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  • CA: Central Valley school bans cupcakes in healthy food initiative

    09/04/2007 12:22:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 822+ views
    A Fresno elementary school became the latest to ban cupcakes and other sugary treats in favor of healthier snacks this week. School officials at Roosevelt Elementary School say the move is part of a districtwide initiative to improve student nutrition. As part of the effort, the school substituted its "Donuts with Dad" event scheduled for later this week for one called "Fruit with Dad." Officials say they're also giving students more whole-grain bread and reduced-fat cheese, and cutting out high-sugar breakfast cereals and soft drinks in vending machines.
  • Saudi government bans leading Arab paper (Al Hayat)

    08/29/2007 9:22:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 258+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/07 | Salah Nasrawi - ap
    CAIRO, Egypt - Saudi Arabia has indefinitely banned the distribution of a leading Arab newspaper, days after the paper disclosed that a Saudi extremist had played a key role in a violent Iraqi al-Qaida front group. One of the kingdom's most influential journalists immediately criticized the ban, calling it a sharp retreat from recent growing press freedoms. It was unclear if the Iraqi article was the main impetus for the ban, or merely the culmination of several weeks of disputes, mostly on other issues, between the Al Hayat newspaper and the kingdom's information minister. Saudi officials are sensitive to criticism...
  • Beijing bans cars to clear air for Games

    08/17/2007 7:06:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 490+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/17/07 | Alexa Oleson - ap
    BEIJING - City officials yanked hundreds of thousands of cars off Beijing's streets Friday to test whether a partial car ban could clear health-threatening smog and ease gridlock during next year's Olympic Games. The test is a challenge for Beijing Olympic organizers and city authorities to see if they can balance the need to dampen severe pollution without angering a growing middle class. Upwardly mobile Beijing residents have quickly grown used to the comforts of driving, as private car ownership exploded in the past five years. "We just got used to driving and suddenly we're not allowed?" said Zhang Jie,...
  • FReep This Poll! Should California ban or place speed limits on lane-splitting by motorcyclists?

    06/04/2007 7:52:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies · 439+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | June 4, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    Should California ban or place speed limits on lane-splitting by motorcyclists? Ban all lane-splitting (0 Votes, 0%) Allow lane-splitting, but set speed limits (0 Votes, 0%) Allow all lane splitting (1 Vote, 100%) Note: Scroll down on the homepage a bit and look for the poll on the right side. Vote accordingly.
  • Moscow bans gay pride parade for the second time

    05/15/2007 8:36:24 AM PDT · by bedolido · 4 replies · 520+ views
    english.pravda.ru ^ | 5-15-2007 | Staff Writer
    The Moscow government has officially rejected the organization of gay pride parade in Russia's capital, RIA Novosti reports with reference to security agencies of the city authorities. The organizers of the gay pride parade officially informed the Moscow administration of their intention to hold the event in the city at the end of May, officials said. Moscow's first gay parade in 2006 ended with clashes and arrests
  • Texas court bans deep linking

    01/24/2007 12:04:07 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 60 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Register ^ | 1/23/07
    Deeply disturbing, Google lawyer saysA court in Dallas, Texas has found a website operator liable for copyright infringement because his site linked to an 'audio webcast' without permission. Observers have criticised the judge for failing to understand the internet. Robert Davis runs Supercrosslive.com and put direct links on his site to audio streams of motorcycle racing. Those streams were created, owned and hosted by SFX Motor Sports, which is behind some of the events covered. A preliminary injunction was granted on 12th December by Judge Sam Lindsay in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Judge Lindsay...
  • A smoke-free Texas? State senator proposes statewide smoking ban

    01/18/2007 12:14:19 PM PST · by Racehorse · 101 replies · 1,660+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 18 January 2007 | Corrie MacLaggan
    No smoking would be allowed inside public buildings in Texas — including restaurants, bars and workplaces — if a legislative proposal is approved to make the Lone Star State one of 18 states with sweeping bans on smoking. "It is a public health crisis and a very expensive one," said state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, who is spearheading the proposal. He said he plans to file a bill at the end of the month and that he will be joined at that time by a coalition of anti-smoking groups as he unveils details. The proposal is sure to trigger a...
  • Who Banned Common Sense?

