The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

October 13, 2006 - Issue #402

"Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee."
- F. Lee Bailey
County Rejects Changes, Nursing Homes Smoking Ban. Nursing homes that fail to follow federal guidelines on patients' rights could lose Medicaid and Medicare funding, Shackleford said. Art Logsdon, IHCA executive director, said, "Believe me, federal law does say nursing home residents must be given the opportunity to smoke if they want to." "A nursing home is different than a restaurant. It's a place where people live."

St. Paul helps bars build patios for smokers. Since Day One, St. Paul bar owners have complained that the city's smoking ban is killing their business. This taps sales tax fund used for neighborhood development projects.

Medical Journals Slammed By Former BMJ Editor, Dr. Richard Smith. Medical journals have become "creatures of the drug industry" rife with fraudulent research and packed with articles ghost written by pharmaceutical companies."

Jacob Sullum scoffed that Glantz’s number “doesn’t pass the laugh test.” ... implausible claim that most smoking (52 percent) is due to movies.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Cuba: Coffee, cigars, sex credited for longevity.
France: Imposes smoking ban next year.
Germany: Minister Zypries says NO to ban.
India: Irrfan Khan dismissing the film ban issue.
Ireland: ASH Demands €2 Price Increase.
UK: ASH Creates maps of smokers homes.
UK: Move to ban smoking outside.
From The USA Mailbag
AL: Madison debates banning smoking.
GA: Coweta softens its stand on smoking.
MI: Ferrysburg says NO to ban.
MS: Tupelo citizens take ban to federal court.
PA: Governors Race Update.
SC: Whiners - quit moaning.
TX: Houston unveils plan.
UT: Utah County Outdoor Ban Alert.
WA: Explores ditching the 25-foot rule.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
CA: Ben Stein, Suddenly CA Hates the Car.
Canada: Students petition against food ban.
MA: Fired For Smoking Cigarettes?
OH: Ban TV in public places?
World: Online Gambling Ban.
Air Rage
THE typical plane passenger who carries out air rage is a male in his 30s who is angry at not being allowed to smoke, according to a new study.
"The study turns the conventional image of air rage somewhat on its head. The idea that they are all groups of drunks is quite wrong; smoking is actually just as significant as a cause of air rage incidents."

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