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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Why legalize pot and ban tobacco?

I dunno why anyone would wanna legalize pot while ban tobacco anyway.  Tobacco has some significant history in connection with the Indians.  And while people wanna make cigs sound mo deadly than coke, heroin, and meth, I bet if mo cig smokers made their own cigs, those cigs would be less harmful than smoking FSC cigs.

Based on the fact most atates still have pot as illegal, lots of peoiple still smoke it.  Banning tobacco is not gonna make the USA smoke-free.  Cig smokers will just get their precious smokes in the same way people get pot....which is from  underground sales! 

http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/16/why-legalize-pot-and-ban-tobacco/

Friday, November 16, 2012

A smoking license won't work in WA or ANY state

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/11/15/public-health-proposal-considers-mandatory-smokers-license/

I dunno how a limit on how many cigs can be purchased will actually work. Is the license gonna show how many cartons I bought so far during the course of the month? A limit of 50 packs would be the same as 5 full cartons.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Romney is more on our side

Mitt Romney used to be portrayed as a Big Tobacco supporter when he slashed MA's smoking cessation programs' budget.  He was even against the idea of a MA state ban on smoking in watering holes.

Unfortunately, despite the fact he believes in freedom when it comes to smoking-related issues, the only way he's gonna win the election if the majority of voters were smokers and business owners.  That's only wishful thinking.

At least Obama can't do anything worse to USA smokers/owners.  He already lied about raising any taxes for people with 120k or less in income.  (He raised the fed tobacco tax in 2009, and that tax affects the 120 k or less income class the most).  He even took away my right to buy cig cartons online thanks to the PACT Act.

The only thing he hasn't done is impose a fed smoking ban for all 50 states.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

MO: Inpact of cig tax sparks debate

I dunno how a cig tax increase gives ANY state's revenie a boost. The idea of cig sales going down makes perfect sense (as one negative result from the tax increase).  But the cig sales going down is only temporary actually.  Cig sales return to normal one year after the cig tax increase went into effect.

LINK TO ARTICLE

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
September 21, 2012 - Issue #679
"The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold."
- Aristotle
THE DEATH OF THE VENDING MACHINE INDUSTRY

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! All around the world vending machines are disappearing...
The too often used war cry of "For the good of the children" was used to get cigarette vending machines out of bars, where children are not allowed to be by law anyway. Well intentioned people heard the cry and jumped on the bandwagon, without realizing that banning something from children in places they don't go is absurd. This invasion of property rights only hurts the business owner, their staff, and customers, the vending machine manufacturers, repairmen, salesmen, all of which are old enough to choose to buy and use a legal product, or not.
Michael McFadden wrote, While it is true that the industry has expanded its offerings in the area of junk food over the last 10 years (We've seen some of the result of that expansion in the expansion of waistlines over the last 10 years.) it has not been enough, and the industry is one that is in trouble. Why is that a bad thing? It is a bad thing, both in terms of the economics and the jobs involved in that industry, and also in the general quality of life and convenience for Americans who might wish to purchase either cigarettes or other products from such machines as part of their daily life.


FDA - Tobacco Products: Guidance, Regulations & Compliance - Draft Guidance for Industry: Compliance with Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco To Protect Children and Adolescents.

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Read the letter from the FDA to the Spirit Keeper Tavern in Colorado.
(Click on the images to open the full size copy.) Please note that they have never had a problem with under age kids in the bar buying cigarettes. In fact, everyone wanting cigarettes had to have a bartender hit the button (hidden out of reach behind and under the bar) in order for the machine to work - AFTER they put money into the machine. There was no way that anyone could purchase cigarettes without being noticed. The system was TOTALLY safe.

It won't stop here. The Health Nannies don't stop after one win, they use that win to go on to other industries. They already have. Soda vending machines are being taken out of schools, city halls, and soon whole countries.

More Articles about Vending Machines from The Property Rights Newsletter.

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Big Cigars: Offer Way for Smokers to Save. Fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes, but a growing number are turning to cigarettelike cigars that can sell for as little as seven cents apiece or to making cigarettes from inexpensive loose tobacco labeled for pipe use. The increased popularity of loose pipe tobacco, which is often marketed now for dual use, and of the cigarettelike large cigars seems to be directly related to a 2009 increase in the federal tobacco excise tax, which made pipe tobacco far less expensive than roll-your-own tobacco, and large cigars less heavily taxed than small cigars and cigarettes. The difference in taxes for the two types of loose tobacco is $21.95 per pound, which led manufacturers to relabel roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco, while marketing it for roll-your-own use.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
August 31, 2012 - Issue #676
"On the whole human beings want to be good,
but not too good, and not quite all the time."
- George Orwell
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!

USA: Tobacco Groups Win Challenge to FDA Cigarette Label Rule. Tobacco companies defeated a U.S. law forcing cigarette packaging and advertisements to display images such as diseased lungs, persuading a federal appeals court that the requirements violate their free speech rights. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today ruled that Food and Drug Administration regulations mandating visual-image warnings of smoking's health risks, along with the telephone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW, are "unabashed attempts to evoke emotion" and "browbeat consumers" to stop buying the companies' products. "These inflammatory images and the provocatively named hotline cannot rationally be viewed as pure attempts to convey information to consumers," U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote in her majority opinion.

USA: Politicians Ignore Failed "War on Drugs" at Their (and Our) Peril. By Leonard Frieling. History shows that it is often the case that politicians are behind the people in recognizing the need for change. It's time our political "leadership" provided real guidance for once and prepared a thoughtful plan for ending this failed war. Throwing more money at the war effort has not worked so far, cannot work, and must be abandoned for our losses to be cut. We've spent more than a trillion dollars on this war. It's contributed to the highest incarceration rate in the world and it's made our society less safe by incentivizing violence and the involvement of organized crime in the drug trade.

USA: The Electronic Cigarettes Battle Continues. Supporters of the freedom to use e-cigarettes argue the devices are a viable nicotine replacement therapy. E-cigarettes mimic many of the physiological and psychological triggers of smoking without transmitting the toxins present in tobacco smoke. E-cigarette advocates also note the FDA's acceptance of similar nicotine replacement products at similar concentrations and point to the flawed methodology of studies showing dangers from e-cigarettes.

