Monday, April 30, 2012

Senator Gets 7 Years on Corruption Charges

Senator Who Sought Indian Tobacco-Tax Gets 7 Years on Corruption Charges

None of the media reports on Kruger’s sentencing mention whether the former senator will be required to pay taxes on the roughly half-a-million dollars in bribes that he accepted.
Of course not...only the poor and the politically unconnected have to pay taxes.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Anti-oxidants in tobacco?

 I have just come across an interesting piece from Brad Rodu on a recent google search for tobacco and anti-oxidants-

“High antioxidant levels in smokeless products may explain why even long-term users have only a low risk for mouth cancer,” said Dr. Rodu. Carotenoids have been shown to inhibit formation of cancerous lesions and produce clinical regression of white patches called keratoses. Polyphenols, which are responsible for most of the anti-oxidant activity in fruits and vegetables, also inhibit the formation of tumors in experimental systems. 

This is exciting news. Soon there will be various forms of harm reduction cigarettes to choose from. It's just a matter of time now before we see several products emerge on the market, from e-cigarettes, to vaporizers, to novel filtration with anti-oxidants, etc.. 

Progress is at hand.
For Smokers Only

Senators reject bill removing smoker protection | Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune |

 Thanks to Allan Marshall for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

Senators on the committee said the proposal went too far and the repeal would allow for discrimination against people engaging in legal tobacco use outside of the office.
The proposal went too far? Ya think? The extremism of the eugenicists knows no bounds. Thank God there are at least a few senators in the state of Louisiana that recognize the danger that lurks behind the anti-smoker agenda.

Senators reject bill removing smoker protection | Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune |

Medical Center Refuses to Hire Fat People

If your “bad” habits aren’t on the list yet, they will be. It’s only a matter of time before some dingbat boss decides he wants to fire people who like beer, bacon, or boating.

I’d say speak up now, before it’s too late — but I think the time for that is already gone.

Gee, we can't say that we didn't see this coming, now can we?

Employers to fat people: You’re fired!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In Switzerland, New High-Tech Lounges Put The Cool Back In Smoking - Worldcrunch - All News is Global

 Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

“Today’s smoking lounges don’t have anything to do with the old smoky rooms for Havana cigar connoisseurs, or worse yet, the smoking areas in airports,” says Antoine Wasserfallen, a professor at the Hotel School in Lausanne. “They are the result of careful research in design and new technologies.”
Technology, science and the truth will bring defacto tobacco prohibition to an end in the near future, as scientists forge their way into the future with new patents on reduced risk cigarettes and air filtration technology.

The natural progression of things cannot be brought to an infinite halt, for it is intrinsic to our very nature as human beings to develop new and novel pathways into the future; contrary to the abolitionist's view, this is the true meaning of progress. Even the world's most powerful actors cannot dam the flow of the river (aka progress); they may alter the course of its flow, but it will always seek out alternative pathways, thus inevitably arriving at its destination.

In Switzerland, New High-Tech Lounges Put The Cool Back In Smoking - Worldcrunch - All News is Global

Monday, April 16, 2012

Steve Doughty Speaks Out Against Smoker Discrimination

 Thanks to Pat Nurse for posting this on Facebook-

If well-placed and highly respectable academics of not especially libertarian views think the Government is a little too intolerant of smokers, it is clearly time for Mr Lansley and his civil servants to stop.
What an understatement.

The absurd persecution of smokers is beginning to stink more than a pub¿s worth of used ashtrays | Mail Online

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

22nd Century Group to File Modified Risk Cigarette Applications with the FDA - MarketWatch

CLARENCE, N.Y., Apr 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 22nd Century Group, Inc. XXII +0.33% , a company focused on tobacco harm reduction and smoking cessation, announced that applications will be filed with the FDA for two types of modified risk cigarettes in accordance with the FDA’s March 30, 2012 Draft Guidance on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications.
Now I'm beginning to regain was was so virulently taken from me via the anti-smoker establishment: hope for the concept of tobacco harm reduction.

