LEBANON: New US Interference in Home Social & Cultural Affairs in the Name of the WHO FCTC (Framework Convention for Tobacco Control)
"Beirut: “A smoking ban in public places is expected to take effect within a year, George Saadeh, head of the National Tobacco Control Program announced at a debate on tobacco control held at American University Beirut (AUB) Tuesday” .
It was a great show indeed, reminiscent of crowds acclaiming other assaults on liberties during World War II: “AUB students, gathered to hear the keynote speaker, greeted the announcement [i.e. the Prohibition of smoking (cigarettes and narghile) in cafes, restaurants, fines for whom break the law] with overriding support”.
The Daily Star article does not mention the existence of a study behind the show at the US-American University of Beirut. It was recently published in the antismoking Tobacco Control journal and its authors are Georges Saade, Andrew Seidenberg, Vaughan Rees, Zaher Otrock and Gregory N Connolly. Its is titled “Indoor secondhand tobacco smoke emission levels in six Lebanese cities” and obviously aims to be the main "scientific evidence" to justify tobacco smoking Prohibition in Lebanon, in a scenario very similar to neighbouring Syria (see related Knol on Smoking Prohibition in Syria). Interestingly, the latter, as a model, is cited by the authors...."
References (as provided from the source of the wire):
 Simona Sikimic. Smoking ban in public spaces expected within a year. The Daily Star, Thursday, April 08, 2010)
 Saade G, Seidenberg AB, Rees VW, Otrock Z, Connolly GN. Indoor secondhand tobacco smoke emission levels in six Lebanese cities. Tob Control 2010;19: 138-142.
Globalink-affiliated US Pharmaceutical-Industry funded Prohibitionist Envoys (from Harvard University) hand in hand with Globalink-affiliated US-American University of Beirut ““Waterpipe”” Prohibitionist outpost in the Middle East, measure tobacco passive smoke (“second-hand smoke”) in 28 Lebanese hospitalities during the stuffy holy Ramadan month. Then, publish biased data in antismoking Tobacco Kontrol journal
This is not all. They had the cheek to issue serious warnings whose tone sounds like those directed to Iran to dismantle its traditional Mass Entertainment Weapons
Quotations tapped from the Knol Hotline :
“The study reads from the onset: "To date, Lebanon has failed to enact comprehensive clean indoor air laws despite ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) […] Despite ratification of the FCTC in 2005, both cigarette and water-pipe smoking are commonly practised in enclosed public places throughout Lebanon, leading to unsafe levels of indoor particulate pollution. Smoke-free policies are needed in Lebanon […] "
To Prohibitionist Yankees:
One thing only: Go Home, Hands Off Lebanon and Leave Lebanon in Peace !
To Lebanese Patriots:
1) Demand the withdrawal of Lebanon from the imperialist anti-democratic WHO FCTC (Framework Convention for Tobacco Control) !
2) Disseminate the corresponding historic speech
3) Resist US interference in your social and cultural affairs !
4) Demand accountability and the reimbursement of the public money granted to experts for providing the pseudo-scientific "haram"/"treif" studies against the national interest and for the direct benefit of pharmaceutical companies !
Christians, Jews and Muslims of Lebanon, Unite against "Haram" "Treif" Science !
“Haram science” and “Treif science” ? … What’s this ?
Christian sisters and brothers say to all Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Communists, Hinduists, Taoists, etc. of the world : “Don’t Be Afraid” (our Lord Jesus) !
Seek [good, sound] science from the cradle to the grave !
Not Bad science, pseudo-science, junk science which are an insult to Religion !
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