Friday, September 28, 2012

The Zealots Never Sleep

 Since he took office in 2003, he’s been working for a higher cigarette tax in the state. And since 2009, he’s been pushing (you’ll pardon the pun) a bill that would make it a crime to possess nicootine without a physician’s prescription.

Oy. So much for working towards the end of the drug war and the industrial prison complex. 

OR: Lawmaker wants to criminalize cigarettes, will settle for higher tax « Watchdog News

PMI to make flu-vaccine from tobacco


Philip Morris International obtained a license from a Canadian company to manufacture a flu-vaccine derived from tobacco for eventual sale in the Chinese market, the Financial Post reported.

We human beings are capable of some truly amazing things when we are left to explore all avenues and possibilities unfettered. Who would have ever thought that there would be a flu-vaccine derived from the "evil" tobacco plant?  This is truly fascinating. Scientists are the true rock stars that will eventually set us all (ok, most of us) free from the Neo Bishops of (Counter) Do Gooderism.

I only wish that the quote above included the words "for eventual sale in all Western markets".

Politics get in the way of progress.

PMI to make flu-vaccine from tobacco

Here is the link to the Financial Post article:

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris plans plant flu vaccine for China 

“We now have a foothold in China with a very large Fortune-100 company at our side,” he said. “This is not small.”

Oh, but not everyone is happy about this new development:

The flu-vaccine deal, coming four years after Philip Morris first invested in Medicago, raised eyebrows in the Canadian anti-smoking movement Tuesday.

Even if the product is one that aims to protect people’s health, partnering with the world’s second-biggest tobacco manufacturer puts Medicago in danger of being a public-relations pawn, said Neil Collishaw of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.

So..."Even if the product aims to protect people's health", we should invoke our disdain towards progress because we don't "like" who is responsible for the said progress in this particular case? Public health be damned. Prejudice has trumped common sense. This is precisely the same stance that the anti-tobacco establishment takes  (and has done so for the last 40 years) when confronted with the very progressive and pragmatic idea who's time has come: Tobacco Harm Reduction. Does anyone really care what these bureaucratic schmucks say anymore?




Saturday, September 15, 2012

PE01451: Review of smoking ban - Getting Involved : Scottish Parliament

 I received this petition from Belinda Cunnison of Freedom To Choose Scotland:

Please sign and pass this along. You do not need to be a citizen of Scotland to sign-

para 4. Any effective air cleaning system removes toxins regardless of their source. There are frequent complaints that bars now smell little better than they did before the ban. Pollutants like benzene are not unique to tobacco smoke. Any room benefits from air cleaning regardless of whether smoking is allowed. A regulated indoor air quality standard can specify what levels of toxins can be present before air cleaning must be carried out.

para 5 Our case is that indoor air must reach specific standards of safety regardless of what toxins are presumed or known to persist in specific air spaces no matter their source. A regulated indoor air quality standard for non-residential accommodation and including standards for tobacco smoke was published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN)] in 2008 (7)...
PE01451: Review of smoking ban - Getting Involved : Scottish Parliament


Please sign and pass this along. You do not need to be a citizen of Scotland to sign-

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Federal officials meet at U-M to call for tobacco-free college campuses nationwide

 “This restores the smoke-free and tobacco-free campus as the social norm in our society,” Koh said Wednesday, noting that the number of young people who have started smoking after the age of 18 has increased in the U.S.

Since when is the government's place to institute societal "norms" in a "free" society? If there are more young people taking up the habit, maybe it's because there are too many little Mussolini's everywhere trying to dictate their lifestyle preferences to what are otherwise free and autonomous citizens. Has it ever occurred to these people (our servants in public office) that dictating to folks can have the opposite effect? No, of course not.

So says Howard Koh, assisstant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:


“Let’s make smoking history.”

Right...Just like it worked with alcohol. Nationwide discrimination is the only sure thing that will result from this ludicrous idea, not to mention the brain drain that is sure to follow at a campus near you.


Federal officials meet at U-M to call for tobacco-free college campuses nationwide

'Doctors don't always know best:' Student claims he cured debilitating bowel disease by taking up smoking | Mail Online

Dr Sean Kelly, Consultant Gastroenterologist at York Hospital, has written on the link between nicotine and colitis in the British Medical Journal.
He said: 'It is a well-established medical fact that smoking protects against ulcerative colitis.

Nicotine is not such an evil substance after all. 


'Doctors don't always know best:' Student claims he cured debilitating bowel disease by taking up smoking | Mail Online

Friday, September 7, 2012

Lung cancer in non-smokers on the rise

Researchers report increasing numbers of non-smokers contracting lung cancer : Tobacco Reporter

There has been an increase in the number of non-smokers being diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer inFrance, according to a story in News-Medical.net quoting a report by researchers at theFrenchCollegeof General Hospital Respiratory Physicians.

Little is known about risk factors that can cause lung cancer in non-smokers, though the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed earlier this year that exhaust fumes from diesel engines were a cause of the disease.

If diesel engines are indeed a cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, isn't safe to assume that these same fumes harbor the potential to cause lung cancer in at least some smokers as well?
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