|The following is
from the newsletter on the Smokers Club, Inc. Web
site. The first item is a report from a smoker
who attended the 2005 National Conference on
Tobacco and Health. The second item is a letter
from a newsletter reader in Wyoming who found
information on the TobacAlert by Nymex Corp
mentioned in the report. The third item is a
letter to the Hyatt from one of the anti-smokers
attending the conference, Bronson Frick, that
accuses the hotel of not making the lobby area
non-smoking, when in fact it was during the
conference. The third item is from a smoker who
wrote the Hyatt questioning the anti-smoker's
claim because he/she was at the hotel that Friday
for a reunion with old friends and found it
non-smoking so they went elsewhere to eat. The
fourth item is the Hyatt's reply, stating that in
fact the lobby was non-smoking. The final letter
is from Garet Dawn of Smokers Club Inc. to
anti-smoker Bronson Frick, Associate Director
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation; Gene Borio,
Tobacco.org; and the Hyatt.
What is clear from
the exchange is that Frick, the Associate
Director Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights,
American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, has no
regard for the truth. What is also clear is that
Gene Borio of Tobacco.org runs anything written
by anti-smokers, again with no regard for the
truth of the statements made.
Link to the original posting provided at the
bottom of the page. Additional comments from
smokescam.com also at the bottom.
News: A Spy's
Report From The Anti Camp
Posted on Thursday, May 12 @ 08:13:30 EDT by
A Spy's Report From The Anti Camp
2005 National Conference on Tobacco and Health
The National Conference on Tobacco and Health,
held in downtown Chicago last week (May 4th
through the 6th/Wednesday-Friday), produced a
historic and very unusual experience for many
Chicagoans. The Sheraton Chicago and Hyatt
Regency Chicago hotels, which hosted this
convention, became entirely non-smoking for three
days with no warning. The only exceptions were
their smoking guest rooms.
The purpose of this National Conference was
"...To help improve and sustain the
effectiveness and reach of tobacco control
programs and activities in the United
States." For a registration fee of $575 per
attendee, approximately 3200 people from all
parts of our country gathered to attend
educational sessions and forums, refine
anti-smoking strategies and network.
All attendees were given an introductory package
upon registration and also received a bound
program for all the educational sessions,
workshops and receptions, including the
identities of the speakers and their
affiliations. Following the written greeting from
the Acting Director of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and
Health, Corinne Husten, MD, MPH, the Welcome page
contained a "Special Request". All
conference goers were asked to refrain from
"wearing scented aftershave, perfume,
hairspray, lotions, etc
respiratory problems have trouble breathing in
the presence of fragrances."
Now, with that preface out of the way, I need to
explain my involvement in this gala event. I am a
pro-active smoker who wanted to see what our
anti-smoking antagonists are really doing and
what they are like. I arrived feeling fresh,
wearing skin lotion, Shalimar, hairspray and
wondering where I would have my next cigarette.
However, I was also one of the non-smoking
attendees. Everyone was very pleasant, and I
never once caught the slightest expression from
anyone that I was suspected of being from the
enemy camp! Had anyone even asked me, I would
have told him or her the truth.
So much for smokers reeking of tobacco! While
orienting myself with the Sheraton and checking
in, I learned the 2005 theme was "Turning
Point: Challenges and Opportunities in Tobacco
Control in the Next Decade". Oh boy! There
were sessions everywhere, and everyone there
seemed to know everyone else. It was very similar
to the pro-freedom of choice activist network,
except there were so many of them and they were
all people who hated smoking!
I was surrounded by sponsors and representatives
of the American Cancer Society, American Legacy
Foundation, CDC Office on Smoking and Health,
National Cancer Society, National Cancer
Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
American Heart Association, National Institute on
Drug Abuse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
American Lung Association, Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids, Glaxo Smith Kline.....and that
was only the beginning. I knew the next day I
would have to visit the exhibit hall at the
Hyatt, where all the major sponsors had displays.
I made a complete tour of the display booths and
collected an unbelievable quantity of training
materials and literature by the time I finished.
One product that caused a great stir among
attendees was called TobacAlert, by Nymox Corp.
This innovative product is a home test kit for
measuring cotinine levels in smokers and used in
a similar fashion to a Ketostix or home pregnancy
test. Use is suggested by "parents, smokers
trying to quit, coaches, insurance companies and
smoking cessation counselors". It would seem
Big Brother is really out to get smokers!
It was no accident that Chicago was chosen for
the gathering, rather than a smoke banned city.
The Harvard School of Public Health and Roswell
Park Cancer Research Institute organized a
training session on how to measure respirable
suspended particles (RSP) using the TSI Side Pac
Aerosol Monitor. Six teams were formed and each
was expected to visit six Chicago
restaurants/bars that allowed smoking on
Wednesday and Thursday evenings to measure the
RSPs. The monitor is small and was placed in a
purse or back pack, with only the nozzle exposed.
These measurements were then compared to Sheraton
lobby and outdoor air readings. At the Closing
Plenary, the results were read by Stanley M.
Rosenblatt, JD who declared readings in the
smoking establishments were six times higher than
elsewhere. Each of the trainees was loaned one of
monitors to take home with them to help spread
smoking bans in their own communities.
