The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

January 25, 2008 - Issue #467

"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Cees van der Knaap. Netherlands. New mayor gets private smoking room. Former defence minister Cees van der Knaap, who is about to be sworn in as mayor of Ede, is having a special smoking room built next to his office, the Telegraaf reports. The paper says chain-smoking Van der Knaap has also made sure that civil servants, who currently have to go outside to smoke, will also get an indoor smoking area.

Lawmakers, staff pan smoke-free Congress. This is silly feel good crap by a bunch of do-gooders, barked a high-level Democratic staffer (also a smoker). We should be worried about the housing crisis, the unemployment rate and the national debt instead of making staffers walk four blocks to buy a pack of smokes. We should have seen this coming.

Germany's Udo Nagel, Hamburg's secretary of the interior, is a tobacco aficionado. The pipe smoker submitted a request to turn his office into a designated smoking area. Co-workers can drop by the boss' office (assuming he's not in a meeting) and puff away.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Czech Republic: They ignore the smoking ban, NO total ban.
Dubai: The third phase of the smoking regulations in public places.
India: Health minister Anbumani Ramadoss is at it again.
NZ: Smoking linked to REDUCED allergic sensitization.
UK: Andy Hemming cleared of smoke breach, wins in court.
UK: MP Alleges Cover-up In Cyberspace, staff changed information.
From The USA Mailbag
CA: Calabasas expands smoking limits to apartments.
IL: The ban covers virtually all public indoor spaces.
MI: Grand Valley State says it doesn't have to follow county ban.
MS: The Dickie Scruggs bribery case keeps getting curiouser.
NY: Attempt To Extinguish Smoking Waivers Fails.
PA: Anti-smoking zealots are free to move to France.
TX: Alert: Dallas bars next on the smoking ban list.
VA: Use this form to submit your comments to the Governor.
WA: Bills would ban smoking when kids are in the car.
Defiance And Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
IL: Ban kills Marshall McGearty RJR Smoking Lounge.
IL: Chicago Big Smoke Cancelled by Cigar Aficionado.
MO: Can it be true? Where there's smoke, there's economic fire.
MO: Six more cited Columbia downtown over tobacco ban.
China: Customers desert the first smokefree restaurant.
Germany: 'Nazi' claim as Germans rebel over smoking ban.
UK: A DRAMATIC stand-off took place at a pro-smoking pub.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Child Obesity. Rates On The Rise At National, State Levels.
Dirty Air Poses Threat To Boston Commuters, diesel fumes.
Music. Sean Paul Music Triggers Woman's Seizures.
Smoking In Movies. Influences Kids Lighting Up, study shows.
Water. Don't drink the water - at least, not too much.
Wood: Proposed CA wood burning ban draws fire, in Bay Area.

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