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  • TribCo to charge workers $100-a-month tobacco fee

    10/19/2007 1:57:36 AM PDT · by SheLion · 34 replies · 26+ views ^ | October 12, 2007 | Gregory Meyer
    Long forced to steal a drag in the chill of Michigan Avenue, many of the smokers working inside Tribune Tower will face another indignity next year: a $100-per-month tobacco fee. Tribune Co. employees in Chicago and across the country who use tobacco will be subject to the fee, which a company spokesman says is a way to “promote wellness among our employees.” The charge will be levied on top of employees’ shares of health care premiums. Those who complete a program to help them quit will see their fees waived. For a company that’s watching its bottom line amid weakening...
  • Price Is Right's Drew Carey Shows His Libertarian Colors

    10/18/2007 8:44:30 PM PDT · by SheLion · 11 replies · 177+ views ^ | October 16, 2007
    Comedian Drew Carey, who debuted Monday as the host of “The Price Is Right,” is showing his libertarian colors by participating in a series of videos for the Reason Foundation’s new Web site short videos will focus on the libertarian think tank’s belief in what it calls “free minds and free markets.”Carey said in a statement issued by Reason: “We need Reason to help fight the stupid drug laws, the stupid immigration laws, and stupid big government in general.”In his first video, Carey examines traffic congestion in Los Angeles and the ways the private sector – rather than taxpayers...
  • Maine: State smoke rule eyed

    10/05/2007 6:07:20 AM PDT · by SheLion · 48 replies · 639+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | October 05, 2007 | Meg Haskell
    BANGOR - The city’s ordinance against smoking in cars when a child is inside is headed for the State House. City Councilor Patricia Blanchette, who is also a Democratic state representative, confirmed Thursday that she has submitted preliminary legislation to make Maine one of the first states to make it illegal to smoke in any vehicle when minors are present. The statewide measure would mirror Bangor’s ordinance, making it a primary offense for anyone in a car to smoke when there is anyone under 18 in the car. Violators could be fined $50. Bangor’s ordinance went into effect in January,...
  • u.S. FDA chief questions cigarette regulation bill

    10/03/2007 11:33:24 PM PDT · by SheLion · 15 replies · 544+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 3, 2007 | Kevin Drawbaugh
     WASHINGTON, Oct 3  - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday raised concerns about a bill that would empower his agency to regulate cigarettes, while he said he shares its goal of reducing tobacco use."We have concerns that the bill could undermine the public health role of the FDA," Andrew von Eschenbach said in a written statement released at a congressional hearing.He expressed concerns that the measure "may be extremely difficult for the FDA to implement" and whether the agency would have adequate resources for enforcement as well as "the expectations it might create."The health subcommittee...
  • Maine:Cigarette tax shortfall burning hole in budget

    10/01/2007 8:33:19 AM PDT · by SheLion · 109 replies · 409+ views
    Villiage Soup ^ | 9-20-07 | Victoria Wallack
    AUGUSTA (Sep 20): Cigarette taxes in Maine — eyed as a source of new revenue for the state and federal government — have come in short by about $800,000 a month, on average, since January, adding to an expected budget hole legislators will have to fill when they return next year. From January through June, cigarette tax revenue was below budget by $5 million. Revenue was down another $850,000 in July — the start of the state’s fiscal year — and $600,000 in August. No one is quite sure what is happening with sales in Maine, but it appears more...
  • Ohio Protest

    09/25/2007 11:15:48 PM PDT · by SheLion · 65 replies · 143+ views
    Do you want to save your business? Do you want to smoke in your favorite bar? Are you tired of your personal freedoms being stolen one by one? Then join us for a march on the Capitol. If you answered “yes” to any of these 3 questions, then you must be there. VOICE YOUR OPINION. Your RIGHTS ARE AT STAKE. Stand up for the FREE AMERICA our forefathers fought for. For more information call: Cincinnati-Hermann Tegenkamp-513-703-4737 Cleveland-Gary Nolan-216-533-8692 Columbus-Pam Parker-614-565-6560 Toledo-Bill Delaney-419-476-2883 Please join us. We need a show of support. Ohio State House - Columbus Tuesday, October 9th Noon
  • Congress Wants to Smoke Out Taxpayers — Again

    09/22/2007 4:19:26 PM PDT · by SheLion · 104 replies · 129+ views
    Fox ^ | Sept. 11, 2007 | J.D. Foster
    The excuse this time is to help pay for a huge expansion of the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Expanding the SCHIP program is unwise, not least as another step on the road to government-run health care. Raising taxes to pay for more spending generally is a case of the old adage that two wrongs don't make a right. But turning to a tobacco tax hike is discriminatory and thus especially unsavory.

