The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter

July 1, 2005 Issue #335

"The power to tax involves the power to destroy." 
U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall - 1819
"The taxing power...must not be used to regulate the economy or bring about social change."  Ronald Reagan - 1981

Intolerance Breeds Insanity - High Prices On Cheap Products Breeds Theft:

Russia:  Lightning strikes man forced to blow smoke outside.  Doctors found the man lying on the floor unconscious. His body was being twisted with cramps due to a cranial injury caused by the strike.

Canada:  Richard Kaczmarczyk is smoking mad and he can't take it anymore. And so the desperate husband has launched a hunger strike and called the media to try and convince his wife to finally give up her cigarettes.

Canada:  SEVERAL customers at a gas station were ordered to lie on the floor at gunpoint during a robbery yesterday, police said.

Canada:  A 15-year-old Winnipeg boy is accused of robbing a gas station earlier this month at knifepoint.

Canada:  Halifax Regional Police have charged five teenage boys in the recent theft of 1,000 cartons of cigarettes from a Cole Harbour service station.

Ireland:  cigarette robbery.  The truck driver was held at gunpoint and tied up while the four-man gang loaded the cigarettes into a van at Barnlodge, off Ballycoolin Road.

California:  Thieves load pickup with cigarettes.  More than 25 similar "smash-and-grab" burglaries have been reported countywide during the past 2˝ years, authorities said.

South Carolina:  Four people were injured and six arrested following a brawl at a convenience store over a pack of cigarettes, authorities said.

Nicotine affects brain like heroin: study.  Part of nicotine's hold on smokers is believed to be due to its effect on brain levels of dopamine, which is associated with feelings of well-being.

Smokers Paradox is a term to describe the counter-intuitive condition when smokers are found to be more healthy than nonsmokers, whether never smoker or former smoker.  Although this paradox is rarely mentioned in our doctrinaire press, it is discussed by researchers and fiercely debated by all those involved in tobacco-related research.

We Are Everyday People:

Life In The 1500s.  Norman Kjono finds that our priestly class, the health elite, seems to have been cribbing the superstitions and old wives tales from centuries ago.

Let them smoke: Government-sponsored behavior modification is not the solution.  By Christopher Hitchens.  Restaurants and bars are not just "workplaces" and the people who patronize them do not always go there for their health. For some of us, an evening out with friends is not the same if it does not include spirits, nicotine and high cholesterol.

A truce in the smoking wars.  By Jim Waters.  Instead of working toward a reasonable compromise, Kentucky’s health police have started a war on smokers with the force of government being the preferred weapon of choice.

From The Mailbag:

DC:  Snuff out this silly suit.  By Michael I. Krauss.  Attorney General Gonzales, please kill this suit.
ME:  Store Owner Pulls Cigarettes To Protest Tax Increase.
MN:  Would Grandma's leave Duluth for Florida?  Grandma's Restaurant Co. "has run out of options."
NY:  "Classroom" Editions.  In 2003, the tobacco companies agreed to arrange for "selective binding" of these editions, to ensure that all tobacco advertisements would be removed from these "classroom" copies.  Numerous school libraries, however, subscribe to the regular editions of magazines, rather than the special "classroom" editions.
USA:  New rule restricts miners' exposure to diesel exhaust.
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