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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #755

The Property Rights Newsletter April 18, 2014 - Issue #755

"We cannot afford the EPA's continued expansion of red tape that is slowing economic growth and threatening to entangle millions of small businesses."
- Fred Upton
EPA Concedes: We Can't Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules. EPA Concedes: We Can't Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules. Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have - and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act. "Virtually every regulation proposed by the Obama administration has been justified by nontransparent data and unverifiable claims," committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in February, denouncing what he called EPA's "secret science." "The American people foot the bill for EPA's costly regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science. Costly environmental regulations should be based on publicly available data so that independent scientists can verify the EPA's claims." HR 4012, which would amend the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978, states that "the Administrator shall not propose, finalize, or disseminate a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such covered action is (A) specifically identified; and (B) publicly available in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results."

WTO fight in Australia. Cuba, Dominican Republic set up WTO fight over Australia tobacco law. Along fellow plaintiff Honduras, Cuba and the Dominican Republic say that by covering all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, the legislation harms their traditional cigar brands. Also involved in the WTO case are Indonesia and Ukraine, both of which are leading raw tobacco and cigarette exporters. The Geneva-based World Trade Organization ensures that its 159 members respect the rules of global commerce. If its disputes panel of independent trade and legal experts finds against Australia, it has the power to authorise retaliatory trade measures by the wronged countries.

WHO fight about nicotine. WHO - So now e-cigarettes are tobacco products AND medicines?! The forces ranged against e-cigarette users are endless and become less accountable at every turn. We have already been faced by the MHRA, the Department of Health and the European Commission. Now comes the World Health Organisation, an unelected body with strong financial links to the pharmaceutical industry which holds its meetings on tobacco in notorious secrecy. The WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can only be applied to tobacco whereas the MHRA only regulates medicines. Necessity is the mother of invention, hence the eager rush to pretend that e-cigarettes are something they not. The WHO's excuse for classifying e-cigs as tobacco products is that the nicotine in them comes from tobacco. But the nicotine in patches and gum also comes from tobacco. And whilst it is possible to artificially synthesise nicotine without using tobacco, it is much more expensive and the resulting fluid would be exactly the same. It is a risible justification.

EU pushes Hungary. EU Pushes for Changes in Hungary Legislation. Laws on Liquor Tax, Tobacco Products and Competition in Agriculture Targeted. Hungary is risking heavy fines unless it amends legislation that infringes EU laws on taxation of liquor, trade in tobacco products and competition in agriculture. The European Commission, the EU's executive, said Wednesday that Hungary has two months to act in each case or face being taken to the EU's top court, the Court of Justice, which could result in legal enforcement and heavy penalties. Also... At present, tobacco products labeled with a certain tax rate in Hungary cannot be sold 15 days after the date of a tax rate change. The EU doesn't allow the restriction of trade in tobacco products once they are released for sale, the Commission said.

EU pushes Hungary. E-Cigs Ruled Illegal In Western Australia. Cancer Council WA director of education and research Terry Slevin said it was a legal loophole that needed to be fixed because electronic cigarettes were a growing concern. Judge Pritchard found in favour of the Health Department and in her decision expanded her conclusion to determine that in effect any product E-Cig or otherwise that involves a hand to mouth action and results in the expulsion of vapour does in fact resemble a tobacco product and [therefore] falls under section 106a of the Tobacco Products Control Act of 2006.

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #754

The Property Rights Newsletter April 11, 2014 - Issue #754

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight
- it's the size of the fight in the dog."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Military Madness: "You ask me what we need to win this war. I answer, tobacco as much as bullets." So cabled the commander of the American Expeditionary Force, Gen. John Pershing, to the War Department in 1917. It's a long way from "Black Jack" Pershing to Chuck Hagel. Not that the Obama administration shies away from wars. It's just that the target is less likely to be the Russians or Iranians than our own troops: specifically, the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who smoke.

