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Last Orders: Episode 2

Published on 2016-05-03 10:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The new episode of Spiked's monthly round up of meddlesome ratbags is out now. This month's guest is Sam Bowman. We discuss tap water, Dolmio, the Nanny State Index and more.

Listen here.

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Losing Touch

Published on 2016-05-02 23:04:54.
Website: Frank Davis


Express: TONY Blair has called for Britain to surrender MORE powers to unelected Brussels bureaucrats and insisted mass migration from eastern Europe has been GOOD for the country as he made a bizarre case for staying in the EU. The … Continue reading →

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ASH And Tobacco Control Caused All Vaping Bans

Published on 2016-05-02 18:46:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


An article published today in the Leicester Mercury highlights just how nasty and intolerant a world self-serving tobacco controllers have created for us.
Leicester City fan banned from last home game of season after smoking e-cigarette A Leicester City fan has been banned for two home games due to smoking an e-cigarette in the stands.Erm, why?

No harm has ever been attributed to e-cig use indoors let alone outdoors, so there is no harm being inflicted on anyone and no victim. There is no problem here, so a guy has been deprived of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing his team win a miracle Premiership Title because of a rule applied simply for the sake of having a rule. This is the vile state of modern Britain - where the intolerant and prodnosed are pandered to - and it has been created and encouraged by the tobacco control industry for no other reason than their own bigotry and bank balances.

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Smoking Ban News from Russia

Published on 2016-05-01 23:08:28.
Website: Frank Davis


Comment today from Dmitry Kosyrev in Russia: …we’ve got news here, in Russia. In March there was an annual report of the Human Rights commissioner to the President. The end of the chapter 2.5 says that our anti-smoking law is … Continue reading →

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Research Forum Claiming that Moderate Drinking Improves Health is Deliberately Hiding Its Conflicts of Interest with Big Alcohol

Published on 2016-05-01 18:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


An organization calling itself the "International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research" (ISFAR) has published on its web site a scathing review of a recent meta-analysis which concluded that moderate alcohol consumption does not reduce mortality as previously thought. The review contains statements from 14 members of ISFAR, and every one of the 14 blasts the study, with the review concluding that the study "markedly distorts the accumulated scientific evidence on alcohol and CVD [cardiovascular disease]."

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The Big Scream

Published on 2016-04-30 19:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A blinkered vaper-hating tobacco controller, pictured Thursday"In tobacco control we call these reactions ‘the scream test’ of policy potency. We’re amused when the industry supports anodyne, useless campaigns like these. And we know we’re on the right track when they behave as they did over plain packaging." - Simon Chapman, 2013Every right-minded person's favourite Grandad has written today about the hilarious reaction by Irish anti-tobacco extremist James Reilly to Thursday's positive Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Report on e-cigs.

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A Surprising Response

Published on 2016-04-29 23:01:31.
Website: Frank Davis


A couple of weeks back I wrote about a suicide and a protest at Swansea prison after a smoking ban had been introduced there. I didn’t mention at the time that I had also written to my Westminster MP about it. … Continue reading →

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Majority Schmajority, Who Cares?

Published on 2016-04-29 16:53:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Yesterday Simon Clark reported that Swansea Council held a Consultation on Smoke-Free Public Spaces ... and promptly ignored it.
In other words, even though less than 15% of respondents were current smokers there was still a clear majority opposed or strongly opposed to extending smoking bans to public beaches. Ignoring that small detail, Swansea Council has gone ahead and introduced a 'voluntary' smoking ban at Caswell Bay with the support (naturally) of ASH Wales and other interfering busybodies. The Caswell Bay policy is described as a one-year pilot scheme. I imagine it's what they intended all along. The outcome of the consultation was a minor hiccup.Indeed, because anti-smoking is a pseudo-religious crusade. It is nothing to do with health and the tobacco control industry has never been remotely interested in the public good. Despite undoubtedly knowing the results of the Swansea Council consultation ASH Wales, for example, couldn't give a badger's tit what the public think.

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Meanwhile in Brussels...

Published on 2016-04-29 16:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


So the Royal College of Physicians have put out a non-prohibitionist report on e-cigarettes, which was nice. It would have been nicer if they'd said something along the same lines when the EU was plotting the destruction of the vaping industry, but it's better than nothing.

And yet the fact remains that the EU's regulations on e-cigarettes (and tobacco) will come into force in three weeks time and there's nothing anybody can do about it. Nor is there much anybody can do to stop the European Commission meddling in our private lives in other ways. Events of the last fortnight have demonstrated once again that the EU has an unquenchable thirst for lifestyle regulation. 

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Pubs Are Like Girlfriends

Published on 2016-04-28 23:06:54.
Website: Frank Davis


Strange thought this morning: Pubs are like girlfriends. They’re all different. Some are young, and some are old. Some are small, and some are big. Some are all done up in the latest fashion, while others make no effort at … Continue reading →

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Throwback Thursday: April 28th, 1986 (30 Years Ago): Anti-Tobacco Groups Blast Cigarette Companies for Not Supporting Development of a Safer Cigarette

Published on 2016-04-28 14:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


April 28, 1986 (AP, New York): Today, a coalition of anti-smoking organizations, heath agencies, and researchers are attacking the nation's cigarette companies for failing to support the development of much safer cigarettes. Health officials complained that for many years, cigarette companies have had the technology to produce a much safer cigarette, but have failed to show any support for even the idea of manufacturing a safer product.

Also today, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Brown & Williamson and Liggett, alleging that each of these companies could easily have produced a much safer cigarette that didn't contain tobacco and didn't involve combustion.

