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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 samantha

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… Individuals with 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 regular policies.

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)

Thanks!

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 smoke.
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 what is.
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 freedoms.
( 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 Hyatt:

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 breathe.

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 bronson.frick@no-smoke.org www.no-smoke.org
http://www.tobacco.org/


Letter from a smoker to the Hyatt:

To: caffairs@chircpo.hyatt.com
Cc: bronson.frick@no-smoke.org
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 2:09 PM
Subject: Smoking at the Hyatt on Friday, May 5,2005?

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 were misinformed.

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:

From: consumeraffairs@hyatt.com
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 Conference
. The
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.

Sincerely,

Jeff Randall
Hyatt Hotels
Consumer Affairs


Letter from Garet Dawn to Frick, Gene Borio and the Hyatt:

:Rebuttal - 2005-National Conference on Tobacco or Health - Chicago, IL

Attention:
Bronson Frick, Associate Director Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation
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 Health
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 http://www.smokersclubinc.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1503, 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 Tobacco.org 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 Teacup".

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 Regional Director
The United Pro Choice Smokers Rights Newsletter - http://www.smokersclubinc.com
Illinois Smokers Rights - http://www.illinoissmokersrights.com/
mailto:garnetdawn@comcast.net - Respect Freedom of Choice!

To read this on the original site, click here.

(http://www.smokersclubinc.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1503)

Smokescam.com 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 property rights.

His broad 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."

I asked, "What evidence do they give?"

She said, "They all agree."

I was looking for something concrete. She offered nothing.

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.

End of conversation.