The United Pro Choice Smokers
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April 25, 2003 Issue # 221 The Smoker's Club, Inc.


1. New York Facing Smoker Backlash
2. Smoking Bans and the Right to Private Property
3. Ban Pushes Saloon Owner Into Politics
4. Licensed to Kill, Inc.
5. FOREST Online
6. 'Medical Privacy' Rules Not So Private
7. Petitions
8. We Are Everyday People
9. From The Mailbag

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Bouncer Fatally Stabbed In Brawl Over NYC Smoking Ban:
News articles by date.
New York Facing Smoker Backlash:
By Roger Franklin. This latest attempt to wean Americans off nicotine is the most aggressive and, in its own way, the most instructive example since Prohibition of the pitfalls awaiting legislators who attempt to mandate virtue.
"..(smokers have) been treated like African Americans; but without our own History month."
"Number of people killed by second-hand smoke:Zero.
Number of people killed by smoking ban: One."
Christina Mavros, Astoria, NY Times 4/16/03

Smoking Bans and the Right to Private Property:
By Nicholas Louras. I have no doubt that I am in the minority of non-smokers opposing these laws. But if we prove ourselves unwilling to defend the property rights of business owners, we will be forever at the mercy of legislators and the inviolability of our homes will be in jeopardy.
Ban Pushes Saloon Owner Into Politics:
It took Delaware's indoor smoking ban to get Frank Infante, from the Bulldozers Saloon fired up about politics.
Licensed to Kill, Inc.:
... is a tobacco company. We knowingly kill people for profit. And we're proud of it. In fact, it is the explicit aim of our corporation. Just check our articles of incorporation.
FOREST Online:
A little taste of heaven for smokers and tolerant non-smokers! Antony Worrall Thompson, who is taking part in the new series of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here, flew to Australia with a message for smokers, "At least by going to the jungle I won't have people telling me where and when I can smoke. Wish me luck and keep on smoking, if you want to!"
'Medical Privacy' Rules Not So Private:
By Jon Dougherty. Advocacy groups say new regulations give feds access to personal info.
Petition to Thank President Bush:
Join us in thanking the President for his leadership.
Voters for Fairness and Freedom:
Smokers rights petitions.
Save the Pledge of Allegiance and our National Motto:
Sign the petition supporting a Constitutional Amendment to protect the Pledge of Allegiance and our National Motto.
We Are Everyday People:
Gian's revenge. National and regional law news links.
Smoking and Emphysema.
Heartland's Smoker's Lounge.
Chapter 10A - Collection of state cigarette taxes.
Pamphlet to print.
Smokers Tees.
I Smoke and Vote sign to print out.

From The Mailbag:
DE: Smoking ban opponents plan to try again. The struggle to get Delaware's tough anti-smoking law either overturned or modified is just beginning. That's the view of both a smoker's rights advocate and a local bar owner after an attempt to weaken Delaware's tough Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) failed in the state Senate by a 14-7 vote.
KY: Health board backs off smoking ban. By Laura Yuen. One day after the Board of Health firmed up a May date to vote on a proposed smoking ban, it appeared yesterday to lean away from that commitment and to let Lexington's city council retake the lead -- for now.
IN: Marion County. Republican Beulah Coughenour, who introduced the ordinance, argues that Indianapolis should join dozens of cities and states nationwide that prohibit smoking in businesses. New York City's new ban, which kicked smokers out of bars and restaurants in March, has drawn much attention -- especially since a bouncer was stabbed to death after telling a customer to put out his cigarette.
ME: 4/25 Club Roxy opening in Portland. Free VIP pass. Smokers Welcome!
NH: Concord. House budget writers say a tax increase is not out of the question in order to balance the budget, even though Gov. Craig Benson has said he will veto any increase or new taxes. "A cigarette tax increase is on the table," House Finance Committee Chairman Neal Kurk, R-Weare, said.
SD: Aberdeen. Firefighter / Paramedic Job Listing. "Selected candidates must not smoke our use any type of tobacco product in any form on or off duty."
Canada: Portable HEPA Negative Air Filtering Scrubber Units to Hospitals to provide the highest level of protection against SARS.
Canada: Smoke bylaw opponents say no to a vote. Kerry Diotte. They will attempt a legal challenge and work to oust city councillors who support the bylaw.
Canada: Timmins, Ontario. a follow-up to its story about the quack in Timmins who refuses to operate on smoking patients. It seems Timmins is in the process of debating smoking bans.
Canada: Halifax tightens smoking rules. Council outlaws puffing except in designated rooms, full ban in 2008. A divided council saw the moves as a compromise.

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