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Who pays for the smokingbans" - December 19, 2002 - It has become quite clear that whenpharmaceutical money is bestowed upon a government a smoking ban is sure tofollow.  In a perversion of "privatization", special interestmoney greases the gears of government and out pops legislation that favorsone particular private business over the interests of small business peoplewho own and operate bars and restaurants.  These people always opposesmoking bans yet too often their legislators take the drug money and ban.

Norman Kjono, a guest on WWL in New Orleans, had theopportunity to offer a brief and to-the-point assessment of thispublic-private collaboration.  The linked outline is useful tounderstand the financial angle not of those who initiate smokingbans.  Mr. Kjono relates that the segment's host said 83 percent of theradio call-ins believed that smoking bans shouldbe the choice of the business owner and not that of the government. Theyfelt, moreover, that government was too intrusive on personal choices.

LeadershipBy Example - October15, 2002 - Having kicked offand supported targeted discriminatory taxation of targeted citizen consumersduring the 1980's through Washington's 1980's tax on cigarettes to clean upPuget Sound, Governor Evans now writes, and The Seattle Timespublishes:

"Civic, city, and civil all come fromthe same Latin root civis, meaning 'member of a community, citizen.' If we are to succeed as a great community and state, then we must all bemembers of the community. If we are to be true citizens, then we must domore than vote. We must be continuing active participants in the civicarena."

The hypocrisy of Governor Evans in makingsuch a statement, and that of The Times in publishing it, should be evident.Two leaders of civic discourse, a former Governor and the region's largestnewspaper who have done more than most to promote unfairly taxing andhurtfully ostracizing citizens who lawfully consume legal tobacco products,now lecture us about not being members of their community. Those who haveostracized, taxed, and demeaned us for years now imply that we are somehowlacking because we "don't fit in."

NormanKjono recommends that you follow former Governor Evans' advice: getinvolved with government, and by all means vote. The results, however, willhopefully be different than what political insiders expect. The currentstatus quo of discriminatory taxation and ostracization of "TargetGroup" persons who smoke is the product of a bipartisan effort.If both Republicans and Democrats did not approve of discriminatorytaxation, tobacco taxes would not have increased as they have. If bothRepublicans and Democrats did not approve of ostracizing and demeaningpersons who smoke, anti-tobacco policy would not be in place today. Failingto vote is abdicating your right to express your own interests. Failing tovote incumbents out of office assures that they will be back next year withmore taxes and more ostracization.

Dear Ms. Enerson - The Pacific Northwest and NBC's Seattle affiliate, KING 5 TV, have reached new lows on pandering for pharmaceutical favor and advertising revenues. Based on the content of an August 30, 2002 HealthLink soundbite, it appears that children in Seattle are to take the rap for Anchor Jean Enerson's apparent dislike of adult parents who smoke. 

According to King 5 and NBC, children of parents who smoke are more likely to steal or damage property, among a host of other undesirable behaviors. Apparently it never occurred to Ms. Enerson or King 5 that negative labeling and unfavorably stereotyping children, based on their parents' lawful behavior of consuming legal tobacco products is wrong. Perhaps we should have seen this coming based on anti-tobacco's decades-long vilification campaign, but it's still a disgusting surprise to now see school children as the current "Target Group" for hurtful missives. Jean Enerson,King 5 and NBC owe an apology to kids.

NEWYORK, A "BRODY-FREE" ZONE and (Enclosures)- August 29, 2002 -Despite its "pro-choice" position, it's no secret that The NewYork Times believes that only one "choice" deservesrespect.  Beyond the right to chose to have an abortion, the Times hewsremarkably to an anti-choice line.  No where is its hypocrisy moreapparent than its determination that all choice regarding smoking tobaccomust be eliminated.  The paper, therefore, is firmly behind MayorBloomberg and his anti-smoker buddies in driving the evil smoker from everyrestaurant and bar in the city.

TheTimes, of course, can editorialize any position it wishes, but can't it dosomething about a so-called health reporter editorializing her pet peevesand scientific disinformation under the guise of hard news"  Jane E.Brody's recent screed (A Jubilant Barroom Toast to Smoke-free Air, August27) was a repository of stale clichés, a pig-headed refusal to face factsand a hatefulness that belies the New York Times' lip-service worshipof "inclusiveness."  How such an old sourpuss sustains suchhatred without a coronary is a tribute to the restorative benefits ofcorrosive bile.

