Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Edgar Cullman Sr., Purveyor of Cigars, Dies at 93 - Bloomberg

Thanks to Lawson Narse for posting this on Facebook-

93 years old!! ..A life well lived I'd say. God bless.

Edgar Cullman Sr., Purveyor of Cigars, Dies at 93 - Bloomberg

ekathimerini.com | A year on, smoking ban still flouted

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

A year since the introduction of a blanket ban on smoking in public places, businesses and smokers alike continue to flagrantly flout the law, according to statistics released on Tuesday by the Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL), which has been running a telephone hotline informing citizens about the restrictions.


Good for the Greeks.

ekathimerini.com | A year on, smoking ban still flouted

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

..More insanity from the tobacco control nut jobs...

Landskrona municipality in southern Sweden is considering imposing a ban on staff smoking tobacco during working hours, even if they are working from home, according to a story in The Local.se quoting the Helsingborgs Dagblad daily.


Oh, and get a load of this:

The initiative, which would not apply to politicians...



..and why is that, hmmmmm? Maybe because they (the politicians and the uptight and ever so pompous bureaucrats) have to work together without resorting to fist fights?! For everyone else (ie., the working stiff), the neo-Stasi will be in full force I'm sure.


Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lawmakers banned from Michigan bars - WNEM TV 5 - Saginaw, Flint, Michigan News and Weather

In Michigan, bar owners have said that despite there being a large number of lawmakers supporting them, that they, the owners, must provide a 'level playing field', and are forced to prohibit all lawmakers from their establishments.


Brilliant!! I don't know how I managed to miss this great news last week, but it's better late than never. God bless America! That's the spirit.


Lawmakers banned from Michigan bars - WNEM TV 5 - Saginaw, Flint, Michigan News and Weather

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear | Postmodern Times - WSJ.com

It isn't just Gibson that is sweating. Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next.

If you are the lucky owner of a 1920s Martin guitar, it may well be made, in part, of Brazilian rosewood. Cross an international border with an instrument made of that now-restricted wood, and you better have correct and complete documentation proving the age of the instrument. Otherwise, you could lose it to a zealous customs agent—not to mention face fines and prosecution.



...Wanting to curse...and then curse some more...Too angry to write or comment further. We need a new government. What happened to the Liberals? Where have they all gone? You, know the ones that actually care about LIBERTY, JUSTICE, COMMON SENSE,and FREEDOM..Where are they? Have they all been abducted by space aliens?



Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear | Postmodern Times - WSJ.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Smokers avoid warnings, not cigarettes, study finds

“Effective communication is more complicated than simply showing a disgusting picture. That kind of communication will usually result in a defensive avoidance response where the smoker will try to avoid the disgusting images, not the cigarettes.”


We will simply purchase cigarette cases; in fact, many of us who roll our own already have. Some of them are actually quite nice too!


Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Monday, August 22, 2011

msnbc video: ‘Superfoods’ may ward off diseases

msnbc video: ‘Superfoods’ may ward off diseases

News & Events (Tobacco) > FDA to Host a Public Workshop on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications

FDA is inviting scientific and medical experts, as well as interested participants from academia, public health organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, consumer groups, and the tobacco industry, to attend the workshop in person or by live webcast. FDA also invites public comments on MRTPs, which can be submitted via the web2 or via mail3 until September 23, 2011.


News & Events (Tobacco) > FDA to Host a Public Workshop on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications


I would like to believe that this is set to be an event that will prove to be a productive, honest, and progressive workshop that will emphatically embrace the objective of studying the actual science of harm reduction (free of bias and special interest motives) for the more than 50 million smokers here in the U.S., but I somehow doubt that will take place at all. Why am I so cynical?

Could FDA Panel Conflict of Interest Endanger Menthol Cigarettes?

The issue hit this week when the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, filed a complaint against the FDA's tobacco advisory panel for conflicts of interest since they have voting members who consult for pharmaceutical companies that work on nicotine delivery products to quit smoking.


Would you trust these guys with studying the tobacco that you smoke, chew, or vape? Do you believe that they will be truthful in disseminating to smokers the vital information that they/we need so that we may be able to differentiate between the varying relative risks of the tobacco products that we choose to use? Knowledge of these differences will have an immediate and direct impact on the choices that we make, and undoubtedly save millions of lives among those of us who choose to smoke. Do you really believe that they have your best interest at heart? I don't, and here's yet another reason why:

Propylene glycol used as smokescreen

Dr. Gilbert Ross was commenting on a statement by the US Food and Drug Administration that it had found two brands of e-cigarettes containing a chemical used in antifreeze.

