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A Civil Debate

23 times more toxic?

The Risks of Smoking are Greatly Exaggerated


FIRE SAFE Cigarette Laws: More Harm than Good

""Flawed Harvard Study and Misrepresented Statistics behind Recent Legislation

Fire safe cigarettes or FSC laws seem like a great idea. The concept is that by making cigarettes less likely to burn, they are less likely to start fires, and laws requiring them would save lives. " more ....




Las Vegas Casinos Ignore Smoking Bans

"...smoking will be difficult to eradicate..." more ....



Dutch smoking ban reversed for small pubs

"The Netherlands has become the first European country to overturn an unpopular smoking ban imposed on the nation’s bars and cafés two years ago." more ....


The state should stop giving anti-smoking groups public money to lobby the Government!!
"But was there really huge public support for further tobacco controls, as the DH suggested? Of the 96,515 responses the overwhelming majority were pre-written postcards or e-mail campaigns. A total of 49,507 were generated by Smokefree Northwest, 8,128 by Smokefree North East, and a further 10,757 from something called D-MYST." more ....



More European Bans Down Pan!!

"Here's more good news on the smoking ban front. Bulgaria's smoking ban lasted just three days, making it the shortest smoking ban in the world – shorter even than the ban imposed in the European Parliament in 2007, which lasted six weeks." more ....


Retail Display Ban Rejected by Danish Government

"The Swedish Parliament rejected the notion citing a lack of evidence, unreasonable extra costs to trade and the risk of increasing illicit trade" more ....


Second-Hand Smoke Toxicity in Cars: Myth Into Fact

“There is no evidence to support the fact that smoking in cars is 23 times more toxic than in other indoor environments, states an analysis article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).” more ....


The International Coalition Against Prohibition

Here's a live link to the TICAP Conference more ....



Longtime smoking cuts Parkinson’s risk dramatically

“The findings of this study agrees with many other studies showing a major benefit of smoking.” more ....


100-year-old woman says drink and cigarettes keep her young

“A woman who toasted her 100th birthday today with a cigarette and a tot of whisky said she would also be raising a glass to 70 years as a committed smoker and drinker. ” more ....



"We are deeply shocked and hurt"

It's absolutely amazing what 'shocks and hurts' people these days. Perhaps their indignation is more a symbol of intolerance. more ....


Shaming smokers makes it harder to quit, study claims

“Intentionally or not, though, such [anti-smoking] policies have also stigmatized the remaining smokers, with various potentially negative impacts, the paper argues. It cites anecdotal reports of surgeons and other doctors refusing to treat cancer patients who smoke heavily. As many as one in four doctors who responded to a 2005 Canadian Lung Association survey admitted to providing lesser care to smokers. A University of Washington survey published last year found just under one in 10 smokers hid their tobacco use from doctors, often because of stigma….” more ....



Group Uncovers Massive Ohio Election Fraud

'Allege Signature Shortfall, Convicted Felon Circulators, and More COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Ohio hospitality industry business owners and concerned citizens met last Friday to discuss allegations of election fraud surrounding the SmokeFree Ohio Petition Initiative in 2006. According to an audit conducted since June, 2009 (via public records requests), Opponents of Ohio Bans has discovered multiple violations of elections laws, each of which carries penalties ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, and the blatant disregard of a court order. Glancing through over 9,700 petitions, only obvious violations were noted. OoOB was assured by a representative of the Secretary of State that we have "everything" relating to the 2006 SmokeFree Ohio Petition Initiative petitions. OoOB alleges the following election law violations: ' more ....



Federal court lifts prison smoking ban

'A Federal Court judge ruled Friday that a sweeping ban on smoking inside and outside prison walls “simply goes too far.” ' more ....



Patrons can keep puffing on Port pub's patio; Region loses smoking appeal

'Smokers on a Port Dalhousie patio won't have to butt out after Niagara Region lost its legal battle with the Kilt and Clover Monday.' more ....



'I won't be giving up.'

'... for two reasons....' more ....


Fraud by Trial Lawyers Taints Wave of Pesticide Lawsuits

The Wall Street Journal reports 'a California judge has ruled that plaintiffs and their lawyers deployed fraudulent tactics, which included faking sterility tests and using plaintiffs who never worked on banana plantations.' more ....


