Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Illinois casino smoking: Compromise bill would allow separate rooms

Could this signify a burgeoning shift in the tide?

Illinois casino smoking: Compromise bill would allow separate rooms

White paper is "charter for potentially oppressive social engineering" says Forest

I thought that the Tories were going to usher in a new era of smaller governmental in the U.K. Um, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Get a load of this:

"The white paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People, sets out the Government’s long-term vision for the future of public health in England. The aim, says the DH, is to create a "wellness" service (Public Health England) giving more responsibility to local authorities."

More responsibility to local authorities, so that they may mind your own business for you? This is beyond Orwellian.

White paper is "charter for potentially oppressive social engineering" says Forest

Monday, November 29, 2010

4thamendmentwear

Get your 4th Amendment underwear now! Protest without saying a word. Yikes. This came to me courtesy of my friend Julian on Facebook. ...Not that I ever plan on going through one of those intrusive radiation scanners anyway.

4thamendmentwear

On another note, why is it not ok for adults to choose to be around 2nd hand smoke, but it's ok for the government to irradiate a huge proportion of its population?

J. KARL MILLER: Taxing smokers isn't the answer to state revenue woes - Columbia Missourian

J. KARL MILLER: Taxing smokers isn't the answer to state revenue woes - Columbia Missourian

LAPD charging jaywalkers $191 in new crackdown | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Wow! I'm so glad that there's a new "crackdown" on those dangerous jaywalkers! I feel so much safer now.

LAPD charging jaywalkers $191 in new crackdown | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Even "Third-Hand Smoke" is Dangerous to Children

Oh, now this is an all new low coming from the "experts" on smoking. Recently, Dr. Siegel commented on the issue of "4th hand smoke" on his blog, which is how I in turn have become enlightened on the epidemic of 4th hand smoke and the aforementioned article, um study, linked below. I don't know how the rest of us all managed to miss this study, which is over a year old now; but, hey, now we can all count ourselves amongst the enlightened. I can't tell if this is satire or not, can you?

Even "Third-Hand Smoke" is Dangerous to Children

Ban killing business; where are non-smokers?

..and a Happy Holidays to all of the bankrupt bar/restaurant owners and to all of the bartenders/waitresses that are out of work around the country...


Ban killing business; where are non-smokers?

Look Who's Paying the Bills?

Wow! Look who's paying the bills in Illinois! Surprise, surprise... This is thievery..or er, extortion at the very least. For all of the money that is extorted from smokers, we should, at the very least, ALREADY be covered with our own insurance plans. Isn't that what the Master Settlement was supposed to be for? ...and look how they treat us....No love, no respect...They sure do like our money though.


Illinois Schedules $1.5 Billion Tobacco Bond Sale for Dec. 1 to Pay Bills - Bloomberg">

Menthol debate getting veneer of pseudo-science

Well, we all know that the reason the anti-smokers want to ban menthol has nothing at all to do with the health aspects of menthol in particular: It's because they don't want cigarettes to taste good. Gee, I wonder if any unintended consequences would emerge as a result... Naahhhhhh....

http://tobaccoreporter.com/home.php?id=498&art=4017

Calif. to change household products' formulas | abc7.com

Now I'm all for clean air, but aren't we currently in a state of deep fiscal doo-doo here in California? Shouldn't our legislators be focusing on that issue before moving on to anything else? Oh, of course not, because that would be logical.


Calif. to change household products' formulas | abc7.com

Willie Nelson charged with pot possession in Texas - Yahoo! News

Oh, I feel soooooo safe now.

Willie Nelson charged with pot possession in Texas - Yahoo! News

Monday, November 22, 2010

Painter Arms

"Ever heard of Nick Hogan? - No? - The first landlord to be jailed because he fell foul of the Smoking Ban Laws.
Now we have another couple who have seen their business destroyed and face prison - because, with no income, they CAN'T pay the fine.
Help us raise what we can to help them stay free."-Paul Kearns via Facebook


Painter Arms

What Do Happy Meals and Cigarettes Have in Common

http://buquad.com/2010/11/22/what-do-happy-meals-and-cigarettes-have-in-common/

Editorial Boards to the Little People Complaining About the TSA: Bend Over and Take it Like a Man! - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. "-Benjamin Franklin

...Too bad our media doesn't agree....

Editorial Boards to the Little People Complaining About the TSA: Bend Over and Take it Like a Man! - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Jeffrey Miron » Blog Archive » How the Republicans Can Waste Their Electoral Victories

Jeffrey Miron » Blog Archive » How the Republicans Can Waste Their Electoral Victories

As You Prepare for Holiday Travel, Make Sure to Learn All the Words to "My Ding-a-Ling" NOW WITH BUMPER STICKERS! - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

How has it come to this?

