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Link Tank 04/07

Published on 2015-07-04 02:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Before you shop for the BBQ ...

E-cigs prove that free markets regulate products better than government

Schools should not police lunch boxes

Shame on Pride for trying to ban UKIP

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Prison Smoking Bans

Published on 2015-07-03 16:34:39.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Rose and Harley. BBC: Australian experts are split over whether smoking bans are a crucial advance in prison health or “a bridge too far” that can only spark unrest. On Tuesday, hundreds of prisoners lit fires, broke walls and … Continue reading →

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The Self-Denormalisation Of A Reactionary Antique

Published on 2015-07-03 05:02:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You'll have noticed that content has been sparse recently, real life has had me hectic morning noon and night for the past week. This may continue for the coming week too; just thought I'd post that parish notice here. I do have time to briefly highlight this rather amusing piece of Chapman fail though, I think you might enjoy it.

It seems that the Global Forum on Nicotine event in Warsaw last month (see my report here) has got under the gobby coffin-dodger's skin somewhat. Here's how he described it in relation to an Aussie Senator's upcoming committee to examine negative effects of nanny state policies.

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Making sense of alcohol-related hospital admissions

Published on 2015-07-03 02:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The latest figures for alcohol-related hospital admissions were published last month and, over at the Alcohol Policy blog, James Morris lamented the fact that such announcements ‘no longer appear to generate significant media attention following changes to the reporting of the data’. This, he argues, is because the Department of Health prefers to use a narrow measure of ‘alcohol-related’ rather than the previous broad measure. The broad measure helped to push the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions over the (newsworthy) threshold of one million some time ago, but it was never credible. Here’s why.

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France: nouvelle charrette d'interdits au volant

Published on 2015-07-02 18:39:00.
Website: Accueil


Rue 89: "Qu’importe la loi, vous pourrez toujours conduire avec la musique à fond

"Avis à tous les automobilistes aimant s’en mettre plein les oreilles : ce temps est révolu. L’information vous a peut-être échappé, mais écouter de la musique trop fort en voiture de telle sorte qu’elle vous empêche d’entendre les bruits de la circulation est désormais passible d’une amende de 75 euros."



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Indoor Smoking Ban Halts Scientific Research on Smoking (Nanny of the Month, June 2015)

Published on 2015-07-02 18:21:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl


D'oh!



..because they really, really care about our health.



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ASH Wales Matches ASH London's Vaping Ban Apathy

Published on 2015-07-02 12:04:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Far too forceful for ASH WalesDespite an overwhelming 79% rejection of his policy by the public - and with even 'public health' types queueing up to tell him his proposal to ban e-cigs in enclosed spaces is a crashingly stupid idea - Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford is stubbornly and irresponsibly sticking to his guns. In fact, not only that, his response is to give the sane majority the finger, scream "screw you all!", and double down by banning vaping in outdoor areas as well!

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Public Health Law Center Lies to Public About Tobacco Companies Marketing of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-07-02 06:04:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a new legal update from the Public Health Law Center, tobacco companies are marketing electronic cigarettes to kids with kid-friendly flavors that include watermelon, Son of a Beach, vanilla malt, popcorn, s’mores, kettle corn, colas, Pizza Pia, chocolate ice cream, and pink lemonade.

The document claims as follows:

"Summer is finally upon us. If you don’t have time to picnic, visit the beach, or go camping, no problem. You can buy your fill of vacation flavors at your nearest tobacco or e-cigarette store — either at a brick and mortar establishment or online. In fact, no matter the season, tobacco product and e-cigarette manufacturers continue to produce seasonally inspired flavors such as watermelon, Son of a Beach, vanilla malt, popcorn, s’mores, kettle corn, colas, Pizza Pia, chocolate ice cream, and pink lemonade in what are euphemistically described as “kid-friendly flavors."

