This page is for those of you who would like to
but are not really sure where to start.
There are many things you can do quietly, casually, within your lifestyle and means.
DECIDE what you can do
SET a date to begin
GO FOR IT
Smokers and Non Smokers
If you eat meat or junk food, drive an SUV, own a gun or enjoy a beer now and then, what has worked in the anti-smoking campaign will work against you.
A small group of dedicated individuals who truly believe the majority of us are not capable of making the "right decisions" concerning some of our life style choices is winning right now.
We need your help and support.
I urge you to have the courage to stand with smokers when you see harassment going on.
It doesn't take much. Just stand next to a person being harassed and look the harasser in the eye. When they realize you are not intimidated and you are paying attention they will usually stop.
Remember you are dealing with a basically cowardly person who gains self esteem by the amount of discomfort they can impose on others. Bullies fit that description, don't they?
With you, we can make a difference.
Interested in more action ideas for non-smokers? Take a look at 21st Century Boston Tea Party
NOTE: July 2009; This page was written a couple of years ago. This page is not related to the current Taxed Enough Already tea parties all across the country.
Think fighting the bans in your town, your state, your job isn't worth it? Take a look at the current issue of RJ Reynolds Spring 2008 issue of the Smokers Rights Newsletter
and re-think your position, please.
Why take action? Because it feels so damned good to do something you think is right. It can become addictive. Try it!
YOU CAN write letters.
To local and regional newspapers, to City, County, State and Federal agencies and representatives, to state and Federal Health Departments, national and international Health Societies
and Associations. Need some ideas? Take a look at these sources.
As difficult as it is, the shorter the letter, the better for chances at publication.
You should find enough ideas on these pages to write a dozen letters. Don't like to write letters or e-mail?
Invest in a small stack of post cards. Keep a list of city, county, state and federal representatives in an address book. A postcard with a single line like "NO MORE TOBACCO TAXES", or "REAL SCIENCE not JUNK SCIENCE in our health departments" counts.
Is it worth it? Each letter or postcard counts as the opinion of approximately 100 registered voters.
Be sure to put a minimum of contact information like your name, phone number and address.
Not sure where to start? Check your states web page or the list of state governors addresses you can find at Write Your Governor
YOU CAN Register to vote. Voters are the ultimate bosses.
Many cities and counties allow on-line registration and voting. You can also check the online sites for the major parties, they will usually have links to your state or county registars.Republican
Not comfortable with any of the national parties? Register as an Independent here.
If you prefer, you can use this link to register in your town, your state.
Federal Government Register
Let the mainstream parties know what makes you uncomfortable and what you think.
Volunteer your time, your effort and your opinion.
If you think your vote doesn't count please remember the "hanging chads" in the national election in 2000, not to mention the hoards of lawyers dispatched to guard the vote in 2004.
YOUR vote, in YOUR state DOES count.
To learn how to track pending legislation in Congress, find more background information or grassroots pages see the section Related Links on the bottom of this page.
YOU CAN attend a Tea Party or sign up for newsletters from the various groups. I don't know where this is going, but I love it. Freedom of Choice and Taxed Enough Already are definately smokers issues. Here are a few links to get you started.
October 2010: This is a fascinating on-going movement. I love it! These links need to be updated, I'm doing behind the scenes up-dates right now and working on getting good links for Buy Smokes Online. January 2011: Still on the to do list. I have the links.............Tobacco first! Just keep checking.
American Liberty Alliance is a Tea Party Page. Fighting for freedom and free markets in America. Sponsors are listed at the bottom of the main page
Taxpayers descend upon politicians in numbers far beyond expectations. News article describing July 4th Tea Parties. Worth the read for background and resource links.
Posted: April 15, 2009 5:31 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling and Alyssa Farah © 2009 WorldNetDaily
News article describing July 4th Tea Parties. Worth the read for background and resource links.
Coast-to-coast tea parties put lawmakers on notice.
YOU CAN take pictures of yourself with friends, standing in front of YOUR local Restaurants, Bars, Bowling Alleys, ALL those places they want to kick us out of.
