettes averages $11 to $13 in the city and can be as high as $15.
Customers don't actually roll the cigarettes themselves but use a speedy "RYO" (Roll Your Own) machine that squirts the tobacco into a hollow paper-and-filter ensemble. A carton takes about half an hour to make.
As he made his smokes, Lucky Strike smoker Christopher Geist recalled what led him here.
Heading north from Florida to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, his cigarette costs skyrocketed from $4.50 a pack in Florida to $6 in Washington and to $8 in Philadelphia. In Virginia, a friend warned him about New York City.

"Fourteen dollars a pack? Are you kidding me?," Geist responded.

Friday, October 28, 2011

CIg smugling costs states billions


ARTICLE LINK

 My comment: It's a small thing like cig smuggling which contributes to the states' economy problems. But I believe it on cigs being worth more than even crack in NY! Keep raising the cig prices. And cig bootleggers will keep cashing in on resellin stolen packs from cig heists.

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Many state governments are struggling to make ends meet, and many are laying off cops and teachers.
CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that, as a result, some states are losing billions of dollars to smugglers in an illegal trade that can be more profitable than drug dealing.
On Interstate 95, at the Virginia-Maryland border, CBS News observed police closing in on a suspected smuggler. He was not running drugs, but something even more profitable.
Inside the car police find 12 cases of cigarettes - 3,600 packs - bought in Virginia, and likely destined to be resold illegally in New York.
"There are people who make a living out of smuggling cigarettes, and by that I mean van-loads and truck-loads of cigarettes, and the amount of money is phenomenal. It's tens of thousands of dollars in any particular run," said Jeff Kelly, who is in charge of the anti-smuggling efforts in Maryland.
Here's how the smugglers are cashing in: They buy carloads of cigarettes in low tax states like North Carolina and Virginia for about $4 per pack, then sell them in high-tax states like New York, for up to $12 dollars per pack.
Since the bootleggers aren't paying the high New York taxes, they pocket easy money selling their cigarettes on the streets, or in Mom and Pop convenience stores.
One regular carload could bring $30,000 in illegal profits.
"This is becoming the new organized crime, the new Prohibition," said ATF agent Rich Marianos. "Every day we see more and more criminal organizations utilizing illegal cigarettes to facilitate their operations."
It's those criminal organizations and violent gangs the ATF is targeting.
In one sting, members of a Philadelphia street crew traded a bundle of marijuana for cartons of cigarettes to undercover agents posing as dealers.
After gaining their trust, the agents helped the gang "plot" an armed robbery of a competing smuggler. The gang members were all arrested, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms.
"Many occasions we'll have a narcotics dealer bring us firearms and narcotics to trade for contraband cigarettes or untaxed cigarettes. It's extremely lucrative," said Marianos.
The U.S. Justice Department estimates state and local governments are losing $5 billion per year from untaxed cigarettes being sold on the black market. Police know they're only catching a fraction of the smugglers.
Weak laws are big part of the problem. Unless guns or drugs are involved, smuggling penalties are light. The two men arrested in the stop observed by CBS News, if convicted, face a maximum of two years in prison.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
October 14, 2011 - Issue #633
"When the smoke started to fill the air, a transformation
came over the place. It was no longer somewhere to go
for a drink. It was a pub - a proper pub."
- Richard Catton, Columnist and Non-Smoker
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Prohibition: By Frank Davis. For it’s the strange thing about all these prohibitionists, whether they’re trying to prohibit alcohol or tobacco, that for all the supposed moral righteousness of their cause, they never hesitate to tell the most outrageous lies to further their cause. It’s one of the deepest contradictions of their position. Somehow or other they always feel obliged to exaggerate the problem (if there was any problem at all). It never seems to occur to them that one day their lies will be found out, and that nobody will believe a word they say any more.
From The Mailbag
IN: Indianapolis mayoral candidates. Ballard said Indianapolis isn't ready for a full smoking ban, but he supports "compromise." He said he has trouble supporting a full smoking ban because he doesn't want to tell war veterans that they can't smoke at their VFW posts. Most businesses have decided to go smoke-free on their own, he said.

LA: Premium Cigar Group Calls Alexandria, LA Positions on Smoking Bans Irrational. "The city’s expanded smoking ban will negatively impact bars, taverns and other small businesses. This is no time to put such establishments at risk as well as the jobs and tax revenues they provide. We are against legislated smoking bans that come from Big Brother and the nanny state. Instead, we favor and uphold the rights of property owners to decide for themselves the smoking policies for their respective businesses," said Bill Spann, chief executive officer of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.

MA: Springfield. As of next April people won't be allowed to smoke in their apartments anymore. And the following year a person won't be allowed to smoke outdoors on the grounds of the city’s public housing projects.

SC: North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, opponent Chris Collins voice differences. Summey said he didn't think the city should be dictating what he considered a decision by a private business. Collins said he would at least consider the issue going to a referendum to decide.

