Monday, April 29, 2013

My Hero

  Jan has Audrey Silk from NYC C.L.A.S.H. as her guest

How To Rig An EU Tobacco Products Directive

ASH Scotland and the tobacco control lobby talk nonsense about profits and health

John Dalli - the facts finally emerge

Some Recent Newspaper Reports

The greased Teflon slope.

Informal Passive Resistance

Dirty Tricks

Why do the American Cancer Society et al. oppose regulations to prevent kids from using e-cigarettes?

I read these blogs whenever they do something new,daily weekly.....

They are much better writers than I could ever hope to become.

I'm sure there will be more posts like these.

The Audrey Silk link at the top is an interview Karen and I did last week.

Things like this are probably why the blog,well the linkbank anymore I guess came to a dead stop.

Prohibition Potpurri

But two pages are missing from the report.

'Big Food' copying 'Big Tobacco'

More stigma on the way for smokers

So it might really be true - nicotine is good for your brain

NY State Lawmakers Propose Raising Cigarette Age

The Right To Be Left Alone

Amendment to ban smoking in cars with children is withdrawn

County Bans E-Cigarettes — A Move Too Far in the War on Smoking?

Legislators backing off cigarette tax increases

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Slippery Slope Isn't Real

Upset over obesity, woman ends life

INDORE: Upset over obesity and associated health hazards like heart problems and hypertension, a young married woman allegedly committed suicide at her house in NaginNagar under Aerdromepolice station area on Wednesday.

The shocking episode took place when Sugna Palampuria, 33, ended life, by hanging herself to death inside the house.

It's become complete,the circle.

I wish I had something to say,something that would make people think but I don't.

Oh wait,I do.

This is the damn non existant slippery slope people keep saying isn't real.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Things That Haunt

RULE 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions." ~Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals"~

Tobacco Act too harsh (Bhutan)

Everybody in the country knows it is however too harsh but he should have given second thought in 2010 while discussing in the parliament. Now after making so many people criminal without doing any real crime, this is biased. Had it been really worrying him about current tobacco act or worried about forthcoming election?

Warning: Smoking May Cost You A Job

Tobacco-users have steadily been pushed away from bars, restaurants, parks and even college campuses.
Now, some companies want to get rid of smokers in the workplace. But it's against the law in South Carolina, as well as in 28 other states that ban discrimination against tobacco-users.
"It is not government's role to tell a business owner how they operate their business and how they spend their money," said Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson.
That protection for smoker could soon be repealed if Bryant's measure is passed.
The lawmaker believes companies should be able to hire or fire workers that use tobacco products off-the-clock.
And the numbers were not trivial. In 1926, in New York City, 1,200 were sickened by poisonous alcohol; 400 died. The following year, deaths climbed to 700. These numbers were repeated in cities around the country as public-health officials nationwide joined in the angry clamor. Furious anti-Prohibition legislators pushed for a halt in the use of lethal chemistry. "Only one possessing the instincts of a wild beast would desire to kill or make blind the man who takes a drink of liquor, even if he purchased it from one violating the Prohibition statutes," proclaimed Sen. James Reed of Missouri.
Officially, the special denaturing program ended only once the 18th Amendment was repealed in December 1933. But the chemist's war itself faded away before then. Slowly, government officials quit talking about it. And when Prohibition ended and good grain whiskey reappeared, it was almost as if the craziness of Prohibition—and the poisonous measures taken to enforce it—had never quite happened.

I have been searching high and low on the net tonight to find out what the actual law on growing your own tobacco plants in Australia is. I have finally found it – provided that the law has not since been repealed.
It really is incredible and my heart bleeds for our Australian cousins.
Producing tobacco plants, tobacco leaves and tobacco seeds is indeed forbidden under Australian law. The Act which forbad these things is date 1901. Can I say that again? 1901!!! 

A suggestion by a Palmerston North city councillor that Maori women be sterilised to stop them smoking in front of their children has outraged councillors and Maori health advocates.
Councillor Bruce Wilson was speaking at the community wellbeing committee this week about a proposed smokefree policy covering the central city around and including The Square.
He said if the aim was to stop adults role-modelling smoking behaviour, and given 41 per cent of Maori women smoked, perhaps they should be sterilised.
The comment drew a shocked response from other councillors, and he quickly said he was not advocating the idea.
He also said it was not something he would say to the media.
However, a Manawatu Standard reporter was in the public gallery.
Wilson yesterday made an unreserved apology for the "inept" way he had expressed his frustration about ineffective policies to reduce the harm tobacco caused.

Monday, April 1, 2013

To Wish Impossible Things

School-based ‘healthy living’ programs triggering eating disorders in some children: Canadian study

The Skinny on Anti-Obesity Soda Laws

Springfield Housing Authority launches full smoking ban, triggering mixed reaction

Table to Farm: Coca-Cola Cake Edition

Tobacco tax hikes lead to black markets

Harvard Lecture On Libertarianism

Should employers be allowed to ban smokers from jobs?

Students Launch Petition To Return Dodgeball To Windham Schools

Every day I look at links just like these and I try to put them where I think they will do the most good.

I've given up writing about them or putting little blurbs up because if you're interested you'll look.

And every day I feel a little more hopeless ,like this river we're swimming upstream against isn't ever going to stop or slow down or change course.

I have a theory,my theory is this need to control us and treat us as so much cattle is because the system is broken and not just a little bit.

I think it's so broken the people at the top hope that by cracking down on us here we won't ever look up,won't ever see the sunshine won't ever see a world without them in it.

I think they are wrong.

But today I'm going to wallow in this sad feeling and wish for impossible things.............