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