SD: Video lottery revenue is still running behind prior years because of a drop caused by the slow economy and the smoking ban imposed last year.

Canada: Lac Des Mille Lodge for sale. Only 280 miles from Duluth, MN, or 100 miles West of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Email ldmsl@tbaytel.net for information.

UK: Freedom2Choose. A welcome from new Joint Chairman Dave Atherton. I sense that smoker-phobia may have reached its zenith. The anti-smoker crowd, with all its hubris, has decided to include drinking and, to a lesser extent, obesity in its quest for the perfect body.

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- Anne McCaffrey

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
- Mother Teresa

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Another fed tobacco tax increase on the horizon??

Our favorite anti-tobacco zealots are at it again with a proposal that will double the 2009 taxes on cigarettes and bring "equality" in taxes on other tobacco products like Swedish snus, dissolvables and E Cigs. Senate bill S.1403.

Make your feelings known at-

It will also forward comments to your Senators. If you want to stop another tax increase, act now.

Also share this information wherever possible. Another burden forced on the tobacco user in the name of health.

(A cited post from the Smokers Club Inc Forum)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I am NOT a female Jay

I see one webpage has my blog on the links list.  But the person who wrote the page calls me a "FEMALE smoker."  For any newbie lurkers, I hate to burst your bubble.  But I'm a man.  Although I certainly like women who are SERIOUS smokers.  A serious smoker is one who enjoys smoking.  And he/she has no intentions of  quitting at any point in his./her life.

I do understand how "Jay" is also a girl's name in other countries.  But this Jay is all man.

MT: Ban places smokers in dangerous situations

I think U of Montana needs to realize you can't force ANY student to quit smoking. And making a female student's safety more risky (while she smokes outside of her dorms at nite) is NOT normal.

But hey, that's the "F**k smokers!" mindset most nonsmokers have in modern times, Smokers shouldn't be ignored when their safety is at risk.

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ARTICLE LINK

Young women are discouraged from walking across campus alone at night. Most of the University of Montana stays well-lit, but dark shadows still creep across the grass and the flashing blue lights of emergency phones can seem far apart.

With the new smoking ban, young women living in the dorms must now walk to the edge of campus for a cigarette.

Chief of Campus Security Gary Taylor said this issue has not been fully addressed yet.

"We're forcing girls into a dangerous situation," he said.

Freshman Emma Brunckhorst agrees.

She said she's glad she lives in Jesse Hall because it's right beside the designated smoking area on campus.

Freshman Michelle Beckenhauer doesn't feel so lucky. Living in Jesse Hall's twin, Aber Hall, she's a half-mile from where her peers smoke.

"I just end up breaking the rule and smoke right outside Aber," Beckenhauer said.

Taylor admits the distance of some dorms from the smoking-friendly rim around campus could increase the risk for students. He plans to bring the issue up in the next Tobacco Task Force meeting.

"We've tried so hard to get people to smoke off campus that we never considered these girls," Taylor said.

Public Safety responded to four attempted rapes, four aggravated assaults and two robberies on campus between 2007 and 2010, according to the 2010 Public Safety Crime Statistics report. Six of those incidents happened in dorms or university-owned apartments. In the same report, the Student Assault Resource Center said that only 13 percent of sex crime victims they've worked with in the same time period reported the incident to Public Safety or the Missoula Police.

Linda Green, the director of Health Enhancement for the Curry Health Center, said she hopes students will follow the smoking ban despite the hazards of walking alone across campus. While students cannot be ticketed for smoking on campus, they can be written up for a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

"I don't want to see that happen," she said.

Green advocates that women who want to smoke at night should always have a friend with them. Taylor also strongly urges that women not go alone.

But Beckenhauer doesn't think that's always possible. "I usually smoke with my boyfriend, but he lives (across campus) in Duniway and my roommate doesn't smoke," she said.

Green said the ban is not meant to be punitive toward smokers. She admits the ban makes it harder for them, but she thanks them for being compliant with the new policy.

Green recommends nicotine gum or patches to help reduce cravings after dark. She also suggested an upcoming acupuncture clinic to help smokers overcome the addiction.

The Griz Personal Safety cart zips around after dark as a resource for safely getting across campus. Usually used for trips to the library or between dorms, driver Jake Thiesen said no one has used it to get to the smoking areas.

"Most of the calls we get are from freshmen," he said. "For the first couple weeks a lot of the freshmen don't know about this service so ... maybe as it goes on we'll get a couple calls."

Taylor said he doesn't think the Griz Personal Safety staff should be used to escort smokers.

"The whole intent of the ban is to get people to stop smoking," he said.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IL: Judge sides with cigar shop in lawsuit

A Kane County judge ruled that ShoDeen Management will have to uphold its lease that allows Bull and Bear tobacco shop in St. Charles to allow smoking indoors.

The decision came during a hearing late last month.

“We are pleased to continue to be able to serve our customers like we have been for the last 16 years,” said shop owner Zita Harmon.

