July 30, 2004
Issue # 287
Warning: Nicotine Seriously Improves Health. Nicotine could soon be rehabilitated as a treatment for schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as hyperactivity disorders.
Judge strikes down cities' tax on tobacco. AL: A tobacco tax that has brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for seven Jefferson County cities is unconstitutional, a judge ruled.
Bill Would Cap Tobacco Suit Appeal Bonds. N.Y. A cigarette industry bill that would cap appeal bonds in tobacco cases at $100 million has passed the New York state Senate and has some backing among the Democratic majority in the Assembly.
Reasonable Minds DO Differ V: Signs Of The Times, The Good, The Bad , And The Ugly By Norman E. Kjono. I pull together news reports from Britain, Sweden, and Pierce County, Washington to illustrate the often-bizarre depths to which tobacco control activists have reduced responsible public policy advocacy.
Boy smoker hanged himself. A 12-year-old boy hanged himself with his school tie rather than admit to his parents that he had been caught smoking, an inquest heard yesterday. Davis told a friend his parents would be ashamed, and hours later hanged himself from his bedroom door handle as his father prepared dinner.
The Tragedy of Kenny Kim. Kenny Kim was killed. Ten days ago, as he was closing the shop on a Friday night, an attacker stabbed him several times in the stomach and left him on the floor, where he died in a pool of blood. "A cigarette is like a piece of gold."
More Ban Damage!
Free Speech Gets Smoked By Proposed Tobacco Law. Fortunately, the anti-tobacco campaigners don't trump the First Amendment.
Empty Tobacco Fields. Buyout plan tempts farmers struggling to keep going.
In a shift, Bush moves to block drug suits. The administration contends that consumers cannot recover damages for such injuries if the products have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In court papers, the Justice Department acknowledges that this position reflects a "change in governmental policy," and it has persuaded some judges to accept its arguments, most recently scoring a victory in the federal appeals court in Philadelphia.
EDITORIAL: The tobacco buyout. Why should farmers be paid $12 billion to finally face some competition? Adult Americans -- while they should be fully informed of the risks -- should remain free to smoke or chew tobacco if they please. But FDA control is likely to lead to something more closely approaching tobacco prohibition. And if you thought the national Prohibition of 1919-1933 was fun, wait till they give this one a try.
Watch Out For Food:
Obesity and 'Public Health'? By David Boaz. Obesity is a problem for many people, but it is not a public health problem.
New Cholesterol Advice Tainted?
Food. For people who eat.
STUDY: Children who watch TV for over two hours a day become fat smokers!
Watch Out For Everything:
Home Products Have Toxic Chemicals. These chemicals can affect the nervous system, reproductive system or cause other health problems if exposed at certain levels.
Some caulking may be linked to cancer, Harvard study finds.
Researchers Find Genetic-Lung Cancer Link.
A Major Lung Cancer Susceptibility Locus Maps to Chromosome 6q23 25.
American Cancer Society Finds Many States Falling Short On Cancer Policy Issues.
Asthma Linked To Later Lung Diseases.
Asthma And Lung Disease. Those with asthma had 12 times the risk of developing a form of COPD.
The Limits of Epidemiology. "Everything is connected to everything. Nothing is certain. Anything may cause anything. Therefore, something must be done."
Genes Appear to Play a Role in Development of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Assault on alcohol industry a case of litigious malfeasance. By Doug Bandow.
Why the Global Junk Science Anti-Smoking War is Being Waged.
FDA's counsel accused of being too close to drug industry.
There are claims that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), sometimes called 'passive smoking', is a cause of various diseases. We believe, however, the claim that ETS exposure has been shown to be a cause of chronic disease is not supported by the science that has developed over the past 20 years or so. In our view, it has not been established that ETS exposure genuinely increases the risk of non smokers developing lung cancer, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
We Are Everyday People:
Privacy: Please help us protect our privacy rights and prevent the Total Surveillance Society.
Straw Nanny. By Dr Michael Fitzpatrick. The target of government measures aimed at changing a wide range of behaviours deemed to be unhealthy is the individual citizen who has internalised a sense of personal inadequacy and responsibility for health.
Simplify Your Life: Where to Begin.
British children to get jabs against drug addiction. Under the plans, doctors would immunise children at risk of becoming smokers or drug users with an injection.
From The Mailbag:
CA: Up in smoke. What happened to all those promises about the tobacco tax?
CA: Smoking in films may be target of Santa Cruz City Council.
CO: Steamboat Springs Could Enact Smoking Ban.
GA: Marietta. Judge allows smoking dog campaign ad to continue.
IN: Fulton County Commission Votes Against Smoking Ban.
IN: Terre Haute. Vigo County health board backs smoking ban.
KY: Zealots blow smoke on property rights. By: Mr. Jim Waters. Will our future be one determined by the heavy hand of government, or open to the creative, uplifting spirit of human liberty?
More KY news. See Spot sit, watch Nazis oppress.
MA: Attleboro. Moose lodge claims harassment.
MN: Bar Owners Propose Limited Smoking Ban for Metro Area.
MN: St. Paul Mayor Drops Opposition To Smoking Ban.
MN: Taxpayers League Launches Radio Campaign. Voice in the wilderness speaking out for common sense
MO: Mission looking again at public smoking ban.
NE: Omaha. Smoking Ban Delayed Until Next Month. All three measures will be back on the council agenda on Aug. 17.
NY: Restaurateurs: New Sidewalk Cafe Rules a Boon for Smokers.
NY: The Economic Impact of the New York State Smoking Ban on New York's Bars.
NY: Smoking ban put into effect one year ago. Legislation still sparks debate among business owners, smokers.
NY: In Buffalo, the owner of Jimmy Mac's on Elmwood Avenue has become a lightning rod of sorts in the battle against the smoking ban.
NY: Another bar bites the dust.
OH: Smoking ban could hurt business.
OH: Columbus. Smoking-ban hearings were a farce.
WI: Phillips City Council to draft restaurant smoking ban.
WV: Smokers Rights Meeting October 11, 2004
Canada: Strip club in Toronto is smokers refuge.
Canada: Print out the flyer and cut into cards for Forces Canada.
Canada: The Ontario Trucking Association is asking the provincial Ministry of Finance to address its concerns over new regulations affecting carriers that transport tobacco in or out of Ontario. More Canada news.
Ireland: Smoking ban campaigners head for the European Court.
Sweden: Swedish group caught lying to get out their propaganda.
UK: Drug companies frame rules to work with NHS.
USA:$8,567,330,969 a year in State cigarette tax paid.
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