|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
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.
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!
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.