As this press release from 22nd Century Group states, there are applications being filed with the FDA for two types of modified risk cigarettes:

The first proprietary cigarette, referred to as BRAND A, is a very low nicotine (VLN) cigarette containing approximately 95 percent less nicotine than the leading U.S. cigarette brands.
I'm not so sure how well this one would go over with smokers, but hey, if it has the potential to work for some, then that's great.

Brand B is what grabs my attention:

The second proprietary cigarette, referred to as BRAND B, is a low-tar cigarette with a relatively higher nicotine content, effectively the world’s lowest tar-to-nicotine ratio cigarette. 
How refreshing it is to see an idea who's time has finally come brought back into the light of day!  Dr. Gio Batta Gori of the Tobacco Working Group at the National Cancer Institute (1968-1980) tried to establish this very concept 40 YEARS AGO! That's right, for at least 40 some years now, prohibitionists have been doing everything within their power to make sure that the public never hears anything about the development of reduced risk cigarettes! According to the Neo-Bishops of (Counter) Do-Gooderism, the world should have been smoke free for at least the last 12 years now.This is not what has occurred; millions upon millions of smokers have died needlessly as a result.

Enough of my blubbering....back to the press release for some more interesting tidbits:

Studies have demonstrated that compensatory smoking (e.g., more and/or larger puffs per cigarette) of low-tar research cigarettes, similar to BRAND B, is greatly curtailed (Russell MAH 2000).
 This is what Dr. Gori was trying to establish in putting forth the idea of a higher nicotine/lower tar cigarette. It makes sense if you think about it: if you smoke less, you lower the risk.

This next quote elaborates on this very concept, which is sure to get the bishops and their pointy hats all in a tizzy:

There is a clear dose-response relationship between the level of tobacco smoke and disease; the higher the dose of tobacco smoke, the greater the incidence of disease.
If the dose of smoke inhaled is reduced significantly, reduced risk is expected.

Again, it is so refreshing to hear some common sense with regards to the tobacco issue for a change.

..and for the weary among us who have grown tired of being being told grandiose tales of how smokeless tobacco (and offense to the users of either) holds the one and only blessed key to health emancipation, here is a little something that should resonate:

Although there is an overwhelming scientific, medical, public-health and tobacco-industry consensus that use of smokeless tobacco products (such as snus, snuff, chewing tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products) are less hazardous than smoking cigarettes, 22nd Century strongly believes that the Tobacco Control Act will be limited in promoting public health unless a proactive and aggressive approach is taken by the FDA to mandate less hazardous cigarettes. 

The vast majority of smokers and virtually all women smokers have no interest in using smokeless tobacco products (McClave-Regan et al. 2011). Mr. Pandolfino added, “The idea that converting smokers to smokeless tobacco products can be a more effective policy for tobacco harm reduction rather than focusing on the availability of less hazardous cigarettes is a straw man fallacy. The U.S. and global tobacco markets are dominated by cigarettes and will continue to be for decades.”

Of course it's a straw man fallacy. It is now and it has been for decades. It's most definitely time for a change. I hope that that change is coming soon.

 22nd Century Group to File Modified Risk Cigarette Applications with the FDA - MarketWatch

Friday, April 6, 2012

Walter E. Williams Tells It Like It Is

 Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

The issue is not whether smoking harms others. The issue is the rights associated with property ownership.
 Exactly. It shouldn't matter whether one is conservative or liberal; this is a concept that should ring true across the board and across every isle in every nation state that purports to base its principles on freedom and liberty.

Dupes for the State - Walter E. Williams - Townhall Conservative Columnists

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bulgaria waters down public smoking ban

The centre-right GERB party, which won general elections last July, has said a relaxation of the ban will avoid hurting the tourist industry during tough economic times.

Every once in awhile, there's good news.

Bulgaria waters down public smoking ban | EurActiv