The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

May 16, 2008 - Issue #483

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it,
no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your
own reason and your own common sense."
- Buddha
Charlotte, North Carolina
Citizens Freedom Alliance, Inc.
The Smoker's Club
Meeting By Invitation Only
May 24, 2008
Charlotte, North Carolina

Rush Limbaugh: Congress Gives Big Tobacco a Pass on Menthol in Cigarette Bill. The most widely used cigarette flavoring and the most popular cigarette choice of African-American smokers, is receiving special protection as Congress tries to regulate tobacco for the first time.

Canada Flavored Tobacco. "What we are witnessing here is a well intended regulatory initiative, by an honest and well meaning politician - that will unfortunately come to cause more harm than good, if enacted", says Luc Martial a longstanding tobacco control professional and tobacco industry insider.

Wellness Über Alles. A new battlefront in the war to erase politically incorrect civil liberties is taking place across corporate America under the innocuous-sounding banner of "Wellness." Wellness certainly sounds nice; what kind of person is against wellness? That sounds as crazy as being anti-hope, or standing in the way of change.

Press Release on Smoking Cessation Guidelines Fails to Disclose Financial Conflict of Interest of Expert Panelists. By Michael Siegel. This is a very sad chapter in the history of tobacco control science.
From The International Mailbag
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter.
Canada: Anti-smoking brigade out of control.
Greece: To ban smoking in public places, and age law.
UK: Sign up for the Freedom 2 Choose newsletter.
World: Inhale Your Vapor If You've Got It. By Jacob Sullum.
From The USA Mailbag
CA: U.S. Supreme Court rejects smoker's lawsuit, not heard.
HI: Studies living-space smoke ban, apts and condos.
MA: Butt out. Move to toss price caps under fire.
MN: Nothing less than anti-smoker fascism, blood from smokers.
MO: Lewis Reed is against smoking bans in St. Louis.
NH: Senate says a cigar is just a cigarette, expect taxes.
OH: Ohio legislators dismantle tobacco prevention agency.
OH: Anti-smoking zealots, don't mess with Governor Strickland!
SC: North Charleston City Council votes NOT to ban smoking.
Defiance And Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
Denmark: MP Jesper Langballe attacked when outside smoking.
France: Sean Penn leads Cannes revolt against smoking ban.
England: Club owner, Dave West, fined for smoking breach.
England: Pub crisis: 27 close each week, over 2,000 already.
Ireland: Pub Closures Now Running At One A Day, over 600
Scotland: Pub closures accelerate towards 30 per week, over 400.
USA: Cigarette Taxes Are Fueling Organized Crime.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Candy: Sleazy-sounding candy products banned in GA.
Foie Gras Ban: Chicago City Council reverses the ban.
Global Warming: An Interview with Steven Milloy, Junk Science.
Teen Parties: Councillor in Canada warns against late teen parties.
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For all my soldiering I always had a strong sense of patriotic duty towards my country, so imagine my horror when our so called government decided that freedom of choice was no longer a right, and was outlawed. This is not the country I served to protect, but rather the very thing I was protecting it from.
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