Norman Kjono takes each of Brody's points andpunctures her conceits and falsity like a lance to a fetid boil.  Onhis way to a thorough reaming of the bitter Brody, Kjono contrasts hermendacity and bigotry with Edward R. Murrow, an icon of journalism, whosepurpose was to dig out the facts and inform people rather than push aspecial interest's narrow agenda.  Murrow's legendary reputation and hisenjoyment of cigarettes is a permanent repudiation to the narrow-minded andagenda-driven journalism that prissy hacks like Brody practice.  Whilehugging her hatred to her shriveled breast, Brody can take comfort that inher New York, Murrow -- along with Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill-- would not be welcome while anti-smoker Adolf Hitler would be the toast ofthe town.

VIRUSQUARANTINE - January 6, 2002 - Interestingruminations by Norman Kjono on a species of individual that occurs in anenvironment that encourages, rationalises, and even funds hatred andintolerance. Authority figures, media, and activists put great resourcesbehind pseudo-scientific rationalisation of hatred; they lie to their ownpeople to purge society from "disease"; they teach health andhatred to children, and show them how to snitch on their parents to getrewards; they encourage humiliation and segregation of their victims, whoare portrayed as aggressors – and they stand complacently silent when theworse abuses are perpetrated. We are not talking about Stalin’s USSR, nordo we refer to Hitler’s Germany. While the players have changed, thespirit has returned: welcome to America 2001, the new Fatherland of theTherapeutic State.

WORLDWIDE TOBACCO BAN - November29, 2001 - 

  • Is it feasible to bantobacco sales worldwide"

  • Why should there be adistinction between tobacco and other forms of drugs"

  • What would be the economicimpact of this move"

  • Are there any benefits tobanning tobacco sales"

These questions are answeredin a thought provoking article by Norma Kjono.  Most people believeit is impossible to completely ban tobacco, a perception that isreinforced by anti-tobacco itself.  The paradox of an ideology thatpreaches daily about the devastating evil of an industry and a productthat it claims causes massive amounts of deaths while asserting that ithas no intention of eliminating the cause of all the carnage is one thatneeds examination.

Ofespecial interest is Kjono's exploration into the reasons some individualsneed to assert their will over their fellows.  What makes the anti'stick"  It isn't pretty.

DRKOOP.COM SETTLEMENT:CAVEAT EMPTOR - August 31, 2001 - A settlement of the initial class action litigation filed against Drkoop.com in July 2000 has been proposed. The proposed settlement includes $4.25 million in cash and 4 million warrants to buy Drkoop.com stock at $2.50. According to the Drkoop.com press release the cash component will be paid by the issuer's insurance company.

As of August 30, 2001 Drkoop.com is trading at about 12 cents per share. The IPO was at $9 per share, and rose to $45 before falling off.

Now there's a deal: Insiders - including Doc Koop and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of ABC News - walk with millions from selling out at $9 to $10 per share, and class action lawyers potentially rake in millions more from insurance companies. Meanwhile, back at the NASD Bulletin Board, shareholders would receive warrants to buy a 12 cent stock for $2.50!

It's the "Anti-mentality:" Public investors, like consumers, are there to be looted at the convenience and pleasure of political and media insiders.

Then again, when special-interests and political insiders score $206 billion on consumers in the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, a mere $90 million IPO is truly small potatoes. But small investors are left in the wake of the "elect" foisting their stock.

Perhaps there is hope, after all: Several new lawsuits were recently filed againstDrkoop.com. Those complaints allege "laddering" of Drkoop.com stock. Laddering is where investors are allocated IPO shares with the tacit understanding that they will purchase more stock at higher prices after the IPO is effective. The effect of laddering is to support the IPO price and to artificially inflate the secondary market price of the stock. Tacit insiders - those who received preferential IPO allocations - make out, and small investors ultimately loose.

Drkoop.com investors who have an interest in these issues should go to www.bigcharts.com(symbol/keyworld: drkoop).  Announcements of recent news and current lawsuits are presented below the stock chart at that Web site.

MERCANTILE YOUTHADDICTION- August27, 2001 - False advertising is a serious issue under any circumstance. But when attorneys general supervise and fund billboards that target youth with a message that sustains youth smoking and therefore assures kids will continue to fund tobacco Master Settlement Agreement payments parents and children are in deep trouble. Are attorneys general and media now so shameless in pursuit of tobacco bucks that they willfully publish information they know to be false, to assure the tobacco-buck gravy train keeps rolling"

NAAGINGQUESTIONS - August 20,2001 - The National Association of Attorneys General(NAAG) recentlyissued a press release headlined "47 Attorneys General CiteDecline In Youth Smoking As Sign Of Progress."  WashingtonAttorney General Christine O. Gregoire credits those declines to thetobacco Master Settlement Agreement. It turns out, however, that whencomparing tobacco settlement declines 1998 - 2000 with historical youthsmoking rate trends (steeply decreasing youth smoking rates 1977 - 1984before anti-tobacco began its interventions with kids at school) Ms.Gregoire and her AG cronies are bragging about accomplishing less thanone-half of nothing as being "a sign of progress"!. Evenadjusted for annualized rates present declines in youth smoking under theMaster Settlement Agreement are remarkably similar to those beforeanti-tobacco interventions began.