As You Prepare for Holiday Travel, Make Sure to Learn All the Words to "My Ding-a-Ling" NOW WITH BUMPER STICKERS! - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Health ministry under pressure to ease smoking ban

But I thought that smoking bans didn't hurt the hospitality industry......

Greece’s Health Ministry is reportedly planning to soften slightly a blanket public-places tobacco smoking ban following ‘tremendous pressure’ from bar and restaurant owners who claim the changes, together with the impact of the economic crisis, are ruining them, according to a Kathimerini story.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tumeric cigarettes

I've always had a curious mind, especially when it comes to diet, herbs as medicine, health (both mental and physical), and quality of life. I am not perfect. I am a smoker of about 5-6 (sometimes a couple more when under stress) cigarettes a day; however, just because I'm a smoker doesn't' mean that I am not interested in health issues. I am a firm believer that eating fruits, vegetables, and taking certain supplements CAN really improve the quality of one's life, even if you're a smoker. However, the current anti-smoker church seems content on continuing on with their version of harm reduction, which inversely is anything but. Quit or die is the only option that we are left with, even as the FDA has been assigned with the job of reducing the negative effects of smoking. I oppose this approach, and so should everyone who actually knows or loves someone who is, or has ever been, a smoker. There are always going to be smokers; this is reality.

I simply do not believe that there is nothing that can be done to counteract the carcinogenic compounds in cigarette smoke. Sometimes it pays to be stubborn. The other day, after reading up on several studies that praise the anti-cancer compounds of curcurmin, I wondered what would happen if it was to be added as an ingredient in cigarettes. I didn't expect to find anything when I googled "turmeric cigarette", but much to my surprise, this is what I found:

Bubbling hookah smoke through heat-solubilized curcumin/turmeric and incorporation of the curry spice as an additive or filter in cigarettes to minimize tobacco smoke-related toxicants

"Current medical evidence suggests that there is little or no risk reduction associated with light and ultra-light cigarettes use compared to regular cigarettes, even though the majority of smokers think to the contrary [18]. Using curcumin/turmeric in the cigarette itself or dissolved in water (for hookah) may well change this on account of the well documented anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties of curcumin [2,9–12]. "

"Studies have shown a dose-dependent depletion of free radicals by the addition of the bioflavonoid pycnogenol from pine bark extract to cigarette filters [5]."

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Whoa Nelly!! Why isn't the FDA demanding that curcurmin and pine park be used as a form of harm reduction for active smokers? How many lives could be saved if this simple measure were to be taken? Is the silence on this issue a result of the mentality that smokers deserve to die?

....and that's not the only interesting study that I encountered:

Protective role of curcumin against nicotine-induced genotoxicity on rat liver under restricted dietary protein.

"Curcumin reduced the nicotine-induced DNA damage percentage of the liver tissues more significantly (P<0.001) in protein restricted condition. Curcumin proved its potential to function against genotoxic effect by reducing the DNA damage activity of nicotine and minimized the percentage of DNA damage (50-60%) in protein restricted dietary condition. Curcumin reduced the nicotine-induced DNA damage percentage of the liver tissues more significantly (P<0.001) in protein restricted condition. Curcumin proved its potential to function against genotoxic effect by reducing the DNA damage activity of nicotine and minimized the percentage of DNA damage (50-60%) in protein restricted dietary condition. The degree of nicotine-induced genotoxicity therefore can be effectively compensated by the protective effect of curcumin in protein stress condition."

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Curcumin combats against cigarette smoke and ethanol-induced lipid alterations in rat lung and liver.


"Altered lipid, lipoprotein profile and bile acid excretion were observed in CS+EtOH rats along with premalignant pathological state in tissues. In treated rats, the levels were maintained at near-normal levels along with near-normal histology."

"This biochemical picture on cotreatment with curcumin suggests that curcumin could counteract the injurious effects of combined CS and EtOH and thus might help to reduce the risk of hyperlipidemic disorders which develop due to smoking and drinking."


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Pycnogenol in cigarette filters scavenges free radicals and reduces mutagenicity and toxicity of tobacco smoke in vivo.

"Addition of the bioflavonoid pine bark extract Pycnogenol to cigarette filters depleted free radicals in a dose dependent manner. This was paralleled by a reduction of toxicity and mutagenicity in rodent test models. In this model system, the acute toxicity of cigarette smoke was markedly reduced by up to 70% in rodents with 0.4 mg Pycnogenol in filters. "

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...and there are more, a lot more studies on harm reduction, some of which study the effects of charcoal filters, etc.. When I have the time, I plan on reading up on these as well.