Australia: Bid to ban cigarettes for anyone born after 2000. "This would mean that we would have a generation of people not exposed to tobacco products" The 2000 Smoke Free Generation initiative has secured the backing of Tasmania's independent upper house, the Legislative Council, and will be scrutinised by the state government. The Legislative Council is calling for a ban on cigarette sales to anyone born after the year 2000. The initiative, brought to Australia by a University of Singapore academic, means that, from the year 2018, young people who would have then come of legal age, no longer could smoke.

Canada: Ontario Retailers protest contraband tobacco. Michael J. McFadden asks, "So legislators, proud of yourselves?" While fully taxed name brand cartons of 200 cigarettes sell for as much as $90 in stores, the same number of cigarettes can cost as little as $10 from a reservation.

UK: Opposition to plain packaging mounts. An estimated 500,000 people have registered their opposition to the introduction of plain packaging in the UK. "Plain packaging is an assault on UK business in the midst of a double dip recession. Plain packs would be far easier to copy, and would therefore be a gift to the criminal gangs behind the illegal trade in tobacco..."

World: The Decent Cigar Emporium. By James Leavey. This page is to let you know what is currently smoking well. Hand-rolled cigars are like any organic product; each one has its own unique character and different batches/years will vary in combustion, aroma and taste.

World: Cigar Information. How to speak cigar, and set up a humidor.

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Felmina: A site for anyone intersted in making money in the long-term instead of fast

I added the off-topic banner for anyone interested in trying to make money online.  I notice when people try to make money online, they look for the "Get rich quick" programs.But those programs don't last very long.  And most of em are also scams.  After all, 200 percent in 2-5 days? Yeah right!

Felmina is a long-term program where you can "get rich" over time instead of getting rich quick.  You can also choose how much you want compounded on every business day.  Having basic compounding set at less than 100% allows you to take money out every business day.

The enhanced compounding allows you to make more after 180 business days (7-8 months).  Except you can't cancel this option once you choose it.  You gotta wait til the enhanced term you chose to end before requesting ANY withdrawals.  So (for example) if you chose the 90-business day enhanced compounding term, you can't cancel it til the 90-business day term is over. 

Nor can you make any withdrawals of any kind during the 90-business day time frame.  If you wanna make interest withdrawals daily, the basic compounding AND having the compounding rate at less than 100 percent is your best option.

A business day is Monday through Friday, except holidays and (of course) weekends.

The Felmina Alliance Banner is on top of this page, and a direct link is right here.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Colorado used tobacco taxes for smoking bans


DENVER (AP) - State auditors questioned whether the Colorado Department
of Health and Environment should be awarding money from tobacco taxes
to support local policy initiatives barring smoking in public.

A report Monday showed the department awarded $5.2 million to 140
grantees in 2010 and 2011 to help pass initiatives banning smoking in
areas beyond what's already prohibited by state law. The initiatives
targeted bans in places like restaurant patios, cigar bars, or housing
complexes where low-income people live.

Auditors recommended that the department ask for a legal opinion from
the state attorney general as to whether that's allowed. Department
officials say they're using the money appropriately.

The tobacco taxes fund education programs to prevent and treat smoking
addition. Like other states, Colorado has also used the money to help
balance the budget.

http://www.kgwn.tv/story/19389681/audit-co-used-tobacco-taxes-for-smokin\g-bans

Plain pack packaging coming soon to Australia

I feel sorry for the Australian smokers.  Maybe the plain packaging might actually cause sales of cig cases in Australia to go up.  I dunno how someone is supposed to ask for a pack of so-and-so brand when buying some.

http://www.ashaust.org.au/lv3/action_plainpack.htm

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Property RIghts Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
August 10, 2012 - Issue #675
"The history of free men is never really written
by chance but by choice; their choice!"
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Bolivia Bans Coca Cola To Honor Mayan "End of Capitalism." Move over, Mayor Bloomberg. Your big-size soda ban was a great start, but, in the Great Soda Wars, you've been upstaged by Bolivia. The central South American country has announced that it will ban the Coca-Cola company by the end of the year. Specifically, Bolivia's Minister of External Affairs, David Choquehuanca, has said that Coca-Cola will be expelled on December 21 as that date is the same on which the Mayan calendar enters a new cycle. The reason: To celebrate the "end of capitalism."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Oregon man jailed for collecting rainwater on his property. A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. "They've just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we'll prevail," he said. The 1925 law doesn't mention anything about colleting rainwater or snow melt - and he believes that he has been falsely accused.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Australia makes the sun tan illegal. By David Atherton. Not for the first time new laws are being based on dubious science which have unintended consequences. The campaign began with the death of Clare Oliver, who blamed her malignant skin cancer on sun beds. Last time I looked, Australia was God's own country for that bright light up in the sky and going for an artificial sun tan is the epitome of taking coals to Newcastle. NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker says "The Government has agreed to ban tanning beds from 2014. "It is a number one carcinogen. It's equivalent to asbestos." The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer" has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as "carcinogenic to humans."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! UK: "We thought we would be shot." Passengers' terror as armed police in 17 cars swoop on M6 bus... in false alarm over smoke from an ELECTRIC cigarette. Armed officers, troops, firefighters and bomb disposal experts all called. After nearly four hours investigating police admit it is a false alarm.
UK: Freedom2Choose: From the Chairman: The Summer & Britain's Olympics, Olympic Smoking!, F2C AGM Saturday, 1 September in London, News Stories, Front Page Articles, Round the Blogs, The Last Word, and more.
UK: One of Us. By Frank Davis. I was thinking today how much had changed over the past 5 years since the UK smoking ban came into force. So it could get very interesting over the decade ahead, as the world becomes everywhere divided into Nazi antismokers versus anti-Nazi smokers. It’s going to be an asymmetric war, with money versus numbers. And we're going to win.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!Watch "Sheep" by Pink Floyd.
When cometh the day we lowly ones - Through quiet reflection and great dedication - Master the art of karate - Lo, we shall rise up - And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water. - Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream - Wave upon wave of demented avengers - March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream. - Have you heard the news? - The dogs are dead! - You better stay home - And do as you're told - Get out of the road if you want to grow old.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Minnesota woman fired for smoking in her own home

ARTICLE LINK

A Minnesota woman is claiming that smoking a cigarette in the privacy of her own home cost her a job.