Follow-up: Correspondence with Health Canada on the e-cigarette ban.

July 27, 2009

We received a reply to our letter to Health Canada on the e-cigarette ban. Following are the explanations of Diana Dowthwaite the Director General at the Inspectorate for Health Products and Food Branch, as to why e-cigarettes have been condemned by them as well as our reply to hers.

Dear Ms. Cyr

'Thank you for your correspondence dated May 12, 2009, in which you voice your concerns about the availability of electronic cigarettes in Canada.

Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive and toxic substance. Health products containing nicotine fall within the scope of the Food and Drugs Act. Nicotine products currently on the market, such as nicotine gum, patches, inhalers and lozenges, have obtained market authorization from Health Canada. Like these products, electronic cigarettes require market authorization before they can be imported or sold in Canada. The market authorization process exists so that Health Canada can evaluate the evidence of safety, efficacy and quality provided by persons seeking market authorization for a product.

Although electronic cigarettes are being marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco products and, in many cases, as an aid to smoking cessation, the risks they may pose, their benefits, their efficacy and their quality are unknown. Nicotine is a highly addictive and toxic substance, and the inhalation of propylene glycol, which is the substance that produces the simulated smoke, is a known irritant to the upper respiratory tract. For more information about nicotine and addiction, please visit our Health Canada website (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hlvs/tobac-tabac ... nd-eng.php ) To date, no electronic smoking products have received market authorization from Health Canada.

Health Canada is committed to protecting the health of Canadians by ensuring that health products meet requirements for safety, efficacy and quality.
Yours Truly, Diana Dowthwaite Director General

Dear Ms. Dowthwaite,

Thank you for replying to our queries and criticisms about the banning of electronic cigarettes in Canada. However, your reply requires further clarification and explanations.

You inform us that products that contain nicotine fall within the scope of the Food and Drugs Act since they are marketed as health products . May we respectfully point out to you that despite the fact that some e-cigarette distributors do in fact market their product as a smoking cessation aid, many others market it as a nicotine delivery substitute without any claims of helping tobacco smokers quit their conventional cigarette habit. That all manufacturers and distributors have been banned from marketing their product because of the actions of a few lacks coherence.

In the Food and Drugs Act Schedule F, Part 1, it is indicated that nicotine inhalers with a maximum of 4 mg per dosage are exempted from the prescription regulation. We in turn consulted the specifications for the popular Ruyan e-cigarette, and found that one 16 mg cartridge, which is the equivalent of 300 puffs or 20 cigarettes, has a 3 mg nicotine yield, which is 1 mg below the level that would categorize the product as a regulated prescription drug. Surely then it must fall under the category of an OTC product much like the presently approved inhalers and other pharmaceutical nicotine products mentioned in schedule F, which do not retain any patent rights. Furthermore, according to the Food and Drugs Act, Schedule A, nicotine addiction is exempted from the advertising regulation.

If Health Canada is truly concerned about the health of Canadian citizens, why don't they stipulate strong recommendations and warnings about the product and guidelines as to what maximum nicotine levels per dose can be marketed in order to have the product conform with the schedule F exemptions instead of enacting a complete ban of a product that has proven to be very popular with the public worldwide? This would be similar to the treatment of energy drinks, which, except for Red Bull, are still pending evaluation from Health Canada, yet continue to be readily available to minors and adults alike.

If there exists some reason for e-cigarettes to be treated according to a different standard than other products, we request that you kindly inform us of these reasons. Otherwise, e-cigarettes should remain available to the public until Health Canada can substantiate its hazard claims since e-cigarettes are neither a health product nor a prescription drug, and are therefore legally unregulated at the outset, with the burden of proving any harmful effects resting upon Health Canada.

Iro Cyr for C.A.G.E. Citizens For Civil Liberties mychoice.ca


Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Studies Destroy “Four Times More Likely To Quit" Claim

July 11, 2009 News from Freedom2Choose:

Freedom2Choose, working with hypnotherapist Chris Holmes, reveals that the continued use of the Department of Health’s claim “you are up to four times more likely to quit with NHS help” has no evidential basis. Freedom2Choose can show that the Department of Health routinely uses misleading statements to promote Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products as its preferred method of treatment for smoking cessation. This promotion is a very costly exercise, at a time of imminent cutbacks to public services.

