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Faut-il interdire la pub et le sponsoring des cigarettiers ?

Published on 2014-09-14 17:39:59.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: " Faut-il interdire la pub et le sponsoring des festivals par les cigarettiers? Le projet de loi sur le tabac, dont la période de consultation s'est achevée vendredi, ne va pas si loin. Et c'est bien ce que lui reprochent les associations de lutte contre le tabagisme, à l'instar de la Ligue pulmonaire. Le débat entre Filippo Lombardi (Photo), conseiller aux Etats PDC (TI) et Grégoire Vittoz, responsable de la prévention pour la Ligue pulmonaire vaudoise."



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Three News Items

Published on 2014-09-14 16:23:51.
Website: Frank Davis


Three news items. First one via Audrey Silk on Facebook: If you smoke, you’re out Patients sneaking a smoke or a chew at Salina Regional Health Center or any of the hospital’s other properties will be sent away. The hospital … Continue reading →

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The Politics of Fantasy

Published on 2014-09-13 16:19:41.
Website: Frank Davis


Still on the subject of the Scottish referendum, from Christopher Booker: But this dream, that with one mighty bound Scotland can be free, is only the latest example of what has become one of the most prominent features of politics … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 13/09

Published on 2014-09-13 03:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Links a la carte.

The war on fat - a big, fat waste of time

The unintended consequences of plain cigarette packaging

The truth we won't admit: Drinking is healthy

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The Disintegrating EU

Published on 2014-09-12 16:49:04.
Website: Frank Davis


Britain isn’t the only European country on the brink of division. Richard North writes: Hundreds of thousands of Catalans packed the streets of Barcelona yesterday. They were there to demand the right to vote on a potential split from Spain, their … Continue reading →

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Langage interdit: : le "négrillon" ne passe pas la rampe...

Published on 2014-09-12 15:55:53.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Un ministre bernois lâche "petit nègre" en présentant un centre de requérants.

"Le conseiller d'Etat bernois (PLR)en charge de la police et des affaires militaires Hans-Jürg Käser a déclaré jeudi lors de la présentation à la population d'un centre pour requérants d'asile que chaque "Negerbubli" (petit nègre) sait que la Suisse est un pays de cocagne. Cette formulation a été vivement critiquée par la présidente de la commission fédérale contre le racisme et sur les réseaux sociaux."

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An Investigation Into Whom?

Published on 2014-09-12 11:21:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So here we are, 6 days after Professor John Ashton's bout of Saturday night Twitter rage (see here, here and here for background), and the Faculty of Public Health has today posted a statement on their website.

Click to enlargeInteresting to see that they're continuing to describe it as a Twitter "exchange" rather than a sinister trawling of vaper Twitter timelines followed by a series of insulting stand-alone tweets. The exchange of words only happened well after Ashton had begun his spiteful tirade. Still, at least they are taking it seriously.

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A Tale of Two Divisions

Published on 2014-09-11 16:25:53.
Website: Frank Davis


According to figures I’ve found, Scotland’s population last year was 5.3 million, which is about 8% of the UK’s total population of 64.1 million. Everyone in England (including me) is now thoroughly alarmed at the prospect of 8% of the … Continue reading →

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Gratitude, WHO Style

Published on 2014-09-11 13:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As mentioned before, the documents being place online by the World Health Organisation in advance of their working holiday in Putin's Russia are very revealing.
51. The budget approved by the COP at its fourth session was US$ 14 902 000 (of which VAC accounted for US$ 9 107 000). This amount, however, should be adjusted by US$ 1 188 000, the amount that was identified as the extrabudgetary component of funds necessary  or convening the fifth session of the INB4 and which was met by the in-kind contribution of  the European Union (by covering the travel and conference service costs of the session). That's $1.188 million of your taxes being spent to prop up a movement which - as I've mentioned before - is incapable of living within its means.