The point is this: We live in the real world, the anti-smokers do not. Abstinence only is a mirage that is costing the lives of real people. This is a human rights issue and it is time that we make it known as such. No one deserves to die needlessly, not even us smokers.

Get to work FDA.

A Case for Early Lung Cancer Detection

""Sixty percent of lung cancer cases diagnosed in 2006 were in people who had quit smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent report on the subject. (Another 21 percent were in people who had never smoked.) Given prevailing trends, ex-smokers' share of cases could be even higher now."


In the race, with luck and most of my lungs

Law Enforcement Alliance of America Says New Study Reinforces Police Concerns About Illicit Tobacco Trade - CNBC

Law Enforcement Alliance of America Says New Study Reinforces Police Concerns About Illicit Tobacco Trade - CNBC

Thursday, November 18, 2010

L.A. City Council Votes to Draft Ordinance Banning Smoking Everywhere

Well, well, well...Three things are now official:

1) Our officials in L.A. loathe their smoking constituents.
2) They don't resemble anything remotely close to being liberty loving Americans.
3) You can't trust them.


Funny how earlier in the year our lovely council-members voted to ban smoking at all outdoor venues/establishments, while exempting venues for those 18 and over. That was supposed to be a "compromise". You can never compromise with tyrants, which is what they are. Case in point: Here they are, less than a year later, implementing even more draconian measures, when clearly they tried to fool us into believing that their intention was to be "fair". Bullshit.

How many more jobs will we lose now? How many more restaurants and clubs will shut their doors? If people do not rebel against this illegal infringement upon smokers' right to assemble, then I am afraid that we're all in trouble in this country.

As I always say, this is about a lot more than smoking.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local-beat/L-A-Council-Considers-Banning-Smoking-in-all-Public-Areas-107032718.html

YouTube - David Boaz Makes the Case for Libertarianism

YouTube - David Boaz Makes the Case for Libertarianism

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Back in Black - Nanny State - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 11/16/2010 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Brilliant!

Back in Black - Nanny State - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 11/16/2010 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Bummer! Dutch to ban tourists from buying pot - Travel - News - msnbc.com

What the hell is going on in the Netherlands? First they ban tobacco smoking in coffee shops and bars, only to repeal the tobacco smoking ban in small shops and bars (yay!), and now this? I have a nagging suspicion that this is more about pressure (ie., from the U.S., WHO, etc..) from outside the Netherlands, rather than being about crime, which is likely to rise due to this recent decision. Why the suspicion on my part? About a month ago I received an e-mail about a law that was being proposed in the U.S. Senate with the aim of arresting and convicting U.S. citizens who choose to indulge in the other "evil" weed abroad in places where it is legal; hence, U.S. citizens visiting Amsterdam comes to mind. In other words, the idea is to say that U.S. law (with regards to drug issues) applies to U.S. citizens no matter where they may go to indulge, even on foreign soil. Oh, how I wish that I saved the link for this one, as I cannot find it now.

Bummer! Dutch to ban tourists from buying pot - Travel - News - msnbc.com

L.A. City Council to put pot tax on ballot | abc7.com

"So rather than calling it a tax, the council is calling it gross reimbursement."

Now that's about the funniest description of a tax that I've ever heard!

L.A. City Council to put pot tax on ballot | abc7.com

Friday, November 12, 2010

Forest Eireann - Voice of the smoker in Ireland - Blog - Bad news for ASH - there's a new kid in town

"And as regards the “occasional smoker”, Mr Maurer is incorrect to suggest that a few cigarettes cause the same damage as a lot of them. The first law of toxicology is that “the dose is the poison”. It is the culinary equivalent of suggesting that to eat a small morsel of any food, will make you obese."-John Mallon of Forest Eireann in response to Brian Maurer, chairman of ASH Ireland.


Forest Eireann - Voice of the smoker in Ireland - Blog - Bad news for ASH - there's a new kid in town

Free Clarence Aaron - Debra J. Saunders - Townhall Conservative

The drug war is an abysmal failure, just like the war on tobacco.

Free Clarence Aaron - Debra J. Saunders - Townhall Conservative

Drug firm hired athletes, luring doctors to play ball - Washington Times

Why is this not a bit surprising?

Drug firm hired athletes, luring doctors to play ball - Washington Times

Banksy's mate smokes joint in UK House of Commons [Hemp Forums - Cannabis and Politics] : Hemp Embassy

This is quite funny!