Leave it to a politician who has staked hercareer on looting consumers she is legally mandated to protect from pricegouging to omit material information that exposes the sham she supports.Not satisfied with merely looting adult tobacco consumers, Ms. Gregoirenow turns her legal guns on children that members of her own task forcehave taught for years to believe that they permanently and hopelesslyaddicted to buying Joe Camel's products forever. Needless to say, membersof Ms. Gregoire's task force and the State of Washington share in the munificence that $1.17 per pack in cigarette taxes provides.

SMOKE SCREEN: ANTI-NICOTINE ACTIVISM BENEFITS BIG TOBACCO, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES - Los Angeles Daily Journal (www.dailyjournal.com) - Reprinted with permission- Publication Date July 27, 2001. Note: subscribers to the LADJ can also access the article directly on the site, in theOP-ED.

THE DUKE OF NICOTINE - June 14,2001 - Professor Jed E. Rose of Duke University responds to Norman Kjono's commentaries"Will The RealNicotine Addicts Please Stand Up"" (May 24, 2001) and "Nicotine Free Smoke"(May 26, 2001). Not only does Prof. Rose have a vested interest in nicotine patchroyalties, but he also accepts research money from tobacco companies as well. And,according to Duke's Web site, Prof. Rose's colleague, Dr. Eric C. Westman, has nowdeveloped a nicotine solution that can be added to soft drinks. Why is it not a surprisethat Duke University concludes in its recent study, "Individual Differences InSmoking Reward From De-Nicotinized Cigarettes," that people could smoke to quitsmoking, while using nicotine patches or gums"

"The Duke of Nicotine" is third in aseries about the Duke University study and article that conclude smoking cigarettes likePhilip Morris' Next, possibly in conjunction with nicotine replacement therapy (in otherwords that consumers smoke tobacco company sponsors' cigarettes for satisfaction, whilealso using pharmaceutical nicotine sponsors' gums or patches to ingest nicotine), may be a"fruitful" approach to smoking cessation therapy.

When does Washington Attorney General Christine O. "Christine, Queen ofNicotine" Gregoire's tobacco Master Settlement Agreement begin to pay for PhilipMorris' Next cigarette as a smoking cessation aid, in addition to its current subsidies ofGlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson "Tobacco Free" nicotine deliverydevice products"

Professor Rose was interviewed by Mr. Kjono May 31,2001. After the interview Mr. Kjono invited Prof. Rose to submit a written statement onany subject he chose about the two preceding commentaries. As promised to the professor,his statement is published here verbatim.

Prof. Rose makes the underlying science behind theDuke University conclusions an issue in his statement. Accordingly, a .PDF of the studyarticle galley proof received from Dr. John Hughes of the University of Vermont is alsoincluded with this report.

Such studies are obviously published with a purposeof influencing public policy about smoking cessation, clearly the "scientificconclusions" of such studies are relied on by public officials, and policy derivedfrom studies is often promulgated without public knowledge or meaningful opportunity tocomment. We believe that earnest public discourse between those who promote tobaccocontrol policy and those who are effected by it is important and valuable. It is forthat purpose - informed public discourse about public policy - that we publish the galleyproof.

We encourage readers to contact Dr. John Hughes atthe University of Vermont (802-656-9610 john.huges@uvm.edu)or the study's lead author, Lisa H. Brauer, at the University of Michigan (612-626-5018 braue010@umn.edu), who should be able to provideinformation regarding access to the final article when it is published in the Society forResearch on Nicotine and Tobacco's journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Professor Rosemay be contacted at 919-416-1515 jerose@duke.edu. Werecommend that readers contact Dr. Hughes, Ms. Brauer, or Prof. Hughes to express theirviews about the Duke University study, and to request additional information.

