The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

January 26, 2007 - Issue #417

"The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it."
- Dudley Moore
Investigation Concerning Termination of Smokers And/Or Charging Smokers Higher Healthcare or Disability Premiums. In 30 states and the District of Columbia, state law makes it illegal for companies to impose smoking bans on their employees when they are off duty. In addition, the federal employee benefits law, ERISA, prevents employers from discriminating against and/or firing employees, here smokers, to interfere with the attainment of any right under a benefit plan, here the right to health benefits.

Smoking bans crossing line of common sense. The anti-smoking campaign has crossed the line toward infringing on individual rights. Smoking products are still legal.

Used Smoke. There is a philosophy that I call Conform and Obey or Pay. History writers have given this philosophy different names but the outcome is the same. The bottom line of this philosophy negates a free country and a free people. Do you want to be free or not?
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Australia: Bring back tobacco advertising.
Ireland: Price Increase Fuels Inflation.
Scotland: Lawyers Will Help in Judicial Review.
UK: Smoking ban to come in at Turf Moor.
USA: Nicotine levels in cigarettes rising?
USA: NIH Cancels Mtg, Conflicts of Interest.
From The USA Mailbag
IL: Cook County asks for delay til '08.
IL: St. Charles to consider ban on public ban.
IL: The right to be risky and stupid.
IN: Evansville doesn't live up to expectations.
IN: Fort Wayne City Council debated revisions.
KS: State ponders a ban.
ME: Support for cigarette tax goes up in smoke.
MN: Olmsted County's stricter ban.
NE: State calls for ban, again.
NJ: Atlantic City casino compromise talks.
OH: Some places ban smoking outdoors.
OH: Veterans fume over smoking ban.
TN: Prisoners angered, seek new currency.
TX: Baytown petition filed with the city.
TX: Bellaire says NO ban. Smokers Welcome.
TX: Brenham public meeting rescheduled.
TX: A smoke-free Texas?
VA: Restaurant owners against smoking ban.
WA: Antis bring the fight to apartment buildings.
Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
IL: Bans face 50% loss before Bears game.
NV: Ban damage reality sets in.
SD goes to WY to buy cigarettes.
Six Flags Selling 7 Parks For $312M. They are facing mounting losses and declining attendance. (Note: It is now one year since putting in a smoking ban.)
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
OH: Keeping coffee from young people.
PA: Smokers to pay for everyone's insurance.
UK: Ban puts snuff back in fashion.
UK: Fatty Food Tax to tackle obesity crisis.
Bangor has gone insane

Listen to
Russ Ashburn
"Demon Tobacco"


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Bangor: The ordinance, which takes effect on Jan. 19, allows the police to stop cars if an adult is smoking while a child under 18 is a passenger.

LOOKS 18?

Allow extra driving time, you could be pulled over by the police. Watch out when driving your young looking son to the airport to rejoin the troops. Be careful taking your young looking wife to the bank to sign your mortgage papers. Don't let anyone slump down in your car or wear a hat.
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