Stephanie Cannon was fired from her job as a receptionist at the Frauenshuh Cancer Center of Park Nicollet Health Services on the grounds that she smelled like smoke at work, KSTP-TV reports. Cannon is a regular, pack-a-day smoker, but she told the local ABC affiliate that she never brought her habit with her to work.

Six weeks into her job, Cannon's boss told her she could no longer show up to work smelling like smoke. Despite efforts to eliminate the smell from her clothing -- which she claims included bagging and spraying her clothing with air freshener before work -- the stench just wouldn't go away, and the hospital let her go.


(Link to full article right above)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Property RIghts Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
July 27, 2012 - Issue #674
"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live
for days on nothing but food and water."
- W.C. Fields
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! NY: Nanny Mike's next target a real boozy. The department declined to divulge questions, saying the survey is still in the drafting stages. But it has been engaged in a media-education campaign to warn against dangerous binge drinking. Research from 2010 shows about half of New Yorkers 21 and older drink alcohol. More than one in 10 young adults say they are heavy drinkers, and 42 percent are binge drinkers.

CA: Anti-smoking activist declared a nuisance, being evicted. By Michael J. McFadden. "Birke, an attorney, has said he is not against smokers but says there is much evidence that secondhand smoke is a health threat and a public nuisance." Really? OK Mr. Birke: Please produce just a SINGLE study that would show that people smoking outdoors harms people's health. - "I'll keep going until the last court makes the very last decision," Birke said.

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! MN: Woman Fired for Smelling Like Cigarette Smoke. By Phil Johnson. This is all down to the unproven crap from Winickof and his ridiculous 3rd hand smoke assertions based on 1346 phone calls asking idiots at home, extremely loaded questions - a bit like putting a loaded gun to someone's head! - A Fridley woman named Stephanie Cannon believes she's the victim of discrimination - fired because she smelled like cigarette smoke. Cannon claims she was told to "avoid my husband in the morning" because he also smokes. She says she was also encouraged to shower at the hospital--before work - instead of at home. The law in Minnesota states that an employer can't refuse to hire you (or fire you) if you do something that's not against the law (like smoking) if it takes place off the premises during non-work hours. That means even if smoking isn't allowed at work, you can't be fired for smoking at home on your own time. Or does it?

GA: Atlanta Parks. Jeremy Richards, Ph.D., The Southeast Regional Director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance lists compelling evidence for why smoking bans often do not work. It is true that even these outdoor Mayor Bloomberg-esque bans have had some popularity recently. However, in my research on tobacco prohibitions I have discovered that many of the smoking bans (both outdoor and even some indoor) have begun to fail.

USA: Ban-Ban-Banzhaf. John Banzhaf III, former cruise ship dancer, anti-smoking wibbler and ambulance chaster extraordinaire, joined Twitter over a year ago and has so far been rewarded with 46 followers, some of whom are not bots or people who heartily despise him. His tweets are almost entirely limited to links to his own self-written press releases, but occasionally he cuts out the middle man and lets us know what is really on his mind...

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Watch: Wanda Bankston - Educating America
Let me first say I am not a smoker; however I am opposed to Atlanta City Officials to even think of banning smoking outside. It is an outrage for them to want to endanger a person's health forcing smoking of all kinds inside.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

RYO Tobacco Stores May Cease to Exist Under New Law

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/03/roll-your-own-tobacco-sto_n_1647156.html

As members of Congress praised the transportation bill that passed last Friday, owners of some small tobacco shops cringed.

A measure sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and tucked inside the bill could spell the end for hundreds of "roll-your-own" tobacco stores that have sprouted up across the nation in recent years, shop owners and tobacco experts said.
The stores sell smokes at dramatically reduced prices by offering loose tobacco, which customers can convert into finished cigarettes using in-store machines, all for around half the cost of major brands like Marlboro.
The new federal law, set for President Obama's signature, makes it harder for stores with roll-your-own cigarette machines to classify the tobacco they sell as pipe tobacco –- which is taxed at a lower rate than cigarette tobacco. It also forces the shops to obtain tobacco manufacturing permits, though many are zoned for retail use only.
"This law is not designed for people to comply with," said Phil Acordino, president of RYO Machines, which began manufacturing roll-your-own cigarette machines in 2008.

"It's designed to put these people out of business," he said. "They couldn't get a manufacturer's permit if they wanted to."
Proponents of the new law and critics of roll-your-own shops say the stores take advantage of a tobacco tax "loophole" that Congress unintentionally created in 2009, when lawmakers boosted taxes on ready-made cigarettes to a much higher rate than that of loose tobacco.

The tax difference led to a flood of mom-and-pops that started selling loose tobacco, instead of major cigarette brands. Around 1,000 stores in 42 states installed roughly 2,000 roll-your-own machines, according to RYO Machines.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in 2010 prohibited retailers with roll-your-own machines from operating without manufacturing permits, but RYO Machines secured a court injunction that put the ruling on hold.
Once Obama signs the transportation bill, with its provision that overrides the hold, Ohio-based RYO Machines said it will have no choice but to lay off its 45-person staff. Acordino expects the 1,000 shops RYO sells machines to will also close or cut workers. "The big cigarette companies don't want anything resembling a competitor on the scene," he said.
Large tobacco companies have fought hard alongside health groups -– an unlikely bedfellow –- to win increased taxes and stricter health standards at roll-your-own smoke shops.

But some shops aren't going down quietly, despite lawsuits brought by city and state officials alleging tax evasion. In New York, where the number of roll-your-own stores jumped from a handful to nearly 50 in the last two years, several vendors are reportedly challenging court orders to pay higher taxes on the smokes.
According to the Associated Press, the new law affecting roll-your-own shops will generate nearly $100 million annually in government revenue.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

IL cig tax makes a Chicago pack 11 bucks now

I'm sure most smokers online heard about the $1/pack cig tax increase in Illinois.  Which means a pack in Chicago is now 11 bucks.

If the intent of raising cig taxes is to help bring in more money for IL, I dunno how that's gonna happen.  Raising the cig taxes is gonna have an opposite effect.  More smokers in IL are either gonna quit smoking.  Or they'll buy cigs outside of IL more often.

Even with buying cigs outta state (as I do myself), the state of IL still loses cig tax money to smokers like me.  And Indiana welcomes me with open arms as a cig customer in their state.

