March 12, 2004 Issue # 267 The Smoker's Club, Inc.
2. Killington, VT, Voters Choose to Secede
3. Interpreting The Epidemiologic Evidence
4. Mandatory Breathalyzers In Cars.
5. Double Drink Prices, Urges Doctors
6. Money Matters
7. You Are Fat
8. We Are Everyday People
9. From The Mailbag
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Killington, VT, Voters Choose to Secede:
Voting with a thunderous "aye," residents endorsed a plan Tuesday for this ski resort town to secede from Vermont. Vermont lawmakers -- who have the ultimate say whether Killington can become part of the Granite State -- have given the plan a lukewarm reception. The group presented Town Administrator David Lewis with a New Hampshire flag after the vote to much applause from residents.
Interpreting The Epidemiologic Evidence:
Concerning environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease. By Wiel M. Maessen. We are trying to reestablish real science again and not the kind of junk science that people like Mr. Krueger and his kind of kin tend to use.
Epidemiology Beyond Its Limits.
Mandatory Breathalyzers in cars.:
NY Bill Summary - A03054. Mandates the installation of ignition interlock devices by 2006 for motor vehicles.
How they work.
Double Drink Prices, Urges Doctors:
By Celia Hall. They say there is a direct link between the relative cheapness of alcohol and the increasing amounts consumed.
Challenge to Tobacco Settlement Is Revived: By Mark Hamblett. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Freedom Holdings, Inc. v. Spitzer revived a Sherman Act claim alleging that provisions for reducing payments to the state under the settlement amount to a state-sanctioned monopoly that prevents price competition.
States stomp on substitute smokes.
Cigarette Industry Risk Related to Master Settlement Agreement Not Abating. Since the major U.S. tobacco companies signed the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with 46 U.S. states, legal and economic risks affecting or potentially affecting the states'…
FL: Cigarette tax sparks a debate. The bill (HB 405) would impose a 50-cent-a-pack cigarette tax on a group of tobacco manufacturers that were not part of the state's original settlement with the industry in 1997.
OK: Six Reasons Not to Raise Tobacco Taxes. By William L. Anderson. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. If the state government really wants to set a good example for Oklahomans, it should live within its means and stop trying to pick the pockets of smokers.
WA: Baiting The Rich, Switching The Poor. By Norman E. Kjono. It immediately becomes apparent why the association says it does not guarantee the accuracy of information in that report because it is nothing more or less than a political puff piece.
You Are Fat:
McDonald's phasing out Supersize fries, drinks.
Agency tells airlines to weigh passengers. By Leslie Miller. Since June, a committee has been examining the average weights of passengers and baggage and how they vary according to season or geography.
We Are Everyday People:
Grassroots Movements and Giants In Haystacks: By Cat Farmer. There are worse ways to change the world than by changing the lens you see it through.
RFID: RFID chips, tiny tracking devices the size of a grain of dust, can be used to secretly identify you and the things you're carrying--right through your clothes, wallet, backpack, or purse. Have you already taken one home with you?
Mean People Do What? By Lilly Deville. I'm a smoker: these days that should make me a fully informed authority on mean people.
The Recovery of the USS Cole.
Political Compass: Where are you?
From The Mailbag:
AL: Montgomery. The City Council, on a 8-0 vote, adopted an ordinance that allows restaurants to decide if their patrons can light up or not.
AZ: Smoking ban violation of people's rights. A proposal in the Legislature to impose a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and many enclosed spaces appears to be going up in smoke as procedural roadblocks are thrown in its path.
CA: Smoke? Then you can't be a deputy. San Mateo sheriff issues new policy.
CT: Talk of easing smoking ban. With less than a month until that ban goes into effect at bars there's talk of easing restrictions so not everyone has to comply.
CT: Smoking Ban On Tap For CT Bars.
DC: Restaurateurs Sue to Preempt Smoking Ban.
GA: Senate passes broad smoking ban.
IL: Illinois Smokers: A public yahoo group for anyone who wants to talk about the Illinois ban situation.
KS: Smoking ban bad for business: Give consumers choices.
KY: Terry Gray, president of FORCES Kentucky, video online debating Smoking Bans
KY: Statewide Smoking Ban Legislation Won't Happen, dead for this legislative session.
MD: Gaithersburg, has become the last place in Montgomery County to snuff out smoking in restaurants.
MN: The Minnesota Court of Appeals Thursday declined to review a lower court's decision that rejected class-action status in a "lights" cigarette case against Philip Morris USA.
NY: Oswego. County Board Of Health Reviews Smoking Ban Waiver Applications, Approves 4 Of 9.
WA: Teen Criminals. By Norman E. Kjono. We can begin with Whose kids are these to begin with…
WI: Madison. Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz wants to delay until 2006 a blanket ban on smoking in all city restaurants, bars and indoor workplaces.
Australia: Smoking could be banned in all enclosed public places under new Health Minister Gordon Nuttall's reform agenda.
Austria: Please sign the Forces petiton.
Canada: Manitoba bar owners fuming over smoking ban.
Europe: Commissioner denies plans for a Europe-wide smoking ban.
Italy: Smoking ban starts on Eurostar trains.
Scotland: Councillor furious at rejection of smoking ban.