Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CTA proposes that Obama's redistribution of wealth begin with RWJF and Johnson & Johnson Company

Obama informed Joe the plumber that he plans to impose new taxes on successful Americans in order to spread the wealth, a policy more commonly known as redistribution of wealth.

Clearing The Air strongly suggests that RWJF / J&J and their respective CEOs, board members, managers, etc. be one of the first mandated to redistribute their wealth specifically to hospitality owners, employees, and vendors. Afterall that's what would be fair, and fairness and change seem to be the message that liberal politicians and their campaign supporters in the mainstream media seem hellbent on bringing us. So I say bring it on, RWJF / J & J has for years via rent seeking legislation conducted a reverse redistribution of wealth.........it's payback time.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), founded by Nicoderm maker Johnson & Johnson Company (ALZA); has for years promoted rent seeking legislation. Specifically, RWJF funds organizations, health departments, and universities to influence policymakers to pass smoking ban legislation in order to promote pharmaceutical nicotine (Nicoderm) sales. In effect taking from hospitality industry owners, employees and vendors; redistributing money from lower to middle class Americans to the wealthy pharmaceutical industry. The lies, omissions, and misinformation from RWJF and their grantees is justified (they claim) to implement smoking ban policies regardless of the facts. Facts like smoking ban legislation is forcing the closure of tens of thousands of hospitality establishments, and globally eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Here in the Twin Cities area alone 266+ establishments closed since smoking bans were introduced eliminating approximately 10,000 jobs. (200+ of those establishments closed prior to 2008, so the state of the economy was not a factor). Other facts ommitted are air quality studies by organizations like Johns Hopkins, the American Cancer Society, and environmental health departments which conclude that secondhand smoke levels are 2.6 - 25,000 times safer than OSHA workplace air quality standards.

So in the case of taking wealth from RWJF and Johnson & Johnson Company it's not an arbitrary redistribution of wealth.............rather it's recompense. (compensation or make up for loss or injury) Now, thanks to Obama and the mainstream media's latest agenda, it is now fashionable to demand redistribution of wealth......only in our case it's a redistribution of reverse redistribution of wealth..............thanks Barry Hussein, you've provided us some new insight into the subject. Now perhaps you could speak to your friends at RWJF and tell them to make the cashier's check out to Mark E. Wernimont.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Phillip Morris 3rd quarter profits up 20.6% despite smoking ban agenda to reduce tobacco use


Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris International Inc. (PM: News ), spun-off of from tobacco company Altria Group Inc. (MO: News ), announced Wednesday morning that its third quarter profit rose 20.6% from the year-ago quarter

The other stated agenda by smoking ban activist groups is to increase business for the hospitality industry......but that's proving to be a grossly exaggerated side effect of the business crippling legislation as well.



Perhaps the real legacy of smoking ban legislation was eliminating successful businesses and jobs, and provoking the home foreclosure crisis.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Smoking bans: the air quality facts, economic effects, and special interest motives

We're told that secondhand smoke is hazardous, should we just believe the rhetoric without looking at air quality test results? Numerous groups conducted testing for a reason, why then are they now silent about the results of this air quality testing? Air quality testing, I might add, that was conducted by groups who have a pro-smoking ban bias.







My job involves engineering and selling industrial air filtration systems which are designed to remove process emissions. Process emissions like welding smoke for example which factory employees are exposed to all day every day. Typically what happens is that a disgruntled employee makes a call to OSHA to report that the welding smoke level seems high, so it must be dangerous. This scenario happens relatively often in the real world, oddly enough OSHA's response isn't to ban welding smoke in the alleged facility or have lawmakers pass sweeping welding smoke bans in the workplace, rather; its response is to conduct air quality testing to determine if welding smoke levels pose a hazard in that particular facility.

OSHA doesn't have a permissible exposure limit or PEL for "welding smoke" as a whole because welding smoke contains hundreds of hazardous components too long to list here. Components like hexavalent chromium, beryllium, lead, nickel, arsenic, asbestos, etc. But OSHA does have a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for the individual components of welding smoke. So OSHA conducts air quality testing on the individual airborne components, if the results come in lower, or safer than its set PEL, the facility is given an acceptable bill of health and allowed to conduct business as usual. If testing yields results which exceed current OSHA PELs it doesn't ban welding, rather it allows the facility to improve its air quality by upgrading its ventilation or filtration system. OSHA PELs are the safe acceptable level of exposure to humans for an 8 hour day, 40 hour per week time period.

So now let's get back to secondhand smoke…..OSHA also has a pel for each and every one of the "hazardous" components of secondhand smoke. The five AQ test results above prove that secondhand smoke levels are 2.6 – 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations. In other words, not a workplace health hazard.

People have called me a smoker's rights advocate, however as a non-smoker it's more accurate to call me a property rights, and jobs rights advocate. Whether pro-smoking ban activists admit it or not smoking bans eliminate businesses and jobs at an alarming rate, 258+ bars and restaurants and approximately 10,000 jobs in the Twin Cities have been eliminated since local smoking bans went into effect.


The air quality facts are clear, secondhand smoke is not a deadly hazard which requires government intervention. Primarily because OSHA already has established safe permissible exposure levels (PEL) for all the components of secondhand smoke.

We've proven that secondhand smoke is not a workplace health hazard, so why do activist groups lobby for smoking ban laws? The pro-smoking ban lobby consists of the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, The American Medical Association, American Non-Smoker's Rights Foundation, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and others, all of whom have been well compensated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in excess of $446+ million to lobby in favor of smoking bans. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the political wing of the Johnson & Johnson Company, which manufactures Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ via their wholly owned subsidiary ALZA, and now profit from sales of Nicotrol, Nicorette, and Commit since the Pfizer buyout. (RWJF owns $5.4 billion in J & J stock)


(if you're asking yourself why a pharmaceutical nicotine manufacturer would want lawmakers to ban tobacco nicotine use, you're apparently too naive to understand; but the marketing department at Johnson & Johnson understands)

Lawmakers and the public should weigh the facts thoroughly before imposing well intentioned, yet business damaging smoking ban laws. Smoking bans closed 3,300+ pubs in the U.K., 300+ establishments in Ohio, 400+ bars & restaurants in Minnesota....just to name a few; eliminating tens perhaps hundreds of thousands of jobs. (see link at bottom of post).

Look closely at the groups which fund and pursue a legislative "solution", you will find that their motives and agenda are less than forthcoming.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Atlantic City politicians reconsider smoking ban......fearing it will damage their economy

City Councilmam Marty Small has discussed postponing the ban until the economy is stronger and more prepared to deal with the negative effects. He said,"We have to do what is in the best interests of Atlantic City as a whole. Casinos pay eighty percent of our taxes and provide thousands of jobs for city residents." ......Illinois casinos have suffered major losses in revenue after imposing state-regulated smoking bans, and Colorado casinos have defied new state laws demanding smoking be forbidden, while they search for legal loopholes. Meanwhile, online casino membership grows. More here.

It's refreshing to see a pro-smoking ban politician take the side of our economy and the livelihoods of thousands of people over the Nicoderm interests who funded smoking ban efforts for purely financial motives.

I can tell you from personal experience that smoking bans preceeded and indeed caused our current financial meltdown.

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