The Property Rights Newsletter

November 27, 2009 - Issue #548

"If you make any money, the government shoves you
in the creek once a year with it in your pockets,
and all that don't get wet you can keep."
- Will Rogers
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Taxing "Sin Foods": Obesity Prevention and Public Health Policy. Obesity thrives in low-income communities where the quality of food and built environments is poor. Interventions that have been shown to improve those environments include subsidies to farmers’ markets and more healthful school lunches, as well as investments in the creation of bicycling and walking trails. If taxes on sodas or similar foods were delinked from the presumed effects of these taxes on obesity or health care costs — effects that manufacturers may well dispute — they could instead be implemented on the stronger grounds that these foods impose societal costs, so those who profit from them should repay society by investing in the populations most affected by obesity. We believe that a revenue-generating approach that redirects “sin taxes” toward improving the food and built environments of low-income populations has the greatest potential both to lead to healthier food choices overall and to reduce disparities in obesity rates.

THE ANTI-TOBACCO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
1. Choose an industry.
2. Regulate the industry.
3. Tax the industry.
4. Sue the industry.
When one source of money dries up,
return to Step 1 and repeat.
By S. Phillipe
From The Mailbag
GA: State bans smoking in mental hospitals. Some mental health experts challenge the wisdom of taking away a coping mechanism from a person already in emotional distress.
IL: Chicago Bars letting patrons smoke despite state law banning it.
NY: Six Years After Ban, Smoking Returns to NYC's Bars and Clubs. The worst kept secret in New York nightlife is that smoking is now allowed in numerous nightspots.
NY: NYC Council Bans "All" Flavored Tobacco Products; Well... Not Exactly... Exempt are the Products Which are Actually Used by Thousands of New Yorkers. By Michael Siegel.
OH: Fuming Over Fines. In the three years Ohio has been smoke-free, not a single building has qualified for the ''private club'' exemption, according to state officials, leaving some clubs like the VFW Post 1090 in Warren expressing outrage and frustration.
USA: Miss Kitty has been Cigar Dave`s Assistant Producer for over 13 years. Dial the Show and ask a question dealing with Cigars at 1-888-Smoke-This.
USA: Watch: What is America's true form of government?
UK: December 1, 2009 at Boisdale Belgravia, Cigar aficionados light up while they bid over £150,000 at UK cigar auction.
UK: December 7, 2009 Saving The Great British Pub. Freedom2Choose will be joining the protest march in London.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
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