    07/06/2007 9:43:23 PM PDT · by SheLion · 250 replies · 2,764+ views
    NYC C.L.A.S.H. ^ | July 6, 2007 | Michael Tarnowicz, CT Valley Tobacconist
    SMOKERS’ RIGHTS GROUP SPONSORS LAWSUIT:SPITZER-INSPIRED TOBACCO SALES BAN AT NYS FAIRIS “PROHIBITION”    Michael Tarnowicz, proprietor of Connecticut Valley Tobacconist, LLC, and licensed exhibitor at the NYS Fair for the last decade, has today filed suit in State Supreme Court in Albany County , contending that the newly imposed policy to ban the sale of tobacco products at the fair  -- at the instigation of Governor Eliot Spitzer – and the denial of his application for a booth this year is arbitrary, discriminatory and exceeds authority.  This lawsuit is sponsored by NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.), the...
  • Ambrose: America is turning into a nanny state

    06/25/2007 9:35:34 PM PDT · by SheLion · 29 replies · 871+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Jun 13, 2007 | Jay Ambrose
    Ambrose: America is turning into a nanny stateJune 13, 2007Jay Ambrose It pretends to care for us, tucking us in at night, a smile on its lips, compassion in its eyes, but then, as our trust grows, it puts a pillow over our faces. Though we writhe and kick and try to shout, we find ourselves being smothered to death. I speak of the nanny state, which also happens to be the title of a book by David Harsanyi, a Denver columnist I recently met, a pleasant fellow whose unpleasant message is that the country is jam-packed with people wanting...
  • The verdict is in: Smoking bans hurt the hospitality business.

    06/15/2007 3:06:29 AM PDT · by SheLion · 382 replies · 4,105+ views
    The Smoker's Club, Inc. ^ | 111 June 2007 | Dave Kuneman.
    David W. Kuneman, Director of Research of the Smoker's Club, Inc. originally became interested in the economic effects of smoking bans 4 years ago while reading an review article titled Review of the quality of studies on the economic effects of smoke-free policies on the hospitality industry. (1) That review article claimed that the "better quality" studies of post-smoking-ban effects always found no loss in the hospitality sector, and also claimed that of the studies finding any losses, "none were funded by a source clearly independent of the tobacco industry.""Yet, when bans pass, we always hear complaints from the hospitality...

    05/30/2007 7:25:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 58 replies · 1,590+ views
    Maine Smokers Rights ^ | May 25, 2007 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    CIG BAN? WHAT CIG BAN? CITY HOT SPOTS SMOKING AGAIN May 27, 2007 -- While Mayor Bloomberg tries to make the world safe from greenhouse gases, his cigarette ban is going up in smoke.Scores of trendy clubs and neighborhood pubs across the five boroughs have become smoking speakeasies, where bartenders and bouncers regularly ignore the prohibition launched in 2003. The Post spotted scofflaw smokers openly puffing away in a dozen bars and clubs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island during the past few weeks - including celebrity hangouts Bungalow 8, Tenjune, Butter, Marquee, Plumm and Guest House. The violations...
  • Saudi to sue tobacco firms for more than $2.7 bln

    05/20/2007 3:24:59 AM PDT · by SheLion · 16 replies · 529+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 19, 2007
    RIYADH, May 19   - Saudi Arabia will seek more than $2.7 billion in damages from international tobacco companies in a lawsuit due to go on trial in the capital Riyadh on Sept. 11 this year, the kingdom's health ministry said on Saturday.In November, the ministry threatened to sue international tobacco companies unless they paid the government and patients the full cost of treatment for tobacco-related illnesses.This is the first time it has put a value on the claim.The suit will require companies to pay a lump sum of 10 billion riyals ($2.67 billion) plus 500 million riyals a year for...
  • Mainers can expect gas tax increase

