The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

December 16, 2005 Issue #359

"If you make yourself a sheep, the wolves will eat you."
Benjamin Franklin
Scents. By Jon Carroll. When that woman sat down next to me, it was as though she had decided to drop a sweater over my head. I was blanketed in eye-watering, throat-closing scent. I felt as though I were drowning.

Does Obesity Justify Big Government? By Radley Balko. If the anti-obesity proposals currently up for debate become law, it's difficult to come up with any aspect of our lives that's out of the reach of the public health activists...

Permission for Pleasure. By Jacob Sullum. Does everything we enjoy have to be good for us? ... drinkers are less prone to obesity than teetotalers.
R.J. Reynolds Ends 'Drinks on Us'. 12/13/05 complaint made. James Beckett, the company's senior counsel, wrote that the program is scheduled to end no later than April. (It ended instead on 12/14/05 at 3:30 PM)

Boycott Miracle-Gro. In less than a year, Scotts Miracle-Gro plans to start firing employees who light up even at home.
FL: Fire Departments Frown On Lighting Up.
Is Extreme Bias An Illness? By Shankar Vedantam. The 48-year-old man turned down a job because he feared that a co-worker would be gay. He was upset that gay culture was becoming mainstream...
New Zealand: Smokefree workplaces report is comical.
On the Stigmatization of Smokers by the Tobacco Control Movement. By Michael Siegel. ... will continue to bring the deviation of the tobacco control movement from the public health path to public attention, despite efforts from within the tobacco control movement to stop me from telling the story that needs to be told.
Stretching the Science to Promote Policy: Are We Perhaps Going Too Far?
Smokers Are Out in the Cold and Now Out of Work. By Matthew Lynn. Stub out that cigarette. Put down that drink. Shove aside that chocolate cake. And don't even think about misbehaving at the office Christmas bash.
From The International Mailbag:
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: Smoking OK in legislature, or no?
Canada: Another Smoking Bus For Patrons.
Canada: Dog school is destitute.
Canada: More damage from bans.
New Zealand: Growing black market problem.
New Zealand: Bream Bay Club Update.
Scotland: Three-drink limit urged in Scots bars.
World Tobacco Industry News: Disgust over 'Maori' brand cigarettes.

From The USA Mailbag:
AL: Ban in Citronelle.
AR: State Alert.
CO: To whom do I complain?
DC: Our elected baby sitters.
GA: Gwinnett Update.
IL: Chicago Update. MORE
IL: Ban milk in schools?
IL: Springfield Ban Update.
IL: Joliet Alert.
IN: Marshall County smoking ban defeated.
MA: Boston Globe says WHO goes too far.
MN: Hennepin Scaled-Back Smoking Ban.
MO: Nixa aldermen reject proposed ban.
NJ: State Update.
NJ: New Jersey People Bans.
OH: Cuyahoga Falls Won't Enforce Ban.
OR: Corvallis considers smoke ban in parks.
TX: McAllen smoking ban plans dead.
TX: Victoria City Petition drive to kill ban.
WA: No Ban Enforcement.
WA: Yakama Nation Won't Enforce Ban.
WI: Madison Ban Damage.
USA: DuPont Fined for Teflon Danger Lies.
USA: IL Reverses $10.1B Verdict Against P.M.
USA: Smoking Ban Alerts List.

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Michael Siegel:
A physician who specialized in preventive medicine and public health, is a professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Boston University School of Public Health.
He has 20 years of experience in tobacco control, primarily as a researcher.

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