As always, we at FORCES remain committed to afundamental premise: Citizens have an inalienable right to make their own decisionsabout public policy, based on a broad scope of available information. To that end, you mayaccess .PDF documents by clicking ojn the header. Moreover the documentation has been sentvia U.S. Mail to the following people:

  • The Hon. Gary Locke, Governor, State of Washington
  • Christine O. Gregoire, Esq., Attorney General, State ofWashington
  • Mary C. Selecky, Secretary, Washington Department of Health
  • Dr. Terry Bergeson, Washington Superintendent of PublicInstruction
  • Dr. Karen A. Bates, Superintendent, Lake Washington SchoolDistrict #414
  • Geoffrey C. Bible, CEO, The Philip Morris Companies
  • All Members Washington State Senate and House ofRepresentatives

`NICOTINE FREE' SMOKE- May 29, 2001 - Well, anti-tobacco gave us their sponsors' "Smoke Free"nicotine, so we suppose it's only fair that they will start pushing "NicotineFree" smoke, too. According to galley proofs of a forthcoming article about a DukeUniversity study to be published in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco'sjournal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, distributing Philip Morris'low-nicotine Next cigarette as a smoking cessation aid "may be fruitful."

ABC News did a report on the study May 21,2001, headlined "PatchMay Not Help You Kick The Habit." Jeffrey Schneider at ABC News in New Yorkconfirmed that ABC World News Tonight was the network feed for the story. So, according toABC News, if one gets their nicotine from Glaxo/SmithKline and their satisfaction fromPhilip Morris, apparently everything is in proper order.

For those who wonder why mainstream journalists' credibility israted on par with or less than tobacco executives and politicians, here's a prime example:In its report that pushes the fact consumers get equal satisfaction fromcigarettes with or without nicotine ABC News excluded mention of using Nextcigarettes for an alleged smoking cessation aid, as recommended in the study that theyquoted. We submit that had ABC News reported the full story without that exclusion thepublic would realize how blatantly mainstream media panders to corporatespecial-interests. With that exclusionsuppressionABC News gets to have it both ways:Millions per year in revenues from pharmaceutical nicotine advertisements and millionsmore per year from tobacco companies through tobacco "settlement" advertisingthat targets kids.

Which raises an interesting spectre: Smoke "Nicotine Free"Philip Morris Next cigarettes for satisfaction and chew SmithKline Beecham's "SmokeFree" Nicorette gum for nicotine, to be in step with the consumer reality thattobacco control activists have created for us.

Of course, one will still be required to stand outside in theelements and make a spectacle of oneself to smoke because the politically correctcigarettes would allegedly contain 3,999 toxic chemicals (4,000 less nicotine), accordingto anti-tobacco. Given the political and regulatory absurdities that anti-tobacco hasmanaged to foist to date, perhaps we'll see an indoor smoking ban exemptionfor consumers who smoke Philip Morris' politically correct Next cigarettes!

Undoubtedly the Duke University study will open up a vast new"smoking cessation" market for Philip Morris' Next, which willcertainly create more sales of Nicorette to folks who continue to smoke, which,in turn will help boost tobacco tax and "settlement" revenues. Which is whatanti-tobacco is about at its core, to begin with: Crafting bizarre justifications toprovide mercantile advantage to corporations that cow to their party line, and liningtheir own pockets with consumer dollars by doing so. What should be any different aboutanti-tobacco's latest scheme, that people should smoke in order to quit smoking"

We invite our readers to printout, read anddistribute copies of the 4 page .PDF for Norman Kjono's second work in our series on theDuke University study, "Nicotine Free Smoke." Mr.Kjono also wrote Geoffrey C. Bible, CEO of Philip Morris, and to Washington's Secretary ofHealth Mary C. Selecky about that study. Readers can read and print out copies of thoseletters in the 2-page .PDF document "Nicotine Free Correspondence."The previous work "Will The Real Nicotine Addicts PleaseStand Up," is available in a 4 page .PDF, as well. For an example of the pressure put on kids to use pharmaceuticalnicotine, click here.

For those who would like to acquire a copy of the study we suggestthat you contact two sources: Dr. John Hughes at the University of Vermont who edited thegalley proof and provided a copy to Mr. Kjono, or Lisa H. Brauer at the University ofMinnesota who was the study's lead author while at Duke University. Dr. Hughes can bereached at (802) 656-9610, E-Mail john.hughes@uvm.edu.Ms. Brauer can be reached at (612) 626-5018, E-Mail braue010@umn.edu.

Finally, any reader who would appreciate comment from ABC News abouttheir reporting on this story can contact Jeffrey Schneider at ABC News public relationsin New York. Mr. Schneider can be reached at (212) 456-4040, E-Mail jeffrey.schneider@abc.com.

WILL THE REAL NICOTINE ADDICTS PLEASE STAND UP" - May 24, 2001 - Follow-up onthe non-addictiveness of nicotine story (see Patch Might Not Help YouKick The Habit). Today we publish a well documented article by Norman Kjono. Werecommend tthat our readership carefully read, download, and distribute this article, andthe ones that will follow.

