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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #776

The Property Rights Newsletter October 17, 2014 - Issue #776

"Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly."
- Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind
Global Tobacco Tax

U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session.
WHO: Global Tobacco Tax.
Reporters were forcibly removed and restrained at the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on tobacco control in Moscow. WHO delegates, representing 179 countries and about 90 percent of the world's population, voted to move ahead on implementing a key part of the 2003 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The WHO is the public health arm of the United Nations. The international tobacco tax provision would commit the countries who signed the U.N. antitobacco agreement - nearly every major nation except for the United States, Switzerland and Indonesia - to enact an excise tax equal to at least 70 percent of the retail price of tobacco products.
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Margaret Chan: fully occupied?
The terrible thought crosses my mind that when she talks about 'the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times' she wants people to think she means Ebola but she is actually thinking about tobacco. That way, in her own mind she wouldn't be telling a lie about her whereabouts.

Money and Politician Family Ties:
Exploring the intersection of public office with private family interests. Official Payroll: 19 members have paid 19 family members a total of $6,876,026 from their congressional office payroll. Earmarks: 298 members have earmarked $3,781,697,207 for organizations connected to them or their family members. Lobbying: 85 family members of 67 members of Congress have worked as federally registered lobbyists, helping out on lobbying contracts worth $1,208,065,382.

Payments from Big Pharma reach hundreds of thousands of doctors.
Creepy ties between pharmaceutical companies and doctors. The federal government released details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country. The information is being made public under a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law mandates disclosure of payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists for things like promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research.

Australia Carmen Opera.
WA minister intervenes to lift opera smoking ban. West Australian Opera last week dumped a planned performance of Carmen because it depicts people smoking. The opera has a $400,000 sponsorship deal with Healthway, which explicitly warns all arts organisations it funds that they cannot portray smoking on stage.

CA: Turlock - Oops.
City Spends Months Debating Smoking Ban in Public Parks, Discovers Smoking Was Already Banned in Public Parks. It turns out smoking in Turlock's public parks has been illegal for more than a decade. There was never any enforcement, never any signs posted.

GA: Okra mistaken for pot.
"I was scared actually, at first, because I didn't know what was happening," said homeowner Dwayne Perry. All he noticed was that there was a chopper sitting unusually low over his house, then Bartow County deputies and a K-9 unit appeared at his doorstep in minutes. "They were strapped to the gills," Perry said.
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White feathers for smokers.
During the first world war, a marketing technique to get people to sign up for service, was to have young ideologically brainwashed women presenting men, not in uniform, with White Feathers to infuse them with shame. This was done in public so the shame was seen by everyone else too. Men were frightened of actually going outside. To counter this agoraphobia, the government issued badges for those men who had done their active service, or who were home, injured, or were doing war work somewhere, so they would not be given "The Order of the White Feather." The marketing of war through shame technique is used by Tobacco Control in marketing their war on Tobacco. They are shame marketers. Sometimes what their White Feather Brigade does, is simply DISGUSTING! They are the ones who should be ashamed.

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #775

The Property Rights Newsletter October 10, 2014 - Issue #775

"Common sense is not so common."
- Voltaire
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Australia: David Leyonhjelm. Senator David Leyonhjelm thanks smokers for keeping up habit, says generosity via taxes 'truly staggering.' A crossbench senator has thanked Australia's smokers and attacked successive governments for increasing tobacco taxes in a speech in Federal Parliament. Liberal Democratic Party Upper House representative David Leyonhjelm voiced his gratitude to smokers for the $8 billion they provide in tobacco taxes each year. "Your generosity to the nation's Treasury is truly staggering," he told the Senate. In his speech Senator Leyonhjelm argued the tax on tobacco hits the poor hardest and makes the Government's tax increase "all the more perverse". Senator Leyonhjelm also criticised bans on smoking in public places and institutions, including prison.

