We encourage all to follow the Iowa example, or at least, the Michigan example of cigarette control. Cigarette control is something in which Michigan was one leader, in 1909! under then three-term Governor Fred Warner.
Courtesy, State Archives of Michigan
Current three-term Michigan Governor John Engler and staff are following that excellent lead, for example, see
Where laws such as these above-cited, the common law "right to fresh and pure air," Tennessee's, or Michigan's, do not exist or are not obeyed, there are two alternative approaches: (a) getting cigarettes included in controlled substances acts, and (b) lawsuits by smokers and nonsmokers to (1) obtain injunctions to get compliance, and (2) obtain money damages for the harm already occurring. The first option should be to follow our ancestors' lead, get the laws. When that fails, as we see widespread, then encourage litigation to achieve these right-to-life goals. Encourage both nonsmokers and smokers to litigate to obtain full compliance with the laws. Examples:
Laymen may not understand how these facts and actions link together to promote the right-to-life cause, but YOU know: cigarettes, the common link. Of course, encourage education on these subjects, help reverse the deteriorating quality of education. And oppose so-called "tort reform" (often sought surreptitiously by tobacco lobbyists and front groups) that would deprive people, taxpayers, and right-to-life of any/all means of achieving our right-to-life goals. We need ALL our ancient remedies including those currently under attack (those in the tort system).
Choose legislators and other elective officials who support our cause, i.e., who are against tobacco and smoking. Their charming words on the sole issues of abortion and suicide are inadequate. If they are behind-the-scenes (or, openly), pro-tobacco, they are our enemy, regardless of their words. And if they are against us on the words on abortion and suicide, but they are anti-tobacco/smoking, they are FOR our cause, even unknowingly. We must not lose sight of the distinction between cause and effect. Every juror knows it, we should too (referring to the fact the prisons are full of people who say they meant the act, just not the result!!)
Especially, once we have good people elected, encourage all your legislators, state, local, and federal, to support laws such as the Tennessee and Michigan version of genuine cigarette control, a ban on cigarette sales, and/or cigarette manufacture and giveaway, the genuine solution, the genuine way to achieve the full ramifications of right-to-life goals.
When we work together in this way, rather than fighting among ourselves (as does happen, we all know), we can achieve our common goals.
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