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Another inept Kansas smoking analogy

In today's Wichita Eagle, Wichita busybody Charlie Claycomb makes another inept analogy in an attempt to press his anti-smoking agenda statewide. A while back he tried to compare a smoking section in a restaurant with a urinating section in a swimming pool. This is ridiculous to the extreme, as I show in the post It’s Not the Same as Pee In the Swimming Pool. Now in today's letter in the Eagle, Claycomb says that although the United States Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, since that right is heavily regulated, government has license to regulate smoking, as smoking isn't mentioned at all in the Constitution. Here's why this is another ridiculous analogy (without conceding the regulations on arms are justified or effective): A person in, say, a bar…
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Smoking ban advocate says some claims just smoke

In Kansas, accurate information is sometimes in short supply when talking about smoking bans. From Kansas Watchdog: Opponents to a statewide total smoking ban say anti-tobacco advocates are playing a little loose with their facts. They have an unlikely ally in Michael Siegel, a medical doctor and professor of community health sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He's a long-standing anti-tobacco advocate, a proponent of smoking bans and a strong critic of bad science. In a story published Feb. 18 on his weblog, "The rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary," Seigel wrote, "It is irresponsible to disseminate conclusions that are not supported by any scientific evidence, especially if that information will be used to infringe upon the freedom, autonomy, and rights of individuals." Read the…
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The myth of the smoking ban ‘miracle’

Supporters of comprehensive bans on smoking often point to research findings that heart attacks decrease when smoking bans are implemented. But is this true? Christopher Snowdon reports in Spiked online: Tales of heart attacks being "slashed" by smoking bans have appeared with such regularity in recent years that it is easy to forget that there is a conspicuous lack of reliable evidence to support them. It is almost as if the sheer number of column inches is a substitute for proof. Later on he concludes: What is abundantly clear in each case is that the number of heart attack admissions has been falling for some time. Far from causing further dramatic cuts in heart attack rates, the bans had no discernible effect. If we're going to cite public health as…
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Smoking is healthier than fascism

There's a Facebook group named Vote NO on Statewide Smoking Ban (Smoking is healthier than fascism). Started by Wichita activist Wendy Aylworth, the description of the group starts with the rallying cry "We must stop this tyranny of the majority!" Yes, we must. I'm tempted to tell you -- like many people do when discussing matters of public policy -- whether I smoke cigarettes. But does that matter? It shouldn't, because if it does, we shift the basis of policy decisions from "what is right and just and promotes freedom and liberty" to "what is my personal preference." And there's too much of that going on. Smoking bans are only the start of increased government regulation of more and more aspects of our lives. These things can backfire. As government…
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Wichita Smoking Ban: Authoritarian, Elitist?

Here's some good commentary I received from a citizen. Wichita's smoking "ban" will take effect before too long.  Smoke 'em while you can, I guess. Wichita's Smoking Ban and the latest authoritarian arrogance emitted by elitist professor University of Kansas School of Medicine professor Dr. Rick Kellerman is on the front page of the May 30 Wichita Eagle.  Kellerman is upset that a complete ban on smoking is not expected to be adopted by the city council at their June 3 meeting. Who appointed Dr. Kellerman to be Wichita's doctor?  The doctor's elitist and authoritarian statement in today's Wichita Eagle indicates that he is either trying to become the 21st century version of the Prohibition era's Carrie Nation or the 20th century's version of the infamous Nurse Ratched (see Ken Kesey's classic One…
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The smoking ban in Wichita

Some commentary regarding Wichita's half-passed smoking ban that I received. University of Kansas School of Medicine professor Dr. Rick Kellerman is on the front page of the May 30 Wichita Eagle. Kellerman is upset that a complete ban on smoking is not expected to be adopted by the city council at their June 3 meeting. Who appointed Dr. Kellerman to be Wichita's doctor? The doctor's elitist and authoritarian statement in today's Wichita Eagle indicates that he is either trying to become the 21st century version of the Prohibition era's Carrie Nation or the 20th century's version of the infamous Nurse Ratched (see Ken Kesey's classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) for improper behavior. The arguments that Kellerman uses could also be used to ban everything from firearms, cars, risky…
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Kansas governor proposes taxes, smoking ban, green energy projects

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson's State of the State address Monday proposed two new taxes, a comprehensive statewide smoking ban, and a cabinet team to promote green energy projects. He didn't propose closing tax exemptions, and he made no mention of an available method that could help Kansas make it through a fiscal shortfall. The complete text of the governor's address, as prepared for delivery, is available at Protecting What We Have, Building for the Future. What's missing from the governor's address is recognition that the state is sitting on hundreds of millions of unused cash that could be tapped to get the state through a tough spot. The Kansas Policy Institute has performed research and analysis that indicates that by spending down these fund balances, Kansas schools and agencies could…
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Kansas governor to face smoking ban protesters in Salina

A group of citizens who don't agree with Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson's decision to sign the statewide smoking ban bill is planning a protest in Salina. The governor will sign the smoking ban bill on Monday at 3:30 pm at the Salina Public Library. It's a ceremonial signing, as the actual bill was signed earlier today.
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It’s not the same as pee in the swimming pool

In a column in the February 27, 2008 Wichita Eagle ("Smoking ban issue not one to negotiate"), columnist Mark McCormick quotes Charlie Claycomb, co-chair of Tobacco Free Wichita, as equating a smoking section in a restaurant with "a urinating section in a swimming pool." This is a ridiculous comparison. A person can't tell upon entering a swimming pool if someone has urinated in it. But people can easily tell upon entering a restaurant or bar if people are smoking. Besides this, Mr. McCormick's article seeks to explain how markets aren't able to solve the smoking problem, and that there is no negotiating room, no middle ground. There must be a smoking ban, he concludes. As way of argument, McCormick claims, I think, that restaurants prepare food in sanitary kitchens only…
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