Monday, January 30, 2012

French Ignore Ban

Thanks to Smokers Against Discrimination for posting this on Facebook-

Anti-smoking group Droits des Non-Fumeurs (Non-Smokers Rights) has taken it upon themselves to conduct a survey to assess the level of compliance with France's five year old smoking ban.

They did not like the results. Apparently, many French smokers have decided that they're just not going to adhere to the Neo-Bishops of Do-Gooderism. Oh, but of course, the anti-smokers always have an answer to everything:

The organisation is calling for an increase in the number of inspections to stamp out the rise.

Yep, that's the solution! Prohibition works see? Oh, and I'm sure that France has plenty of money to spend on the enforcement of such minor "offenses", right?

They just don't get it. We need to restore freedom of choice so that we may all live together in relative peace. Their way of doing things is obviously not working, and it never will.

The Local - More smokers lighting up at work

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Up in smoke?

Thanks to Andrew Phillips for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

Organizers of Capital Pride are worried the City of Ottawa’s proposed expanded smoking ban will hurt attendance at this summer's Pride festival.

Gee, ya think? The madness continues... I thank God every day that I live in Louisiana now.

Up in smoke?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good News For Both Tobacco and Pot Smokers

Thanks to Bill Gibson for posting this on Facebook via the Forces International page-

Here we have yet another great commentary from Dr. Basham, director of the Democracy Institute and Cato Institute adjunct scholar. Please read:

Public Health’s Inconvenient Truths

At the very least, the growing volume of data confirming that the public health sky is not really falling should bolster both the arguments and the spirits of those who seek, over the long term, to rebalance the regulatory environment away from myth and towards reality.

Hallelujah!! Now can we please bring in the dawn of a new era, where we collectively seek to work together to demand the end of the NS (Nanny State)? I would really like to see a reduced risk cigarette within my lifetime, possibly supplemented with a non-psychoactive cannabinoid ( &/or coupled with other anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant agents). It would also be a grand day to be able to witness the end of the war on marijuana. It is within the realm of possibilities. Let's make it happen!

Monday, January 16, 2012

L.A. Pot Smokers Thrown Under The Bus?

LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy of the Northeast Division, said he has received a number of complaints over the years from residents and others.

"We get complaints about the smells, about teens hanging around to buy the marijuana like they used to do outside liquor stores," Murphy said. "Residents see a problems with people drinking and smoking. We have congestion type issues."

As tobacco smokers, does any of this sound even remotely familiar? Complaints about smells and "congestion" really just amount to code words for: "WE DON'T LIKE YOU AND YOUR KIND AROUND THESE HERE PARTS!"

You see, in the new NSA (Nanny State of America), anyone can shut down your business, take away your livelihood, along with your right to assemble with other like minds if some busy body with connections decides that they just don't like you or your way of life. We tobacco smokers have being attempting to point this out to anyone that would listen for awhile now. We warned that if allowed to fester, it only would get worse. As the forecast emerged, we spoke of the bleak skies up ahead. The death knell for freedom and autonomy was now approaching us all hard and fast with the colossal expansion of the NSA. It would not end at tobacco; it would expand to other areas of people's lives as well.

We tobacco smokers, along with our predictions, have been largely ignored; well, because we're smokers and (as we're lead to believe) many folks today just don't like smoking or smokers. Apparently, minorities don't have the right to speak anymore. Even many pot smokers throw us under the bus, which baffles me to no end. I know, their weed is better than our weed, etc.. Meanwhile there exists a whole lot of people who don't appear to be so fond of them or their lifestyles (medicinal or not) either. So what do we do? We fight amongst each other with comments like: "Tobacco should be banned and marijuana should be legalized." "We should ban alcohol (err,..tried that already)." "Marijuana has medicinal benefits but tobacco/nicotine do not." "There is no medicinal value in Marijuana." "All you potheads are just lazy stoners." Etc...There is plenty of hate and vitriol to go around on all sides.

I kind of feel like we have all been missing the point. Even if medical, or even recreational, marijuana goes from being defacto legal at the state level in some states to becoming "officially" legal at the federal level, under the current NSA climate, you can still lose your right to open up shop. That is what's happening here. The road was paved when the private property rights were taken away from the bar and restaurant owners who wanted to serve a tobacco smoking clientele. Tobacco is legal, you see? Yet tobacco users have been systematically denormalized by discriminatory laws that have been forced upon them/us. You may think that tobacco is bad and that pot is good, but that is NOT the point. The point is that if something is legal, then the users of such substance should have the right to assemble and the right to do business with said product. Those who dislike said environment should simply opt out of patronizing that particular establishment.

Instead of trying to force prohibitions onto others (presumably to elevate our own cause), we should instead work towards (collectively...pun intended) the abolishment of the NSA in its entirety. Of course, in order to take down the beast, we are going to have to work together.

It's a lovely time for tolerance, is it not?

L.A. moves toward ban of medical marijuana dispensaries - LA Daily News

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Bit of Tasty Pork, Courtesy of Obama's Health Care Law

Thanks to Andrew Phillips for posting this on Facebook-

It's seems that Archbishop Bloomberg is not content simply going after smokers anymore. He has now turned his eye on the drinkers. Err, can't say that we in the blogosphere didn't say so. Oh, and it seems that he as managed to get some financial backing from the Chief Bishop of Do Gooderism himself.