PUFF, THE MAGIC CAMEL- May 12, 2001 - While thereare numerous arguments, well supported by tobacco control's own data, that disprove thetheory new taxes materially reduce youth smoking, we believe history speaks clearly to theissue. History says that not only are Mr. Corr and the campaign deceiving parents andlegislators, but they are doing so to line the pockets of their pharmaceutical sponsorsand to keep their own gravy train delivering the grant bucks.

TAXING TEENS - May9, 2001 - Make no mistake aboutit, Professor Gruber supports taxing teens as much as Nicotrol's Campaign for Tobacco-Free(but certainly not "Nicotine Free") Kids. After publishing the aboveobservation on page 17 of his NBER working paper professor Gruber goes on to blithelyrecommend taxes on cigarettes to allegedly deter teen smoking. The above contrastingstatements simply go to the proposition that tobacco control activists will advocate andvociferously demand new taxes on tobacco, regardless of what their own data say. Thearticle is linked with "Joe Camel's Confound Samples," which includes25 years of University of Michigan youth smoking data.

PLEASE, GEORGE DUBYAH,SAY IT AIN'T SO - April 26, 2001  - On Tuesday April 24 we posted a linkto SidneyZions' April 23, 2001 editorial in the New York Post regarding President Bushretaining Hillary Clinton's smoking ban at the White House. Mr. Zion correctly pointed outthat there is nocredible evidence independent of the tobacco control enterprise's self serving JunkScience that supports continuing such bans. Mr. Zion also reminded The Post's readers ofU.S. District Court Judge William Osteen's scathing Memorandum and Opinion conclusionsregarding EPA science that accompanied his order tovacate the December 1992 EPA Report on Environmental Tobacco Smoke. We share with Mr.Zion being somewhat perplexed about the stony silence on tobacco control issues at theRepublican White House. After all, isn't it Republicans who are supposed to stand forlower taxes, reduced bureaucracy, and less intrusive government"

PRODUCT LIABILITY"- April 24, 2001 - What is the liability of an organized enterprise that aggressivelysells a new belief to consumers that they are permanently addicted to a product that theenterprise describes as "The only product that, when used as directed, kills""Before the tobacco control enterprise began its aggressive sales pitch in 1988 to convinceconsumers they are and were addicted to tobacco according to Centers for Disease Control"National Health Interview Surveys" data adult Former Smoker populationssteadily increased. Beginning in 1990, immediately after Dr. C. Everett Koop's report thatdeclared nicotine addictive, the adult Former Smoker population group stabilized, fewerpeople quit each year.

DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE - April 20, 2001 - What happens when atobacco control sting goes awry" The expedient course of action for the prosecution is tointimidate most of the store clerks who were cited for selling cigarettes to a minor intocopping a plea, and then dismiss with prejudice charges against the one soul who refusedto go along. But that scenario then leaves serious and nagging questions about how or whythose who pled "Guilty" or "No Contest" to the same charge for thesame sting were induced to do so. Norman Kjono presents a compelling report,"Dismissed With Prejudice," about an unsavory sting in Hawaii that may haveincluded using fake ID's to entrap convenience store clerks. Whether or not fake ID's wereused, which the facts indicate probably did occur in this case, the January 2001 sting inMaui, Hawaii raises additional and very troubling issues: What is a privatespecial-interest foundation, the American Cancer Society, doing financing criminalprosecution of citizens" Where does the "anti" jihad end, whenprofessional activists openly mandate prosecution of "Target" citizens, to suittheir own revenue agenda"

FAME - April 13, 2001 - Well, kids, The SeattleTimes says that Friday the 13th of April is the last day that you can submit yourapplication to spend the weekend on a reality television show with Piggy from MTV. Bettercall up the www.outrageavenue.comWeb site and get your application in. Of course the Washington State Department of Healthsays that it's mandatory for kids to smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco to beconsidered for the celebrity program and their shot at fifteen minutes of nationwidetelevision fame. Nonsmoking youth need not apply. For parents with a better idea,or who want to understand how tobacco control and its political supporters explicitlytarget our kids as permanent nicotine consumers, we recommend "Fame."

