The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

November 3, 2006 - Issue #405

"The most terrifying words in the English language are:
I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
- Ronald Reagan
Question: Which is worse... the fact that these mistakes were made, or the way they are being responded to?

AZ: Tiny typo, big effect on ballot. Language calls for '.80 cent' tax hike on cigarettes, not 80 cents, or about $186 mil less than intended. To interpret the .80 cents/pack language as 1/100th of the intended amount is a "highly technical" reading of the language, said Kevin Tyne, deputy secretary of state. "I could imagine someone might make a challenge to say the ballot has wrong information on it," Ken Behringer said.

OH: Issue 5 worded incorrectly on ballots in Miami County. Quillen said the error shouldn't cause a problem. "I am going with intent of voter; it is either yes or no do they want it or not," he said. "I doubt if that many voters either know or care if it is a law or an amendment."
Genetically modified tobacco plants helped slash the cost of vital inflammation research. Federal Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl said the research was an exciting breakthrough that shows great promise. By using tobacco plants engineered to produce the protein, the scientists were able to slash the production costs.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: White Rock says NO to ban.
Helsinki: Ban for municipal employees.
Ireland: Non-smokers left out in the cold.
NZ: Says NO to ban in cars - Again.
UK: State-of-the-art “patiola” ban solution.
UK: Smoke Police Patrols Hospital.
UK: Sutton Tenants to be banned at home.
From The USA Mailbag
AL: Tuscaloosa says NO to bar ban.
CA: OC says NO to beach ban.
CO: Durango. Orio smoking-ban trial delayed.
CO: Judge upholds exemptions.
GA: DeKalb CEO Jones says NO to ban.
IL: 1 year Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge.
IL: Oak Forest polls businesses about ban.
IL: Springfield DAV Hall Defiance.
ND: West Fargo eases smoking ban.
NE: Omaha Ban Challenged 1 - Lawsuit Filed.
NE: Omaha Ban Challenged 2 - AA Exemption.
NH: Londonderry smoking a personal choice.
PA: Allegheny County panel revises ban.
PA: Erie County ban draft alert.
PA: State exemptions for slots venues.
SC: Known enemies of freedom.
TX: Statewide Smoking Ban Proposed.
WI: Madison Lawyer lights a fire under ban.

Anti-Smoking Advocate Claims that Seconds of Tobacco Smoke Exposure Can Cause Heart Attacks in Nonsmokers

Canada: Time has come for tax on junk food.

NY: Smokers' Holdout; Binge Drinkers.

USA: RICO Update. Appeals court blocks ruling against tobacco companies.
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