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Global Forum on Nicotine 2015

Published on 2015-04-25 22:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



The second annual Global Forum on Nicotine kicks off in Warsaw, Poland on 5 June. I'll be there. Will you?

Speakers include Hon Lik (the inventor of e-cigarettes), Clive Bates, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Martin Dockrell, Ann McNeill, Derek Yach and many others.

Tickets, flights and hotels were all at a reasonable price when I booked them. Early bird discount available until the end of April. Register here.

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Votez pour choisir la loi la plus inutile de l'année

Published on 2015-04-25 13:49:53.
Website: Accueil


Priorité-Liberté est une association qui désigne chaque année ses lauréats à un étrange concours: celui de la loi la plus inutile proposé ou promulguée par des législateurs obsédés jusqu'à l'absolutisme en matière d'ordre et de propreté, dans le plus pur style helvétique. Le but est de combattre le" paragraphes rouillé", c'est-à-dire l'article de loi à la fois superfétatoire et ridicule.

Cette année, le public est de nouveau invité à donner son avis et à choisir parmi les propositions les plus folles...

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Link Tank 25/04

Published on 2015-04-25 03:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Pick'n'Mix.

Stop taking Twitter death threats seriously

Legislation that's plain madness

Up close and personal with the NHS

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Le député au Grand Conseil de Genéve, Pierre Weiss (PLR) n'est plus

Published on 2015-04-25 02:19:25.
Website: Accueil


L'un des députés au Grand Conseil de Genève les plus influents et les plus respectés, Pierre Weiss, (PLR) n'est plus.

Tour à tour journaliste, sociologue, politologue, Pierre Weiss est décédé des suites d'une longue maladie. Les Dissidents de Genève sont en deuil puisque cette éminente personnalité, très attachée à la défense des libertés, nous avait fait la bonne surprise et l'honneur d'adhérer à notre association libertaire, trop souvent assimilée abusivement à une poignée de vulgaires " fumeurs récalcitrants".

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Black Hole

Published on 2015-04-24 16:00:08.
Website: Frank Davis


Describing the general election as a “black hole”, Brendan O’Neill has it about right: There’s nothing normal about this election. It’s time someone pointed out the strangeness of it, the spirit-crushing smallness of it. In essence, the sort of stuff … Continue reading →

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A Freedom-Loving Fantasy Frontbench

Published on 2015-04-24 10:37:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A new website and app designed, according to its creators, to "empower voters by providing political information in an engaging and accessible format" has been launched today. Fantasy Frontbench carries information on general election candidates' stance on 75 policy issues from which you are invited to create your own fantasy cabinet.

So I've used it to select a dream team of 22 ministers who are sound on lifestyle issues we jewel robbers discuss on these pages.


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Irish vaping mystery solved

Published on 2015-04-24 04:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


On Monday, I mentioned the Irish Cancer Society's claim that 5 per cent of smokers had used an e-cigarette before they started smoking. This, they say, is evidence of a possible 'gateway' effect—an effect that has not been seen in any other country. For the avoidance of doubt, this is what they say on their website:

A concerning fact highlighted by our research was that 5% of current smokers used e-cigarettes before they started smoking. 

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NOLA Businesses Revolt

Published on 2015-04-23 16:37:24.
Website: Frank Davis


Unlike UK pubs, it looks like NOLA businesses are going to fight: New Orleans private business owners are not going to take city regulations that could hurt business lying down. The latest wide-sweeping regulation in the overly regulated Big Easy is … Continue reading →

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NHS Scotland Is Rolling In It

Published on 2015-04-23 13:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Two weeks on from NHS Scotland being thoroughly frustrated that "seeing smokers is a part of life" and trying to change their policies so that the idea that "all smokers are welcome" on NHS grounds is a thing of the past, the agonising continues.
New rules designed to turn hospitals into completely smoke-free places are being openly flouted across Tayside and Fife, The Courier can reveal.Good. People can spot a stupid rule when they see one, and banning smoking outdoors in windswept Scotland is certainly that.

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Worst Lie of them All: CDC Tells Public that Smoking is No Worse than Vaping

Published on 2015-04-23 08:48:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to an article published this past Tuesday in New Scientist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation's leading public health agency, doesn't see smoking as any worse than experimenting with e-cigarettes.

The agency also continues to claim, despite evidence it the contrary from its own surveys, that e-cigarettes are leading nonsmoking youth to start smoking.

And CDC also continues to claim, without any evidence, that experimentation with e-cigarettes is causing youth addiction to vaping, along with brain damage.