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The Absolute Mess of the Eurozone

Published on 2015-07-01 16:21:00.
Website: Frank Davis


Whatever the outcome of the Greek crisis, the image of the EU has been very badly damaged. Breitbart: What an absolute mess the Eurozone has become. Does David Cameron really think he can mount a persuasive argument for the UK … Continue reading →

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Q'attend donc la SSR pour filmer aussi en I-Phone ?

Published on 2015-07-01 06:55:27.
Website: Accueil


Tribune de Geneve: "Léman Bleu adopte le 100% iPhone pour l’été

« La chaîne genevoise tourne son téléjournal avec des smartphones depuis lundi. Sur le terrain, des journalistes séduits par la légèreté de leur matériel.

« Debout sur un voilier amarré au Port-Noir, Cynthia Racine, de Léman Bleu, lance aux téléspectateurs son habituel «Bonjour à tous». Deux collègues au pied marin la filment en sautant d’un bateau à l’autre, un iPhone 6 en main. La chaîne genevoise a fait le pari de réaliser son téléjournal d’été uniquement avec ce modèle de téléphone.  » 

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The anti-smoking lobby is burning our money

Published on 2015-07-01 01:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Harry Phibbs has written an important post about the little known issue of the Local Declaration on Tobacco Control (LDTC). This is an ASH initiative to get local authorities to sign up to an agreement to ostracise the tobacco industry in everything they do. Essentially, it is Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control gold-plated to a ludicrous degree.

Article 5.3 says, very simply...

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Alcools vaudois: il en est de "plus égaux que les autres ..."

Published on 2015-06-30 18:38:29.
Website: Accueil


24 Heures: " La vente d’alcool à l’emporter sera limitée dès mercredi.

"La vente de vin reste entièrement autorisée

"Et voilà, dès mercredi soir (1er juillet 2015) , la vente à l’emporter de la bière et des al­cools forts devrait être officiellement interdite après 21.h dans tout le canton de Vaud. Le but ? Empêcher les «bitures express» des jeunes. C’est une nouvelle disposition de la loi sur les auberges et débits de boissons (LADB) adoptée en janvier par le Grand Conseil.

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The End of Truth

Published on 2015-06-30 16:19:01.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been reading Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, the chapter called The End of Truth, and as I was reading it seemed to be as relevant today as it was when it was first written. To make a totalitarian system function … Continue reading →

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Why are So Many Anti-Tobacco Groups and Advocates Throwing Vapers Under the Bus?

Published on 2015-06-30 05:04:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


There is no evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, that they are attracting nonsmokers to become regular vapers, or that they are impeding smoking cessation. Nevertheless, even if all three of these were the case, one thing would remain true: smokers who succeed in quitting smoking by switching to electronic cigarettes ought to be congratulated rather than scorned. However, the anti-tobacco community has shown nothing but scorn for the vaping community.

Vapers who have quit smoking have greatly improved their health. In fact, they have taken the single most important action to improve their health. They have literally saved their lives. This is a tremendous accomplishment that should be praised. Yet many anti-tobacco groups and advocates will not publicly acknowledge that these thousands of vapers have saved their lives and have shown scorn for the vaping community rather than congratulating vapers on their accomplishment.

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There's a riot going on

Published on 2015-06-30 03:06:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Published 8 hours ago...

Victorian prison system 'very ready' for smoking ban, Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard says
Victoria's prison system is "very ready" for a smoking ban which comes into effect on Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard says.
The Victorian Government flagged a ban would be put in place about a year ago and since then the Corrections Department has been working with Quit Victoria to tailor programs specifically for the inmate population.

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What's the point of changing the drinking advice?

Published on 2015-06-30 02:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Why do campaigners get so excited about drinking and eating guidelines being lowered? Surely they don't expect people to change their behaviour as a result?

They don't, but guidelines are very useful for problem inflation and activist rhetoric, or so I argue today at Spectator Health. Do have a read.

