Frequently Asked Questions about the newsgroup alt.smokers, including where to find more information. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the alt.smokers newsgroup.
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New readers of the newsgroup should be aware of the fact that our group is often "invaded" by Antismokers seeking to proselytize, disrupt, or generally just be obnoxious. Usually the best way to deal with these people is to put them in your killfile if you have one or at least ignore the baits that they throw out. Correcting some of the misinformation they sometimes disseminate is valid, but getting drawn into namecalling contests just aids their attempts at disruption.
The scope of alt.smokers is to discuss smoking and support smokers, who are being subjected to increased criticism, ostracism, and unreasonable taxes. Major topics include social relations with non-smokers, antismoking regulation and taxation, and medical effects of secondhand smoke (SHS). Other topics include personal experiences, opinions on brands, and general discussion about the enjoyment of smoking. This is NOT a stop-smoking group, nor a group for those who wish to spew hate at smokers. Those who consistently post such material will be considered in violation of the charter and their ISPs will be notified.