Shipyard workers picket smoking ban
at six Vigor Industrial facilities in Oregon and Washington conducted unfair labor practice (ULP) strikes. Opland said the company has expanded tremendously over the last several years, and with that growth it has begun operating "more and more like a dictatorship."

Big tobacco pushes e-cigarettes as 'medicine':
E-cigarettes are a medicine designed to reduce the harm of smoking according to documents 7.30 has obtained from a British American Tobacco company's submission to the Therapeutic Goods Association, but health experts dispute that claim.

World Health Organization Wants in on Bloomberg's Sweet, Sweet Cigarette Tax Money.
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's most enduring legacy is that of the ultimate nanny stater. In addition to his failed Big Gulp ban, ban on trans fats, and ban on e-cigarette use in public places, Nanny Mike also pushed a range of anti-smoking policies including a ban on smoking in public places and a really massive tobacco tax hike that drove the price of a pack of cigarettes in Manhattan up to as much as $14.50. All in the name of public health.

Fired Researcher Who Killed Self Was Evaluating Drug Backed by Clark.
The researcher who committed suicide after being fired from the British Columbia health ministry in 2012 was designing a way to evaluate a project that was one of Premier Christy Clark's pet initiatives and that included a drug that continues to generate serious safety warnings. At the time that Champix was being considered for funding in B.C. it was already the subject of warnings elsewhere. The Tyee reported that France stopped paying for the drug publicly and both Health Canada and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States issued warnings about the drug.

Time to end nationwide litigation against Pfizer anti-smoking drug Chantix.
All of the nearly 2,900lawsuits claiming pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.'s smoking cessation drug Chantix triggered suicidal thoughts and other psychological problems in patients have been settled - for about $300 million - so the nationwide litigation should now be dismissed, a federal judge in Alabama ruled Monday. Despite the end to those lawsuits, Pfizer next week will continue its fight with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a less severe warning label for Chantix.

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Antis Rewrite History with airbrushing.
Airbrushing History

Iconic Photos: The Case of Missing Cigarettes. Iconic Photos looks back at a visual issue that regularly graces our semi-annual, revisionist political correctness hissy fits: cigarette censorship in photos.
Tucker Carlson: Smoking in children's cartoons is a "symbol of freedom and masculinity." Expressed outraged that male comic book characters were being "wussified."
The Truth? Latest Anti-Smoking Effort Is a Hot Mess. Using Paparazzi Shots of Smoking Celebrities and Calling Them Idiots Is Cheap. With great power comes great responsibility. Spider-Man's uncle said that once. And if it's good enough for Spider-Man's uncle, it's good enough for the folks over at the American Legacy Foundation. In the latest iteration of its "Truth" campaign, the group switches gears from getting kids to stop smoking to getting celebrities to stop smoking - while blaming them for teen smoking and calling them unwitting dupes of Big Tobacco.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #774

The Property Rights Newsletter October 3, 2014 - Issue #774

"God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants,
walks in animals, and thinks in man."
- Arthur Young
tobacco plant Still a cash crop? US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition. Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. When the last checks are cashed, surviving growers will be on their own, forced to find profits in a tremendously competitive global market. But those who remain in the business are thriving right now: Many are producing more leaf than they have in years, and enjoying higher prices as well. "The people who can hang on can make a substantial living," said Harry Lea, a leaf dealer and tobacco warehouse owner in Danville.