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Lausanne: le PLR veut fliquer ses citoyens à la mini-caméra

Published on 2014-09-11 07:02:13.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Des mini-caméras pour la police, demande le PLR Lausanne

"Les libéraux-radicaux lausannois ont lancé jeudi leur rentrée politique. Le PLR a présenté trois postulats: modification des horaires d'ouverture de l'administration, dotation pour la police de mini-caméras et ouverture aux sportifs handicapés des Jeux olympiques pour la jeunesse (JOJ). Il a aussi ironisé sur le bilan dressé par le Parti socialiste (PS), parlant de "pillage systématique".

"En équipant la police dans certaines circonstances de mini-caméras, il serait possible de rétablir "l'égalité" par rapport à tous ceux n'hésitent pas à filmer les agents, a déclaré Mathieu Blanc qui a déposé le postulat avec Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand. L'usage, qui protégerait les agents d'accusations infondées, a fait ses preuves en France."

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Yet more failure in Australia

Published on 2014-09-11 04:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


More awkward news for plain pack campaigners, this time from Cancer Council Queensland:

"New Queensland Health data has found a sharp increase in the prevalence of smoking among Queenslanders aged between 25 and 34 years old over the past two years.

"This trend defies the declines we have seen in other age groups, with 28 per cent of men in the 25-34 age bracket now smoking every day, compared with 19.8 per cent in 2012.

"Among women in the 25-34 age bracket, the rate of smoking has increased from 12.8 per cent to 16.7 per cent.

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Columbia Scientists Claim that E-Cigarettes May Be Gateway to Illicit Drug Use and Addiction

Published on 2014-09-11 03:57:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a press release issued by Columbia University Medical Center, a team of researchers from Columbia University have concluded that electronic cigarettes may serve as a gateway not only to cigarette smoking, but also to illicit drug use and addiction, such as cocaine addiction.

According to the press release: "Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) may function as a “gateway drug”—a drug that lowers the threshold for addiction to other substances, such as marijuana and cocaine—according to the 120th Shattuck lecture, presented to the Massachusetts Medical Society by Columbia researchers Denise and Eric Kandel and published today in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine." ...

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Not Responsible

Published on 2014-09-10 16:23:57.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been slowly chewing over something I read last week: On the other side of the debate is Dr Stephen Parnis, an emergency physician and vice president of the Australian Medical Association. Dr Parnis believes regulations around smoking, alcohol and … Continue reading →

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The Truth Will Set You Free!

Published on 2014-09-10 11:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


In case you were wondering how your taxes were being spent lately, you might be thrilled to know that you're currently financing a trip to Brussels for people who want to make your beer cost more.
Speaking at a conference, organised by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) on Friday (5 September) Peter Rice, chair of the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), argued for the MUP [minimum alcohol pricing] policy, which sets a 'floor price' below which alcohol cannot be sold, based on the amount of alcohol contained in the product. MUP will particularly benefit harmful drinkers on low incomes in terms of improved health and well-being, he said.For "benefit", read "impose a form of price prohibition on".

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Genève: pour boire (et fumer) en terrasses: chacun apporte sa chaise !

Published on 2014-09-10 06:19:42.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Protestation à l'Ecole-de-Médecine: pour boire en terrasse, apportez votre chaise !"

"Des habitués de la rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine se réunissent pour protester contrer la nouvelle règle appliquée sur les terrasses.

"Suite à la volonté de la Ville de réduire le nombre de fêtards dans la rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine, il est désormais interdit d’y boire un verre dehors si l’on n’y a pas une place en terrasse. Entrée en vigueur le week-end dernier, cette nouvelle réglementation soulève déjà des protestations.

"Un événement Facebook a été créé afin de manifester contre cette décision. Imaginé par Jonas Andco, un Genevois, ce ralliement est simple: débarquer à 21 h ce soir muni de son propre siège et s’installer dans la rue en question afin d’y observer une minute de silence pour «cette nuit genevoise qui meurt à petit feu». Pour l’heure, quelque 6000 personnes ont été conviées et plus de 500 se sont déjà inscrites. «Cette initiative est vraiment symbolique et ne vise en aucun cas à nuire aux habitants de la rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine, précise l’organisateur. Mon souhait est de soutenir ces établissements qui sont contraints de suivre des règles tuant la vie festive. Je dédie aussi cet événement à ceux qui ont mis la clé sous la porte.» L’organisateur invite les participants à rester «calmes et civilisés»."

