The Property Rights Newsletter|
March 4, 2011 - Issue #604
"The most elementary tool of propaganda is simply the careful
choice of the terms one uses to describe oneself, one's
opponent, or the activity being propagandized about."
- Michael J. McFadden
Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence. When people consider the connections between drugs and violence, what typically comes to mind are illegal drugs like crack cocaine. However, certain medications — most notably, some antidepressants like Prozac — have also been linked to increase risk for violent, even homicidal behavior. #1) Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which helps reduce craving for smoking. Unfortunately, it’s 18 times more likely to be linked with violence.
More Articles About Chantix.
More Articles About Pfizer.
Is tobacco the unlikely Alzheimer's cure? Star Scientific is developing CigRx, a nicotene-based compound that could help reduce brain inflamation and fight the disease. The study at Roskamp will focus on “inflammation,” and the theory appears to be that if chronic inflammation can be controlled or prevented then there is potential to fight the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Many medical experts suspect chronic inflammation is behind not just Alzheimer's but also cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments. Then even if the study is conclusive, there is a long process of refinement and further studies before any FDA approval that brings a cure or treatment to the general public.
USA ME: Bill To Deny Smokers MaineCare Benefits Deemed Unconstitutional. It was a controversial bill that would have denied access to health insurance for more than 100,000 Mainers who smoke. That bill quickly evolved into a resolve during a public hearing Tuesday. That's because the senator who sponsored it found out it's unconstitutional to deny access to health care.
Scotland: ASH Scotland opens page on research into third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke was discovered in a telephone poll and has already become a tool for further denormalising smokers. Just one of the titles featured on this page of 'research', 'when smokers move out and non-smokers move in' (Matt, Quintana et al., Tobacco Control, 2010), is enough to make the skin crawl, especially to any smoker seeking to rent living space, and especially on the other side of the Atlantic.
Uganda: Jail sentences sought for public-places smokers. People in Uganda who smoke in public places will risk being imprisoned for up to two months if a draft bill on tobacco control is enacted. The two organisations are now asking the ministry of health to table the bill before parliament. But Gilbert Muyambi, the secretary general of the Uganda National Tobacco Control Association, said his association might sponsor it as a private member’s bill if the ministry were hesitant to do so.
USA CA: Questioning the California State Senate’s consideration of proposed legislation that would ban smoking in all retail tobacco shops and other locations that have been exempted for more than a decade from the state’s current smoking bans.
USA IL: Lawmakers Mull Smoking in Casinos, Bars. Two current bills under consideration by the Illinois General Assembly are expected to generate increased revenues for the state. They would allow smoking in gaming facilities and eligible businesses that have liquor licenses.
USA MD: IPCPR Says Proposed Maryland Tobacco Tax Increase is Anti-Business. A proposed 500 percent excise tax increase on "other tobacco products" could decimate Maryland’s cigar and pipe tobacco businesses.
USA SC: Does the new smoking ordinance really have public support or have members of the Florence City Council just been "blowing smoke?" The councilman said another public hearing could be held before final vote on the ordinance April 14.
So make your siren's call, And sing all you want,
I will not hear what you have to say.
Cause I need freedom now, And I need to know how,
To live my life as it's meant to be.