Belinda Cunnison, of pro-choice group Freedom2Choose, investigated the common claim that you are “four times more likely to quit with NHS”, which is used in most promotional materials for NRT products, and frequently in press releases on the subject of smoking cessation. “I traced this claim to a Department of Health web page,(1) which also claimed a 15 per cent success rate at 12 months for NRT. The evidence that was supposed to demonstrate this 15 per cent success rate and the ‘four times more likely to quit’ phenomenon was not listed in the footnotes, so I wrote to the Department to ask for it.”

It took over three months to get the information. The following reports were made available by Cameron Gordon of the Department of Health in relation to smoking cessation studies:

• The Ferguson Health Inequalities Reduction Paper(2)
• The Evaluation Report(3)
• The Shiffman Report(4)
• The Cochrane Reviews(5)
• The Hughes Report(6)
• The Borland Report(7)

The documents revealed neither a 15 per cent quit rate at 12 months, nor any evidence that quitting with the NHS is four times more effective than willpower alone. The Borland Report recorded a 12-month success rate of 6.5 per cent (higher rates were achieved only in the smaller scale studies), whereas the largest study done on quitting using willpower alone achieved a rate of around 6 per cent.

“On the government’s own evidence, the claim ‘up to four times more likely to quit with the NHS’ is completely untrue. How can this claim be justified?” continues Belinda Cunnison. “The use of NHS treatments makes almost no difference at all to quitting success. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal(8) has also documented the long-term success rate of NRT at a mere 1.6 per cent. The whole exercise is futile as well as being enormously expensive.”

Freedom2Choose also has evidence that General Practitioners are given payments for patients who set a quit date, and an additional payment for patients who remain quit at four weeks. The payments are listed in NHS Warwickshire’s board report, March 2009.(9) This reflects the urgency of smoking cessation on the Trust’s list of priorities – an unfortunate choice of priority since patients seem just as good at giving up smoking under their own volition as they are with NHS help.

“At a time when we need to economise, particularly in the Health Service, why is our Government pumping tax-payers’ money into a failed product and using misleading claims to the service user?” questions Belinda Cunnison. “Will-power alone has a comparable success rate for those who choose to give up smoking. This is a complete waste of our resources.”

Author and hypnotherapist Chris Holmes(10) agrees and states, “We are exposing a systematic and deliberate policy to seriously mislead the public over the true effectiveness of these services. The actual extent of long term failure was being quietly covered up - which we now know from the Borland report is 94 per cent failure at 12 months - whilst four-week results were shamelessly promoted, even including published 'success rates' as high as 90 per cent. Since they knew that to be the exact opposite of the real outcomes, this is a fraudulent misappropriation of hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money. NRT simply doesn't work.”

References:
1 NHS Stop Smoking Services & Nicotine Replacement Therapy
2 The Ferguson Health Inequalities Reduction Paper
3 The Evaluation Report
4 The Shiffman Report
5 The Cochrane Reviews
6 The Hughes Report
7 The Borland Report
8 British Medical Journal
9 NHS Warwickshire, page 7, Appendix 2H
10 Chris Holmes: Truth Will Out

Link to the article.

Netherlands suspends tobacco inspections in small bars

"THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Dutch government has dropped spot checks on smoking in small cafes after bar owners won two legal victories in their fight against a ban on their premises, the health minister said Wednesday. more.

The insanity of the anti smoker campaign in clear view

"They'll just have to die" more ....


An Open Letter to Health Canada: E-cigarettes

C.A.G.E. Citizens For Civil Liberties mychoice.ca

May 12, 2009

Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate Health Canada Address Locator: 2003C Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

Sir/Madam,

It is beyond comprehension to see that Health Canada is calling for a ban on the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in this country.

