Illinois Smokers Rights
Post Office Box 408
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044

December 12, 2007

Open Letter to the American Cancer Society Requesting Documentation for Smoke Free Illinois Health Claims

Dear American Cancer Society, a.k.a. Smoke Free Illinois;
cc: Senators and Representative for Illinois General Assembly, Illinois News Media

The Smoke Free Illinois Act (SB500) for Illinois has been based upon health claims from the American Cancer Society. On behalf of Illinois Smokers Rights, the two million eight hundred thousand smokers and the thousands of small businesses who will be affected, I am requesting clarification and validation for those health claims. To institute this invasive and extreme smoking ban, the public needs to learn if any concrete evidence can be provided to validate these claims. A law of this magnitude, with wide-spread social impact and based upon ACS epidemiological studies, needs to be documented for public review and shared in understandable format.

Reports containing computer generated statistics of mortalities and illness are not sufficient. Also insufficient are the previous Surgeon General Carmona's 2006 Press Release, Executive Summary, or quotes which did not reflect the contents of his 700-plus page smoking report. Dr. Carmona's report simply rehashed previous Surgeon General claims and republished previous Tobacco Control studies which had never been able to document any conclusions more definite than finding a "casual relationship" between Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) and health threats.

One particular abuse example for this fully justifiable request to require accurate documentation for Illinois tobacco-smoke-health-threats, claimed by the ACS, tobacco control agencies and our Illinois elected representatives, is the currently distorted Sixteen Cigarettes claim: Smoke Free Illinois at "One eight hour shift in a smoky workplace is the equivalent of smoking 16 cigarettes." (In actuality, the equivalent is approximately 1/5 cigarette.) Why the need to be deceptive?

An in-depth study analyzing the dangers from ETS was published to help fuel the promotion of smoking bans in all enclosed establishments, including bars and restaurants. That study proved that measurable amounts of n-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) could be found in side stream smoke from cigarettes and was published, not identifying the offending carcinogen or placing it in proportion with similar amounts also contained in our water, food, and other common substances. "The poison is in the dose"!

The American Cancer Society has implied through incomplete references that breathing in an environment containing (or that has contained) second hand smoke, is the same thing as actively smoking. This leaves 98% of those who have listened to current ETS health dogma misinformed. While the scientific community defends themselves by saying that even attempting to explain the epidemiology of second hand smoke would not be practical for public consumption. (From Dr. Stanton Glantz [ANR]: "...We cannot include the caveats because the public cannot understand them..." )

The bulk of blame still remains upon the manner in which ETS statistical findings have been originally presented and manipulated. Most were intended to create smoking bans. This distortion has been perpetrated by tobacco control with full intention of deceiving and creating false health claims.

Until a public statement or press release making visible and crystal clear the distortions of "16 cigarette" claims to laymen, elected officials and the news media, the intentionally deceptive damage cannot even begin to be reversed. The public is being terrorized by phony health claims, and needs clarification that n-Nitrosodimethylamine is the referenced element for the "16 cigarette" media blitz, and that NDMA is another common carcinogen and threatens us most seriously in our drinking water and food supply.

Solid proof is required for Illinois (or any other US governing body) to justify bending our US Constitutional Republic's governmental framework and dismissing the protected liberties in several of its Amendments. The Smoke Free Illinois Act basically ignores our First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Fourteenth Constitutional Amendments. Considering the serious state-wide repercussions from this law, justification is required, not vague interpretations of "casual association" health threats.

In addition, ACS financial ties with nicotine replacement products manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry, who hope to increase sales because of this ban, should also be published to avoid misrepresentation of charitable interests and to supply full and honest disclosure to interested parties.

Therefore, Illinois Smokers Rights, Illinois residents and the Illinois news media need to be supplied with actual documented identities of those injured or killed for The Smoke Free Illinois Act to be legitimately recognized.