THANKYOU FOR SEEPING - On April 7, 2001 The Seattle Timespublished an article "Get An Early Start To Battle Smoking," byline JanFaull, in its Saturday edition Lifestyles section. Ms. Faull is a child development andbehavior specialist who also writes for The Times. As with all editorial or commentaryworks, truth is in the eye of the reader. Read The Times' article and our commentary, thenyou be the judge. Our view of it is that with such seepage into society and the bodypolitic we should not be surprised that politics today has become a special-interest cesspool. We believe that Ms. Faull's article merits parental comment to The Seattle Times.Read "Get An EarlyStart To Battle Smoking," consider the views in "Thank You For Seeping,"  (to download Adobe Acrobat, click here)reach a personal conclusion about what those two works say, and then let The Seattle Timesknow what you think about that as a parent or citizen.

SELLING ADDICTION TO KIDS -II - Norman Kjono reveals and documents why theantismoking gangs and their media servants spend so much effort to convince smoking kidsand adults that they are irreparably addicted to nicotine, while there is no scientificproof that the addiction is real - in fact, the very existence of addiction in general asa medical reality is severely questioned by many serious scientific scholars.

SELLING ADDICTION TO KIDS - I- Few can forget Rep. Waxman'snationwide publicity stunt on prime time television a few years ago where he hauledtobacco executives before the House Commerce Committee, demanding that they concur withhis decree that nicotine is is "addictive'.

WHAT PRICE, INTOLERANCE" - "California tavern owners are losing hundreds of millionsin revenues per year, not to mention lost tips and wages from cut-backs... Hundreds ofmillions per year seems to be a paltry estimate... Adding tobacco and hospitality wagestogether, we are looking at $1 billion or more in lost wages... Oh, I see: this isn'tabout intolerance. It's for the public good, to eliminate the evils of tobacco fromsociety."

SAND-BAGGED IN VIRGINIA
1994 $ 149,063 University of Virginia
1996 $ 65,622 Hayes, Domenici & Assoc.
1996 $ 749,992 University of Virginia
1996 $ 83,830 The Lewin Group

Those RWJF grants are 1,048,507 reasons why tobacco workersin Virginia are fighting for their economic lives. Jobs and livelihoods are on the line inVirginia, to assure appreciation of a New Jersey foundation's $6 billion plus asset base.

A IS A- "Several excuses and contradictions havecome to light since "Targeting Kids For Drugs" was published. Telephoneconversations and e-mail have outlined important subject areas..."

TARGETINGKIDS FOR DRUGS -"Drug companies know that they will create anew generation of kids hooked on nicotine: a spokesman who advocates kids on nicotinepatches edited the 1988 surgeon general's report that concluded nicotine is addictive. Thesame Dr. Neal Benowitz says that nicotine patches for kids as young as fifteen is '. . .worth a try.' You bet it's worth a try: according to The Wall Street Journal, the nicotinemarket is $25 billion per year." Click here forTHE MONEY TRAIL

LET'SDO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR A CHANGE! - "Theremay be a positive opportunity in the tobacco wars, something that can work for everyone.The opportunity has to do with medicine, and it has to do with directly addressing thecomplaints about smokers so vociferously touted by anti-tobacco activists. Best of all,this opportunity can put a portion of any tobacco settlement dollars to work in a positiveway."

AWELLCOME RESPITE" - "Postponing theSenate Commerce Committee vote provides an opportunity to reconsider the direction thatpublic policy should take. We can start reconsidering public policy with a February 27,1998 article in The Wall Street Journal, by Suein L. Hwang, headlined "Drug MakersSee a Risky New Role for Nicotine:"

"The drug makers' new strategy [long term useof smoking cessation products] has some obvious advantages."

THERE AIN'T NO MORE SECONDHAND SMOKE EXCUSES - MuncieIndiana - The first of many nails to be driven into the coffin of professionalanti-tobacco activism went home soundly in Muncie yesterday. May the hundred of remainingsecond-hand smoke lawsuits go as straight and true.

GLAXO WELLCOME AND SMITHKLINE DRUG MARKETING - "Drug company support of anti-tobacco and anti-smoking activists goesback years: back to when the patches and gums appeared on the market more than a decadeago. It's just that such drug company support of anti-tobacco and anti-smoking activistshas become so brazen today that it is no longer quietly hidden or overlooked. Is smokingnow regarded by drug companies as a gateway habit, leading to the really good stuff" Andthe good stuff is FDA approved, with studies from the National Institutes of Healthsupporting the 'safety' of its use."

BICKERINGPICKPOCKETS - Well, Stanton Glantz atUniversity of San Francisco and Mike Pertschuk of the Advocacy Institute are still at it.I suspect that their anti-tobacco "policy" feud on www.smokescreen.org is ahormonal thing. This anti-tobacco faction dust-up appears to have started in December 1997with an e-mail spat about what anti-tobacco faction is most responsible for the dramaticincrease in teen smoking rates (30%, or so) over the past several years. It's gonedownhill since then.