Harmon said she was happy the judge ruled in her favor.

During an interview earlier this summer, Harmon said she received a notice of default in February from ShoDeen telling her that she was in violation of her lease because smoke odor from her shop was filtering into nearby businesses. Robert Minetz, ShoDeen Management’s attorney, said that the company received complaints from surrounding businesses.

In Illinois, shops that make more than 80 percent of sales through tobacco products can allow smoking indoors. Because the shop has been open since 1995, it also operates under a grandfather clause that allows smoking in the shop — despite a smoking ban in stores within shopping centers that share the same building.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Why I Love Cigarettes (webpage)

I can agree with (as the page's author says) a "cig tasting yummy" once you get used to smoking cigs.

But even at that, not all cigs taste "yummy" to me. Camels make me wanna puke. Newport Reds would make me wanna stop smoking. It does suck it's getting harder and harder by the year to enjoy a legal product in public.

LINK TO PAGE

Friday, August 5, 2011

Marlboro Smooths

I went to Indiana yesterday to get 2 ML menthol cartons, and one Newport 100 carton. And I bought a pack of both sizes of Marlboro Smooths.

Everyone is right. Marlboro Smooths smell and taste like peppermint. They taste like a candy cane to me. Smooths even make Newports taste like a non-menthol cig.

Well, Newports do taste more like a non-menthol with a touch of mint flavoring. But this candy-cone flavoring in the Smooths is a lot different than the average taste of a menthol (ML menthols included).

The inside of my mouth feels like I sucked a peppermint-flavored breath mint afta smoking a Smooth. I like that peppermint feeling in my mouth.

I normally hate peppermint. But the peppermint/candy cane-like taste in these Smooths is cool.

Next time I go to Indiana, I gotta see if Smooths are available in cartons. This brand is a lil stronger than ML menthols. Nowhere close to being as strong as a Newport.

I smoked the king-sized Smooths first.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Should smokers be shot?

(My comment from a blog post at Smoke Screens)

"Should smokers be shot?" Nope. It seems like we live in a time where lots of people don't seem to understand we all live once. And people who shoot/stab smokers to death are no exception. I don't even know how resorting to violence is gonna encourage smokers to quit. What it WILL do is encourage the serious smokers to give the "snipers" a taste of their own medicine.

I was right when I said we are approaching an era where smokers may have to literally defend themselves with a gun just to simply smoke outside. I do know the violence should be enough proof that smoking bans don't work.

No smoking bans = No more violence from antismokers

I can't see a sniper shooting/stabbing a smoker in an indoor place where smoking is permitted.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My mother is smoking in heaven now

My mother died at the age of 66 back on the Fourth of July. I can confirm smoking did NOT kill her. She collapsed on the floor in her bedroom. The doctors suspected she had a heart attack. Which caused the collapse.

Some ladies think 66 is a young age to die at. I disagree. Once my mom turned 65, she joined the senior citizens club. Maybe if she died at 56, I'd call that a young age.


She smoked for 50 years. And she lived a long life to me since antismokers teach you'll die within 40 years after you start smoking. The fact she smoked for half of a century is impressive. Now she can enjoy her cigs in heaven.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter

July 1, 2011 - Issue #619

"You may fool all the people some of the time,
you can even fool some of the people all of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."
- Abraham Lincoln
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! The Smoking-Ban in Andalucia - Spain. By Peter Thurgood for The Smoker's Club. To my great disappointment, Paco had also succumbed to the ban, even though, once again, he is also a strong smoker. The first night we tried there, it was closed, although it was barely 11 pm, the second night, we tried it earlier, and found just a few people in there. I joined Paco out in the alley, where we both smoked cigarettes and spoke of the injustice of the ban, which has all but killed his business. The only gesture towards being smoker friendly was an ashtray placed on the seat of a motorbike parked outside. After a few visits, over the next few nights, mostly reserved to no more than two drinks each time, I think I managed to talk Paco into opening a window up, and having a shelf built outside, as a sort of mini-bar there.
Smokers Comprise Only 20% Of Lung Cancer Rates. The crux of the problem though is that we are so convinced smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and COPD, that all money and efforts are directed into lowering smoking rates rather than focusing on the disease itself. With the smoking rates much lower than they were some 40 years ago, we are now in a time when the real picture will begin to emerge. Fabricated numbers and bogus studies will continue, but they will not be able to ignore or hide increases in the number of "smokers' diseases" afflicting non-smokers, which seems to be happening as of late.

Sitting down ‘raises death risk by as much as 40% and is NOT countered by exercise. That might sound ridiculous -- or obvious -- depending on your perspective, but the findings don't come from a fringe study. They come from the American Cancer Society, whose researchers studied 123,216 people's health outcomes during a 14-year period. (Frank Davis adds: So, like, some women who sit for less than six hours a day don’t actually, y’know... ever die? Oh Gawwwd. For crying out loud. Give us a break willya!)

