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Explosion In Fake Cigarettes Since Plain Packaging

Published on 2014-07-24 09:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Via Breitbart London, there's not much further comment required.
Plain Cigarette Packaging Boosts Counterfeit and Smuggling: According to a Channel Seven News report about a raid on illegal cigarette sales in a Sydney market, this idea has boosted smuggling and other nefarious activities by about 40 per cent and driven up seizures of sticks from 82 million in 2012 to 200 million last year. "Authorities blame the surge in counterfeit cigarettes on the introduction of plain packaging two years ago."

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What's Wrong Here? Michigan Medical Society Opposes Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Published on 2014-07-24 04:25:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The Michigan Medical Society has opposed legislation that would protect the public's health by prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

If that sounds strange, I'll repeat it so that you realize this is accurate.

The Michigan Medical Society - representing the state's physicians - is opposed to legislation that would do nothing more or less than ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Even the e-cigarette industry itself supports this legislation. How ironic, then, that the state's physicians, along with other "anti-smoking" groups, are opposing this bill, which was enacted by the legislature and awaits the governor's signature. The "anti-smoking" and "health" groups are urging the governor to veto the bill.

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The Expansionist European Union

Published on 2014-07-23 16:11:57.
Website: Frank Davis


I don’t usually agree with Peter Hitchens, but I did with this piece in the Mail: One thing we should have learned in the past 100 years is  that war is hell. We might also have noticed that, once begun, … Continue reading →

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Soda tax chumps

Published on 2014-07-23 14:48:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If, like me, you smile inwardly every time a moron uses the term 'Big Soda', you've got a treat in store. In November, the city of San "Ban" Francisco will be voting on whether to bring in a punitively high tax on fizzy drinks. That means four months of deranged campaigning in the Bay Area to look forward to.

As an hors d'oeuvre, check out the Choose Health SF website. Its blog and FAQ sections offer particularly good sport. Anybody with a rational mind left San Francisco years ago, leaving a population of quacks, hypochondriacs, drug casualties and champagne socialists. It shows. There is barely a sentence on this website that does not rely, at best, on logical fallacies. More commonly, it relies on bizarre assertions and free association.

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Whatever You Do, Don't Think Of The Children!

Published on 2014-07-23 10:28:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It seems that Simon Chapman is a trifle irritated by my pointing out that, despite plain packaging, a long term decline in smoking amongst 12 to 17 year olds in Australia has been replaced by a massive increase of 36%.


As I mentioned the other day, this would equate to the addition of around 150,000 teen smokers since the previous survey in 2010. Not a great result for a policy designed to stop kids from smoking, I think you'll agree.

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D.C. District Court Invalidates TPSAC Menthol Report Because of Conflicts of Interest of Panel Members

Published on 2014-07-23 04:55:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A D.C. District Court judge has invalidated the FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) report on menthol because of severe financial conflicts of interest of several of its panel members.

The decision comes in response to a lawsuit brought by Lorillard on two grounds. First, the companies alleged that three TPSAC members (Drs. Benowitz, Henningfield, and Samet) were conflicted because "they have made tens of thousands of dollars as paid expert witnesses in litigation against tobacco products manufacturers." Second, the companies alleged that Drs. Benowitz, Henningfield, and Samet are conflicted because of "their continuing financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies that make smoking-cessation products."

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Never Really Dead

Published on 2014-07-22 16:01:34.
Website: Frank Davis


I agree with Brendan O’Neill. Calling it the “nanny state” implies that it’s essentially caring and well-meaning, in ways that nannies are supposed to be. “Bully state” is nearer the mark, because bullies aren’t in the least bit caring or well-meaning. … Continue reading →

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Leur but: polluer le plus possible!

