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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #781

The Property Rights Newsletter November 21, 2014 - Issue #781

"Unless you become more watchful in your states and check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that... the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations."
- Andrew Jackson
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Express Scripts Eyes Forming Alcohol and Tobacco Free Pharmacy Networks: Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, is surveying pharmacy owners about creating a network of outlets that do not sell tobacco products or alcohol. A spokesman confirms that information is being gathered, but no decision has been made on whether a network will be created or if customers will be charged extra co-payments for visiting a pharmacy that sells such products. CVS pharmacies no longer sell tobacco products, some do sell alcohol, at least in certain states. So if Express Scripts were to form 'no-sin networks,' some CVS pharmacies may be excluded, just as CVS rivals that sell tobacco would be excluded from Caremark tobacco-free networks.

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Westminster, Mass., and the well-tended grass roots of tobacco bans: The staff paid for with money from outside the town seem to have seen their job as, in part, lobbying the local officials: "We've had to work on each individual board [of health] member to get them to come around," said one. And it's worth knowing exactly how the game plan works, because similar ones have been rolled out to localities in various states not only on "tobacco control" but on "food policy," environmental bans and other topics. Grass roots? If so, most carefully cultivated in high places.
AND: Control Freaks. By John Stossel. Control freaks want to run your life. They call themselves "public servants."

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! More Humiliation: China Furious At "Disrespectful" Nicorette-Chewing Obama. "The chew seen around the world," as President Obama chomped on Nicorette gum during the recent APEC summit ceremonies, has sparked outrage in China, describing his behavior as "rude" and "inappropriate."

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Stanton Glantz: By Dr Farsalinos. Personal attacks, questionable ethics and support for censorship when the results do not fit to the agenda. A sad story of scientific misconduct. In an unprecedented attempt to create confusion, support censorship, intimidate journal editors and discredit research which obviously does not fit to his agenda...

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Lysander Spooner (1808 - 1887) Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property, and the corresponding coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property.

CA Foster City:
A smoking ban in Foster City apartments, condominiums and townhomes that share walls, floors, ceilings and ventilation systems moved forward Monday with a unanimous City Council vote after nearly a year of sometimes heated discussion.

TX Alert:
Senate Bill 97 - Relating to regulation of the sale, distribution, possession, use, and advertising of vapor products; authorizing a fee; creating offenses.

UK Cigar Auction:
Christmas is arriving early for some of the world's wealthiest smokers, who will be flocking to Boisdale Belgravia on 1 December for C.Gars Ltd's fifth winter - and largest ever - auction of rare, aged and vintage cigars.

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Parents question physical exams. A group of parents who have children in the Buffalo Public School District are calling on the district to review school policies allowing what they call, "sexually invasive" physical exams.

Michelle Obama's School Lunch Program Now Faces Organized Opposition from Hungry High Schoolers. And they're not gonna take it anymore. As we've previously reported,students and parents are fed up and have posted pics of the skimpy meals on Twitter.

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #780

The Property Rights Newsletter November 14, 2014 - Issue #780

"Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war."
- Loren Eiseley
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Oregon State comes to senses on beach smoking ban.
Common sense appears to have stalled a proposed smoking ban on Oregon's beaches. There are plenty of reasons not to take this step, ranging, again, from impracticality to the fact that smokers would be singled out for a problem - littering - that isn't limited to cigarette butts. State officials can be sure that simply banning smoking on beaches will flop, whether they do it now or in two years.
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MA: Westminster.
Entire crowd breaks out in "God bless America" as meeting is called due disorderly conduct. Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted. The ban, proposed by the board of health in this central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state, and has led to angry reaction from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allows government too much discretion in controlling private conduct. Opponents held signs saying "It's not about tobacco - it's about control" and "Smoke 'em if you got them." Read the articles, watch the videos, see the photos.

IL: Clark County.
Entire Park District Board Placed Under Citizen's Arrest. Group objects to board's failure to allow public comment at meeting. Kraft said he wasn't planning to pull out the citizen's arrest statute at the park board hearing until it became clear the board was refusing to let people address them. Board members took immediate notice. "It's not that they should have. They're mandated to," Clark County Sheriff Jerry Parsley said. "The people need to have their voice. It's not a dictatorship. It's a democracy." Wallace said, he'd be willing to split those court costs seven ways with his fellow board members.

