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Minimum pricing model wheeled out once more

Published on 2014-09-30 19:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The latest flurry of activity from Sheffield University's minimum pricing activists researchers appeared today. As ever, it made headline news at the BBC...

Minimum unit price '50 times more effective' than alcohol floor price
A minimum price is a floor price. If a BBC hack doesn't understand basic terminology, s/he is unlikely to be able to get to grips with a speculative and partisan estimate from a deeply flawed computer model.

The gist of the press release (there is also a study, but the study is more of an appendage to the press release than vice versa) is that the ban on alcohol being sold below cost price will have much less effect on alcohol consumption—and therefore, in the eyes of the activists researchers, alcohol-related harm—than a minimum unit price of 45p.

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Un champignon hallucinogène pour arrêter de fumer

Published on 2014-09-30 16:41:05.
Website: Accueil


wikistrike.com: "La psilocybine contenue dans certains champignons hallucinogènes pourrait aider des fumeurs de longue durée à arrêter de fumer. C’est le résultat d’une petite étude pilote qui a obtenu 80 % de réussite sur un échantillon de 15 fumeurs.

"Dans les années 1950-1970, des recherches avaient porté sur l’utilisation d’hallucinogènes pour traiter la dépendance aux drogues (alcool, opioïdes). Ce champ d'étude prometteur avait été abandonné en raison des controverses suscitées par l’usage de tels produits. En 2012, des travaux ont suggéré qu'un traitement utilisant le LSD pouvait aider au sevrage alcoolique. Un article récent paru dans Journal of Psychopharmacology donne les résultats d'une recherche menée à l'université Johns-Hopkins (Baltimore) basée sur l'emploi d'un principe actif des champignonshallucinogènes, la psilocybine, pour le sevrage tabagique. "

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The Smoking Ban Didn’t Work

Published on 2014-09-30 16:14:20.
Website: Frank Davis


From the View from Cullingworth, a graph that says everything: Since the 2007 smoking ban, UK adult male smoking prevalence hasn’t fallen at all, and female smoking prevalence has hardly fallen either. All we have are bankrupted pubs, a broken … Continue reading →

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Une initiative populaire contre Via Sicura est en préparation

Published on 2014-09-30 15:56:55.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: "Le peuple aura peut-être son mot à dire sur Via Sicura. Selon une information des Radios régionales romandes, une initiative populaire est en préparation. Depuis l'introduction en 2013 de ce programme de prévention routière beaucoup plus sévère qu’auparavant, la colère monte. Le comité d’initiative, qui souhaite dépose le texte à la Chancellerie fédérale avant la fin de l’année, se déclare apolitique. L’initiative est actuellement en rédaction auprès de l'avocat Samuel Thétaz, à Lausanne. Son interview, suivie de l'analyse de Christian Favre."

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Lovely Grants

Published on 2014-09-30 11:43:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Taking its theme from the Portal "Still Alive" meme, this short video manages to cram in Dalligate, Ashtongate, the appalling EU snus ban, de facto destruction of e-cigs by the EU/MHRA/WHO and other self-enriching 'public health' misbehaviour.

Do watch, enjoy, and share widely.

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A late reply to Irish plain pack nonsense

Published on 2014-09-29 23:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Before I went to Australia last month, I wrote a letter to the Irish Times after they published a particularly silly article by Luke Clancy of ASH Ireland. They didn't published it (this is becoming a habit with Irish newspapers) so, very belatedly, here it is...
Nobody should be surprised that Professor Luke Clancy would claim (Irish Times, August 15) that plain packaging of cigarettes “works”, but to support his assertion he cites a number of statistics which should be taking their case to the United Nations Committee on Torture, such has been their mistreatment at the hands of the proponents of plain packaging.

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Le tabac, un produit à combattre, mais impossible à supprimer

Published on 2014-09-29 18:51:41.
Website: Accueil


lemonde.fr: "Depuis quelques années, les gouvernements successifs en France et dans le monde s'interrogent sur les solutions disponibles contre la consommation de cigarettes. L'un des points culminants de cette volonté de lutte réside notamment dans un accord international de 2003 : la convention-cadre pour la lutte antitabac de l'OMS.

