Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky has been
completely killed by a 5 month old smoking ban.
Here are photos:
Frankfort is the STATE CAPITOL of Kentucky.
It is really a small town. They have (had) a nice little downtown area,
with lots of sidewalk cafes, and upscale shops. I was there with the
Liberty Van in December 2006, just a couple of weeks before their smoking ban
started (on New Year's Day). The area seemed to be thriving then. I was
also there in mid March, and though a couple of the places were closed, and did
not seem to be so many people there, most of these places were
I was in Frankfort, Kentucky on Memorial Day
(5/30/07) at about 9 PM. That's when these pictures were taken.
Since it was a HOLIDAY, it should have been 'hopping', instead the ENTIRE STREET
was CLOSED AND DESERTED. I parked the van right in the middle of the
street to take these photos of some of the 'FOR RENT' and 'FOR SALE'
signs. I was IN SHOCK. The only other people on the entire block
walked over to talk to me. They told me that one restaurant had a fire,
but the rest of this was due to THE SMOKING BAN. Yes, bans DO NOT HELP the
economy, ESPECIALLY in a TOBACCO STATE.
I don't know about you, but this makes me feel
I happened to hear the story on the radio about how
a smoking ban was shoved into the CAPITOL city of Kentucky, a state
that very well may be the 'Tobacco Capitol of America'. It seems an
11 year old school girl, who has asthma, became an 'activist'. She started
going around with petitions to get a smoking ban. I guess no one told her
the truth - that asthma has risen 500%, and is STILL rising SINCE for the past
20 years we've had 50% fewer smokers, and 75% less indoor smoke. http://www.hosanna1.com/smoking/CausesAsthmaNOT/
No one told her that The People's Republic of
California, with the MOST 'smoke free' air for the LONGEST time (statewide
smoking ban since 1998) has the highest asthma rate in the entire USA. No
one told her that KENTUCKY - with (probably) one of the HIGHEST percentages
of smokers in their population, and probably the most folks still heating with
WOOD, and (in the USA) one of the highest poverty rates, nonetheless had the
LOWEST incidence of asthma in the entire USA. NO ONE told her about the
VERY LARGE and well designed study in Europe, with more than 10,000 cases, that
in homes where at least one parent smoked at least 12 cigarettes a day, there
was STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT LOWER RATES of asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis,
allergies, and respiratory problems in general.
NO one told this girl the TRUTH - that cigarette
smoke is 98% WATER VAPOR. NO one pointed out to her that we are a species
who survived - supposedly for 'millennia' - by COOKING and HEATING by BURNING
ALL KINDS OF STUFF. I guess, if we are not yet adapted to smoke in our
environment, that kind of throws the whole theory of evolution out the window,
NO one mentioned to her the fact that The Bible
(KJV) has almost four HUNDRED references to incense being burned, and burnt
offerings INSIDE God's temple at his OWN command. No one pointed out to
her that perhaps if the EPA had been around then to tell the Lord how many
carcinogens are in a burnt offering, He might have known that smoke in our
environment is 'not healthy' for us??? NO one told her that incense has
ALL THE SAME THINGS that are in TOBACCO SMOKE (plus more) at about 40 times
HIGHER concentrations? Personally, I happen to believe the Real Gospel,
rather than the evolution 'gospel'. I don't think for a SECOND that God ever
commanded us to DO ANYTHING that was not FOR OUR GOOD.
Smoking bans are NICODERM MARKETING PLANS. THIS is why our state
(Kentucky) is exporting our entire tobacco industry to the Philippines, Brazil,
India, etc., too. The drug companies are attempting to GET RID OF THEIR
COMPETITOR, the tobacco industry.
Yes, not only are smoking bans 'nicoderm marketing
plans', there are MULTIPLE profit centers for the drug companies if they can get
rid of tobacco entirely. Remember, the native Americans used tobacco
medicinally for thousands of years.
Nowadays, the big pHARMa propaganda
machine scares us off cigarettes with phony junk science, then they sell us
weight loss drugs, stomach surgeries, and a MYRIAD of high priced drugs for all
the problems attendant with obesity (which has become epidemic since the advent
of the anti-smoking movement) - from insulin to heart drugs. They shove us
off cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, and then sell us PROZAC (and related
psychotropic drugs), as smoking is a SELF treatment for STRESS. Smokers
have the LOWEST rates of ulcerative colitis and crone's disease,
and EX-smokers have the HIGHEST rates. Those are MORE PROFIT centers for
the drug companies. Smokers have 70% less Alzheimer's & Parkinson's
diseases - THOSE are profit centers for the drug companies. And of course,
the ever escalating ASTHMA rate (since reduction in smoking) is another profit
center for the drug companies. Oh, what about lung cancer? Since for
the past 20 years we've had about 50% fewer smokers, and 75% less indoor smoke
(due to both fewer smokers AND bans), lung cancer has NOT gone down. The
only thing that seems to have change there, is that since we only have 1/2 as
many smokers, now the number of those who have NEVER smoked who have lung cancer
has nearly DOUBLED. So, smoking bans, and the anti-smoking movement have
NOT reduced big pHARMa profits for cancer drugs, but have INCREASED their
profits in MANY other areas.
Junk 'science' is being used to attempt to convince
us all that someone ELSE's tobacco smoke is deadly. But there are nearly
TWICE as many studies showing NEGATIVE risk (POSSIBLE BENEFIT) from ETS
(environmental tobacco smoke) - although the vast majority of ALL the
studies show NO statistically significant effect at all. Even the
World Health Organization is LYING about THEIR OWN ETS study, which showed only
ONE statistically significant result - 22% LESS lung cancer among those whose
PARENTS SMOKED. http://www.davehitt.com/facts/who.html
The numbers of folks supposedly 'killed off' by
someone esle's tobacco smoke are FAKE. They are NOT REAL dead
people. They are COMPUTER PROJECTIONS, based on junk 'science'.
Nowhere in the ENTIRE WORLD is there a SINGLE death certificate that lists
'killed by someone else's cigarette smoke' on it. On the other hand, the
numbers of folks who DIE each year due to prescription drug 'oopses', and
outright BAD prescription drugs ARE REAL DEAD PEOPLE - about a quarter of a
million of them a YEAR in the USA ALONE.
And, there IS an economic cost:
Lying to a CHILD like this is not only lies, these
are EVIL lies. I think in this state, a majority believe in God our
creator. I don't think he loves ANY kind of LIES, even if there is a
'worthy cause', such as stuffing the coffers of big pHARMa (the pharmaceutical
industry) at the expense of our state's tobacco industry.