Dr. Josh Bloom, also of ACSH, described the FDA claim as a scare tactic aimed at convincing people that the chemical in question, propylene glycol, was antifreeze, and therefore toxic.

But propylene glycol was essentially non-toxic: it was a chemical that was converted into normal products of carbohydrate metabolism.


If the folks at the FDA are unable to tell the difference (er..or don't want to tell us the difference) between propylene glycol and ETHYLENE glycol, is it even remotely possible to believe that they will be willing to publicly admit that indeed a non-filter cigarette is different (ie., more risky) from say that of a charcoal filter cigarette with bright Virginia tobacco that is virtually nitrosamine free?

Somehow I don't think that we're going to get the truth anytime in the near future, not unless we begin to demand it. Millions of tobacco users will be left in the dark as a result. The only option that we will be given is the option to remain in ignorance about the relative risks of varying tobacco products coupled with a sales pitch to buy pharmaceutical drugs that don't work. Millions will die needlessly as a result. There will always be smokers. This is a reality that the current appointees to the FDA tobacco panel simply refuse to grasp. The quit or die approach has proven to be an abysmal failure. True harm reduction is going to require truth and honesty, not prohibition.

Speaking of realism and harm reduction, it sure would be nice to see someone like Dr. Gori sitting on the FDA panel. Now there's someone who would be truly looking out for America's 50 million smokers.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sin Taxers and Big Tobacco Go After DIY Smokers - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Because it's not just about saving people, it's also about making money.


Get out of town, really? What are they going to do when everyone buys their own rolling machine, ban the machines? Good luck with that one.

Sin Taxers and Big Tobacco Go After DIY Smokers - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Does nicotine help protect the brain from developing Parkinson's disease?

Thanks to Mary Patton for posting this on Facebook-

Upon analysis, the team noted that the group of normal mice responded positively to the addition of nicotine, which essentially saved their dopamine neurons from dying and leading to disease.


Well, there we have if folks. Nicotine is NOT an "evil" substance that should be banished from the face of the earth.

Does nicotine help protect the brain from developing Parkinson's disease?

Ron Paul & the Top Tier – The Daily Show

This about sums up the media's bias against Ron Paul.

Ron Paul & the Top Tier – The Daily Show

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Politicians to hear smoking ban concerns | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Thanks to Glynn Loope for posting this on Facebook-

"It's sad," he said. "It (even) impacts the musicians. A lot of people, they don't think about that."


I think about it.

Politicians to hear smoking ban concerns | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Prevention to become a collective responsibility

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

The court partially agreed with drug maker, Pfizer, which wanted its Champix (or Chantrix) medication included in the list of medicines reimbursed by basic insurance.


Lord have mercy. Isn't this the drug that makes people go MAD?

This would be putting all types of behaviour under state control.


This screams totalitarian rule and collusion with the drug industry more than it screams out "we care about you health". What the hell is going on in Switzerland? Ah, but it's no better here in the U.S.. The question should be: What the hell is happening to the "free" world? There appears to be an insidious danger lurking about in the courthouses, legislatures, and cabinets of far too many U.N. signatory nations, that for so long have prided themselves on their records of being "free".

Freedom is to be damned now under this new collectivist notion of "health". Never mind that this current trend will eventually fail, largely due to its own oppressive and relativistic measures of resolving to force in achieving its objective(s), but not before wreaking havoc on the health and freedom of free and sovereign citizens around the globe.

It all started with tobacco "control". The word control should have been enough to scare the begeebees out of your non-smoking aunt or uncle who wouldn't let you smoke inside at that holiday dinner. They, after all, believed all of the hype about the evil and perilous effects of 2nd hand smoke. They really believed that they were receiving the truth and that the government and pharmaceutical backed anti-tobacco movement was truly about health. But now that same aunt or uncle may be scratching his or her head when the FDA comes to snuff out that alternative cancer treatment that's proven to be effective for so many, young and old alike.

What happens when they come for your garden or your farmer's market? What about supplements and vitamins, they're not going to go after those, right?? Will you then believe those of us who have been trying to expose the lies about 2nd hand smoke that have been perpetrated against us via the pharmaceutical backed media? Will you finally believe us when we say that the anti-smoker campaigns have never been about health, but about the control of people and a market? How long will it take for you to see that you have opened (via complacency) the floodgates to have your own freedoms taken away?

Do you like organic foods or alternative health therapies? They'll be coming for you next; in fact, they already are. Don't worry, they have pills for that anger that you'll be feeling when they raid your raw milk co-op. The FDA here in America says that raw milk is "bad" for your health you see. You may have a different view on the matter, but guess what? Your "health" is a "collective" issue now, and collectivism by force does not allow for individuality and personal choice. You have to be like everybody else now. Isn't that just lovely?