    05/16/2007 5:25:52 AM PDT · by SheLion · 6 replies · 622+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 16, 2007 | Mal Leary
    AUGUSTA — The state’s gas tax will likely go up July 1 as the result of a House vote Tuesday that blocked repeal of the annual indexing of the tax to inflation. The increase is less than 1 cent a gallon."A tax increase is a tax increase is a tax increase," said Rep. Douglas Thomas, R-Ripley, "and this is a tax increase." Thomas said he sought the roll call vote on the measure to give lawmakers a chance to "live up to their promises" to oppose any tax increases this session. He was joined by 27 other Republicans, with the...
  • Statewide Smoking Ban Fails to Clear N.C. House

    05/03/2007 12:44:41 AM PDT · by SheLion · 30 replies · 611+ views ^ | May 2, 2007 | MARGARET LILLARD
    RALEIGH, N.C. — An attempt to ban smoking in many public areas across North Carolina narrowly failed in the House on Wednesday, as tobacco territory Democrats sided with Republicans who called the measure an infringement on the rights of business owners.

    04/30/2007 7:44:17 AM PDT · by SheLion · 93 replies · 2,326+ views
    NYC C.L.A.S.H. ^ | 30 April 2007 | Audrey Silk
    BANS SALE OF CIGARSAND OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTSGov. Spitzer has proclaimed that although cigars are legal he will not allow you to have them.This is PROHIBITION.  STOP IT NOW & BEFORE IT SPREADSJOIN THE FIGHTJoin NYC C.L.A.S.H. in this fight.  Volunteer your voice, your time, your body, your services, your dollar.  One, any, or all.We are presently researching legal options. We invite sympathetic lawyers to please contact us.Social pressure must be brought to bear. Plans include press releases, press conferences, protest events, and to ultimately boycott the Fair if necessary.We need you to participate.Details about all this are at  
  • Smoking Indicator Of Alcohol Misuse (Oh brother.....)

    04/23/2007 4:22:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 55 replies · 1,144+ views
    MediLexicon ^ | 19 Apr 2007
    Where there is cigarette smoking there is probably misuse of alcohol too, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "This means cigarette smoking status can be used as a clinical indicator for alcohol misuse, which presents an opportunity for intervention," said the principal investigator, Sherry McKee, assistant professor of psychiatry. She said that although brief screening and brief intervention provided in primary care settings are effective, clinicians do not frequently screen for alcohol misuse. This is a matter of concern because 26 percent of the U.S. population is drinking at hazardous...
  • Philadelphia: 'Smoke-easys' ignore the tobacco ban

    03/26/2007 5:04:53 PM PDT · by SheLion · 39 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | Mar. 26, 2007
    I'M SIPPING A Blue Moon ale in a Philadelphia bar, Janis Joplin is wailing about Bobby McGee and I'm thinking a smoke would go great about now. I take out one of Baby Cakes' Parliament Lights and fire it up.I'm smoking in a bar in Philadelphia and nobody says, "Boo!"There are 20 other people, smokers and nonsmokers, hanging out, enjoying themselves, not doing any harm to anyone (except maybe themselves). The bar is spacious, the NCAA is on the TV screens, beer pennants hang from the ceiling, and through the large windows I see rain falling.The owner is sitting at...
  • CO: Bars rebel against smoking ban

    03/03/2007 1:16:31 PM PST · by SheLion · 74 replies · 1,452+ views ^ | March 1, 2007 | ANTHONY LANE
    Several Colorado Springs bar owners are rebelling against the statewide smoking ban, inviting their customers to openly defy what they call an “illegal law." Bruce Hicks, owner of Murray Street Darts, met with nearly two dozen other bar owners and managers Wednesday, encouraging them to join a “civil disobedience” protest that calls for businesses to collect $1 from each smoker for a “get out of jail fund." The businesses will go to court to fight tickets they are issued for violating the smoking ban and use the fund to pay fines, Hicks said. The fines are $200 for a first...
  • Severe Wind Chill Alert for Maine Smokers!