    01/11/2007 8:25:21 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 9 replies · 823+ views
    Redstate.com ^ | 11 Jan 06 | By .cnI redruM
    Something has happened to freedom in modern America. There seems to be less of it, and we don’t all seem to know how. There certainly has been a slight but undeniable Osauma Bin Ladin tax; levied against our individual rights, since the attacks of 9/11. However, the people keeping us down today aren’t from the Middle East, don’t speak Farsi, unless they came by it from their family, and are not oppressing the masses in hopes of imposing Sharia. They do it for the children. They do it because they care. Anything that might hurt an ordinary American gets reflexively...
  • Proposed Israeli bill bans 'pressing' minors to become religious

    12/12/2006 8:51:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 493+ views
    WND ^ | December 12, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – A Jewish Knesset member yesterday proposed a bill to ban adults from "pressing" minors into becoming more involved in religion and Jewish tradition. Ophir Paz-Pines, from Israel's Labor party, is seeking to pass legislation to prevent adults from attempting to increase or decrease the religious involvement of anyone under the age of 18. Labor is the main coalition partner in Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government. According to Pines' bill, influencing the religious involvement of children can "cause the break-up of a family and cause damage to minors." The bill was seen as targeting religious youth groups and...
  • ACLU (Anti Christian Liberties Union) at it again, banning yet another nativity

    11/28/2006 2:51:11 PM PST · by tpanther · 27 replies · 790+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | 11-21-2006 | Thomas More
    Berkley, Michigan City Council Caves In To ACLU Threat And Removes Decades-Old Nativity Display Tue, Nov 21, 2006 ANN ARBOR, MI – The Berkley, Michigan City Council last night voted 6-to-1 to no longer display a Nativity scene on city property. The City caved in to an ACLU threat of a lawsuit if they continued their decades-old Nativity display. Some residents claim that the Nativity display had been on city property for more than 60 years. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “The City Council crushed the crèche. Despite all of its rationalizing last night,...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views
    woodtv.com ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...
  • Washington: Smoking Ban Crippling Local Casinos

    09/30/2006 3:20:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 69 replies · 2,261+ views
    kirotv.com ^ | August 16, 2006 | Chris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- Non-tribal casinos have already lost tens of millions of dollars because of Washington’s new indoor smoking ban. A new financial study, conducted by our own KIRO Team 7 Investigators, discovers taxpayers could loose millions as well. Card-rooms, charity bingo halls, and some bars and restaurants are required to report financial information to the state every year. The state hasn't had a chance to look at the figures since the smoking ban took effect. I have. It looks like "no smoking" means economic devastation for the non-tribal gaming industry. If there was ever any doubt that gamblers are also...
  • Snapshot - Smoking Ban Impact on Bars/Bowling Centrs

    09/28/2006 9:12:24 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 4,018+ views
    congress.org ^ | 28 September 2006 | Darnet Dawn
    Following are actual statistics reflecting examples of the negative impact upon individual businesses following the recently instituted smoking ban ordinances, effective in Springfield, Illinois and surrounding unincorporated Sangamon County this September 15, 2006 (less than two weeks ago). When small businesses account for about two-thirds of our country's economic growth and new jobs, it is difficult to comprehend elected officials' reasoning in voting to implement an intrusive ordinance which will hurt those same business owners. A restaurant owner who does not permit smoking will see it as a violation of his property rights if a coalition uses the political...
  • Smoking ban raises problems for nursing homes

    09/26/2006 12:45:51 AM PDT · by SheLion · 196 replies · 6,066+ views
    Ft Wayne.com ^ | Sep. 24, 2006
    Delaware County's ban on smoking in most work places has become a problem for some nursing homes, which are both work places for employees and homes for the residents. The smoking ordinance does not prevent people from smoking in their homes, but it does ban smoking in most public buildings and work spaces. If a nursing home bans smoking, they could lose federal funding for failing to comply with regulations, but if they allow smoking they could face fines or a lawsuit from the county health department, officials said. Federal regulations state that if a nursing home changes its...
  • Churchill Downs: Smoking ban will hurt track