Tobacco plant joins fight against cancer: They have found a molecule in the flower of the plant that targets cancer cells and rips them open, according to an article in the journal eLife. 'There is some irony,' lead researcher Dr Mark Hulett says. 'But this is a welcome discovery, whatever the origin.' A promising feature of the molecule is that it targets cancer cells and does little damage to healthy cells. Also read: Over-Reaching California EPA Regulators Promoted A False Breast Cancer Link. By Geoffrey Kabat.

Taxes on sugary drinks, tobacco are needed to maintain healthy society: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors isn't trying to ruin your life by taxing sugar and tobacco, or by banning water bottles and peanut butter. It's trying to make San Francisco the healthiest and safest it can be for everybody. Soda tax, "if passed, the tax is expected to raise approximately $30 million a year for the city."

Ireland Sales Ban: Government "should consider banning cigarette sales after 6pm" a cross-party report by TDs and Senators has recommended. The report also says that consideration should be given to prohibiting the sale of cigarettes in pubs and clubs... The regulation of e-cigarettes... Plain packaging on tobacco products...

Spain Ban Damage: Las Vegas Sands Abandons EuroVegas Project In Madrid, Spain. Company Will Instead Pursue Opportunities In Asia. LVS wanted assurances of compensation should future legislation make profitability difficult for the company and exemption from a nation-wide smoking ban. The $30 billion project, dubbed EuroVegas by CEO Sheldon Adelson, was supposed to feature 12 hotels, six casinos, three golf courses, a convention center and a large retail space, which would have created as many as 250,000 jobs. LVS originally chose Madrid over Barcelona. The announcement was celebrated in Madrid, the most populated city in a country that is in the middle of a drastic economic slump. The recession is most notably reflected in Spain's unemployment rate, which now sits at a staggering 26.7 percent. The casino company will now pursue opportunities in Asia.

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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! MN: Austin bans e-cigs in public places. The measure bans e-cigarette use in public places, similar to tobacco products. It does not prevent e-cigarettes from being sold or used on private property.
NJ: Proposed E-cigarette tax. Christie's proposed e-cigarette tax is for public health, state treasurer says. Christie's budget anticipates $35 million in revenue by applying the $2.70 per pack regular state tax on cigarettes to the electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in the form of water vapor.
NY: Ban "E-Liquids" Proposal. Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) "Forms of liquid nicotine need to be reviewed and scrutinized more than other tobacco and nicotine products."
USA: Calls to Action! Read the CASAA E-cigarette alerts in NY, MA, CA, LA, OH, NJ, and more.
UK: The pointlessness of the prohibitionists. It's in our genes. Whether "smoking" is practiced technologically, as in vaping, or by using combustion, as in the old way, the practise will never be eradicated. Neither will alcohol, or gambling. It's in our genes. Read Clive Bates report on the UK E-cigarette advertising code consultation.
UK: E-cig ban would be 'nail in coffin' for Uttoxeter's pubs. The smoking ban, which has had a devastating affect on pubs, has already taken away the human rights of my locals. I'm not a smoker but, if I had the option, I'd definitely allow people to smoke in the Talbot. Most people use e-cigarettes to cut down or quit altogether and we should be encouraging that.

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #753

The Property Rights Newsletter April 4, 2014 - Issue #753

"No one loves the messenger who brings bad news"
- Antigone by Sophocles
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Secondhand Smoke, Third-Rate Science: In a perfect world, it wouldn't be necessary for me to begin this article by affirming that I am not a supporter of smoking, nor am I a paid shill of the tobacco industry. But in our real world - in which a goodly amount of scientific research grant money is awarded on the basis of sensationalized fearmongering results - those who question the validity of such results are often attacked. "Kill the messenger" is hardly a new phenomenon, having been recorded as early as 442 BC in the play Antigone by Sophocles.