"Cet accord regroupe un grand nombre de thèmes, allant de la lutte contre le lobbying et le marketing de l'industrie du tabac, mais aussi des mesures de prévention comme interdire de fumer dans les lieux publics. Une petite révolution pour l'époque.

"Mais aujourd'hui, force est de constater que les politiques de lutte ne sont pas totalement efficaces. Pire, la contrebande ne cesse de gagner du terrain, alors que la convention-cadre de l'OMS affirmait que sa lutte était une nécessité. S'il est facile de tourner le regard vers les responsables politiques pour leur manque de combativité, il existe néanmoins des causes plus profondes qui rendent les mesures antitabac parfois inutiles ou contre-productive."

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Un anonymat intégral est imposé aux fumeurs français...

Published on 2014-09-29 16:41:30.
Website: Accueil




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So, Exactly When Did These Guys Lose Their Marbles?

Published on 2014-09-29 16:29:13.
Website: Frank Davis


These days, I quite often find myself thinking that some people have gone barking mad. I had one of those moments yesterday, via Climate Depot, reading the transcript of a conversation between a US talk show host called Charlie Rose … Continue reading →

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Zombie Politics

Published on 2014-09-29 12:33:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Imagine you're a Conservative politician reeling at your party conference after a defection and a resignation. What you really need is a fresh new policy to throw at an adoring populace, so what do you do?

Well, Iain Duncan Smith obviously thinks he's onto a winner here.
People will be barred from blowing benefits cash on booze and gambling under a controversial scheme to hand out welfare money on “smart cards” announced today. Instead of handing claimants cash, they would have credits put on a card that could only be used to buy food and other essentials. Iain Duncan Smith is certain the scheme, to be fully piloted if the Tories win the election, will help alcohol and gambling addicts stay on the wagon.Because this is the same policy he 'announced' two years ago, netiquette surely excuses me for re-publishing what I said about it back then too.

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Calorie consumption (part 2 of many)

Published on 2014-09-28 18:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In the previous post in this series, James left a comment asking "is it necessary to state so unequivocally that the problem is less exercise? I agree it's the most plausible explanation, but there could potentially be others."

My argument is that if, as seems to be the case, calorie consumption has fallen over time, increases in body weight must be due to fewer calories being expended and, therefore, that a reduction in physical activity is the most likely culprit. I appreciate that there are people who believe that a calorie is not a calorie and that changes in the diet could therefore be the issue. I tend to side with the traditional consensus view that a calorie is, in fact, a calorie, but even I wasn't so inclined, it so happens that the consumption the ingredients that some claim are uniquely fattening (notably saturated fat and sucrose) have also declined, so that line of argument seems like a dead end.

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Tobacco Epidemic vs Ebola Epidemic: Spot the Difference.

Published on 2014-09-28 16:44:53.
Website: Frank Davis


About 10 days ago, I wondered out loud how a World Health Organisation that believed that there was such a thing as a “tobacco epidemic” could possibly cope with an all too real Ebola epidemic spiralling out of control in … Continue reading →

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« Notre Führer Adolf Hitler ne boit ni ne fume ! »

Published on 2014-09-28 15:51:35.
Website: Accueil


Boulevard Voltaire: " Déjà on a enlevé la cigarette à Lucky Luke, la clope au timbre de Malraux et la pipe à Jacques Tati...

"Le gouvernement vient donc de dégainer ses nouvelles mesures anti-tabac et la prohibition totale sera, à n’en pas douter, la prochaine étape. En tant que membre de l’honorable Confrérie des fumeurs de pipe, je ne puis me résoudre à cette nouvelle mise à l’index des amateurs de l’herbe à Nicot… Mise à l’index, car elle remonte à l’Inquisition qui poursuivait déjà de ses foudres tous ceux qui osaient fumer en public. Elle fut reprise surtout au XXe siècle – peu de gens le savent – au moment de l’arrivée au pouvoir des nazis qui initièrent la première grande campagne anti-tabac de l’Histoire. « Notre führer Adolf Hitler ne boit ni ne fume. Sans la moindre autre inclination dans ce sens, il se tient dur comme fer dans cette règle de vie autodécidée. Sa puissance de travail est incroyable », pouvait-on lire sur les affiches de l’époque."

