Friday, October 28, 2011

Calif. beach town tightens smoking restrictions |

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Restaurants are also prohibited from distributing match books because they promote cigarette smoking.

...Proof that smoking bans were never about protecting non-smokers from second hand smoke. California is starting to feel like a giant prison cell.

Calif. beach town tightens smoking restrictions |

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Youth smoking stable despite €87 million campaign

The EU spent €86,997,980 on its campaign, ‘Help – For a life without tobacco’, which ran from 2005 to 2010, according to health commissioner, John Dalli.

According to a Library Briefing from the Library of the European Parliament of September 30, these campaigns seem not to be effective in stopping young people from smoking.

...and they spent €86,997,980 of tax payer money, in a time of great economic distress, on this NS (Nanny State) initiative why again? I mean, the "experts" seem to be doing such a stupendous job of achieving their objective of a smoke(er) free world right? All failures and ineptitudes aside, one concept that the Neo-Bishops of Do-gooderism seem to have mastered quite well is the art of preserving their own livlihood (and paychecks) while everyone else is losing theirs.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cain’s unorthodox web ad | The Ticket - Yahoo! News

Oh, tsk..tsk...Smoking (..and err, smokers) is soooooo "unorthodox" you know. There are only 50-some million of us in America alone. It's not like it's a common or legal activity or anything....

My posting this here is not an endorsement of any candidate or political party, but check out the smirk on presidential candidate Cain's face at the end of this video. It's priceless.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don’t believe the hype: Smoking won’t make you smaller

Translation: “Who cares if it’s true — let’s run with it anyway!”

Yep, that's how they roll.

Don’t believe the hype: Smoking won’t make you smaller

Smoke-free by 2025?

"New Zealanders can be proud of our aspiration to be smoke free by 2025,” he said.

...and just how, prey tell, do they plan on achieving their objective without resorting to the tactics of an all out dictatorship?

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Call for ban on manufacture and sales in Korea

“We set up the Clean Air & Good Health Society in 2009 to create a world without ‘cigarettes’,” he was quoted as saying.

“It is more like a friendly society, not a well-organized civic organization.

Friendly? Oy. ...and we thought that they'd be happy with non-smoking sections.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Ban has no effect on smokers - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 19, 2011

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

THE SMOKING ban has not had any appreciable effect on the number of smokers in Ireland, the chief medical officer at the Department of Health has said.

Of course not, we smokers could have told them that. What it has had an effect on however, is the hospitality industry in Ireland. The number of pubs that have closed their doors since the implementation of the smoking ban is staggering! This has unnecessarily left many people destitute and out of work, and all for what?

It's time for a bit of truth: Bureaucrats are not very good problem solvers, which is why I have come to hold the firm belief that smaller government is better government.

Ban has no effect on smokers - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Here Cometh the Ghost of Carrie Nation

Beware! The Neo-bishops of Do-gooderism are after your pint and your glass of wine....AGAIN.

The High Costs of Drinking Too Much - Health Blog - WSJ

Excessive alcohol consumption is defined as averaging more than a drink per day, binge drinking — four or more drinks for women and five or more for men on a single occasion — or any alcohol consumption at all by pregnant women or underage youth.

Hmmmm...really? Just one drink per day is excessive drinking? Has Carry Nation arisen from the grave to secretly fund this "study"? This report has temperance written all over it.

One thing has become increasingly clear to me with regards to all temperance movements: They resemble that of the resentful curmudgeon that cannot stand to see other people having fun, and living longer to boot!

Oh, but "sinners" can have fun and live longer you say? That certainly seems to be the case:

Want to live longer? Toss back a few cocktails

According to the data, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol — up to four drinks per day in men and two drinks per day in women — reduces the risk of death from any cause by roughly 18 percent, the team reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Now take that you Carrie Nations of the world and stuff it!

To learn more about the history of temperance movements, buy this book from Christopher Snowdon: The Art Of Suppression

Friday, October 14, 2011

Another day, another tobacco lie

Depending on which city's numbers you pick, you could just as easily claim that smoking bans CAUSE heart attacks!

The truth will eventually come out. In fact, thanks to folks like Dr. Douglass, it already is. We (see list of smoker links at on the right side of this page to see whom I'm referring to) know that the Neo-bishops of Do-gooderism are lying. Everyday, more people are waking up by reading in-between the lines. The sound bytes of an all too complicit media cannot fool us forever, for we in the blogosphere have acquired a relatively new and novel weapon to help us in our fight against tyranny: the internet.

Another day, another tobacco lie

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ACLU Steps Up

...Just came across this on the Forces International page:

About time! Twenty states discriminate against smokers, thirty states do not and neither does the District of Columbia. Slowly the ACLU has been going state by state to end discrimination against any smoker, obese individual, those that drink alcohol, have high cholesterol levels, or ride motorcycles.

Corporations do not own you or have rights to your body. We hope they are successful in all 50 states.

