The United Pro Choice Smokers
Rights Newsletter

August 5, 2005 Issue #340

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams


Higgenbottom is found!   His name is Joe Hageman and he is on the City Council in Laramie.  His accommodation and common sense, instead of a regulation attitude, has made him an Anti target.

NH:  Libertarians Urge Seizure of Justice Breyer's Property to Protest High Court Ruling.  "The point is: What goes around comes around," Lorrey said. "This is a way of saying, 'You're going to be held to your own standard."

Buffalo Grove  considers illegal ban on smoking outdoors.  By Garnet Dawn.  It is very sad to learn that even our local representatives do not understand Illinois laws.  (See just how far the Antis will go in breaking the law!)

Harm of passive smoke debatable.   By Dave Pickrell.It is estimated that anti-smokers generate close to $900 million a year in revenue, mostly from the government ­ through tobacco company settlement payments ­ and pharmaceutical interests. Admit the harms of passive smoking are not real or over-hyped and the money is gone. Would this be an incentive for some to lie?

The World's Wealthiest "Nonprofit" Institution.  American Cancer Society.  The "nonprofit" status of the Society is in sharp conflict with its high overhead and expenses, excessive reserves of assets and contributions to political parties. All attempts to reform the Society over the past two decades have failed; a national economic boycott of the Society is long overdue. 

WebMD Editor Is Onto Glantz's Lies.   Burning Questions From Our Readers.  Our Public Editor Looks at WebMD's Coverage of Secondhand Smoke.  Given the strong emotions and high stakes involved, simply asking tough questions about secondhand smoke research is enough to thrust you into the fire.

Smoking On Beaches:
No Smoking at the Beach?   by Robert A. Levy.  Government, not secondhand smoke, is polluting the beaches. Surely we can protect the legitimate rights of non-smokers without prohibiting smokers from relishing an occasional cigarette by the sea.
CA:  El Segundo mulls proposed smoking ban.  Measure introduced by council members would bar visitors from lighting up on the city's beach.
CA: Even Doonesbury’s Mr. Butts Can’t Smoke on the beach in Santa Monica!
Read More Beach Articles.

Smoking In Cars:
Next up, DWS? (and) Pssssssssst!! Ya wanna what?? (and) Proposal to ban smoking in cars is without merit.
New Jersey Considering Legislation to Ban Smoking While Driving.  By Michael Siegel.  It seems to me that proponents of the New Jersey law are on a slippery slope upon which they cannot stand.
Read more articles about car bans around the country.


We Are Everyday People:

Melanie Griffith In A Meltdown.   She responded by saying that "everyone knows I smoke," and claimed she'd been assured she would be allowed to light up wherever and whenever she wanted when she signed on to do the show.

Smoking Stars Come Out At Night.   Debbie Reynolds smoking a cigarette, greeting passers-by warmly at a tribute in San Francisco.

Formula One  Races Past EU Tobacco Ad Ban Using Familiar Colors.  Hungary could be taken to court by the European Union should it decide the nation is unlawfully giving the race special status, and has already been cautioned by EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.

Freedom Fighter Holds Library (Books) Hostage.   UnBurning Books.  Mr. Gutenkunst has declared that he has "covertly banned" a number of other books from the Library System of Minnesota by borrowing them and "holding them hostage" until that System agrees to add some balance to its leaning stacks.

Closet Smokers.   'Ex-smokers' keep at it on the sly.  They sneak cigarettes to avoid hassle from friends, relatives, co-workers.

First smokeless cigarette to go on sale.    The cigarette has been cleared for commercial release and should be on sale early next year.

Candy good for you? Mars to probe cocoa benefits.It is now in talks with several large pharmaceutical companies for a licensing or joint venture agreement to develop medicinal products based on its research.


From The Mailbag:

AL:  The Huntsville City Council breathed new life into efforts to ban smoking in city restaurants.
FL:  Stop the Highjacking of your State Constitution!
GA:  Changes to Gwinnett's smoking ban could mean smokers can light up on patios.
IL:  No more anti-smoking compromises.
IL:  Chicago Alderman proposes smoking ban compromise.
IL:  Please sign this petition if you live in IL.
IN:  Proactive Strike in Hamilton County.  Organize and attack early.
KY:  Cold Spring votes to broaden smoking ban.
KY:  Why Stop With A Smoking Ban In Restaurants?
LA:  Terrebonne Parish.
LA:  City Council eases outdoor smoking ban.  Mandeville reduces buffer zone to 5 feet to avoid mayor's veto.
NC:  Cigarette tax plan criticized. 
NY:  Study: NY's smoking ban decreasing second-hand smoke symptoms.
NY:  Erie County.  Joel Giambra Agrees to Refinance County's Tobacco Settlement Proceeds.
MI:  Smoking ban challenges businesses.
OH:  RYO comes to Ohio.
OK:  Meacham: Tribes avoiding tobacco tax.
OK:  Speaker Calls on Governor Henry to Focus on Tobacco Tax Failure.
TN:  Join YesSir of Tennessee.
VT:  Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Vermont Attorney General Files Lawsuit to Stop R.J. Reynolds from Making Misleading & Deceptive Claims About Eclipse Cigarettes.
WI:  Madison Mayor Speaks On Smoking Ban.
WI:  Appleton's Smoking Ban One Month Later. 
WI:  Smoke ban burns sales.
WI:  Smoking ban's cost should've been public.
WI:  Smoking ban battle smoldering.  "It's the vampire of ordinances."
WI:  Cigarette Tax Refunds.  Officials say refund checks should arrive by the end of next week.

Australia:  Anti Prediction.
France:  Considers smoking ban in public places.
New Zealand:   Meat Company Fights For Smoking Room.
New Zealand:   Hotel owners defying smoking ban.
New Zealand:   Survey Results.
Scotland:  The Antis are gearing up for the next target - obesity.
Singapore:  Smoking ban at coffee shops, hawker centres from July next year.
USA:  MSA being challenged by  Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Canada:  Smoking At The Auto Motion Car Show.
Canada:  Second Hand Smoke Bans Legal Action Registration Form.
Canada:  Still lighting up in the Legislature.
Canada:  The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation says net income was down 33 per cent for the three-month period.
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