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Smoking in the news

Former tobacco farmer Al Gore is going to make damn sure that his pet cause has exactly zero credibility by the time he's done.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore warned hundreds of U.N. diplomats and staff on Thursday evening about the perils of climate change, claiming: Cigarette smoking is a "significant contributor to global warming!"

Nonsense. Cigarette smoking certainly causes some global warming, but it still comes in a distant third behind trans fats and Wal-Mart.

In other smoking-related news, I never thought I'd see this day.

France will ban smoking in public places from Jan. 1 but will adopt transition rules for bars and restaurants, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said in a newspaper interview on Thursday.

"The question is no longer whether we will ban smoking in public but how and when," Bertrand told Metro newspaper. "It has to start from Jan. 1, 2007." He said the government would make a formal decision in mid-October after a parliamentary committee has reported back next week on what transition rules could apply.

Mark my words. French kids will be throwing rocks in the street before this is over.


That is exactly why I voted for Bush instead of Gore. In retrospect, it was a huge mistake, but at the time I didn't know Bush was a neocon traitor who hates America and working people.

Do you really think you can defeat the power of the insurance companies? None of your toys will function.


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