Rush Limbaugh: Libs Hell-Bent on Banning E-Cigarettes. How many of you are using e-cigarettes? It's an increasing number of people. But, man, the New York Times is just hell-bent on wiping them out -- and not just the New York Times. Democrats everywhere are hell-bent on wiping out this product. You would think that they would try to come up with a way to tax it. They haven't banned cigarettes. I mean, how many years have they been talking about cigarettes as killer and ruination for our children? But they never ban the product. They still sell it. They're using tax revenues, sale tax revenue from the sale of tobacco products to fund children's health care programs. They can't ban tobacco, but they are hell-bent on getting rid of electronic cigarettes. They're lying about things in the process of doing it.

France pushes fast-food tax People smoke more where packets show NO branding: Smokers buy cheaper cigarettes in plain packaging. Industry data from Australia has warned plain packaging could lead to a rise in the sale of cigarette packs, because smokers, and potential smokers, will no longer care about buying expensive brands. The industry data suggests the amount of tobacco delivered to retailers has actually risen since the move to plain packaging was introduced in 2012.

France pushes fast-food tax: "Taxation and public health: evaluation of behavioural taxation." The aim of the report is to evaluate a behavioural tax to counter poor dietary habits, which could compensate for the public health costs associated with the consumption of junk-food.

NJ Elizabeth Bans: Bans smoking at all municipal buildings, parks, properties. Michael McFadden, mid-Atlantic regional director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance, which advocates for smokers' rights, the claims about the effects of second-hand smoke on non-smokers are overblown. "The whole second-hand smoke thing is nonsense when you're talking outside," he said. He said there are better ways to deal with the influences on children and the litter. "If they're worried about setting better examples for children, they ought to get rid of the smoking ban in bars. It pushed smokers outside where the children can see them," McFadden said.

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere. MD Universities: Maryland lawmakers are looking to return the favor for banning smoking at publicly funded universities by taking away the hand that feeds them. Since July 2013, the legal activity of lighting up and smoking tobacco products has been banned from Maryland's public universities. A new bill would deduct the proportionate amount of of revenue the state receives from tobacco taxes. If the bill passes, the university system would lose about $33.8 million in fiscal year 2015.

Listen to The War on Smoking: David W. Kuneman, Midwest Regional Director for Citizens Freedom Alliance interview. Fifty years ago the US surgeon general declared that cigarettes are deadly. By now, that's a message that's hard to ignore...

Listen to Anti-Nanny with Ravengrim: Theodore J King, Oklahoma State Coordinator of The Smoker's Club, is their guest. He is the author of the wonderful book The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State.

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Know the scoundrels. UK Taxpayer money: For pregnant women to quit smoking. Dia Chakravarty, political director of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "This is a ridiculous scheme which was doomed to fail from the beginning - and it has - costing the taxpayers a huge sum of money." "There is absolutely no justification for health chiefs to waste yet more of hard-pressed residents' money by rolling out this failed scheme."

Wales electronic cigarette ban: Ministers say they are responding to concern that the devices - which can contain nicotine - normalise smoking and undermine the smoking ban. Welsh Conservatives described the ban as a "step backwards" for quitters.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #752