Smoke-free parks in Erie (NY) County

I'm surprised a lot of these park bans don't have a vote hearings.  Oh, people probably do vote in favor or against smoking bans in parks.  But the residents should be the ones voting.  Not political people.

http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/erie/erie-county-makes-parks-smoke-free

Friday, June 22, 2012

Property RIghts Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
June 22, 2012 - Issue #669
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."
- Will Rogers
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Sweden Wants to Outlaw Stand Up Urination. A Swedish political party is taking a stand against upright urination. At a county council meeting Monday, the Left Party, or Vansterpartiet, tabled a motion that would require office washrooms to be genderless with a sit-down-only requirement, reported the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra. Vansterpartiet, known as a socialist and feminist organization, believes seated urination is healthier for men and more hygienic for both sexes.
CA: Prop. 29 consigned to ashtray of history. We come to bury Proposition 29, not to praise it. What we oppose is singling out classes of people for targeted taxes. So-called sin taxes, such as this additional tax on tobacco products, unjustly punish people who engage in entirely lawful behavior. If our society finds tobacco use evil, a more appropriate approach would be to outlaw it.
CA: Waddling Into the Sunset. Foie Gras Ban Update. Beyond the kitchen, there are other responses in the works, including whispers of culinary civil disobedience, in which restaurateurs would continue to serve the dish - and risk fines of up to $1,000 per violation. Others have suggested that they could skirt the law by offering the foie gras free (with $20 glasses of wine).
MA: Cambridge wants to Ban All Soda and "Sugar-Sweetened" Drinks in Restaurants. If NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's dream to limit the size of sodas and other sweetened drinks has made people in New York angry, how will citizens of one Massachusetts city react if their elected official block all of these drinks, large and small in the city's restaurants? The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (the home of Harvard & MIT) has proposed such a thing.
UK: "Plain Packaging? No Minister!" from Hands Off Our Packs! Using actors, the video features a conversation between a fictional health minister and his chief civil servant about the desirability of plain packaging. It also includes a spoof "partly political broadcast" featuring the minister, the Rt Hon Peter Perfect MP.
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Watch the music video: They Don't Care About Us.

Tell me what has become of my life - I have a wife and two children who love me - I am the victim of police brutality, now - I'm tired of bein' the victim of hate - You're rapin' me off my pride - Oh, for God's sake - I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy - Set me free. - All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us. - Tell me what has become of my rights - Am I invisible because you ignore me? - Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now - I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame - They're throwing me in a class with a bad name - I can't believe this is the land from which I came - You know I really do hate to say it - The government don't wanna see - But if Roosevelt was livin' - He wouldn't let this be, no, no.
- All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

My take on the hisrtory of smoking, based on the topic of brands over the decades

I remember hearin about (when I was a teen) a chick in NYC back in the 1910s who got arrested for smoking cigs.

I think the late 1950s is when more menthol brands started being made. Newport and Salem both came out in '58 according to my understanding. And wasn't Kool actually the first-ever filtered brand period when filter Kools were introduced in '56?

Before 1958, Kool was the only menthol. Now there are a lot more menthol brands.

The 60s is when more feminine brands came out. Like VS and BH.
The 70s is when we started saying hello to "low-tar brands" (ie: Vantage) as well as to very-long cigs called 120s (Eve, Max, Capri, and Mores)

Those cig ads in the 30s-60s made smoking cigs sound like they actually a benefit to your health. Like how smoking Kools can help make your sore throat feel better. The cig ads in the 70s made smoking cigs sound just as normal as a kid eating a candy bar.

I know why more menthols came out in the late 50s-60s. So tobacco companies can attract Afro-Americans to smoking. I'm sure back in the 40s-50s, a lotta Blacks refused to smoke cause "Regulars taste gross," or how "Smoking cigs is a white habit."

More feminine brands, especially 120s, came out to lure more women to smoking. After all, I can see a lady in the 30s-50s saying "I know I'm allowed to enjoy cigs. But who the heck wants to smoke a tiny nonfilter? Gimme a brand with LONG cigs. And I'll smoke then."

(I aint saying most women in that era had that mindset. But some of em probably did.)

Monday, June 11, 2012

CA voters reject raising tobacco tax


http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/06/usa-campaign-primaries-prop-idINL1E8H66DQ20120606




UPDATE 2-California voters reject raising tobacco tax

Thu Jun 7, 2012 12:57am IST

By Jim Christie

(Reuters) - California voters narrowly rejected a ballot measure that would
have added a $1 tax to a pack of cigarettes in the state's primary election
Tuesday, an outcome observers attributed to a $47 million ad blitz by the
tobacco industry.

The measure, known as Proposition 29, was defeated 50.8 percent to 49.2
percent on a day of light voter turnout, according to election results
posted on Wednesday by California's secretary of state. Some absentee and
other ballots remained to be counted.

The result reflected a long-standing political divide in California, with
San Francisco Bay area counties heavily supporting the measure, while
conservative suburban counties in more populous Southern California
overwhelmingly opposed it.

Revenue from the proposed tax, estimated at $735 million in its first year,
would have supported medical research on tobacco-related diseases and
programs to prevent and control tobacco use.

The measure, championed, among others, by the American Cancer Society and
cycling great and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, had enjoyed a commanding
lead in polls earlier in the year.

But opponents, led by Altria's Philip Morris and Reynolds American Inc,
vastly outspent their rivals, blanketing the airwaves in much of the state
in recent weeks with a message that cast doubt on how the new tax revenues
would be spent.

The result mimicked a 2006 effort at increasing tobacco taxes, which voters
also rejected after a fierce industry-sponsored ad campaign.

California voters last approved a measure to increase the state's tobacco
tax in 1998. It narrowly passed.

MEASURE OVERWHELMED BY ADS

Support for Proposition 29 was hampered by concerns that revenue from the
tax would not go to public services, such as schools and policing, which
have had their budgets slashed, said Mark DiCamillo, director of The Field
Poll, which tracks California's public policy and political issues.

DiCamillo added that older, more conservative voters opposed to the measure
likely had an outsized influence in an election marked by low turnout.

According to California's secretary of state, only 24 percent of registered
voters cast ballots on Tuesday. That figure will increase as counties finish
counting outstanding ballots.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a revised state budget plan last
month that projected a $15.7 billion deficit. He proposed closing it with
spending cuts to healthcare for the poor and elderly, savings from reduced
work hours for state employees and new revenue from tax increases he plans
to put to voters in a ballot measure in November.