    02/19/2007 3:43:58 AM PST · by SheLion · 93 replies · 1,562+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 19, 2007 | Darlene Brennan
  • Congress poised to regulate tobacco (next week)

    02/09/2007 4:35:32 PM PST · by SheLion · 246 replies · 2,949+ views ^ | Feb 9, 2007 | PETER HARDIN
    WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan legislation to give the federal Food and Drug Administration regulatory control over tobacco products may be introduced next week.
  • Denver: Tavern Owners Seeking Smoking-Ban Exemptions

    02/05/2007 3:59:16 AM PST · by SheLion · 17 replies · 431+ views ^ | Jan 27, 2007
    While many tavern owners across Colorado are waiting for the courts or the Legislature to clarify the statewide smoking ban, dozens of others are less patient. They're allowing customers to smoke, hoping they will fit into a loophole in the law. Under the smoking ban that went into effect July 1, casinos, some airport lounges and cigar bars are exempt. But many taverns that sold a lot of cigarettes before the law took effect say they qualify as cigar bars because the Colorado Indoor Air Act covers "tobacco products," rather than specifying cigars. The law says taverns that got 5...
  • Michigan:Smoking ban objections raised by county

    02/05/2007 3:52:04 AM PST · by SheLion · 8 replies · 542+ views ^ | January 27, 2007 | Dennis Pelham
    Three county commissioners say they might vote against a Lenawee County Health regulation to ban smoking in the workplace. ADRIAN — A Lenawee County health regulation to ban smoking in the workplace may not be a done deal. An agreement on smoking ban details was hammered out earlier this month between a committee from the Lenawee County Commission and health department representatives. Three of the county commission’s nine members said Thursday night, however, they might vote against the new proposal because of continuing disagreement on some issues. “I’m feeling a little bit railroaded here,” said Rob Hall, R-Hudson, who...
  • Bill Reverses Hawaii's Smoking Ban in Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants

    02/04/2007 12:50:12 PM PST · by SheLion · 30 replies · 1,706+ views ^ | 1/30/2007 | Rep. Colleen Meyer, R-Kiawah
    Honolulu – I drafted and introduced Bill H.B. No. 792 in the Hawaii State House of Representatives to exempt bars, nightclubs, and restaurants from the complete ban on smoking, provided that exterior signage adequately warns the public that smoking is allowed within. I'm very concerned with the calls my office is receiving about the loss of revenue that small business owners are experiencing across the state since the statewide smoking ban went into affect in November. Many long time business establishments have closed in other states due to the passage of smoking ban legislation and hundreds of others are...
  • Vehicle fumes 'stunt lung growth'

    01/26/2007 2:09:53 AM PST · by SheLion · 22 replies · 500+ views ^ | 26 January 2007
    Living too near a busy road could stunt a child's lung development, US research involving 3,677 children suggests. Children who lived within 500 metres of a major road, such as a motorway, were shown to have lung impairment in tests. Many children live and go to schools near to busy roads and could be at risk, the University of Southern California authors warn in The Lancet. Experts already know toxic traffic fumes can trigger lung conditions such as asthma. Stunted development But the latest work suggests pollution can stop the lung from growing to its full potential - even in...
  • Maine: Support for cigarette tax goes up in smoke

    01/25/2007 2:35:39 AM PST · by SheLion · 38 replies · 1,316+ views
    Maine ^ | January 24, 2007
    AUGUSTA - The top two leaders of the Maine Legislature told reporters on Wednesday that Gov. John Baldacci's proposal to raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack has failed to win enough support to pass. The comments by House Speaker Glenn Cummings and Senate President Beth Edmonds were an early jolt for the governor, who unveiled his budget blueprint for fiscal 2008 and 2009 less than three weeks ago. A spokesman for Baldacci said the governor would not be making a public response.Committee deliberations on the two-year spending package containing the proposed increase have not yet begun. Edmonds...
  • BEULAH, Wyo:Cigarette sales on fire across state line

