The Property Rights Newsletter
December 9, 2011 - Issue #641"You can never be comfortable with your success,
you've got to be paranoid you're going to lose it."
- Lou Gerstner
Stanton Glantz: How to deceive without actually lying. By Chris Snowdon. Anti-smoking dinosaurs like Simon Chapman and Stanton Glantz (pictured left) try to maintain the facade of it being a battle between the whole of humanity—made up of people who don't smoke and people who do smoke but want tobacco control to save them—versus the big, bad, evil, all-controlling tobacco industry.
Stanton Glantz knows that the tobacco industry weren't involved in the campaign to relax the smoking ban in the Netherlands. He knows because he interviewed Wiel Maessan personally several months ago and got it from the horse's mouth. If that weren't enough, he's failed to uncover a scintilla of evidence of industry involvement with the campaign despite looking under every stone. It was a grass-roots campaign by people who believed in property rights, individual freedom and—in the case of bar-owners—self-interest. End of story.
Glantz's constant references to dark conspiracies for which there is no evidence is a classic symptom of paranoid schizophrenia, as is the belief that ordinary people are working for sinister organisations. Asylums are filled with people with delusions of grandeur who obsessively repeat the same words over and over as if they had a profound meaning.
Nanny remote monitoring your home for smokers. Clean Indoor Air Laws Transforms Homes to "No Smoking" Zones. Dr. Glantz and his colleagues analyzed data from the Tobacco Use Supplement to Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS), a nationally representative household survey of tobacco use. "Both of these studies show that influences from the macro-environments (i.e. public policies on smoking, state-level smoking prevalence) had 'spillover effects' on the microenvironment, such as home smoking bans," explains Dr. Hovell. "Mobile phone-based systems that use GPS and accelerometer capability, along with particle monitors, will soon be capable of measuring real-time physical activity and smoke in microenvironments and transmitting this information to exposed individuals, providers and policymakers. Doing so may lead more rapidly to health promoting technologies and for preventive medicine interventions in micro- and macro-environments."
Smoking Ban Studies Mislead Media and Public. According to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, the news media and general public are being duped into widely reporting and believing a new tactic of many tobacco prohibitionists who are issuing so-called post-smoking ban studies that supposedly show declines in illnesses like heart attacks. The IPCPR cited studies reported by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the states of North Carolina and Oregon that have been shown to be either false or misleading. The association’s position is based on analyses by Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of social and behavioral sciences, mass communication and public health and public health advocacy in the Masters of Public Health program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.
World: Be careful with your public Tweets. Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress. That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress.
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.
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