The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

November 18, 2005 Issue #355

"An injustice against anyone is an injustice against all."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
IN MY VIEW: Why the Beneficial Effects of Smoking Bans on Reduced Smoking are Not an Appropriate Justification for These Policies. By Michael Siegel. "It is an agenda that if challenged causes anti-smoking groups to scramble to try to justify their actions - and they come up with new ways of defending their actions, resorting to weaker and weaker arguments to do so."
Attacking the Naysayers: Anti-Smoking Groups' Response to Any Challenge to their Agenda. What I've learned is that for the most part, the anti-smoking movement is driven by an agenda - an agenda that will not allow science, sound policy analysis, the law, or ethics to get in its way.
The Road to Censorship: BMJ Letter Seems to be A Step in that Direction. As far as I am aware, there is no substantial peer review or scientific review process that goes into publishing these responses.
Lack of Reason in Current Anti-Smoking Agenda Threatens Even Legitimate Public Health Policies: On the Impending Backlash to the Anti-Smoking Movement.
Pueblo Study on Reduced Heart Attack Rate Following Smoking Ban Cited as Evidence that Secondhand Smoke Causes Heart Disease.

We're All Victims. By John Leo. Critics have noticed that nobody is responsible for anything anymore, since almost everyone is a victim. Here are the top 10 victim stories of 2005.

Beware the next ban. And as 80% of Americans sat by to let smoking bans pass unopposed......the alcohol bans have the precedent which will allow them to be passed with little opposition as well.

Hidden cost in wood burning: Pollution. New popularity of stoves, fireplaces may be making air less healthy.

Big Drug Makers See Sales Decline With Their Image. The drug industry's image problems are beginning to hurt pharmaceutical companies where it matters most - at the bottom line.

Obesity Epidemic Overblown, Conclude UCLA Sociologists. Saguy's research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...
Waist-to-hip ratio predicting heart attack.
From The International Mailbag:
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: Canadians a toxic lot.
Canada: Campaigns target great outdoors.
Bhutan: Young defy nation's ban on smoking.
Germany: Giant penguin holds up train.
India: On-screen smoking ban exemptions.
Italy: Arthur Miller Play Writes Out Smoking.
New Zealand: Defining 'reasonably practicable steps' is not rocket science.
New Zealand: Smoking laws forced staff to resign, bar owner says.
Nigeria: Some Economic Reasoning.
North Wales: Police boss bans smoking.
Taiwan: Proposed ban bashed by businesses.
UK: Premier faces rebellion from Labour MPs.

From The USA Mailbag:
AL: Columbiana rejects ban on smoking.
CA: Ban for SJ parks advances.
IL: Proposed Chicago Cigarette Tax Increase.
IL: Health chief not clear on ban stance.
IL: Springfield ban on hold.
IN: St. Joseph County Update.
KY: Bingo hall operators might defy law.
MN: Bans weren't supposed to hurt.
MN: Hennepin County Update.
ND: Smoking ban hurts Bismarck businesses.
ND: East Grand Forks says NO to ban.
TX: Security dogs take over patio.
TX: McAllen debate generating lots of heat.
WA: Sense and dispensability.
WA: Smoke-free cigar lounges?
USA: Vet battles military for toxics data.

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