Nicotine, the Wonder Drug?
This notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases. Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine's chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments. Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled. If dozens of human and animal studies published over the past six years are borne out by large clinical trials, nicotine - freed at last of its noxious host, tobacco, and delivered instead by chewing gum or transdermal patch - may prove to be a weirdly, improbably effective drug for relieving or preventing a variety of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Tourette's and schizophrenia. It might even improve attention and focus enough to qualify as a cognitive enhancer. And, oh yeah, it's long been associated with weight loss, with few known safety risks.

ginseng plant WV Illegal Ginseng: Police seize 190 pounds of illegally harvested ginseng. West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources estimates the market value of the native herb at $180,000. Natural resources officials say demand has spurred illegal harvesting. - AND - Ginseng is any one of 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae. Ginseng is found in North America and in eastern Asia (mostly Korea, northeast China, Bhutan, eastern Siberia), typically in cooler climates.

cannabis plant Australia medical cannabis closer to federal approval: The federal government would be given oversight over the production and distribution of medical cannabis under new legislation to make the drug available to patients with chronic pain. For any form of cannabis to be approved for medicinal use in Australia an application needs to be made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration with supporting data to assess its quality, safety and efficacy.

forest plants U.S. Forest Service Update: Taking a Picture in a National Forest Could Get You a $1,000 Fine, Unless You Buy a $1,500 License. Liz Close, a spokesperson for the Forest Service, says that the laws are intended to "preserve the untamed character of the country's wilderness", whatever that means. According to the agency, these laws were created to protect the environment and prevent areas of wilderness from being "exploited" by photographers. Gregg Leslie, the legal defense director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Alexandria, Va. says that these permit laws could be used to discourage journalists from covering certain topics or gaining access to certain areas. "It's pretty clearly unconstitutional, they would have to show an important need to justify these limits, and they just can't." he said.

Carl V. Phillips and smokers rights Carl V. Phillips: Mike Siegel inappropriately blames the failure of his ill-advised research plans on others. it was far too expensive to fund via crowdsourcing. If even only a few percent of the total budget were collected from the e-cigarette community, it would take away enough funding to crowd out every other advocacy, education, and research the community wants to support.
Dear Public Health: The public despises you, so you are probably doing it wrong. It is easy to despise "public health" for what they do. But it is a different matter if you can understand what it looks like from the inside and how they got there. Once you understand that, you can still despise them for what they do, but you might want to consider despising them even more for how they got there.

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #773

The Property Rights Newsletter September 26, 2014 - Issue #773

"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
- John F. Kennedy
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Islamic State lifts smoking ban in Kirkuk. Authorities in Iraqi province seek to counter increasing hostility from locals. Vendors in the region can now openly sell cigarettes without fear of prosecution, according to a report published Thursday by the Arabic-language Almada Press news agency.


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Leonard Cohen Update:
Leonard Cohen turns 80 today, and he's marking his eighth decade by returning to a vice he gave up in his fifth: The "Hallelujah" scribe unabashedly says he's going to start smoking again. Far from hanging up his famous fedora, Cohen is also marking his milestone with a new album, Popular Problems, that's out on Tuesday. Of reaching 80, he tells Rolling Stone,"There's a lot of things that you can do that you couldn't do when you were younger."
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Introducing BSCiTS:
The Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution. How do electronic cigarettes affect smoking behavior? By Dr. Michael Siegel, MD, MPH. You've seen the headlines and heard the debate about electronic cigarettes. Now help us discover how this controversial product impacts smoking behavior when compared to the nicotine patch.

IL Chicago:
Even the Cops at Riot Fest Think the Smoking Ban Is 'Stupid.' Surprise: No one at Riot Fest cares much for the recently passed ban on smoking in public parks. Riot Fest staff member Eddie Hernandez, 50 and a nonsmoker, said, "There should be no human being that can own the air. The water and the air belong to the people. Whether you smoke or not, that's nobody's business."

OH Cleveland:
RTA will test for nicotine in employees who volunteer. RTA employees who take a voluntary nicotine-screening test and pass muster as smoke free can reduce their insurance costs starting next year. "I'm just wondering, where does it stop?" Serrano said. "It's nicotine now. What's next? I just think it's intrusive."

Australia Fat Tax:
PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus calls for fat tax in maiden speech to Parliament. ‚€œWhile respected for our love of sport, Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world,‚€Ě the former rugby league legend said. He called for tax incentives, concessions and other types of incentives to be looked at to target the behaviour of consumption.