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There's No Pleasing Some People

Published on 2014-09-28 13:39:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


File this under those tiny but irritating things that really grip my shit.

Your humble host occasionally sells on eBay. Nothing pricey or specialist, just items we don't need or the result of clear-outs from the little Ps' bedrooms (the income from which they recycle to buy other stuff which will one day also end up on eBay, I expect). E.g., the last 5 items sold went for £10.50, £29.00, £4.99, £1.50 and £15.49.

In every listing, I ask postage which exactly matches the price charged to me of sending it according to the Royal Mail website, without any addition for the cost of jiffy bags, packaging or PayPal charges. The reason for this is that I balance my modest financial loss against the higher auction final value results I generally get.

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Vienna

Published on 2014-09-27 16:18:16.
Website: Frank Davis


Perhaps I should visit Vienna. I’ve never been to Vienna. In the wood-panelled rooms of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses, tobacco-lovers can still light up pretty much as they please. But one of the last smokers’ havens in Europe may be … Continue reading →

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"Rester assis tue plus que le tabac !"

Published on 2014-09-27 14:49:16.
Website: Accueil


blogs.psychologies.com: "Plus on passe de temps sur une chaise, plus l’espérance de vie est courte : c'est le constat d'une étude allemande publiée dans le Journal of National Cancer Institute. Rester assis huit heures par jour augmenterait de 15 % le risque de décès prématuré ; un pourcentage qui bondit à 40 % au-delà de onze heures !

"Selon des chercheurs américains, l’inactivité physique est à l’origine de 5 millions de morts chaque année dans le monde, soit plus que le tabac, qui tue 4,9 millions de personnes par an d’après l’OMS. Douleurs dorsales, dégénérescence musculaire, maladies cardiaques, cancer du colon figurent parmi les troubles qui menacent le travailleur sédentaire.

"Pour le Pr François Carré, la sédentarité « encrasse » l’organisme et favorise le stress oxydatif, autrement dit une production élevée de radicaux libres qui font le lit de nombreuses maladies, y compris les cancers.

"Alors, face à ce constat plutôt affolant, que faire ? La pratique régulière d’un sport ne suffit pas à contrer ce mécanisme. C’est à tout instant qu’il faut lutter contre la sédentarité. Aller voir un collègue plutôt que de lui envoyer un e-mail, se dégourdir les jambes quelques minutes : bref, ne jamais rester assis plus d’une heure d’affilée."

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Discontinuation of Crowdfunding Campaign for BSCiTS Study

Published on 2014-09-27 13:08:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


It is with great regret that we announce that we are discontinuing the Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution (BSCiTS) fundraising campaign, and canceling the proposed study. For those of you who have donated to the campaign, your donations will be returned to you.

Although we officially launched the BSCiTS campaign just a week ago, our team at Boston University has invested substantial intellectual, logistical, and spiritual effort into this project for more than a year. We truly believed this campaign would be a success, and we want to extend our sincere gratitude to those from the vaping community and electronic cigarette industry who supported the development and launch of the campaign, as well as the administrative and development offices of Boston University School of Public Health.

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Link Tank 27/09

Published on 2014-09-27 02:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Only 170 days till the new cricket season.

Why your kids must watch ‘South Park’

Why eating fast food is completely natural

"To students everywhere: drink, shag, read, argue and debate to your heart’s content"

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Cigarettes: paquets neutres obligatoires !

Published on 2014-09-26 18:27:09.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: "La France a décidé d'imposer des paquets de cigarettes neutres

"La France a décidé, parmi la batterie de mesures annoncées jeudi, d'imposer le paquet de cigarettes "neutre". Comme en Australie, les paquets de cigarettes seront standardisés, sans marque, ni logo. Ils auront la même forme, la même taille, la même couleur et la même typographie.