Why Do We Die? Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.

From The Mailbag
MI: Media ignores catastrophic effects on small business of Michigan smoking ban. This month, Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen testified before a House Committee on Regulatory Reform that the state has lost over $80 million in sales from bar Club Keno since the beginning of the ban. Media reports: Zero. Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, and many municipalities have recently rejected private property tobacco use bans. Many of these states and districts are using Michigan as an example of what will happen if such laws are passed.
MI: East Lansing. New legislation to be introduced to amend Smoke-Free Air Law. Because the decline in business for restaurants and bars has been dramatic, exemptions to the smoking ban should be considered, Melton said.
MO: Listen to Gary Nolan debates Chris Kelly on cigarette taxes.
USA: The Attack on Dignity and Moral Autonomy: The Case of Cigarettes. By Mario Rizzo. Case closed. So the whole campaign is an insult to the dignity of the individual. It is an attack on the older principle of informed choice. It does not respect individual moral autonomy. It is an example of the sickness of modern American society.
Australia: Imperial warns of nanny state. The TV, radio and newspaper ads warn of "Nanny State" legislation that erodes adult choice and sets a dangerous precedent for other products, such as alcohol and fast food.
UK: TICAP Welcomes Campaign To Amend Smoking Ban. By John Gray. There is no doubt that the smoking ban has contributed substantially to the demise of the British pub plus other hospitality outlets, and this trend is reflected worldwide - whenever a country adopts a smoking ban, pubs and clubs start to close in large numbers and this phenomenon occurs irrespective of any other economic factors or conditions.
UK: MPs join campaign to change smoking ban. The Rt Hon Greg Knight, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire, Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, and John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, will host a reception for the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign at the House of Commons.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011 - Issue #618

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."
- Voltaire
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Nevada Governor signs bill to allow smoking in standalone bars that serve food. Despite opposition from health officials, taverns and standalone bars have won the right to permit both smoking and food service under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The new law becomes effective immediately. Under Assembly Bill 571, those under 21 will be barred from taverns where food and smoking is permitted. Under the bill, taverns and bars also could offer two sections: one where adults could smoke and eat, and a second, completely enclosed, no-smoking area for families and adults who prefer that option.

Meanwhile, in New York: The Daily Show with John Stewart. Sam Bee reports on the smoking ban in NYC parks. The video shows how silly the Anti's are demanding a smoke free park when there are so many real problems around! Great job!!!
Your Cigarette Packages!
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! USA FDA Cigarette Health Warnings. Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.
No ifs, ands or butts FDA warning photos faked. There is only one problem with the federal government’s great campaign of graphic images aimed at combating the deceit of tobacco companies and rescuing us from our stupid selves. The images are fabricated. The dead man with the zipped-up chest? “It’s not a dead body,” the spokesman assured me. "It’s an actor. It’s supposed to be a cadaver after an autopsy." The man with the wispy smoke coming out of the hole in his throat? "That’s a Photoshopped illustration." The baby in an incubator is a creepy drawing. More...
The Black Pig Lung Hoax. It was an outright bald-faced lie. "Pankiw described the centerpiece of his anti-smoking display as the diseased lung of a 150-pound man who smoked for 15 years. Actually, it was a pig's lung shot full of various carcinogens on purpose, but, Pankiw said later, his lesson was made stronger by not passing along that tidbit of truth."
International Smokers Rights Conference. Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, June 27-29, 2005. Read what was presented by The Smoker's Club in 2005. Listen to Luc Martial saying that Canada forgot to check the facts on their new cigarette packs! They had to look around after the packs came out to find any doctor who would sign off on the facts with no checking.
More Package Warnings Articles from The Newsletter.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The new images for packs are fake pics (editorial)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/21/hurt-no-ifs-ands-or-butts-fda-warning-photos-faked/?page=all#pagebreak


ANALYSIS/OPINION:

For decades, the federal government has accused tobacco companies of running a campaign of relentless deception in order to sell cigarettes and convince customers that their product will make you sexy, skinny, cool or whatever.

On Tuesday, the government unveiled its latest salvo in its campaign against these companies.

Tobacco peddlers will soon be forced to emblazon every package of their product with graphic new warnings that show what the government says will happen to you if you smoke cigarettes.

One warning shows a cadaver lying on a steel table, chest zipped closed by giant staples. Another, a pair of nastily corroded lungs. In another image, an infant is confined to an incubator and hooked up to a breathing tube. In one startling image, a man is puffing on a cigarette with wisps of smoke escaping a tracheotomy hole in the center of his throat.

There is only one problem with the federal government’s great campaign of graphic images aimed at combating the deceit of tobacco companies and rescuing us from our stupid selves.

The images are fabricated.

“Some are photographs; some are illustrations,” a spokesman at theDepartment of Health and Human Services explained to me Tuesday when I called about the new pictures.

