The Property Rights Newsletter
May 24, 2013 - Issue #714
"This morning when I put on my underwear I could hear
the fruit-of-the-loom guys laughing at me."
- Rodney Dangerfield
| USA Underwear That Senses Cigarette Smoke.
The University of Alabama has received two grants totaling $402,721 for
the project, which so far has produced a "very early prototype" of the
monitoring system, which - in its current state - fits like a vest. The
goal of the three-year study is to "develop a wearable sensor system
comprised of a breathing sensor integrated into conventional underwear."
The Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT for short) is intended
to accurately measure when and how often people smoke as well as how
deeply they inhale. The real-time information would be used to design
strategies for smoking cessation. "We are trying to eliminate the need
for self-report from people about how much they smoke, when they smoke,
how many puffs they take from the cigarette," he said. |
NY weight limit. Too Fat, Too Furious: NYC bike-share riders fume over city's weight limit. Too fat for fitness? New York City has its limit - apparently a 260-pound one. New York has become the epicenter for the national battle against obesity, largely due to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's push for various bans to bring about a healthier lifestyle, including super-sized sodas and trans-fats.
Processed Meats Declared too Dangerous for Human Consumption. The World Cancer Research Fund recently completed a detailed review of 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Upon conclusion they are stepping out and bluntly stating that processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption and consumers should stop buying and eating processed meats. What are processed meats? Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and nearly all meat found in prepared frozen meals. Processed meats are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic (linked to promote and cause cancer) ingredient known as sodium nitrate.
Coffee Lowers Liver Disease Risk, Plus Five Other Benefits. That cup of coffee you enjoy every morning could do more than help you wake up; it could reduce your risk of liver disease. Results of a new study note that that drinking coffee on a regular basis is associated with a lower risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). But stick around: there are five other benefits from drinking coffee as well. Alzheimer's disease, Breast cancer, Endometrial cancer, Stroke, Type 2 diabetes.
FL: Ban against buying pipes. CS/HB 49 - 2013. In an attempt to stop the sale of bongs and other marijuana related paraphernalia, Florida has passed a bill to ban the sale of the following: Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic smoking pipes, with or without screens, permanent screens, or punctured metal bowls. Water pipes. Carburetion tubes and devices. Chamber pipes. Carburetor pipes. Electric pipes. Air driven pipes. Chillums. Bongs. Ice pipes or chillers.
NZ: Psychiatric patients are refusing treatment because they cannot smoke at DHB facilities, the High Court has been told. ONE News spoke to a mother, Jenn, whose son took his own life after a lifelong battle with a personality disorder. He was a heavy smoker and Jenn says he smoked to keep calm, but when the smoking ban in his local mental health unit came into place she believed it stopped him seeking help. "He constantly kept telling me, he didn't want to go in there, that he couldn't go in there, that he needed to have a smoke," she said. His story was mentioned as part of the civil case which has been brought by two former psychiatric patients.
UK: You are invited to attend Forest's Smoke On The Water, our annual boat party. This year's event takes place on Tuesday 18th June, 2013. Our vessel, The Elizabethan, is a Mississippi style paddle steamer with an external walkway and plenty of room to smoke while enjoying the conversation and the scenery. (Did we mention this a smoker-friendly event?)
USA: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary. By Dr. Michael Siegel. Sacrificing Children's Health for Politics: American Cancer Society Sinks to a New Low. I reveal that the American Cancer Society has admitted that Dr. Phillips is correct. This is no longer just a theory. This is a bona fide explanation for the ACS position on this issue.
Wales: Ban Damage. Terrible news from Wales - for the health freaks and those that want to guard our bodies as if their own! In six years of smoking ban terror, stigmatisation, denormalisation, hatred, open discrimination and killing of businesses left, right & centre it transpires that smoking prevalence has decreased by one whole percent. WOW!
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