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41 Responses to Merry Christmas

  1. junican says:

    And the same to you, Frank. “Keep on keeping on”.

  2. Vince Harden says:

    Merry Christmas to all!

  3. Tom says:

    Happy Merry Christmas !!

  4. jariel says:

    Merry Christmas, Frank :)

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Merry Xmas Frank and all!

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Smoker Voter if your out there heres a heads up hot of the wire…………….

    Tobacco tax: Move for $2 per pack gains momentum in CA

    By Dr. Nicholas Leeper

    Special to the Mercury News

    Posted: 12/24/2014 03:00:00 PM PST0 Comments

    The changing of the New Year brings about a fresh start. If you are one of the estimated 46.6 million Americans who smoke cigarettes, quitting the habit is likely being considered for a New Year’s resolution. Polls have shown that a vast majority of smokers would like to quit, and we at the American Heart Association are dedicated to giving smokers every edge we can to put their habit in the past. One such proven way to encourage quitting is a tobacco tax.

    This is why we are joining with doctors, health care workers, taxpayers and other nonprofit health organizations to support a $2-per-package tax on the cost of tobacco.

    The benefits to our state would be enormous and would more accurately account for the true cost of tobacco. Currently, California spends about $9 billion a year on tobacco-related medical care, with taxpayers footing about a third of that. In fact, in data compiled from the Centers for Disease Control, the true cost to society in California is $15 for every pack sold. Our current tobacco tax is 87 cents.

    A tobacco tax is also a particularly effective way to prevent younger people from ever taking up the habit. A staggering 80 percent of smokers start before they are 18, while only one in 100 begin at age 26 or older. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, based on previous research, a 10 percent increase in the cost of tobacco will result in a five to 15 percent decrease in youth tobacco usage. This compares to three to seven percent for adults.

    Education about the ill effects of tobacco over the past several decades has been instrumental in lowering the rate of smoking in the United States. Toward that end, the tax would bolster proven youth prevention programs to deter smoking. A few years ago, it was estimated that even the $1 added tobacco tax then proposed in California would have prevented 200,000 children in California from becoming adult smokers.

    Given that tobacco is a major contributor to coronary disease in our nation, we at the American Heart Association are always looking at effective policies that result in fewer smokers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if even a roughly $1 per package tax were to be instituted on cigarettes next year, there would be 2.6 million fewer adult smokers over the age of 18 by 2021. This would certainly be helpful in a nation where 443,000 people die from smoking-related diseases yearly, including 46,000 heart-related deaths attributed to secondhand smoke.

    If these statistics just seem like numbers on a page, just think about the intangibles, such as the value added from having more years with a grandparent, or not watching a loved one suffer through the pain of emphysema, heart disease or cancer. These are things on which it’s impossible to place a monetary value, but with an estimated 100,000 California lives that will be saved in future years through a tobacco tax, they are nonetheless primary benefits.

    So, in the New Year, if you need help to quit smoking, please visit our website, http://www.heart.org, for more information. And please join with us at http://www.savelivesca.com and support a $2-per-package tobacco tax next year. The life you save may be yours or a loved one’s.

    Dr. Nicholas Leeper is Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery and Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and president of the American Heart Association, Silicon Valley Division. He wrote this for this newspaper.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_27190645/tobacco-tax-move-2-per-pack-gains-momentum

    Waiting until xmas eve to spring a tax trap………….talk about Grinches

    • nisakiman says:

      “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
      Ronald Reagan.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Smoker Voter if your out there heres a heads up hot of the wire…………….

    Tobacco tax: Move for $2 per pack gains momentum in CA

    By Dr. Nicholas Leeper

    Special to the Mercury News

    Posted: 12/24/2014 03:00:00 PM PST0 Comments

    The changing of the New Year brings about a fresh start. If you are one of the estimated 46.6 million Americans who smoke cigarettes, quitting the habit is likely being considered for a New Year’s resolution. Polls have shown that a vast majority of smokers would like to quit, and we at the American Heart Association are dedicated to giving smokers every edge we can to put their habit in the past. One such proven way to encourage quitting is a tobacco tax.

