The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

April 28, 2006 - Issue #378

"Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)
England: Lord Steel calls for ventilation to allow smoking in pubs. “Under my new clause, it will not be possible to have a pub or a restaurant which does not provide smoking facilities.”
England: Peer calls for two-year wait for smoke ban. Other Lords, including Lord Monson, Lord Stoddart and Lord Wakeham, suggested the move towards a complete smoking ban had been a step too far – and that the government had been wrong to allow a free vote of MPs on the subject in February.

Czech Republic: This week the Chamber of Deputies struck down a bill amendment that would have banned smoking in restaurants.

South Carolina Bill that bans restaurant smoking dies in House. "I don't think government should say what we can and can't do," said Rep. Bob Leach, R-Greenville. "Tomorrow we're going to come in here and Rutherford will have an amendment that women can't wear perfume because it's offensive to somebody."
SC: No Cigarette Tax Increase.

MN: Sue Jeffers Challenges Gov. For Republican Endorsement. Minnesota is still on the top ten list for one of the highest taxed states in the nation. "I know we can do better. We deserve better." Watch the videos!

More MSA & RICO Mess:
OH: State sues over MSA money.
USA: General Tobacco Makes MSA Payment.
USA: National tobacco 'taxes' violate antitrust laws. "If the MSA is struck down and Congress wishes to replace it with a national tax on cigarettes, is there any doubt that it could do so?"
USA: Senator Richard Durbin wants to delay consideration of President George W. Bush's nominee to serve as the ambassador to Australia until his role in the U.S. government's racketeering case against cigarette makers is thoroughly examined.
From The International Mailbag:
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Scotland: Pubs see profits go up in smoke.
Sweden: Ban hits Svenska Spel's profits
UK: Actors could escape smoking ban.
USA: Collegians Hookahs & Tobacco.
World: Anti Movement Gone Off the Deep End.
World: Bigotry Alive and Well in Anti Movement.
World: Drug firms inventing diseases.

From The USA Mailbag:
AL: Fort Payne outdoor city owned areas.
AR: State update: City bans put on hold.
CO: Smoke ban foes meet.
DC: Jonathan R.Rees for City Councilman.
HI: Ban to full House and Senate for vote.
IL: Evanston smoking ban for bars.
IL: Naperville unlikely to go smoke-free.
IN: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Update.
IN: Shelbyville allows smoking in bars.
KS: Manhattan Update.
KY: Fayette County Bingo.
KY: Letcher County private clubs can smoke.
MD: Howard County Update.
ME: Riverview Psychiatric has right to smoke.
MI: Tuscola County Update.
MN: Patios: Smokin' hot.
MO: Johnson County Update.
MO: Kirkwood Junction Update.
MO: Nixon opposed to cigarette tax plan.
ND: Disabled business devastated by ban.
NJ: State Update.
NJ: The Associated Retail Tobacco Stores.
NY: Mount Ivy pub challenging smoking ban.
NY: Leads Politeness Trend? Get Outta Here!
OH: State Update.
PA: Doylestown no smokeless tobacco?
TX: Beaumont Update.
TX: Smoking bans infringe on rights.
UT: Ban smoking in cars with kids?
WA: Sued By R.J. Reynolds.
WA: Ban kills Elkhorn Bar & Grill.
WA: Helena Debunked Again.
USA: Reynolds American Enters Smokeless.
USA: Zippo Exempt From Hazmat Rule.
USA: GlaxoSmithKline PLC is "special?"

Smoking Ban Snuffs Out White Salmon Watering Hole
"The first day after I-901 took effect, we were down $500 from a normal day," Mike Zitur told the White Salmon Enterprise. "We were about $10,000 down in revenue each month. ... This is what can happen when voters use their right to vote to take other people's rights away."
Window: Closed Thanks non-smoking bill
Think before voting

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