The Property Rights Newsletter March 28, 2014 - Issue #752

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
- Hamlet
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Lung Cancer: Germline Mutation Predisposes Women Who Never Smoked. What are the main findings of the study? Lung cancers mainly develop in women who are lifetime never smokers. Lung cancer development is much less common among smokers and men, although accurate figures are not yet available. So the risk among carriers is somewhat similar to the BRCA genes predisposing to breast cancer, where a female carrier has about a 50% lifetime chance of developing breast cancer.
Philosophy Professor Wants To Criminalize Scientific Dissent. In a proceeding straight out of the Inquisition, an Italian court convicted six scientists for providing "inexact, incomplete and contradictory information."
Are Health Laws making Danes sick? Five years of smoking law & the paternalistic health policy has not led to more health in Denmark. On the contrary, the Danes have become much more ill. Since the smoking law and the other "preventative health & lifestyle measures" diseases, hospitalizations have exploded at a pace not seen before in Danish statistics.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! An environmental health expert wants the Scottish Government to ban smoking in the home. "The only way to protect people is to make homes smoke-free." Ladies and gentlemen, the genie is well and truly out of the bottle.
Broad smoking ban infringes on choices: The No. 1 complaint of opponents of St. Joseph's (MO) proposed smoking ban goes to personal responsibility and the freedom of choice for informed adults to decide what is best. This is where the thinking adult stops at the sign at the door advising he or she is about to enter a smoking establishment and chooses to not enter.
University System of Georgia: The Board of Regents voted to create a policy that will prohibit the use of all forms of tobacco products on property owned, leased, rented or in the possession of the USG. The policy applies to all employees, students, contractors, subcontractors and visitors and is applicable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
White House Pastry Chef Quits: "I don't want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs." First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food. The pastry chef will not leave the White House until June, when he hopes to put together "a group and foundation of like-minded creative people" for promoting delicious food as healthy food.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! UK Council to ban people from eating fish and chips with their fingers: Council killjoys want to ban chip shop punters from eating with their fingers. Chiefs at Liverpool City Council came up with the bonkers idea, which has been slammed as "health and safety gone mad" by locals.
Man found guilty of electronic cigarette law that does not exist. His story paints a picture of the injustices that are occurring in Upstate New York and makes one wonder if "vapers" are being targeted due to the amount of controversy surrounding the e-cigarette industry. Jason feels that he has a very good chance of the case being appealed since the law that he was found guilty of breaking does not even exist. The judge told Mr. Dewing that he was using a portable electronic device which is a violation of New York traffic law 1225-d. "The way the law is written, an e-cigarette cannot make a call nor can it send text or data; therefore, it cannot be a portable electronic device," said Jason.
Jogger Ticketed for Crack-of-Dawn Run Through Central Park. I just got a SUMMONS for running in Central Park at 430am "before it opened." ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME NEW YORK CITY? "And therein lies the irony - I was trying to get in better shape - exactly the point of all the other laws the last 12 years have seen, from no smoking in bars to no big gulps full of sugary sodas."
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #751