    This is why we are joining with doctors, health care workers, taxpayers and other nonprofit health organizations to support a $2-per-package tax on the cost of tobacco.

    The benefits to our state would be enormous and would more accurately account for the true cost of tobacco. Currently, California spends about $9 billion a year on tobacco-related medical care, with taxpayers footing about a third of that. In fact, in data compiled from the Centers for Disease Control, the true cost to society in California is $15 for every pack sold. Our current tobacco tax is 87 cents.

    A tobacco tax is also a particularly effective way to prevent younger people from ever taking up the habit. A staggering 80 percent of smokers start before they are 18, while only one in 100 begin at age 26 or older. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, based on previous research, a 10 percent increase in the cost of tobacco will result in a five to 15 percent decrease in youth tobacco usage. This compares to three to seven percent for adults.

    Education about the ill effects of tobacco over the past several decades has been instrumental in lowering the rate of smoking in the United States. Toward that end, the tax would bolster proven youth prevention programs to deter smoking. A few years ago, it was estimated that even the $1 added tobacco tax then proposed in California would have prevented 200,000 children in California from becoming adult smokers.

    Given that tobacco is a major contributor to coronary disease in our nation, we at the American Heart Association are always looking at effective policies that result in fewer smokers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if even a roughly $1 per package tax were to be instituted on cigarettes next year, there would be 2.6 million fewer adult smokers over the age of 18 by 2021. This would certainly be helpful in a nation where 443,000 people die from smoking-related diseases yearly, including 46,000 heart-related deaths attributed to secondhand smoke.

    If these statistics just seem like numbers on a page, just think about the intangibles, such as the value added from having more years with a grandparent, or not watching a loved one suffer through the pain of emphysema, heart disease or cancer. These are things on which it’s impossible to place a monetary value, but with an estimated 100,000 California lives that will be saved in future years through a tobacco tax, they are nonetheless primary benefits.

    So, in the New Year, if you need help to quit smoking, please visit our website, heartDOTorg, for more information. And please join with us at savelivescaDOTcom and support a $2-per-package tobacco tax next year. The life you save may be yours or a loved one’s.

    Dr. Nicholas Leeper is Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery and Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and president of the American Heart Association, Silicon Valley Division. He wrote this for this newspaper.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_27190645/tobacco-tax-move-2-per-pack-gains-momentum

    Waiting until xmas eve to spring a tax trap………….talk about Grinches

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Can you believe it there actually admitting their numbers are all pure statistical.

      Their even calling their cost savings statistical and identifying them for a change as the BS numbers they are. Potential life years lost. etc etc

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Since the first state cigarette taxes were imposed in the 1920s, black markets and related criminal activity have plagued high-tax jurisdictions. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) admitted there is ALREADY a huge black market for cigarettes in California. It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of the cigarettes sold there are sold on the black market…………………http://www.smokingaloud.com/black-market-cigarettes.html

    • smokervoter says:

      Well beat em’ again Harley! Round Two.

      And Merry Christmas to you and to every one of the fine folks who frequent the Banging On online pub.

  8. Have a good Christmas and all you wish for in 2015. By the way, did you dangle a small child upside down to write ‘and happy new year’ in the picture?

    • Frank Davis says:

      did you dangle a small child upside down to write ‘and happy new year’ in the picture?

      Well, of course I did! How else do you get upside down writing, FFS?

      • nisakiman says:

        An apposite response to all those ‘Think of the cheeldren’ excuses for more regulation!

        Merry Xmas all.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Hitler Youth had anti-smoking patrols all over Germany, outside movie houses and in entertainment areas, sports fields etc., and smoking was strictly forbidden to these millions of German youth growing up under Hitler.”

  9. Smoking Lamp says:

    Happy Christmas to all!

  10. harleyrider1978 says:
  11. magnetic01 says:

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  12. Emily says:

    Merry Christmas!

