The United Pro Choice
October 5, 2007 - Issue #453
President Bush says NO to Federal Tobacco Tax Increase. Bush vetoes child health insurance plan. President, Congress battle over $30 billion coverage difference.
The Oregon Measure 50. By David Reinhard. If you're ready to target groups or products that drive up the costs of state-funded programs in order to fund new government benefits -- the next step is clear: The Twinkies tax. If Measure 50 passes and the precedent of writing tax rates on unhealthy products into our Constitution is set, Salem Democrats could well take a take a run at taxing our TV remotes.
Smoke on the water. By Eryn Jelesiewicz. An admission by one of the world's top-rated cruise lines that a new smoking ban is costing it millions of dollars in lost bookings has highlighted the quandary cruise companies face as they try to balance the demands of smokers and non-smokers.
Canada: Happy 100th Birthday Walter Trask.
Bulgaria: Wants to expand its current ban on smoking.
China: Beijing moves to ban smoking in cabs.
India: Prisoners in Kerala’s jails are now free to smoke.
UK: Updates and other observations, crisis, and backlash.
IN: Lafayette City Councilman Considers Smoking Ban Ordinance.
IN: Monroe County proposes car smoking ban extension.
KS: Shawnee, To Smoke or Not to Smoke.
ME: Cigarette tax shortfall burning hole in budget.
MO: Judge dismisses case against smoking ban.
NM: Curry County approves outside smoking ban.
TN: You may smoke anywhere with no children allowed.
UT: Gallivan Center smoking ban.
UT: Panel hesitant but OKs car-smoking proposal.
USA: Court backs tobacco ruling, allow verdict to apply to lawsuits.
UK: Air rage smoker jailed for attack.
CA: Belmont Businesses fear smoking ban will spook customers.
MN: In metro area, growth takes a hit. Ban damage across county.
NY: Man slashed after an argument over cigarette smoke.
OH: Smoking ban hurting those who comply.
OH: Smoker, Owen Rufty, beaten with a brick for seven minutes.
Cholesterol high? Get healthy or get fired. What is next?
Noise. Pub staff face compulsory ear plugs. New UK regulations.
Obesity Smoking Add $100 Billion a Year to U.S. Health Costs.