Australia Nanny State:
Watch MyChoice Australia event held in sydney on fighting back against the nanny state with Christopher Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs, Dr Julie Novak from the Institute for Public Affairs, and Cassandra Wilkinson from the Centre for Independent Studies.
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How to make a comment to ASHRAE:
ASHRAE has apparently made the public comment as hard as they possibly could. Comments on ASHRAE's blog do not count as a public comment,you must go through and use their system for it to count. ASHRAE suggested changed to the standards of indoor air quality. Those proposed changes included treating cannabis and MMJ exactly the same as ETS or environmental tobacco smoke.

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Big Pharma GSK: Contaminated liquid rejected by the GSK site in Rixensart no risk to public health. 45 liters of liquid contaminated with polio virus have been rejected from the production site to the GSK Rixensart local sewage treatment plant of Rosieres and subsequently in Lasne River. People who have been in contact with the water and are worried should contact their family doctor to see whether revaccination is necessary.
Big Pharma GSK: China Fines GlaxoSmithKline $485 Million for Bribery. The pharma company admits it's at fault and will not appeal. After a one-day secret trial, a Chinese court has fined pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $489 million for bribing hospitals and doctors to use their products.
Big Pharma Pfizer: Chantix Plaintiffs Expert Seeks Pfizer Documents. Both wrote about how smoking cessation treatments like Chantix were associated with a higher incidence of depression, suicide and violence toward other people. They have specifically requested that documents in support of the plaintiffs' claim for punitive damages be unsealed. They argue that the documents were sealed because they were stamped confidential by Pfizer, not because the documents contain trade secrets, personal information or any other type of information that should be legitimately kept out of the public record. - AND - New FDA label bolsters safety case for Chantix. The FDA first began investigating potential side effects with Chantix in 2007, the year after it hit the market.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #772

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The Property Rights Newsletter September 19, 2014 - Issue #772

"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information."
- Winston Churchill
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Conflicting Information on use of e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and cannabis. The Indefatigable Frog, or Why this won't stop us! So, ask youselves. Why am I angry? Why are many vapers angry? We did what you want, just not how you wanted us to, or BECAUSE you wanted us to, and you still persist with the demonisation. Except, this time, you are lying about us personally.

International Call to Action! Tell the World Health Organization How E-Cigarettes Have Changed Your Life. WHO is, to put it mildly, anti e-cigarette and has called for strict regulation of e-cigarettes, including a ban on e-cigarette use in public places. It sees e-cigarettes as challenging the core message of tobacco control and as a threat to WHO's goals of a tobacco-free world. Here is how to email, write, phone, and fax the people involved.

Truth in Media: Feds Says Cannabis Is Not Medicine - While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine. Right now there is an awakening to the benefits of cannabis for medicinal purposes, specifically something called CBD oil. But is the new CBD craze being manipulated by media and politicians? If it weren't we wouldn't need to do a show about it. The first step toward truth is to be informed.
Conflicting Advice On Wine
Conflicting Wine Update:
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims. Former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body. His conclusion - drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day - that's four to five pints of beer or more than a bottle of wine - which typically contains around 10 units. - AND - A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise. - AND - UK Health ministers want to take the alcohol out of wine.
Conflicting Advice On Salt
Salt: Why Top Experts Give Wildly Conflicting Advice
And What To Do Until They Figure It Out. The media were split. NPR, reported that salt is a "global killer", while the Wall Street Journal warns that low sodium diets may "pose health risks." It is possible to sort through the mess and decide whether you can safely salt your popcorn. Scientists on both sides come armed with data, so figuring out who is right requires a look at the way they are interpreting data and which assumptions they put behind it.
Soda makers headed down same road as tobacco
Soda makers headed down same road as tobacco.
Soda makers are "taking a page out of the tobacco playbook by focusing in styles, flavors and price/mix to manage volume declines," Cowen analyst Vivien Azer writes. Tobacco's decades-old flight to filters and nicotine lights, for example, preceded soda's rollout of diet and decaffeinated drinks. Flavors encompass menthol, in one instance, and the reintroduction of Fanta, in the other. Mix shifts have to do with packaging - different colors and designs - all in an effort to engage new consumer niches with a differentiated brand.

