The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, March 20, 1985-- Page 3
State deaths show smoker's plight
By KAREN KRESS
The lives of 11,903 people in
Michigan might have been saved in
1982 had they not smoked - a fact one
University professor hopes will force
the hand df legislators to enact anti-
In the 18th senatorial district, which
includes Ann Arbor, 200 cigarette
smokers might not have died from
lung cancer, heart disease, and other
smoking-related illnesses had they
kicked the habit, according to a new
VICTOR HAWTHORNE, a
professor in the University's School of
Public Health, compiled state health
records of deaths caused by smoking-
related diseases for each senatorial
district in Michigan.
The first such study of its kind in the
nation, Hawthorne's report comes
just before state legislators rein-
troduce the Michigan Clean Indoor
Air Act and in the midst of discussion
smoking prevention programs.
Hawthorne said he hopes the report
will "heighten concern and
strengthen conviction among senators
and representatives, and provide
them with the hard facts they need to
press for further action to control the
epidemic of smoking-related
THE MICHIGAN Clean Air Act
would ban smoking in public places
except in designated areas, including
hotel lobbies, restaurants, and large,
The bill was introduced last year in
the House Public Health Committee
by Rep. Justine Barns (D-Westland),
but was pushed aside for work on the
seat belt legislation. Now that the seat
belt bill has been signed into law,
Barnes says he will re-introduce the
clean air proposal - possibly by the
end of this month. Sen. Jack Faxon
(D-Southfield) will introduce an ac-
companying bill in the senate.
Already under debate in the Senate
is another bill proposed by Sen. Har-
mon Cropsey (R-DeWitt) that would
set aside revenue from state cigarette
taxes to establish a health promotion
center within the state Department of
Health. The thrust of the center would
be educating the public on the dangers
SEN. LANA Pollack (D-Ann Arbor)
said she supports the Michigan Clean
"Smoke is unhealthy for everyone,''
she said. "I don't think smokers
should impose their habit on the rest
of us. The rights of the non-smoker
should take precedence over those of
In her district, one out of every 1,000
people died of a smoking-related
disease in 1982, according to
Hawthorne's report. Heart disease
was by far the most fatal illness,
taking the lives of 112 smokers. Lung,
bronchus, and trachea cancer
claimed the lives of 56 people; 50
others died because of smoking-
induced bronchitis, emphysema, and
Linda Martin, a spokesperson for
the American Lung Association in
Lansing said she hopes the report will
"make people see that they are losing
lives in their own home district.
"If they see the rate of local
deaths," she said, "they will be more
likely to take action against smoking
and to realize they are in danger."
But the Michigan Clean Air Act
Martin would like to see enacted is
getting opposition from cigarette
"We think the government is going
overboard with this kind of
legislation," said Anne Browder, a
spokesperson for the U.S. Tobacco In-
stitue, the lobbying arm for cigarette
and cigar producers across the coun-
"We don't feel it's necessary, or
that it's enforceable by law," she
said, adding that police officers in
states that have similar laws have
gone on record saying the rules are
virtually impossible to enforce.
Browder suggested that individual
workplaces or localities adopt their
own anti-smoking rules based on their
own enforcement capabilities.
Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER
Kathleen Haviland, an LSA sophomore, smokes a cigarette in the basement
of the Undergraduate Library'last Friday night. Haviland, a smoker since
she was 11, says she is not ready to stop.
on a controversial bill
divert cigarette 'tax
By THOMAS HRACH
After several attempts to swindle residents of Ann Arbor and
Lansing out of their valuables, an unidentified group of con men
have probably left the state by now, according to an Ann Arbor
The suspects were described as middle-aged men and wearing
three piece suits in both of the Ann Arbor incidents, said Detective
LAST FRIDAY, an 81-year-old Ann Arbor woman living on Dex-
ter Road lost over $7,000 in diamonds to a man impersonating a
plain clothed Ann Arbor police officer, Olmstead said, and last
Sunday a 31-year-old woman living on Cook Road was approached
by the imposters but became suspicious. As a result, the thief
walked off empty handed.