Published on 2014-07-22 11:39:57.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " Ils détestent Obama et sa politique climatique. Pour le démontrer des Américains trafiquent leur pick-up pour qu’il dégage une grosse fumée toxique…

"Intrigué par une vague de fumée noire dégoûtante qui se répand sur la Toile, Slate est parti à la rencontre d’un homme du Wisconsin. Il vend tout le nécessaire permettant de transformer sa voiture pour qu’elle... pollue le plus possible. Et explique les motivations de ses étranges clients. «Beaucoup détestent Obama. Si le président est pour l’environnement, pour ci ou pour ça, alors ils sont contre. Par principe. Ils balancent cette merde de leur camion, c’est leur façon de faire un bras d’honneur. Tu veux de l’air pur et une empreinte carbone minimale? Disent-ils. Va te faire voir!»"

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Know A Decent Pub Garden? Shhh, Don't Tell

Published on 2014-07-22 11:39:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Via ASH Scotland, this written question exchange between a Green MSP and Scotland's anti-smoker in chief is highly amusing (I think even he was probably struggling not to laugh when he read it).



So, apparently, telling smokers where they can smoke comfortably is now considered to be tobacco advertising by the Green Party. In fact, I think I might have transgressed this imaginary law myself by promoting a pub in Bognor last year.

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After Years of Research, the Worst that E-Cigarette Opponents Can Say Is: "They are Not Harmless"

Published on 2014-07-22 04:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


While there is still a lot we do not know about the exact magnitude of any long-term risks associated with electronic cigarette use, vapers should be quite reassured that after at least five years of research into the health effects of vaping, the worst that electronic cigarette opponents can say is: "Well ... they're not harmless."

In a news article, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) attempted to demonize electronic cigarettes, providing a quite biased and one-sided look at the risks associated with these products. The article fails to report the results of surveys and clinical trials, which have shown that e-cigarettes are a bona fide smoking cessation aid that have helped thousands of smokers to quit.

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Plain packaging porky pies

Published on 2014-07-22 04:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In the last post—about the deceitful claim that there has been a "huge drop" in smoking rates since plain packaging was introduced in Australia—I mentioned that no UK newspapers had been dumb enough to report this propaganda. That was true at the time of writing, but, in the end, the Daily Mail and the Financial Times fell for it.

The Mail will print anything, but I expect more from the FT so I was pleased to see that they have at least published a couple of letters to help put the record straight...

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Boum ! NETFLIX débarque en Suisse !

Published on 2014-07-21 19:37:52.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Netflix confirme son arrivée en septembre en France et cinq autres pays

"Le service américain de vidéo à la demande Netflix a confirmé lundi son arrivée en France ainsi que dans cinq autres pays européens en septembre, en marge de ses résultats trimestriels.

"En septembre, nous lancerons Netflix en Allemagne, France, Autriche, Suisse, Belgique et au Luxembourg", écrit le groupe dans sa lettre trimestrielle à ses actionnaires.

"Ce lancement sur des marchés comptant plus de 60 millions de ménages avec un accès (internet) à haut débit va augmenter de manière importante notre présence européenne et amener le marché international que nous pouvons toucher à plus de 180 millions de ménages avec un accès haut débit", ajoute le groupe."

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The Antismoking Epidemic

Published on 2014-07-21 17:07:54.
Website: Frank Davis


Antismokers often speak of smoking as an “epidemic”. But it seems to me that if we have an epidemic at all, it’s an epidemic of antismoking. I’ve drawn up an outline graph (right) showing estimated UK smoking and antismoking prevalence … Continue reading →

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Stupidity Pays

Published on 2014-07-21 14:07:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I originally thought this news article was so absurd that it will be overturned and become a non-story pretty soon, but it's still staggering to think that it actually happened.
MIAMI — A jury in northwestern Florida awarded a staggering $23 billion judgment late Friday against the country’s second-largest tobacco company for causing the death of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36. The company, the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, promised a prompt appeal. Michael Johnson Sr. died in 1996 after smoking for more than 20 years. In 2006, his widow, Cynthia Robinson, of Pensacola, sued R. J. Reynolds the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her husband had smoked, arguing that the company had deliberately concealed the health hazards its product caused. The four-week trial ended Wednesday. The jury deliberated for 18 hours over two days, first awarding $17 million in compensatory damages and then emerging at 10 p.m. Friday with a $23.6 billion punitive judgment.Yes, that's billion with a 'b'. Or, to put it more clearly, $23,617,000,000.

