|The Property Rights Newsletter|
January 28, 2011 - Issue #600
"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed,
but that he cannot believe anyone else."
- George Bernard Shaw
| Don’t believe the lies about secondhand smoke. By Theodore J. King. Fortunately, it is simply not true that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause cardiovascular disease. The myths about secondhand smoke are lies and the product of the mass hysteria the nanny state has wrought that has overcome reason. The hidden and sly purpose of the attack on secondhand smoke is to convince everyone, even rational, smart people, that smoking is not only unhealthy but evil and that all tobacco should be banished from the earth. |
IN: House exempts taverns, private clubs from state smoking ban bill. House Bill 1018 would still apply to most workplaces and restaurants, unless they serve alcohol and are open only to those 21 years and older. The House Health Committee already had exempted casinos. The House also approved amendments to exempt veterans and fraternal clubs - such as VFWs and Elks clubs - and nursing homes, as long as both have separate smoking areas.
KY: Proposed Smoking Ban Bill Going Nowhere. "When lawmakers don’t want to deal with tough issues..." Westrom admits the bill will go nowhere in this year’s legislature but has proposed it, nonetheless.
MI: Should the smoking ban include the drive-thru? By Marc Schollett. "Vehicles are exempt; vehicles where people are smoking inside the vehicles are exempt from the law." Bottom line, you can smoke in your car, just about anywhere, with the windows down without violating the smoking ban, even if it impacts others. Your car is your property.
NC: IPCPR Urges Courtesy, Not Ban, in Raleigh, NC Parks. McCalla asked, “What if someone complained about the odor of cheap perfume or wet dogs? What if someone complained about seriously obese people taking up more than their share of seating space in the shelters and on buses?
SC: Push For Smoking Bans In Spartanburg County. Romberger, the healthcare professional who presented the findings, said counties and municipalities should absolutely move toward smoking bans.
USA: America’s Culture of Busybodies. Higgs writes. “Because this proclivity provides an irresistible opportunity for politicians to promote their own interests at public expense, one must expect that we Americans are doomed to an endless procession of costly, futile, and destructive crusades.”
Scotland: Forest has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that the introduction of the tobacco display ban in Scotland is being delayed from 1 October 2011 until further notice due to a legal appeal by Imperial Tobacco.
Read More: Freedom-2-Choose Scotland.