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Why is the American Cancer Society Promoting Cancer by Favoring Real Cigarettes Over Fake Ones?

Published on 2015-04-23 05:11:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to an article published in The Hill, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is discouraging smokers from quitting or trying to quit using e-cigarettes, claiming that vaping impedes, rather than aids smoking cessation.

The ACS was quoted as stating: “Every bit of delay is a new opportunity for the tobacco industry to hook new people on nicotine and get in the way of helping tobacco users quit."

At least one chapter of the ACS has gone even beyond discouraging smokers from trying to quit. The New York chapter has actually called for a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes (to anyone, not just kids)!

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Institutionalised Lying

Published on 2015-04-22 19:14:20.
Website: Frank Davis


Chris Snowdon: Not a day goes by without some outrageous lie being told about e-cigarettes in the USA. What’s been remarkable about the e-cig saga, as it has unfolded over the past few years, is that it has been possible … Continue reading →

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Cazeneuve, les Américains et la loi renseignement : une loi ? Quelle loi ?

Published on 2015-04-22 17:29:16.
Website: Accueil


"C’est ce que les Anglais appellent « un éléphant dans la pièce » : un gros machin un peu gênant dont on évite de parler.

"Le pachyderme en question, c’est le projet de loi renseignement, sur le point de faire l’objet d’un vote solennel à l’Assemblée le 5 mai. Or, les acteurs du Web reçus ce mercredi au ministère de l’Intérieur pour annoncer « une plateforme de bonnes pratiques dans la lutte contre la propagande terroriste sur le Net » ont été clairs : hors de question d’aborder le texte en préparation. Ni à l’occasion de cette réunion, ni lors des travaux préparatoires qui ont lieu chaque semaine place Beauvau. "

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CDC Refuses to Ask Critical Survey Question So that Results Don't Foul Up Its Attack on E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-04-22 13:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Since 2012, the CDC has known that past 30 day use of electronic cigarettes has been increasing dramatically among youth. This makes it essential for the agency to determine whether these kids are becoming addicted to vaping or whether they are merely experimenting with e-cigarettes on an occasional basis. So you would figure that the CDC would add a question to find out exactly how often youths are using e-cigarettes.

The CDC has failed to ask that question, and the only reason I can see for this glaring omission is that the agency doesn't want to find out that few youths are actually addicted to vaping because it would destroy CDC's propaganda about e-cigarettes being a gateway to smoking, addiction, and serious brain damage.

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The Youth Non-Drinking Epidemic

Published on 2015-04-22 11:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


More news today on this 'binge-drinking epidemic' amongst young people that we keep hearing about.
The study says the proportion of teenagers and young adults drinking on five or more days a week has more than halved since 2005. Binge drinking – which is defined as more than eight units for men and six units for women - has gone down by nearly a third to 18% among this age group over the same period.Perhaps this might, erm, educate the drones at the National Union of Students into not unfairly painting their peers as a collection of violent, shit-faced, destructive savages by calling for urgent measures to whack up the price of drinks and even ban alcohol in student bars.

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Lausanne - Interdire le vin dès 20 heures: La droite s'insurge

Published on 2015-04-21 16:49:39.
Website: Accueil


24 Heures: "Le conseiller communal UDC Claude-Alain Voiblet (photo) a développé mardi soir une interpellation urgente demandant à la Municipalité pourquoi elle comptait interdire la vente de vin dès 20 heures. Cette restriction viendrait contredire les dispositions de la loi cantonale sur les auberges et débits de boissons qui vient d'être modifiée par le Grand Conseil et qui proscrit la vente des alcools forts et de la bière au-delà de 20 heures.

"Claude-Alain Voiblet estime cavalier d'appliquer la loi cantonale avec plus de sévérité alors que cette dernière a été élaborée en grande partie pour Lausanne qui connaît le grave problème des bitures express. Dans une résolution, il a demandé que la Municipalité retire son projet de préavis en attendant au moins que la loi cantonale entre en vigueur, cet été. (...) Au final, le Conseil communal a rejeté la proposition Voiblet à 49 contre 28."

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Hostile Architecture

Published on 2015-04-21 16:20:32.
Website: Frank Davis


It’s not just smokers who are unwelcome. I came across this today. It’s a paint that repels liquids, including urine.   I couldn’t help think of the numerous occasions when I’ve found myself in need of taking a leak, with … Continue reading →

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"Cannabis, alcool, tabac chez les adolescents : que faire des « chiffres » ?

