RWJF is the political partner of Johnson & Johnson company which manufactures & markets Nicoderm, Nicotrol, Nicorette, Commit, etc. As a tool of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical nicotine empire, SDTFK's demand for tighter smoking ban laws is obscured by special interest profits and conflicting interests that make their motives less than forthcoming and possibly downright criminal.
South Dakota organizer successfully delays statewide smoking ban
Larry Mann, who represents the Video Lottery Establishments of South Dakota, as well as South Dakotans for Better Health AND Freedom and at least 16,776 petitioners provided enough signatures to delay a new smoking ban which was scheduled to be implemented July 1, 2009 until voters can decide the issue on the November 2010 ballot.
The South Dakota smoking ban will not take effect as scheduled next week because sufficient signatures have been filed to put the measure to a statewide public vote in next year's November election.
A coalition of bar and casino owners filed petition signatures Monday to refer the smoking ban to a public vote.
Secretary of State Chris Nelson says his office has determined that enough valid signatures exist to put the measure on the ballot.
The law passed earlier by the South Dakota Legislature would ban smoking in bars, Deadwood casinos and video lottery establishments. It extends a ban that has outlawed smoking in most public areas and workplaces since 2002.
Furthermore, lawmakers are not provided the air quality test results by Johns Hopkins University, the American Cancer Society, a Minnesota Environmental Health Department, and various researchers whose testing and report was peer reviewed and published in the esteemed British Medical Journal......which proves that secondhand smoke is 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations:
As activists continue trying to claim smoking bans do not harm jobs, a 495 employee factory announces its closing due to smoking bans
Lately there's been alot of media coverage about a "new study" by U of M / OSU student Liz Klein which "finds" that smoking bans do not harm jobs, however, we've thoroughly debunked that 2003-2006 "study" here:
TAMPA - Tampa will lose part of its cigar heritage in August when Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902......Employees on Tuesday were digesting how they would find work in an economy where more than one in 10 people in the area already are unemployed.....Several things conspired to hurt Altadis' sales, said Richard McKenzie, a senior vice president of human resources for Altadis USA, which owns Hav-A-Tampa., including.....indoor smoking bans. The bans have especially hurt sales in cold-weather states, where it's impractical to smoke a cigar outdoors in the winter, he said.
The full impact of job losses due to smoking bans exceeds several hundred thousand, which of course doesn't take into account the indirect support jobs.
MITCHELL– The coordinator of an attempt to have South Dakota voters decide whether to enact a tougher smoking ban says more than enough petition signatures have been gathered.
“We’re in good shape as far as signatures needed. Now we’re just trying to build a buffer,” said Mann, of Rapid City.
The revised ban, set to take effect July 1, would make it illegal to smoke in public places such as bars, restaurants and video lottery establishments.
If at least 16,776 valid petition signatures are turned in by June 29, the ban won’t be enacted until voters decide the matter in November 2010
Good luck Mr. Mann, we at CTA will closely monitor the situation. Defeating this smoking ban is the only way to save South Dakota's hospitality and gaming industry from the fate that their neighbors in Minnesota have experienced.
Nationwide smoking ban increases total number of smokers
Well then, it's no wonder that the tobacco companies aren't doing more to fight smoking bans. Tobacco companies realize the rebellious nature of humans, the more you tell someone they can't do something, such as smoking, the more likely they are to engage in the forbidden activity.
The proportion of people who smoke in Ireland has increased over the past seven years despite the introduction of the workplace smoking ban and significant increases in the price of cigarettes.
New figures from the Department of Health put the overall smoking rate at 29%, compared to 27% in 2002.
The rate of smoking is higher among women at 31%, compared to 27% of men.
The apparent long term legacy of smoking bans will be that they destroyed tens of thousands of businesses, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs; with no benefit of reducing the overall smoking rate.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the union that represents the 6,000 faculty members and coaches in the state school system, objected to the smoking ban — and last month the state's Labor Relations Board overturned it, ruling that the education board had failed to negotiate with with the union.
Will smoking ban promoter Robert Wood Johnson Foundation come to Robert Wood Johnson IV's rescue?
Federal prosecutors are expected to unseal indictments today in a massive tax-evasion investigation involving former officers of the Seattle investment firm Quellos, accusing them of operating offshore tax shelters used to hide hundreds of millions of dollars from the government...report focused on a portfolio offered by Quellos to a handful of very wealthy clients, including Robert Wood Johnson IV, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune...
“For too long now we’ve been brainwashed by propaganda spewed out by Tobacco Control agencies, funded by the large pharmaceutical companies to push their products,” states chairman Eddie Douthwaite. “The pharmaceutical industry has an enormous stake in the war against the tobacco industry.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Johnson & Johnson Inc) has funded numerous anti-smoking organisations with millions of dollars in grants to lobby for the introduction of smoking bans and for those same organisations to promote their Nicotine Replacement Products.
“Smoking bans are just big business to the pharmaceutical companies and another way to make profits, at whatever cost to society,” continues Eddie Douthwaite.
Fighting the smoking ban agenda by exposing the lies and the pharmaceutical nicotine interests that fund them....Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Company (ALZA) -manufacturer of Nicoderm.