    09/22/2006 2:01:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 18 replies · 1,570+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | September 20, 2006 | Joseph Girth
    Churchill Downs could be hurt financially if it is forced to go completely smoke free, a company official said Wednesday. Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Inc.’s vice president for national public affairs, told a Louisville Metro Council committee considering a new, tougher smoking ban, that the race track is already facing heavy competition from Indiana and from computer and telephone betting services.And he said the company’s experience at a Florida track shows some people will stop betting when a smoking ban takes effect. But the former head of the Greater Louisville Medical Society testified that his group favors a complete...
  • Private club challenges Ontario smoking ban

    09/22/2006 11:02:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,286+ views
    CBC News ^ | September 15, 2006
    A private smokers club in Smiths Falls challenged Ontario's indoor smoking ban with its grand opening Friday — and Ontario officials did not brave the fumes to attend. Instead, the club's founder was charged under the province's Smoke-Free Ontario act the day before it opened. Since Ontario's indoor workplace and public smoking ban went into effect, ashtrays and cigars have been illegal in bars. The grand opening of Do' Little's pub as a club for members of a private smokers association took place at noon at the Comfort Inn on Centre Street in Smiths Falls, about 65 kilometres south of...
  • IL: Restaurant complaints relight smoking debate

    09/21/2006 6:39:52 PM PDT · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,381+ views
    Herald Advocate ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | JENNIFER JOHNSON
    Park Ridge aldermen will resume discussion of the city's public smoking ban, following complaints from three restaurant owners that their businesses have been adversely affected by it.The restaurant owners spoke briefly to the City Council Monday night, prompting Mayor Howard Frimark to ask the aldermen if the smoking ban should be brought back before the Procedures and Regulations Committee. Alderman Jeannie Markech agreed that it should, and made a motion for the discussion. Eight aldermen voted in favor of the issue going back to committee and five voted against. One alderman was absent.The next meeting of the Procedures and Regulations...
  • No Smoking in the Green Zone

    09/19/2006 6:31:35 AM PDT · by SheLion · 26 replies · 1,135+ views
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2006
    There have been a bunch of books about the mistakes made after the American invasion of Baghdad, George Packer's Assassin's Gate and Thomas Ricks' Fiasco being the two best in my opinion.Yesterday, the Washington Post published an excerpt from Rajiv Chandrasekaran's effort. He was their bureau chief there for a few years and his book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, will be released tomorrow.I haven't read the book, but the excerpt is as damning as anything could be. It outlines how people were recruited to serve in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the group that ran...
  • It's time for a full scale congressional investigation

    09/10/2006 7:02:08 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,773+ views
    Congress.org ^ | September 9, 2006
    Jobs are being eliminated by special interest activist organizations Now that air quality test results by the likes of the American Cancer Society are proving that the secondhand smoke kills argument is completely fabricated. http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2004/04/american-cancer-society-test-results.html It's time for lawmakers to investigate why this fallacy has permeated the local government debate.....and specifically who is funding and spreading that false information. http://www.rwjf.org/about/founder.jhtml The "who" is in large part the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And since RWJF is an affiliate of the Johnson & Johnson Company (the manufacturer of competing nicotine product interests Nicoderm & Nicoderm CQ), it stands to reason that the...
  • Maine: State bills smoker for online buys

    09/06/2006 10:08:11 AM PDT · by SheLion · 85 replies · 1,747+ views
    bangordailynews.com ^ | September 06, 2006
    Robin Brayman, a 44-year-old Greenfield resident, thought she had saved quite a bit of money buying cigarettes online, until she received a bill from the state demanding more than $2,000 in unpaid sales and cigarette taxes. "I had no idea. When I first started buying, the Web site said the cigarettes were tax-free, duty-free. You assumed you didn't have to pay anything," Brayman said. Brayman, like many other smokers, purchases cigarettes online because they are offered at a deep discount. A carton of Marlboro Full Flavor 100s costs $29.45 plus shipping from BuyCheapCigarettes.com, the site Brayman patronized. The same...
  • IL: Rockton Village Trustees Snuff Out Smoking Ban