In our opinion, this decision is totally counterproductive to the efforts of Health Canada, who have long been in the vanguard internationally in the reduction of tobacco consumption. While the results of Canada’s sustained efforts through educational campaigns have generally been positive in reducing smoking prevalence right up to and including the year 2004, the decreasing trend has halted and smoking rates in Canada have remained the same ever since draconian smoking bans were instituted in many provinces (1). As history has taught us, coercive methods have never yielded positive results.

Apart from the public reacting negatively to coercion, another likely reason why the remaining citizens who smoke may be reluctant to quit their habit is the lack of realistic alternatives to the act of smoking itself. Public health authorities tend to see smoking as a function of addiction to nicotine, and pharmaceutical companies have cashed in on that perception by marketing various nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) devices. These products, in the form of variously flavored chewing gum in colorful packaging, or lozenges, patches, or even inhalers, are advertised extensively in all media. No doubt NRT sales are high and profitable, but the long term success rate of quitting smoking by use of NRT products as they are marketed now is a dismal 1.6% (2 & 3).

Electronic cigarettes are seen by many as a more attractive alternative to the NRT products available from the pharmaceutical industry and a viable alternative to those who wish to continue profiting from the benefits of nicotine. The use of the e-cigarette simulates the physical acts and sensations characteristic of smoking, including holding a cigarette-shaped device, inhaling nicotine vapor from it, and exhaling propylene glycol vapor. This vapor is a relatively inert gas which is odorless and does not linger in the air around the e-smoker. There is no environmental smoke produced by e-cigarettes therefore there is no annoyance to by-standers.

The popularity of the e-cigarette has spread virally through means such as word of mouth and internet forums. Large numbers of people around the world claim that use of e-cigarettes has helped them quit or cut down on their smoking and that it provides a degree of comfort, satisfaction, and convenience to those who do not wish to give up nicotine intake for various reasons.

In light of all of this, it is beyond disappointing to see that Health Canada is calling for a ban on the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes in this country. We as a group representing smokers find it absurd that Health Canada would keep it legal to smoke tobacco and ban the marketing of e-cigarettes, which offer an effective alternative and we are not alone to feel this way (4).

Contrary to conventional cigarettes emissions, E-cigarette vapor only contains two chemicals: nicotine and glycol propylene. Nicotine is generally accepted as relatively harmless by authorities, and is an approved legal substance. After all, NRT products, some of which are inhaled nicotine, are allowed to be freely marketed over the counter with no legal age for purchase and Health Canada has either authorized or is in the process of authorizing clinical trials of such nicotine products on pregnant women (5). Propylene glycol is approved as an additive for various foods, is used as a preservative substance to maintain moisture in products, and has been animal tested (including on simians, not just laboratory rats) as relatively harmless when inhaled. (6 & 7)

The electronic cigarette is in essence a nicotine delivery device in the same mould as pharmaceutical NRT products. What is it in the combination of nicotine and propylene glycol that has Health Canada thinking that e-cigarettes are more hazardous than tobacco and NRT products such as inhalers? Surely e-cigarettes, which are neither tobacco products nor pharmaceutical products, should be permitted to be marketed and distributed freely providing they are not advertized as therapeutic devices.

Unable to comprehend what motivated Health Canada to ban e-cigarettes while keeping tobacco and pharmaceutical nicotine replacement therapy as well as the dangerous drug Chantix legal, we are forced to conclude that the only parties worthy of protection from Health Canada are the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries whose profits are threatened with the advent of this smart invention that had the potential of reestablishing harmony between smoking and non-smoking citizens and bringing much needed business back in our hospitality sector.

We strongly urge Health Canada to rethink their e-cigarette policy immediately, in the interest of the people they represent as opposed to the financial interests of powerful corporate lobbies.

Sincerely,

Iro Cyr P.O. Box 60083 Boisbriand, Qc J7G 3G4 450-435-1351

for: C.A.G.E. CITIZENS FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES MYCHOICE.CA

Disclaimer: C.A.G.E, Citizens for Civil Liberties and mychoice.ca are grassroots non-profit organizations with no financial ties to the Tobacco, Pharmaceutical or e-cigarette industries.