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Massages "spirituels" taxés plein pot !

Published on 2014-07-21 12:07:00.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Allemagne: le caractère sexuel des massages tantriques les soumet à l'impôt

"Les massages tantriques procurent "un plaisir sexuel" et sont à ce titre soumis aux mêmes taxes locales que les maisons de passes, malgré la dimension spirituelle de l'expérience, a confirmé lundi en appel la justice allemande.

"La gérante d'un salon de massage, où sont notamment pratiqués ces rituels ésotériques de l'Inde ancienne, avait saisi la justice après s'être vu réclamer 840 euros au titre d'un impôt local "sur le divertissement" réclamé par la ville de Stuttgart (sud-ouest) pour les mois de janvier et février 2012."

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Un abo général pour les seniors contre le permis de conduire?

Published on 2014-07-21 06:38:18.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Le Parti socialiste bâlois veut inciter les retraités de plus de 70 ans à échanger leur permis de conduire contre un abonnement général gratuit pour les transports publics.

"Sur la route, les seniors au volant sont souvent perçues comme des dangers publics. Pas facile donc d'aborder cette thématique explosive. Pourtant le Parti socialiste bâlois a décidé de la remettre au goût du jour. Il a déposé une intervention auprès du gouvernement pour que celui-ci étudie la possibilité d'offrir un abonnement général des transports publics à tous les seniors de plus de 70 ans qui déposeraient leur permis. Il faut dire que le canton a retiré en 2013 219 «bleus» à des plus de 65 ans, soit 15% des retraits.

"Pour l'un des initiants, Otto Schmid, interrogé par le Tages-Anzeiger, il n'y a pas là de discrimination envers les retraités. Il s'agirait plutôt d'un encouragement. «Ce modèle fonctionne avec succès dans certaines villes allemandes. Cela vaut donc la peine de l'essayer au moins chez nous», estime-t-il. "

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In the Face of Contrary Evidence, the CDC Still Denies that Electronic Cigarettes Can Help Anyone to Quit Smoking

Published on 2014-07-21 03:19:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In her article on CDC's "Tips from Former Smokers" anti-smoking campaign, Nancy Wride of Elements Behavioral Health made an interesting observation. On its web site describing a variety of possible strategies to quit smoking, the CDC does not list electronic cigarettes. Wride therefore asked the CDC why electronic cigarettes are not included on its web site as a potential smoking cessation aid.

The CDC's response:

"while we have heard from some former smokers who say e-cigarettes helped them quit, there is not yet any conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes can work as a cessation aid."

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Graveyard Admission Criteria

Published on 2014-07-20 18:13:25.
Website: Frank Davis


I came across Audrey Silk asking a question on Facebook: Well, I’ve been compiling stories like this on the Smokers’ Graveyard (as Harley points out in the comments under Audrey’s question). But to get into the Smokers’ Graveyard you really … Continue reading →

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Fumer tue (et rapporte gros)

Published on 2014-07-20 17:15:34.
Website: Accueil


bvoltaire.fr: "La presse nous apprend que la justice américaine a condamné un cigarettier (La Reynolds Tobacco Company) à verser 23,6 milliards de dollars à la veuve d’un fumeur décédé d’un cancer du poumon. La somme est énorme, se veut exemplaire (et fera sûrement l’objet de transactions), mais se veut surtout un message destiné aux fabricants de cigarettes pour que, comme le dit l’avocat de la plaignante, « ils cessent de mettre en danger de la vie de personnes innocentes ».

"Il s’agit d’un beau succès sur le plan juridique mais dénué de tout intérêt en matière de santé publique ou individuelle, voire même néfaste car ce jugement impute la faute à un tiers alors qu’elle devrait être assumée par la soi-disant victime."

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Faire du feu dans sa cheminée ? Ce sera bientôt interdit !

Published on 2014-07-20 16:25:55.
Website: Accueil


bvoltaire.fr: "Un whisky pur malt. Un cigare. Le chat qui ronronne. Un bon livre. Un disque de jazz aux cuivres bien moelleux. Un vieux fauteuil, fatigué juste ce qu’il faut. Et le feu qui crépite dans la cheminée. Une certaine idée du bonheur, non ? Et encore, on vous passe la peau de bête, le seau à champagne et la sublime créature dont le seul costume se résume à une vertu promise à chanceler ; autant dire que la réchauffer participe de la plus élémentaires des charités chrétiennes.

