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Nigerian government launches Fascist smoking ban; heavy fines, jail terms for smoking in public


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The Nigerian Government has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.

Ministry of Health in a communiqué yesterday said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months' imprisonment.

Tagged the Clean Air Campaign, the ministry said the law would be taken seriously to protect and promote the citizens' right to health, life, physical integrity and safety. It reads, "The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide, second-hand tobacco smoke is currently responsible for the deaths of about 600,000 people yearly, 80 per cent of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries like Nigeria.

"Smoking in public places is now banned in Nigeria. Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 stipulates that offenders, once convicted, are liable to a fine of not less than N50,000 or not less than six months' imprisonment, or both.

Comment: More anti-smoking hysteria based on lies. See:


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The push is on to ban smoking on patios in Winnipeg, Canada

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Two organizations have come out in support of banning smoking on all outdoor restaurant and bar patios in Winnipeg.

The Canadian Cancer Society and Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance (MANTRA) will appear before the city's standing policy committee on protection, community services and parks today in support of a ban.

Winnipeg is the last major city in the country without such a smoking ban on outdoor patios.

"The time for study and consultation is over," said Erin Crawford, the Canadian Cancer Society's senior director of public issues and community engagement.

"Winnipeg is being left behind. The science is clear and hundreds of communities throughout Canada that have already implemented this sort of ban."

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Myanmar's largest city to ban smoking in public areas

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Myanmar government is planning to ban smoking in public areas in Yangon, official media reported Tuesday.

With the help of Public Health Foundation which is a non-profit organization aiming for universal health care in the country, the government is exerting efforts to implement a project of establishing 20 smoke-free zones in 20 years in the former capital.

For the purpose of protecting citizens, especially young people, from being impacted by smoke-related health problems, the authorities will set up smoke free areas in sports arenas and stadiums, public parks, playgrounds, schools, universities, bus stops, cinemas, markets, hospitals and pagodas.

The project will also be effective for non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke from potential diseases, including lung cancer, asthma, stroke and coronary heart disease.

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Indian minister fails to show at 'No tobacco, No Taliban' event

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Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh.
Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh, failed to turn up for an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he was invited as the chief guest by RSS-affiliated student group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on Wednesday.

The event, titled 'Na Tobacco, Na Taliban, Naye Bharat ki Nayi Pehchan', was organised on the occasion of World Tobacco Day. The event was held amid a demonstration by members of the Ambedkarite student group Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), who were protesting against the invitation to Singh.

"How could they invite such an inhuman and anti-Dalit minister to our campus, who once compared Dalit children to street dogs?" asked BAPSA member Rahul Sonpimple. In October, 2015, Singh had triggered a controversy when he said: "If somebody throws a stone on a dog, is the government responsible?", in the backdrop of an incident in which two Dalit children were burnt alive in Faridabad.

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Pennsylvania considers new bill expanding fascist smoking ban

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Lawmakers are considering a new bill that would end indoor smoking at bars, casinos, clubs and hotels that still allow it in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 1309 was introduced Friday by House Health Committee Chairman Matthew Baker, R-Tioga County.

According to CBS affiliate KDKA, the bill would get rid of a list of exemptions in the 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act that lets businesses continue to allow smoking under certain conditions.

Bars can still allow smoking under the 2008 law if 20-percent or less of its sales come from food. Casinos can allow smoking on a portion of their gaming floors but not the whole floor, and hotels can designate up to 25-percent of their rooms as smoking rooms.

The bill says that smoking will still be allowed in private homes.

Comment: Lies, Damned Lies & 400,000 Smoking-related Deaths: Cooking the Data in the Fascists' Anti-Smoking Crusade


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Britain's toughest jails preparing for violence, unrest, increased drug use as smoking ban enforced

Britain's toughest jails are preparing themselves for unrest and violence when a smoking ban comes into force across UK jails.

Four in every five inmates currently smoke, and the decision to force them to be smoke-free by August 31 is unlikely to be well received.

A trial was held across 21 prisons in Wales last year, with a sharp spike in fighting and vandalism reported at HMP Cardiff.

Convicts are being encouraged to sign up for courses and replacement devices in order to help them kick the habit before the deadline.