CA: Turlock Park.
Local fumes over potential smoking ban. Girl Scout troop members are championing an effort to rid Turlock's park of smoking. "You're trying to take a freedom away and we've already lost enough freedoms," said Carter.

GA: A Macon Nightclub Ends A Smoking Ban, 17 Days After They Began It.
On Tuesday, management said "we goofed." "Our customers have expressed a desire to go back to the way things were. And, in fact, the non-smokers were not becoming customers as fast as the smokers were becoming non-customers.

KS: If you smoke, you're out.
Patients sneaking a smoke or a chew at Salina Regional Health Center or any of the hospital's other properties will be sent away. The hospital warned that patients who violate the policy will be discharged and considered leaving against medical advice. A nurse will remove the intravenous tube if they have one; tests and treatments will cease and the patient will be instructed to call for a ride home.

KY: Smoking Ban Passes in Owensboro.
Henceforth, if you're in a public place like a park or an outdoor dining facility, you will no longer be able to smoke. Big events like, say, the Barbecue Festival? Forget it. Don't light up.

NY: Bloomberg-Era Reforms Haven't Stopped New Yorkers From Smoking.
New York City's smoking rate has gone up. Nobody listened to Nanny Bloomberg. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, took the city to task for its smoking regulations. "This failure in public policy provides the most striking and objective evidence to date showing that Mayor Bloomberg's aggressive anti-smoking campaign has been ineffective," said Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center.

UK: Health chief steps down after crude 'e-cig' rant on Twitter.
Professor John Ashton quit role as president of Faculty of Public Health. He hit back at one, saying: "Have you always been an anonymous c***." And he told another: "I think I have identified a new species of human being this week. Obsessive, compulsive, abusive onanist with ecig tendencies."

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #771

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The Property Rights Newsletter September 12, 2014 - Issue #771

"The one thing ... that is truly ugly is the climate of hate and intimidation, created by a noisy few, which makes the decent majority reluctant to air in public their views on anything controversial. Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all."
- Edward Abbey
The Smokers Club thanks Theodore J. King CVS Ceased To Sell Cigarettes Because Of Intimidation Or Cronyism, Not Public Health. By Theodore J. King. President Obama and many in the press made it appear that CVS was being altruistic, forsaking between 1.5 and 2 billion dollars in annual revenue from the sale of tobacco products. The reality is this was a business decision by CVS in order to cash in on the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), which allows insurance companies to charge up to 50 percent more in premiums for smokers and get favorable publicity from much of the media already hostile to tobacco. CVS is more than within its right to sell or not sell a legal product but they should be honest about it.
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Junk Science:
Leaping From Mouse to Man, Researchers Warn That E-Cigarettes Could Make You Snort Cocaine. By Jacob Sullum. Here is a warning you will never see on a pack of cigarettes: "The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking May Enhance Your Enjoyment of Cocaine." "This study tells us little about human biology and nothing at all about real-world human behavior," says Phillips. "It does not even measure mouse behavior. The study provides no evidence there is a gateway effect, and there is no reason to believe there is one." CASAA President Julie Woessner calls it "a classic case of someone with a political agenda tacking their opinions onto technical research and trying trick the press into reporting it that way." Fortunately for the Kandels, the press is easy to trick.
Propaganda
Propaganda - WHO Would Have Expected This?
The very same day that the World Health Organization launched its latest attack on electronic cigarettes one of the UK's best-selling newspapers ran an article making exactly the same claims. If you were really suspicious you might suspect a major international PR agency was somehow involved. Of course that can't be true. Then again, Rachael Lloyd isn't just a random person with a story to tell. She works for BLJ London, an "international strategic advisory consultancy" that specialises in "policy, legislative and market access campaigns". The WHO's jihad against e-cigarettes is focused firmly on changing policy, encouraging legislation and denying market access - just the sort of campaign BLJ discreetly carries out for its high-profile clients. And yes, "discreetly" is their description, not mine.
Reputation Launderers: The London PR firms with their own image problems. London's public relations industry has got a PR problem. Top firms such as Bell Pottinger, Brown Lloyd James, Portland and Grayling are coming under intense scrutiny because of their work for foreign governments or in regimes of dubious repute.

