The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter

Issue # 46: 12/17/99 Brought to you by:

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In this issue:
1. A Letter To Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights
2. Statement By The President on Y2K
3. Suit Will Attack Tobacco Deal
4. Pandora's Box
5. Weathering The Storm: Cigars
6. The Italian Renaissance: Pipes
7. R. J. Reynolds To Reduce Chemical
8. We Are Everyday People

1. A Letter To Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights: By Gian Turci. If, after spending such a considerable sum of taxpayer money, you missed including FORCES International on your hit list, please add us at your earliest convenience. Nothing would make us more proud than being officially blacklisted as an enemy of the anti-tobacco cartel, of which your organization is so prominent a representative.

2. Statement By The President on Y2K: STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT. However, no amount of preparation can prevent us from glitches. For this reason, there are back-up plans, so that the critical functions of the Federal government can continue.
Also see: New World Coming: United States Commission on National Security/21st Century. States, terrorists, and other disaffected groups will acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption, and some will use them. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers.

3. Suit Will Attack Tobacco Deal: By Carrie Johnson. Pires, a 51-year-old former Justice Department lawyer who helped 18,000 African-American farmers settle a mammoth discrimination suit against Agriculture last April, says the tobacco growers are being burned by the settlement.

4. Pandora's Box: By John C. Luik The Dangers of Politically Corrupted Science for Democratic Public Policy: The assumptions about the nature of persons and the legitimate role of the State (of necessity unargued for) which structure our argument are those of an unreconstructed liberal individualist, namely, that the individuals who make up democratic society are the best judges of the shape they wish their lives to take, and consequently they should be accorded the maximum liberty, compatible with similar liberty for everyone else, to think, believe, and live as they choose.

5. Weathering The Storm: Cigars: By Andy Marinkovich. With so many new cigar brands having perished in the market slowdown over the past year, one might be surprised to learn there are still many more brands available today than there were before the cigar boom. The trick is finding them. These survivors, in addition to a few brave souls just now entering the cigar game, are proving that a cigar company doesn't need exceedingly deep pockets or widespread name recognition to gain loyal customers.

6. The Italian Renaissance: Pipes: By Alan Schwartz. Because of the Italian Renaissance of the pipe is in its full PipeSMOKE made a pilgrimage to Italy. We started in Rome and continued a peregrination around the country northward to visit the industry saints or sinners (depending on whom you ask), and hand carvers in smaller workshops, as well as large factories.

7. R. J. Reynolds To Reduce Chemical: Infobeat. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the maker of Camel and Winston, said it won't make any health claims but will begin using the new blend in its cigarettes ``as soon as practical.''

8. We Are Everyday People:
*** High Blood Pressure: American Heart Association. High blood pressure directly increases the risk of coronary heart disease (which leads to heart attack) and stroke (or brain attack), especially along with other risk factors.

*** Cholesterol: American Heart Association. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your bodyís cells. Itís an important part of a healthy body because itís used to form cell membranes, some hormones and other needed tissues. But a high level of cholesterol in the blood ó hypercholesterolemia - is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack.

*** 1999 Heart and Stroke Statistical Update: American Heart Association Changing the basis of age-adjustment for cardiovascular diseases from 1940 to the year 2000 brings us closer to the total (crude) rate. The annual numbers of deaths are not affected by the change. But, although age-adjusted death rates for the cardiovascular diseases will now be higher than before, their comparisons over time or among race, sex, and geographic groups will be only a little different under the new standard than before.

*** Heart Disease, Diabetes Studied: By Kristen Hays. People who have the type of diabetes that develops when they are young may keep their hearts healthy if they maintain normal blood pressure as well as an optimistic outlook, according to a new study. Trevor J. Orchard, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health who led the 10-year study, said the strongest indicator of heart disease in the 658 participants was high blood pressure, which has long been established as a significant risk factor. But depressive symptoms like feeling down or disturbances in sleep or appetite also were more prevalent in study participants who developed heart disease.

*** A New Miranda Warning Have you ever had a nightmare in which you kill a monster, but it keeps coming back to life just when you think you're safe? Legally speaking, that's what's happening with the Miranda ruling ó the 33-year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave us the ritual reading of the suspect's rights that's become so familiar from years of TV police shows. The long-settled court case which rendered Ernesto Miranda's name into a verb ó "mirandize" ó is now back to haunt us.

For a complete list of airline smoking policies, please go to: or visit The National Smokers Alliance website at access the list through the "Resources Library" section.

"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy."
-Roger Baldwin

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."

December 13, 1999
Bush ó I Will Lift W.H. Tobacco Ban
By NR Staff
Go ahead boys, light them up! If George W. Bush is elected, the White House will no longer be a no-smoking zone, the Texas governor told National Review in an exclusive interview Friday. Hillary Clinton famously banned smoking in the White House, even at state dinners, ruffling international feathers among diplomats and other foreign guests not accustomed to the ways of the American nanny state. Bush is ready to liberate the White House from the P.C. police: "If a guest of mine were to come and smoke? No, that wouldn't bother me." Asked if it would be a problem at state dinners, the governor replied: "No. I mean, personal guests come in and smoke at the governor's mansion. They say, `Can I have a smoke?' Sure." A small matter, to be sure; but somewhere Jackie Kennedy, and everyone else who ever threw a decent party at the White House, must be smiling.

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