    01/16/2007 1:12:12 AM PST · by SheLion · 83 replies · 1,557+ views
    Rapid City ^ | January 15, 2007 | Kevin Woster
    BEULAH, Wyo. — Cigarette sales were sizzling here Monday as South Dakota smokers crossed the state line to escape higher tobacco taxes at home. Kristie Gibbens of Deadwood buys three cartons of cigarettes Monday at the Stateline Station store in Beulah, Wyo. She and other South Dakota smokers are making the trip across the border to avoid a $1 a pack increase in the South Dakota tobacco tax. (Kevin Woster/Journal staff) Two weeks after the state’s new $1-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes took effect, vehicles with South Dakota license plates — Lawrence County mostly, but also Pennington and Butte —...
  • Burr says he'll fight FDA-cigarette bill

    01/14/2007 12:25:45 AM PST · by SheLion · 28 replies · 850+ views ^ | January 14, 2007 | Mary M. Shaffrey
    Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., plans to try to block Senate passage of any bill that allows for Food and Drug Administration regulation of cigarettes."I would use every legislative tool at my disposal," Burr said last week, during a wide-ranging interview in his Senate office.Burr acknowledged that he is unlikely to have the support of at least 40 other senators, which would allow the use of the filibuster - a procedural tool that has the effect of bringing the Senate to a standstill. But he said that there are other steps he could and would use to make sure that...
  • Club smoking ban a drag for Republicans, not Democrats

    01/13/2007 1:32:32 AM PST · by SheLion · 16 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 11, 2007 | Emily Heil
    Looks like members of Congress will just have to huddle out of doors, with their cold, shivery fingers gripping their cigarettes, just like the rest of us. Or at least the Republican ones will.Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday banned smoking in the once notoriously nicotine-friendly Speaker’s Lobby, Democrats can still retire to the comforts of the Democratic National Club for a smoke. The venue, located just blocks from the Capitol, offers a bar, dining room, and private dining and meeting spaces. And the private club still permits smoking in certain areas, even though there’s a distinctly...
  • Maine:Budget Proposal

    01/06/2007 7:27:02 AM PST · by SheLion · 21 replies · 714+ views
    News Source 8 ^ | January 5, 2007
    Governor John Baldacci today unveiled a six-point-four billion-dollar two-year budget package that would substantially boost funding for K-through-12 education while drastically reducing local layers of school system administration.The plan would also raise the state tax on a pack of cigarettes by one dollar, producing 66 million dollars a year and bringing the tax to three dollars - the nation's highest among the states.The governor's General Fund proposal for the biennium beginning July First would create a Department of Commerce combining the existing departments of Economic and Community Development and of Professional and Financial Regulation. Aides said the proposal would eliminate...
  • NASCAR's Parsons hospitalized in intensive care unit

    01/05/2007 11:40:27 PM PST · by SheLion · 14 replies · 767+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 5, 2007
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons remained in intensive care Friday at Carolinas Medical Center after entering the hospital nearly two weeks ago because of complications stemming from lung cancer. The 1973 Winston Cup champion was diagnosed with cancer in his left lung in July and declared in October that he had beaten it. But he was unable to attend a ceremony in November in New York to accept the Myers Brothers Award for contributions to the sport. ``Parsons' family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from fans and the NASCAR community and they encourage everyone...
  • Maine: Ellsworth: Police detain suspected illegal immigrants

    12/21/2006 4:15:20 AM PST · by SheLion · 19 replies · 1,517+ views ^ | December 19, 2006 | Eric Russell
    ELLSWORTH , Maine - For the third time since August, a group of suspected illegal immigrants was detained in the city, this time after a routine traffic stop. Three men were arrested and taken Sunday to Bangor, where they were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Seven other men will be questioned to determine whether they have committed an administrative immigration violation, according to an ICE spokeswoman in Boston. "We’ll make a determination about their status, but I can’t speculate as to whether they will be charged," Paula Grenier said Monday by telephone. The three other men...
  • Maine: Tax hikes eyed to pay for health care program

    12/20/2006 11:56:25 PM PST · by SheLion · 36 replies · 1,303+ views ^ | December 20, 2006
    AUGUSTA - A special task force suggests raising several state taxes to help pay for and expand the state’s DirigoChoice health insurance program. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Dirigo Health, which met for the last time Tuesday, also voted to recommend that Maine join Massachusetts, Vermont and several other states in requiring all residents to have health care coverage. In addition, the task force said that virtually all large and small Maine employers should be required to offer coverage to their workers or contribute to a public health care fund. The commission will submit its recommendations in a final...
  • Ohio: Smoker plans protest of ban