The dead man with the zipped-up chest? “It’s not a dead body,” the spokesman assured me. “It’s an actor. It’s supposed to be a cadaver after an autopsy.”

The man with the wispy smoke coming out of the hole in his throat? “That’s a Photoshopped illustration.”

The baby in an incubator is a creepy drawing.

As for the corroded lungs? Who knows, given their track record so far? Maybe it is a real picture and that of a smoker. Or, perhaps they are the lungs of someone who handled asbestos in a Navy yard for the federal government. Or maybe it is altogether faked.

The government unveiled the bogus pictures at a White House event staged to look like a press conference.

William Corr, a deputy secretary at HHS, lamented the formal setting, saying: “We should be having a party to celebrate!” He went on to testify how the new pictures “tell the truth.”

Another government official called the tobacco company advertising “non-factual and controversial.” The government’s falsified pictures, he said, “speak the truth.”

Not that these government officials had to defend themselves or their campaign from anyone sitting in the audience section. Most questions began with a glowing congratulations or an emotional thank you.

“What languages will be available on the quit line?” inquired one of the questioners about the hotline number that will be plastered beneath each of the haunting images.

The gruesome nature of the pictures call to mind the deeply disturbing and bloody pictures pro-life protesters blow up and carry on picket signs outside political events.

A tiny fist, clenched as if around a finger - or in agony - ripped from its wrist, trailed by bloody veins. Or the unmistakable image of a baby’s face, squished and distorted and wrenched off its skull.

Few people find themselves exposed to these horrific images more often than reporters here in Washington, who travel the countryside chasing after political candidates.

When a bus full of reporters pulls into a political rally, these pictures bob up and down right at bus window level. A quiet falls over everyone.

Reporters recoil internally and give a shiver. They look away from the windows. One will invariably spit, “That should be illegal.”

Visually, in terms of repulsiveness, there is little difference between the tactics of the abortion protesters and those of the federal government. In fact, the only difference is that the government doctored its pictures.

And you paid for them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Can a state ban images on cig packs?

http://www.salon.com/news/tobacco_industry/?story=/news/david_sirota/2011/06/21/tennessee_fda_antismoking

Tennessee recently banned images that cause "emotional distress."

Among all the recent efforts to criminalize free speech, Tennessee's Legislature gets the top award for sheer chutzpah. As Ars Technica reports, the state's governor, Bill Haslam, this month signed a bill making it a crime to "transmit or display an image" that is likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" to anyone who sees it. Importantly, Ars notes that "if a court decides you 'should have known' that an image [would] be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines."

While the whole statute stands on weak constitutional grounds, that last nuance seems particularly shaky -- and dangerous. That's because of the special jurisprudential protections granted to core political speech -- much of which is consciously intended to upset those who are exposed to it. Indeed, you may be upset by that antiabortion group mailer showing a photo of a fetus, or you may be upset by the antiwar ad showing graphic images of battlefield violence, but that's constitutionally protected speech (as is, by the way, your right to subsequently express your outrage at the images).

At least some Tennessee lawmakers who support the statute would no doubt insist that those examples have a "legitimate purpose," which would exempt them from punishment. However, as Iowa State Daily columnist Claire Vriezen astutely points out, "the phrase 'legitimate purpose' is open to interpretation." That "interpretation" part is no theoretical problem -- it's one that could hit courts very soon, thanks to Tuesday's tobacco-related announcement by the Food and Drug Administration.

Tennessee is a major tobacco-producing state, which suggests there will be no small number of Tennesseans who may feel "frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed" by new FDA-mandated warning ads that, according to the Associated Press, "depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use." These ads, announced Tuesday, include images of "rotting and diseased teeth and gums and a man with a tracheotomy smoking" after a World Health Organization survey found more than 25 percent of foreign smokers said such graphic labels led them to consider quitting. (You can view all nine warning labels below).

The ads, in other words, pose a genuine threat to a major Tennessee industry that has lots of eager-to-litigate lawyers and lots of clout with politicians. Now, thanks to Tennessee's criminalization of free speech, that industry can wield a new statutory weapon against the speech it doesn't like. In a tobacco-state court composed of tobacco-state judges and tobacco-state jurors, this industry could realistically hope that such ads would be ruled illegitimate -- and further, that those who disseminate the ads are criminals. By design, that would undoubtedly create both a chilling effect of self-censorship among tobacco distributors (convenience stores, vending machine owners, etc.), and an innovative legal rationale for the industry to ignore the FDA's new warning-label mandate.

Of course, this all remains hypothetical right now. Big Tobacco, in fact, may not even be interested in such a court case, fearing that any extra attention to the FDA ads will only serve to educate more Americans about the negative health effects of smoking. But that's not the point, because if it's not the tobacco industry that attempts to hijack government censorship power then it will certainly be another industry -- as has already happened in other states including Iowa, Florida, Ohio and Minnesota, where agribusiness has recently been trying to statutorily bar revelations about factory farms. In all of these cases, the bottom line remains the same: When the government criminalizes First Amendment expressions, all it is really doing is using state power to preference one set of voices over another.

