Smoking ban fight to go national


Smoking ban fight to go national

CLINTON — Those fighting to overturn the smoking ban in Iowa are looking to band together with groups from other states and take the fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Legislature passed the smoking ban last session, which prohibits smoking in most public places. The ban affects restaurants and bars but provides exemptions for gambling areas of casinos and the Iowa Veterans Home at Marshalltown.

In April, the Clinton Organized Bar and Restaurant Association announced plans to join forces with other bar and restaurant associations and establishments across the state of Iowa to file an injunction against the smoking ban. But, after learning that the act includes a clause preventing any injunction from stopping the law from going into effect, the group began investigating other avenues to pursue.

During a recent meeting of the Clinton Organized Bar and Restaurant Association, COBRA President Jon Van Roekel noted that he and COBRA member Gary Sawyer met with “key players” on June 11 in Grinnell. Van Roekel said several states are actively fighting the ban, but said some are “coming to a wall.” He said COBRA officials have decided to forgo attempting to gain a level playing field at the state level and intend to create a unified front against smoking bans by taking the fight nationwide and declaring the matter a personal property rights issue.


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  1. I f you haven’t read this, you should.

    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE STATEMENT OF HON. THOMAS J. BLILEY, JR. JULY 21, 1993 Mr. Chairman, I am testifying today in order to report to the Subcommittee the results of my extensive investigation of the EPA’s handling of the controversy surrounding environmental tobacco smoke or “ETS”. As you know, in the past the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of this Committee has conducted hearings on EPA’s abuses of government contracting requirements. So pervasive is the level of abuse that Chairman Dingell has characterized EPA’s pattern of contract mismanagement as a “cesspool”. EPA’s Inspector General recently has confirmed that such abuses also have taken place in connection with a number of EPA contracts involving ETS, and the O and I Subcommittee’s own investigation is continuing. In addition to various contractual improprieties, however, my own investigation suggests that in its consideration of ETS, the Agency has deliberately abused and manipulated the scientific data in order to reach a predetermined, politically motivated result. EPA’s risk assessment on ETS released in January of this year claims that ETS exposure is responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer cases per year in the United States. Analysis of the risk assessment reveals, however, that EPA was able to reach that conclusion only by ignoring or discounting major studies, and by deviating from generally accepted scientific standards. EPA’s willingness to distort the science in order to justify its classification of ETS as a “Group A” or “known human” carcinogen seems to stem from the Agency’s determination early on to advocate smoking bans and restrictions as a socially desirable goal. EPA began promoting such policies in the mid-to late 1980s, ostensibly as part of its efforts to provide information to the public on indoor air quality issues. The Agency then decided to develop the ETS risk assessment to provide a scientific justification for smoking bans. The risk assessment thus was never intended to be a neutral review and analysis of the ETS science. Rather, it was intended from the start to function as a prop for the Agency’s predetermined policy.

    Not surprisingly, therefore, the process at every turn has been characterized by both scientific and procedural irregularities. In addition to the contracting violations mentioned at the outset, those irregularities include conflicts of interest by both Agency staff involved in preparation of the risk assessment and the members of the Science Advisory Board panel selected to provide a supposedly independent evaluation of the document. I will not itemize each and every one of these improprieties. Instead, I ask consent that a memorandum providing full details of the history of EPA’s handling of ETS be included in the record. The memorandum summarizes the results thus far of my investigation into the Agency’s handling of ETS and is based on publicly available documents, extensive correspondence between myself and former Administrator Reilly, and interviews conducted by my staff with the responsible EPA officials. there is more…

    – tired of anti smoking lies
    An add link for a little insight

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