The Property Rights Newsletter March 21, 2014 - Issue #751

"Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears."
- Rudyard Kipling
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! David Wright: Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits in Frustration With Bureaucracy. The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the "remarkably dysfunctional" federal bureaucracy. David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), writes in a scathing resignation letter. I'm offended as an American taxpayer that the federal bureaucracy - at least the part I've labored in - is so profoundly dysfunctional. I'm hardly the first person to have made that discovery, but I'm saddened by the fact that there is so little discussion, much less outrage, regarding the problem.
Tobacco Control: The Long War: When the Evidence Has to Be Created. Produced in Collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Improving Population Health: The Uses of Systematic Reviews. (Read several of the Anti Smoking Playbooks.)
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Federal Support for Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Raises Legal Questions: Grant money supports efforts to enact anti-smoking laws in possible violation of federal law. Funding provided by federal grants appear to have supported efforts to lobby state and local governments for greater restrictions on tobacco sales and usage in violation of restrictions on the use of federal funds for political or policy advocacy. The revelations are fueling criticism of the Obama administration's efforts to tamp down on obesity and tobacco use. Critics say those efforts have routinely included illicit uses of federal funds.
All Smokers United We Stand: By Carl V Phillips. The interests of smokers and smoke-free alternative users are about 95% aligned. It is about respect. It is about not using the power of the state to impose moral codes on people. It is about truly believing in the philosophy of harm reduction, and not merely trying to support one's personal interests, and others be damned.
Banning E-Cigarette Marketing to Kids: Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the Protecting Children From Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014, the first of what is likely to be many bills meant to control the sale of the product.
JAC Vapour: British E-cigarette Brand Launches Vapourless E-liquid to Address Vaping Bans. 'Clear Steam', is the first British-made branded e-liquid that emits no vapour when exhaled and is the only product of its kind on the market that has been developed by a mainstream brand. This new addition to JAC Vapour's range, will have the same strength, flavour and throat hit that the brand's high quality e-liquids are renowned for, whilst offering an effective solution to address concerns raised around the issue of vaping in public.
CA San Francisco: Will E-Cigarette Ban Extend To Marijuana Vaporizers? Marijuana advocates say that Supervisor Eric Mar's proposed rules on popular e-cigarettes would be applied to also-popular cannabis vaporizers. Add to that questions about why San Francisco would want to regulate and restrict harm reduction?
CA Santa Maria: SM votes to extend smoking regulations to e-cigarettes. THEIR USE NO LONGER ALLOWED INSIDE PUBLIC BUILDINGS OR BUSINESSES. Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, said research can't yet answer many questions about how harmful e-cigarettes are but that they're generally less damaging than regular smoking.
FL Collier County: How far is too far when it comes to Homeowners Association rules? One is considering a ban on smoking - even by homeowners on their own property. The homes are far from cheap and the association fees can be top dollar - one reason as to why some residents say the choice should be theirs.
NJ Beaches: At least 18 beaches in the state banned smoking as of 2011, the latest year for which figures are available, but one group sees the prohibition as social engineering and unnecessary government intrusion on civil rights. "They're attempting to de-normalize smoking," said Michael J. McFadden, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for Citizens Freedom Alliance, a smoker's rights group. "Now, if you want to smoke, they're going to make it so difficult for you that you have to go hide behind a Dumpster."
NY HOORAA: Helping Others Oppose Radical Activists and Associates is the name chosen to begin a movement to educate and inform the public on issues where big money backers have influenced public opinion and helped shape public policy. The "Associates" in HOORAA are the politicians who take advantage of the stances of radical activists for their own political purposes and in this case, it is a land grab!
PA Smoking at home: State wants landlords to ban smoking. Twenty-one percent of Pennsylvania's adults smoke cigarettes. And if Michael Wolf has his way, none should be able to light up if they live in apartment or condominium complexes.
USA House of Cards: "House of Cards" smoking habits: Do they work in the real world? The touchstone moment in each episode of the Netflix series "House of Cards" is the single cigarette that Washington power couple Claire and Francis Underwood share every night. It's what passes for intimacy between the two, but to some, it also glamorizes and legitimizes intermittent smoking, which makes up an increasing share of the habits of the nation's 45 million smokers.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #750