Aside from the risk of increased trouble, critics fear the move could see an rise in contraband substances, such as Spice, being smuggled in.

Belmarsh and Strangeways are among the notorious jails where some of the country's most ferocious prisoners will have to deal with the changes.

Alex Cavendish, who is now a prison academic after doing time himself, told the Telegraph: 'Tobacco is an integral part of prison life. As well as being regarded as a treat and helping to alleviate boredom, smoking also acts as a crutch for inmates with a range of more serious issues.

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More anti-smoking hype: WHO says Japan should ban smoking ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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Japan should ban smoking in all public places if it wants to successfully host the Tokyo Olympics and promote tourism, a senior World Health Organization official said Friday.

Japan, often known as a smoker's paradise, has no binding law controlling secondhand smoking and has come under pressure to institute one ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The health ministry is preparing legislation to limit secondhand smoking, but faces strong opposition from smoking lawmakers and the tobacco industry. WHO and the International Olympic Committee agreed in 2010 to promote smoke-free Olympic Games, and host nations China, Russia and Brazil have since achieved that goal.

Douglas Bettcher, WHO director of non-communicable diseases prevention, said Japanese smoking restrictions are far behind global standards and need to be updated because foreign visitors expect clean air while in Japan. He said partial anti-smoking measures are ineffective and that the ministry's draft, while an improvement, should be strengthened.

"The time is right for Japan to finally catch up now with the Olympics just around the corner," Bettcher said at a news conference. He said it was a "golden opportunity for Japan to better protect its people from the deadly effects of exposure to secondhand smoke."


Comment: There are exactly NO studies supporting a causal link between the two.

The epidemic of junk science in tobacco smoking research


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Anti-Smoking Fascism: 71% of people in Kentucky support statewide smoking ban


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A new poll from an anti-smoking group in Kentucky, one of the nation's largest tobacco producing states, says 71 percent support a statewide smoking ban for most public places.


Comment: As we all should be aware by now, remembering the polls telling the world that Killary was going to win the election by a huge margin, pollsters can produce almost any result they want in their polls. It depends on who you ask, how many people you ask, what questions you ask, what questions you don't ask and how you ask the questions. With these variables, decide what answer you want and then craft your poll accordingly. This poll was commissioned by an anti-smoking group so no surprise with the end result.


Anti-smoking advocates hope the poll will fuel a push for a public smoking ban in a state that leads the country in the number of tobacco-related cancer cases per 100,000 people.

But working against them is the state's population of smokers and the state's long history of tobacco farming that has sustained generations of voters.

Click here to see the Kentucky Health Issues Poll.

Source: Associated Press

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Anti-smoking fascism: New laws come into effect in Britain in a few weeks

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Six new laws aiming to crackdown on "harmful" and "dangerous" cigarettes killing more than 120,000 Brits a year are coming into force.


Comment: These numbers are estimates, not based on real data. They also take no account of the health damage from extraordinary levels of pollution from diesel vehicles, especially in places like London.


Under the new rules small packs of rolling tobacco and menthol cigarettes will be banned outright. Packs of 10 cigarettes will also no longer be available from shops.

It comes after smokers were hammered with a government price hike that saw the cost of a premium 20 deck soar to £10.26.

The government gave shops a year to adjust after rolling out the new laws in May last year. Now the changes will come into full force from May 20, 2017.

Here are the six laws that smokers need to be aware of.
  • Ten decks of cigarettes will not be available to buy in shops;
  • All packets of rolling tobacco under 30g will disappear from shops;
  • The cheapest packet of fags will cost £8.82 from May 21;
  • Menthol cigarettes will be outlawed completely by 2020;
  • Plain cigarette packets with graphic images will be introduced;
  • Some flavoured tobacco will be made illegal.

Comment: Just like Russia, smoking gets blamed for all sorts of troubles it doesn't cause. Tobacco does not cause cancer and is not unhealthy for everyone. Educate yourselves and light up!


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Cardiff, UK prison smoking ban blamed for rise in violence, disruptive behavior

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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. Some prisoners have a long history of smoking and their ­attempts to continue in the face of the ban lead to further numbers of disciplinary offences."

Comment: Another smoking ban based on lies and junk science. See: