The United Pro Choice Smokers
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May 7, 2004 Issue # 275 The Smoker's Club, Inc.


1. Amateurs Set Public Policy
2. MSG - Slowly Poisoning America
3. Health Activists Suppress Information
4. Convicted Felon Running Nebraska's Tobacco Program
5. Outlook on Tobacco Settlement
6. US Troops Smoking in Toilets
7. Name Three
8. We Are Everyday People
9. From The Mailbag

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Amateurs Set Public Policy. Wanda Hamilton ponders why the study, with its obvious flaws, is now being held up as the final word on secondhand smoke and heart attacks, especially since there are some real, rigorously-conducted studies that come to conclusions completely at odds with the amateurish Helena study. Which is more credible, Helena or Monica?
What Shall We Do About the Kids?
Death Rates from Coronary Disease -- Progress and a Puzzling Paradox.

MSG - Slowly Poisoning America. Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance: NICOTINE for FOOD! Dr. Blaylock recounted a meeting with a senior executive in the food additive industry who told him point blank that these excitotoxins are going to be in our food no matter how many name changes are necessary...
Obesity researchers target hormone that regulates appetite. "We figured out how obesity occurs," said Dr. William Banks, professor of pharmacological and physiological science at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. "The next step is coming up with the solution."
Health Hysteria. So deadly that it does not show up on list of most common fatalities. What is this deadly ailment killing nearly a quarter of a million Americans per year?
Health Activists Suppress Information on Safer Alternative to Smoking. By Gregory Parker. There is an alternative, but those claiming they want to stop smoking are an impediment.
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Convicted Felon Running Nebraska's Tobacco Program, money is missing. Rock Mueller got a job coordinating Nebraska's tobacco cessation program in 2001 while he was in the state penitentiary for theft.
Official: I Think State Feels Betrayed. Official Who Hired Felon For State Job Explains Decision.
Outlook on Tobacco Settlement -Backed Deals Still Negative After Annual Payment Update.
US Troops Smoking in Toilets at Shannon Airport. Fire Crews Alerted Six or Seven Times After Smoke Alarms Go Off.
Show some respect to our troops!
Name Three. By Dave Hitt. "On your website you claim that 63,000 people die from second hand smoke every year. Could you please name three or four of them?" I received this answer from Ted Schiele…
We Are Everyday People:
Will the Ideal Freedom-Doer Please Stand Up? By Cat Farmer. Wherever you are, and whatever you can do to help freedom along, it's worth the effort as far as I'm concerned.
Big Brother to Watch Over Maine Island. "People start fitting in to what they think is good social behavior," Laurant said. "And that leads to increased discrimination against those that don't conform to those norms." Signs will inform visitors they are being monitored.
Causes And Triggers Of Asthma: Understanding Inflammation.

From The Mailbag:
AL: Cigarette tax discriminatory, unsound.
More tax increase information. Visit Forces Alabama.
AR: North Little Rock. City Council Withdraws Anti-Smoking Proposal.
CA: Measure would fine drivers who light up.
A bill is being considered in the state's assembly to allow police to stop vehicles if a child appears to be exposed to smoke from a pipe, cigar, cigarette, or "any other plant".
CT: Frustrated over a drop in business, bar and restaurant owners in southeastern Connecticut have banded together in an effort to overturn the state's smoking ban.
CT: Smoking ban a cancer on business, bar owners say. Post your comments.
DC: Anti-smoking smokesreen. By Mark Lee. Those pushing for a smoking ban in D.C. are hiding the truth: industry employees oppose it and business would be hurt.
FL: Small-town restaurant proudly defies smoking ban, Buddy's Smoking Pig restaurant in Wildwood.
GA: Conyers. Smoking ban edges closer to enactment.
IL: 'Grease' fails to slide by High school musical faces last-minute changes.
ME: Session closes without deals on borrowing or tax relief. No new tobacco taxes.
MO: Popcorn illness lawsuits settled.
MT: State Supreme Court hears arguments over law limiting smoking bans.
ND: Smoking ban snuffed out: Three separate attempts to regulate in Fargo fail by narrow margin. Fargo city commissioners decided to take no action on the issue.
OR: The un-American smokeout.
PA: Airport to institute smoking ban.
RI: Senate Approves Bill To Ban Smoking, March 2005.
Belgium: 'Big brother' Byrne backs off smoking ban.
Spain: Bids to keep Formula One Racing.
UK: The Big Smoke Debate. Take part in the survey.
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