Friday, December 14, 2007


I received the following letter yesterday. This is another example of the wide-spread evil effects from SB500, The Smoke Free Illinois Act. Our elected officials in the Illinois Assembly need to be exposed for their real and hurtful accomplishments with this smoking ban, and the Tobacco Control bullies also need to have their "public altruism" masks removed to show what they really are doing to society. Is this any way to treat our seniors?

We're all growing older every year, ourselves. Would you want to be treated this way? Think about it!!! Contact me if you have any suggestions or resources to help.
Garnet Dawn - Illinois Smokers Rights -
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We need help!

Senior citizen's health is being compromised by the new Illinois smoking bans. Most of us have smoked 50-70 years, and have no desire to stop. But we are being forced outside in rain, wind, snow, ice and all other conditions to enjoy our cigarette.We are forced to move 15 feet or more from the building, by the Illinois law. Most of us have disabilities not related to smoking.

We are talking about seniors, age 65 and older. Most are very unsteady on their feet anyway, depending on canes, walkers and wheel chairs to get around at all...even in good weather. There will be an increased danger of falls and pneumonia, and other respiratory problems as a result of this law.

The extra taxes on cigarettes also forces us to cut back on food and other necessities to afford to buy our cigarettes..

We know that the problem is not just local, but a small group of us seniors are trying to fight back. It has also happened in several nursing homes and assisted living centers here locally , as well as in the independent living apartment we are in.

In our case, we are low income, HUD-subsidized housing, but they are independent living apartments, not assisted living. We live in the Westfield Manor Apartments in Belleville Illinois. These apartments are owned by Lutheran Senior Services, but have a PRAC 202 contact with HUD to rent to low-income seniors. Smoking has always been allowed in these apartments, but this year they decided to go Non-smoking on us, starting Nov 1, 2007.... Illinois law clearly states that we can smoke in our private apartments. HUD says they have no policy about smoking, but that House rules must abide by State laws, including laws on smoking. Yet, we are being forced outside, 15 feet from doorways and windows, no shelter or protection from wind rain, ice, or etc.

There are 62 apartments in our building. 16 of us are smokers. Several other non-smoking residents also agree that we should be allowed to continue smoking in our apartments. I am the youngest at age 69. The others are between the ages of 72 and 91 years old. None of us are in perfect health at this age, and there are so few things left for us to enjoy. Stopping smoking at our age is not going to extend our lives, but the stress and hassle we are going thru, and going outside in all kinds of weather is sure to shorten it for us.

Here at Westfield Manor Apartments, they discriminate against smokers by making house rules that they can invade our privacy with searches of our apartments any time of the day or night without previous notice, threaten us with eviction, and have tried financial exploitation to force us to pay to have carpets replaced, walls painted and even claiming refrigerators and stoves will have to be replaced. They tell us that this will have to be done at our expense. We don't understand how cigarette smoke can harm stoves and etc, any more than regular cooking does. Two to Four years in an apartment , carpets will get dirty, and walls will have to be cleaned. That is normal wear and tear.

The HUD contract says the walls and carpets are to be clean when someone new moves in anyway, and I can't say for sure, but I have also been told that it also states that walls are to be painted every 5 years, and carpets replaced every 5-9 years, depending on the condition of the carpet. I think this is to be done at the builder owner's expense.

Moving is not an option for most of us. There is no other place for us to go. We have sought legal council, Management responded with a lawyer of their own, to try to force us outside to smoke or force us to move. What should be our next step???

Belleville Illinois 62223

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Illinois Smokers Rights
Post Office Box 408
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044

December 12, 2007

Open Letter to the American Cancer Society Requesting Documentation for Smoke Free Illinois Health Claims

Dear American Cancer Society, a.k.a. Smoke Free Illinois;
cc: Senators and Representative for Illinois General Assembly, Illinois News Media

The Smoke Free Illinois Act (SB500) for Illinois has been based upon health claims from the American Cancer Society. On behalf of Illinois Smokers Rights, the two million eight hundred thousand smokers and the thousands of small businesses who will be affected, I am requesting clarification and validation for those health claims. To institute this invasive and extreme smoking ban, the public needs to learn if any concrete evidence can be provided to validate these claims. A law of this magnitude, with wide-spread social impact and based upon ACS epidemiological studies, needs to be documented for public review and shared in understandable format.

Reports containing computer generated statistics of mortalities and illness are not sufficient. Also insufficient are the previous Surgeon General Carmona's 2006 Press Release, Executive Summary, or quotes which did not reflect the contents of his 700-plus page smoking report. Dr. Carmona's report simply rehashed previous Surgeon General claims and republished previous Tobacco Control studies which had never been able to document any conclusions more definite than finding a "casual relationship" between Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) and health threats.

One particular abuse example for this fully justifiable request to require accurate documentation for Illinois tobacco-smoke-health-threats, claimed by the ACS, tobacco control agencies and our Illinois elected representatives, is the currently distorted Sixteen Cigarettes claim: Smoke Free Illinois at "One eight hour shift in a smoky workplace is the equivalent of smoking 16 cigarettes." (In actuality, the equivalent is approximately 1/5 cigarette.) Why the need to be deceptive?

An in-depth study analyzing the dangers from ETS was published to help fuel the promotion of smoking bans in all enclosed establishments, including bars and restaurants. That study proved that measurable amounts of n-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) could be found in side stream smoke from cigarettes and was published, not identifying the offending carcinogen or placing it in proportion with similar amounts also contained in our water, food, and other common substances. "The poison is in the dose"!

The American Cancer Society has implied through incomplete references that breathing in an environment containing (or that has contained) second hand smoke, is the same thing as actively smoking. This leaves 98% of those who have listened to current ETS health dogma misinformed. While the scientific community defends themselves by saying that even attempting to explain the epidemiology of second hand smoke would not be practical for public consumption. (From Dr. Stanton Glantz [ANR]: "...We cannot include the caveats because the public cannot understand them..." )

The bulk of blame still remains upon the manner in which ETS statistical findings have been originally presented and manipulated. Most were intended to create smoking bans. This distortion has been perpetrated by tobacco control with full intention of deceiving and creating false health claims.

Until a public statement or press release making visible and crystal clear the distortions of "16 cigarette" claims to laymen, elected officials and the news media, the intentionally deceptive damage cannot even begin to be reversed. The public is being terrorized by phony health claims, and needs clarification that n-Nitrosodimethylamine is the referenced element for the "16 cigarette" media blitz, and that NDMA is another common carcinogen and threatens us most seriously in our drinking water and food supply.

Solid proof is required for Illinois (or any other US governing body) to justify bending our US Constitutional Republic's governmental framework and dismissing the protected liberties in several of its Amendments. The Smoke Free Illinois Act basically ignores our First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Fourteenth Constitutional Amendments. Considering the serious state-wide repercussions from this law, justification is required, not vague interpretations of "causal association" health threats.

In addition, ACS financial ties with nicotine replacement products manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry, who hope to increase sales because of this ban, should also be published to avoid misrepresentation of charitable interests and to supply full and honest disclosure to interested parties.

Therefore, Illinois Smokers Rights, Illinois residents and the Illinois news media need to be supplied with actual documented identities of those injured or killed for The Smoke Free Illinois Act to be legitimately recognized.

Garnet Dawn
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044

Illinois Smokers Rights
Midwest Regional Director
The Smoker's Club, Inc.
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