ANDTHEN, THERE WERE NONE... - March 8, 1998,The Daily Telegraph, an article headlined "Passive Smoking Doesn't Cause Cancer -Official", byline Victoria Macdonald, Health Correspondent: "The World's leadinghealth organization has withheld from publication a study which shows that not only mightthere be no link between passive smoking and lung cancer but that it could even have aprotective effect." Considering the nationwide anti-tobacco feeding frenzy here inthe USA, as escalated to a $368 billion dollar special interest feast on lower income andethnic minority pocketbooks by EPA "science" regarding secondhand smoke,disclosing how false the secondhand smoke claims of anti-tobacco are should be very bignews.

TIME TO COME UP FOR AIR-Download and read at your leisure. This long piece is worth it, and it will be aneye-opener for anyone who believes that smoking bans are about workplace air quality. Why,for example, would a large business organization lobby against indoor air qualityregulation, and aggressively support smoking bans in the place of (as a substitute for)such regulation" Big interests are blowing smoke behind the smokescreen ofanti-tobacco....

THE LIGHT BEGINS TO BREAK THROUGH - "...we know, to the decimal, who will pay the new tobacco taxesso fervently advocated by President Bill Clinton and Senator Ted Kennedy: lower income,less educated, blue collar and ethnic minority citizens. We know this is true because theanti-tobacco Trough Skimmers who Bill and Ted so adamantly support defined those folks asa "target group" for new and specifically directed taxes more than eight yearsago."

ATTENTION RESTAURANT OWNERS AND MANAGERS - "Cutters Bayhouse, 2001 Western Ave., Seattle (206-448-4884),was the first major restaurant in Seattle to go smoke-free free in 1992. But they paid aprice, `We immediately lost 25 percent of our bar business and never recovered it,' saidlunch manager Greg Stevens." What made restaurant owners think, in the first place,that they could serve political crap instead of good food to their smoking customers andstill build a steady and reliable clientele"

AIR: ORGANIZING THE GOOD STUFF -Lucky John's, Too in Westminster, Californiasponsored a smoke-in that was broadcast live via a syndicated radio talk show. The ownerof the Almond Tree Lounge in Auburn, California will stand trial; facing $1,300 in fines,rather than telling customers in his bar that they cannot smoke on his premises. Barowners across California are turning off their Keno machines. Business owners in thehospitality industry are showing up in droves to support each other when confronted withthe smoking police and their intrusive mandates.

MOREGOOD STUFF: ALMOND TREE LOUNGE - Auburn CA - Aseventy-year-old man faces prosecution in California. His crime: permitting customers toconsume a legal product on his business premises. According to an Associated Pressarticle, as reported in The Seattle Times on February 14, 1998, Bill Ostrander isscheduled to have a nonjury trial March 13, 1998. He faces up to $1,300 in fines forallowing patrons to smoke in his bar.

INTOLERANCE PAYS: 1998, THE YEAR OF THE LOOTER -"Governmentfunds the studies, doctors sign them off, lawyers pronounce what's bad this week, andmedia touts the cause."

MOREANTI-TOBACCO VIOLENCE -"The myth persists: that one can beanti-smoking without being anti-smoker. That delusion is a nonsequitur. One cannot be antianything that people do without also being anti to the people who do it. This is amplydemonstrated by some of the responses to the Los Angeles Times questions."

PRESIDENTCLINTON'S 97% PENALTY -"Given a choice between the food budgetfor a lower income family or new dollars to the antis, the antis choose their ownpocketbooks over family food. To save the kids, of course."

GOODSTUFF: LUCKY JOHN'S II -This story is about the good stuff thatworthwhile things in life are made of. It's about someone who has the personal moxy tostand up for what he believes to be the right thing. Mr. John Johnson is the proprietor ofLucky John's pubs in southern California. According to John, there are four Lucky John'spubs. I think Lucky John's II, 1549 Beach Blvd. in Westminster, California, is going tobecome a shrine.

ANTI-TOBACCOVIOLENCE UPDATE - "A Long Island police officer has beencharged with harassment for allegedly slapping a 15 year old who didn't put out hercigarette quickly enough."..."I called the Port Washington police department andspoke with Captain J. Ellerby, who provided the telephone number for Steve Ressa, generalcounsel for the police department. Mr. Ressa is with the law firm of Ressa &Aitkin."..."I do wonder, however, why officer Nakelski was only charged withsecond degree harassment. This incident involves a 15-year-old girl who appears to havebeen assaulted by a 36-year-old man."