References:

1) Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey - The Daily Monday, August 25, 2008 http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/080825/dq080825b-eng.htm

2) Effectiveness and safety of nicotine replacement therapy assisted reduction to stop smoking: systematic review and meta-analysis - BMJ 2009;338:b1024 Published 2 April 2009, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1024 http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/338/apr02_3/b1024

3) New Study Demonstrates How Conflicts of Interest with Big Pharma Influence Reporting of the Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Drug Treatment - Tobacco Analysis blog by Dr. Michael Siegel, professor Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health. http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/search?q=Conflicts+of+Interest+with+Big+Pharma+Influence+Reporting

4) Absurdity Gone Wild: Health Canada Asks Smokers Not to Use E-Cigarettes Because of Safety Concerns, But Not to Refrain from the Known Toxic Ones - Tobacco Analysis blog by Dr. Michael Siegel, professor Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health. http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/search?q=Absurdity+Gone+Wild

5) Correspondence between C.A.G.E. and Mr. Yadvinder Bhuller, Manager - Clinical Group II , Office of Clinical Trials and Mr. William King, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Health. http://www.cagecanada.ca/index.php?pr=Nicotine_Replacement

6) Safety Report on the Ruyan® e-cigarette Cartridge and Inhaled Aerosol - Murray Laugesen Health New Zealand Ltd Christchurch, New Zealand. - 30 October 2008 http://healthnz.co.nz/RuyanCartridgeReport30-Oct-08.pdf 7) Preclinical safety evaluation of inhaled cyclosporine in propylene glycol. - PMID: 18158714 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18158714?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum



Overzealous Ontario government cracks down on drunk driving; civil liberties the victim

The Waterloo Region Record is the only media outlet that I’m aware of that has spoken out against the MADD/Ontario Liberals latest attack on our civil liberties. An excerpt of their May 1st editorial:

‘For many years, drivers caught with a blood-alcohol level between .05 and .08 -- otherwise known as the "warn range" -- received a 12-hour licence suspension, but no record or fine. Even when that law was brought in, some complained that it ignored due process. But perhaps because the consequence was inconvenient more than substantial, the law was accepted.

The new law changes that. The province has just given itself the right to take away your licence for between three days and a month, fine you $150, give you a record and, possibly, impose even further punishments. But you have no right to defend yourself. You have no right to appeal -- and the Ministry of Transportation has clearly said so. Moreover, the police officer who steps out of the cruiser to administer the breathalyser is no longer just enforcing the law; he or she is your final judge.’

Read the full editorial here.

The Waterloo Region Record should be commended for its stand.

Deceptive to the core


After the smoking ban legislation was passed in February 2006, Deborah Arnott, director of Britain's Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), boasted about their success in the Guardian (19 July 2006):

It is essential that [anti-tobacco] campaigners create the impression of inevitable success. Campaigning of this kind is literally a confidence trick: the appearance of confidence both creates confidence and demoralises the opposition. The week before the free vote we made sure the government got the message that we 'knew' we were going to win and it would be better for them to be on the winning side.

I wonder how many politicians have been tricked by this bald-faced deceipt?


Outcasts: The Obese & Other Victims of Denormalisation

"One of the more disturbing contemporary trends in public health is the government’s attempt to socially engineer our cultural and political environment so that the public becomes less tolerant of obesity and those the government categorises as obese, as well as less tolerant of gambling and of gamblers, less tolerant of smoking and of smokers, and less tolerant of those who manufacture and drink alcohol....

For the government’s denormalisation campaign to succeed these adults must be stigmatised...that is, they will be placed apart from the rest of civilised society until and unless they learn to behave in the approved manner. Denormalisation pushes gamblers, drinkers, smokers, and the obese from being a health hazard to being a moral hazard, nothing less than blots on the nation’s moral landscape."

Read the full article by Patrick Basham & John Luik here.

Blind Prejudice

'So, we now find ourselves discriminated against on the basis of the results of one telephone survey.' more...



Gian Turci: The Father of Smoker's Rights

Gian Turci himself was a force. more...


Evidence-based health policies don’t necessarily mean credible evidence

You've no doubt heard about the report claiming the cure to cancer is prevention.