Community “transformation” grants provided under President Obama’s health-care law would help bankroll the effort.

Mayor's plan to limit booze sales

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


It started with the success of Rio de Janero in 2008. In 2010 it moved to Bangalore, where it exceeded all expectations. Now the GTNF comes to Europe, to the splendid port city of Antwerp. City of Rubens, Van Dyck, diamonds, chocolate, beer, moules and frites. And soon the embarkation point for the greatest Tobacco Talk-Show on earth 2012.

Oh, how I would love to be there:-)

GTNF 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

There Is Hope

In an earlier post today in which I blogged about the search for a reduced risk cigarette, I also pondered what the world today would be like without the plethora of information that has become accessible to us common folk via Google. I also talked about the need for ideas and boatloads of cash, though I failed to mention the need for regulatory change...Well, speaking of ideas and boats, take a gander at this link from the Reason Magazine Blog:

Blueseed: The Googleplex of the Sea

Maybe this is where our future lies?

Australian Goverment Loves Tobacco Money, But Hates Smokers

Australian government has the tobacco habit

The Future Fund, which was set up by the former government to help meet the long-term cost of public sector superannuation liabilities, revealed last year that it held $147 million worth of shares in cigarette producers.

Oh, the irony of it all.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Resveratrol protects against oxidative stress

...Here are a few interesting studies that shine light on the potential role that resveratrol may prove to play with regards to the subject of tobacco harm reduction that I managed to stumble upon yesterday afternoon while letting my mind wander via Google. Oh, how did we ever survive before the advent of Google anyway? Enjoy.

Maybe someday, in addition to turmeric/pine bark/lycopene/grapeseed extract cigarette(s), we will also see a resveratrol cigarette? The possibilities are endless. All that we need now are several boatloads of cash and a few good scientists.

Wait a minute!! I have an idea: Why don't we fire all of the anti-tobacco bureaucrats?!?! We can then demand that our tobacco taxes go instead towards the research of reduced risk products! Maybe some of what's left over could even be re-routed towards grants that go towards the research of cancer! What a novel idea. I can't imagine why no one has thought of this before.

Resveratrol attenuates cigarette smoke-induced oxidative stress and proinflammatory alterations. | GreenMedInfo | Article | Natural Medicine | Alternative Medicine | Integrative Medicine | Consumer Advocacy

Thus resveratrol and SIRT1 exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiapoptotic effects, which protect the endothelial cells against the adverse effects of cigarette smoking-induced oxidative stress.

Resveratrol And Curcumin Reduce Cell Cytotoxicity And Pro-Inflammatory Responses To Cigarette Smoke

In this study we have shown that resveratrol and curcumin can reduce cytotoxicityand pro-inflammatory responses of H292 cells to cigarette smoke.

The effect of resveratrol in tracheal tissue of rats exposed to cigarette smoke.

We found that resveratrol had a preventive role in the histopathological changes caused by cigarette smoking in the rat trachea.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

At last, a harm reduction cigarette?

Filter additives reduce free radicals

Researchers from Cornell University in New York say they have demonstrated that adding the natural antioxidant lycopene and grape seed extracts to a cigarette filter can significantly reduce the amount of cancer-causing free radicals passing through the filter.

What do we suppose that our friends at the FDA will do with this pertinent information that could indisputably save 10s of millions of lives, both here and abroad? ...and what of the numerous other studies that have exhibited promising results in the quest to counter-act the carcinogenic free radicals in tobacco smoke? There is more than one path to harm reduction. The quit or die approach is quite literally killing people. I don't know about you, but it's time for a change.

Let us gather collectively for once by telling the prohibitionists, the pharmaceutical lobbyists, the do-gooder politicians and their crony (lord, I am soooooo cynical) bureaucrat friends over at tobacco control to take a long walk off of a short pier (or over to the un-employment line). Let's cut the funding for the Neo Bishops of (counter) Do-gooderism and instead invest in a few good and honorable scientists for a change. Now that would breathe (pun intended) fresh life into the very definition of progress itself; or perhaps more accurately, return it to the vernacular representation of free and independent thought, without which the word itself cannot exist.

It is refreshing to see that there are researchers out there conducting such studies. In my humble opinion, these people are heroes. I sincerely hope that they get all of the funding that they deserve. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't object to my tobacco taxes going towards harm reduction research. Tobacco taxes, after all, should go towards benefiting smokers, not greedy bureaucrats. Science would reap tremendous benefits as well, and who would want to slow down the progress of science? Stupid question, I know.

BTW, here's the abstract to the actual study, published by Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)-

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The special interest laws enacted around the globe are funded by RWJF on behalf of their partner Johnson & Johnson Co. (maker of Nicoderm, Nicorette, etc), for profit and market share amounts to rent seeking legislation. Though the average person may appreciate the end result laws, the fact is that hundreds of thousands of people in the hospitality industry lose jobs and homes as a result, the following links reveal the facts please read:

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