SOMETHOUGHTS FOR MAINSTREAM MEDIA -"Which statement by Mr. Glantzis the real "truth"" Is it that the Project ASSIST anti-tobacco campaign failedto reduce smoking rates, or that Project ASSIST has successfully reduced smokingrates by 7% in 17 states" With a 1,500 percent increase in ASSIST funding on line in thetobacco settlement terms, this is a critical fact."

HANDSOFF OUR KIDS -Anti-tobacco is not, and never has been, primarilyabout our kids or our public health. Anti-tobacco is about bucks and clout. Using kids togratify an urge for bucks and clout is the lowest form of economic pedophilia that thereis. Put the junk science bums in jail.

OBFUSCATION AND EVASION 101 -It seems thatan amazing phenomenon occurs when folks leave the protected life of higher education andbegin their ascension in the ranks of the employed. Some folks spend the rest of theirlives proving that the tuition they paid was a waste. They engage in a career path ofdenying that A is still A, or trying to prove that 2 plus 2 now equals something otherthan 4.

LOOTING101 -That anti-tobacco is about dogma for bucks has been obvioussince December, 1989, when the National Cancer Institute (NCI) published its"standards" for the $135 million American Stop Smoking Intervention Study(Project ASSIST). Those "standards" make it clear that using the experience ofactivists to reduce tolerance of smoking, therefore of "target group" people whosmoke, was "state of the science".

ELEMENTARYBUSINESS FINANCE 101 -"...Fact is, were government toconfiscate the entire net worth of every tobacco company in the USA tomorrow, the amountthey looted would pay considerably less than ten percent of the $368 billion tobaccosettlement, let alone the $700 billion plus King Willie's promoting. Where does the otherninety percent plus come from""

LET'SREALLY SAVE THE KIDS -"So, my good young son, here's what Ihave to say to you about smoking:"
"Never do something just because someone demands that you do what they want.Likely as not, you will find that those making the loudest demands have the deepest hiddenagendas. Your life is about you and those you care about, your life is not aboutgratifying the needs of someone with an axe to grind."

GOODADVICE FROM THE U.S. SUPREME COURT -The case before our highestcourt, reported in "A right to lie" Court is truly skeptical", The SeattleTimes December 3, 1997, involves the federal Merit Systems Protection Board removingextra punishment imposed because federal employees lied about their activities. PaulMarth, Esq., attorney for defendants, apparently argued that "employees should beallowed to falsely deny allegations of wrongdoing without fear that they'll face stifferpunishment than if they told the truth."

MODEMMADNESS -First, "A directed threat of violence in any formis a crime." Second, the fact that a defendant aimed their hate speech atspecific individuals does distinguish their writings from ". . . idle words scrawledon a bathroom wall." The above quotes are from an editorial titled "Hate CrimesBy Modem", concerning e-mail received by Asian American students at UC Irvine. Theeditorial was published in The Seattle Times on December 3, 1997. Good for them.Someone in the newspaper business seems to have a sense of standards we should applaud.

PROFESSIONALACTIVIST CAMPAIGN FINANCE -Seattle Times Olympia Bureau,Byline Kery Murakami, "Group wants public money to finance election campaigns".Perhaps by accident, but with this article the press forgot about or overlooked its vestedinterest in protecting the $500 million per year plus revenue stream for anti-tobaccopublic advocacy advertising, as is written into the tobacco settlements. Stuff happens.

PROVIDENCE JOB DISCRIMINATION -Ithink we're supposed to be impressed and grateful. Providence Hospital has announced thatit is no longer considering a ban on hiring persons who smoke. Jeez, that makes me feelgood. Management at Providence has decided that they will not deprive themselves of thelabor assets smokers contribute to help run their hospital. Wow!

KINGGEORGE REINCARNATED -There is one good thing about anti-tobacco: itprovides credible evidence of reincarnation. King George III has returned as WilliamJefferson Clinton.

PRESIDENTCLINTON AND CHINESE TOBACCO - Why does the U.S. government courtforeign tobacco interests while seeking to punish domestic manufacturers"

ANTI-TOBACCOVIOLENCE - Violence against smokers is growing in the United States.The only question left is: what are state and federal law enforcement officials going todo to stop it"

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Public Safety alert! Announcing the evolution of a dangerous species:

SKIMMUSACTIVUS LOOTIS -Remember killer bees" These days a new unsavorycritter is multiplying and causing harm wherever it goes. The Trough Skimmer (SkimmusActivus Lootis) feeds on public money, and has a nasty bite. Its venom "inducesa state of righteous euphoria without positive moral standards." Here's a field guidedescription.

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