Thursday, June 30, 2011

Relying on bad science

While we can hope that the FDA will learn from its mistakes and start using good science for tobacco product regulation, we have no guarantees that will happen.

We know that our legislators do not look favourably on regulatory agencies that do not use good science as the basis for their regulations. We are fast approaching the point when we will need to solicit their help in getting the FDA's tobacco regulatory function back on the path that Congress intended. If we do not do it now, we may not have another opportunity.

Dr John Lauterbach



Relying on bad science

Hockney decries UK’s busy-bodies and “curtain sniffers”

Hockney, who has been a smoker for 56 years, told an appreciative audience that he didn’t like busy-body politicians; that he didn’t like the meanness that had entered the anti-tobacco debate; and that he was concerned about the end of the essential Bohemian spirit.


I too am concerned about the end of the essential Bohemian spirit. It is an understatement to say that the bohemian way of life is in great danger (on both sides of the pond). In many places of the "free" western world, it is on life support. I'm just happy that somebody actually gets it, and not just anyone either, someone with a voice. That gives me hope. This is about a lot more than smoking.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Lung cancer screening: what cost, what value?

The discussion noted that radiologists using more advanced CT equipment than was available for the study could lead to an even larger reduction in lung cancer deaths.

At the same time, the potential for many more false positive results could rise.


Therein lies the conundrum. If this turns out to be mainly an issue of money however, there already exists plenty of potential funding via tobacco taxes (and de facto MSA taxes) that could pay for this (as well as for more research on cancer and a safer cigarette) instead of golf carts for politicians and entitlement packages for everyone else except for the smokers that pay for them.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Speak Out! Keep the FDA out of your Humidors!

Speak Out! Keep the FDA out of your Humidors!

Lung Cancer Alliance Launches New Site for Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, more than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers – combined. In 2010 over 157,000 people died from lung cancer of which 80% were either former smokers or those who never smoked at all.


Gee maybe it's time that we put some money behind lung cancer research...Like yesterday. Just because the puritans think that smoking is "evil", doesn't mean that they/we deserve to die for lack of research; we pay for it via over-taxation after all. Fair is fair and the money is there, it just needs to be taken away from the many greedy politicians across this great land whose sole purpose seems to be to persecute smokers while purchasing golf carts with our tax dollars; and as we can see, this new caste system where some folks are being pushed aside and deemed as not being worthy of the gifts of modern science, has now expanded to non-smokers with lung cancer as well.

The time for change has been long overdue.

Lung Cancer Alliance

Menthol report review criticized by Legacy

‘The evidence is in – from its own well qualified, independent and respected Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee – that a ban on menthol would benefit the public health. Seeking additional peer review now is a redundant measure.

‘There has also been ample opportunity for public input at this stage of the process.


Oh, really? They surely aren't making reference to the actual evidence, which stated that menthol cigarettes are 30% LESS (note: not more) hazardous than non-menthol cigarettes. Um, so banning menthol would be a "boon" to public health just how again?

There are some words that I'd like to use to describe these people that I won't use here.

We are never going to see a safer cigarette with folks like these calling the shots. Who gives them the right to decide who lives or dies, based solely on one's lifestyle choice?

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Michigan Rethinking Smoking Ban

Michigan Rethinking Smoking Ban

..Yet another bi-partisan effort to overturn/amend/rethink stupid NS (Nanny State) laws that kill business. There is hope for the future of the hospitality industry after all.

FDA independent review on menthol impact

“CTP’s extensive preliminary analysis and evaluation of the available science relating to public health impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes includes a thorough review of scientific literature and data in the areas of chemistry, toxicology, and physiology; patterns of menthol smoking; biomarkers of exposure to toxic constituents; and initiation of cigarette smoking, dependence, and cessation,” the FDA said. (pi)



FDA independent review on menthol impact


Yeah, ok...Nevermind the fact that the actual science has shown us that menthol cigarettes are actually LESS hazardous than non-menthol cigarettes:

Menthol cigarettes no more risky, study suggests

Blot said the team was surprised to find that menthol smokers had a lower risk.

"It was about 30 percent lower," which he said in a telephone interview was "statistically significantly lower." "The hypothesis going in, although it wasn't well supported, was that mentholated might be more toxic."