"Bon, c’est le moment d’y penser bien fort : au moins, ça vous fera des souvenirs pour plus tard. Car tout ça est désormais bien fini. Déjà, whisky, cigarettes et petites pépées, c’était bon du temps d’Eddie Constantine. Aujourd’hui, l’État a pris en charge foie et poumons ; et même le reste, lutte antisexiste oblige. La brigade du calbut ne connaît pas le repos ; fût-il celui du guerrier. Le feu de cheminée, on ne nous l’avait pas encore retiré. Rassurez-vous, ce sera chose faite d’ici 2015."

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Published on 2014-07-19 16:31:29.
Website: Frank Davis


For what it’s worth (not much), from everything I’ve read so far, it seems most likely that MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian insurgents. After all, they’d already managed to shoot down several Ukrainian warplanes. But if planes were being … Continue reading →

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Philippe Bilger : Christiane Taubira, une justice d'exception

Published on 2014-07-19 09:46:54.
Website: Accueil


Le Figaro: "Quand j'ai appris la nouvelle, d'abord je n'y ai pas cru ! " (Pilippe Bilger) Photo à dr.

"Pour avoir comparé, au mois d'octobre 2013, la garde des Sceaux à une guenon, Anne-Sophie Leclére, ex-tête de liste FN aux municipales à Rethel, a été condamnée par le tribunal correctionnel de Cayenne à 9 mois ferme, à une amende de 50000 euros et à 5 ans d'inégibilité. Les réquisitions du parquet ont été dépassées."

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La coupe est pleine à Coppet: baignades interdites aux "étrangers" !

Published on 2014-07-19 07:12:03.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Plage réservée aux citoyens de Coppet: Rives publiques contre-attaque

"La restriction d'accès à la plage des Rocailles risque de finir devant les juges. Les défenseurs d'un libre accès total au bord du lac sont décidés à combattre la mesure prise par la Municipalité de Coppet.

"Depuis le début du mois, il faut posséder la carte magnétique de la déchetterie pour ouvrir le portail de la plage des Rocailles. En posant ce système, la Municipalité entend réserver l'endroit aux seuls habitants du bourg et ainsi maîtriser les débordements et incivilités constatées l'année dernière.

"Cette mesure fait enrager les défenseurs d'un large accès aux rives du lac."

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Link Tank 19/07

Published on 2014-07-19 05:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's been a while.

Masturbation won’t cause you to go blind – and smoking probably won’t either

Holy orders - the religion of tobacco control

The World Cup has been great because keepers have been crap

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An Image Of 'Success'

Published on 2014-07-18 09:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Tonight is Puddlecote Inc's annual summer party (we can't hold it at Christmas because it's one of the busiest times of the year for us) where we put our corporate card over the bar and encourage our staff to eat and drink as much or as little as they choose at our expense till the place closes. I'm always a trifle perplexed that (tonight is the eighth year we've done this) only around 50% of our 100 odd employees take us up on the offer of free catering, free bar, disco and - of course for a transport company - free transport, but it's still the best few grand we spend as a business all year. And aren't we brilliantly blessed with the weather this time around!

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La clope bannie avec des enfants à bord

Published on 2014-07-18 06:17:37.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: "Un projet de loi va être bientôt voté par le Parlement pour empêcher les adultes de fumer dans un véhicule privé qui transporte des mineurs.

"Londres envisage de se montrer d’une sévérité exemplaire avec les adultes qui fument dans une voiture transportant des mineurs. Mardi, le Département de la santé britannique a publié un projet de loi qui permettra d’infliger des amendes jusqu’à 10 000 livres, soit 15 000 francs, aux conducteurs grillant une cigarette ou laissant un passager le faire en présence d’un enfant dans le véhicule. Cette somme exorbitante ne pourra toutefois être décidée que par un tribunal, après que le contrevenant a contesté la contravention de la police. "

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Snowden: «si je finis à Guantanamo, je ferai avec»

Published on 2014-07-17 14:53:55.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Lors d'une interview accordée au Guardian, l'ancien consultant de la NSA Edward Snowden a déclaré que s'il était emprisonné à Guantanamo, il pourrait «faire avec».