Banksy's mate smokes joint in UK House of Commons [Hemp Forums - Cannabis and Politics] : Hemp Embassy

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328727/Banksys-friend-smokes-cannabis-Commons-Nick-Clegg-addresses-MPs.html

Thursday, November 11, 2010

YouTube - Gary Johnson on Drug Policy

Gary Johnson speaks out against the drug war:

YouTube - Gary Johnson on Drug Policy

FDA Proposes Graphic Labels for Cigarettes to Scare Smokers Into Quitting

Now this is just lovely. The FDA wants to put pictures of corpses and rotting teeth on cigarette packs. Funny, at my last visit to the dentist, I was told that my teeth are in fact, quite white. This abuse is getting to be quite old. Here's a concept that maybe our government can grasp: mind your own business and get off of our backs. Your job is to protect us from muggers and thieves, not to bully us into your vision of "healthful" living.

FDA Proposes Graphic Labels for Cigarettes to Scare Smokers Into Quitting

http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/default.htm

SoCal 'Kush Expo' Will Let You Smoke Weed On-Site -- In O.C. - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Maybe us tobacco smokers should make the case for medical tobacco:-)

SoCal 'Kush Expo' Will Let You Smoke Weed On-Site -- In O.C. - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Simon Clark - Taking Liberties - ASH Scotland: the cost of smoking

..More crap from ASH Scotland...So now folks are not supposed to be allowed to take breaks? Oh, that's right, only SMOKERS are not supposed to be allowed to take work breaks. What are we, all a bunch of zombies? ASH would have us all living in a joyless world, for the sake of "productivity". What is the point of being productive if you cannot enjoy life in your own individual way?

"...£692m in productivity losses due to excess absenteeism, smoking breaks and lost output due to premature death"


Simon Clark - Taking Liberties - ASH Scotland: the cost of smoking

Technolog - Sobriety Test attempts to curb drunk Facebooking

Hmmmmm.....

Technolog - Sobriety Test attempts to curb drunk Facebooking

Friday, November 5, 2010

Netherlands amends smoking ban in pubs - General News - Morning Advertiser

Congrats Wiel Maessen! Your hard work has paid off!

Netherlands amends smoking ban in pubs - General News - Morning Advertiser

ITGA launches petition against WHO proposals

The WHO wants to reduce tobacco farming worldwide.

I would much rather have legitimate tobacco farmers than cartel farmers... If the WHO and its band of unelected bureaucrats get its way there will be million of folks out of work, not only here in America, but in countries with very fragile infrastructures to begin with. The world economy also comes to mind. Currently, over 1.5 billion people the world over are smokers. How can the actions of global tobacco control NOT affect the world economy? Surely, as we have learned from the failed experiment of prohibition, it's quite obvious that people will still continue on smoking, well, because they WANT to. The only objective likely to be attained is an undesirable one, one that is likely to line the pockets of the new cartels that will form to fill the void. I envision that the rest of the world will begin to invest in building more prisons too, just like we do here in the good ole' USA; a good investment if you're an investor in the prison industrial complex, but not so good for all of the folks that will be out of work and ensnared in the iron claws of the neo-healthist church of anti-vice. I would imagine that this will not be good for the health of smokers either, many of whom will likely begin to turn to smoking un-regulated tobacco as their choices become more limited on the legal market. How can harm reduction be achieved if tobacco is driven underground? Oh, but I'm sure that the WHO has taken THAT into consideration, right?

I guess that the do-gooders have learned nothing from the drug war.

Here is a snippet from the forthcoming link below:

"The WHO has rejected ITGA’s request for a seat at the discussion tables, dismissing farmers as interferences."

Sound familiar? Bar and restaurant owners who have been dismissed from the conversation by tobacco control in front of so many city councils, state and national legislatures the world over can relate I'm sure. And what of us 1.5 billion smokers, what are they to do with us? We're all just a big interference to them. The fact that we're people with the right to disagree with them is irrelevant in their eyes. ...Quite despotic they are...

Follow the link(s) and please sign the petition to stop this madness.


ITGA launches petition against WHO proposals

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Residents speak out against smoking ban | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal

Thanks to Glynn Loope of Cigar Rights of America for posting this on Twitter.

I wish that more of us would speak out against bans on choice. Sadly, too many of us sit on the sidelines, cosied up with our ambivalence towards freedom and all that it takes to keep it. The residents of Bullitt County however, have unequivocally decided to traverse have a different path, one of diversity and choice.


Residents speak out against smoking ban | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
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