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Food wowsers in action

Published on 2014-09-10 04:33:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Another 'public health' conference took place this week. This time it was the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Never have those speech marks around 'public health' been more necessary. It was, in truth, a far-left political rally against 'Big Food' and in support of 'Big Government'.

Amongst the speaker was the tree-hugging Trotskyist, Gerard Hastings, and the unctuous brain donor, Aseem Malhotra. The following tweets give you a taste of the conference in all its fanatical glory. Note the intense hatred of business, trade, capitalism and economics. Note also the clear intention to bring about a worldwide treaty in the style of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control so that your diet can be controlled by international law.

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Everyone Agrees: FDA Should Eliminate Pre-Market Review for Electronic Cigarettes, At Least Until Effective Date of Regulations

Published on 2014-09-10 04:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In three separate sets of comments submitted to the FDA regarding the proposed deeming regulations, three major players in the e-cigarette space have offered the identical piece of advice for the agency:

Do not apply pre-market review requirements for electronic cigarettes, at least until the effective date of the final regulations.

Here is what each of the three companies/associations had to say regarding this issue in their submitted comments:

1. Altria Client Services (on behalf of Nu Mark): "Nothing in the FSPTCA [Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act] requires FDA to engage in all-or-nothing deeming for all purposes. Rather than deem an entire class of tobacco products categorically subject to the FSPTCA for all purposes, FDA has multiple options for proceeding in a reasoned, scientifically sound, and incremental manner. For example, FDA should exercise its statutory authority to deem e-vapor products commercially marketed before the Final Rule for certain purposes under the FSPTCA. Such products would be subject to age restrictions, warning labels, and disclosure requirements, without subjecting them to premarket authorization. Only those e-vapor products commercially marketed after issuance of the Final Rule would be subject to ... premarket authorization."

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Genève: la loi sur la police votée mais déjà combattue !

Published on 2014-09-09 14:59:50.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: La loi sur la police est votée, le MCG annonce un référendum

"Les quatre partis gouvernementaux, PLR, PDC, Socialistes et Verts, ont accepté la loi. L'UDC, le MCG et Ensemble à Gauche l'ont rejetée.

"Le Grand Conseil genevois a repris, mardi à 17 heures, l'examen du projet de loi 11228 portant sur la réforme de la police genevoise (LPol). Peu avant 19 heures, il avait traité au pas de charge 40 des 62 articles que le parlement n'avait pas traités, jeudi 28 août, après 5 heures de débat. En fait le MCG, qui avait déposé 41 des 65 amendements, a demandé le renvoi du projet en commission. Battu, Eric Stauffer a annoncé le lancement d'un référendum et invité les policiers à faire signer leur opposition à la nouvelle LPol.

"La loi est votée par 57 oui contre 36 non et 0 abstention. Les quatre partis gouvernementaux, PLR, PDC, Socialistes et Verts, l'ont accepté. L'UDC, le MCG et Ensemble à Gauche l'ont rejetée."

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Some Perspective, Please?

Published on 2014-09-09 12:57:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


By way of a brief update, on Thursday I said I was unsure of David Davies MP's stance after his parliamentary question winkling out the fact that the WHO's FCTC shouldn't even be discussing e-cigs, let alone tabling bans on their use in public. I now think his motives are more clear.

For anyone not familiar with written questions, an MP is allowed to ask as many as he/she likes and they are slated well in advance in order for civil servants to compile a response for the minister concerned so have to be well-worded to avoid an uninformative reply. However, they are also limited to a certain number per day so - although an MP may want to ask dozens of questions on a single subject - the responses themselves are often released on a staggered basis. A good example is Steve Baker questioning each government department on their policies toward granting taxpayer funds to charities, as reported here in 2012.

