The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

October 5, 2007 - Issue #453

"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
- Author Unknown
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.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
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.
From The USA Mailbag
CT: Psychiatric Patients Challenge Smoking Ban.
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.
Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
Hong Kong: Restaurants hit hard by smoking ban.
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.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Cholesterol-lowering statins linked with memory loss in studies.
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.
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