L'interview de Pedro Simko, directeur de Publicis pour l'Europe l'Ouest, avec l'analyse de Fabrice Gaudiano. "

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Institutional Failure

Published on 2014-09-26 16:38:07.
Website: Frank Davis


A remark in an angry essay about climate alarmism on Bishop Hill set me thinking: “This isn’t just individual failure, it’s institutional.” And what are the institutions in question? They’re universities mostly. So perhaps the institutional failure is to be … Continue reading →

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"Le Grand Conseil reviendra à la télévision avant la fin de l'année"

Published on 2014-09-25 14:19:25.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Le Bureau du Parlement a décidé de mettre les images des séances à disposition de tout opérateur ou diffuseur qui le souhaitent.

"Le Bureau du Grand Conseil a pris jeudi matin une série de décisions qui ouvre la voie à un retour rapide de la retransmission télévisée des séances parlementaires. L'objectif reconnu est de reprendre cette diffusion avant la fin de l'année. Dans son communiqué, le Bureau ne précise toutefois pas par quel canal ou réseau de diffusion passeront les images.

"Ainsi que nous l'écrivions ce matin, le Parlement prendra en charge lui-même la réalisation des images, comme il le fait déjà depuis le début de l'année pour leur diffusion par streaming. «Plusieurs acteurs se sont montrés disposés à assurer leur diffusion, soit gratuitement, soit moyennant une petite participation financière», écrit le Bureau. Si aucun nom n'est articulé, on sait que Swisscom TV et UPC Cablecom semblent prêts à se lancer. Mais peut-être existe-t-il d'autres opérateurs ou diffuseurs intéressés."

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CDC Rejoices that Fewer Smokers are Trying to Quit

Published on 2014-09-25 10:09:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to new data published by the CDC in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, the trend of increasing use of electronic cigarettes among adult smokers halted in 2013.

According to an article by the AP's Mike Stobbe, "The proportion of adults who have ever used e-cigarettes rose from about 3 percent to 8 percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant change last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study."

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Soda sock puppets

Published on 2014-09-25 03:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The soda tax campaign that is underway in Berkeley and San Francisco is asking voters to support paying an unnecessarily high price for a widely consumed product. This is not an easy sell, even for Californians, and so the campaign has tapped into the rampant anti-business mentality of the region by being entirely about 'beating Big Soda'.
 


The campaigners hope that Californians will be so angered by the thought of an industry making money that they will volunteer to give the government more of their own cash. And for the benefit of the dimmest voters, they've concocted the fairytale that a soda tax isn't a tax that people will have to pay—oh no!—it's merely a 'tax on industry'.

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La liberté de la presse en Suisse soulève des vives inquiétudes

Published on 2014-09-24 14:09:34.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " Déjà malmenée par des recettes financières à la baisse, la presse doit aussi craindre pour sa liberté en Suisse. Les troisièmes Assises du journalisme ont montré mercredi à Lausanne à quel point les inquiétudes sont vives dans la profession.

"Placées sous la thématique «La Suisse et la liberté de la presse», les Assises du journalisme ont brossé un sombre tableau de la situation. Jean-Philippe Ceppi, producteur de «Temps présent (TP)», estime que l'on assiste «à une lente érosion de nos libertés d'enquête».

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Smoking Is As Harmless As Coca-Cola

Published on 2014-09-24 12:18:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So says this guy.


There's surely a global hit sitcom just waiting to be written about these screaming moral crazies.

H/T CJS

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Extremist Complains About Lack Of Extremism

Published on 2014-09-24 04:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You really couldn't make this up.

Ruth Malone is a seriously committed anti-smoker from the same lunatic Californian University which pays an aircraft engineer to spout his dinosaur prejudices. In fact, scratch that, she's an anti-nicotine fanatic who believes that using an e-cig outdoors is the same as carrying a loaded weapon in public.

