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  • Don't Get Me Started

    06/08/2007 9:19:42 AM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 3 replies · 844+ views
    Baker County Standard ^ | June, 8 2007 | Andrew C. Hefty
    Don't Get Me Started Really Angry By Andrew C. ''Andy'' Hefty Ok, now I am really angry. In fact, I am so upset that my teeth are clenched in a fit of rage. My fury stems from a collection of news articles over the last few weeks that show how completely out of touch some Americans really are. Now, this may sound like one of my typical "spouting" columns, but it's not. Hillary Clinton's Chutzpah This exceptionally dangerous politician has shown incredible audacity. Remember how over the last couple of years when Iraq became less popular that the junior senator...
  • New fingerprint analysis identifies smokers [also, avid coffee drinker or drug addict]

    05/18/2007 2:05:18 PM PDT · by bedolido · 7 replies · 410+ views
    newscientisttech.com ^ | 5-18-2007 | Paul Marks
    Images that show how fingerprints can be used to reveal whether you are a smoker, an avid coffee drinker or even a drug addict have been revealed by UK scientists. They were produced using a novel forensic technique that could in future be used on fingerprints collected at a crime scene. If the prints in question are not on file, this would still give police a powerful way to shrink their pool of suspects, by identifying their lifestyle habits. The technique was developed by a team of forensics experts at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, and King's...
  • Smoker Sued for Lighting Up in Her Garden

    03/09/2007 7:19:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,476+ views
    EARTHtimes.org ^ | Fri, 09 Mar 2007
    AKARP, Sweden, March 9 A Swedish woman has been sued for smoking in her own garden. Her neighbor in Akarp in southern Sweden, a lawyer, demands 15,000 kroner ($2,000) in damages for her previous smoking plus another 2,000 kroner ($280) every time she lights up in the future, The Local reported. She has received a district court summons to respond to his complaint. It makes me sad and angry, the 49-year-old single mom told Aftonbladet. Should somebody else be able to control my life?The woman said she has already made concessions to her neighbor's dislike of cigarette smoke, including picking...
  • A hard habit to kick -- right, Obama? (Smokers Now Despised)

    02/26/2007 4:50:47 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 42 replies · 1,486+ views
    LA Times ^ | 26 February 2007 | Allan M. Brandt, ALLAN M. BRANDT is a professor of medical history at Harvard University
    PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Barack Obama is trying to quit smoking. There are, of course, many good reasons to. He will significantly reduce his own risk of serious disease and that of those around him by not smoking. But clearly, one of the reasons Obama wants to quit now — beyond pressure from his wife — is that it would be widely perceived as unseemly and inappropriate to have a smoker in the White House. Smoking has become a marginalized and often stigmatized behavior, a sign of personal weakness — which just won't do in a presidential candidate these days. A once-social...
  • Should Smokers Be Refused Surgery?

    01/06/2007 4:08:26 PM PST · by Brilliant · 118 replies · 2,418+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 6, 2007 | BMJ-British Medical Journal
    Last year a primary care trust announced it would take smokers off waiting lists for surgery in an attempt to contain costs. In this week's British Medical Journal, two experts go head to head over whether smokers should be refused surgery. Denying operations is justified for specific conditions, argues Professor Matthew Peters from the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Australia. Professor Peters says that smoking up to the time of any surgery increases cardiac and pulmonary complications, impairs tissue healing, and is associated with more infections. These effects increase the costs of care and also mean less opportunity to treat...
  • Future smokers may be programmed in womb

    11/28/2006 7:13:07 AM PST · by HOTTIEBOY · 36 replies · 499+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/28/2006 | MSNBC
    Pregnant women's nicotine may pass through placenta and reach fetus Future smokers may be programmed in the womb to take up the habit later in life, research published on Tuesday said. Scientists in Australia have discovered that children of women who smoked during pregnancy were more likely to become smokers than other youngsters. They suggest nicotine from cigarettes passes through the placenta and may act directly on the developing brain of the unborn child. "Our findings suggest a direct effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy on young adults' development of regular smoking and provide yet another incentive to persuade pregnant...
  • Smoking ban irks some, others breathe a sigh of relief (Nevada smoking ban updateO

    11/09/2006 6:39:39 PM PST · by I'll be your Huckleberry · 42 replies · 1,880+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | 11-09-06
    The winds of change are blowing through Nevada - and taking with them the cigarette smoke that circulates inside many Carson City bars. Starting Dec. 8, smoking will be banned in bars that serve food and in restaurants, in addition to several other public and retail buildings. Approved by voters Tuesday, the ban came as a shock to some business owners who worry what the restriction will do to their customer base. Public officials are unsure about penalties for defiance, or who will enforce the ban. Non-smokers are savoring the day when their meal won't come with a side of...
  • Woman Smoking While Pumping Gas Ignites Fire, Burns Self And Car

    10/02/2006 4:46:35 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 48 replies · 1,742+ views
    LOCAL6 FLORIDA ^ | 02 OCTOBER 2006 | LOCAL6 NEWS
    A woman in Orange County, Fla., was injured when she ignited a fire while smoking a cigarette as she filled her car with gas, according to Local 6 News. Police said the woman was pumping gas at a Race Trac near the University of Central Florida when a cigarette butt sparked the fire. Flames burned the gas pump and set her car on fire. "The car is virtually ruined," a fire official at the scene said. "(It happened) just by doing something stupid by smoking while fueling her car." Signs near the gas pump said "no smoking." The woman will...
  • 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...
  • Report says smokers get more nicotine (Duh alert)