MO: Columbia.
Housing authority smoking ban still needs final approval. Radtke said at the meeting that the Board of Commissioners would consider residents' suggestions for "tweaks" to the policy, such as whether or not shelters or additional lighting should be provided to increase safety for smokers outside.

NC: Mount Airy.
City tobacco-free plan goes up in smoke. "I think that's taking away freedom," Commissioner Shirley Brinkley said of prohibiting smoking in the Great Outdoors. "This is God's country - the air is His and it's free." Brinkley was quick to say Thursday that she does not approve of tobacco use, and wishes the world could be free of cigarette smoke. And citizens have the right to prohibit someone's tobacco use in their homes, said Brinkley, but she believes banning smoking in outside public venues is problematic. "I just think we have to be very, very careful taking away the use of free air," Brinkley added, saying the ban on tobacco use would be "imposing too much control over people who've paid the bill for the recreation facilities."

Illegal cigarettes? Blame government:
An ongoing advertising campaign to stop people from buying illegal cigarettes puts all of the blame on the buyer and none on the one entity that could actually do something about it - the government. But why do otherwise law-abiding people go to the black market for their smokes? Easy. Price. So governments created a black market with high tax rates while allowing criminals to control it by refusing to enforce the law.

New threat for smoke-free campaign:
High tobacco prices create home-grown demand. The plants, which she believes are of the "Virginia" strain, do best in warm climates, particularly during the summer. Once dried, the tobacco leaves are shredded in a blender.

The New Tobacco War:
They may be safer, but could e-cigs renormalize smoking? Johnson decided on his own he needed to make a change and began to wean himself off smoking using e-cigarettes. Almost immediately, he was able to cut his cigarette use, stretching each pack of 20 cigarettes to last a full day, then two. By September, he was down to just five cigarettes a day.

Scotland:
Health campaigners fury as new e-cigarette advert to be first 'smoking' commercial shown in 49 years. Angry health campaigners think the 20-second clip will "sexualise and glamorise" the nicotine devices.
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StingRay Technology:
How Government Tracks Cellular Devices. StingRay is an IMSI-catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) designed and commercialized by the Harris Corporation. Essentially, an IMSI catcher operates as a bogus mobile cell tower that sits between the target mobile phone and the service provider's real towers. The IMSI catcher runs a Man In the Middle (MITM) attack that could not be detected by the users without using specific products that secure communication on mobile devices.

RFID Technology:
Human tagging. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless use of electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. RFID tags, antennas, readers, database system, cell phones, and more.

Camera Technology:
Constant camera surveillance, red light and speed cameras, security cameras, and more.

TV Technology:
I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I'm scared to turn this thing on - and you'd be, too. From facial recognition to personal data collection, this thing is downright scary - and so are the implications. The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. Information, a built-in camera - with facial recognition, a microphone for "voice recognition" and an ominous warning: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #779

The Property Rights Newsletter November 7, 2014 - Issue #779

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
- Mark 12:31
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Hate Thy Neighbour: Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behaviour of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics. By advancing the interests of the manipulator, often at another's expense, such methods could be considered exploitative, abusive, devious, and deceptive. Social influence is not necessarily negative. For example, doctors can try to persuade patients to change unhealthy habits. Social influence is generally perceived to be harmless when it respects the right of the influenced to accept or reject and is not unduly coercive. Depending on the context and motivations, social influence may constitute underhanded manipulation.

Smoke Sensors Update:
Researchers unveil first real-time secondhand smoke sensor. Dartmouth College researchers are going to market with the first-ever sensor that detects secondhand and thirdhand tobacco and marijuana smoke in real time.

Cigarette ash can clean arsenic from water.
Scientists have found that discarded cigarette ash can cheaply and easily remove more than 96 percent of poisonous arsenic from water. As a result of mining and other industries, the toxin arsenic has contaminated groundwater at high levels in countries such as China, Chile, Hungary and Mexico. The poison is odourless and tasteless so it's hard to detect, but it can cause skin discolouration, stomach pain, partial paralysis and a range of other serious health problems. So now scientists could clean up cigarette butts and arsenic in developing countries at the same time, which is pretty awesome.

From the Nanny State to the Bully State.
By Patrick Basham. "The past generation of welfare statism saw the unduly protective Nanny State bleed into every sinew of our daily lives." Of course, the implications of the Nuffield Report extend far beyond health. Given the expansive way in which health is now defined, the state's power to enforce behavioural change on individuals reaches considerably beyond the current notion of what falls within health care.