Now, I jokingly said on Twitter on Monday that the tobacco control industry would be appalled that ISIS has drawn back their extremism a tiny tad by relaxing their totalitarian ban on smoking.

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Loot and plunder

Published on 2014-09-24 04:19:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


So Ed Miliband has decided that tobacco companies make too much money and so he's going to help himself to some of it. Looting private industry on a whim is not the best way to convince companies that the UK is the best place to do business, but there you go. The other vultures of the parasitic state immediately began to circle...

.@Ed_Miliband plan to make tobacco pay for NHS investment - big alcohol to pay towards #21billion cost of alcohol? #Lab14

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It's Not Nanny State, Honest

Published on 2014-09-23 13:14:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Labour's health spokesman, Andy Burnham, was on Radio 5 Live this afternoon. If you missed it, you're in for a treat.

Now that all politicians, of all parties, are advocating nanny state policies because they are shit scared of nanny state pressure groups they stupidly hand our taxes over to, you'd think they'd be proud to say how nanny state they are, wouldn't you? You know, if it's popular and all that.

So why is Burnham not only not proud to admit his policies are nanny state, but also desperate that his puritanical - and most definitely nanny state policies - are not seen that way by the electorate?

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New Study Claims to Have Found that E-Cigarettes are Unhelpful in Smoking Cessation among Cancer Patients

Published on 2014-09-22 16:38:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published online ahead of print in the journal Cancer reports that e-cigarettes are not helpful for smoking cessation among patients with cancer.

(See: Borderud SP, Li Y, Burkhalter JE, Sheffer CE, Ostroff JS. Electronic cigarette use among cancer patients: Characteristics of e-cigarette users and their smoking cessation outcomes. Cancer. Published online ahead of print on September 22, 2014. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28810.)

The study enrolled 1,074 patients with cancer who were smokers and were therefore referred to a tobacco treatment program at a comprehensive cancer center during the years 2012 and 2013. Smoking status, nicotine dependence, and e-cigarette use was assessed at baseline and the patients were followed for six-month. The primary outcome was smoking cessation, measured as seven-day abstinence at follow-up.

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Public Health's Road To Our Serfdom

Published on 2014-09-22 11:37:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Another busy week beckons at Puddlecote Inc including a trade show where I'll be looking at delicious vehicles which - although innovative and very sexy (for some of us) - are far from practical. I often think Jim Bowen should be the salesman, arm round your shoulder saying "just look what you could have run if you were bankrolled by the Saudi Royals and overhead was irrelevant".

In the meantime, if you haven't read it already, I highly recommend you sort yourself a bevy of your choice and get stuck into an incredibly illuminating essay by Carl Phillips on the history and evolution of modern public health since the 1990s. The full text is here but, by way of a teaser, these excerpts might resonate strongly with regular readers (American spelling alert).

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Un nouveau "parti "libertarien" surgit à Genève !

Published on 2014-09-22 11:26:28.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Le parti libertarien de Genève a été créé mardi dernier par quatre universitaires issus d’horizons politiques différents.

"Le parti libertarien est né à Genève mardi dernier. Fondée notamment par Adrien Faure – ancien président de la jeunesse socialiste – et Fabio Battiato – étudiant en droit – cette entité politique est la première du genre en Suisse romande. «Bien qu’il existe déjà des associations promouvant certaines valeurs libertariennes, nous avons pensé que la création d’un parti permettrait une plus large diffusion de nos opinions politiques», explique Fabio Battiato, porte-parole du comité. Le groupe, qui se revendique ni de gauche ni de droite, s’estime néanmoins «plus libéral que le PLR, devenu trop étatiste».

"Pour les membres du parti, «l’idéal serait de réduire la taille de l’Etat en le rendant plus local et par conséquent plus proches de ses administrés». La liberté de l’individu constitue une valeur essentielle dans un système de propriété et de marché universel, selon cette philosophie politique."

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Breathalysing clubbers

Published on 2014-09-22 03:05:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


My thoughts at the Telegraph...

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