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While checking for something else I came across an e-mail I’d sent in response to one on which I was copied by Bill Hannegan, of KEEP ST. LOUIS FREE! This is one for the record books and since the end of the year is a time to recap such absurdities, I’ve pasted it below.
Just for identification purposes where it’s not obvious:
Tony Palazzolo is a strong and vocal supporter of Bill Hannegan.
Michael Marth of Marth Bros., local supplier of “smoke-eater” units promoted by Bill Hannegan.
Diana Benanti of the Smoke-Free St. Louis City Coalition.
Mayor Linda Goldstein, City of Clayton
Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, St. Louis County Council
Ald. Lyda Krewson, City of St. Louis
E-m reply From: Martin Pion
Subject: Re: Smoke-Free St. Louis False Claim -> MoGASP begs to disagree
Date: July 7, 2010 9:03:32 PM CDT
To: Jeremy Richards
Cc: Bill Hannegan <firstname.lastname@example.org, Tony Palazzolo, Smoke-Free St. Louis City Coalition , Diana Benanti, Michael Marth, Mayor Linda Goldstein, Barbara Fraser, Ald. Lyda Krewson
Dear Dr. Richards,
You copied me on your e-mail to Bill Hannegan so I’m taking the opportunity to respond.
I’m surprised and disappointed that someone with academic credentials would lower himself to making ad hominem attacks on those with whom he disagrees.
You also make this astonishing statement:
“Kinda like airplane air has more fungal growth now than it used to before smoking was banned on flights.”
The inference is that it was healthier on planes before they became smoke-free because the SHS was suppressing fungal growth (and coincidentally, sickening flight attendants). I don’t know what to say, except perhaps that you should suggest this as a research topic to the tobacco industry.
I don’t think the airline flight attendants on airplanes would agree with this remark either.
One flight attendant I know who never exposed herself to secondhand smoke except involuntarily at work, lost a lung to SHS. Her name is Norma Broin. She was the lead plaintiff in Norma R. Broin, Patricia Young, et al. v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al., the product liability lawsuit that resulted in a $300 million out-of-court settlement that established the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI), based in Miami, FL. FAMRI now funds a lot of research on the issue of SHS. ￼
Martin Pion, B.Sc. (Physics & Math, London University, UK)
President, Missouri GASP
On Jul 7, 2010, at 12:49 PM, Jeremy Richards wrote:
Lackeys like Pion and the Big Pharma-backed, Smoke Free St. Louis Nanny Statist crowd will say and do anything to get their doomed, unenforceable, prohibitionist bans. No matter what they say, in the long run air in bars and restaurants will overall be dirtier than before as such establishments always cheap out on air filtration if they don’t have smoking customers. Kinda like airplane air has more fungal growth now than it used to before smoking was banned on flights. The air filtration technology that Bill promotes would be fine to clean the air and end the problem. Of course the Big Pharma, Carrie Nation-esque prohibitionists will never agree. You can’t appease a radical.
Jeremy Richards, Ph.D.
Southeast Regional Director
Director of Historical Research
Citizens Freedom Alliance
Associate Professor of History
History of smoking ban disasters: