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Stogie News: Smoking Bans Kill… But Not The Army

7 Feb 2007

Here are a pair of news items that show how seriously dangerous, and at the same time how laughably absurd, smoking bans are.

Smoking Ban Takes a Life

Smoking ban advocates claim that such bans improve health because any minute exposure to second hand smoke could theoretically be the one that causes cancer. (Of course, by that reasoning, so could a sole char-broiled burger, a single glass of chlorinated water, being exposed to the sun’s rays for just a minute, or any one x-ray.)

Still, one thing is for sure: Smoking bans kill people. In the most recent incident, sixty-five year old Murray Miles Patterson caught hypothermia and later died because he was forced out of his long-term care facility in Toronto into sub-zero temperatures by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

But Patterson is not the only victim of smoking bans. Since 2001, three Kansas University students have fallen to their deaths while smoking. Kansas has a strict no smoking policy, despite requests from students for specific smoking rooms. And that’s just at Kansas University…

The Stogies Go Marching On

Meanwhile, in the nation’s capital, a group of high-ranking military officers and defense officials (including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates) defied the district’s smoking ban while holding their traditional “Wallow of the Military Order of the Carabao” annual gala:

Hotel officials “tried to tell” guests “they couldn’t smoke cigars and they said, ‘Nope, you signed the contract before the law’ … so everyone lights up a cigar and the whole room is just thick with smoke,” the source told The Politico’s Amy Doolittle. For the record, we’re told it’s the last time the event will take place at the now smokeless venue.

Which begs the question: Does anyone seriously think these military men are criminals for breaking the smoking ban law? Doubtful.

Patrick S

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4 Responses to “Stogie News: Smoking Bans Kill… But Not The Army”

  1. Harry Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 8:14 am #

    What the crap is the “Wallow of the Military Order of the Carabao” annual gala?


  2. George E Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 8:25 am #

    If you're interested, you can find out about it at

  3. jabba Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    These bans are getting out of hand, seriously!

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