Sandy Szwarc tells us a closer look at the report "found that not one of its key recommendations had been supported in clinical studies. In fact, the Report not only failed to provide what most scientists would consider convincing evidence, its conclusions were repeatedly the opposite of the evidence. The lengthy JFS examination found that none of the 17 cancers examined in the WCRF/AICR Expert Report had found credible associations with foods (sugars or sugary drinks, fats, meats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, vitamins, alcohol or processed foods) or BMI." more...


California strikes down video game law

“None of the research establishes or suggests a causal link between minors playing violent video games and actual psychological or neurological harm, and inferences to that effect would not be reasonable,” Judge Callahan said in her ruling. more...


The International Coalition Against Prohibition Brussels Conference

Read the full conference report here...


Manitoba Conservatives want investigation into 'brown bag' payments to senior health officials

Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen is asking Mantoba's Legislative Public Accounts Committee for an investigation into the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s tendering practices after the Winnipeg Free Press revealed that senior health officials at WRHA accepted more than $20 million in money, equipment and other gifts from medical suppliers since 2000 – including money handed over in brown envelopes from suppliers who won contract bids. more...



1st World Conference Against Prohibition Resounding Success

A two day conference against the growing trend to prohibit a multitude of our choices was held in Brussels January 27th and 28th. The conference was organized by TICAP, a coalition of civil liberties groups from around the world - including the Canadian group Citizens Against Government Encroachment (CAGE). A full account of the proceedings is available here...



Fighting Back: Brokenhead Ojibway Nation taking provincial government to court over its smoking ban

"The province is trying to force First Nations through policy and economics what they cannot do by law," Brokenhead Chief Deborah Chief." more...


Denying the Undeniable

"Anti-smokers' strong rhetoric against smoking and the tobacco industry has been often countered with equally strong rhetoric comparing their movement to the Nazis in terms of both ideology and policies. In “Nicotine Nazis strike again: a brief analysis of the use of Nazi rhetoric in attacking tobacco control advocacy” Nick K Schneider and Stanton A Glantz maintain that such comparisons are mere tobacco industry tactics, and having documented the use of such comparisons by the industry and others " more...


Paternalistic Premier McGuinty

"If that means a modest restriction on their freedoms until they reach the age of 22, then, as a dad, I am more than prepared to do that." more...


U.S. Cigarette Sales Down; Sales of All Other Forms of Tobacco Skyrocket!

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals how ineffective the anti-tobacco crusade has really been. The study, Trends in Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products, found sales of cigarettes have decreased 18% from 2000 to 2007. The study failed to account for black market cigarettes - now estimated at 30% to 40% of all cigarettes consumed. Remarkably it also found sales of all other forms of tobacco have skyrocketed. Over the same period sales of small cigars have experienced a whopping 215% increase; roll-your-owns 191% increase and moist snuff a 133% increase. The authors report the obvious: declining cigarette consumption is offset by increases in other forms of tobacco - and that doesn't include the consumption black market ciggies! See JAMA June 11, 2008 - Vol 299, No. 22 pg 2692 more...


British Supermarket Refuses to Sell Alcohol to Parents With Children

Coming soon to Canada! Now British anti-alcohol groups are hard at work demonizing those who legally drink alcohol. more...


2CL invites MPP Orazietti to debate proposed smoking in cars ban

Citizens for Civil Liberties (2CL) has invited David Orazietti, MPP (Sault Ste. Marie) to publicly debate the aspects of his private members bill to ban smoking in cars with children.

This important issue has never been publicly debated and until now all the information the public has received has been a series of very conflicting and confusing slogans. A public discussion would give Ontario citizens the opportunity to hear and better understand both the health and civil liberties aspects of this issue.

Dear Mr. Orazietti, MPP,

I read the March 11, 2008 article in the Sault Star entitled “Premier will support Sault MPP’s Private Member’s Bill” with a great deal of interest and excitement. In the article, you incorrectly state that the smokers’ rights organization My Choice has declined to debate you on the issue of the effect of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) on children’s health vs the rights of parents and adults.

Isn’t it time this issue was publicly debated? To date all of the information the citizens of Ontario have received has been a series of very conflicting and confusing slogans that I would love to have the opportunity to discuss and clarify.