If voters reject Brown's proposal - it would raise the state sales tax and
income tax rates for wealthy taxpayers - he has said an additional $6
billion in spending, including $5.5 billion on schools and community
colleges, would need to be cut later this year.

"This measure (Proposition 29) wasn't going to do anything to fix that,"
said Joel Fox, president of the Small Business Action Committee and a member
of the coalition that opposed it. "It creates another walled-off account the
governor and the legislature can't get to in difficult times."

The money poured into California to broadcast that message and others -
including claims that revenue raised by the measure could be spent outside
the state - overwhelmed supporters of Proposition 29, said Stanton Glantz,
director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the
University of California, San Francisco.

The medical school's foundation contributed $50,000 to the campaign in favor
of Proposition 29, according to MapLight, a nonpartisan research group.

The measure's opponents "basically went unanswered for a very long time,"
Glantz said, adding that supporters failed to raise sufficient funds early
for a sustained offensive to offset the deep pockets of the tobacco
industry.

The two sides raised over $59 million for the campaign, with proponents
raising over $12 million of that, according to MapLight.

"Had the health groups had a little more money a little bit earlier, they
probably would have prevailed," said Glantz, who noted that there was a slim
chance that vote-by-mail, provisional and damaged ballots that have yet to
be processed could give Proposition 29 a victory.

The margin of victory was 63,000 votes out of 3.85 million votes cast.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Audrey Silk, one of the best smoking activists in the nation

Audrey Silk, NYC CLASH founder, on U-Tube. 

She is one of the most active activists that's still around on the smokers' side of the battle.

I saw her interview from Good Day in NYC from last week.  I can't find that vid though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgQukkkPX6g


A commnent from a smoker in CA

Me:  This was originally posted as a comment on my blog.  But I'm gonna post this as a separate post instead.

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Yo Jay,

Help me put Bloomberg and Stanton Glantz and Lance Armstrong back in their cuckoo boxes. Spread the word for every smoker in California to show up on June 5th and Vote No on Proposition 29.

http://smokervoter.webs.com

Friday, June 1, 2012

Bloomberg proposes ban on sale of sugary drinks more than 16 ounces

I heard about this off of the internet a few days ago.  This idea from Bloomberg   is not gonna fly to me.  You can't tell a restaurant which drinks thye should serve to their patrons!  But if an antismoker thinks banning large pop drinks in a restaurant is dumb, then you're slowly starting to see why certain smoking bans are dumb too.

This idea is all about dictating how businesses should run.  Just like with smoking bans controlling businesses too.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/big-soda-ban-bloomberg-administration-proposes-ban-sugary-drinks-larger-16-ounces-article-1.1087241

Saturday, May 26, 2012

IL House approves higher cig tax

"Groups trying to discourage smoking also backed the measure. By some estimates, the extra $1 for a pack of cigarettes would persuade 60,000 people to quit smoking and keep 80,000 children from taking up the habit."



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ME:   Sounds more like persuading 60k smokers to  buy their cigs outside of IL and in MO or Indiana (or even KY) instead.  Cigs in Wisconsin aint as cheap as Indiana's/MO's prices.

Be prepared to pay 11 bucks for a pack in Chicago pretty soon!  That price in itself is enough to convince me to go somewhere else!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloomnerd donating millions of bucks to overseas actually

I found an article in connection with the Bloomberg topic.  Sounds like he IS donatin millions of bucks to overseas.  Not CA.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812904577295760232939728.html

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bloomnerd supports raising cig taxes in CA

Bloomnerd (the NYC mayor) oughta mind his own business.  I recently heard he donated half of a million bucks towards the campaign for raising the CA cig tax to $1 a pack.

If Bloomnerd wants to raise the CA cig taxes, maybe he should move there and make life even worse for CA smokers.  I wish he could donate millions of bucks to smokers rights groups instead.  In my dreams!

Sounds like his main goal is to do what it takes to make cig packs $15 in all 50 states.  What would even be worse than that is a fed smoking ban.  I know Bloomnerd would love a smoke-free USA!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Heating up FSCs in the microwave

I heard about this idea in the past. On how heating up cigs for 30 secs in a microwave neutralizes the FSC chemicals.

I actually tried this out for myself. Except I didnt heat em up in the Newport pack. I took all of em out, and placed em on an opened-up napkin in the microwave. After they heated up, I put em back in the pack.

I believe if you heat em up in the pack, you gotta remove the silver foil inside of the pack before heating. When I removed the foil, a tiny piece of it was left in the pack. I didnt take my chances of putting the pack in the wave cause of the tiny foil.

After the cigs heated up, I noticed they smelled a lot more like the way unlit Newports smelled in the non-FSC days. They smelled like all tobacco instead, in other words.

As far as the taste goes, they still taste like Newport box 100s. I still tasted more tobacco than the actual mint. (Of course, some menthol brands have a lot more mint flavor on drags. Such as Salems and VS/BH menthols)

The only negative thing I notice so far is the Newports taste a lil weaker after the cigs are heated up. They may taste like a Newport. But they also feel less stronger than a normal FSC Newport.

Maybe heating up FSC cigs to make em taste like non-FSCs also lowers their tar/nic levels. (Maybe the heat "kills" the nicotine in em?)

The FSC Newports don't bother me anyway. They taste just like the non-FSC Newports of the past. And as Michael C said once, Newports are the FSCs that come the closest to tasting like an actual cig. Except he still loved his Reds more.  Michael C is s smoker who used to be a regular poster on the smoking fetish boards.

I keep my cartons in the freezer to keep em fresh for a long time. Maybe freezing em neutralizes the chemicals as well.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Missouri: Bill would restrict smoking bans

A Springfield, Mo., legislator is proposing to prohibit Missouri cities and counties from banning smoking in establishments where at least 60 percent of retail sales come from alcohol, tobacco or entertainment.

The legislation, if passed, would mean that many more bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, billiard parlors and movie theaters, among other businesses, could be exempted from smoke-free ordinances. Casinos would fall into that category.
Restaurants probably would not be affected, said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Melissa Leach, R-Springfield.

The bill will be heard today by the House Small Business Committee.