Are we seeing the start of the corporate nanny state?
Now they want your blood. Honeywell International, founded in Minnesota, recently implemented a plan to reduce health care costs and promote healthy living for employees. Sounds good so far. But the company went a step further by penalizing workers financially if they and their spouses refused to agree to a biometric testing. That's a harmless enough sounding concept. But what it means is you let medical providers for the company draw blood to check for health problems, such as diabetes. It means they would also would test you, and your spouse, for blood pressure, HDL, total cholesterol and glucose. Oh, and they'd need your height and weight, and that of your spouse. And while they're at it, let's run a tape measure around your waistline to see how you are doing with that diet. Failure to agree to the tests brings a hefty price, up to $4,000 per family in penalties and lost company contributions. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this goes too far. The agency filed suit in federal court in Minneapolis last week in behalf of two Minnesota employees, saying the health screening and penalties violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
AND: Is the CDC Fueling Anti-Fat Bias in Workplaces? By Bill Briggs. A CDC campaign that gives U.S. bosses an "obesity cost calculator" to tally the financial losses linked to their overweight employees is being criticized as spurring workplace discrimination - and perhaps enticing companies to fire fat people.

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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Nation's First Soda Tax Is Passed. Berkeley, CA, became the first U.S. city to pass a law taxing sugary drinks including sodas. Proponents of the Berkeley tax say the fee will help curb consumption of sodas, energy drinks and sweetened iced teas, beverages they say are contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic.
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How to beat Big Soda.
Lessons from the war on tobacco. By: Holly Scheider is Outreach Coordinator for the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition and a former Tobacco Policy Coordinator for Contra Costa County. Remember when people could smoke in restaurants, on airplanes, and at work? This changed, thanks to tireless efforts by health advocates like me. So how do we beat Big Soda? Learn from tobacco control's success.
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Why Tax Just Soda? Why Not Tax Sugar?
While the intake of sugar/high fructose and sweetened beverages is certainly detrimental to health (see links below), it seems taxing sodas is more a topical excuse for skimming a new revenue stream than a meaningful way to reduce obesity/diabesity.
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #778

The Property Rights Newsletter October 31, 2014 - Issue #778

"She might have fooled me, but she didn't fool my mother."
- Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in "Psycho"
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Chocolate as Medicine: Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss. In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss. The findings suggest that the compound increases connectivity and, subsequently, blood flow in a region of the brain critical to memory, the researchers said.
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USA: The Military v. Marlboro:
We are losing a war in Iraq and Syria, the military is shrinking dangerously as global threats are growing, and yet the Pentagon is mustering its forces against tobacco products. The Defense Department is studying a ban on the sale of cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco on bases and ships.

USA: NJ:
South Jersey Town Bans Smoking on Streets, Sidewalks, Stoops and Steps. But you are still allowed to smoke inside your Gloucester City home. So, if you're caught smoking or chewing or vaping outside the Knights of Columbus building or Ben's Barber Shop or your home...

USA: TX:
The Lubbock City Council will meet this week and could vote to approve an ordinance that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants across the city. The ordinance would not only apply to cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, but to e-cigarettes and vapor as well. The proposed language would also regulate drivers who smoke in certain circumstances.


Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! China: Health: Chinese researchers discover why so many writers are heavy smokers - Chinese scientists show heavy smoking boosts the imagination. But the researchers won't be pursuing this finding, they say, as it is "politically incorrect."

UK: FREE FOREST EVENT.
November 4, cocktails, canapes, live music and heated smoking terrace. If you haven't yet registered and would like to join us for this special event, RSVP.

UK: London Update:
London Mayor Boris Johnson's Health Committee, "Better Health for London", wants to ban smoking in 20,000 acres of London parks, along with Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square. also announced a number of other measures in an attempt to reduce obesity. These include moves to surpress alcohol consumption and increase the exercise uptake amongst Londoners, in order to "make London a healthier, slimmer, fitter, city."

UK: Nanny State Update:
Watch out: the anti-smoking fanatics now want to regulate drinking. The anti-smoking lobby has been offering advice to the House of Lords on how to regulate drinking. Draconian moves could follow. It is tempting to dismiss these demands as preposterous. This would be most unwise.