For the love of God, would somebody please stop these people before they're allowed to do any more damage to the public health of our nation? What do the folks over at the FDA want menthol smokers to do, switch to a cigarette that is MORE toxic? If this doesn't prove that the FDA's regulation of tobacco is based solely on ideology (rather than science) and religious fervor, then I don't know what could. Someone please save us all from the neo Calvinist/puritans.

Deal near on disputed tobacco settlement money

Deal near on disputed tobacco settlement money

NYC Smoking Ban Called 'an Absolute Joke' - WSJ.com

Thanks to Glynn Loope of Cigar Weekly for posting this on Facebook-

Still, he said, "I would put it out if I were asked politely."


I wouldn't.

NYC Smoking Ban Called 'an Absolute Joke' - WSJ.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

Let’s beat up smokers and feel good  - Don Surber - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Now, this article is bloody (my mom's from England, ok...so I claim the right to use the term "bloody") brilliant!

And so we will continue to vilify smokers, shun them, and send them outside to indulge their filthy habit.

We need the money - and the self-satisfaction of being "better" than someone else.


Let’s beat up smokers and feel good  - Don Surber - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Hangover-free booze? Increasing dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcohol may reduce negative side effects

A new study has found that increasing dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcohol may help to reduce alcohol-related side effects and accidents.


...Sometimes you never know what interesting things you may stumble upon when you let your mind wander via Google. I often search around the internet for studies about harm reduction (ie., safer cigarettes,etc..) for tobacco smokers, and it has dawned on me that there may also be ways to reduce some of the harms generated from the overuse of alcohol as well. A fine company in Korea is already onto the idea.

Hangover-free booze? Increasing dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcohol may reduce negative side effects

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

HURT: No ifs, ands or butts: FDA warning photos faked - Washington Times

Thanks to Lawson Narse for posting this on Facebook-

The gruesome nature of the pictures call to mind the deeply disturbing and bloody pictures pro-life protesters blow up and carry on picket signs outside political events.


FINALLY someone says it like it is. Coming from someone who is pro-choice with regards to women's reproductive rights AND with regards to the lifestyle choices of "free" citizens everywhere, I could not agree with this statement more. Thank you Washington Times.

HURT: No ifs, ands or butts: FDA warning photos faked - Washington Times

WHO: Unhealthy lifestyles to kill 52 million yearly by 2030

Thanks to BK Ainsworth for posting this on Facebook-

According to a recent World Health Organisation’s (WHO) report, chronic diseases, most of which are to do with unhealthy and ethically wanting lifestyles, will claim 52 million lives each year globally by 2030.


Would someone please explain to me what an "ethically wanting" lifestyle is? You know, I'm really beginning to believe that these people (the control freaks of the world) are actually neo-Calvinists dressed up in white lab coats in disguise who just so happen to have the full intention of destroying culture(s), autonomy, and individual freedom everywhere.

WHO: Unhealthy lifestyles to kill 52 million yearly by 2030

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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

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. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke for 75 days revealed that Pycnogenol filters significantly reduced mutagenicity by up to 48% and decreased pathological changes in lung tissue.


Why don't we have cigarettes like this in America? All cigarettes are NOT the same. Some ARE more hazardous than others. If you're a smoker in America, don't expect to get information like this from the FDA, and definitely don't expect to stumble across this type of information in the media either. It's a shame that we cannot trust the people who are supposed to arm us with the scientific truth. Many more people will suffer and die as a result. Just because I smoke (and thus deemed to be a "sinner" as a result) does NOT mean that I do not have the right to reduce my risk from smoking by upwards of 50-70% (or more). To deny smokers of this knowledge is simply criminal in my view. Smoking may be bad, but it's not all equally as bad and we have a right to know the difference.

Pycnogenol in cigarette filters scavenges free rad... [Toxicol Ind Health. 2002] - PubMed result

Pine bark extract reduces platelet aggregation. [Integr Med. 2000] - PubMed result

These observations suggest that Pycnogenol(R) supplementation reduces a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, that is, platelet aggregation in smokers. The bioflavonoids in Pycnogenol(R) reduced platelet aggregation stimulated by tobacco smoke.


While the FDA is busy demonizing smokers with grotesque pictures, real scientists are looking at ways of reducing the risk of smoking to smokers.