The Public Health Mask Slips.
By Dick Puddlecote. During the conversation I expressed my view that the public health movement had morphed from a position of benevolent concern for the public into one where coercion and bullying appeared to be central tactics; that in the past, public health had offered advice and support for those who wished to change their lifestyles, but generally left alone those who were content with taking ubiquitously-known risks. The occasion sticks in my mind because - to my surprise - the guy nodded and seemed to agree with me!
Also: E-Cigarette users and public health experts are starkly divided. Public health chiefs have accused e-cigarette users of a campaign of online abuse, saying that junior scientists are being scared away from research by explicit attacks from "vapers" on Twitter.

Indoor Air Quality Standard Modified.
ASHRAE has proposed an alternate compliance path for existing buildings in its indoor air quality standard, in a move that recognizes that the ventilation rate procedure may be difficult to apply in these facilities. Also open for public comment is proposed addendum c, which would revise the current definition of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) to include emissions from electronic smoking devices and from smoking of cannabis, now allowed by some jurisdictions.

The Food Insecurity Hoax.
Promoting hunger scam is how federal bean counters keep their jobs. According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, American households suffer far more "food insecurity" than do families in Angola, Mozambique and Pakistan. The USDA uses different standards to gauge domestic and foreign "food security," but neither measure make senses. Still, that technicality will do nothing to deter politicians and pundits from demagoging the hunger issue.

Food Good For You. (Comedy)
REGULARLY eating food protects against death, it has emerged. Professor Brubaker believes there is a clear link between eating food and not dying. "Eventually you will die, but that is inevitable."

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The Property Rights Newsletter September 5, 2014 - Issue #770

"When an opponent declares, "I will not come over to your side," I calmly say, Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community."
- Adolph Hitler
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
The Inversion of Science, Justice and Common Sense. I am sure that we are all aware that the WHO has recommended that ecigs should be banned in enclosed places (surprise, surprise). This propaganda suggestion is blatantly the work of the Big Pharma Companies which the WHO represents. And the reasoning is also blatant nonsense - literally. "We do not know what the long-term effects on 'passive vapers' will be, so make sure that there are no passive vapers so that no one will EVER know what the effects on passive vapers will be". Re-work that sentence with a few clever words, and Bob's yer uncle - vaping banned in pubs. But it was the evidence that the WHO produced which led me to think...
Cut off one limb, another appears... Clive Bates has recently given his response to the WHO's disproportionate recommendations on e-cigarettes, which you can read here.
What is The World Health Organization? The organization faces criticism for its growing dependence on the pharmaceutical industry. The "People's Health Movement," a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on health policy from more than 70 countries, has criticized the pharmaceutical industry's growing influence on WHO as well as the organization's increasing reliance on private donors.

What is The United Nations?
Read the full text of "The fearful master; a second look at the United Nations" and Watch the video: G. Edward Griffin On The United Nations. In reality, the United Nations is the seat of what the member governments hope will become a true world government.
"U.N. Me" Documentary Exposes the United Nations. Most people are familiar with the U.N.'s notorious ineffectiveness, but viewers of the documentary U.N. Me will reach an inevitable conclusion: It's even worse than we thought.