Generally speaking, the anti-smoking advocates
are very concerned about reduced funding and do
not expect the RICO suit to produce any more
money from big tobacco. Tobacco Free Kids is even
holding a charity auction on E-bay! They believe
their strengths to be in creating youth
activists, networking, quit lines and remaining
relentless. Even the Mayo Clinic has quit lines
in five states.
The hatred expressed is for Big Tobacco. Anyone
who opposes the total eradication of tobacco
usage is considered a front for big tobacco or
insignificant. The individual smoker is really
not even given any consideration, other than as a
statistic to be overcome by bans and
taxes...excuse me, the correct term the health
educators prefer to substitute is INTERVENTION.
Many of the people I spoke with really believe
that smoking bans do not hurt businesses. They
are not disturbed by the social engineering of
populations, and never have even considered that
creating government ordinances and laws to
control personal choice is dangerous.
While I had dinner, I encouraged the restaurant
employees to tell me how non-convention patrons
felt about their regular watering holes becoming
"non-smoking" for this convention. As
would be expected, many were angry, left and went
elsewhere. One waitress had worked there for
twelve years and said she had never seen the
hotel go non-smoking before. At least, as of
Saturday morning, both hotels went back to their
So much for being a Secret Agent! Next year, the
Conference on Tobacco and Health will be
International and will meet during July in
Washington, D.C. (at a cost of over $900 per
attendee). Residents, be prepared!
An Illinois Resident (05-10-05)
Letter from newsletter reader in Wyoming:
I finally found the TobacAlert by Nymex Corp
on Web MD links.
It claims it is a very sensitive test that even
can tell if testee has been exposed to
"second-hand smoke"!!! It claims to
detect the substance "cotinine", a by
product of nicotine, and there are also
Multi-paks that test for up to 4 or 5 other drugs
at the same time. These are all urine tests,
however, the medical community has other labs
tests which include blood or saliva & breath
tests to detect tobacco use.
Apparently, it takes "days" to
metabolize out of your system to a degree low
enough to say that it was caused by second hand
Talk about Big Brother!
I am finding that with these new tools,
doctors are using them to pick and chose who they
will treat and who they will not for unrelated
illnesses!!! If that's not an obvious method
of "killing us all off", I don't know
I would never again risk admitting to being a
smoker to any doctor if you want medical
treatment for anything. You may pass this along
on your website, however, I must remain
annonymous for my own safety. Thank you for your
speedy reply and your support of personal
( A Newsletter reader in WY)
© Copyright 2005 The Smoker's Club, Inc. Please
repost with link back to this original article.
Letter from anti-smoker Bronson Frick to the
May 12, 2005
Author: Bronson Frick
Hyatt Regency Chicago on the Riverwalk 151 E.
Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 312-239-4575 fax
To the Management:
I recently stayed in the Chicago Hyatt Regency on
the Riverwalk as part of the National Conference
on Tobacco or Health. Your hotel was a bad
experience on many levels.
It was appalling that your hotel did not make
your lobby smokefree for at least our three day
national conference. Your guests included
hundreds of lung cancer survivors, children, and
asthmatics. The smoke-filled environment made for
an unwelcome and dangerous environment. I am
shocked that the Hyatt management was more
concerned with allowing some guests to smoke
indoors rather than allowing all guests to simply
It is startling that your management chose to
poison thousands of guests in your hotel in spite
of the many complaints made during their stay. I
believe your decision was short-sighted. Not only
will most of our conference attendees never bring
business to your hotel again, we will spread the
word about your lack of hospitality and common
sense from coast to coast. Your competitor, the
Sheraton, did go smokefree during the conference,
and we will keep that in mind as we plan future
meetings around the country.
Your refusal to voluntarily go smokefree on your
own underscores the urgent need to achieve
smokefree workplaces and public places in Chicago
through regulation. Over one-third of Americans
now live in a city that provides smokefree hotel
lobbies by law and the number is growing rapidly.
Also, the number of lawsuits from occupational
and guest exposure to secondhand smoke are
growing quickly as there is a mountain of
scientific evidence showing that even short-term
exposure causes diseases.
Finally, it was sad to see your employees being
poisoned by secondhand smoke in your hotel. Many
of them are miserable from occupational exposure
to secondhand smoke . I spoke with one waitress
at the bar, who told us she was afraid to speak
up, but hated working in the smoke-filled
atmosphere. For her sake, and that of other
employees and guests, I sincerely encourage you
to reconsider your smoking policy.
Bronson Frick Associate Director Americans for
Nonsmokers' Rights American Nonsmokers' Rights
Foundation 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite J
Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 841-3032 phone (510)
841-3071 fax email@example.com
Letter from a smoker to the Hyatt:
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 2:09 PM
Subject: Smoking at the Hyatt on Friday, May
RE: Hyatt Regency Chicago on the Riverwalk 151 E.
Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 312-239-4575 fax
To the Management:
Hello, I have read Mr. Frick's letter to your
hotel and I am confused.