Pine bark extract reduces platelet aggregation. [Integr Med. 2000] - PubMed result

Cancer Curbed by Low-Carb/High-Protein Diet

The results were consistent and showed that the tumor cells grew slower in mice placed on the Low-Carb/High-Protein Diet.


Good to know...especially if you happen to be a smoker.

Cancer Curbed by Low-Carb/High-Protein Diet

Monday, June 20, 2011

Freedom-2-Choose (Scotland): Spanish campaigners and others seek to follow example of Netherlands tobacco policy

Spanish campaigners and others seek to follow example of Netherlands tobacco policy


Thanks to Belinda of F2C Scotland for this one!

Freedom-2-Choose (Scotland): Spanish campaigners and others seek to follow example of Netherlands tobacco policy

FDA on warnings and modified risk products

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) will tomorrow reveal its health warnings for cigarette packs and advertisements.


Why do I get the feeling that the FDA has no intentions of differentiating between modified risk products and high risk products? All cigarettes are the same, right? Maybe I should just start smoking non-filters then (I'm not going to do that)....well, because a non-filter carries the same risk as an ultra light with a reduced risk filter...right? Will the same grotesque pictures be applied equally to all tobacco products, even if scientific research suggests otherwise?


FDA on warnings and modified risk products

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Governor signs bill to allow smoking in standalone bars that serve food - Friday, June 17, 2011 | 3:13 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun

Thanks to CAGE Canada for posting this on Facebook-

CARSON CITY – Despite opposition from health officials, taverns and standalone bars have won the right to permit both smoking and food service under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The new law becomes effective immediately.


Hurray! Thank you Gov. Sandoval. I'm now looking forward to my next drive to Vegas from L.A..


Governor signs bill to allow smoking in standalone bars that serve food - Friday, June 17, 2011 | 3:13 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lottery: Sales Sagging Due to Smoking Ban

Thanks to Thomas Bender of Cigar Weekly for posting this on Facebook-

LANSING, June 8, 2011 – Michigan Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen confirmed today what an alarming number of small business owners in Michigan already knew -- Club Keno, a Lottery game played in bars and restaurants throughout the state, is suffering greatly due to the state’s Smoking Ban.


Lottery: Sales Sagging Due to Smoking Ban

Maybe the politicians should listen to the small business owners for a change. They tend to know what they're talking about when the issue at hand affects their privately owned property. Of course smoking bans hurt businesses. Duh!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Freedom To Choose - ASH burned in Holland

Oh, how I look forward to the day that my band tours Holland:-)

Freedom To Choose - ASH burned in Holland

40th Anniversary of the “War on Drugs” | LEAP

Although President Obama has talked about respecting states’ rights to enact medical marijuana laws, his DEA has raided state-legal medical marijuana providers at a higher rate than under the Bush administration.


40th Anniversary of the “War on Drugs” | LEAP

Monday, June 13, 2011

Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business on Vimeo

It is well worth your time to take about 2 hours out of your day/night to watch this documentary.

Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business on Vimeo

South San Francisco weighs moratorium on tobacco stores - San Jose Mercury News

Thanks to Thomas Bender of Cigar Weekly for posting this on Facebook-

Tobacco enterprises also "may promote the consumption and purchase of tobacco by children ... which may result in threats to public health, safety and welfare."


Um....Since when are children allowed into tobacco shops? Give me a break. Someone needs to inform these folks that, in a free society, there are limitations that are put upon the government's insatiable appetite for controlling virtually everything that we do . Tobacco is a legal product that is taxed into the high heavens. It has never been the job of government to decide what kind of products one is allowed to sell, based solely on their personal preferences and the whims of cultural relativism.

South San Francisco weighs moratorium on tobacco stores - San Jose Mercury News

Friday, June 10, 2011

Entire City Block Becomes "Smoke Free" : Gothamist

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

But one defiant business is making a stand for smoker's rights: The United States Postal Service.


What the hell is going on in NYC? Oy...A big thank you goes out to the U.S. Postal Service for standing up for sanity. Everyone else on the block appears to have lost their collective minds.

Entire City Block Becomes "Smoke Free" : Gothamist

Senate passes bill to allow smoking, food in bars - News - ReviewJournal.com

Thanks to Jsidney for posting this on Smoker's Club-

Under AB571 bars that allow smoking would also be allowed to serve food, so long as they offer enclosed, smoke-free spaces and prohibit people under age 21 from entering.