    08/24/2006 3:25:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 16 replies · 780+ views
    wrex.com ^ | 24th of August 2006 | Andy Myers
    ROCKTON -- Rockton leaders snuff out an idea to ban smoking at public places. Tuesday night at their meeting, a motion to draft an ordinance banning smoking in public places failed to get anywhere. Rockton Village Trustee Dennis Meade put the issue before board members, but no one seconded the motion. The proposal would've kept people from lighting up on streets, sidewalks, parks and in businesses. Several community members including business owners spoke out at the meeting against a ban saying it would hurt their business. Others claimed it a ban would go against their rights. One person at...
  • Ground Zero ma: Mike (Bloomberg)heartless

    08/18/2006 12:32:17 PM PDT · by SheLion · 45 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Front Page ^ | August 17, 2006 | MICHAEL SAUL
    The mother of deceased Ground Zero worker James Zadroga described Mayor Bloomberg as a "cold, heartless person" for opposing a series of new laws that address the health battles of 9/11 rescuers."I don't think he realizes how the common people live - maybe for one month he should try and live on $500 a week," Linda Zadroga wrote in a letter to the Daily News. "But when [you're] a billionaire, you have no concept of the so-called middle class. Well, one day he may have some tragedy in his family he will need to deal with, and then maybe...
  • Light up or leave

    08/14/2006 5:07:19 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,508+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 14, 2006 | David Fisher
    NON-SMOKERS are being banned from drinking in outdoor smoking areas in pubs and clubs under draconian council rules. Some councils are forcing licensed venues to hire bouncers to enforce the bans, costing tens of thousands of dollars a year, while preventing non-smokers from using outdoor areas. It has raised concerns about discrimination against non-smokers and suggestions that councils are going beyond the State Government's legislation and imposing their own rules. The Daily Telegraph has learned that at least two councils – Fairfield and North Sydney – have already employed the tactic when approving development applications from premises wishing to...
  • Sen. Collins Introduces Legislation To Stop Tobacco Shipments Through the Mail

    08/08/2006 5:32:31 AM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 3,268+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | August 7th, 2006 | Melissa Campanelli
    Senator Susan Collins introduced legislation on Aug. 3 to help crack down on illegal sales of tobacco to children by banning the shipment of cigarettes and other tobacco products through the U.S. mail. Specifically, the bill would add cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to the U.S. Postal Service's list of restricted, non-mailable products. A first violation of mailing such a product would be liable for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 or 10 times the estimated retail value of the tobacco products, including all federal, state, and local taxes, whichever is highest. Civil penalties of up to $100,000 would...
  • Surgeon General Carmona Leaves Post (Dancing in the streets alert!)

    08/01/2006 4:15:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 280 replies · 3,731+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | uly 31, 2006 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON -- Quietly leaving his post as surgeon general, Dr. Richard Carmona said he would judge himself successful if he had persuaded one student to make good health choices or one mother to stop smoking. Carmona's report condemning secondhand smoke was a hallmark of his tenure as the nation's 17th surgeon general.
  • CO: Ban Damage: CO And now, the roofs begin tumbling down

    07/31/2006 5:15:29 AM PDT · by SheLion · 220 replies · 3,042+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | July 26, 2006 | Bill Johnson
    The issue is no longer just about smoking. Passing a state law outlawing smoking in most public places was, by this comparison, the easiest thing to do. The law was not required to address the inevitable hardships such a bill was destined to inflict. There was clapping and backslapping on the floor of the state Senate the afternoon it passed there. But none of that really matters now, when the issue is one of how it impacts people's lives. They are men and women who once ran tiny, yet prosperous, packed-to- the-kegs establishments, who now tend mostly empty bars. The...
  • Beaumont,Texas: Smoking Ban Opponents Making One Last Push