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Asteroid Day

Published on 2015-06-29 16:34:09.
Website: Frank Davis


Two Nobel prize-winning economists on Greece. Joseph Stiglitz: It is hard to advise Greeks how to vote on 5 July. Neither alternative – approval or rejection of the troika’s terms – will be easy, and both carry huge risks. A yes … Continue reading →

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Mad Stan Speaks, The World Laughs

Published on 2015-06-29 13:28:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


"There there Stan, time for your pills?"On Thursday we had a chuckle about Mad Stan's latest piece of hilarious garbage. To cut a long story short, he managed to write a study which proved itself wrong, simply because he's a pathetic obese gnome who hates e-cigs.

Others have had fun with it too because it really is a work of simpleton art, but now anti-smoking Dr Michael Siegel - a Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health - has put the boot in too (do read the whole thing - DP).

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Myrielle Delarue, "dissidente" de la première heure, n'est plus

Published on 2015-06-29 10:20:31.
Website: Accueil


(DDG/jaw) Parmi les premières recrues « dissidentes » qui se soient annoncées partantes à la création, en juin 2008, de notre association libertaire, figuraient plusieurs femmes à forte personnalité et plusieurs membres de la direction de la Télévision Suisse Romande. C'était avant que les studios ne soient purifiés de leurs fumeurs récalcitrants. Sur plus d'un millier de collaborateurs émargeant au budget de cette entreprise, seule une poignée d'entre eux a compris, à la lecture de nos statuts, que nous ne défendrions pas uniquement le droit de fumer sans nuire à autrui ni l'importuner, mais que nous aspirions surtout à prévenir bien d'autres abus technocratiques liberticides.

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More minimum pricing junk science

Published on 2015-06-29 04:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Observer is probably the most gullible newspaper when it comes to 'public health' quackery so it's no surprise to see it reporting this...

Imposing a minimum unit price for alcohol leads to a dramatic fall in drink-related crime, including murders, sexual assaults and drink-driving, a new study shows.

Crimes perpetrated against people, including violent assaults, fell by 9.17% when the price of alcohol was increased by 10% over nine years in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

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IN MY VIEW: Anti-Tobacco Advocates are OK With Letting Smokers Die at the Current Rate

Published on 2015-06-29 03:50:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In what to me is a shocking admission, two anti-tobacco advocates have argued that there is no need for e-cigarettes - a new and promising smoking cessation tool - because current progress in reducing smoking is sufficient and more smokers each year are trying to quit.

In other words, what they are saying is that they are content with letting smokers die at the current rate. There is no need to expand the smoking cessation alternatives available to smokers, they argue. This means that they are OK with letting smokers die at the current rate and not pursuing a wider range of alternative cessation strategies. They are apparently content with the status quo; that is, the current anti-smoking interventions and cessation treatments (and the current rate of decline in cigarette smoking).

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Faux espoir: l'ONU contre l'interdiction du cryptage sur le Net

Published on 2015-06-28 19:19:45.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Surveillance électronique... L’ONU défend le droit de chaque citoyen de pouvoir accéder à des logiciels de chiffrement pour protéger ses communications.

"Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme, de nombreux Etats ont adopté des législations intrusives qui menacent de porter atteinte à la vie privée de tout un chacun. Sur la base de ces nouveaux textes, les services de renseignement et de police peuvent, en effet, accéder de manière légale à toutes les communications qui passent par Internet. Craquer le code d’accès d’une boîte mail ou d’une messagerie Skype peut être autorisé dès lors que l’on prétend agir au nom de la sécurité nationale.

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The Whole System Has Failed

Published on 2015-06-28 16:14:01.
Website: Frank Davis


It looks set to be a very hot week in the EU, as Greece finally defaults and maybe exits the eurozone and the EU. Twenty years ago, opposition to the EU (then EEC) seemed to be almost non-existent. Now it … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 27/06

Published on 2015-06-27 03:14:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Plucked from the internet haze.

‘Embracing humanity’ in public health

Alcohol and tax are a deadly cocktail

Michelle Obama creates salt black markets in schools

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R. Room with a view

Published on 2015-06-26 11:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Every time a 'public health' group loses its taxpayer funding an angel gets it wings, so it is with a glad heart that I give you the week's second best news from Australia (see here for the best)...