Let them see for themselves what a smoking ban will actually look like. Pass out the pictures in the places you took them. Ask how you can help them fight these foolios.
Check to see if there is an retail owners group or association that is fighting the bans as well. Volunteer your time and effort, show up at meetings, make phone calls. Do you need to "join" up? Naa, just make yourself available to those you agree with.
YOU CAN distribute info sheets to YOUR local tobacco shops, bars & taverns, bowling alleys, liquor stores and corner stores.
Where ever you go to buy cigarettes. Remember, they are losing money too.
To find excellent, well organized libraries of articles and information, please start with these pages.
Smokers Fighting Discrimination
Did You Know
Smokers Club Things to Do
YOU CAN calmly respond to fellow workers that much of the current anti-smoking propaganda is SMOKE AND MIRRORS, point out that much of the so called proof has been discredited or thrown out of court. Be prepared when they approach you with the ever present question "Ready to quit yet?"
Need some facts to make notes from? Start here.
Then ask your co workers if they know there are positive side effects from smoking. On this page you might want to be sure your printer works. Have fun.
Therapeutic Effects of Smoking and Nicotine
YOU CAN point out that in the past year alone, there have been Health Alerts issued by the National Institute of Health concerning the safety of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy); changed guidelines downgrading the importance of cholesterol
overall in evaluating heart risk; women who have certain genetic markers are no longer being told to have their breasts removed as a precautionary measure against cancer; Vitamin A which is currently being recommended at a level thought necessary to protect vision, may actually cause calcium loss in the bones.[NOTE: This section was written in 2007. The facts don't change, just the time variable]
Take a look at this page OhioHealth for a quick overview of vitamin and anti-aging therapies, including Vitamin A and HRT.
Studies are NOT research. Remember that.
I am not saying ignore good medical advice. I am saying evaluate; discuss with doctors you trust; don't allow yourself to be pushed on the current bandwagons.
If you are uncomfortable with something, get a second opinion. Researcher interests and agendas are too often the real focus in far too many studies.
Studies are cheaper to do than verifiable research, and will be accepted by an unquestioning media.
Point out that the same folks responsible for the anti-smoking campaign are pretty much responsible for much of the junk science and apparently dangerous recommendations we've been given for the past 30 years or so.
We need to be able to trust health groups and government health agencies, not worry about their private agendas.
Point out that groups like the National Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and National Heart Association do depend on contributions, personal and governmental.
Think I may be overstating the problem? Please take the time to read this article found on The American Council on Health and Safety.American Cancer Society a Danger to Society?
Suggest to your friends they no longer contribute to these organizations.
If you think that won't work, ask yourself a single question.
When was the last time you heard anything from the PTA?
There was no national movement against the Parents Teachers Association.
When the National Council no longer represented the viewpoint of the average parent, people just stopped joining.
Withhold funds from those you disagree with, support those you do agree with.
YOU CAN Start petitions or write letters asking for investigations into how much "Research Money" is spent on propaganda, based on junk science, for our own good.
Insist that all public policy has undergone independent peer review and has been verified as well grounded and accurate. Public Law 105-277, known as the Shelby Amendment, mandates that scientific data and methodology used to pass public law be available for public review. Put pressure on state and local officials that only data accepted and verified by independent review be considered valid.Ignore the bandwagons.
To find out more, please go here.
About the Shelby Amendment
Not sure how to tell the difference? Take a look at
Smoking Rebs Know
Point out the sole purpose of these propaganda campaigns is to scare the living hell out of, AND CONTROL, the general public.
As the old saying has it, if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.
Let your representatives know you expect laws to be based on verifiable research, not manipulated study results being used for our "Own Good".
Good public policies must be based on old fashioned hard science, not junk.
YOU CAN Sign petitions, get copies and distribute them, or just let your friends know there are petitions online. You can begin with this page.
If you know of other petitions or pages I should have here, please let me know.
Lita at SmokersTees
YOU CAN buy and wear SmokersTees.
Divided among a group, they become a reasonably priced tool to help you make your point, as will our buttons, caps, mugs and bumper stickers.
Remember, YOU are the THEY you've been waiting for.
"When are YOU going to do something?"
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