    07/31/2006 4:06:41 AM PDT · by SheLion · 17 replies · 1,470+ views
    KFDM.com ^ | July 30, 2006 | Camille Briggs
    They're making one last attempt to force the City of Beaumont to continue to allow smoking in bars and restaurants. Opponents of a ban on smoking in public buildings say they don't have enough signatures right now, but they plan to work hard in the next 24 hours getting the support they need. Lee Melton/Comedy, Texas "I own a business and pay a lot of Taxes and now I can't smoke in my own building." Smoking ban opponents say they are not quitting when it comes to getting enough signatures on this petition. Lee Melton/Comedy, Texas "Four ladies on...
  • New Brunswick: Smoking ban blamed as VLT profits dive

    07/22/2006 5:50:36 PM PDT · by SheLion · 25 replies · 1,424+ views
    cbc.co ^ | July 21, 2006
    Revenue from video lottery terminals in New Brunswick declined last year, in part because of the province's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation says.The lottery corportation's 2005-06 annual report shows that money generated by VLTs fell by almost $8 million, or six per cent, from the previous year.ALC spokesman Robert Bourgeois said a province-wide smoking ban imposed in October 2004 was one of the major reasons for the decline."There were other factors as well, such an increase in competition from unregulated internet sites," Bourgeois said Friday. "But definitely, the smoking ban would have been one of the factors."The...
  • Detroit: Smoking ban causing nearly 300 to be laid off at Casino Windsor

    07/22/2006 3:57:14 PM PDT · by SheLion · 47 replies · 1,570+ views
    Nearly 300 union workers will be laid off by Casino Windsor due to declining revenues caused by Ontario's new smoking ban, casino officials said Wednesday. The casino, which has nearly 4,000 employees, will lose 297 union workers over the next two weeks and immediately terminate 32 salaried employees, officials said, who also cited an unfavorable exchange rate and high gas prices for the decrease. The law, which went into effect May 31, bans smoking in all public facilities, including bingo halls, bars, restaurants, sporting venues, stores, office buildings and Casino Windsor. "This is a day that no one takes...
  • The anti-smoking lobby's hidden agenda

    07/21/2006 3:15:06 PM PDT · by SheLion · 154 replies · 2,472+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | June 12, 2006 | Klaus Rohrich
    Poor Heather Crowe, the Ottawa waitress who recently died of lung cancer and had lent her persona to the anti-smoking lobby as the typical victim du jour. Crowe was said to be a "typical" restaurant worker who spent 40 years working in Ottawa restaurants, all the while breathing the second-hand smoke that’s said to have claimed her life.There are so many things wrong with Heather Crowe’s case that it begs for an official inquiry, but like all politically correct causes the anti-smoking lobby can do no wrong. Crowe, who really did die of lung cancer, was anything but a typical...
  • CWA Says Marriott Should Stop Blowing Smoke About Porn

    07/21/2006 5:42:37 AM PDT · by SheLion · 189 replies · 3,340+ views
    Concerned Woman For America ^ | July 20, 2006 | Stacey Holliday
    Concerned Women for America (CWA) says that if the Marriott hotels care so much about their customers, as indicated in their recent decision to ban smoking from hotel rooms, they should stop offering hard-core porn in their hotel rooms. “Creating a smoke-free environment demonstrates a new level of service and care for our guests and associates,” said J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International. “Our family of brands is united on this important health issue and we anticipate very positive customer feedback. … Demand for nonsmoking rooms continues to rise with new information from the...
  • North Platte, NE: County Attorney Says Tobacco Smoke In Cars Is Not Child Abuse

    07/21/2006 3:37:38 AM PDT · by SheLion · 19 replies · 789+ views
    Cops in North Platte won’t be busting anyone for exposing children to secondhand smoke in motor vehicles.Lincoln County Attorney Jeff Meyer says he personally doesn’t like the idea of smoking around children, but it is not barred by law and doesn’t qualify as child abuse. Police Chief Martin Gutschenritter sought the county attorney’s advice based on a recent national study, reporting on the danger of secondhand tobacco smoke. Gutschenritter wanted to know if police could ticket people, who smoke when children are in their vehicles, for child abuse. ”Generally, acts that are not specifically proscribed against by statute do not...
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Restaurants fuming over smoking ban

    07/15/2006 7:30:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 280 replies · 4,044+ views
    The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association has thrown its support behind a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, casinos and private clubs. So why couldn't we find any local establishments who agree with them? Admittedly, we used a small sample, but when staff writer Jeff Pikulsky talked to owners of Mon Valley clubs and restaurants last week, he found angry opposition to the proposed ban. Monessen Elks Club Steward Marcy Zites estimated that 70 percent of her club patrons smoke and feared that a ban would be bad for business. Those sentiments were echoed at the Foster House in North...
  • American Cancer Society catches the Surgeon General in an outright lie...