By definition, that is the opposite of "freedom" and, when inevitably done for industry objectives, the hallmark of a Corporate Police State

FDA releases the new graphical images for USA cig packs

Today is the day when the FDA released the graphic images for the USA packs. I hear these images are cartoon-like images. I dunno when the packs with images will hit the market. But I take it sometime this fall is when I'll see packs with the new images on them?

I think the images won't have any serious effect on the USA smoking rate. They might encourage more smokers to buy cigarette cases so they won't have to bother seeing the images. But most people who smoke already know about black lungs for instance.

It would actually be neat to see more women use cig cases. Cig cases used to be a lot more common to see among smoking ladies a few decades ago. I dunno if I want a cig case. I intend on ignoring the graphical images anyway. All I care about are the cigs IN the pack. Not what's on the OUTSIDE of the pack.

If a teen wants to smoke, he/she is going to. Regardless of what images are on the pack itself.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Nevads bar patrons can enjoy cigs with their meals

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Bar patrons will soon be able to enjoy a cigarette with their meal while eating out in Nevada.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a measure Friday allowing food service in adults-only bars and taverns.

The law also allows smoking and eating within family restaurants if the smoking area is physically enclosed.


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Sunday, June 5, 2011

HOC would loosen regulatory reins on Big Tobacco

LINK TO EDITORIAL



The U.S. House Appropriations Committee this week approved an amendment that would seriously weaken a 2009 law that lets the Food and Drug Administration order changes in tobacco products in the interest of public health.



The action was roundly condemned by four of the nation's most reliable pro-health groups: the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.

While the amendment to the Department of Agriculture funding bill would apply to all products regulated by the FDA, it would in particular weaken the bipartisan law, passed less than two years ago, that was aimed at protecting children from the tobacco industry. Among other things, it gave the FDA authority to prohibit adding flavorings and other ingredients to cigarettes that would make them more appealing to children.

If the amendment stands it would mean that the FDA could not stop tobacco companies from adding ingredients, such as sugar, that attract children, or that make it easier for children to become addicted or that make it harder for smokers to quit.

The amendment would restrict the kind of scientific evidence on which the FDA bases its orders. It would prevent the agency from considering the impact of an ingredient on consumer behavior or whether an ingredient increases tobacco use by children.

The amendment's author, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., said it was not aimed specifically at tobacco regulation. But the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids noted that the 29 committee members who voted for the amendment took a total of $289,927 from tobacco industry PACs over the past three election cycles, compared with just $10,000 taken by the 20 who voted against it. Oklahoma Fourth District Rep. Tom Cole voted for the amendment.

The full House of Representatives should defeat this egregious amendment which serves to loosen the reins on the tobacco companies.

Preoperty Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter

June 3, 2011 - Issue #615

"I don't know how much education you need to be stupid."
- Roy Rowley
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!Cellphones 'possibly carcinogenic,' report suggests. They reviewed possible links between cancer and the type of electromagnetic radiation found in cellphones, microwaves and radar. The agency is the cancer arm of the World Health Organization and the assessment now goes to WHO and national health agencies for possible guidance on cellphone use. The group classified cellphones in category 2B, meaning they are possibly carcinogenic to humans. Other substances in that category include the pesticide DDT and gasoline engine exhaust.
MORE Articles about cellphone bans.
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CA: We need to remind the Governor of the State of California, Jerry Brown, that one of his campaign promises was to move government away from state control and back down to the local level. SB 575 would remove the current exemptions and the option of local control, and make all laws the same statewide - removing the decision making process from local jurisdictions.
MI: Undercover Investigation: Smoking Ban Violators. Several Bars Ignore Michigan Smoking Laws. When our hidden team asked a one waitress if it was OK to smoke, she joked with us about a health department inspector, “If you see a lady with a clipboard walk in, just stash the ash tray,” she said.
NY: For months, Ron Melendi has been bludgeoning New York State legislators and the Governor’s office with statistics that show how the state’s onerous tobacco taxes have joined with federal taxes to drive these small businesses to the brink of destruction. Now, to put a ‘face’ to that data, he’s touring the state, creating a video documentary of professional tobacconists that he will present to lawmakers by mid-June in support of current bills that would cap the premium cigar tax at $1 per stick.
USA: Clara Kaszubowski gets best of neighborly deal by smoking, drinking, gaming till 103 years old. And... Robert Vannatter, 90 years old, with two Bronze Stars for heroism, is to be knighted by France.
USA: Watch the video: Smokeman Song.

Australia: Looking at total ban in 10-15 years. "The government should consider issuing smokers with a licence to smoke, which would involve them passing a test, not dissimilar to a driving test," Chapman said. "They would get a swipe card with their photo on it and … they could say how much they wanted to smoke a day. If it was 10 cigarettes a day you'd get a category one license...
UK: Fiery Nouveau Flamenco band lights up the world's hottest cigars auction on Independence Day in London.
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

I agree with the theme of this editorial

Of course Bloomnerd killed NYC. I'm just surprised the entire nation hasn't followed in his footsteps as Health Nazis.

