The Property Rights Newsletter|
August 12, 2011 - Issue #625
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
- Patrick Henry
Is Quitting Smoking to Blame for Obama’s Irritability, Instability, and Confusion? In June 2009, he said, “I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No.” A quick look around QuitSmokingSupport.com confirms that much of Obama’s erratic and depressive behavior is consistent with symptoms of quitting. House Speaker John Boehner, who has no interest in quitting smoking, successfully hijacked the legislative process for weeks and secured an agreement that was far more appealing to his ranks. For the sake of the country, can someone get the president a pack of Parliaments?
Science is conclusive: Tobacco increases work capacity. Nicotine improves human brain performance. Is the bad reputation of smoking undeserved? The brain works better when it gets nicotine - almost like an optimized computer. Nicotine is a "work-drug" that enables its consumers to focus better and think faster. The brain also becomes more enduring, especially in smokers: Nicotine experiments show that smokers in prolonged working situations are able to maintain concentration for many hours longer than non-smokers. Nicotine boosts attention, precision, motor skills, speed and memory.
USA: States Near Tobacco Deal. Cigarette Makers, Arguing '98 Pact Favors Small Rivals, Could Recoup $2 Billion. States and the companies have battled over $7.1 billion that the companies argue they shouldn't have to pay on sales from 2003 through 2010. The dispute revolves around the companies' contention that they have lost business because states haven't adequately sought payments from smaller competitors not party to the 1998 pact.
IA: Graphic smoking billboards to be cut. Iowans no longer will be confronted with stark anti-smoking billboards and ads from a state-sponsored youth group, a leading tobacco-control official said Friday. The Legislature slashed spending for anti-tobacco efforts, and state leaders earmarked most of the remaining money for such things as local advocacy groups and telephone counseling for smokers who want to quit. That means there probably will be no money for new ads from Just Eliminate Lies, a statewide teen group that portrays tobacco companies as nefarious forces trying to trick young people into thinking cigarettes are cool.
KS: Bar Owner Fights for Property Rights Across the U.S. Sheila Martin told a rally in Topeka that the battle isn't about smoking. "The fight is going on. It's physical. It's in the trenches for property rights. This is not about smoking; it’s about your property rights. We do not want to be New York. We do not want the mayor telling you, you can’t have sugar." "We’re going to protect property rights because that's what this country was built on," Martin said.
LA: Premium Cigar Retailers Say No to Proposed Alexandria LA Smoking Ban. "We fully support the right of individual business owners to choose to make their establishments smoke free or not. However, when the government steps in and tells them how to run their businesses, it has gone too far. That's what legislated smoking bans do," he said.
North Wales: Pub landlady hit with £300 fine for displaying homemade no-smoking signs while waiting for official signs to arrive. She had violated regulations which decree that No Smoking signs must be rectangular with the shortest side at least 6.3in long.
Comedy is good for you. Laughter And Music Could Lower Blood Pressure Just As Much As Cutting Salt.