Monday, August 15, 2011

Minister: Smokers' treatment costs one tenth of taxes | Prague Monitor

Thanks to CAGE Canada for posting this on Facebook-

Prague, Aug 14 (CTK) - An analysis the Czech Health Ministry has made shows that Czech smokers pay in consumer taxes and VAT dozens of billions of crowns more than what their treatment costs, the Czech Television (CT) public broadcaster Sunday quoted Health Minister Leos Heger (TOP 09) as saying.

Heger said public finances would lose minimally 50 billion crowns without smokers.



...Gee, I wonder how much we smokers overpay for our "sins" here in America, the land of the free....


Minister: Smokers' treatment costs one tenth of taxes | Prague Monitor

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Light up in Glens Falls parks and face jail time

Lighting up a cigarette at city park or playground could soon land a smoker in jail for up to 15 days.



..And we so arrogantly thought that fascism could never reach the shores of America...


Light up in Glens Falls parks and face jail time

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wheatgrass and Wheatgrass Juicer - Dietary and Medicinal Benefits

Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D., at the University of Texas Cancer Center, Dept. of Biology, Houston, Texas has determined through using the Ames Bacterial Mutagenicity Test that chlorophyll is the active factor in wheat sprout extract which inhibits the metabolic activity of carcinogens. A 20-year study of 20,000 telephone company workers has found that a natural ingredient in carrots and leafy green vegetables significantly reduced the risk of lung cancer in cigarette smokers. They determined that a diet high in beta-carotene negated the bad effects of 30 years of smoking.



For those of us who choose to continue on smoking, it would be nice if we could be the recipients of more useful information such as this via the mainstream media. All stereotypes aside, with the proper information that is free of bias and bigotry, some of us smokers have the ability to live healthy and productive lives well into old age. ..Any sarcasm on my part is intended.



Wheatgrass and Wheatgrass Juicer - Dietary and Medicinal Benefits

Smoking Bans Do Not Reduce Heart Attacks - Tim Worstall - It's All Trivial Or Obvious Except - Forbes

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Cherry picking your data this way is, as I’ve said, given the technical term “lying through your teeth”.


Yep, that's how the neo-bishops of "do-gooderism" operate. Kudos to Christopher Snowdon for catching the eyes and ears of Forbes magazine. Well done!


Smoking Bans Do Not Reduce Heart Attacks - Tim Worstall - It's All Trivial Or Obvious Except - Forbes

Monday, August 8, 2011

Baldwin Park City Council banishes sports drinks - SGVTribune.com

Not only are they "banishing" sports drinks, but the lovely council of Baldwin park is also planning on banning smoking in homes. Where is the outrage?

If you're a smoker, don't come to California.

Baldwin Park City Council banishes sports drinks - SGVTribune.com

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dopey ruling on medical marijuana

Just about the only strike against it is that it’s cheap and it can’t be patented — so it represents a clear and present danger to the drug industry.


Gee, the pharmaceutical industry sure knows how to make a lot of enemies. The list just keeps on growing. Let's see.....the list includes tobacco smokers, pot smokers, supplement takers, raw milk drinkers and producers, organic food enthusiasts, etc... I wonder what would happen if we all voted in unison at the ballot box for the sake of health freedom... One can dream...


Dopey ruling on medical marijuana

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Venice market owner, 2 others arrested for allegedly selling unpasteurized milk - The Daily Breeze

The investigation included representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch and the department's Division of Measurement Standards, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the Los Angeles and Ventura county departments of public health, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.


It took the resources of NINE agencies to "investigate" folks who sell raw milk? NINE? This is how our tax dollars are being spent? Of course, after much learning and reading about the corrupt practices of the anti-tobacco cartels (along with the politicians who help and fund them...all the way up to the White House), I am not the least bit surprised by this. In fact, I and many smokers saw this coming.

They came for us smokers and private property owners first. No one cared. Now the gestapo is coming (armed with GUNS-Thank God no one was hurt) for the raw milk producers. Who will be next and how long will it take until we stand together in unison for Liberty and Health Freedom? We don't have to agree with each other when it comes to our lifestyle choices, what we put into our body, or whether or not our choices are deemed to be "healthy" or not in the eyes of the government. What we do need to agree on is this: Without health freedom, there is no freedom.


Venice market owner, 2 others arrested for allegedly selling unpasteurized milk - The Daily Breeze
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