The Property Rights Newsletter
May 18, 2012 - Issue #664"Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it."
- Mark Twain
McFadden's Law: McFadden's Prime Corollary states, "The use of such excretory comparisons in the context of arguments about secondary smoke exposure effectively exposes the lack of scientific basis for any real arguments to be made in favor of smoking bans, effectively 'losing' the argument for ban-supporters." "Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a pool." If you are tired of an argument that you know you've lost because you can not win it with facts, resorting to a stupid statement is not a good idea. You didn't win because you shut the other person up. You lost. You only got the last word because your opponent realized he was having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.
MN: State funded anti-tobacco group proves that smoking bans eliminate business. Will lawmakers heed the lesson? Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT) now ClearWay MN, proved that smoking bans eliminate on average nearly 40% of a private businesses' customers; with the most dramatic decrease in business of nearly 90%.
KS: Listen: KFDI News Anchor Marc LaVoie interviews Paul Soutar of Kansaswatchdog.org about the Kansas Clean Air Act. The act outlawed smoking in most public buildings, including stores, restaurants and bars, but it exempted state-owned casinos.
OK: Votes NO on House Bill 2267, a bill that would have allowed local governments to adopt ordinances to control smoking in public places. The bill made it through the Oklahoma House of Representatives, but, once sent to the Oklahoma Senate, didn't make it out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
USA: Drs. Benowitz, Henningfield, and Samet have strong financial ties to pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and/or sell nicotine replacement products. These ties are extensive, and create an actual financial conflict for these individuals in evaluating dissolvable tobacco products that pharmaceutical companies view as competing with nicotine replacement products. At the very least, their strong financial ties to the smoking cessation market create an apparent conflict that is beyond any reasonable doubt.
Bulgaria: Bulgarians Hold Rally, Concert against Full Smoking Ban. The initiative, held on Alexander Batenberg square, was spearheaded by popular movie stars Andrey Slabakov and Asen Blatechki among others. Bulgaria's crack-down on smokers date back to 2005, when a partial smoking ban was introduced only to be widely ignored.
Mexico: Passes National Climate Change Legislation. Thomas Laprade, "The discovery of the real cause of the recent increase in the Earth's temperature is indeed a convenient truth. It means humans are not to blame for the increase. It also means there is absolutely nothing we can, much less do, to correct the situation."
Canada: Graphic health warnings go too far. Imperial Tobacco Canada today announced that it has commenced proceedings to challenge the constitutionality of the federal government's decision to increase the size of graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to 75 percent.
Russia: Scary pictures not to dissuade Russian smokers. "If a person wants to smoke, no pictures will make him quit," said one of those questioned. Russia is the world leader on smoking, with more than 39 percent of the adult population - or 43.9 million people. The government is mounting an anti-smoking campaign which is to include stricter rules on smoking in public places and a drastic increase in cigarette prices through taxation.
UK: Forest and The Free Society present: Smoke On The Water. Riverboat party from Westminster Pier, June 20, 2012. RSVP and register now. SMOKERS WELCOME!
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.