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http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100090456/michael-bloomberg-the-man-who-killed-new-york/

Michael Bloomberg: the man who killed New York
By Brendan O'Neill
Politics
Last updated: June 2nd, 2011
I have written in the Spectator this week about the muzzling of New York
City by its miserabilist Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and his joy-killing
sidekick and health commissioner, Thomas Farley. These two health freaks are
zapping the spirit from what Walt Whitman described as a “mad, mettlesome,
extravagant city” by instituting all sorts of lifestyle-related rules and
regulations:

If you had to think of one city on Earth where the rulers should not try to
impose a standard of ‘good behaviour’, it would surely be New York. Who in
their right mind would seek to sanitise this concrete jungle, to sedate the
city that never sleeps, to demand conformism and obedience from the
inhabitants of a place which, in the words of a popular tourist T-shirt, is
known as ‘New York F**kin’ City?

You’d be surprised. New York is currently governed by a gaggle of
health-obsessed bigwigs who believe they have a duty to grab New Yorkers by
the scruffs of their outsized necks and drag them towards lives of
bicycle-riding, non-smoking, booze-avoiding, fruit-snacking conformity. City
Hall, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is awash with that new breed of
psycho-politician known as the ‘nudger’, who believes that he has the right
to use psychological techniques and brute censorship to manipulate and
‘improve’ human behaviour…

For me, the most striking thing is the lack of criticism of Bloomberg’s
antics. Liberal commentators, especially at that bible of East Coast
righteousness the New York Times, have either turned a blind eye to his
authoritarian bans on smoking, fatty foods and soda pop, or have cheered
them on. Where liberals were often scathing in their attacks on former mayor
Rudolph Giuliani’s intemperate policing of Central Park and late-night bars
and strip joints, they have raised barely a peep about Bloomberg’s policing
of lifestyle.

This rather confirms that there is a stifling conformism today in relation
to state intrusions into personal health. Where those who fancy themselves
as edgy, state-suspicious liberals are more than happy to lambast old-style
authoritarianism, they have little to say about the new-fangled state
nudging of the allegedly fat, feckless masses towards lives of thinness and
sobriety. That’s a shame because, if anything, the Bloombergers’
pyscho-nudging of the populace, their desire actually to remould the
citizenry, is far more pernicious than anything Giuliani got up to.
Tags: authoritarianism, Michael Bloomberg, New York, Nudge, Spectator

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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May 27, 2011 - Issue #614

"With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of
every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance."
- Norman Mailer.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Bill would snuff out Nevada's smoking ban in bars. Lawmakers have introduced a surprise bill to lift the ban on smoking in bars that serve food, a move that might have generated more buzz Friday night if many taverns weren't already breaking the law. Inside the Tap House in Las Vegas, which cheerfully declares itself "smoker friendly!" on its fa├žade, smokers and nonsmokers already sit side-by-side near patrons eating dinner. Despite smokers' nonchalance, the lawmakers' action drew immediate condemnation from health advocates and applause from the tavern industry.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Hookah lounges thriving, three years after smoking ban. Chicago-area hookah lounges are hotter than ever, packing in a new crop of aficionados to puff on ancient communal water pipes. Employing a loophole that allows patrons to light up inside tobacco shops, dozens of the exotic smoking dens have sprung up in the city and suburbs since the Smoke Free Illinois Act became law in 2008, much to the frustration of some health officials.
Defiance
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! NY: JOIN C.L.A.S.H. for a "SMOKE-IN THE PARK" May 28th, 2011, 2:00 On the Boardwalk at Brighton 6th Street, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
NY: Watch the video: The smoking storm troopers are here.
NY: New York Smokes: History in Photos.

HI: Watch the video: Kawika Crowley at Tea Party 2011. The tax tsunami warning.
UK: Lobby your MP, House of Commons, June 29, 2011. MPs from the three main political parties have joined forces to support a campaign to change the smoking ban.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Distinctive colors on pack send "Less harmful cigs" message to customers

Tobacco companies work around new law (which prohibits putting "Light," "Ultra Light" and "Medium" on packs/cartons/ads) by using distinctive pack colors to send the message "This pack of cigs is less harmful than cigs in dark red/dark menthol green packs."

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to read online article on this topic.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NY smokers defy smoking ban in park

"As long as I pay my taxes, I should be able to smoke where I want," said Chris McGiveney, who smoked and read the paper at the Herald Square pedestrian plaza yesterday. "Tell Bloomberg to pay my taxes, then I'll listen."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NY: What smoking ban? Just try and stop us!

LINK TO PAGE


I like it when someone in the media calls smokers "addicts." I guess kids who love candy and alcoholics aint "addicts" too?
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No butts about it: Beginning today, it is illegal to smoke in any of the city’s public parks, beaches, boardwalks and promenades.