The bill would need to win committee approval before it could be debated by the full House. With less than three weeks left in the session, it would be hard for a bill to make it through the legislative process unless it were added as an amendment to another bill that is already in the pipeline.

As to whether she expects it to pass this session, Leach said: "I believe in miracles."
Leach said her purpose was to give business owners more of a say in how to run their establishments.
Under the bill, she said, 'smoking would be left up to the business owner, not the local government."
Voters in Springfield passed a comprehensive smoking ban last year. A move to repeal it is on the June ballot.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fewer teens are smoking cigs. BUT, they're smoking other stuff instead

Don't you love it when schools do everything they can to make cigs sound more deadly (to kids) than weed or coke?  Last time I checked, life is full of all kinds of risks.  And I recently heard that more teens in modern times are smoking weed instead of cigs.

Anti-smokers should NOT be happy to hear about an increase in teens engaging in weed smoking.  I know I wouldn't be happy.  Since smoking weed is much worse than cigs.  I guess antis don't care if a teen smokes weed.  Since weed aint cigs, right?

I can't forget lots of people who hate cig smokers enjoy weed smoking.  That's right.  Lots of antismokers are actual weed smokers.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Peoperty RIghts Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
April 27, 2012 - Issue #661
"I am what I am and, you know, I'm a very lucky guy."
- Michael Bloomberg
Public Enemy Number One
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Trans Fat: No, the state says you may not choose. New York City banned so-called "trans fats" in all food service establishments.
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Salt: Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.
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Alcohol: Mr Bloomberg's office detailed plans to cut the number of drinking establishments as well as restrict alcohol advertising.
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- Food Police: Mayor Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters.
- Read More Food Stuff: - Mayor Bloomberg's grand vision to improve New Yorkers' health by severely limiting sales of high-calorie beverages on city property
- Banning soft drinks from folks on food stamps
- Passed new regulations forcing some restaurants to post calorie content for all the food on the menu board
- Ban on free doughnuts and sweets for seniors
- Mr. Bloomberg said governments should be using the law to mandate behavior when necessary. He said encouraging people to change behaviors through advertising campaigns is important, but is not enough. He quoted Mark Twain, saying, "Thunder is good. Thunder is impressive, but lightning does the work."
- He pushed for a revamp of school menus and by the start of the next school year, fat-laden meals were being replaced by healthier versions. That same year, 2003, the city began handing out free nicotine patches and Bloomberg won his crusade to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants.
- In an appalling extension of the nanny state, New York is slated to become the first city to monitor diabetics' blood-sugar levels. It plans to register them like HIV or tuberculosis sufferers and nag them when their levels aren't healthy enough. Drop the cupcake; here come the sugar police.
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- Freedom: The problem is that Bloomberg's idea of public health, like the CDC's, does not distinguish between deadly diseases people catch and risky things they choose to do. In his speech he equated smoking, overeating, and failing to wear a seat belt with polio, cholera, and tuberculosis, wishing away freedom by pretending it doesn't exist.
- Smoking ban. First Mayor Bloomberg pushed through an indoor-smoking ban. Then yesterday, at his request, a bill was quietly introduced in the City Council to increase the fines of outdoor consumption of alcohol.
- Smoking ban in NYC parks and beaches.
- More NY Ban Damage: Damage to lives, bodies, business closed, jobs lost, violations, bribery, burglary, and more.
- Black Market: Fleenor, who continues to follow the relationship between tobacco tax hikes and crime closely, is amazed that despite the crime situation such lucrative trafficking has generated, New York continues to consider further tax hikes. Read More articles.
- Don't Tell Bloomberg: But New Yorkers can smoke at the U.N.
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Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates today announced joint efforts to combat the global tobacco epidemic. A combined investment of $500 million will help governments in developing countries implement proven policies and increase funding for tobacco control.
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WHO And Mayor Bloomberg Fuel Anti-Smoking Propaganda. The World Health Organization released a ridiculous report Thursday, financed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (NYC-R), claiming that up to a billion people could be killed by tobacco in the 21st century. The report included a six-point program for fighting the tobacco industry: including raising cigarette taxes, banning smoking in public places, monitoring tobacco use, warning people of the dangers, etc. New York City, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg, has been among the strictest of bans against tobacco, with only 5% of the entire world having smoking laws like the Big Apple.
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Egyptians Rally Around: Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the winners of the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control and Egypt's Ministry of Finance was recognized because they raised taxes.
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And so much more!
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! WARNING to King Bloomberg, taking rights from his subjects, and now reaching across the pond. Nothing lasts forever.
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Viva La Vida

I used to rule the world - Seas would rise when I gave the word - Now in the morning I sleep alone - Sweep the streets I used to own. / I used to roll the dice - Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes - Listen as the crowd would sing - "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!" / One minute I held the key - Next the walls were closed on me - And I discovered that my castles stand - Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand. / I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing - Roman Cavalry choirs are singing - Be my mirror, my sword and shield - My missionaries in a foreign field. / For some reason I can't explain - Once you go there was never - Never an honest word - And that was when I ruled the world. / It was the wicked and wild wind - Blew down the doors to let me in - Shattered windows and the sound of drums - People couldn't believe what I'd become. / Revolutionaries wait - For my head on a silver plate - Just a puppet on a lonely string - Oh who would ever want to be king? / For some reason I can't explain - I know Saint Peter won't call my name - Never an honest word - But that was when I ruled the world.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Comment Update

New comment posted under "US-based smoke shop with cartons of REAL cigs."