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A Policy Supporting Death: European Respiratory Society Would Rather that Smokers Die than Switch to Electronic Cigarettes

Published on 2014-09-09 04:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a published research article and a European Lung Foundation press release, the European Respiratory Society is opposed to the use of e-cigarettes in any setting in which they are unregulated (which currently includes the United States and most countries).

According to the press release: "The ERS agrees with the recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and is opposed to the use of unregulated e-cigarettes. While the short-term negative impact on health appears not as great as tobacco cigarettes, the long-term effects of e-cigarettes are not known. As a Society grounded in scientific principles, ERS believes that the precautionary principle should be applied when scientific evidence is inconclusive and insufficient."

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The Times Redefines The Word 'Retaliated'

Published on 2014-09-09 01:32:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I've always known e-cigs had the potential for showing up tobacco control for the appalling shysters that they are, but I must admit to not fully understanding how very low they would sink in protecting their grubby, disingenuous and self-serving cartel.

Following FPH President John Ashton's abusive antics at the weekend (see here), you'd think - wouldn't you - that he'd lie low and take his punishment like a man. Of course not, this is a dyed-in-the-wool public health trouser-stuffer we are talking about here - motto being "when in trouble; lie".

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The Show Must Go On ++ Updated ++

Published on 2014-09-08 13:33:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So, further to yesterday's article on Faculty of Public Health president John Ashton's public implosion, it seems the inevitable has occurred and he's realised he was being a bit of a dick on Saturday night.
I very much regret my choice of language to describe some vapers on Saturday evening and any offence caused.I am taking a break from twitter
— John Ashton (@Johnrashton47) September 8, 2014Still, if anyone was under the impression that the FPH will be more receptive to opposing views on the issue of e-cigs as a result, you might need to think again.

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The dark soul of Prof. John Ashton

Published on 2014-09-08 05:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Plenty of people have already written about this, but I can't resist covering it again in case anyone missed it.

Professor John Ashton, formerly of the Socialist Health Association and currently the head of the UK Faculty of Public Health, had a funny old weekend. He started Friday in true public health form by putting out a statement about e-cigarettes which began with the whopping lie that there is consensus on this divisive issue:

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Fascinating Op-Ed in Richmond Times-Dispatch Reveals that Lack of Current E-Cigarette Regulation is the Fault of Anti-Smoking Groups

Published on 2014-09-08 03:09:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Revealing an all-but-forgotten piece of legislative and political history, Drs. Alan Blum and Amy Muhlberg provide the "rest of the story" regarding the FDA's failure to regulate electronic cigarettes for the past five years, leading to its inability to develop a sound, coherent, and informed approach to maximizing the benefits while minimizing the risks of these innovative products. Their insightful comments appear in an op-ed piece published in Saturday's Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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The Public Health Mask Slips

Published on 2014-09-07 13:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Around 18 months ago I attended a panel debate in London where the audience was populated by both consumer and public health industry reps, as well as mere interested observers like myself. The venue had kindly laid on refreshments afterwards and, while circulating, I found myself at one point chatting to a public health professional.

During the conversation I expressed my view that the public health movement had morphed from a position of benevolent concern for the public into one where coercion and bullying appeared to be central tactics; that in the past, public health had offered advice and support for those who wished to change their lifestyles, but generally left alone those who were content with taking ubiquitously-known risks. The occasion sticks in my mind because - to my surprise - the guy nodded and seemed to agree with me!

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Vapotage: des experts de l'OMS s'entredéchirent

Published on 2014-09-07 07:13:25.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " Des experts critiquent le rapport défavorable de l'OMS sur la cigarette électronique"

"L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a mis en garde la semaine dernière contre la cigarette électronique. Des experts de la santé suisses et européens critiquent les conclusions de l'OMS, qu'ils jugent trompeuses.

"L'OMS décrit l'apport de la vaporette pour les personnes désireuses d'arrêter de fumer comme douteux. Elle réclame son interdiction pour les consommateurs mineurs, ainsi que dans l'espace public. Motif: les substances toxiques dégagées par l'e-cigarette ne sont toujours pas clairement identifiées.

