Various things I noticed these past few days.
Why are some people such tyrants?
MANILA, Philippines – Smokers may soon be limited to the privacy of their homes for their fix as Cabinet officials announced the signing by President Rodrigo Duterte of an Executive Order banning smoking in all public places nationwide this week.
According to Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, the EO will order government agencies and LGUs to enforce the ban on all public places.
“The executive order will actually mandate all the agencies of government, including the local government to implement this 100% smoking ban in all public places. It’s not just Metro Manila,” she told ABS-CBN. “There will be no smoking in public places anymore, whether indoor or outdoor. Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these are considered public places.”
Vaping, as well as designating smoking areas, are likewise included in the ban.
Japan: Where Antismoking Laws Go to Die?
TOKYO—A government plan to introduce Japan’s first nationwide restrictions on smoking is running into trouble, owing partly to the country’s deep-seated smoking culture.
In Japan, diners often can still light up freely in bars, cafes and restaurants. There’s a smoking booth in the lobby of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s headquarters. Even the health ministry sets aside an area outside for smokers.
Restrictions have tightened a bit in recent years—often introduced by individual companies or local governments. But it has taken the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to spark the first serious effort for a national law to curtail smoking in restaurants, hospitals and schools…
Big opposition comes from cafe, restaurant and bar owners, who say they don’t have the money or space to create sealed-off smoking areas.
“People’s livelihoods depend on this,” says Yoshie Morita, who owns a small bar in Tokyo’s Golden Gai section, which is packed with tiny establishments.
Prison smoking ban blamed for rise in assaults and vandalism
Report by the Independent Monitoring Board blames tobacco withdrawal amongst inmates for a series of incidents
The smoking ban in jails has sparked a rise in assaults and vandalism by cig-craving lags.
An inspectors’ report blames tobacco withdrawal for a series of incidents.
HMP Cardiff was plunged into darkness when prisoners dismantled a kettle to get sparks to light homemade cigarettes and tripped a fusebox.
The desperate inmates had fashioned smokes out of tea and shredded nicotine patches after smoking was banned last year.
The report by the Independent Monitoring Board said: “There is no proof of a direct link with the ban.
“But the indirect consequences of the increase in offences such as damage to property, assaults, possession of unauthorised articles and disobeying lawful orders could be due to stress resulting from tobacco withdrawal.
Do alcohol and cigarettes arrive with boyfriends?
One of the things the brilliant minds at MIT do — besides ponder the nature of the universe and build sci-fi gizmos, of course — is notarize aircraft airworthiness for the federal government. So when Sabrina Pasterski walked into the campus offices one cold January morning seeking the OK for a single-engine plane she had built, it might have been business as usual. Except that the shaggy-haired, wide-eyed plane builder before them was just 14 and had already flown solo. “I couldn’t believe it,” recalls Peggy Udden, an executive secretary at MIT, “not only because she was so young, but a girl.”
Now, eight years later, the lanky, 22-year-old Pasterski is already an MIT graduate and Harvard Ph.D. candidate who has the world of physics abuzz…
An only child, Pasterski speaks with some awkwardness and punctuates her e-mails with smiley faces and exclamation marks. She says she has a handful of close friends but has never had a boyfriend, an alcoholic drink or a cigarette. Pasterski says: “I’d rather stay alert, and hopefully I’m known for what I do and not what I don’t do.”
And has Donald Trump turned the tables?
You can’t get a more serious charge than a sitting president wiretapped a presidential campaign. You can’t get a more serious charge. And by the Democrats’ own definition that mandates an investigation. And Congress said they’ll do it. They’re gonna fold Trump’s allegation into the rest of this.