The Property Rights Newsletter|
May 21, 2010 - Issue #569
"When people begin to accept dictates from governments of what they are not supposed to say and do, for their own and collective good, they begin to forget all the liberties that previous generations knew. The Nannies are out to remake our society, and smokers are their lab rats"
- Theodore J. King
New Study Casts Doubt. By Michael Siegel. New Study Concludes that Smoking Ban in Arizona Decreased Heart Attacks, Despite Increase in Heart Attacks in Most of the State.
Before smoke-free advocates get too excited about the new study from Arizona, they ought to read the actual study. Doing so reveals that despite the conclusions which are being disseminated in the media, the study fails to find any effect of the smoking ban on heart attacks in regions that make up 83% of the state’s population. More importantly, the study reveals that urban areas were used as the comparison group to estimate secular trends in heart attacks in rural areas. This is a no-no, as trends would be expected to be very different in urban vs. rural areas. What is needed is a comparison group that is comparable in the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Sets New Standard for Hypocrisy; Urges Other Countries to Adhere to FCTC While Lobbying for U.S. to Violate It. Upon the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' insistence and as a result of its vigorous lobbying, the United States has violated the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) treaty by granting the tobacco industry permanent membership on the scientific advisory panel that will help the FDA implement its tobacco regulations.
Global smoking ban... Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. New Searchable Database from WHO: Tobacco Control Health Warnings. The database is accessed via two drop down menus.
Exposure to prenatal smoking may lead to psychiatric problems. The 1992/93 EPA report was thrown out by a judge for fudging the numbers. Essentially, the standard for scientific significance which demonstrates if a variable has an effect at all was lowered. But the judge's ruling doesn't stop the anti-smoking advocates from citing bad science.