The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

March 9, 2007 - Issue #423

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
- Elie Wiesel
CO Bars rebel against smoking ban. Several Colorado Springs bar owners are rebelling against the statewide smoking ban, inviting their customers to openly defy what they call an “illegal law."

MA:Smoking in a cars. “They are going to come into your home next,” said Gary Nolan, national spokesman for The Smokers Club, Inc. “Will we have the food police issuing tickets if your child’s (weight) is out of wack and you are heading into a Burger King?” Added Dr. Michael Siegel, a Boston University tobacco policy analyst: “This is a disrespect for parental autonomy. We allow parents to let their children play hockey and go roller blading and serve their kids terribly unhealthy food.”

Major Anti-Smoking Groups and their Politicians Get High Marks for Meaningless and Deceptive Propaganda. By Michael Siegel. In conclusion, then, every major national public health organization in the United States is part of a campaign that is deceiving the public about the proposed FDA legislation. AND: FDA Chief Tells AP Regulating Tobacco Could Actually Harm Public Health.

Patrick Reynolds: King of Misinformation. By Michael J. McFadden. Since Mr. Reynolds is so fond of throwing the "misinformation" claim in the face of smokers' rights advocates, perhaps we should examine this claim of his own a bit more closely.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: Subsidized beer cost on warship.
Canada: The CBC has a dirty secret.
Cuba: Cigar sales rise despite bans.
Ireland: Unintended effects. By John Mallon.
Puerto Rico: The ban threatens tourism.
USA: Fire-safe cigs bill goes to Senate.
From The USA Mailbag
AR: Update on the Huckabee strategy.
CA: Santa Cruz County Park Ban.
DC: Allen sings and smokes on stage.
IN: House rejects cigarette tax increase.
ME: Tax lies and the fight goes on.
MI: Berrien County ban symbolic in value.
NC: Eyes ban for state government offices.
NV: Offers bars choice of smoking times.
NV: No smoking, wink, wink.
NY: Senecas put own levy on cigarettes.
OH: Tempers flare at hearing on Ohio’s ban.
PA: Erie County says NO to ban.
SD: State says NO to expanding ban.
VA: Alexandria Could Affect All Restaurants.
Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
Australia: Tabcorp says smokes ban hurts.
Ireland: Drink habits sees surge in off-licences.
Scotland: Ban forces pub out of business.
AZ: Man fired because he is a non-smoker.
IL: Antis should crawl back under the rock.
NJ: Cancer patient critical of ban is fired.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Hong Kong: Eat up or you will be fined.
NJ: Chatham cars and trans fat.
UK: Smoke ban hits actors' rehearsals.
Not far off: The War On Peanuts.
Who's Your Nanny?
By Jacob Sullum. As meddling scolds, Democrats and Republicans are equal offenders. Broadly speaking, Democrats want to protect you from the physical threats posed by habits such as smoking, overeating, and crossing the street while listening to an iPod. Republicans are more interested in protecting you from the moral threats posed by temptations such as drugs, gambling, and pornography. Between them, they've got you covered, body and soul.

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