But some New Yorkers say they’re simply going to ignore the new law.

“I sort of don’t obey the laws — so I’ll smoke anyways,” East Village resident Jessica Kim, 23, told Metro.

“Sometimes, paying $50 is worth that one drag of a cigarette,” said Chazz Awakirobon, 33, a dishwasher who lives in the East Village. There’s a $50 fine for lighting up in any of the aforementioned locales.

Other smokers said they’ll just migrate to Brooklyn Bridge or East River state parks, where it is still legal to smoke. All seven state parks within the city’s limits are exempt from the ban.

“$50 is a lot of money. That’s like three packs of cigarettes,” said Brooklyn resident Tyrell Dougeherty, 27. “I will definitely go to those state parks.”

But civilly disobedient smokers may be in luck: The NYPD is leaving enforcement of the new ban up to the Parks Department, which doesn’t appear to be cracking down anytime soon.

“The new smoking ban is a quality-of-life rule that is primarily self-enforcing,” Parks Department spokeswoman Vicki Karp said. “We’re counting on all New Yorkers to comply just as they do with other quality-of-life rules.”

Protest planned

Audrey Silk, leader of a smoker advocacy group New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, is organizing a “Smoke-in the park” on May 28, where a crowd is expected to puff away on the Brighton Beach boardwalk in protest of the ban. “This law will be paid the respect it deserves,” Silk vowed.

Safe havens

Don’t worry, addicts. You can still smoke in these parks:

» Roberto Clemente State Park
» Riverbank State Park
» Gantry Plaza State Park
» Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
» East River State Park
» Bayswater Point State Park
» Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Marlboro is better than Newport in lots of ways

I don't have any hard feelings for Newports. They were the first-ever menthols I smoked in my life. And Newport was the primary brand I smoked within the past decade. I'll still smoke a few of those cigs when I spend time in public in particular.

Some Blacks call Marlboros a "White brand." And I know for a fact most Black cig smokers refuse to smoke any brand other than Newports.

Well, I think enjoying a brand is more important than whether or not it's a white brand or a black brand. What's the point of ANYONE smoking if you hate the brand's taste or strength? I can understand why most Black smokers prefer ports. Those are the cheapest premium menthols on the market. Based on the cost of a pack, a bro or sista might as well buy a port pack instead of a Kool or Benson and Hedges Menthol pack.

But there are also smokers who buy port packs from street dealers. Those dealers are making lots of money from bootlegging packs thanks to the politicians raising taxes. I bet even with my right to buy cigs online taken away, Big Daddy is STILL losing taz money with smokers buying packs from underground dealers.

Even when I smoked Newports daily, I NEVER bought a pack from a bro in the streets. No need to. Not when I can get a Newport pack in Indiana for only $5.50 (with the sales tax included). A port pack is now about $5.63. But that's still cheap compared to $7.50-$10 in/around Chicago.

Marlboro Menthol Lights are cheaper than Newports. When I can save up to $10 off of a carton or $1 off per pack in Indiana. But even without those savings, a Marlboro carton is still a buck cheaper than a Newport carton over there (if I assume I don't use ANY cig coupons as well).

2 promotional Marlboro Menthol Light cartons in Indiana is about $90 total with tax included., That's $10 less than the price of a Chicago carton for Marbs AND ports. I can get an extra carton for my money next door in the Hoosier state. And since I'd essentially save an extra $20, I could buy 3 extra packs of the Marlboro regular lights or 3 port packs. So in reality, I can get 2 promo Marb cartons plus 3 extra Marb packs for the same amount of money I'd spend on 2 Marb cartons alone WITHOUT the promo savings.

Missouri has better cig prices than Indiana. But unfortunately, I don't live near Missouri. But I still live near a state where the prices are similar to the old prices from online smoke shops.

I'm sure a lotta Chicago area smokers still drive outta state to buy cigs. But the high gasoline prices makes up for saving money on cigs for some smokers. I know even if I did drive, spending 70 bucks on gas in order to make a roundtrip to Indiana in order to buy 2 cartons wouldn't be worth it. Since when I include gas costs, those 2 Marlboro Light cartons would cost me $160 if I pretend the 2 cartons are promo cartons.

If I'm gonna essentially spend $170 to buy 2 cartons in Indiana, I'd be better off saving money on gas and I might as well buy 2 Marlboro cartons around the corner for $156. A carton aint 100 bucks in the Chicago burbs (but they still more than 50-55 bucks each) But I'm lucky I don't have to worry about buying gasoline period.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A smokers rights org in the NY-based news

Audrey Silk and C.L.A.S.H. is in the news. I see NYC is joining the OUTDOOR smoking ban club. And I bet the outdoor ban will face opposition. CLASH is organizing a smoke-in. Unfortunately, I can't attend it.

C.L.A.S.H. in the news