Friday, November 4, 2011

Tid Bits

Secondhand Smoke Ruling May Set Precedent - Greenbelt, MD Patch:

Fisher said the “smoking gun” in the case was when James Repace, the biophysicist hired by the plaintiff found the same level of cancer-causing particles with his monitor in the smoke-free courtroom as he had in Schuman’s living room while Darko Popovic was smoking outside.
“Shouldn’t that create a cause of action for everybody in here?” he asked.

The article is good and interesting reading.
I do think we will see more cases like this one,I can only hope that what I fear isn't the case.

Mental health smoking ban set to be lifted

Ms Morton said the total smoking ban was harming patients and hindering their recovery, as well as endangering staff who had to deal with patients desperate for a cigarette. She said there was widespread support from stakeholders in the mental health area for a lifting of the smoking ban, which she hoped to change by next year.
"I'm hoping (the submission) will be there (before cabinet) before December and I believe it will sail through cabinet and there won't be any obstacles."
Good,about damn time.
A third of the remaining money went to the property tax reduction fund, and another third to the education enhancement tobacco fund. The remaining 34 percent is dedicated to the health care tobacco fund.
When the tobacco tax money decreases, those programs feel it. A decline in revenue hits health care and education the hardest because of the way the state law is structured

Two words for that piece  Laffer Curve


  1. Of course they have to deal with patients who are wanting a cig. Most people who are admitted to hospital don;t plan for it ahead of time. And quitting anything cold turkey can cause harm. I am waiting for the patient who murders the nurse who stops them form going out for their cig. LOl It will be Innocent because of mental distress. I also want to welcome you Raven to my blog---Apparently Google does not acknowledge all followers all the time. I had a hard time sending you a message. And i had to follow you again today. Strange. Anyway welcome. And I love your blog as well.

  2. Thank you Paula.
    I usually follow blogs about tobacco as I'm sure you can see from my sidebar.
    I like your blog because it is more like a personal journey.
    I'm not a great writer but I think of this as a diary of sorts.
    Because my writing is pretty bad compared to the writing of the people I follow,I try not to compete with them.
    When I first started doing this I tried writing long stories but that wasn't for me.
    I love nothing more than to click on a blog and read a long well written post,everyone in the sidebar and the bloggers I follow excel at that.
    I hope you love you blog and it continues to grow.:)