Monday, May 18, 2009

ClearWay Minnesota funds "new study" to deceive lawmakers -"smoking bans didn't harm hospitality industry in MN"

However, the "study" somehow overlooks the 327+ Minnesota bars and restaurants which closed after smoking bans were enacted here, eliminating 10,000+ jobs. (in a typical year before the bans only 14 establishments closed annually)

Important to note is that the majority of the unprecedented massive number of establishment closings occurred prior to 2007, so state of the economy was not an issue. As a matter of fact the effect of the bans was the most significant contributing factor to local job losses, home foreclosures and our current dismal economic situation:

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2009/03/worldwide-economic-meltdown-and.html


Additionally, ClearWay MN; formerly MPAAT; (which funded this 5/18/09 study) conducted their own survey in 2006 that showed bans eliminated up to 80% of the customers in 7 out of 10 bars and restaurants after smoking bans were enacted. (see links below)


http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/09/mpaat-now-known-as-clearway-minnesota.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/11/state-funded-anti-tobacco-group-proves.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/09/minnesota-parnership-for-action.html

It astounds me how the Ohio authors could have missed the hundreds of boarded up, closed hospitality establishments that line nearly every major city block here.....but then conducting the "study" from Ohio probably prevented the "freedom to breathe" blight from clouding their view.

Maybe lawmakers will begin to repeal these arbitrary and onerous special interest (Nicoderm funded) smoking ban laws .....We could call these repeal bills "freedom to work" laws.

Update: The aforementioned study's author Liz Klein responded to CTA's posting as follows:

If you read the release, you'll note that our study used employment in hospitality businesses, not business closure. In addition, the research was conducted during 2003 to 2006.

So the answer is no, the study did not take into account the 327+ hospitality closings and estimated 10,000 job losses after smoking bans were enacted here. But even more important, the study ended long before Minnesota's statewide smoking ban even went into effect. Therefore, this "study" cannot purport to measure the effect of smoking bans on hospitality employment....it was merely old, irrelevant propaganda pure and simple.

By the way, ties between smoking ban benefactor -Nicoderm interests at RWJF and ClearWay MN (formerly MPAAT) can be found here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Coyote in the hen house alert. Pharmaceutical lobbyist approved by Obama admin and liberal congress to overhaul healthcare

What could possibly go wrong?

William Corr former executive of CTFK, which was started and heavily funded by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical partner, RWJF, to the tune of $84+ million.....is going to help bring about socialized healthcare to America.....Anyone doubt that Johnson & Johnson drugs and medical devices will be given a preferential government mandate?

Why not? Rent seeking smoking ban laws increased sales of alternative nicotine drugs....now it's time to capitalize on a grand (taxpayer fraud) scale.

Insider trading tip.....buy J & J stock now.....the liberals in the White House and congress are ready to influence the market.

Update: J & J spent $1.5 million lobbying Obama White House for laws that will increase their profits.......just as smoking bans have.

For a nostalgic look at how lobbyists and lawmakers destroy our freedoms and distort the marketplace:

http://www.youtube.com/watch

(thanks to Norm Kjono for forwarding the 50 yr old psa to us)


Sunday, May 03, 2009

Obama administration proves politics can be profitable.....and campaign promises are meant to be broken

Politics can be profitable.

First, market a product like Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, Nicorette, Nicotrol, and Commit; all produced or owned by Johnson & Johnson Companies. Second, if sales fall flat; increase demand by using the force of government, thru lobbying efforts, to create new users of your product...new users such as former smokers forced to quit due to smoking bans and higher tobacco taxes. Of course you'll have to hire or create lobbying partners who share your greed for money....... enter Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.


Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) has lobbied in favor of smoking bans for years, but their ties to Nicoderm manufacturer J & J are not as tenuous as you might imagine. J & J has hedged their bet in the alternative nicotine product marketplace by funding smoking ban lobbyists thru their political partner the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. RWJF was founded by Johnson & Johnson's founder and has as many former J & J board members as their current board of directors. In fact CTFK only exists because Johnson & Johnson's partner, RWJF, infused $84 million into the startup, single agenda, lobbying firm. Now enter William Corr, former executive director for Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is now Obama's pick for the number 2 position at the Department for Health & Human Services.......so much for the campaign promise of not appointing any lobbyists within his administration.


More here:


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124139960819782109.html

President Barack Obama says lobbyists won't run his administration, but he picked an antitobacco lobbyist with ties to the pharmaceutical industry as the No. 2 official at the Department of Health and Human Services.

....But Mr. Corr's nomination raises another question: In an era when industries often make financial donations to public-interest groups that support policies that help those industries, when are public-interest advocates conflicted by the funding that supports the causes they advocate?

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has received millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies that would benefit from the organization's work to reduce smoking because they sell products that help people quit, such as Nicorette gum and NicoDerm patches.

Not exactly the wholesome and transparent change in Washington D.C. that candidate Barack Hussein Obama promised now is it?

Update: J & J spent $1.5 million lobbying Obama White House for laws that will increase their profits.......just as smoking bans have.

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