The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

April 21, 2006 - Issue #377
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all."
- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Smoking Ban Up In Smoke. Relieved French smokers can muse that every cloud has a silver lining as they enjoy a cigarette at the bar with their morning coffee. The government, weakened by a battle with unions and students over a controversial youth jobs contract, backed away from a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants this week to avoid a confrontation with France's many smokers and tobacconists.

Scorecard: Most states (74%), have not passed total bans on indoor smoking, anti smoking crusaders have been unable to demonstrate an improvement in public health or the promised reduction in health care costs, as a result of any statewide ban on smoking. The states that have refused to pass or even consider passing total indoor bans on smoking are: New Hampshire, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Idaho, Nevada, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, Wyoming Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

DC Police ordered not to enforce smoking ban. Assistant Chief of Police Brian Jordan, who issued the order Monday, said Thursday that the problem appeared to be limited to just a few officers and that they “were set straight” on their responsibilities.

From 30 Minutes to 20 Minutes to 5 Minutes: 300 Seconds to Artery Closure from Secondhand Smoke - Can the Claims Get Any More Absurd? And More By Michael Siegel.
From The International Mailbag:
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: Overeaters, smokers, drinkers: no Dr.
Canada: Korean shopkeepers protest.
Canada: Lethbridge bar owner fights ban.
Belgium: Brussels Airport People Ban.
Germany: EU threatens legal action.
Netherlands: Wiel Maessen Nieuws.
Scotland: Barman attacked for enforcing ban.
Scotland: Theatre boss to defy smoking ban.
Scotland: We're cig and tired of litter fines.
Spain: Costa Brava Beach Ban.
UK: Letter to Press Complaints Commission.
UK: Campaigns are a waste of money.
World: Cruise Line Smoking Policies.

From The USA Mailbag:
AR: Smoking Ban Fallout.
CO: New hope for smoke-ban foes.
CO: Southern CO Beverage Assoc. meetings.
LA: Tobacco industry attacks $590.9M verdict.
MA: Health Care Bill May Penalize Smokers.
ME: Smoking OK again in private clubs.
MI: Walkerville Fire receives ATV from UST.
MN: Health care and the smoker pawn.
MO: Lee's Summit Update.
NJ: State Update.
NM: Santa Fe Update.
PA: Harrisburg Update.
UT: Midvale Update.
VT: Bristol Banning Cigarette Sales?
WV: Bar owners vow to fight ban.
USA: PM goes after smoking baby toy.
USA: Vanity Scare.

What's the MSA?
The States get money from tobacco; tobacco gets it from raising consumer's prices on their product. So smokers pay the MSA money. States get money from taxes AND off the product. Now they are upset that they are getting less money than expected. Derr - raise taxes and drop MSA money, be HONEST about the fact that smokers are paying for the roads that everyone drives on!

MSA Update:
CA, NY, MA, NJ, OH Sue.
CA: Sues.

ME: Sues.

NY: Sues.

MO: AG Nixon.

MSA: States lose, trial attorneys don't.

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