The Property Rights Newsletter|
July 1, 2011 - Issue #619
"You may fool all the people some of the time,
you can even fool some of the people all of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."
- Abraham Lincoln
The Smoking-Ban in Andalucia - Spain. By Peter Thurgood for The Smoker's Club. To my great disappointment, Paco had also succumbed to the ban, even though, once again, he is also a strong smoker. The first night we tried there, it was closed, although it was barely 11 pm, the second night, we tried it earlier, and found just a few people in there. I joined Paco out in the alley, where we both smoked cigarettes and spoke of the injustice of the ban, which has all but killed his business. The only gesture towards being smoker friendly was an ashtray placed on the seat of a motorbike parked outside. After a few visits, over the next few nights, mostly reserved to no more than two drinks each time, I think I managed to talk Paco into opening a window up, and having a shelf built outside, as a sort of mini-bar there.
Smokers Comprise Only 20% Of Lung Cancer Rates. The crux of the problem though is that we are so convinced smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and COPD, that all money and efforts are directed into lowering smoking rates rather than focusing on the disease itself. With the smoking rates much lower than they were some 40 years ago, we are now in a time when the real picture will begin to emerge. Fabricated numbers and bogus studies will continue, but they will not be able to ignore or hide increases in the number of "smokers' diseases" afflicting non-smokers, which seems to be happening as of late.
Sitting down ‘raises death risk by as much as 40% and is NOT countered by exercise. That might sound ridiculous -- or obvious -- depending on your perspective, but the findings don't come from a fringe study. They come from the American Cancer Society, whose researchers studied 123,216 people's health outcomes during a 14-year period. (Frank Davis adds: So, like, some women who sit for less than six hours a day don’t actually, y’know... ever die? Oh Gawwwd. For crying out loud. Give us a break willya!)
Why Do We Die? Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
MI: East Lansing. New legislation to be introduced to amend Smoke-Free Air Law. Because the decline in business for restaurants and bars has been dramatic, exemptions to the smoking ban should be considered, Melton said.
MO: Listen to Gary Nolan debates Chris Kelly on cigarette taxes.
USA: The Attack on Dignity and Moral Autonomy: The Case of Cigarettes. By Mario Rizzo. Case closed. So the whole campaign is an insult to the dignity of the individual. It is an attack on the older principle of informed choice. It does not respect individual moral autonomy. It is an example of the sickness of modern American society.
Australia: Imperial warns of nanny state. The TV, radio and newspaper ads warn of "Nanny State" legislation that erodes adult choice and sets a dangerous precedent for other products, such as alcohol and fast food.
UK: TICAP Welcomes Campaign To Amend Smoking Ban. By John Gray. There is no doubt that the smoking ban has contributed substantially to the demise of the British pub plus other hospitality outlets, and this trend is reflected worldwide - whenever a country adopts a smoking ban, pubs and clubs start to close in large numbers and this phenomenon occurs irrespective of any other economic factors or conditions.
UK: MPs join campaign to change smoking ban. The Rt Hon Greg Knight, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire, Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, and John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, will host a reception for the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign at the House of Commons.