..Now AB571 goes to Governor Sandoval... Cross your fingers.

Senate passes bill to allow smoking, food in bars - News - ReviewJournal.com

Gaming czar: No new casinos if smoking ban succeeds - Navajo Times

Thanks to Glynn Loope of Cigar Weekly for posting this on Facebook-

Smoking bans don't have an effect on businesses, right?

Gaming czar: No new casinos if smoking ban succeeds - Navajo Times

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Amendment emphasizes science’s regulatory role

The amendment proposed by US Representative, Denny Rehberg, would prohibit funds going to the FDA for rule-making activities or guidance unless the Secretary of Agriculture based decisions on ‘hard science’ and determined that the benefit of the rule or guidance justified the action.


Imagine that, basing decisions on actual science! Oh, the gall of Representative Rehberg! Gee, it's no wonder that The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association are all upset about this. I mean, if this passes on the House Floor and moves on to the Senate, they are really going to start quaking in their boots, as this could very well signify the beginning to the end of their standing in the way of the development of a safer (or reduced risk) cigarette. I say that because some of the very ingredients that may help in reducing risk for smokers may (under current conditions) very well end up being prohibited, not for reasons based on science, but for the "reason" that reducing risk may encourage smokers to continue on smoking. It's enough to make your head spin. Who gets to make these decisions on behalf of millions of smokers? Ok, we already know the answer to that. This needs to change.

The development of a safer cigarette (in the U.S.) may very well depend on the passage of this bill, as there have been many studies on certain additives (pine bark, turmeric, etc..) that have been shown to reduce the carcinogenic nature of combustible tobacco by up to 70%! A strategic move towards the direction of harm reduction is going to require that all avenues of science are left open to discussion; that is going to mean that certain ingredients cannot be restricted. This would ultimately put many professional anti-smoking organizations out business, which is why it is so glaringly obvious as to why they are so opposed to certain ingredients that may entice the "children" to smoke. Give me a break. This is about 50 million adult smokers who are soon to become really upset when they find out that the very decisions that are being made on their behalf are not decisions that are based on actual science.

I am going to cross my fingers and hope that this bill makes it all the way to the White House, where President Obama (a smoker himself) will have to make an important choice of whether to side with the aforementioned lobbyists above or with science itself.

This is a very important bill indeed.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New nicotine product will mimic cigarettes

Nicoventures, a new subsidiary of British American Tobacco, has entered into a joint venture with the start-up company, Kind Consumer, to develop and market a non-tobacco nicotine inhalation device that will mimic the ‘psychological rituals and routines’ of smoking, according to stories in The Independent and Financial Times.


Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bill to lift smoking ban passes Assembly - News - ReviewJournal.com

Wow! You know that the tide is turning when your right to eat is set to be restored!!

Bill to lift smoking ban passes Assembly - News - ReviewJournal.com

Glendale considers requiring smoking areas for businesses

Vice Mayor Steve Frate told The Republic the recommended requirement is a "step in the right direction."

"The next step is for owners of buildings already built to adequately address concerns of both smokers and non-smokers," Frate said.


Glendale considers requiring smoking areas for businesses

Wowza! Now there's a concept.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Global war on drugs a failure, high-level panel says - Yahoo! News

"The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," said the report issued by the commission on Thursday.


Could this mean a sea change is about to take place in the global war on drugs?

Global war on drugs a failure, high-level panel says - Yahoo! News

It's time to stand up for smokers' rights - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The health impact, health costs and passive smoking excuses don't hold up, so the anti-smoking bigot will need to find another excuse. The amazing thing about this debate is that as the anti-smoking arguments are destroyed... the soulless bureaucratic prudes never seems to question their intolerance. It is as if the intolerance is a starting point, and the actual arguments are an after-thought.


Yep...especially in California.


It's time to stand up for smokers' rights - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Senate Rejects Smoking Ban For La. Bars - New Orleans Metro, LA Local News

Opponents say adults should decide whether they want to visit a smoky bar, and they say a smoking ban could harm businesses financially.


Well, there we have it: a choice and the truth.

Senate Rejects Smoking Ban For La. Bars - New Orleans Metro, LA Local News
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