"A l'inverse, les auteurs d'un article paru vendredi dans la revue spécialisée «Addiction» sont d'un avis totalement opposé. Parmi ces experts figure Jean-François Etter, spécialiste du tabagisme à l'Institut de médecine sociale et préventive de l'Université de Genève. Selon lui, les jeunes non-fumeurs n'utilisent la vaporette que très rarement et le taux de jeunes fumeurs baisse."

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Link Tank 06/09

Published on 2014-09-06 05:42:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Afternoon delights.

The madness of letting jobsworths hand out fines

The obesity panic on life support

The war on e-cigarettes is enough to make me give up giving up

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Alains Berset, fossoyeur des libertés publicitaires ?

Published on 2014-09-05 05:44:09.
Website: Accueil




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Genève: interdit de boire debout !

Published on 2014-09-04 13:32:34.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Ecole de Médecine : place assise exigée pour boire un verre en terrasse

"La Ville veut limiter les hordes de fêtards sur le trottoir. Les exploitants interdisent donc depuis ce week-end à leurs clients de sortir avec une boisson, sauf s’ils possèdent une place assise en terrasse.

"Depuis le week-end dernier, les clients des bars de la très populaire rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine ne peuvent plus boire leur bière à même le trottoir. La Ville et le Canton ont demandé à ces sept établissements de mieux contenir le flot de leurs visiteurs.

"Conséquence, les tenanciers interdisent désormais à leurs clients de sortir avec une boisson, sauf s’ils ont un siège réservé en terrasse. Une méthode qui ne va pas sans poser de problème : les exploitants, dont certains ont dû engager des agents de sécurité, constatent que certains clients se fâchent et se rabattent sur des bars d’autres rues du quartier, qui ne subissent pas la même pression. "

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Department Of Health: E-Cigs Are Not A Tobacco Product

Published on 2014-09-04 11:45:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


With parliament just back from recess, Monmouth MP David Davies is out of the blocks sharpish with a written question whose reply raises questions of its own (emphases mine).
David Davies (Monmouth, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the definition of e-cigarettes as tobacco products under the terms of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Jane Ellison (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health; Battersea, Conservative) Electronic cigarettes are not defined as tobacco products under the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The regulation of e-cigarettes, is however, scheduled for discussion at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 13–18 October 2014.It would appear to be an extremely well worded question from Davies (whose stance on e-cigs I have no clue) which winkles out a fundamental aspect all but forgotten in the debate over EU and WHO pronouncements on e-cigs.

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La nouvelle loi sur le tabac fait déjà tousser

Published on 2014-09-04 04:36:46.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: "Quatre associations, dont Publicité suisse et la communauté du commerce suisse en tabac, sont montées au front pour dire tout le mal qu'elles pensaient de l'avant-projet d'Alain Berset actuellement en consultation.

"Haro sur l'avant-projet de la nouvelle loi fédérale sur les produits du tabac présenté par le Conseil fédéral ce printemps, à 15 jours de la fin de la procédure de consultation! Quatre associations, SW Schweizer Werbung/Publicité Suisse, la Communauté du commerce suisse en tabac, le Konsumentenforum kf et la CI Priorité Liberté, ont tiré à vue sur le texte ce jeudi 4 septembre à Berne.

"Pour elles, le texte constitue une ingérence massive de l'Etat dans l'économie privée et porte atteinte à la liberté de la publicité. Les 4 associations estiment que la publicité a fait déjà assez d'effort en la matière ces dernières années et que rien ne prouve qu'une interdiction de pub sur le tabac ait une influence sur le nombre de fumeurs."

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What a small world

Published on 2014-09-04 02:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Dick Puddlecote recently mentioned the latest advocacy-as-science article in BMJ Open. The 'study' is, as he says, nothing more than "a telephone poll of (average) 650 people in just one Australian state which attempted to disprove claims that plain packaging will encourage criminal counterfeiters. A very difficult thing to do considering the Sun newspaper collected video evidence in June of an ecstatic Indonesian fake cig manufacturer describing how his business will benefit from plain packaging legislation."

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