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ARE GUESTS WELCOME? PROHIBITION AND THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
A Celebration of the Life and Work of Gian Turci

 

Participants from TICAP member organizations, the hospitality sector, and other political as well as business organizations met in The Hague at the press centre Nieuwspoort for our second international conference.The conference was chaired by Christopher Snowdon, author of "Velvet Glove - Iron Fist. The History of Anti-Smoking."
 
The morning session featured an opening address by TICAP director Wiel Maessen, followed by Dr. Michael Marlow, a US professor of economics, Dr. Patrick Basham of the Democracy Institute and the CATO Institute, and Maryetta Ables, president of FORCES International.
Dr. Marlow presented an analysis of the harm done by smoking bans to various venues of the hospitality sector and discussed the statistical and methodological flaws of studies claiming radical reductions in heart attacks after imposition of such bans.
Dr. Basham examined the campaign against alcohol drinking, showing how it is following the anti-tobacco blueprint.
Maryetta Ables explained how international organizations under the auspices o
f the United Nations are using the opportunities given by the prohibitionist movements to undermine national sovereignty. She explained in detail how this affects members of the European Union.

Gawain Towler, of the UK Independence Party/Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group in the European Parliament, concluded the morning session, speaking about the role of governments, the World Health Organization and Big Pharma in promoting such things as the Swine Flu hysteria.
Gawain was followed by Halbe Zijlstra, a Dutch MP of the VVD party, who indicated that h
is party will make clear that it is not willing to support the full tobacco control agenda and wants to give freedom of choice to hospitality owners.

The main scheduled afternoon panelists were David Goerlitz, the "Winston Man" of 1980s US advertising, Dr. Kamal Chaouachi a researcher involved in harm reduction techniques who focuses on hookah smoking, and Michael J. McFadden, Mid-Atlantic Director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance, a Director of TICAP and author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains.
Mr. Goerlitz appeared through a pre-recorded video as he was rec
overing from an automotive injury and explained how the US antismoking movement had moved from a concentration on protecting children from tobacco advertising influence to a concentration on simply building their own wealth and power without regard for people or facts.
Dr. Chaouachi presented a detailed history of hookah smoking and science and noted how strongly and irrationally the general antismoking movement has attacked hookah smoking and the pressures brought to bear on researchers like himself who try to present a m
ore accurate picture of the science even if it is at odds with political goals. He concluded his presentation by calling for a collective withdrawal of signatory states from the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Mr. McFadden, concluded the afternoon presentations with a PowerPoint examination o
f the strategy and tactics best used to fight the Smoking Prohibition movement. He recommended  a focus on the Prohibitionists' weakest point, their use of lies to advance their cause, and outlined a method of concentrating on truth and facts to expose those lies.

Both morning and afternoon sessions were followed by lively Q&A segments involving all conference participants and the overall conference was capped by Maryetta Ables giving a tribute to Gian Turci, a guiding spirit of both FORCES and TICAP who had passed away shortly after TICAP's first conference in 2009. Finally, the long-serving Chairman of TICAP, John Gray, who has patiently and expertly chaired over 90 meetings of the Board as well as TICAP's initial Aldebaran meeting and part 1 of our first Conference in Brussels offered some closing thoughts and inspiration before sending us out and back into the battle.

The participants enjoyed the experience of the conference very much, with many
of them also taking part in a relaxed after-conference get together at a nearby ban-resisting Dutch pub where they could - and did - smoke and drink to their heart's content well into the evening.

Special thanks and recognition should go to Christoph Lövenich and Bill Gibson for all their efforts in bringing this conference to  successful fruition, and to Wiel Maessen for his careful and expert attention to various, including the technical, aspects of the conference, and his gracious hosting of three of our speakers throughout their stays.

Summary video of the conference - watch here.



Wiel Maessen: Welcome address

Wiel Maessen (NL) is president of FORCES Netherlands as well as a director of Stichting KHO and a member of the Board of TICAP. He has a 10 year record of fighting (tobacco) prohibition.

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Michael Marlow: The Economic Impact of Smoking Bans in Hospitality Venues

Dr. Michael Marlow is a Professor of economics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In earlier years, he served as Senior Financial Economist at the U.S. Treasury Department. His research interests are in public finance and public choice with specific interests in the areas of public health, public education, and tax reform. He has extensively published on smoking policies.
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Patrick Basham: The Campaign to Call Time on Alcohol Freedom
Dr. Patrick Basham is the founding Director of the Democracy Institute, a London- and Washington-based public policy research organisation.  Basham previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, where he is currently an Adjunct Scholar. Prior to joining Cato, he served as the founding Director of the Social Affairs Centre at the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading think tank, where he led the Institute's research in the areas of consumer choice and social policy regulation. He is also affiliated with Johns Hopkins University as a lecturer on health care politics.  The author and editor of several books, numerous scholarly studies and research papers, and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, Basham has written extensively about health, diet, and obesity, including his most recent book Diet Nation: Exposing the Obesity Crusade (2006).
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Maryetta Ables: Civil Society and Prohibition

Maryetta Ables is President of FORCES International (2004-ongoing), the premier source for the dissemination of the studies surrounding tobacco prohibition and a founding member of TICAP. Ms. Ables has been involved at all levels of activism against prohibition for some time, but has made understanding the source of Prohibition her main focus for several years. Ms. Ables is a Paralegal by profession.
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Contribution by Gawain Towler (UKIP/Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group)

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Questions and answers session I
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Contribution by Halbe Zijlstra (Dutch MP, VVD)
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David Goerlitz: The Anti-Smoking Movement and Global Corruption
David Goerlitz was the face of Winston cigarettes for 7 years, appearing in 42 ads and on billboards all over the world.  In 1988, his growing unease at working for the tobacco industry boiled over to open dissent.  He publicly denounced his employer for marketing tobacco products at children, quit smoking himself, and joined America’s anti-smoking movement. Years later, he discovered that this movement had become criminal, corrupt and a hoax that has sold out to Big Government, Big Tobacco, and Big Pharmaceuticals for the sake of long term funding by smokers and tobacco users themselves.
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Kamal Chaouachi: Prohibition through the Hookah Looking-glass

Dr. Kamal Chaouachi is a Paris-based tobacco researcher and consultant working from a medical anthropology perspective. He is a scientific collaborator of various research centers in Asia, Africa and Europe. He also teaches the hookah (shisha, narghile) science, to French medical doctors. Recently, he exposed the fraud about the purported deadly hazards of hookah passive smoke. Notably, he was consulted by the French Ministry of Health on the occasion of the national controversial ban on smoking; at least the hookah lounges, as hospitality venues, kept working in France in spite of the existing antismoking decree. From a scientific viewpoint, he is convinced that the peculiarity of the hookah issue will make soon the whole tobacco prohibition system collapse for the worldwide benefit of non-smokers, ex-smokers and smokers of cigarettes, hookahs and other products alike.
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Michael McFadden: Fighting Prohibitions: Tools, Tactics, and Strategies
Michael McFadden graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Manhattan College with a degree in both Peace Studies and Psychology.  He went on to study statistics and propaganda analysis under a doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton program in Peace Research. He left the University after two years to host a Quaker training center in non-violent social change and has worked at various levels in the areas of peace activism and social change ever since. He is the author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ brains” and has been active within several member organizations of TICAP (most notably, PASAN and Smoker's Club). Currently, he serves as a TICAP director.
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Questions and answer session II
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Maryetta Ables: In memory of Gian Turci

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John Gray (TICAP Chairman): Closing address
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