I was also a visitor at the Hyatt Regency
Chicago on Friday, May 5th and I was told that
the hotel was non-smoking for the Tobacco
Conference. I met two friends downtown for
the day, and we had planned to have lunch at your
beautiful hotel. When we arrived, we saw many
No-Smoking signs placed in the lobby and also saw
people smoking only while standing and sitting
outside. I saw no one smoking indoors. When
we enquired whether the hotel had become
non-smoking, we were told that the Hyatt
Regency and Sheraton hotels were non-smoking for
three days to show respect for the convention of
non-smokers they were hosting.
We left your hotel and went elsewhere for lunch
because we are all smokers, and we wanted to
relax and catch up old times over a long lunch.
We were very disappointed, and now I wonder if we
Please clarify this matter for me. Were you
non-smoking on Friday, May 5, 2005?
I think your hotel is beautiful, and Mr. Frick is
very rude. If the Sheraton was already
non-smoking why did the Hyatt need to be as well?
Response letter from the Hyatt:
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 3:10 PM
Subject: Hyatt Hotels Consumer Affairs
May 14, 2005
Dear (Name Deleted)
Thank you for your e-mail regarding the Hyatt
Regency Chicago. My
name is Jeff Randall and I am with Hyatt Hotels
Consumer Affairs. In
regards to your inquiry, the lobby of the
hotel was made non-smoking
as a courtesy to the attendees of the Tobacco
restaurant in the hotel's lobby did allow
smoking. I apologize that
this was not better clarified when you inquired
as I know you had
wanted to each lunch at the hotel. I appreciate
the time you have
taken to contact us and I hope that we will have
the opportunity to
welcome you back soon.
Letter from Garet Dawn to Frick, Gene Borio
and the Hyatt:
2005-National Conference on Tobacco or Health -
Bronson Frick, Associate Director Americans for
Nonsmokers' Rights, American Nonsmokers' Rights
Gene Borio, Tobacco.org
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Consumer Affairs
RE: Letter to Chicago Hyatt on lack of smokefree
areas during National Conference on Tobacco or
To Whom It May Concern:
After reading these letters regarding the Hyatt
Regency Chicago during the 2005 National
Conference on Tobacco or Health that follow the
"Spy's Report from the Anti Camp" in
The Smokers Club newsletter at
it is not difficult to spot the typical
tactics of the antis.
First, make a loud blustering accusation and
get it published by another anti news site, then
refuse to acknowledge that the accusation is
false. Mr. Frick must have known he was
incorrect when he wrote his letter to the Hyatt.
He was doing it for publicity. I noticed the
original publishing source for his letter at
http://www.tobacco.org/articles/state/IL/ was not
referenced in the usual manner with a news
source. It must be nice for Mr. Frick to have a
news site at his disposal that can create it's
own rules for publishing news as it chooses.
First the antis chose Chicago to hold their
smoke-free conference, knowing full well that it
was not a non-smoke free city. Then, they
expected everyone involved to cater to their
"special" requirements. They chose our
city because they wanted to take sneaky readings
in our restaurants and bars to further their
cause, and instigate another proposal for a
smoking ban in Chicago.
Now, they are crying "foul" if any
portion of businesses around them continued to
respect their regular clientele's wishes,
claiming cancer survivors and asthmatics in their
numbers were put at risk. Is this grandstanding
or what? The attendees with breathing ailments
knew well before they decided to attend the
conference that Chicago allows smoking.
These anti smokers are so twisted in their
expectations that, rather than "Walk a Mile
for a Camel", they will walk a mile to find
someone who is smoking one so they can attempt to
create yet another "Tempest in a
Anti-smokers, I hope Chicago will prove to you
that we are not another city you can invade and
conquer! Shame on you, Mr. Bronson Frick!!!
Garnet Dawn - The Smoker's Club, Inc. - Midwest
The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter -
Illinois Smokers Rights -
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org - Respect Freedom
To read this on
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questions Frick's following statement in his
letter to the Hyatt: "Also, the number of
lawsuits from occupational and guest exposure to
secondhand smoke are growing quickly as there
is a mountain of scientific evidence showing that
even short-term exposure causes diseases."
What mountain of
evidence? Smokescam has found and presents on
this Web site a portion of the evidence it has
discovered that shows that exposure to
second-hand smoke has NOT been proved to cause
disease and that the second-hand smoke scare is
an effort on the part of anti-smoking elements,
including the pharmaceutical industry, medical
institutions and some non-profits, to keep the
gravy train of funding coming their way with no
regard for individual liberties or private
statement reminds me of a conversation I had with
an anti-smoker (a physician) following an open
meeting regarding a proposed smoking ban (which
did not pass). She called the report I had given
faulty, and I asked her how it was faulty.
She said, "All the major health sites agree
that second-hand smoke is dangerous."
"What evidence do they give?"
"They all agree."
I was looking for something concrete. She offered
This also puts me
in mind of the conversation I had with the doctor
leading the smoking-ban effort. I told him I
would like to bring the studies I had over and
sit down with him and go through them with him
and compare them with the studies he had. He
tentatively agreed until I asked him if he had
learned how to read an epidemiological study. He
said, "I'm an internal medicine man, not a
statistician." And he walked off.