The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

September 30, 2005 Issue #348

"You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can be free only if I am free."
Clarence Darrow
Two-thirds of meta-analyses in the critical care literature are of poor quality. Physicians view meta-analyses as a highly reliable resource. This study shows that critical care clinicians should carefully evaluate meta-analyses before considering applying the results of these studies in their clinical practice.

Smoking bans cloud free market's ability to thrive. By Aaron L. Morris, the fiscal policy analyst for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) Should Stick to Public Health, Not Political Attacks and Smear Campaigns. By Michael Siegel.

New Colorado treasurer questions legality of tobacco settlement. Mark Hillman is making waves by suggesting a 46-state tobacco settlement is illegal, even though it provides Colorado with millions of dollars a year.

Ban Damage:
Smoke, coffee seen as weapons. MA: Last Thursday, a man smoking a cigarette reported that a woman threw a cup of hot coffee on him, claiming that he was "assaulting" her with his secondhand smoke.
OH: 'Thirsty Dog' to close; ban on smoking cited.
MN: Smoking ban hurting charity revenue from gambling.
MT: Smoking ban burns many business owners.
From The International Mailbag:
Canada: Farmers' markets fight back.
Canada: Smoking Ban to Cut Gambling Revenue: Report.
India: Smoking ban hard to enforce: Ramadoss.
Japan: That new-car smell might be toxic.
NZ: Health book tells Maori to smoke.
Scotland: Report details smoke ban tactics.
USA: Reynolds eyes smokeless tobacco. Winston-Salem firm ponders acquisition.
USA: H.R. 1377: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deter the smuggling of tobacco products into the United States, and for other purposes.
WHO: Millennium Development Holes. By John Luik.

From The USA Mailbag:
CA: No Soda In School.
CA: Bill to help kick habit sits on cigar lover's desk . Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to decide.
CA: Court Urges To Bar Tort Claims.
DC: Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington say NO to Ban.
FL: Castaways lights up smoking suit again.
IA: Hospital Bans Update.
IL: Champaign Official may renew smoking ban push.
IL: DeKalb Sides form in smoking ban battle.
IN: Let market increase smoke-free dining options.
KS: Club tries smoke free, it didn't work.
KY: Fort Thomas votes down smoking ban.
ME: 56% polled said taxes were to high.
ME: Windsor Update.
MN: Tobacco retailers feeling the 'fee.'
MN: Response for cigarette tax bill.
MN: Diary Of A Disaster Update.
MT: Blackfeet Nation has its own ban.
NY: Rockland Legislature upholds veto on raising tobacco age.
NY: Legalities crimp tobacco ad limits. City eyes other laws to shield children
OH: The Grinch lives in Worthington.
OR: No More Smoking At the Bus Stop.
PA: Fired Nurse Loses Suit Against Highmark
RI: ACLU backing tribe in smoke-shop suit.
TX: Corpus Christi Anti-smoking backer quotes a flawed study.
WA: Puyallup Update. The smoke clears.
WI: Madison, For smoking ban foes, a flame lingers.
WI: Rhinelander Proposed Smoking Ban Sparks Debate.
WI: Exemption to go to Appleton voters.

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Maine Smokers Rights

Court strikes down portions of Maine anti-tobacco law. U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby said that while Maine's statute is laudable and well-intentioned, it runs afoul of federal interstate commerce laws by impeding delivery services.

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