Friday, August 30, 2013

Speechless

 ....and just when I was thinking that the anti-smoking zealots had reached the pinnacle of wanton madness and cruelty in their crusade against smokers, I stumbled across this article from my home state of Illinois.

According to the article, a 3rd conviction (err...for tossing a cigarette butt) would equate to a class 4 FELONY offense, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and no less than 1 YEAR (& not more than 3) in Jail!

There are some questions that residents of Illinois should be asking:

1) Who the hell drafted up such a draconian law and who paid them to do it?

2) Who voted for this atrocity?

3) Does the punishment fit the crime?

4) Do we still live in the United States of America?

5) Don't we already have plenty of non-violent "offenders" inhabiting our broke, over-crowded, and (often) corrupt prison industrial complex system, thanks in no small part to our failed war on drugs poor people?

6) Why have the holy and pious do-gooders of health and justice dutifully removed what was once known as the near-ubiquitous public ashtray?

7) Is it likewise a felony to drop a gum wrapper after a third offense? If not, then doesn't this draconian legislation position itself in direct conflict with the principles of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution? ....and what of the 8th Amendment? Do we even have a Constitution anymore?

8) What is going on in the minds of our elected officials? Have they gone insane?

9) Don't (I apologize for the redundancy) we already have laws on the books pertaining to litter?

Do read the article...just make sure that you're sitting down first.

A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
Tossing Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois
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Tossing Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois
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A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99 Tossing Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A kinder, more gentle form of fascism?

What can I say after reading this other than to say that I hope to never grow old in the North..unless I win the lottery and own a house where I can leave the busybodies fascists at the door.

It's really hard to believe that this is happening in America:

Andy Nowicki has been smoking for 70 years. Now that life-long habit for the World War II veteran might land him on the outside looking in, as the Newington
Housing Authority is suing to evict the soon-to-be 90-year-old and his 90-year-old wife from their senior housing apartment in Cedar Village.

That's right, what a great idea: Let's evict a 90year old World War II veteran and his wife for smoking (still legal and heavily taxed) in their home! Oh, that's right, it's not "really" their home because the government owns it. We truly do live in scary times. I'd rather live in a trailer any day than in a government run prison complex posing as housing for the poor.

Shame on anyone who condones this type of discrimination and outright cruelty. There is nothing American about evicting an elderly couple from their home. What a bigoted and un-American policy.

Elderly Newington Couple Facing Eviction For Smoking « CBS Connecticut

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BAT Gives A Glimpse of What's to Come

The times they are a changin', for the tobacco company of yesterday is fast becoming the tobacco company of the future.

Like many a tobacco company the world over, BAT is setting its sights (in part) on the nascent and burgeoning e-cigarette market:

Having launched its Vype e-cigarette in the UK just last week..

But, that's not all:

BAT Industries (LON:BATS)is poised to seize the lead in NexGen nicotine products, according to US broker Citigroup.

Citigroup expects Vype to do well in the existing, unregulated e-cig market, but it is with the next range of products that it sees BAT really putting some distance between itself and rivals.
The broker expects BAT to launch two new products with medical licences over the next two years and these licences will be key in the future as Citigroup expects unlicensed products to be banned from 2016.

Interesting..I wonder if either of these products will be the end result of a new and cutting-edge nicotine delivery system that promises to provide the smoker (err...vaper) with a nicotine "fix" not unlike that of a combustible cigarette, all while purporting to be less harsh on the throat as compared to other cigarette substitutes. For those of us who find the e-cigarette to be either harsh on the throat or unsatisfying (or both), this new technology sounds promising.

..But BAT is not stopping there, for they seem to recognize that to truly be successful in the world of harm reduction, the tobacco industry is going to have to take a multifaceted approach that encapsulates realism and effectiveness together with consumer acceptability; it appears as if that's exactly what they are doing:

BAT is also upping its innovation on conventional cigarettes including capsules that convert light-tasting cigarettes to stronger flavours and hi-tech filters.

If they can manage this feat alone, I predict that millions of smokers would make the switch to a near-tar free cigarette without feeling like they have "given up" anything. In this scenario, the issue of over-compensation would become largely irrelevant, would it not?

I wonder what would happen if BAT were to use 22nd Century's patented MPO nicotine biosynthesis technology in conjunction with its next to no tar, but full-flavored cigarette..... The possibilities are endless. It's good to see innovation taking place, for the future appears a bit brighter from this vantage point.

Broker round-up: BATS to smoke e-cig rivals suggests Citigroup
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