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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Who still smokes in the USA? (Chart)

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Source: Who Still Smokes? Smokers in the U.S. Today

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
January 6, 2012 - Issue #645
"On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other."
- James Madison
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Formal request for: Future CDC Study on Economic Impact of Smoke-Free Policies on Bars and Restaurants. By Buckeye Liquor Permit Holders Association. This is an outrage! Our organization has watched as members and friends have depleted their lifelong savings to keep their doors open to their bars, bowling alleys, etc. after Ohio's draconian smoking ban. Some of these small business owners have sold their businesses at a loss while others have lost not only their bars but their homes through bankruptcy. To read that the CDC and CDC Foundation are complicit in covering up these facts is sickening. How is RTI International going to reach any other conclusion than what the CDC has already announced? Now that they know what the CDC expects the finding to be, all they have to do is search until they find numbers they can use to meet the CDC's expectations. We expect a full investigation.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! From Toxic T-Shirts To Twizzler TV! By Michael J. McFadden. Remember "product placement?" Now we're not just talking about the long tolerated brainwashing of children on Saturday mornings, we're talking about the blatant and often completely out-of-place scripting involving major characters in series like "Fringe" and "Warehouse 13" suddenly offering each other Twizzlers or having prominent bright red/orange Twizzler goodie boxes on office desks in scenes where almost everything else is sort of a bland beige. How much does Twizzler-Caused Obesity cost our Gross National Product? Just how deadly IS Third Hand Twizzler Juice when it's passed on from Evil Candy Chompers to innocent loved ones through fingertips or stains on clothing?
From The Mailbag
CA: S.B. COUNTY: Hospital smoking ban defeated. The ban would have applied to all sidewalk, streets, parking lots, open spaces and cars on the campus. Supervisor Gary Obit said it was going too far to tell smokers they couldn’t smoke in their own automobiles parked at the hospital.
MD: Premium Cigar Group Girds for Maryland Tax Increase Battle. “Maryland voters are sick of increased taxes disguised to obscure government over-spending and they are tired of being told what to do and how to behave. We must stand against higher taxes, bigger and more wasteful government, and the infantilization of America by the ‘people who think they know better’,” said Bill Spann, CEO of the IPCPR.
USA: Please sign the petition: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Needs to compensate people & businesses harmed by special interest lobbying. Hundreds of thousands of people in the hospitality industry lose jobs and homes as a result.
India: More Ban Damage and lives lost because of smoking bans. Smokers turned off detectors at AMRI hospital. 93 persons suffocated to death in the blaze.
Turkey: Turkish Air Force Bombs Cigarette Smugglers! Airstrike on Turkey-Iraq border kills 35 people. "A group of villagers were coming from northern Iraq across the border after 9:30 p.m. Their path was blocked by soldiers and then four planes bombed them," said the official, Yunus Urek of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party.
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Friday, January 6, 2012

PA: Hospital Quits Hiring Smokers

Smokers in the medical field now have another reason to quit as a Pennsylvania hospital has said it will no longer hire smokers and is introducing nicotine tests in order to enforce the rule.
Geisinger Health System's smoke-free health policy will go into effect on Feb. 1, according to KKTV.com.
"Not only do we want to practice what we preach, but we also want our employees to feel healthy, we want our patients and visitors to feel that they are in a healthy environment. So it's an overall commitment to the well-being of all those people," Geisinger spokeswoman Marcy Marshall told the Vancouver Sun.

To view full article, CLICK HERE. 

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Me:  This should be illegal.   A smoker should have every right to work in a hospital just like a nonsmoking Black person,  a gay nonsmoker, and a nonsmoking lady.  And how is a nic test gonna work when a nonsmoker could have eaten potatoes and tomatpoes?  Those food products contain nic.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Clearing the Air: Why Smoking Bans are bad for businesses

From Audrey Silk of N.Y.C. C.L.A.S.H


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 Pfizer is the manufacturer of a variety of quit smoking aids known as NRTs (nicotine replacement therapies). Smoking bans -- a measure intended, in part, to coerce smokers into quitting -- are such good business for them that they fund drives by anti-smoker groups across the country. If smokers quit they might reach for these NRTs for assistance. Smoking bans shut out the competition over which nicotine product to use.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Here's the article I was interviewed for

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>>>>"I'm probably going to smoke until the day I die.  I'm more concerned about a bullet killing me than smoking."<<<<


I can confirm this is an UN-edited quote from myself. It's the only quote from myself within the article as well.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cigarettiquette

Someone posted this project as a comment on my blog.  I think this project looks neat.  I wish the person the best of luck in reaching the fund goal within the next 2 months.

For the record, Cigarettiquette is gonna be a book with the prosmoking/smokers rights theme.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waifette/cigarettiquette

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's not a Happy New Year for smokers and hospitality owners

Is this reallly a "Happy New Year?"  Not really, since I still haven't heard of `any smoking ban getting revoked yet.  I heard of a maybe two bans over the past 4 years adding businesses as ban exemptions.  But not a full-out ban revoke.

Happy 4th anniversary to the Illinois statewide smoking ban.  It's good to know lots of tavern owners in Chicago and throughout IL are ignoring the ban by letting their patrons light up.  I dunno how much those so-called "tickets" are for the owners. But I bet smokers don't mind "donating" money to the taverns in exchange for lighting up with their drink.

It's also been 4 years since the last time cig prices went up in Chicago.  I know a $1 state cig tax hike was proposed last year down in Springfield.  But the tax hike never passed.

Happy New Year for smokers and businesses?  NOT!