These two incidents follow reports from the Lansing and East
Lansing Police Departments that men fitting a similar description
attempted the same unsuccessful game in those cities wearing
bogus police uniforms.
"Con games go with the sun," said Olmstead.'"It's the season for
this kind of thing because the con men usually head north when the
ACCORDING to Olmstead, the con men begin their work by
posing as insurance salesmen in random phone calls to area reside-
nts. The kinds of valuables the person has at home or large amoun-
ts of money in the bank. After the conmen find a potential target
they pay a house visist and flash phony police badges.
Normally the imposters then tell their victim that a potential
thief is in the area and they have reason to believe that they will be
robbed, according to Olmstead. The imposters ask to mark all
valuables for insurance against theft, or ask for serial numbers on
cash to protect the victim, he said.
After the con men get their hands on the valuables a quick switch
is made between real jewelry and fakes or simply paper replaced
as the cash, he said.
The most recent incidents are a variation on an old con game,
Olmstead said, which induces people to withdraw money from the
bank to check on supposedly dishonest tellers.
All city residents should cheek police badges thoroughly for the
officer's name, rank, and pictured identification before allowing
the person in their home, police officials warn. Olmstead also ad-
vised residents to call the police if there is any question about the
validity of an officer.
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were "intelligent and capable, but they
were not prepared."
He attributes the high attrition rate of
black students admitted to the Univer-
sity immediately after the BAM strike
black movement dwindles on campus
to the lack of services to help prepare
them for the University.
IN RESOLVING the BAM strike,
Fleming and the regents agree to
initiate support programs to help black
students adjust to the academic en-
The Latin American Solidarity Committee is sponsoring "Brigadista's
Reflections on Nicaragua," a talk given by Tom Fryer who recently retur-
ned from a Nicaraguan work brigade. Fryer will speak at 8 p.m., in the
Kuenzel Room, Union.
MED- Hair, 7;30 p.m., MLB 3.
JLSU - The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, 7 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
AAFC - One Sings, The Other Doesn't, 7 p.m., Angell Aud. B.
IATA - Factories in the Third World Development Without Tears, 7 p.m.,
Ark - Talent/auditions night, 8 p.m., 637 S. Main.
School of Music - Recitals, John Scanlen, viola, 8 p.m., Recital Hall,
Robin MacMillan, piano8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
University Music Society - National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav
Rostropovich, conductor, 8:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
Hillel - Gemini, 8 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
First Congregational Church - Ida Yost, organ, 12:15. p.m., First
Prism - Depeche Mode, 8 p.m., Royal Oak Music Theater.
College of Engineering - Marvin White, 10 a.m., 2072 E. Engineering,
Suresh Chand, "Rolling Horizon procedures for Dynamic Optimization
Problems", 4 p.m., 241 IOE Building.
U-M Computing Center - Deb Masten, "introduction to Microcom-
puters," 3113 SEB, Forrest Harman, "Introduction to MTS Command Ex-
tensions and Macros, Part II," 3:30 p.m., 165 Business Administration.
The Center for Russian and East European Studies-Stephen Myers,
"Soviet Strategic Perspectives", 8 p.m., 25 Angell Hall, Jan Malarczyk,
"Polish Studies in the History of Political Ideas", noon, "The Reception of
Machiavelli in Poland and Russia", 4p.m., Lane Hall.
Biology Department-William Sarmer, "Coevolution and Coadaptation
of Dresophila and Yeast", 4 p.m., Lecture Rm. 1, MLB.
Statistic department- "The Variational Form of Certain Bayes Rules", 4
p.m., 451 Mason Hall.
Chemistry department-Andrew Childs, "Line Narrowing & Matrix Site
Effects in Condensed Phase Spectra", 4 p.m., 1200 Chemistry.