Wowza! It is about time!

ACLU Steps Up

Legislative Briefing Kit: Lifestyle Discrimination in the Workplace

The early Americans adopted the Bill of Rights to limit the government's involvement in their lives and modern Americans demonstrate the same unwillingness to tolerate intrusion whether by government or by employer.

Here! Here!!

Employees who have lifestyles the employer considers unhealthy are required to pay more for their company health insurance. Some employers say they are charging unhealthy employees a premium over their "normal" rate, some say they are giving healthy employees a discount. Either way, one employee is paying more for their health care than another.

Where, prey tell are all of those tobacco taxes (that we smokers pay in higher proportions, as compared to any other group) going? We smokers are already paying for our health insurance, but yet we have to pay more? I sure hope that the ACLU takes this fact into account. We are simultaneously getting ripped off by both the insurance industry and by that of our own government. This extortion needs to stop.

People will take jobs, not reveal their lifestyle, and hope the employer doesn't find out. When this occurs, employers will have to hire spies to follow people away from work and/or require frequent universal medical testing (such as urinalysis) in order to enforce the policy.

...Kind of reminds me of this group of friendly folks:

It was widely regarded as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world.

Between 1950 and 1989, the Stasi employed a total of 274,000 people in an effort to root out the class enemy.

Full-time officers were posted to all major industrial plants (the extensiveness of any surveillance largely depended on how valuable a product was to the economy)[9] and one tenant in every apartment building was designated as a watchdog reporting to an area representative of the Volkspolizei (Vopo).[13] Spies reported every relative or friend who stayed the night at another's apartment.[13] Tiny holes were drilled in apartment and hotel room walls through which Stasi agents filmed citizens with special video cameras.[13] Schools, universities, and hospitals were extensively infiltrated.[13]

Yes, this really happened, and it's happening again. This time it's taking places right here in the United States.

Inconvenienced smokers violate policy | The Northerner

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

UK is officially a tobacco-free campus; but since the policy went into place, the university has similar problems with compliance.

Hmmm....Is it really a smoke-free campus if there is little or no compliance? What did they expect anyway? Going to university is a place where one goes to get smartenized and confident, not ignorant and sheep-like. It is apparent that this is a stupid law, so it any wonder that the students recognize it as such?

Ickes said the policy wasn’t meant to be “heavy-handed,” but focused on compliance and making sure the campus recognized the policy.

No, the Neo-bishops of Do-gooderism never intend to behave like totalitarians, but in fact, that is what they are, and one does not need to have a college education to recognize this simple fact.

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, and do it with a smile on your face.

Inconvenienced smokers violate policy | The Northerner

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ForestEireann_Tour-of-Ireland_October2011.pdf (application/pdf Object)

During his two‐week tour of Ireland John Mallon will distribute copies of Forest Eireann’s
‘Smokers’ Manifesto’. He will also promote ‘Civil Liberties: Up In Smoke?’, a new report
published by civil rights watchdog Privacy International in association with Forest.

Calling for greater tolerance and common sense on the issue of smoking, Mallon says:
“The anti‐smoking movement has gone too far. Unwittingly, perhaps, some well‐meaning
campaigners are making many smokers’ lives a misery.

Good luck John!

ForestEireann_Tour-of-Ireland_October2011.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Song Inpired by the Anti-smoker Bishops of Do-gooderism!

I don't generally (well, EVER) promote my band on this blog...Oh, but what the hell, this latest single from my band FireBug (produced by Chris Goss)was largely (ok, completely) inspired by the very people that so many of us here in the blogosphere rant about on a regular basis, so I figured that I'd share it all with all of you. I's just one of many songs that have been inspired by the Neo-Bishops of Do-Gooderism. Play it LOUD.

..Hope that you enjoy.

Used To Be

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Alcohol has bigger health impact than does smoking

Alcohol has a bigger impact than smoking on health because alcohol kills at a younger age, according to a story by health reporter, Philippa Roxby for BBC News quoting Dr Nick Sheron, who runs the liver unit at Southampton General Hospital, UK.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

...and here's a link to the original article:

What damage does alcohol do to our bodies?

So why is drinking alcoholic beverages dangerous to our health?

Why alcohol has this negative effect on all elements of our health could be down to acetaldehyde - the product alcohol is broken down into in the body.

Acetaldehyde is toxic and has been shown to damage DNA.

"One of most common genetic defects in man is our inability to counteract the toxicity of alcohol."

Hmmmm....I question the validity of this statement. It seems to echo the same sentiment of the anti-smoker establishment when it says that there is (or can never be) a safe(er) cigarette. So what gives me the right, being a singer in a rock band, to question such "authorities" on the matter? I have a penchant for reading and for questioning things as a result. After much research on the matter, I have recently become a fan of drinking ionized alkaline water, which has been purported to have many health benefits in clearing the body of toxins, even from that of alcohol consumption:

Doctors in the emergency room treat alcohol poisoning by providing an intravenous bicarbonate solution, which neutralizes toxic acetaldehyde quickly, and allows it to be flushed out by the kidneys. Drinking alkaline mineral water stimulates the natural production of bicarbonates in the digestive tract and provides natural detoxification.