Property RIghts Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
April 13, 2012 - Issue #659
"What most people don't understand is the bulk
of business in this country is small business."
- Alphonso Jackson
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Vapers And Smokers: Comfortable Bedfellows. By Michael McFadden. But... all was not happy in Smallville: the Vapers soon found themselves under attack by the very group they'd expected to be their allies: the Antismokers. Despite the fact that there was virtually no research showing any degree of actual harm from "vaping" (much less "secondhand vaping"!) and despite the fact that there was pretty much nothing in terms of scent beyond what one might notice upon entering a well-kept home with a tray of potpourri by the door, the Antismokers were going wild about the new "threat" of people using e-cigarettes!
KS RYO: State Shuts Down 'Roll Your Own' Cigarette Shops. Compliance Issue Challenged. The state of Kansas is cracking down on businesses that offer smokers an alternative to buying cigarettes by the pack. Businesses with machines that let people "roll your own" cigarettes are being shut down. In the last week, the state closed about 20 across Kansas.
USA RYO: Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco. Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as "tobacco manufacturers," imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the connected can sometimes win even before the opposition knows the game is underway. "This is catastrophic," was the response of Phil Accordino, whose tiny company builds the roll-your-own cigarette machines in Girard, Ohio, when he heard of the Senate action. Word arrived in Ohio after the amendment had already been approved on a bipartisan vote.
From The Mailbag
USA: CASAA Call to Actions. States and Bills listed that you should know about. Is your state listed here?
USA: CRA Legislative Action Center. Help Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA Regulation! H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 - Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act.
Honduras joins WTO complaint on Australia tobacco packaging. "Australia's plain packaging requirements would defeat the basic function of a trademark, which is to allow consumers to distinguish between products of different companies," Castillo said in a statement. The initial complaint was launched by Ukraine and is being closely watched by a number of other WTO members, with Brazil, Canada, the EU, Guatemala, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway and Uruguay asked to be third parties in the dispute.
Scotland: Freedom to Choose news articles. Educating the general public, and particularly the general public in Scotland, on matters where freedom of choice is under threat.... "When health is equated with freedom, liberty as a political concept vanishes." (Dr. Thomas Szasz, The Therapeutic State).... INTOLERANCE IS THE MOST PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF INEQUALITIES!
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

gotcheapsmokes coments publishesd on here

I published the negative comments on the gotcheapsmokes.com post on here.  Comments are moderated on my blog.  Meanng they wi;ll appear if I choose to publish them.

Binge Smoking

Last night, I smoked 28 Newports in only 4 hours. I know it's possible for some ladies to smoke a pack in 2 hours actually. I think I smoked 44 cigs for the whole "Good" Friday. *chuckle*

44 cigs in one day is NOT my all-time personal record for most cigs smoked in one day. That record of 56 cigs in one day (all Newports) is still intact. I still remember that day. It was a Sunday in September 2006. And Da Bears beat the Packers in Green Bay from Week 1 of that season.

However, 44 cigs in one day is a new record for most cigs smoked in a day since my mother's death from last summer. The old record was 42 cigs (which was done within a few days after her death).

I notice time flew by fast when I did that binge smoking last nite. I aint calling it chainsmoking. Since I did take a break of a few seconds in-between each cig.

I recall chainsmoking a whole ML pack 9 years ago. Took me almost 2 hours to do so. But I'll be lucky to chainsmoke a pack of Newports.

I guess I actually DID smoke a pack in 2 hours once myself. But those were ML 100s. And light cigs are much easier to smoke than my brand. I might smoke MLs once in a blue moon now.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

FDA to require BT companies to report dangerous chemicals

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Washington ~ Tobacco companies will be required to report the levels of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes, chew and other products under the latest rules designed to tighten regulation of the tobacco industry.

The preliminary guidance issued Friday by the Food and Drug Administration marks the first time tobacco makers would be required to report quantities of 20 chemicals associated with cancer, lung disease and other health problems. The FDA will release the information in a consumer-friendly format by next April.

"Cigarettes are the only mass-consumed product in this country for which consumers don't know what's in them, until now," said Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of FDA's tobacco center, in an interview with the Associated Press.

Ammonia, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde are among the ingredients or byproducts of tobacco that are subject to the new rule.

Regulators have identified more than 93 harmful or potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco products, though the agency is only focusing on 20 for the coming year. The agency will take comments on the guidance until June 4. There is no deadline for when the documents will become final.

A law enacted in 2009 gave the FDA authority to regulate a number of aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing, though the agency cannot ban nicotine. FDA also gained authority to set standards on levels of harmful ingredients in tobacco products, though the agency is not yet using that power.

The same law lets the agency approve new tobacco products that could be marketed as safer than what's currently for sale.

In separate guidance issued Friday, the FDA laid out the scientific studies it will require before any company can market a so-called modified-risk tobacco product. Companies must submit extensive testing data on health risks for users and non-users, behavior changes and consumer understanding of marketing materials for new products.

"The law sets a high standard to make sure that tobacco products marketed to reduce risk actually reduce risk," Deyton said.

The FDA's handling of modified-risk products has been highly anticipated by both the public health community and bigger tobacco companies, which are looking for new products to sell as they face declining cigarette demand due to tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma.

Some tobacco companies have alternatives like snus  small pouches like tea bags that users stick between the cheek and gum  and dissolving tobacco finely milled tobacco shaped into orbs, sticks and strips. But they are not explicitly marketed as less risky than cigarettes.

The FDA is required to respond to a company's application within a year of its submission and acceptance. FDA officials would not comment on how many applications have been submitted to date.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

US Appeals Court Upholds law on cig pack images

Looks like those graphic images WILL be coming to packs.  But if anyone thinks these images are gonna prevent me OR a teen from picking up a pack of precious cigs, then that person is crazy.

I just hope this topic of graphic images on cig packs doesn't turn into a soap opera with tobacco companies asking for an appeal.  And if they win, antismoking organizations will ask for another appeal.  And so forth.

http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/19/3948806/federal-appeals-court-upholds.html

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Would the Obama Administration ban tobacco?

If he actually banned tobacco, that would be a nice way to make him lose more supporters. I bet even all of the other politicians would hate the idea of a tobacco ban. Cause as I said, they love takin lots of tax money from smokers.

Wheres the tax money gonna come from if tobacco got banned for real? From paying 10 bucks for a beer can?

I didnt even bring up how a tobacco ban will force people to get cigs in the same way they get weed and other drugs. Get the cigs underground!