The Property Rights Newsletter March 14, 2014 - Issue #750

"Struggle is proof that you haven't been conquered, that you refuse to surrender, that victory is still possible, and that you're growing."
- Jon Walden
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Cyberchondria. By Michael J. McFadden. The Surgeon General is Dangerous to your Health. One of the aspects of that danger comes from smokers avoiding doctors because they're tired of being "judged" for what the choice they make and they're tired of being preached at with information that they've obviously heard hundreds of times unless they've been living in a cave at the bottom of the Marianas Trench for the last 50 years. But there's a flip side to this as well: Nonsmokers who become so obsessed with their health choices and conditions that they spend their lives worrying about dying instead of simply enjoying life while they have it.
South Africa: First tobacco, then sugar, then sex. The government should not be allowed to decide what its citizens consume, says Temba Nolutshungu. Measures that, when implemented indiscriminately, increasingly infringe upon our personal individual rights. In 2005, South Africa ratified the WHO's FCTC and committed itself to implementing the draconian measures to control tobacco use. We now have legislation that treats smokers as lepers. It must be remembered that the WHO consists of unelected bureaucrats who are in no position to tell sovereign nations what they can and cannot do. Countries such as the US and Switzerland have chosen not to ratify the FCTC agreement, and others such as the Netherlands choose to ignore eight of the 14 FCTC "obligations". In 2010, the Dutch government took the decision to relax restrictions on tobacco control because it holds the position that smoking is a personal choice and that it is not the job of the government to protect the health of citizens or to force people to make healthy choices.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! WHO: Daily sugar intake 'should be halved': People will be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet, under new World Health Organization guidance. Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer, told MPs: "We may need to move toward some kind of sugar tax, but I hope we don't have to." And read: If sugar is the new tobacco, then put me down for a steak.
India: Anurag Kashyap refuses to crop smoking scenes, city doctor Pankaj Chaturvedi from Tata memorial hospital writes an open letter to the director. The Bombay high court had issued notices to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Information and Technology and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). A petition was filed by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, challenging the rules under the Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Act. The rules make it compulsory for filmmakers to crop or mask scenes depicting tobacco or its products.
Ireland: Smoking ban for three 90-year-old nursing home residents. But the families of all three residents have appealed to the HSE to take account of their special circumstances. Discussions involving HSE executives have now started with a view to coming up with a solution to facilitate the patients.
UK: Army commander bans sandwiches in attack on 'barbaric habits.' An army commander has banned the "barbaric" practice of officers and soldiers eating with their hands in a three page attack on appalling standards he has noticed. Major General James Cowan issued the note after he noticed officers were eating sandwiches with their hands.
FL Rockledge VFW: The opportunity for veterans inside a VFW canteen to light up a cigarette as they nurse a beer is being blown away by a push for smoke-free posts. "I did five tours in 'Nam, now I got to come to this crap," said Navy veteran Bob Cinelli of Melbourne as he smoked under the tent outside the post.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Marijuana: Smoking has changed from the old days of corn stalks, grapevines. I sort of went along with all these concerns, except I never felt comfortable with increasing government intrusion into personal choices and freedom. The same entities that were fighting tobacco are promoting marijuana. The medicinal value is highly promoted, and I guess the secondhand smoke is almost as good as firsthand smoke. It seems I remember when cocaine was cited for its medicinal value.
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Antis: What to expect
THE ANTI-TOBACCO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
1. Choose an industry.
2. Regulate the industry.
3. Tax the industry.
4. Sue the industry.
When one source of money dries up,
return to Step 1 and repeat.
By S. Phillipe
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The Property Rights Newsletter March 7, 2014 - Issue #749

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think."
- Adolf Hitler
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! EU Votes Through Draconian New Anti-Smoking Rules. By David Atherton. After three years of tortuous debate, the European Parliament voted and passed the Tobacco Product Directive. For those who believe in reducing the harm of smoking tobacco, these regulations are very much an oxymoron. Many will comment that this is a piece of legislation that will alienate further many EU citizens, and confirms the chasm between voters and Brussels.
Glasgow 2014: E-cigarettes banned from all venues at Commonwealth Games. The decision was backed by campaign group Action on Smoking and Health Scotland. But Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest, said: "If the organisers don't want people to smoke in and around venues, I can't understand why they would ban e-cigarettes." "E-cigs help remove the temptation to smoke, so they should be welcomed, not prohibited."
Drop in smoking threatens embattled tobacco bonds. Tobacco taxes, e-cigarettes and a decline in smoking threaten the viability of tobacco bonds, already one of the weakest areas of municipal debt. As security for the sale of the bonds, many states pledged future revenue from a 1998 lawsuit settlement, known as the "Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement." Payouts have increasingly dwindled as smoking rates decrease. In January Moody's placed 31 tobacco settlement bonds under review. The ratings agency said in a statement those states could receive just 54 percent of the $4 billion in question, "significantly less than the 100 percent [they] expected."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Sugar is the new tobacco. There is a new global campaign called Action on Sugar to reduce "hidden sugars" in food by pulling together international experts in obesity and labelling sugar as "the new tobacco." This voluntary group of scientific, academic and medical obesity experts believe that reducing the sneaky sugar hidden within foods can help battle lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Chocolate contains nicotine. Caffeine is a well-known component of coffee and tea but many people are unaware that chocolate also contains substantial amounts of caffeine, possible because the regulatory authorities do not require it to be listed on nutrition labels. The presence of other natural alkaloids in chocolate like nicotine and myosmine, a minor tobacco alkaloid, is more uncertain, with conflicting reports. Myosmine has been found in foodstuffs like peanuts, milk and cocoa while nicotine has been discovered in many foods such as peppers, potatoes and tomatoes, which are all members of the family Solanaceae, as is the tobacco plant. Nicotine has also been detected recently in spices, fresh herbs and herbal infusions, prompting the EU Food Safety Authority to raise its maximum residue level in these foods to values between 0.03 and 4.0 mg/kg food.
Vehicle Exhaust Hurts Fetus. Air pollution is more harmful than SMOKING for pregnant women: Exhaust fumes could cause dangerously high blood pressure. On the basis of these findings, the researchers say more air pollution control is necessary to prevent dangerous complications in pregnant women and babies. The researchers now plan to expand their study throughout the state and also examine other conditions that could be affected by pollution.
The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind. The finding that the brain slows with age is one of the strongest in all of psychology. Now comes a new kind of challenge to the evidence of a cognitive decline, from a decidedly digital quarter: data mining, based on theories of information processing. That is to say, the larger the library you have in your head, the longer it usually takes to find a particular word (or pair).
World Smokers News - See today's breaking news about smoking.
Pharmaceuticals links to Government.
Monsanto:
18 Venn diagrams. Even when the products they are hawking are linked to birth defects and necrosis, these individuals seem to have no problem with actively circumventing everything democracy is supposed to be in order to pursue their corporate interests.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #748