Psychiatry department-Robert Sadoff, "Psychic Injury," 10:30 a.m.,
LSA Student Government-5:45 p.m., MSA Chambers, Union
Ann Arbor Support Group for Farm Labor Organizing Committee - 5:30
p.m., 4318 Union.
Dissertation Support Group-8:30 a.m., 3100 UCS.
ACS Student Affiliates-5 p.m., 3005 Chemistry.
Black Student Union-7 p.m., Trotter House.
Muslim Students Association-lecture, Room D, Michigan League.
Student Wood & Craft Shop-Power tool safety class, 6p.m., 537 SAB.
SODC-Workshop, "Plan for Change, Don't Change Your Plans:
Managing Change", 6:30p.m., Union.
Tau Beta Pi-Tutoring, lower-level math, science, engineering, 7 p.m., 307
UGLI, 8 p.m., 2332 Bursley, 7 p.m., Alice Lloyd.
Telecommunication System-Open Forum on new University phone
system, 9 a.m., 2901 Taubman Library.
Michigan Undergraduate Anthropology Society-Film, "Maa Shagoon"
4:15 p.m., 2013 Angell Hall.
vironment at the University, according
to a 1970 Daily article.
These included CAAS to teach studen-
ts about black heritage. Trotter House,
an often troubled social gathering
place, and two academic counseling
programs which since have merged in-
to the Comprehensive Studies
IN ADDITION to the demand for
support programs, the strikers also
wanted an increase in the number of
black students and faculty at the Univer-
sity, and an increase in financial aid to
help recruit more black students.
In response to this demand, the
University pledged to bring black
enrollment up to 10 percent by 1973, and
to increase financial aid awards for
Black leaders say they are disappoin-
ted that neither of these goals has been
WHEN THE BAM strike broke out, I
was in California. As soon as I got
back, I picked up my picket sign and
encouraged students and faculty not to
attend class," Bryant said.
Bates remembers the strike as "a
groundswell of support. Each day it
seemed to pick up momentum.
"The first day or so it was business as
usual. As time went on, it picked up
basically shut down," Bates said.
"THE BLACK Action Movement was
a coalition of black student
organizations," Fabre explained.
"There was the law school group, an
undergraduate group, a medical group,
and an engineering group, among
Fabre said that in late 1969 or early
1970 all the black student organizations
came together to talk about "joint
problems we can address."
The strike itself began when the com-
bined groups, called the Black Action
Movement, "suddenly found a call for a
student strike," Fabre said. "We did
not really expect that it would happen.
Suddenly by Monday, we had a full-
fledged boycott." He estimates that
about 3,000 students and faculty ac-
tively participated in the strike.
"WE HAD plans, a list of demands,"
he said, "but we were not sure that (the
University) would ever get to them."
Fabre said that for about the first
week of class boycotts, "Fleming took
the position of 'Strike? What strike?'
But overall, he handled it very well,"
he added. Bates remembers being im-
pressed that the president would "vir-
tually roll up his sleeves and go right in
to talk to the students."
"He understood the problems, and he
handled it in an admirable fashion,"
IMMEDIATELY following the an-
nouncement that the strike had ended,
vice president Sudarkasa - then known
as Gloria Marshall - said: "We say
there can be no total victory until the
racist malignancy either consumes this
county or we cut it out.
"We will fight on, because like all
mankind we hope, and because we are
arrogant enough to know we will win,"
she said then.
Lockard credits the students with the
ability to mobilize such a paralyzing
sacrifices," he said.
PEOPLE involved in the BAM strike
agree that the administration needs "a
new push" today to achieve the goals
set 15 years ago, Fabre said.
"The administration is not going to
volunteer to do something," he said.-.
But Bates said he does not see a
unified effort like the BAM strike as a
"People are not concerned with
striking anymore," he said. "I do not
know that it would be the thing to even
attempt. In order to pull off something
like this, you would need people who
care about lots oft ings.
"But like most movements of this
sort, I do not think we are back where
we were before the strike.
"We do not want to go back to where
we were," Bates said.
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