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The Stiletto!

Smokers often find themselves in the uncomfortable position of defending their chosen practice against accusations by family, friends, or even complete strangers that they are harming people around them. That accusation has been the basis for smoking bans extending far beyond reason and is usually backed up by vague waves at "mountains of studies," claims that "all the experts agree," assurances that bans will be "cost-free" and "won't hurt employment," and the repetition of empty but powerful sound bites learned from MTV and professional press-releases.

The freely downloadable, short, and printable booklet offered below, the Stiletto, exposes "The Lies Behind Smoking Bans" and is designed specifically to counter claims made to back up the bans that have not only taken over our workplaces and recreational gatherings but are now reaching even into our private living spaces and personal off-the-job lives. It is designed to be quickly and easily read in print-out form in dimly lit bars or on restaurant counters and packs strong information and analysis into its 20 pages. It can be bound in the clear plastic student-term-paper type report covers cheaply available from Staples or school-supply shelves anywhere or it can be simply corner-stapled. Its argument is quite clearly one-sided, but its facts are accurate and their presentation is honest.

Anyone who would like a customized copy for a particular campaign (say within a specific state, university, or job setting) is welcome to contact the author for an editable .doc file format or assistance in such customization. Antismoking advocates may have all the money to push their bans (The AMA's 2001 report revealed that "Tobacco Control" received over $880 million dollars just in that year alone.) but the facts, and the truth, are on our side if we can get them out to public view. Download the Stiletto, print it out, bind it, and share it with others.

Next time you're confronting an Antismoker, don't argue with them: hand them a Stiletto and simply ask them to find anything at all in it that they can point to as incorrect or misleading. They won't be able to.

I'm also providing a downloadable copy of Philadelphia's "Kill The Ban!" newsletter in .doc format. Some of the flyers at the end can be useful anywhere, and the newsletter's format can used as a basic template for anyone's own efforts!

Keep on fighting!

Michael J. McFadden
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance, Inc.


 



Click here for the NEW Stiletto updated for 2011
 
Click here for the .doc version of the Pennsylvania Stiletto
 
Click here for the .pdf version of the Pennsylvania Stiletto
 
Click here for the .doc version of the Day Of Defiance!
 
Click here for the .pdf version of the Day Of Defiance!
 
Click here for the .pdf version of the Kill The Ban! newsletter Issue #4
 
Click here for the .doc version of the Kill The Ban! newsletter Issue #10




If you decide you want to use the Stiletto as part of a local campaign and are willing to print up and distribute a few dozen copies, email Cantiloper@aol.com about customizing it for your needs, if you need help. The version here has some notes that are specific to Pennsyvlvania (it actually prints to 24 pages, not 25), but some pages in the .doc format version can be easily changed for any locale/situation. For example, you might want to write your own "What You Need To DO!" page.


Michael J. McFadden
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
Mid-Atlantic Director, Citizens Freedom Alliance, Inc.
Director, The Pennsylvania Smokers Action Network, PASAN
web page: http://pasan.thetruthisalie.com/
mailto: Cantiloper@aol.com