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research in Melbourne, which explored research areas such as the cost and harms of "passive drinking", has lost its $170,000 annual government funding, about 10 per cent of its funding base.

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Temperance tricks of the trade

Published on 2015-06-26 06:11:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A new study of the neo-temperance lobby's tricks of the trade was published this week. It is paywalled but can be read here. In it Alfred Uhl from the Austrian Public Health Institute looks at several examples of wishful thinking, faulty logic and statistical foul play by people who want to more and more taxes and restrictions on alcohol.

Put simply, the activist/academics who dominate the discussion of alcohol policy in the most prominent 'public health' groups have decided that tobacco-style bans and taxes are the way to deal with alcohol-related health problems and no amount of evidence is going to deter them.

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Rue89: "Loi renseignement avant/après : petits mieux et grandes vacheries"

Published on 2015-06-25 16:07:51.
Website: Accueil


rue89: "De sa fuite dans Le Figaro le 17 mars dernier à son adoption solennelle ce 24 juin, le projet de loi sur le renseignement a connu de nombreux rebondissements.

"Tant du côté de sa réception – une partie de l’opinion publique s’y opposant vertement, redoutant que le texte ouvre une boîte de Pandore redoutable pour nos libertés –, que du côté de sa rédaction. Malgré la procédure accélérée qui lui a épargné les habituels allers-retours au Parlement, ce projet a tout de même pas mal bougé entre la table du Conseil des ministres, l’Assemblée, le Sénat, et la Commission mixte paritaire (CMP, qui rassemble députés et sénateurs dans ces cas accélérés), qui a bouclé tout ça."

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Poverty babble

Published on 2015-06-25 14:47:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


On Sunday, The Observer published a front page story in which "leading charities and independent experts" confidently predicted that the Office for National Statistics was about to announce a shocking rise in the poverty rate. The figures were released today. There was no rise at all.

Read more at the IEA blog.

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Stanton Glantz Produces A Study Which Proves Himself Wrong

Published on 2015-06-25 14:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


We've always known that Stanton Glantz is a horse's arse, but he's galloped an extra few furlongs this week.

In order to rubbish e-cigs and the concept of harm reduction, the bonkers aircraft engineer has just had a study published in the science-averse rag Tobacco Control Journal where he claims that - between 1992 and 2012 - the fewer smokers there have been, the quicker they have quit. Here's how he explains it on his blog.

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Retrospective peer review

Published on 2015-06-25 04:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Remember Aseem Malhotra's dreadful article which claimed that there was no link between physical inactivity and obesity? It was not peer-reviewed at the time but it has now received a retrospective peer review. As you might expect, it is not pretty.

It's well worth reading so please do.



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New Study Finds that Problem of E-Cigarette Use Among Nonsmoking Adults is Non-Existent

Published on 2015-06-25 03:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Contrary to the claims of many e-cigarette opponents, who argue that nonsmokers will be attracted to take up electronic cigarette use, the results of a Minnesota study just published in Tobacco Control finds that regular e-cigarette use among nonsmoking adults is a rarity.

In this study of Minnesota adults, although 5.6% of nonsmokers had tried e-cigarettes and 1.2% had used e-cigarettes in the past month, only 0.1% of nonsmokers had used e-cigarettes more than 5 days in the past month.

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House Appropriations Bill Would Protect Public Health By Allowing E-Cigarettes to Stay on the Market

Published on 2015-06-25 03:17:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Sharing my concerns that the FDA deeming regulation will decimate much of the electronic cigarette industry, Representative Robert Aderholt (R-AL) has introduced a rider to the House appropriations bill that would essentially overrule the FDA and statutorily set the "grandfather" date for electronic cigarettes as the effective date of the FDA deeming regulation.

The significance of this legislation is that it would allow all electronic cigarettes currently on the market (and all those on the market as of the effective date of FDA regulation) to remain on the market without having to submit complex and resource-intensive new product or substantial equivalence applications.

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