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January 9, 2004 Issue # 258 The Smoker's Club, Inc.


1. New York Mayor Spawns Cigarette Black Market
2. Tobacco Case Lawyer Sentenced To Prison
3. Stubbing Out Smokers' Rights
4. New Excuses To Smoke, Eat Pizza, Be A Slob
5. The Perfect Plan Around The Smoking Ban
6. The Homegrown Vaccines
7. Aliens Cause Global Warming
8. We Are Everyday People
9. From The Mailbag

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not Eureka! (i.e. I found it!) but 'That's funny...'
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New York Mayor Spawns Cigarette Black Market:
One bouncer, one kid, three retailers now dead because of NY smoking ban and tax.

Tobacco Case Lawyer Sentenced To Prison:
A judge in Austin today sentenced a lawyer to six months in prison in a dispute over fees in the 1998 Texas tobacco settlement. Marc Murr of Houston was indicted with former Attorney General Dan Morales.
Review of Viscusi's Smoke-Filled Rooms: "Anybody who followed the literature on the " social cost" of smoking over the past two decades must have been deeply puzzled about how state governments could justify their mid-1990s suits against the tobacco companies, why the latter rushed to settle out of court, and why they finally accepted the 1998 settlement..."
Stubbing Out Smokers' Rights:
By Isuru Neelagama. "The formula is simple," says Ms Phillipe. "One - pick an industry; two - regulate the industry; three - tax the industry; four - sue the industry. Repeat as often as needed to become very, very rich!"
New Excuses To Smoke, Eat Pizza, Be A Slob:
By Jane Spencer. For years, doctors have known that cigarette smokers have lower rates of Parkinson's disease and ulcerative colitis. They've also observed that cigarettes can quell anxiety and boost concentration.
The Perfect Plan Around The Smoking Ban:
By Kelly Fitzpatrick. For every restaurant in Florida there is an idea about how to get around the smoking ban. "You see Kelly, you open a restaurant, but you charge more for the alcohol served versus the meal," my friend recounted her husband's genius. "Like $1 for the steak dinner and $10 for the beer!"
The Homegrown Vaccines:
By Liz Pavek. A growing body of medical research supports the commonsense idea that children who experience frequent infections and inflammations in early childhood will strengthen their immune systems and will be less prone to allergies and asthma than children who rarely experience such infections.
Individual Genetics: Ahmed El-Sohemy, research scientist at University of Toronto, is a globally leading expert in a recently emerging science called NUTRIGENOMICS. His research is mapping links between Individual Genetics, Diet, and DISEASES.
Aliens Cause Global Warming :
By Michael Crichton. As the twentieth century drew to a close, the connection between hard scientific fact and public policy became increasingly elastic. In part this was possible because of the complacency of the scientific profession; in part because of the lack of good science education among the public; in part, because of the rise of specialized advocacy groups which have been enormously effective in getting publicity and shaping policy; and in great part because of the decline of the media as an independent assessor of fact. The deterioration of the American media is dire loss for our country. When distinguished institutions like the New York Times can no longer differentiate between factual content and editorial opinion, but rather mix both freely on their front page, then who will hold anyone to a higher standard?
We Are Everyday People:
Carrie Nation: Remember her? Of course, we don't actually remember her, but we do remember our studies of American social history. She was the nut case from Kansas at the turn-of-the (soon-to-end) century who traveled all around the country advocating that people should invade perfectly legal bars ("saloons" in the parlance of the time) and smash them up with hammers and axes or whatever else they might be able to wield. From the back platforms of trains she barnstormed all over fomenting civil disobedience--even encouraging young children to join their moms and dads in driving out the "Devil Rum."
Wal-Mart: Immoral Monster? By Joe Blow. Some sheeple are up in arms again, this time over low retail prices on everyday goods. (Wal-Mart is not just the world's largest retailer. It's the world's largest company…)
Terry's Smoking Tidbits: By Terry Gray. Remember I warned you about raising the price of cigarettes, cigarette bans, and tobacco prohibition? KHIK and other anti-smoking Nazi organizations want to do away with tobacco but not before they bleed smokers and tobacco companies for every cent.

From The Mailbag:
AZ: Statewide smoking ban sought. A state lawmaker from Tucson wants to do to the rest of Arizona what has been done in Tempe: Make workplaces smoke free. But first she will need to get lawmakers to roll over the wishes of bar and restaurant owners.
CA: The Legislature's labor over the past year bears fruit - in ways large and small - on the first day of 2004. By Michael Gardner. Starting today, smoking is further restricted in the state…
CT: Bar closing worries other owners. With the closing of Pinstripes Sports Cafe on Dec. 24, some other bar owners in the city are concerned that they will be next. Pinstripes closed as a direct result of the state public places smoking ban, according to Frank Bokoff, who said he was a spokesman for F and J Management, the group that owned and operated the bar and grill. now we will lose more," Smith said of the ban. "If I do I will be closing my doors, too," he said.
KY: Louisville airport hoping changes lure passengers.
A business club and smoking lounges also are being added.
IN: New Year brings new rules for smokers. By Jenn Strathman. Some doctors don't think the ban is right for patients. One said he didn't feel that it is good for a patient to go through nicotine withdraw while they are ill.
OH: Full enforcement of Toledo's smoking ban has been delayed again, with more than 50 Toledo bars and bowling alleys getting month-long exemptions from the ban. The bars were given the reprieve to keep working on the construction of smoking lounges.
OH: Toledo. Smoking Ban Rage. We've told you since day one, Toledo bar owners expect a smoking ban will hurt their business. One local owner says that's exactly what's happening. And now this bar owner says smoking customers are starting to vent their frustration at the bars.
ME: Government is choking Maine's economy with the total smoking ban. Del Merritt, owner of Patıs Cafe and Judyıs in Bangor, believes that 70 percent to 80 percent of his customers smoke. He is looking into options to accommodate them after the smoking ban that went into effect.
MT: Helena. The list of those involved in a contentious legal battle over the constitutionality of a new law restricting local smoking bans continues to grow.
NY: It's a smoke-free New Year's Eve celebration. By Blaise Schweitzer. "It's another right that they're taking away," Spada said.
NY: Smokers Flee To PA. By Mike Hudson. Down along the border, Pennsylvania bar owners in towns like Corry, Columbus, Sugar Grove and Youngsville are rejoicing at the stupid decision by New York State lawmakers to ban smoking in saloons. Their business has picked up precipitously.
NY: Some businesses said pleased with two-day waiver of smoking ban. By Julie Spears. Brenda Perks, owner of Mel's Place in Falconer, said, "I had one day on my birthday and the other approved for New Year's. There was a great turnout. People were so happy because they did not have to go to Pennsylvania." The New York State Assembly will resume session on Jan. 7 and the rallying against the ban will continue.
WA: Christine, Queen of Nicotine, Raises Campaign Cash. By Norman E. Kjono. Where is that out-of-state special-interest cash to support Attorney General Gregoire's campaign for governor coming from?
WA: Smoking ban takes effect today. Unhappy tobacco users speak up in Pierce County.
Canada: PUBCO calls on Province for $500,000,000. compensation package if 100% smoking ban adopted.
Netherlands: Dutch clamp down on public smoking, severe restrictions placed on where and when they can light up.