    07/09/2006 10:11:30 AM PDT · by SheLion · 108 replies · 4,094+ views
    The Surgeon General showed up very regal looking to provide a press release rehashing the tired old argument that secondhand smoke is deadly and must be banned. And with his next statement: Separate "no smoking" sections DO NOT protect you from secondhand smoke. Neither does filtering the air or opening a window. It seemed a feable attempt to pre-empt any action short of a total smoking ban.....as if to confirm that pro-smoking ban activists' credibility in the public is failing miserably. Well I am sorry to report that the American Cancer Society conducted air quality testing at several smoking...
  • Report's all smoke and mirrors

    07/06/2006 4:08:08 AM PDT · by SheLion · 72 replies · 1,452+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 5, 2006 | Sidney Zion
    If President Bush announced that secondhand smoke kills more Americans than the Iraqi insurgency, AIDS, drunken drivers and Katrina put together, would we nod in agreement — or look to Bellevue, if not to impeachment? Comes now Richard Carmona, the surgeon general of the United States, telling us that secondhand smoke kills 49,000 Americans a year — and there's no outcry, no notion that maybe this is nuts. Instead, the mass media buys it without question, and so apparently do the people.Does anybody out there know anything about Carmona, or even that he's the surgeon general? In 2003, he...
  • Maine: Maine touts smoking bans to its visitors

    07/01/2006 5:33:12 AM PDT · by SheLion · 62 replies · 1,225+ views
    MaineToday.com ^ | une 27, 2006 | TESS NACELEWICZ,
    Everyone knows the traditional reasons why Maine is a great place to take a vacation - it has ocean, mountains, lakes and lobsters.Now the state is promoting one more inducement for people to visit: No smoking is allowed in Maine's public buildings.The state is putting up five signs at various points this week along the Maine Turnpike and Interstate 95 that advertise the fact."Breathe easy, you're in Maine," said the blue signs with white lettering. "All indoor public places are smoke-free."Dr. Dora Anne Mills, who heads the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Maine may be "the...
  • Holy tobacco warriors take aim at the womb

    06/30/2006 10:20:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 61 replies · 1,180+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | June 27, 2006 | Kathleen Parker
    First they came for the workplace, then for people's homes and cars, and then the great outdoors.Now the anti-tobacco jihadists, having helped ban smoking in most public and many private places, have turned their attention to the most private space of all — the womb.  That very personal place where humans incubate could be the next battlefield between smokers and those who have never uttered the words: “It's none of my beeswax.” This latest brainstorm comes from Arkansas, where Rep. Bob Mathis successfully shepherded legislation making it unlawful to smoke in cars in which small children are passengers. Apparently...
  • IL: Liquor trade group challenges Springfield smoking ban

    06/30/2006 3:20:31 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,152+ views
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A trade group that represents liquor retailers is mounting a legal challenge to Springfield's new indoor smoking ban for public places. The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association filed a lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court Wednesday, seeking an injunction to prevent the ban from taking effect Sept. 17 in all indoor workplaces. The association has also asked the court to nullify the sections of Springfield's Clean Indoor Air Ordinance that apply to bowling alleys and taverns, saying state law does not give the city the authority to include such establishments in its definition of "public places." "We have...
  • Puff, Puff, Bash - The smoking ban is based on an agenda of lies.

