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Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for June 25, 2010.

Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for March 5, 2010.

Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for February 22, 2010.

Smoking ban advocate says some claims just smoke

Opponents to a statewide total smoking ban say anti-tobacco advocates are playing a little loose with their facts.

They have an unlikely ally in Michael Siegel, a medical doctor and professor of community health sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He's a long-standing anti-tobacco advocate, a proponent of smoking bans and a strong critic of bad science.

Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for February 16, 2010.

An inept Kansas smoking analogy

In today's letter in the Eagle, Claycomb says that although the United States Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, since that right is heavily regulated, government has license to regulate smoking, as smoking isn't mentioned at all in the Constitution.

It’s not the same as pee in the swimming pool

In a column in the February 27, 2008 Wichita Eagle ("Smoking ban issue not one to negotiate"), columnist Mark McCormick quotes Charlie Claycomb, co-chair of Tobacco Free Wichita, as equating a smoking section in a restaurant with "a urinating section in a swimming pool."

This is a ridiculous comparison. A person can't tell upon entering a swimming pool if someone has urinated in it. But people can easily tell upon entering a restaurant or bar if people are smoking.

Kansas can’t afford a cigarette tax hike

The Kansas Health Policy Authority's recommendation to use a 75-cent cigarette tax increase to pay for health costs should be worrisome -- not only to smokers, but also to non-smokers and fiscally responsible legislators as well.

The approach may seem appealing at first, but such tax increases are notoriously unpredictable and regressive. Funding a high-profile need such as health care with a cigarette tax increase is particularly hazardous because it ties an inherently unstable tax to an increase in government spending.

The myth of the smoking ban ‘miracle’

Supporters of comprehensive bans on smoking often point to research findings that heart attacks decrease when smoking bans are implemented. But is this true?

Kansas governor proposes taxes, smoking ban, green energy projects

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson's State of the State address Monday proposed two new taxes, a ecomprehensive statewide smoking ban, and a cabinet team to promote green energy projects. He didn't propose closing tax exemptions, and he made no mention of a way that could help Kansas make it through a fiscal shortfall.

Wichita-area legislators hear a variety of issues

Last night, members of the South-central Kansas legislative delegation heard from citizens in a meeting at the Sedgwick County Courthouse. The 2010 Kansas legislative session starts next week.

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