The Property Rights Newsletter
February 28, 2014 - Issue #748

"No matter where you go, there you are."
- B. Banzai


Watch 4 new episodes of the webseries Smoking!
Watch 4 new episodes of the webseries Smoking!
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #747



The Property Rights Newsletter
February 14, 2014 - Issue #747

"Never open the door to a lesser evil,
for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it."
- Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom


Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #746



The Property Rights Newsletter
February 7, 2014 - Issue #746

"Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights."
- Thomas Sowell

Read - TobakkoNacht - The Antismoking Endgame - By Michael J. McFadden.
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #745



The Property Rights Newsletter
January 31, 2014 - Issue #745

"The reason why men enter into society
is the preservation of their property."
- John Locke

Quebec Alert
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #744



The Property Rights Newsletter
January 24, 2014 - Issue #744

"But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them."
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #743



The Property Rights Newsletter
January 17, 2014 - Issue #743

"You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common:
they don't alter their views to fit the facts;
they alter the facts to fit their views."
- 4th Doctor on The Face Of Evil


Smoking ban in China


 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #742



The Property Rights Newsletter
January 3, 2014 - Issue #742

If 12 years of damage is not enough warning for the world,
it will never be ready for King Bloomberg.

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! WARNING to King Bloomberg, taking rights from his subjects, and now reaching across the pond. Nothing lasts forever.
WATCH: Coldplay -
Viva La Vida

I used to rule the world - Seas would rise when I gave the word - Now in the morning I sleep alone - Sweep the streets I used to own. / I used to roll the dice - Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes - Listen as the crowd would sing - "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!" / One minute I held the key - Next the walls were closed on me - And I discovered that my castles stand - Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand. / I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing - Roman Cavalry choirs are singing - Be my mirror, my sword and shield - My missionaries in a foreign field. / For some reason I can't explain - Once you go there was never - Never an honest word - And that was when I ruled the world. / It was the wicked and wild wind - Blew down the doors to let me in - Shattered windows and the sound of drums - People couldn't believe what I'd become. / Revolutionaries wait - For my head on a silver plate - Just a puppet on a lonely string - Oh who would ever want to be king? / For some reason I can't explain - I know Saint Peter won't call my name - Never an honest word - But that was when I ruled the world.
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #741



The Property Rights Newsletter
December 27, 2013 - Issue #741

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
- Buddha

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
Secondhand smoke myth up in flames.
New study finds no link between secondhand smoke and lung cancer.
 
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