    12/19/2006 4:01:54 AM PST · by SheLion · 267 replies · 2,704+ views
    Middletown Journal ^ | December 18, 2006 | Christopher Magan
    FRANKLIN — Smokers will light up the city building parking lot Saturday to protest the new statewide smoking ban. Andy Kopp, who is organizing the rally, hopes it will be a step toward having the ban declared unconstitutional. "I don't think they'll be able to enforce it," he said. "It's like Prohibition." So the longtime cigar smoker is inviting others to join him today in the parking lot of the city building. "I plan on smoking a cigar," he said. "I guess I'm allowed to." That's the thing about the ban, Kopp said, the rules are too hazy. Lawsuits filed...
  • OHIO: Despite new law, business disobeys Ohio smoking ban

    12/19/2006 3:46:50 AM PST · by SheLion · 68 replies · 1,740+ views ^ | December 16, 2006 | Connie Cartmell
    Regardless of what Ohio voters said in November, Jim Bauer, owner of the Riverside Bar & Lounge in Marietta is just saying “Yes,” to his customers. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. Bauer, who has owned the downtown tavern and lounge over two years, is among a small group of bar and restaurant owners around Ohio who have decided to leave the ashtrays out. Some have chosen to defy voters, come what may. “We voted away our choices,” Bauer said in defense of a sign outside his business that welcomes smokers. “It’s not the law, yet.” As of now,...
  • Maine: Martin targets smokers who get Medicaid

    12/14/2006 12:54:16 PM PST · by SheLion · 91 replies · 1,933+ views ^ | December 14, 2006 | Mal Leary
    AUGUSTA - Mainers on Medicaid who smoke would be offered incentives to stop smoking and could face sanctions for not quitting under a measure being introduced by Sen. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake. "There is a connection between the health of individuals and the fact that they are still smoking," Martin said. "One of the questions that came out of discussions I had with physicians is why we are as a state, and the federal government, paying the health care cost of people that are smoking two and three packs a day." The Medicaid program serves about 262,000 Mainers at...
  • Philip Morris USA raises cigarette prices

    12/14/2006 3:33:20 AM PST · by SheLion · 179 replies · 4,316+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 13, 2006
    CHICAGO, Dec 13 - Philip Morris USA said on Wednesday it was raising prices on all its cigarette brands by 10 cents per pack as of Dec. 18, a move that had been expected by analysts.The price increase was accomplished by lowering promotional discounts the company offers on its Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Parliament and Basic brands, while raising list prices on other brands, a spokesman for the unit of Altria Group Inc. <MO.N> said.Since changes in promotional discounts are typically passed on to consumers, the move could raise the average price a smoker pays for a pack of top-selling Marlboro...
  • NV: Vegas smoking ban may crap out

    12/08/2006 3:54:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 26 replies · 701+ views ^ | December 08, 2006
    LAS VEGAS — A judge yesterday granted a 15-day restraining order to block a new ban on smoking at some bars and around the slot machines at supermarkets, gas stations and convenience stores. Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon said yesterday that there was a reasonable likelihood that a group of business owners could persuade him that the voter-approved ban, to take effect today, was unconstitutional. "This is not an issue of my telling the voters their vote is wrong. It's an issue of the constitutionality of the law they voted on," Herndon said. A hearing on the...
  • Las Vegas: Business owners demand injunction against Nevada smoking ban

    12/07/2006 4:07:56 AM PST · by SheLion · 29 replies · 638+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | December 05, 2006
    LAS VEGAS - A group of southern Nevada business owners sought an eleventh-hour injunction Tuesday against a state smoking ban that voters approved in November, arguing the law was unconstitutional and would harm their businesses. The group, which includes owners of such chains as Village Pub and Terrible's Hotel and Casino, asked for a temporary restraining order to keep Attorney General George Chanos and county prosecutors from enforcing the restrictions, which are scheduled to go into effect Friday. "The interest of the general public is best served if defendants are enjoined from enforcing a criminal statute whose constitutionality is...
  • IL: Carbondale says NO to ban & Peoria says NO to ban.