NE: Smoking in cigar bars, tobacco outlets ruled unconstitutional.
In its decision, the court upheld the overall ban. "Allowing patrons of such shops to smoke simply because it is convenient does not comport with the purpose of the Act, which is to protect the public and employees from the dangers of second-hand smoke," Stephan wrote.

TN: Involuntary blood test.
Under "no refusal" enforcement, suspected drunk drivers will be forced to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, even if they refuse. Forced blood extractions take place off-site at a police precinct, making the process time consuming for individuals who might be innocent. Additionally, for those who refuse to comply, extraction locations are equipped with tools to strap down suspects and masks to cover their faces.

WV: Gaming down at Berkeley County bars since smoking ban went into effect.
The amount of cash put into limited video lottery game machines at more than 80 of these alcohol-serving establishments also dropped by about $1 million from June to July. Three clubs have indicated they might very well close in the coming days given the effect of the smoking ban on their business.

Australia: Smoking cops will get power to enter Victorian schools.
Parents and older siblings who picked up students from school knew that smoking would no longer be tolerated at the school gates. Council inspectors will be allowed in to investigate possible breaches and ensure the rules are being complied with.

Australia: Has the nanny state gone too far?
NOTHING stirs up the emotions quite as much as the debate around the so-called nanny state. Plain packaging, 1:30am lockouts, bicycle helmet laws - public health advocates say it's all for the greater good, but libertarians say they erode personal responsibility and impose burdensome red tape. The issue of the nanny state raised its head again this week with the second of four planned hikes to the tobacco excise, expected to discourage people from smoking. Cigarette prices are set to rise by $1.41 for a pack of 25.

Canada: Capital Health's smoke-free policy expands to homes.
New policy, effective Oct. 20, covers cigarettes and e-cigarettes. MacIntosh says many patients who smoke already avoid lighting up when their caregiver visits.

World Smokers News - See today's breaking news about smoking.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #769

The Property Rights Newsletter August 29, 2014 - Issue #769

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business."
- Henry Ford
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
CDC proposes tobacco ban at every workplace in the U.S.
"Establish and maintain tobacco-free workplaces for all employees, allowing no use of any tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco products by anyone at any time in the workplace," the document reads. "At a minimum, the tobacco-free zone should encompass all indoor areas with no exceptions and no indoor smoking areas of any kind (including separately enclosed and/or ventilation areas), as well as areas immediately outside building entrances and air intakes, and all work vehicles," the bulletin said. "Optimally and whenever feasible, the entire workplace campus, including all outdoor areas, should be established as tobacco-free."

AZ Pima County proposes hiring ban, extra charges for smokers.
Chuck Huckelberry said the proposed smoking ban for new employees, and medical insurance surcharges of up to 50 percent for current employees who use tobacco, is a matter of dollars and common sense.

Don't like smoking bans at state parks? Do something about it.
Decisions are made by those who show up. The majority opinion, from what I've seen, has been mostly negative. Many believe the rule is unenforceable, a gross overreaction and represents a slippery slope in terms of rule-making. OPRD has been called everything from a nanny-state enforcer to a rogue branch of tyrannical government on par with Nazis.

Jail For Smoking Outdoors?
By Dick Puddlecote. There has never been - nor will there ever be - a scientific study which says passive smoking outdoors is dangerous to passers-by. It doesn't stop one town from proposing a criminal record for smoking outdoors though, complete with a possible jail sentence.

E-cigarettes are not a 'gateway,' they help smokers quit.
If there was a device that helped smokers quit the habit - saving lives, reducing the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States and making life better for everyone - you would think public health officials would enthusiastically endorse it.
Coffee
Cup of Joe, or Cup of Death?
Estimates suggest 85% of Americans old enough to eat solid food consume at least one caffeinated beverage any given day. That hasn't stopped activists from opening a scare campaign designed to "de-normalize" - fancy-pants Ph.D.- speak for "make regular people feel guilty about" - your morning cup of Joe, soft drink, or tea.