    08/29/2006 7:39:46 PM PDT · by jdm · 15 replies · 448+ views
    AP via Finanznachrichten ^ | August 29, 2006
    BOSTON (AFX) - The level of nicotine that smokers typically consume per cigarette has risen about 10 percent in the past six years, making it harder to quit and easier to get hooked, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. The study shows a steady climb in the amount of nicotine delivered to the lungs of smokers regardless of brand, with overall nicotine yields increasing by about 10 percent. Massachusetts is one of three states to require tobacco companies to submit information about nicotine testing according to its specifications and the only state with...
  • 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...
  • Teen Girls Drawn to Smoking by Hot Cable Series

    08/13/2006 7:05:24 PM PDT · by at bay · 74 replies · 1,199+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 10, 2006 | Lisa L. Colangelo
    Sex and the ciggie If your teens watch "Sex and the City," the sex isn't the only thing you have to worry about. Virtually every teen girl interviewed as part of a new Health Department report on smoking said the show influenced their deadly habit. "Whenever I think of how to smoke, it's the way Sarah Jessica Parker exhales, and I'm like obsessed," one 10th-grader said. "I love her, and the way she exhales is very memorable. She kind of ... elongates her neck and exhales into the air." About 11% of teenagers smoke, according to the Health Department. The...
  • Our Candy Ass Military

    08/09/2006 11:07:42 AM PDT · by rider237 · 359 replies · 8,477+ views
    14 august 2006 | rider237
    this weeks "navy times" came out. it had the usual articles in it. one very touching one about the last carrier operations of the f-14s. then.....
  • 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...
  • Job discrimination against smokers is allowed, says Brussels

    08/07/2006 1:02:04 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 26 replies · 1,199+ views
    EUobserver ^ | Aug 07 2006 | Lisbeth Kirk
    A European company has the right to refuse employment to smokers, European Commissioner for employment and equal opportunities of Employers Vladimir Spidla has confirmed. Scottish Labour MEP Catherine Stihler brought the issue to the commission after Irish call-centre company Dotcom Directories had advertised for a worker but said smokers needed not apply. "If people are smoking on a coffee break or in their own time they come back into the office and they stink. We have a small office here and it would make things unbearable for the other staff", said Philip Tobin, director of Dotcom Directories in a radio...
  • 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...
  • Smoker(s) Blamed for Wildfire

    07/26/2006 10:28:32 AM PDT · by at bay · 310 replies · 2,721+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | July 26, 2006 | Modesto Bee Staff
    Officials ask witnesses to the nearly 35,000-acre Canyon fire to call them Someone's smoking habit started the immense fire that burned for more than a week west of Patterson and needed 2,000 firefighters from around the state to control, state fire investigators said. Investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said this week that forensic evidence from where the Canyon fire started near Del Puerto Canyon Road on July 9 could tell them who started the fire. They have determined that a number of people were present when the fire started, and investigators would like these witnesses...
  • 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...
  • Tobacco May Kill 1 Billion This Century

    07/11/2006 8:14:03 AM PDT · by at bay · 63 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associate Press ^ | July 10, 2006 | Andrew Bridges
    Curbing tobacco use and taking other steps to eliminate some of the most common risk factors for cancer could save millions of lives over the next few decades, health officials said Monday. Tobacco alone is predicted to kill a billion people this century, 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century, if current trends hold. "In all of world history, this is the largest train wreck not waiting to happen," said John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. Reducing tobacco use would have the single largest effect on global cancer rates, Seffrin and other health...
  • 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...
  • Fla. Supreme Court Rejects Smoker Verdict

    07/06/2006 8:58:19 AM PDT · by libstripper · 166 replies · 1,532+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2006 | Associated Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a $145 billion punitive damages award against tobacco companies for injuring smokers, saying it was excessive. The award had been the largest ever by an American jury. The justices also approved an appellate court ruling that it had been a mistake to certify a class-action lawsuit representing an estimated 300,000 to 700,000 ill Floridians. The certification led to the huge jury award for punitive damages in 2000.
  • 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...
  • New Surgeon General’s Report Focuses on the Effects of Secondhand Smoke

    06/27/2006 11:34:51 PM PDT · by at bay · 52 replies · 1,184+ views
    Surgeon GeneraL ^ | June 27, 2006 | HHS Press Office
    U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona today issued a comprehensive scientific report which concludes that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. The finding is of major public health concern due to the fact that nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans are still regularly exposed to secondhand smoke. The report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, finds that even brief secondhand smoke exposure can cause...
  • Surgeon general warns of secondhand smoke

    06/27/2006 8:49:35 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 83 replies · 1,595+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 27 JUNE 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Separate smoking sections don't cut it: Only smoke-free buildings and public places truly protect nonsmokers from the hazards of breathing in other people's tobacco smoke, says a long-awaited surgeon general's report. Some 126 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke, what U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona repeatedly calls "involuntary smoking" that puts people at increased risk of death from lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Moreover, there is no risk-free level of exposure to someone else's drifting smoke, declares the report issued Tuesday — a conclusion sure to fuel already growing efforts at public smoking bans nationwide....
  • 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,...