November 26, 2004
ACSH Holiday Dinner Menu 2004. "No human diet can be free of naturally occurring chemicals that are rodent carcinogens. Of the chemicals that people eat, 99.99% are natural." Read this horrifying account.
Data on Deaths From Obesity Is Inflated, U.S. Agency Says. But that institute is not going to satisfy someone like Dr. Glantz.
Reid Offers Blueprint For Fitness. From smoking bans to personal trainers, government unveils how it wants people to help themselves to live longer. These trainers are likely to be a mix of health professionals, volunteers and community workers, and they will first be properly trained. These "health stock-takers" will draw up guides against which people can then measure their own progress.
Church air is 'threat to health' Air inside churches may be a bigger health risk than that beside major roads, research suggests. It also had levels of tiny solid pollutants (PM10s) up to 20 times the European limits.
UPS, Others Sue Over Maine Tobacco Law. The company's lawyers argued that the regulations should be made only at the federal level so UPS can operate with a consistent system in every state.
Truth campaign puts consumers' responsibility on corporations. By Cindy McReynolds. They suggest that young people cannot resist cigarette ads and make a responsible decision unless they are provided with emotional conditioning from a trendy source.
Damn Lies: In the absence of proof, health campaigners use smoke and mirrors, writes Robert Matthews. Yet those who attempt to question the reality - let alone the importance - of the threat from passive smoking are condemned as fools or lackeys of the smoking industry. AND: A TOP Tory has challenged Jack McConnell to produce the death certificates of victims of passive smoking Ö or admit it does not kill.
We Are Everyday People:
A Commentary on Accepting Responsibility for Damage Caused by Smoking Bans. By Robert Hayes Halfpenny. In order for these people to strike back it will be necessary for them to seek help from the "bottom-feeders" of our society.
Quit nagging the smokers, will ya? They will persecute the overweight, stigmatize SUV drivers and haul into court those who don't recycle. They've got the money and the time and the lawyers.
Smoggy Statistics. By Steven Milloy. But, of course, Iím not going to give the researchers the benefit of the doubt with their analysis. It simply stinks.
Tobacco Finally Gets a Win. Talk about early Christmas presents. At a time when smokers are considered barely more tolerable than convicted child molesters, a Los Angeles Times photographer snapped a young Marine in Fallujah with a cigarette dangling from his battle-scarred mug, and instantly we're back in Marlboro Country again.
Smoke, not nicotine, is the problem. By Dr. Brad Rodu. Medical research shows that you can achieve almost all of the health benefits of quitting smoking without quitting tobacco.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes... Or Does It? By Stephen M. Bainbridge. Many restaurants and workplaces have voluntarily banned smoking. In view of this evidence that private ordering can work, I see no justification for overriding private property rights by banning smoking in private establishments.
From The Mailbag:
FL: Lake Wales. Smoker's Rights Night, December 1, 2004
FL: Manatee. Cigar Bar Business Red Hot. Cigar Specials.
IA: Sioux City bans smoking on sidewalks near clinics, only applies to those standing around on city property and smoking, not those who are walking to another destination. (?!!)
KS: Outlook dim for tobacco tax hike. The group that represents 1,500 Kansas convenience stores is already pushing its members to lobby against the tax hike.
MN: Minneapolis. Smoker's Rights Night, December 2, 2004
NC: Greensboro. Judge to rule on leaf dispute. Farmers say payments should continue
ND: Fargo. Judge quashes petition on smoking ordinance.
NY: New Waiver Procedure. RESOLVED, that the Erie County Legislature does hereby urge the EC Department of Health to reformulate and adopt a new waiver procedure as soon as possible that is fair, equitable and in line with the power granted to it by the NYS Legislature under the CIAA.
NY: Puffed Up Savings. By Tim Worstall. "Mayor Bloomberg is now hoping to extirpate the weed in private apartments. Anybody moving into a Manhattan condominium will soon have to sign a legal agreement not to smoke inside the confines of their own flat."
OH: Small Business Coalition. Meeting December 1, 2004 at 3:00
TX: Coppera's Cove. Smoking Ban Shut Them Down.
TX: Texarkana. City to inform on smoking ban.
WI: Madison offers some advice on smoking ban.
WI: Franklin. The Franklin Common Council is set to vote on an ordinance that would ban smoking in restaurants. Taverns and corner bars would be exempt.
WY: Laramie. Opponents of smoking ban complain about vote.
Australia: Study on magnetic fields and cancer.
Japan: Thousands flock to Japan for radon therapy. That the gas can be deadly is not a question.
Scotland: Move to extinguish MSPs' smoking room. Liberal Democrat Mike Rumbles has won cross-party support for his motion calling for a complete ban on smoking in the parliament complex.
South Africa cuts smokers holidays. Christmas is to be five days shorter than that of non-smokers.
Sweden: Chernobyl resulted in 800 cancer cases among Swedes.
Switzerland: Smoke-free cigarette invented A Swiss company has developed a smoke-free cigarette for no-smoking restaurants, bars - and even aeroplanes.
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