    11/25/2006 4:03:52 AM PST · by SheLion · 14 replies · 598+ views
    Carbondale council rejects ban on public smoking11/22/06 CARBONDALE, Ill. Bucking a statewide trend, the city of Carbondale has rejected a proposal to ban smoking in public spaces and workplaces.The City Council voted three-to-three last night to defeat the ban. One council member abstained. Mayor Brad Cole voted against the ban. He said he doesn't think the city should restrict the use of a legal substance by citizens of a legal age on private property.He said the issue is better suited for the state General Assembly or the U-S Congress. Supporters of the ban pointed to the health dangers posed by...
  • FL: Allen County says NO to bar ban.

    11/25/2006 3:50:08 AM PST · by SheLion · 18 replies · 625+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | Nov. 23, 2006 | Kathleen Quilligan
    County smoking ban exempts barsYou can still light up a cigarette with that beer, as long as you’re in the right place at the right time. Wednesday, the Allen County Commissioners passed an amended smoking ordinance that outlaws smoking in most public places except in bowling alleys Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., and in establishments that only have patrons who are 21 or older. That stipulation means restaurants that created enclosed smoking areas will have to decide whether to go entirely nonsmoking, or allow smokers and restrict their clientele to those over 21. “People who are...
  • From Moose to vets, private clubs must ban smoking too

    11/21/2006 7:19:15 AM PST · by SheLion · 105 replies · 2,174+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | November 20, | Joseph Gerth
    Mike Deeley served his country and figures he earned his right to have a drink and a smoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert E. Newman Post. As he talks with fellow veterans, Deeley puffs away on his Marlboro and sips his domestic beer. The Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, dreads the day when he’ll have to take his cigarette outside. But that day is coming.On July 1, the post and other private Louisville clubs will join the hundreds of public buildings that are already smoke-free. “It’s not right,” Deeley said. “If they can sell them, I ought...
  • Antis: What to expect

    11/11/2006 10:30:33 PM PST · by SheLion · 18 replies · 460+ views
      The Smoker's Club, Inc. Encyclopedia   Encyclopedia Page: Antis: What to expect Action Antismoking Extremists Say Folks say The Cold Sharp Slap Of Reality A Stranger Comes To Town We are here to help, you can't avoid a ban because EVERYONE is doing it, for the good of the children. We can decide what we want on our own properties, we can hang signs and let the public decide where to spend their money. Antismoking Extremists think you are too stupid to know Big Pharmaceutical supports them, and they count on the fact that you will believe all...
  • Group Pushing Smoking Ban in NJ Casinos

    11/11/2006 7:32:44 AM PST · by SheLion · 71 replies · 1,658+ views ^ | Nov. 9, 2006 | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    TRENTON, N.J. ? A group lobbying to extend New Jersey's indoor smoking ban to Atlantic City casinos released a study Thursday showing dramatically cleaner air inside taverns and restaurants since the state barred patrons from lighting up.Indoor air quality improved more than 90 percent in bars, restaurants and bowling alleys after New Jersey banned smoking in public places on April 15, according to results of air monitoring tests presented by New Jersey GASP (Group Against Smoking Pollution).Colorado's statewide smoking ban also exempts casinos, along with cigar bars, the Denver International Airport smoking lounge, private workplaces with three or fewer employees...
  • California: Smoking Mad About Prop 86

    11/07/2006 2:34:10 AM PST · by SheLion · 42 replies · 1,646+ views
    Tehachapi News ^ | November 6, 2006 | George Lewis
    I stopped to drop off a carton of cigarettes for a disabled veteran at a nursing home. They have a bleak area outside where they can enjoy a cigarette at fixed intervals. He was reading an absentee ballot about Proposition 86. He said, “This is crazy! We can’t afford $70 for a carton of cigarettes. That’s the most prejudiced, hateful proposition I ever read.” Then he asked me, “Can this pass?” I said, “Are you old enough to remember bus segregation, because some people didn’t think some people looked as nice as they did?” He said, “Haven’t we learned...
  • Britons 'could be microchipped like dogs in a decade' (Not good, not good at all!)

