Friday, March 28, 2014

In Perpetuity

1: Eternity
2: the quality or state of being perpetual -bequeathed to them in perpetuity-
3: a: the condition of an estate limited so that it will not take effect or vest within the period fixed by law
b: an estate so limited
4: an annuity payable forever
For those of us who have been scratching our heads as to why so many government officials have publicly stated their opposition to e-cigarettes and to all forms of THR in general, I have this lovely gem of an article that arrived in my inbox via Google alerts today:
Gov. Rick Snyder is asking lawmakers to ease reductions in city of Detroit retirees’ pensions and save Detroit Institute of Art masterpieces by tying up $17.5 million annually in the next two decades from the national tobacco settlement — which brings Michigan $250 million to $350 million a year in perpetuity.

From The Detroit News: Tobacco Money Not Going Where Intended

This tends to explain a lot now doesn't it? Forgive my redundancy, but the MSA does not lend it self to harm reduction, and it's easy to see why. If the majority of smokers where to become receptive to the various forms of THR that are fast becoming available, what would happen to all of that dependable revenue that continues to floweth down the stream that never ends? ....and keep in mind that we're not even talking about all of the excise taxes that are piled on top of what has already become a mountain full of dollar bills:

Cigarette Taxes-The Adult Smoker's Burden

It's all about the money....always has been, always will be.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawsuit Filed! Let's Talk To Our Attorney

Listen to Russ Wishtart from Click Bang Radio interview Edward Paltzik from Joshpe Law Group about the ins and outs of the NYC Clash/Rush Wishtart lawsuit against NYC for the Bloomberg vaping ban.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NYC E-Cig Ban - Legal Fund

From Audrey Silk @ NYC Clash:

Surprise! C.L.A.S.H., with a co-plaintiff, to sue NYC over e-cig ban.
The legal papers are drawn up and ready to go. Just gotta fund it now.

 NYC E-Cig Ban - Legal Fund

Please support if you can!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

From Namibia With Love

Dr. Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health and Social Services, would like to show the world how progressive he is by "cracking down" on the tobacco industry smokers:
WINDHOEK – The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi announced yesterday that the Tobacco Products Control Act No 1 of 2010 would be gazetted in April, after which it would be enforced, effectively banning people from smoking tobacco in public places.
Kamwi explained that there were consultations with stakeholders, some of whom opposed measures that were presented.
Oh stakeholders, smakeholders, don't you understand that your seat at the table is merely for political theatre? There is no such thing as a stakeholder in a despotic environment that is devoid of democratic checks and balances; this is tobacco control after all. Apparently, his ideas are so progressive that he has even managed to acquire unwavering support from the director of the WHO herself:
But he warned that government has the support of the director general of the World Health Organisation who assured him of her unwavering support, both financially and technically to challenge any industry that will consider challenging government against implementing the Act.
...and just what is it that the minister of the WHO is supporting, one has to wonder?
Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with regulations of the Act would be committing an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N$4 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment, the regulations under the Tobacco Regulations Control Act indicate. Fines payable upon breaking the law on smoking can go up to N$200 000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, according to the Act.
Oh, but maybe we should give her the benefit of the doubt. She may not be aware of the draconian nature of what is about to transpire, um because there were no representatives from the WHO in attendance when the law/act was being crafted, right?
Amongst those to attend the deliberations in March are the “top cops” of the country, added the minister. In addition, regional health inspectors, representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Cancer Association of Namibia and others will be part of the deliberations.
The justification for threatening to tear apart businesses, families, and the social fabric of an entire country is why, 2nd hand smoke of course!
“It’s not about me but it’s about your dear wife, the children, those are the people who suffer from second-hand smoking. If they want to die themselves let them go outside there,” a concerned Kamwi said.
I'm guessing that no one from the WHO has bothered to inform Mr. Kamwi of this rather large (and recent) study on 2nd hand smoke:
A large prospective cohort study of more than 76,000 women confirmed a strong association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer but found no link between the disease and secondhand smoke.
The lie becomes more insidious by the day, with the full support of the WHO apparently.

… smokers’ days are numbered

Public Smokers Face Jail

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Just Tell Them That It's Pot

If you're ever in San Francisco and someone tries to hassle you for vaping on your e-cigarette or tobacco vaporizer................

..........Drum roll please:

Just tell them that it's pot. Problem solved.

San Francisco lawmakers are taking care to protect the rights of cannabis consumers, so much so that new regulations cracking down on the use of e-cigarettes -- the portable vaporizers that provide a smokeless nicotine fix on the go -- are written as to specifically not crack down on the use of vapor pens, the virtually-identical mechanisms used for smokeless marijuana consumption.

E-cig ban? Vapor ban? What ban?

Will San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Extend To Marijuana Vaporizers?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Can Big Tobacco Grow Again?

 ...a good read from the WSJ.

H/T to Jan Johnson for posting this on Facebook-

It wasn’t a cigarette as we know it—those products, deadly for their users and detested by regulators and health experts, are destined for a long and inevitable decline. And it wasn’t an electronic cigarette, the trendy new upstarts in the nicotine business.

Instead, it was a hybrid of the two—

Oooh! ...kind of sounds similar to my Ploom modelTwo.

There is a comments section. As usual, the haters are spewing their venom. To hell with them:-)

Can Big Tobacco Grow Again? - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