Protect the Innocent from Second Hand Smoke

Dear Innocents, I understand your annoyance at being subjected to offensive odors and the health risks associated with smoke wafting about like a boney hand with a mind bent on murder. And, as a cigar smoker, I cringe at the idea of raising the ire and lowering the life expectancy of most non-smokers. If I […]

Anti-Smoking Marketing

It’s all about marketing.

Make people think that the very safety of children is at stake when they are around smoke and you win most of the war. Make people think that the very safety of children is at stake whenever they see a smoker and you have won the war. Seriously, who’s against the safety of children?

And this isn’t a cigarette v. cigar thing either. Just because there are extra things added into cigarettes do you think that the smoke-Nazis won’t come after cigars as well? Of course they will!

Here’s a little insight into the minds of the smoke-Nazi marketing campaign:

    That’s why so many health professionals are praising an article in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. Authors of that study, from the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and other health institutions, used the term “third-hand smoke.” And widespread attention to their work made “third-hand smoke” a part of the American vocabulary almost overnight.
    That opened the doors for all of us to talk about how to protect our families and friends — especially children, the elderly and the sick — from a potentially serious health risk.
    “It’s so valuable, the contribution of this term,” says Dr. Sumita Khatri, a pulmonologist at MetroHealth Medical Center who’s conducted research on air quality and asthma. “It just makes communication easier and faster.”

The smoke-Nazis think that “third hand” smoke is their silver bullet against us. They will use it to push for more regulations against cigar use and will use it to raise our taxes to ever greater heights.

SCHIP? That’s just a small step towards their ultimate goal of outlawing cigars. But, until they finally do reach that fateful moment when all the world’s children are safe from the menace that lingers on our clothes and in our hair for days after we smoke a cigar, they are content with taxing us as much as possible.

    The budget proposal that [Pennsylvania] Gov. Rendell unveiled earlier this month includes a 10-cents-per-pack tax hike on cigarettes — up to $1.45 per pack — along with first-time taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco.

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The campaign to eradicate cigar smokers is based on half truths and marketing. Whenever the studies fail to scare voters enough they find terms, like “third hand smoke”, that will do the job scaring voters. Do we really want to lose our right to smoke cigars because the other side has better marketers than we do?

IPCPR Dismisses ‘Third-Hand’ Smoke

Finally! Some group has the gonads to make fun of something as ridiculous as “third hand smoke.” Here are my favorite takeaways from IPCPR’s Press Release:

    When it was originally introduced in mid-2004, it was just another obscure survey. No one paid much attention to it because it was regarded as silly as saying we should ban nail polish because it smells bad long after it is applied. Now that it has been given a catchy name and its publication in the January issue of a magazine about children has been reported on by international news sources, Google is showing nearly one million results for ‘third-hand smoke’ occurring almost overnight.
    McCalla suggested tongue-in-cheek that studies may next be done on fourth-hand and fifth-hand smoke, where people who touch the clothes worn by people who have touched the clothes worn by people who went to a cigar bar a week ago might be the object of scrutiny.
    The Surgeon General’s report in 2006 called most of its findings inconclusive regarding the effects of secondhand smoke, so how could they move against so-called ‘third-hand smoke’ when the recent survey had nothing to do with its scientific aspects? Also, if ‘third-hand smoke’ should be of concern to anyone , why has OSHA not addressed the subject? In fact, OSHA issued allowable standards for secondhand smoke in the workplace that far exceed that which one may find in a typical cigar bar or restaurant.

S-CHIP Coming

Over the weekend I was looking around online for cigar news and, unfortunately, I ran across this story from Charlotte, North Carolina News 14 that features a cigar owner and some customers predicting what will happen when our country’s new administration takes the reins. Let me tell you right now, it does not look good for cigar smokers.

From the story:

And Washington lawmakers are looking to tobacco buyers and sellers to give it the boost it needs by proposing a tax hike on tobacco products.

Two previous S-CHIP funding bills called for a 53 percent tax on cigars and a minimum price cap.

Those bills were passed in the House and Senate, but were vetoed by the president.

Cigar shop owner Lindalyn Kakadelis said once President-Elect Obama is sworn in, a new S-CHIP bill should pass, since he previously voted in favor of it.

For more information on the proposed tax increases on cigars go HERE for more information. In short, taxes will go up a lot.

Third Hand Smoke

Not content on taxing tobacco users into the poorhouse and framing them as a worse threat to human life than terrorism, obesity, and global warming there is a new study out that “finds” that particles clinging to smoker’s hair and clothing will kill non-smokers. The obvious end result of all these “studies” is to ban tobacco products completely (yes, even cigars).

The original story, from The New York Times (shocking), makes it clear that the ones who are most at harm from this newly found health scourge are the children. Yup, those bundles of joy will crawl on the carpeting and suck in the particulate matter from a smoke and ingest it. The point is that when you light up a delicious Padron 1964 Anniversary Monarco you are slowly killing your child, your pet and your neighbor even if they never see nor come in contact with the actual smoke – the smell will do.

Do you all know where this is heading? It’s not too difficult to see the writing on the wall for this one. Second hand smoke has been basically made illegal in most of the country. You can’t light up anywhere but outdoors (sometimes not even there) because the smoke, as we are told, will kill. In some places you can’t even smoke in a car with your children present.