Published on 2015-04-21 14:47:40.
Website: Accueil


" federationaddiction.fr - La sortie anticipée d’une note préalable à la publication de l’analyse complète des données de l’enquête ESCAPAD témoigne de leurs enjeux médiatiques.

"Les consommations sont à la hausse, notamment celles du cannabis et du tabac, l’alcool apportant la bonne nouvelle d’un début de baisse des Ivresses et des Alcoolisations Ponctuelles Importantes, mais tempérée par une augmentation de l’usage régulier. Au total, les consommations des adolescents français restent fortes, qu’il s’agisse d’expérimentation ou d’usage régulier."

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Vaping in the USA: When the lie's so big

Published on 2015-04-21 10:52:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Not a day goes by without some outrageous lie being told about e-cigarettes in the USA. America is currently in a league of its own when it comes to vaping deceit and I simply don't have time to write about it all. Many readers will already be familiar with the $75 million crusade of misinformation in California and the false portrayal of a smoker as a vaper in an attempt to con people into believing that e-cigarettes will make your lungs collapse. It is also worth reading Carl Phillips' account of the recent farce involving the FDA who were asked to make the warning labels on Swedish snus bear some relationship to reality.

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E-Cigarette Opponent Admits that He Wants to Suppress the Truth About Vaping Success

Published on 2015-04-21 04:14:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Dr. Stan Glantz has admitted on his tobacco blog that he opposes an ad campaign in which a vaper truthfully informs the public that thanks to flavored e-cigarettes, he was able to quit smoking. Glantz wants FDA Center for Tobacco Products director Mitch Zeller to refuse to attend the upcoming SFATA meeting because of the group's involvement in this campaign.

The ad features a picture of Stefan Didek holding a vaping device, with the following text: "27 Year Smoker: Smoke and tobacco free for nearly 3 years thanks to vapor products and candy flavors."

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Two Conceptions of Society

Published on 2015-04-20 17:52:10.
Website: Frank Davis


I usually think of myself as a night owl. For example, I usually write this blog after midnight. Right now it’s just after midnight. But in recent times I’ve been finding myself waking up in the morning with an idea … Continue reading →

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Le Parti Pirate Suisse consterné

Published on 2015-04-20 16:22:14.
Website: Accueil


Parti  Pirate Suisse: " Guillaume Saouli, Co-Président du PPS, (photo) estime :  « Tant que l’intégrité numérique de l’individu, dans son ensemble, ne  sera pas ancrée dans la Constitution, la Suisse ne prendra pas la mesure  des enjeux de l’avènement de la société de l’information ». Aujourd’hui, il en va de l’avenir de la Suisse. Or aucun Conseiller fédéral ne veut répondre de manière concrète aux risques liés à une société hyper-connectée. Ils préfèrent d’hypothétiques menaces justifiant la mise sous contrôle de toute la population !"

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Did 1 in 20 Irish smokers start out on e-cigarettes?

Published on 2015-04-20 14:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In my post about the Irish Cancer Society's promotion of Nicorette yesterday, I didn't mention one little factoid that will doubtless be parroted by anti-ecig zealots in the Emerald Isle for years to come, namely...

The study also showed that five per cent of people currently smoking started after using e-cigarettes and the potential for them to become a 'gateway' drug for cigarettes was also highlighted by the ICS as a cause for concern.

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Mad Stan's Descent Into Parody

Published on 2015-04-20 12:42:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Since I first wrote about them back in 2008, I've always considered e-cigs to carry the potential to expose the cant and hypocrisy of the tobacco control industry. And they are delivering in spades of late.

It shows the laughable standards to which the World Health Organisation adheres, for example, that they class mad mechanic Stan Glantz as one of their go-to experts on vaping. His insane wibblings on the subject are - to the casual reader - indistinguishable from parody at times. Yesterday is a case in point.

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CDC is Running a Dishonest Campaign Against E-Cigarettes Which is Re-Normalizing Smoking

Published on 2015-04-20 04:33:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Almost the Entire Tobacco Control Movement is Helping to Spread CDC's Deception

In an ironic twist of devastating proportions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is running an enormous, dishonest campaign against electronic cigarettes that is being spread by almost the entire tobacco control movement and which is serving to re-normalize smoking and undermine decades of progress in educating the public about the hazards of cigarette smoking.

The CDC's campaign involves lying, dishonesty, and massive deception:

Lying

The CDC has been telling the public that its data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey provides evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to cigarette smoking among youth. The CDC misrepresented cross-sectional CDC survey data as conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. Specifically, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden stated, in response to the 2011-2012 increase in youth e-cigarette use: "Use of e-cigarettes in youth doubled just in the past year, and many kids are starting out with e-cigarettes and then going on to smoke conventional cigarettes." In addition, Dr. Frieden was quoted as stating that electronic cigarettes are "condemning many kids to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine."