"L'ancien consultant de l'Agence américaine de sécurité (NSA) Edward Snowden, inculpé d'espionnage dans son pays et réfugié en Russie, a déclaré que s'il était emprisonné à Guantanamo, il pourrait «faire avec», dans une interview vidéo diffusée jeudi par le Guardian.

"A l'origine de multiples révélations sur le système de surveillance des États-Unis, inculpé d'espionnage et de vol de documents appartenant à l'Etat par Washington, Edward Snowden, 31 ans, a donné seulement une poignée d'interviews depuis l'obtention d'un asile temporaire en Russie en juin dernier. "

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More Australian Kids Smoke After Plain Packaging

Published on 2014-07-17 03:11:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Snowdon has today pointed out some stunning dishonesty from ASH.
New figures released by the Australian government have shown adult smoking rates have fallen by a massive 15%. Before the measure was introduced in December 2012, daily smoking prevalence stood at 15.1% and has now fallen to 12.8%. Standardised packaging is the only new policy intervention over this time period and is therefore the most likely reason for the significant fall in smoking prevalence. The survey was conducted before the Government’s major hike in tobacco tax of 12.5% in December 2013.As Snowdon explains, this is total bollocks.

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Dogs bark, cows moo, ASH lies

Published on 2014-07-16 16:42:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Even by ASH's standards, this is staggeringly dishonest...

Huge drop in Australian smoking rates attributed to standardised packs New figures released by the Australian government have shown adult smoking rates have fallen by a massive 15%. Before the measure was introduced in December 2012, daily smoking prevalence stood at 15.1% and has now fallen to 12.8%. Standardised packaging is the only new policy intervention over this time period and is therefore the most likely reason for the significant fall in smoking prevalence.

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Acquisition of Lorillard Demonstrates that Reynolds American Agrees that Democratic Senators are Full of Hot Air

Published on 2014-07-16 05:08:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


For several months, a group of Democratic senators - led by Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and John Rockefeller (D-WV) - have been blasting the e-cigarette industry for using flavors in their products. This group of senators has called for a ban on flavorings in e-cigarettes, supposedly because of their sincere interest in curtailing "marketing tactics aimed at luring children and teenagers into ... nicotine addiction."

The Rest of the Story has called their bluff, pointing out that what these senators really mean is that they want to stop tactics (flavored e-cigarettes) aimed at luring children into fake cigarette addiction, but not tactics (flavored cigarettes) that are aimed at luring children into actual cigarette addiction. These same senators either supported the menthol exemption to the flavored cigarette ban and/or have failed to introduce or sponsor legislation that would ban menthol flavoring from cigarettes.

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The End Game

Published on 2014-07-15 11:52:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl


I stumbled on a rather interesting document the other day whilst reading through the comments on Dr. Siegel's blog. It provides us with a glimpse of what is to come if the denormalization of smokers-and now vapers and smokeless tobacco users-continues down on its current trajectory towards prohibition:


...continuing with present measures alone will not be sufficient to contain the epidemic. Thus, the idea of planning for an endgame has recently gained traction in the global public health community

Here it is, the End Game all spelled out in an easy to understand language.

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Pennsylvania Legislators Calling on Smokers to Fund Public Education for Philadelphia Children

Published on 2014-07-15 04:36:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


"Support public education: Buy cigarettes."

That might as well be the slogan for T-shirts that come out of the Pennsylvania legislature's solution to the problem of adequately funding Philadelphia's public schools.

Faced with a $93 million budget deficit for Philadelphia's school system, state legislators have decided to ask smokers to make up the budget deficit by providing extra tax revenue to support public education.

According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer: "The tax, anticipated to bring in $1.6 million per week, could raise $45 million this year and $83 million in the first full year. The Philadelphia School District has a $93 million budget deficit."

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