    06/28/2006 10:39:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 124 replies · 2,250+ views
    Philadelphia City Paper Net ^ | June 29, 2006 | Michael J. McFadden
    Psst! Hey kid! Come over here and jump off this bridge! All the cool kids've done it 'n you're the only one left! It won't hurt, it'll be fun. Anyhow, if ya don't do it, I'm gonna come back 'n bugya, 'n bugya, 'n bugya forever till ya do. With that sort of reasoned discourse in the background, accompanied by taunts of "You smell like an ASHTRAY!", Philadelphia finally jumped on the bandwagon and banned smoking. Well, sorta. They banned it unless you're a bar that agrees not to feed its customers anything healthy, one that's well-off enough to have...
  • Colorado: Bar owners still fuming

    06/28/2006 2:40:06 AM PDT · by SheLion · 46 replies · 2,458+ views
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | June 25, 2006 | Dave Shively
    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Steamboat Springs' controversial municipal smoking ban, but local businesses that once catered to the smoker's dollar have no reason to celebrate.  Mike Miller, owner of Sun�--pie's Bistro, thinks the city's ordinance goes too far, banning smoking anywhere within the restaurant or bar's liquor license boundaries. "It's almost impossible to enforce," Miller said about enforcing a ban that encompasses Sunpie's entire 5,000-square-foot outdoor seating area along the Yampa River. "You can be 150 feet from being indoors, and you're not allowed to smoke. You can inform customers of the law and...
  • Smokers' airline ready for take-off

    06/27/2006 4:38:32 AM PDT · by SheLion · 74 replies · 1,522+ views
    Telegraph.CO.UK ^ | 6-27-06 | Kate Connolly
    A German businessman has founded an airline dedicated to smokers.Smintair, or Smokers' International Airways, aims to cater for smokers who feel excluded in an age when all major airlines have banned the habit.A Dusseldorf-Tokyo service is due to begin in October and is expected to serve mainly Japanese businessmen.Smintair's founder, Alexander Schoppmann, a 30-a-day man, said: "There are no laws banning smoking on board. The airlines have made these rules themselves because no-smoking planes are cheaper. It means you don't have to change the air filter system so regularly."
  • Colorado: For some, smoking ban is a bitter pill to swallow

    06/26/2006 8:19:38 PM PDT · by SheLion · 30 replies · 851+ views
    LovelandFYI ^ | 6/25/2006 | Christine Steele
    While some say the introduction of the statewide smoking ban next Saturday will level the playing field, a group of restaurants and bar owners are fuming over what they say are unfair exemptions.Smokers who travel to Colorado’s casinos and Denver International Airport will be able to light up.Puffing on a Basic Ultra Light last week over a game of bingo at Loveland Elks Lodge 1051, Frank Bustos said the law is unfair. “They shouldn’t hold the bar and pool hall owners back,” said Bustos, who has been a smoker for 53 of his 65 years. “Bars are traditionally a...
  • Oregon Smokers Beware: Web tobacco buyers targeted for back taxes by state

    06/25/2006 8:10:40 PM PDT · by SheLion · 184 replies · 2,067+ views
    The state moved to expand its pursuit of tax dollars from smokers who buy cigarettes over the Internet. The Department of Revenue — at a cost of $88,000 — sent tax bills late last year to 7,500 smokers who bought cigarettes online without paying Oregon’s tax of $1.18 a pack. Roughly 33 percent of the people who received letters paid their taxes, generating $686,000. On Thursday, a subcommittee of the Legislative Emergency Board gave preliminary approval to the Department of Revenue to spend another $240,000 to send letters to people listed on another 23,000 invoices. The full Emergency Board,...
  • New Jersey: Smoking ban limits donations

    06/05/2006 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SheLion · 49 replies · 1,385+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | June 04, 2006 | Jim Six
    MONROE TWP. -- About a half dozen American Legion members sat around an old picnic table behind Post 252 Friday, despite the humid heat. Inside, the air conditioner was keeping the bar cool -- but out here, they can smoke. Thanks to new state legislation prohibiting smoking in all public places but casinos, this American Legion post lost approximately $5,000 in bar income during the month of May, said Commander Joe Reed. The post has a gaming license that allows them to operate a couple of Pull-Tab gambling machines, and the income from them is down about the same...
  • New York: More VLTs For Smokers at Batavia Downs