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Bébés fumeurs en pleine santé en Indonésie

Published on 2015-04-18 20:33:18.
Website: Accueil




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The Irish Cancer Society's hard sell

Published on 2015-04-18 14:21:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I see the Irish Cancer Society has just made its contribution to the global campaign of e-cigarette misinformation. From the Sunday World...

A study conducted by the Irish Cancer Society has cast doubt on how useful e-cigarettes are in helping smokers quit.
The survey, conducted in March, found that using e-cigarettes may in fact increase smokers dependence on nicotine as the lack of regulation is creating the potential for long-term use.
Why shouldn't people use them long term? What's it got to do with the Irish Cancer Society? But note, straight away, that it's regulation they want.

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America's conflict of interest with e-cigarettes

Published on 2015-04-18 02:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This well made video nicely explains why California (and other US states, for that matter) are so keen to clamp down on e-cigarettes. People talk a lot about conflicts of interest, but this is a real one.





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Link Tank 18/04

Published on 2015-04-18 01:35:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A bumper week.

Will Self on his conversion to vaping

Ignore the puritan porn police - smut actually saves lives

Bans on beef join the growing list of restrictions on personal freedoms in India

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Un flot d'impertinences pertinentes dans La Nation

Published on 2015-04-17 17:04:21.
Website: Accueil


Sous la plume d'un rédacteur du journal vaudois La Nation, un autoproclamé ronchonneur " s'éclate" sur un mode humoristique contre la multiplication des injonctions et des interdits dans notre société. Ce morceau d'anthologie nous ravit. Mais quand on n'y songe, ce faisceau de signes convergents mériterait aussi d'être traité sur un mode de réflexion sérieuse car la norme sociale est contamine tous les domaines d'activites de l'homme en commençant par la normalisation de son esprit. Le « mariage pour tous" peut être perçu comme un signe de décadence permissive, certes, mais si l'on songe aux normes de comportement et d'hygiène, dont l'interdiction de la fumée en public et celle qui a mis le feu aux poudres il y a une dizaine d'années, l'individu est soumis chaque année à des restrictions et à des sanctions accrues. U'une société qui envoie désormais ses automobilistes en prison pour excès de vitesse ( sans accident), on peut attendre le pire. Tout en savourant le texte qui suit, n'oublions pas que les laminoirs  écrasent chaque jour davantage nos libertés résiduelles, sans que quiconque ne s'en émeuve vraiment. Les Dissident(e)s de Genève, association libertaire fondée en 2008, prennent cette cause très au sérieux, comment témoignent  l'esprit et la lettre de leurs statuts.

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Tim Stockwell: merchant of doubt

Published on 2015-04-17 04:52:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The campaign to pretend that moderate alcohol consumption isn't good for you continues this month in the pages of Addiction and it's no surprise to find Tim Stockwell taking up the cudgels. Stockwell is one of the world's leading neo-temperance activists, the author of the Canadian Minimum Pricing Miracle study, and is determined to return us to the days of Scientific Temperance Instruction when alcohol was deemed unsafe at any level.

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Dis donc...à propos, un algorythme, c'est quoi au juste ?

Published on 2015-04-16 15:19:39.
Website: Accueil


rue.89: "L’algorithme  du gouvernement sera intrusif et inefficace. On vous le prouve

"On a demandé à des spécialistes en informatique s’il était possible de concevoir un programme répondant aux attentes du gouvernement en matière de renseignement. Résultat : techniquement, c’est très foireux.

"Pourtant, ce sujet est l’un des points les plus controversés du projet de loi sur le renseignement, discuté à l’Assemblée nationale depuis lundi : l’algorithme que le gouvernement, à la demande des services secrets, souhaite faire tourner au cœur de l’Internet français.

"Programmé au sein des fameuses « boîtes noires » que l’exécutif veut installer sur les tuyaux des opérateurs (Orange, Free, Numericable...) et des hébergeurs (Google, Facebook, et autres), cet algorithme a pour but de détecter, avant même la commission d’actes terroristes, d’éventuels suspects.

"On a déjà beaucoup parlé des similitudes entre cette ambition et la science-fiction. Mais concrètement, comment fonctionnera cet « algorithme » que tous les députés, tous les ministres, tous les conseillers, et donc tous les médias, ont à la bouche ces derniers jours ? "

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