Garnet Dawn Scheuer
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044


Garnet Dawn
Illinois Smokers Rights

Midwest Regional Director
The Smoker's Club, Inc.
Media Interview Requests

American Cancer Society (and Special “Other”) Addressee listing
2005 - IL and Washington, DC

Charlie P Baase
Tobacco Advocacy Manager
Illinois Division American Cancer Society
Chicago IL 60601

Lea Bacci
Health Educator
Tobacco Free Lake County
Lake County Health Department
Waukegan, IL 60085

Sneha G Basi
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL 60612

Jennifer F Briggs
Health Initiative Manager
American Cancer Society
Batavia, IL 60510

G Dennis Conroy
Regional Vice President
Illinois Division
American Cancer Society
Chicago IL 60601

Sherryn L. Craig
Manager, Policy Research
American Cancer Society
Washington, DC 20004

Margaret M Farina
Director of Government Relations
Illinois Division
American Cancer Society
Chicago IL 60607

Thomas J Glynn
Senior Director, Cancer Science and Trends
American Cancer Society
Washington, DC 20007

Jennifer A Herd
Senior Health Policy Associate Planning
Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago, IL 60604

Kathy R Lewis
Policy Analyst
National Government Relations Department
American Cancer Society
Washington, DC 20009

Mary Maryland
American Cancer Society
Oak Park, IL 60302

Renee McPhatter
Campaign Director
American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network
Washington, DC 20004

Sue McWilliams
Chair Advocacy Committee
Illinois Division
American Cancer Society
Chicago IL 60601

Kristen N Nolen
Health Promotion
Illinois Dept of Public Health
Springfield, IL 62761

Christy Schmidt
Senior Director, Policy
American Cancer Society
Washington, DC 20004

Gary L Sooter
Health Educator
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
DuPage County Health Department
Wheaton, IL 60187

Dru C Szczerba
Cancer Prev & Health Care Systems Initiatives, Great Lakes Division
American Cancer Society
Southfield, MI 48076

Glen Szczypka
Media Specialist, Institute for Health Research and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60608

Ron Taylor
Director, Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society
Chicago, IL 60601

Benjamin C Weinberg
Chief of the Public Interest Division
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Chicago, IL 60601

Gwendolyn West
Senior Partnership Coordinator
Heartland Region
National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service
Chicago, IL 60601

Kyresa Westbrook
Tobacco Control Specialist
Great Lakes Division
American Cancer Society
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Adrienne White-Faines
Vice President of Health Initiatives and Advocacy
Illinois Division
American Cancer Society
Chicago, IL 60607



Attn: Director American Cancer Society Chicago Regional Office
Chicago Regional Office
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-372-0471
Fax: 312-372-0910

Attn: Director American Cancer Society DuPage Regional Office
DuPage Regional Office
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: 630-469-3021
Fax: 630-469-3065

Attn: Director American Cancer Society Eastern Regional Office
Eastern Regional Office
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-356-9076
Fax: 217-356-7721

Attn: Director American Cancer Society Fox Valley Regional Office
Fox Valley Regional Office
Batavia, IL 60520
Phone: 630-879-9009
Fax: 630-879-9047

Attn: Director American Cancer Society Lake County Regional Office
Lake County Regional Office
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Phone: 847-317-0025
Fax: 847-317-0366

(Added Addressee Information for Metro East Region, IL :

Attn: Dr. James Piephoff | Alton
President, American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, Metro East Region
Attn: Tom Smith | Jerseyville
Regional Board Chairman, American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, Metro East Region)

Metro East Regional Office (Madison County)
Maryville, IL 62062
Phone: 618-288-2320
Fax: 618-288-2054

Attn: Director American Cancer Society North Shore Regional Office
North Shore Regional Office
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-328-5247
Fax: 847-570-6043

Attn: Director American Cancer Society Northern Regional Office
Northern Regional Office
Rockford, IL 61208
Phone: 815-229-1287
Fax: 815-229-1363

Attn: Director American Cancer Society Northwest Regional Office
Northwest Regional Office
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: 309-794-0601
Fax: 309-793-3251

Attn: Director American Cancer Society Northwest Suburban Regional Office
Northwest Suburban Regional Office
Palatine, IL 60067
Phone: 847-358-3965
Fax: 847-358-9218

Attn: Director, American Cancer Society Prairie Land Regional Office
Prairie Land Regional Office
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: 708-633-7770
Fax: 708-633-7773

Attn: Director, American Cancer Society Southern Regional Office Southern Regional Office
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-998-9898
Fax: 618-997-8456

Attn: Director, American Cancer Society Western Central Regional Office
Western Central Regional Office
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: 309-688-3488
Fax: 309-688-9493

Attn: Director, American Cancer Society West Cook Regional Office
West Cook Central Regional Office
Riverside, IL 60546
Phone: 708-484-8541
Fax: 708-484-3179

Attn: Director, American Cancer Society Western Regional Office
Western Regional Office
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: 217-546-7586
Fax: 217-546-7631