    06/03/2006 6:00:41 PM PDT · by SheLion · 18 replies · 562+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 6/2/2006
    The owners of Batavia Downs say they are going to move ahead with plans to put 50 video lottery terminals (VLTs) in a new smoking room. Right now, Batavia Downs does have a room where patrons can legally smoke. That room has 18 VLTs. The plan is to create a larger room with fifty terminals, because those “smoking” terminals get twice the play of others at the track. The project still needs approval from state lottery officials.
  • Wisconsin Bans Forced Human RFID Chipping

    06/01/2006 12:37:48 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 51 replies · 1,261+ views
    http://www.sierratimes.com ^ | 6 1 06 | Liz McIntyre & Katherine Albrecht
    Civil libertarians cheered yesterday upon news that Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed a law making it a crime to require an individual to be implanted with a microchip. Activists and authors Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre joined the celebration, predicting this move will spell trouble for the VeriChip Corporation, maker of the VeriChip human microchip implant. The VeriChip is a glass encapsulated Radio Frequency Identification tag that is injected into the flesh to uniquely number and identify people. The tag can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves from up to a foot or more away, right through clothing....
  • RUSSIA BANS DOLLAR! (Putin's party new law will ban use of "dollar", "euro" etc.)

    05/25/2006 1:49:00 PM PDT · by b2stealth · 36 replies · 1,082+ views
    Kommersant.com ^ | Kommersant.com
    The State Duma passed the first reading of amendments to a number of laws to prohibit government officials in public appearances, the media, Internet sites and advertising from mentioning financial indicators in any currency except rubles. Since quoting prices in foreign currencies has been banned since the mid-1990s, “conditional units,” the euphemism that replaced dollars at that time, are the main target of the new amendments. Only the communists opposed the amendments. Discussion of the amendments in the Duma gives hope that the logical contradictions and violations of common sense in the law may be removed before the final reading....
  • Florida: St. Cloud hires smokers again

    05/25/2006 6:03:57 AM PDT · by SheLion · 39 replies · 968+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | May 24, 2006 | Linda Florea
    ST. CLOUD -- What seemed to many like a good idea several years ago has gone up in smoke. St. Cloud's ban on hiring employees who use tobacco, which was enacted in 2002, has been revoked by the City Council. "Number one, it never did do what it was supposed to do -- help on insurance," City Manager Tom Hurt said. "And it put a cramp on hiring." With more jobs to fill as the city grows, there was a shrinking pool of workers to fill the jobs. Osceola's unemployment rate for the 12 months ending in April was...
  • Maine: AG Rowe seeks stricter tobacco delivery law BARF Alert!

    05/23/2006 9:00:21 AM PDT · by SheLion · 16 replies · 654+ views
    bangordailynews.com ^ | May 23, 2006
    AUGUSTA - Maine's attorney general called for congressional action Monday after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a ruling that invalidated a significant portion of a 2003 state law aimed at preventing youth access to tobacco from Internet and mail-order sales. A three-judge panel of the appellate court in Boston on Friday agreed with a federal judge in Maine and ruled that Maine's law interfered with timely delivery procedures by private delivery firms such as United Parcel Service. Attorney General Steven Rowe is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, his spokesman Chuck Dow said...
  • Maine: Coalition encourages smoke-free housing- BARF ALERT

    05/21/2006 7:42:17 PM PDT · by SheLion · 92 replies · 2,032+ views
    bangordailynews.com ^ | May 19, 2006
    BANGOR - A majority of Maine residents - 79 percent - are nonsmokers, a statistic provided by the Smoke-Free Coalition of Maine on Thursday to local policy-makers, tenants and landlords to get them involved in making their public and private housing facilities smoke-free. The coalition's conference, attended by nearly 50 people, was designed to reduce the involuntary exposure of tenants to secondhand smoke, which can seep through ventilation systems, walls and electrical outlets. The coalition hosted a similar conference on Wednesday in Portland. Twenty-eight percent of Maine's housing is renter occupied, Jim Bergman, keynote speaker and co-director of Smoke-Free...