The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

March 30, 2007 - Issue #426

"Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself,
even though you never touch its coattails."
- Clarence S. Darrow
Nanny Laws: "Who is the state to tell you how you can and cannot raise your children?" asked Robert Best of Ventura, state coordinator of the Smoker's Club Inc., a smokers' rights group. "There's a fine line between protecting my child and moving in to raise my child," added Best, who is not a parent. "A car is private property. ... What will they do next, say you can't smoke in your home if you have kids in it?" Even if smoking around children is a bad idea, it isn't the government's job to stop people from doing it, said Walter Williams, a conservative commentator who has written about the nanny state. "If we justify things on the basis of what's good for people, there's no end in sight," said Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Williams, a smoker himself, asked if government should require an 8 p.m. bedtime for children, or educational television over video games.

'Smoke-easys' ignore the tobacco ban. By Stu Bykofsky. Michael J. McFadden estimates that 500 Philly bars might squeeze through the loophole "for the sake of their smoking staff and customers"...

AMA Ignores FDA Commissioner's Concerns; Suggests FDA Tobacco Legislation Will Save Millions of Lives; Offers No Explanation for How. By Michael Siegel. If this is to be a legitimate public health policy consideration and not merely a political maneuver, then the Congress needs to be informed about the debate raging in the public health community about this approach to regulating tobacco products, as well as about the specific drawbacks of the approach and of the specific provisions of the legislation that were inserted for the protection of Philip Morris' profits.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: Farmers fume at Finley.
Australia: Ballina says NO to ban.
Demark: Protest planned for April 18th.
Germany: Ban unless special rooms, states rules.
Ireland: Booze Buses to drive you to drink.
Ireland: Cigarette Sales And Smuggling Boom.
UK: Alcohol more dangerous than ecstasy?
Wales: Smoking ban lights up a heated debate.
From The USA Mailbag
CA: LA says NO golf course ban.
CO: Senate approves casino smoking ban.
ID: Otter says NO bowling alley smoking ban.
IL: Cicero says NO to ban.
IL: Proposed smoking ban draws protesters.
IN: The D & D Club, Inc.sues City of Franklin.
KS: Shawnee County Ban Decision Delayed.
MD: Views from Senator Andrew P. Harris, MD.
NC: House leaders postpone vote on ban.
NE: Smoking ban gets second-round approval.
NV: Noncompliant to get one more chance.
OH: VFW and Private Clubs have NO ban.
OH: Wood-Fired Pizza Remains Legal.
TN: Senate delays action on cigarette tax.
WI: Dunn County ban idea gets mixed reviews.
WV: Upshur County Bars Smokin' Mad.
WV: Wheeling hearing raises questions.
USA: FDA rules to prevent conflicts of interest.
USA: Prohibition and Nanny State.
Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
Scotland: Lessons from the Smoking Ban.
Scotland: Pubs 'lost staff' after smoke ban.
Scotland: Smoker blasted in shotgun attack.
UK: Pub giant to sell bars in advance of ban.
UK: 540,000 up in Smoke for Carlo Citrone.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
OH: ACS lies and abuse of the media.
PA: Breath testing device to start your car?
PA: Scores poorly on lung-damaging pollution.
WA: Legos banned in school.
Scotland: Laidlaw barred from bar for flatulence.

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