NZ: Gluten-free beer labels to be banned.
Gluten-free claims will be banned from beer bottles under new regulations - frustrating brewers and people with gluten allergies.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #768



The Property Rights Newsletter
August 22, 2014 - Issue #768

"We must continue research into new forms of energy
and into more efficient use of existing energy sources."
- Mac Thornberry

Music video from Relic
Watch the music video by Relic
Let's All Light Up
So, strike up a match for freedom, take a long drag for liberty.
We'll gather outside in solidarity and pride,
for smokers make the best company.
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #767



The Property Rights Newsletter
August 15, 2014 - Issue #767

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
-Isaac Asimov

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!Tobacco Plants used in Ebola Cure.†The drug cocktail the two Americans received, known as ZMapp, was developed by the San Diego company Mapp Biopharmaceutical. It is manufactured in Kentucky using fast-growing tobacco plants, which act as "photocopiers" to produce proteins that are extracted from the plants and processed into the drug, said a spokeswoman for Kentucky BioProcessing, the company that works with Mapp.†---†The plants contain designer antibodies developed are grown in Kentucky by a unit of Reynolds American Inc. Two stricken U.S. health workers received an experimental treatment containing the antibodies in Liberia last week. Since receiving doses of the drug, both patients' conditions have improved.†---†Tobacco plant-derived medicines, which are also being developed by a company whose investors include Philip Morris International Inc., are part of a handful of cutting edge plant-based treatments that are in the works for everything from pandemic flu to rabies using plants.†---Chen has worked on research producing antibodies in lettuce and tobacco-related plants. His current research focuses on antibodies to combat the West Nile virus.
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #766



The Property Rights Newsletter
August 8, 2014 - Issue #766

"When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback."
- Bill Copeland


Smokers in movies attacked!
Anti-tobacco lobby protests smoking in movies.
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #765



The Property Rights Newsletter
July 25, 2014 - Issue #765

"Puritanism - The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
- H L Mencken


Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
PA Attempt To Tax Lap Dances at Strip Clubs.
The Nutter administration has lost in its legal battle to tax lap dances performed in the back rooms of strip clubs. Lawyers for the city had gone before Common Pleas judge Ellen Ceisler, arguing that the city's Tax Review Board last year was wrong when it said the city's amusement tax was too vague to be applied to lap dances. But Judge Ceisler, ruling from the bench, today upheld the board and quickly threw out the appeal.
 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #764



The Property Rights Newsletter
July 18, 2014 - Issue #764

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
- Adolph Hitler

In Defense of Smokers
Free - Read The Book
In Defense of Smokers
By Lauren A. Colby

 
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The Property Rights Newsletter
July 11, 2014 - Issue #763

"Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds."
- Dante Alighieri

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The Property Rights Newsletter
June 27, 2014 - Issue #762

"[Lighting a cigarette] Well, I'm not here to impinge on anybody else's lifestyle. If I'm in a place where I know I'm going to harm somebody's health or somebody asks me to please not smoke, I just go outside and smoke. But I do resent the way the nonsmoking mentality has been imposed on the smoking minority. Because, first of all, in a democracy, minorities do have rights. And, second, the whole pitch about smoking has gone from being a health issue to a moral issue, and when they reduce something to a moral issue, it has no place in any kind of legislation, as far as I'm concerned."
- Frank Zappa

Watch the Video from the USA, The PretenderWatch the music video from
The United States of America:
Foo Fighters - The Pretender

A visually stunning video, complete with a red blood bath exploding wall, for freedom loving non-sheeple people.
"What if I say I will never surrender?"




Watch the music video from Ireland:
Damian McGinty and Celtic Thunder
A Place in the Choir

"All God's creatures got a place in the choir - Some sing low and some sing higher..."
 
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