The Property Rights Newsletter|
August 20, 2010 - Issue #581
"You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and all of the people some of the time,
but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
- Abraham Lincoln
Four degrees of separation. Obesity gains ground in the fight for funding in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is now spending over ten times as much on obesity as on anti-smoking. When people with whom we are closely associated gain weight, such as a spouse, sibling, neighbor or friend, we are also at an increased risk of gaining weight. For example, if your friend becomes obese, you have a 177 percent increased risk of becoming obese. If your friend's brother becomes obese, your risk is still increased. The increased risk goes out to four degrees of separation.
Smoking in the movies: 5th hand smoke? Ultimately this attack on tobacco in films has nothing to do with people smoking. It is an attack on history and verisimilitude. It is a further erosion of a medium already sadly lacking in any dedication to social realities. It is an aesthetic affront on adult sensibilities. It is just plain ridiculous.
Islamabad: Tobacco Control Cell out to build awareness on alarming concepts. Towards smoke-free homes and cars. Third hand smoke.
Does this anti-smoking ad constitute child abuse? There is a controversy raging about an anti-smoking ad depicting a small boy crying after his mother leaves him alone at a subway station. The commercial begins with the image of the mother holding the little boy's hand; suddenly, we see him alone in a sea of people. He looks around for his mother and begins crying - you can hear the cries and see the tears. Detractors say this commercial is emotionally abusive to the child because he is too young to act and obviously really thought he was alone, and he was really crying.
UCLA School of Public Health Fires Professor James Enstrom, Apparently Because It Does Not Like the Direction of His Research Findings. Dr. Enstrom happened to find that there was no significant relationship between PM2.5 exposure and overall mortality, at least during the time period 1983-2002. How can we ever have objective environmental science research if faculty members are scared that if they report negative findings, they are going to lose their jobs?
MA Housing ban: The five-member Housing Authority voted unanimously to institute a blanket prohibition on smoking in all 111 of its apartments and the 20 scattered-site homes they operate in town.
OR Nannys: It’s a storm in a glass of lemonade: a 7-year-old girl attempts to run a lemonade stand, only to be shut down by health inspectors because she doesn’t have a $120 licence.
VA 13 arrested for smoking in Falls Church. Police made the arrests at the following restaurants: Hai Lua, Pho Bien, Café Nho, Café Le Mirage, Tay Do and Hoa Vien Quan. All of the restaurants are in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard in the heart of Seven Corners.
USA Military: Send smokes again to the troops starting Aug. 27. The new law prohibited the friends and families of troops deployed overseas from sending care packages through first class mail. The U.S. Postal Service initially said customers could only use Express Mail to ship tobacco products in order to comply with the law. But military families protested because Express Mail packages cannot be sent overseas.