Denmark: Big Pharma.
By Klaus Kjellerup. MEDICINAL KORRUPTION. Anti-ryge eksperter var betalt af Big Pharma.
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World Health Organization on Ebola:
"The World Health Organization Admits Botching Response to Ebola Outbreak." This article contains some damning statements, such as, "WHO's country offices in Africa are politically motivated," and "What should be the WHO's strongest regional offices because of the enormity of the health challenges is actually the weakest technically and full of political appointments."

World Health Organization: 'Broke' WHO host 1.6million caviar-fuelled beano:
UN pockets "bribe" from Russia: The WHO accepted $800k handout from Putin to put the #COP6 tobacco control convention in Moscow. The article focusses on the cost of the whole shebang and sets it against the WHO's poverty pleas regarding the Ebola outbreak. All well and good, but much of the cost could have been covered by that nice Mr Putin, I suppose. Then, world governments were ordered to implement these proposals - from a meeting which was compromised by pharma lobbying, exclusion of press scrutiny, lack of proper voting, intimidation of delegates and utter disregard for evidence - immediately.

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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #777

The Property Rights Newsletter October 24, 2014 - Issue #777

"When it comes to idiots, America's got more than its fair share.
If idiots were energy, it would be a source that would never run out."
- Lewis Black
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Thomas Frieden: Idiot Alert: CDC Head Dr. Tom Frieden Behind NYC Smoking/Soda Bans. There is no reason for Dr. Thomas Frieden to keep his job. He may have been ideally suited to fight a war on those dastardly big sodas, but he is intellectually unarmed when we are at war with a deadly disease. President Obama is urging hospitals across the country to protect Americans by learning and following the proper protocols. Well, Mr. President, how about protecting us from Dr. Frieden? Sorry, but a guy who finds sodas and second-hand smoke to be a bigger threat to America than Ebola-stricken travelers really has no business being the head of the CDC!

MA: Westminster.
"By Any Rational Means." The Westminster, Mass., Board of Health is proposing to ban the sale of all tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivering devices including electronic cigarettes, reported the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO).

NY: A Smoker's Guide To NYC.
Thought you'd like to hear how even with Mayor Bloomberg's anti-smoking regime smokers are catered for quite adequately.

NY: NYC Proposes to Include E-Cigarettes in Flavor Ban.
Interestingly, the proposed measure applies to any "electronic device that delivers vapor for inhalation." So the law would apply, not just to vapor products containing nicotine, but to any product that allows the user to inhale vapor, even if those products do not have nicotine.

USA: Brad Rodu.
Federal Survey Data on Tobacco: It's Not About The Children. I have documented for several years a nonstop decline in smoking rates among American teens. Rates of smoking and use of other tobacco products among teens are so low that they no longer provide a valid basis for the draconian anti-tobacco policy prescriptions favored by the FDA and CDC.

USA: Tobacco Industry.
Why Big Tobacco keeps demolishing the FDA in federal court. Since 2009, the cigarette industry has won three major challenges to make their products more accessible to kids.

Australia: Violence over jail ban.
The Queensland Law Society is calling for a review into the ban on smoking in prisons in response to reports that it sparked an increase in assaults on prison guards. President Ian Brown says the ban was ill-considered, and has had dire consequences.

Hong Kong: Casinos.
Smoking ban from this month seen further denting revenues. Up to 300 dealers at the flagship casino of MGM China Holdings Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based MGM Resorts International, took collective sick leave at noon on Friday.

Russia: International Conference on Smokers' Rights.
The event attended by delegates from 21 countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Latvia, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland and Estonia, - the territory of which in the aggregate are more than 250 million smokers.

UK: David Hockney.
Tobacco killjoys are less healthy than the smokers they ban. Spiteful restrictions mean any place meant for pleasure is now off-limits. So the mean-spirited are at it again. I'll repeat: the mean spirited and the utterly humourless are at it again...

UK: Man has fine increased...
for dropping cigarette outside burger van. A man fined seventy five pounds for throwing a cigarette on the floor outside his burger van in Stafford town centre must now pay more than four hundred and fifty pounds.

Zimbabwe: 4 tobacco farmers commit suicide...
because they could not pay their debts to a Chinese contracting company, Tian Ze Tobacco. The company unilaterally imposed prices - forcing farmers to accept what they were offered. This put them in a vulnerable position and most failed to pay. The money owed accrued annually and quickly reached unmanageable levels, following which the company would attach property.

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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.
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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

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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


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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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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #772



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!

 
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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #771



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. KingCVS 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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  Past Newsletter Issues Issue #770



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.
 
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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."
 
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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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