Alkaline Water for the Rock Star Lifestyle

..Wanting more proof of this claim, I decided to hop on over to the National Center for Biotechnology Information ( to see if I could find anything on the subject. A quick search revealed this study:

Ionized alkaline water: new strategy for management of metabolic acidosis in experimental animals.

Metabolic acidosis can occur as a result of either the accumulation of endogenous acids or loss of bicarbonate from the gastrointestinal tract or the kidney, which represent common causes of metabolic acidosis.

Similar results were observed in urinary diversion models as there was significant improvement of both the partial pressure of carbon dioxide and serum bicarbonate (P = 0.007 and 0.001 respectively) after utilizing alkaline water orally.

Here is yet another study that I've come across:

Electrolyzed-reduced water inhibits acute ethanol-induced hangovers in Sprague-Dawley rats.

Alcohol concentration in serum of ERW-treated rats showed significant difference at 1 h, 3 h and 5 h respectively as compared with the rats treated with distilled water. Both alcohol dehydrogenase type 1 and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase related with oxidation of alcohol were significantly increased in liver tissue while the level of aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase in serum was markedly decreased 24 h after pre-oral administration of ERW.

So it does appear in fact, that there currently exists the knowledge and the science to prove that the negative effects of acetaldehyde can be (at least somewhat) averted &/or reversed by the supplementation of bicarbonate. Is Dr Nick Sheron not aware of this research?

"The toxicity of alcohol is complex, but we do know there is a clear dose relationship."

Doesn't this sound familiar? This is exactly what Dr. Gori of the National Cancer Institute said with regards to cigarette smoking and its relationship to cancer and heart disease.

Nevertheless, I get it: drinking in excess has the potential to wreak havoc on one's body. The same goes for excessive smoking, does it not? Currently, it appears that there IS a safe level of drinking. Scientists who are interested in the issue of harm-reduction are also developing knowledge on how to counter-act some of the risks that are associated with regular (heavy), long term drinking. Of course, this news does not mean that one should go out and drink him/herself into oblivion; what it does mean, however, is that there is hope for those who simply cannot control their over-indulgence. This is a medical issue after all and no one deserves to die simply because some think that they "morally" deserve what they have coming to them. That line of thinking is so "un"-progressive, so Calvinist, and oh so yesterday.

Will harm reduction efforts geared towards those imbibe on a regular basis also be silenced, as what we have witnessed with the case of tobacco? All that we need to do is take a look into the recent history of the anti-tobacco crusade that crucified (and continues to today) anyone who dared challenge the notion that there exists a dose response relationship with smoking and disease. There were studies after all, that proved this to be so; but that is not the message that we have been getting, now is it?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Taylor to speak at TABEXPO on harm reduction-

‘Methods for the reduction of tar and other constituents of smoke in cigarettes will be explored in depth, including an analysis of the three main methods for yield reduction.

‘Dr. Taylor will also highlight the importance of filters in reducing harmful compounds in cigarettes. This will include an assessment of the role of multi-segment filters in improving filtration. In addition a comparison of granular absorbents, such as carbon, ion exchange resins and silica gel will be provided.’

Oh, how I'd love to be a fly on the wall at this event.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Smoking Permitted Once Again in Specified Areas | Latest News from Greece

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Smoking will be once again permitted in Greece given the country’s poor financial situation. The new measure will allow smokers to smoke inside casinos and big nightclubs exceeding 300m2.

Ah Ha! Smoking bans do hurt the economy! Of course, that is exactly what many of us in the blogosphere have been saying ever since the dawn of health fascism arrived at our doors, our restaurants, our local pub/bar/club, and (most recently) many of our parks.

There has never been a need to waste money on "studies" to prove whether or not smoking bans harm businesses and thus the economies of the world in aggregate. All that government officials the world over needed to do was ask the owners of privately owned establishments about whether or not smoking bans harm business. They are, after all, the real experts on all matters pertaining to everything and anything hospitality. If smoking bans were good for the economy (any economy), then there would be no need for smoking bans in the first place.

Call it an oxymoron that is destined to reveal the truth. No matter how hard the proponents of smoking bans on privately owned property attempt to deny these facts with tired and useless refutations that cost tax payers their time, money, and freedom, the pendulum will swing back in the other direction. It has to and this latest development in Greece just proves it.

I will be looking forward to this headline coming from Greece within the next year:

Greece restores freedom of choice to ALL bar, restaurant, casino, and club owners.

Now that sounds like good economic policy, don't you think?

Smoking Permitted Once Again in Specified Areas | Latest News from Greece