I would like a public debate of the study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (World Health Organization) that indicated the children exposed to ETS suffer the lowest incidence of lung cancer. There would be a clear public benefit in the open discussion of the American Cancer Society funded study by Enstrom and Kabat that found the association between ETS and tobacco related mortality much weaker than generally believed. Both of these studies strongly suggest the risks of ETS have been hugely exaggerated for political purposes.

IARC Study

American Cancer Society

I would also like to discuss the recent study of two generations of Swedish residents that concluded that there was an association between current exposure to ETS and a low risk for atopic (allergic) disorders in smokers themselves and a similar tendency in their children.

Asthma Study

I am confident that parents would like to know that exposure to ETS seems to have a protective effect against allergic asthma and life-threatening allergies. There has been a huge increase in the incidence of childhood asthma over the last 30 years that developed concurrent with the decrease in the population smoking rate. And it is knowledge that the public deserves to be told!

Mr. McGuinty claims to have no interest in introducing smoking bans in private homes but this is exactly the same statement he made about banning smoking in private vehicles BEFORE the election.

I believe that the public would also be very interested in knowing exactly how many tax dollars were used to fund organizations like the Lung Association and the Ontario Medical Association to implement a campaign to influence public opinion on the issue of banning smoking in cars. And how much is currently being spent to fund campaigns to influence public opinion about banning smoking in private homes!

In short, I would like to invite you to enter into a public debate with Citizens for Civil Liberties on these very issues. I trust that I will find you eager to enter into such a debate and am willing to travel to whatever venue you may find desirable for this purpose.

I eagerly await your acceptance of my invitation.

Yours truly

Michelle Gervais
Director – Media Relations
Citizens for Civil Liberties


Smoking ban adverts to be investigated

The Advertising Standards Authority is to ask for proof to substantiate claims made by the Department of Health about the dangers of passive smoking. The watchdog will act after receiving 26 complaints about the 'Invisible Killer’ TV ads which featured cigarette smoke blowing around a wedding party and into the mouths and noses of non-smokers. more...

Michigan Smoking Ban Repealed

Charlevoix County board repeals workplace smoke banmore...


Virginia Smoking Ban Defeated

RICHMOND, Feb. 14 -- The Virginia House of Delegates defeated several proposals Thursday to prohibit smoking in restaurants, stores, offices and other public places, effectively killing all anti-smoking legislation for this year's General Assembly session. more...

Monomania

To fully understand the mindset of the leaders of the tobacco control crusade simply pay attention to what they say. "At this point it's very likely smoking causes all cancers," say Roberta Ferrence, executive director of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and a University of Toronto public health science professor. It's difficult to understand how politicians can possibly follow their advice. Well... maybe not! more...


If only actors can smoke, everyone's a star

Thwarting Minnesota's new state ban on smoking using an exception for performers in theatrical productions proving to be fun! more...

They're Coming After You

Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University, provides insight into why the anti-tobacco movement will not stop at tobacco. more...

Economics and Smoking

Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University, applies the economic law of demand to the behavior of anti-smokers. more...

Ontario Court Ruling favours smoking on patios

Local restaurant owners are cheering a precedent-setting provincial court ruling in favour of an Ontario restaurant that allows smoking on an uncovered section of its outdoor patio. more...


Supreme Court Strikes Down State's Law to Diminish Internet Tobacco Sales to Teens

The Supreme Court yesterday shut down state efforts to curb Internet sales of tobacco to teenagers, saying that the efforts were well-intentioned but violated federal restrictions against states regulating shipping more...


Smoke-in Success

The Illinois "smoke-in" organized by Jon Hemminghaus was a great success. The law chose not to intervene. Forceful resistance to the smoker pogrom will continue to grow until rational policy, respectful of the individual and of freedom of choice, is restored. There will be many battles in this war. more...


Cheese could carry a health alert

Dairy foods could soon have to carry cigarette-style health warnings in a bid to slash Britain's soaring levels of obesity and heart disease,

according to a report yesterday. The health warnings would be aimed at urging people to cut down on the amount of saturated fat they eat and make dairy products an occasional treat rather than a regular part of their diet. more...