The United Pro Choice
Smokers Rights Newsletter

November 21, 2008 - Issue #504

"A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn't going to strike,
but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations
from within will sink the American dream of liberty"
- George Baumler
FDA Regulation of Tobacco: Joel L. Nitzkin, M.D., M.P.H. American Association of Public Health Physicians opposes FDA tobacco Regulation. Mark Berlind, chief legislative counsel of Philip Morris, drafted specifications for regulation of tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would ensure the continuing profitability of the Marlboro brand, provide a shield against litigation, and protect cigarettes from competition from less-toxic, smokeless tobacco products.

Let the Guy Smoke. Obama Is Probably Fibbing About Giving Up Cigarettes. That's Okay. By Michael Kinsley. It is still okay to discriminate against one group of Americans. This discrimination is not only legal, it is encouraged. You see members of this oppressed minority huddled outside in rain and snow, forbidden to seek refuge. No one feels sorry for them. And yet we may have just elected one of these pariahs as president.

Anti-Smoking Advocate Named to Obama Transition Team. A leading anti-tobacco advocate will serve on President-elect Barack Obama's transition team reviewing health policy and the Dept. of Health and Human Services during the administration switch.
From The Mailbag
MA: Proposed Boston Cigar Bar Ban. By Tony Tortorici.
MD: Proposal would ban sidewalks adjacent to buildings.
The Canadian Smokers Rights Newsletter, read all the news.
Australia: Racing tobacco sponsorship bill fires up Greens.
Bavaria: Landslide defeat for anti-smokers in state election.
Brazil: Vacates the Largest Award Against Cigarette Manufacturers.
UK: Forest wins apology from the BBC. Bob Walmsley compared smokers to alcoholics and stated that smokers are unfit parents.
Defiance And Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
IA: Rich Marx: Smoke Ban Forced Me To Close My Bar.
MN: One year later statewide smoking ban eliminates business.
Canada: Crackdown sought after crash killing smugglers.
Canada: Smoker was run over by a car in the smoking area.
Holland: Health Minister Ab Klink Threatens Cafes with Closure as Smoking Ban Anarchy Spreads.
The Slippery Slope After Tobacco
Hold the salt. Health experts and food-industry representatives were told about Mayor Bloomberg's next crusade - an effort to reduce the salt in processed food by 20 percent over the next five years. Restaurateurs will be encouraged to join a "voluntary" initiative.
Politicians eyeing circumcision ban. 'A lot of parents want it done to their children because they themselves had it done. But we're living in the present and it isn't fair to expose healthy children to religious circumcision.'
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