  13. RdM says:

    A sardonic take on an old tune…

    Merry Christmas to all;- may the fight continue (until resolution) in goodness…

  14. roobeedoo2 says:

    Merry Christmas, Frank

  15. wobbler2012 says:

    Merry Christmas Frank, and fuck off to all the puritans on this day of excess.

  16. harleyrider1978 says:
  17. Jay says:

    Merry Christmas everyone and keep banging on, Frank.

  18. Lepercolonist says:

    Merry Christmas, Frank. You’re the best.

  19. harleyrider1978 says:

    Selective statistics

    Published on the
    23 December
    2014

    1 comments
    Have your say!

    Brian Monteith (Perspective, 22 December) accuses others of cherry-picking evidence then goes on to do just that in his ­comments on tobacco.

    He says the smoking rate is going up, mentioning a fractional rise in one survey.

    But be ignores the more ­recent Scottish Health Survey and the larger Office for National ­Statistics report, which both show a notable drop in Scotland’s adult smoking prevalence to 21 per cent in 2013, meaning there are now fewer than a million ­tobacco users.

    He claims that youth smoking has gone up by a third in Australia, where standardised tobacco packaging has been introduced.

    It is either hopeless bias or ­inexcusable ignorance to claim that “the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare has established that smoking rates of teens have increased by 36 per cent”.

    The authors of the report he refers to conclude that there is no statistically significant change.

    The figures he quotes on an alleged growth in illicit tobacco are from a discredited tobacco industry-funded report, not the Australian government research he mentions. Standardised packaging and prohibiting smoking in cars with children are popular measures with the Scottish public. 
A YouGov survey earlier this year showed that most ­people support them, including a majority of Mr Monteith’s fellow
smokers.

    Sheila Duffy

    ASH Scotland

    Edinburgh
    http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/letters/selective-statistics-1-3641579

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Miss Duffy talks about statistical samples the junk science of which tobacco control and her kind depend on when they lobby the government for more Prohibitional laws based upon basically Fraud.

      In America CDC pulls the same Chirades to make it appear their fraudulent claims of lowered smoking rates are working because of their so called evidence based policies and laws. Those laws are the same as what the third Reich used in its own anti-smoking war. They even went so far as to invent passervachen/passive smoking to instill fear into the public Persona making room for later claims against any group they deemed enemies of the state like JEWS.

      Now how can We believe CDC numbers on smoking rates when even the Federal Government knows they are UNRELIABLE!

      Survey experts agree that survey respondents understate the true extent of their cigarette consumption. If taken as true, the responses in the surveys we examined, would suggest that, on average, only 70 percent of purchased cigarettes were reported to be actually consumed, which strains credulity. The substantial uncertainty surrounding the degree of underreporting of cigarette consumption in survey data necessarily generates large uncertainty about the magnitude of the federal tax receipts lost due to the illicit cigarette trade. Any estimate of federal tax loss based on survey data therefore should be regarded as only broadly indicative of actual receipts lost.4

      http://www.ttb.gov/pdf/tobacco…

      Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/12/smoking-on-the-decline-in-united-states/#FKdH61RKor0MKSgv.99

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Perhaps its time the government demanded Miss Duffys resignation and the immediate repeal of a junk science driven law against an act hat was never criminal to start with. Sir Winston smoked his whole life even in underground bunkers yet nobody died of so called SHS/ETS/PASSIVE SMOKE.

        The government should immediately outlaw all sock puppet groups funded by taxpayer money whose sole purpose is to Lobby the government itself. In America this is ILLICIT LOBBYING and punishable by Federal law. Miss Duffy herself is likely guilty of similar acts under UK laws if it were investigated. But its of no concern the deeper concern is the restoration of the rights and Liberties of the UK citizenry themselves and the outlawing of junk science and or the taxpayer funding such activities in the future.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Miss Duffy might be hard pressed to provide an explanation as to why ay bans were passed at all when even The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) could not even produce evidence that passive smoke is harmful inside;

          So a slight of hand had to be accomplished legislatively to get a smoking ban passed since no proof of harm could ever be produced much less created.