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tobacco-344267-health-hhs.html

Monday, March 12, 2012

Property RIghts Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
March 9, 2012 - Issue #654
"I am the one who got myself fat, who did all the eating.
So I had to take full responsibility for it."
- Kirstie Alley
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Disney changes obesity exhibit after complaints. The interactive exhibit, Habit Heroes, featured animated fitness superheros Will Power and Callie Stenics and super-sized villains Snacker and Lead Bottom, who eat junk food and watch too much television. Critics said the exhibit reinforces stereotypes that obese children are lazy and have poor eating habits. Blue Cross and Blue Shield partnered with Disney to create the exhibit. Blue Cross spokesman John W. Herbkersman said the exhibit was meant to be helpful. "We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination," the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said in a statement.
From The Mailbag
CO: Colorado public health researchers push for even tougher anti-smoking rules. They face increasing resistance from businesses and smoking-rights supporters who say freedom has already eroded too far. "The anti-smoking people will not be satisfied until no one smokes," said Pete Meersman of the Colorado Restaurant Association, who lobbies against more restrictions.
SC: ALERT! Fight details and City Council contact information. Smoking may soon be banned in Simpsonville restaurants. Councilman Matthew Gooch said the ordinance was at its first reading and he'd like to investigate further.
Canada: A Crisis of Authority: Pierre Lemieux's Somebody in Charge: A Solution to Recessions? The roots of the recent financial crisis lay not in greed and self-interest running amuck in unhampered markets, but in the policy and regulatory structure that created and enabled excessive leverage and risk taking.
Costa Rica: Court halts anti-smoking bill pending constitutional review. For the first time in the country's history, Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court requests to review a bill after its been approved by the Legislative Assembly. The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) on Friday ordered the Executive Branch to suspend the signing and publication of a recently passed anti-smoking bill.
Scotland: Tobacco, other vested corporate interests and democracy, Safe levels: the riddles of exposure to particulate matter, Champix could be prescribed for alcoholism, Chris Carter releases following international appeal, and more...
UK: Hands Off Our Packs launches "Nanny Town" video.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Judge rules in favor of Big Tobacco on graphic labels for packs

A nice victory for smokers and BT on the graphic labels topic!

The judge is wrong on tax hiking can help motivate people to quit (instead of using the graphic labels). People are always gonna smoke regardless of the pack price. But I agree the graphic labels are unconstitutional.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46577000/ns/health-addictions/#.T06kJ_UdySo

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sacramento: Ban smoking outside of your own home?

Good luck in enforcing a law like this one (if it becomes reality).  The law won't pass though.

CLICK HERE

I love the reasoning behind the idea.  A nonsmoker is whining about smelling cig smoke in a neighbor's backyard.  LOL!!!  That nonsmoker should mind his/her own business.  I can see a smoking guest being rude by smoking on a nonsmoker's property though.

But banning smoking outside of a smoker's own property?  Hilarious!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The positives of cig smoking

This is a good page for a serious smoker to read if you ignore the rude and immature antismoking comments. 

CLICK HERE

A smoker who decides buying cigs is more important than buying shoes for his/her kids is the type of smoker who is poor at budgeting money.  It has nothing to do with showing how the smoker is more addicted to nic.

A smoker has to learn to make some sacrifices in order to keep affording cigs.  Like buying less junk food in stores or cutting down on booze.  And looking for a place with cheap cig prices is a nice plus.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cigarettiquette funding goal reached

I see Sandy reached her funding goal for Cigarettiquette.   And she'll be working on getting her book published.  I have a good feeling I'll be in the book myself (as part of her interviewing me) .  It sounds like Cigarettiquette will be a very interesting book to read.  Since it's rare reading books written by serious smokers. 

And the fact this book's author is a lady who's proud to be a smoker is a nice plus to me.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
February 17, 2012 - Issue #651
"That's what we wanted to get across in that moment, particularly when Shaun goes to the shop when he's all hung over. He doesn't notice any of the zombies around him just because he never had before, so why should he at that point?"
- Simon Pegg
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Quitting should be smokers' choice. By Theodore J. King. I am all in favor of smokers who want to quit smoking, but quitting must be the smokers' choice, not Cline's and petty city and town council members'. The Oklahoma Department of Health has millions from the tobacco settlement to sway the public by print, radio and billboard advertising with the aim to ban smoking everywhere with their "Tobacco Stops with Me" campaign. I want a new crusade to stop the Nanny State and the busybodies who get off on telling people how to live their lives, and I want to name it "The Nanny State Stops with Me."

CDC Nannies: The Salt War reaches the cancer stage. It has to be cancer. Everything gives you cancer now. I remember reading, many years ago, about a study that used these same statistical games to prove that hot showers give you lung cancer. Keep it up, Righteous. Soon you will have killed all of your idiot drones.

Conventional Medicine: A Legal Monopoly, Not a Healthcare System. The results of the Medical Monopoly Mafia are multiple and disastrous. They claim the authority to cram their dubious truths down our throats. In everyday life, that's becoming clearer and clearer.To manage your own health as you choose is rapidly becoming an underground practice. If you want to use herbs or supplements for your health, you'll soon be denied access to them.

From The Mailbag

Neighborhood taverns disappear from Chicago, other cities. Ebner hopes Chicago's remaining taverns can survive. If people stay home instead of patronizing neighborhood pubs, he says, "it really fosters a sense of personal isolation."

Being lonely "worse than smoking." Being lonely in old age will propel you to the grave more quickly than smoking, a senior Downing Street adviser said as part of an effort to encourage people to retire later. "If you have got someone who loves you, someone you can talk to if you have got a problem, that is a more powerful predictor of whether you will be alive in 10 years' time, more than almost any other actor, certainly more than smoking."

Scotland: News items; NHS Borders attempts an outdoor smoking ban,Unwelcome Sunday guest,The research juggernaut: anti-tobacco funding makes campus go non-smoking, Getting cold for a good cause at 83? (demolishing the smoking shelter at elderly residential home),Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to slash travel help for least developed economies, More on Wales: vending machines ban goes live,How to avoid trouble at the border, more...

UK: News items; England oh England-where for art thou?, How Government Brands Smokers, Alzheimer's and Smoking, Smoke Free Catastrophe, Fictional and Real Deaths, Smoke Free Homes, more...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jasper (AL) Club Smoke Ban Opposition Latest

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JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) - A city smoking ban has some business owners trying to stay one step ahead of the law ... they're determined to allow customers to smoke.

Midnight Special owner Rick Garrison says he has come up with a way to lock out  law enforecement ... by replacing his locks with a card swiping system.  Each member of the private club would be issued a card.  Garrison says it's the same tactic used in the past by businesses serving alcohol when the town was dry.  

 
Since the law went into effect, Jasper police have already issued one ticket ... a second violation would shut the club down.

Jasper City Attorney Russell Robertson tells us Garrison is legally allowed to install the card-swiping system, as long as, he allows law enforcement into the business at any time.