    11/01/2006 5:05:35 AM PST · by SheLion · 39 replies · 590+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30th October 2006 | DAN NEWLING
    Human beings may be forced to be 'microchipped' like pet dogs, a shocking official report into the rise of the Big Brother state has warned. The microchips - which are implanted under the skin - allow the wearer's movements to be tracked and store personal information about them. They could be used by companies who want to keep tabs on an employee's movements or by Governments who want a foolproof way of identifying their citizens - and storing information about them. The prospect of 'chip-citizens' - with its terrifying echoes of George Orwell's 'Big Brother' police state in the...
  • Ariz., Ohio key in smoking ballot battle

    10/30/2006 7:30:33 PM PST · by SheLion · 98 replies · 1,338+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | Oct. 30, 2006 | Mary Jo Pitzl
    There's a new front in America's smoking wars, and Arizona is one of two key battlegrounds. Here and in Ohio, tobacco interests are spending millions of dollars on alternatives to anti-smoking measures rather than fighting them head-on. The strategy has created lively if confusing campaigns as voters try to sort out which smoking ban does what. "It's never been done before," said Joel Spivak, media relations director for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, which is supporting the broader smoking bans being pushed in Arizona and Ohio. Accustomed to being the guys in the white hats who square off against...
  • Conclusions of University of Nevada Casino Workers Secondhand Smoke Study Unwarranted

    10/30/2006 11:28:28 AM PST · by SheLion · 4 replies · 477+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | October 28, 2006 | Samantha Phillipe
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA July 2005 study, which appeared in Toxicology Letters, claimed to find a link between secondhand smoke exposure and genetic damage in casino workers. But according to David W. Kuneman, the Director of Research of the Smoker's Club, Inc, "It's just not so." The authors had stated a more exhaustive study would be published later this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but as of yet, this has not happened. The authors of the study actually reported no association between secondhand smoke exposure and any genetic damage in nonsmoking female casino workers, but had found...
  • Springfield, IL:Group pushes to alter smoking ban

    10/30/2006 8:34:04 AM PST · by SheLion · 12 replies · 1,008+ views
    sj-r com ^ | October 22, 2006 | DANIEL PIKE
    Armed with a new opinion poll and with statistics claiming revenue at some Springfield bars and fraternal clubs has dropped as much as 70 percent, the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association announced Saturday a push to overturn parts of the city's month-old indoor smoking ban. In remarks at JW's Lounge on South Sixth Street, Steve Riedl, executive director of the ILBA, told a few dozen people - most of them bar owners and employees - that the Springfield City Council relied on bad information in voting to ban smoking inside the city limits, resulting in economic "devastation" for segments of...
  • Don't Smoke in Texas: Statewide Smoking Ban Proposed

    10/28/2006 10:10:39 PM PDT · by SheLion · 163 replies · 2,183+ views ^ | 10/20/2006 | Mandi Johnston
    There will be no smoking in any public indoor places in Texas, including San Antonio if one lawmaker has his way. That's got some San Antonio business owners fearing their business will go up in smoke. Right now in San Antonio, you can only smoke in designated and enclosed areas. State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston wants to toughen the ban, barring smoking in any indoor public place in Texas, to protect people's health. Councilman Kevin Wolff says he doesn't think it will find much support. "It's just not a part of the law that local or state or...
  • Maine: Baldacci wins newspaper endorsements

    10/23/2006 2:13:34 AM PDT · by SheLion · 10 replies · 490+ views
    shelion ^ | 19-23-06 | Francis X. Quinn
    AUGUSTA, Maine --With varying degrees of enthusiasm, Gov. John Baldacci won weekend endorsements of his re-election campaign from newspapers in the north and south of Maine.Addressing two top-of-the-ticket ballot issues, the Bangor Daily News on Saturday urged the re-election of the Democratic incumbent and the defeat of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights citizen initiative."John Baldacci concludes what is likely to be his final political campaign with the same focus on issues, the same attention to Maine and the same admirable work ethic he has had throughout his career," the newspaper said in its lead editorial."Though he has been attacked...