          The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) could not even produce evidence that passive smoke is harmful inside, this is what they wrote prior to the smoking ban in article 9 OC255/15 9 “The evidential link between individual circumstances of exposure to risk in exempted premises will be hard to establish. In essence, HSE cannot produce epidemiological evidence to link levels of exposure to SHS to the raised risk of contracting specific diseases and it is therefore difficult to prove health-related breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act”. The reason the ban was brought in under the Health Act 2006, and not by the HSE, because no proof of harm was needed with the Health Act 2006, and the HSE have to have proof, seems the DM has lost rational thought about anything smoke related.

          In America the same problem existed for prohibitionists set on criminalizing a victimless crime like smoking indoors.

          So OSHA was sued and after 10 years no proof of harm could be established so OSHA stated:

          OSHA also took on the passive smoking fraud and this is what came of it:

          Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Third Edition

          nap.edu

          This sorta says it all

          These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the safe one.

          Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA.

  20. harleyrider1978 says:

    LETTER: Anti-smoking group spins stats to make its point

    Posted: 12:01 AM, Dec 3, 2014

    J.B. Wood, Corydon, Ky.

    Benjamin Disraeli, a long-ago British Prime Minister, once defined three levels of falsehood: lies, damned lies, and statistics. The left-wing anti-everything people love the last one named, for their campaigns against guns, tobacco and other items of personal freedom. Without exception, their “statistics,” on closer examination, prove to be false.

    I was reminded of this by the lengthy guest column in Sunday’s Gleaner by Tina McCormick, Director of the KY Rural Health Association. Not content with the use of spurious “statistics,” she proceeds further on to skew them to fit her purposes. Example: “… secondhand smoke, which contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 70 that are proven to cause cancer.”

    Further on, there is this statement: “Secondhand smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals that attack every organ in the body.” Based on her earlier quote of the statistical figures, this is a lie. Disraeli was right — this is the highest level of falsehood. Do you know how they got those original figures?

    In the lab, they used rats. No, the rats weren’t smoking. This had to be “secondhand” smoke. So, they put them into an enclosure, and pumped in tobacco smoke. It will come as no surprise that the rats got sick. Does this duplicate an occasional whiff you might get from somebody else’s cigarette? Er, well, no.

    Just as it is with firearms, tobacco, seat belts and other areas of regulation, this is not about health or safety. It’s about control. Obviously, you are too stupid to think for yourself. “They” know what’s best for you.

    My reaction is a two-word statement, and one of the words can’t be used in a family-read newspaper.

    http://www.courierpress.com/gleaner/opinion/letter-antismoking-group-spins-stats-to-make-its-point_93395454

  21. harleyrider1978 says:

    Stantonitis Glandz hasn’t been quiet either

    Democratic Leaders call on state attorneys general to classify e-cigarettes under the Master Settlement Agreement

    Submitted by sglantz on Mon, 2014-12-22 10:18

    Congressmen Henry Waxman and Frank Pallone and Senator Dick Durbin have written a letter to all the state attorneys general to use the MSA to reign in out-of-control e-cigarette advertising. Their statement and copies of all the letters are here.

    They also (again) call for FDA action, but, as I have noted before, it will be years before anything meaningful materializes from the FDA. There is a lot that the states AGs can do. Here in California, for example, Attorney General Kamila Harris could enforce the consent agreement NJOY signed promising not to introduce flavors. There is also a lot of deceptive marketing going on all over the country.
    https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/democratic-leaders-call-state-attorneys-general-classify-e-cigarettes-under-master-settlement-agreement

  22. harleyrider1978 says:

    It just amazes me we let Shelia Duffy get away with a single press piece and only one busted her but he Scotsman called the person banned. So we can assume it was one of ours.

  23. harleyrider1978 says:

  24. beobrigitte says:

    Merry Christmas to all!!!

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