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Various Smoking News Items

Published on 2016-04-27 23:12:06.
Website: Frank Davis


Antismokers head for Turkmenistan: Government officials to attend anti-smoking meeting in country run by mad dictator Turkmenistan leaders have banned beards, ballets and pet pooches in recent years THE Department of Health will send two officials to a nanny state … Continue reading →

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Royal College of Physicians Report Recommends Widespread Promotion of Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2016-04-27 23:02:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Moments ago, the Royal College of Physicians released a new report that summarizes the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes and public health and concludes that these products should be widely promoted as a substitute for real tobacco cigarettes. The RCP also issued a summary statement regarding the report, which is entitled "Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction."

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The WHO's Dictatorship World Tour

Published on 2016-04-26 18:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


DG of the WHO Margaret Chan, all of a flutter in Moscow 2014Following a jolly bash in Putin's gay-hating, airliner-destroying Russia in 2014, it appears the world's anti-smoking industry has found another place where they feel very much amongst friends.

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Simultaneously Published Studies Demonstrate Severe Bias in E-Cigarette Research

Published on 2016-04-26 11:35:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a remarkable coincidence of the publishing of two nearly identical analyses of e-cigarette advertising at the same time, the equally remarkable bias in e-cigarette research has become apparent.

The studies, published by two completely different sets of researchers, both conducted an identical analysis using an identical data set. Both studies were cross-sectional examinations of the relationship between self-reported exposure to e-cigarette advertising and current use of e-cigarettes among youth surveyed in the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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On processed foods

Published on 2016-04-25 15:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've been waiting for someone to write a post like this about 'processed' food and the Angry Chef has stepped up to the plate in style. Read it. Read it all.

On convenience foods and pasta sauces in particular...

I am not going to defend every aspect of food manufacturing and I fully admit that there are many manufactured products that are nutritionally poor, but I will staunchly defend jars of tomato based pasta sauce. They are cooked in pretty much the same way a decent cook would make a tomato sauce at home, with pretty much the same ingredients. They are simple, convenient, have loads of tomatoes in them and are a really useful in helping a lot of people make a decent, cheap and balanced meal for their family. They are packed full of nutrients. They have no need for preservatives, no need for artificial colours, no need for artificial flavourings. The tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil and herbs have plenty of flavour already and the heat processing preserves them perfectly. That ‘processing’ is simply the addition of heat. This is a process, but if you did it at home, you would call it cooking. You do not say ‘I’m just processing this chicken for dinner', you say that you are cooking it.

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DNC Chair Mistakenly Claims that Cole Amendment Will Make it Harder to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Published on 2016-04-25 09:53:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last week, during the mark-up of the FY17 Agriculture appropriations bill, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)--who is Chair of the Democratic National Committee--argued that passage of an amendment (the Cole amendment) that would prohibit the FDA from requiring pre-market applications for e-cigarettes that are currently on the market would "make it harder to regulate this product."

The proposed FDA deeming regulations would require every electronic cigarette product on the market to submit a pre-market application in order to remain on the market. Such an application, which would take an estimated 5000 hours to prepare and would cost more than $300,000 per product, is not only unduly burdensome but is virtually impossible for any small business to complete successfully. The effect of the regulations would be to decimate the e-cigarette industry, eliminating all but the largest of companies from remaining in the vaping business. This would have a chilling effect on the sales and growth of vaping products, and would protect a continuing stream of high cigarette sales.

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Chapman: Accidental Or Deliberate Stupidity?

Published on 2016-04-24 21:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


On Wednesday I wrote about how Australia has appointed a cabal of closed-minded prohibitionist nut jobs to assess the future of e-cigs in their Godawful nanny state nation.
I suggested that the outcome may already be pre-determined.
The fix is in the bag in Australia, isn't it? Tobacco controllers have taken hold of the levers and will no doubt produce a load of bullshit junk to ensure e-cigs are permanently demonised Down Under. Who needs the public and due process when you have vile public-hating prohibitionists like Chappers pulling the strings, eh?Well, Simple Simon Chapman - the calm, objective soul that he is in advance of his conducting a scientifically-astute assessment of e-cigs and vaping - exhibited his {cough} impartiality recently on Twitter.

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Water, water everywhere

Published on 2016-04-24 11:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The fussbuckets are running out of things to complain about if this, from the Telegraph, is any indication...

Restaurants have been accused of fuelling the nation’s obesity crisis by failing to put tap water on tables.

Restaurant owners should “take responsibility” and give families tap water before they ask for it, instead of relying on them to choose it over soft drinks and alcohol, the Local Government Association has said.

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Link Tank 23/04

Published on 2016-04-23 09:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Back after a short absence, here are some interesting articles from the last few weeks.

Shaman's revenge: Our romance with tobacco

The liberal case for leave

Teenagers should "chill out, seize the day, have a drink"

The misogyny in nanny statism

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More Fun With Public Health And E-cigs

Published on 2016-04-21 21:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A debate took place tonight at the Royal Society for Public Health which is quite revealing about the echo chamber that their industry operates in.

Entitled "e-cigarettes and the workplace" what do you think the make-up of the panel would be? Employers maybe, employees, trade union members? That sort of thing? Maybe a tobacco controller or two to add a bit of balance?

Nah, course not. Here it is.

Bios for tonight's speakers. Panel discussion starts in 20 minutes #ecigs #vape #vaping #ecigpanel pic.twitter.com/tlriwLNyZq— RSPH (@R_S_P_H) April 21, 2016

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No, the EU won't be changing

Published on 2016-04-21 14:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Like an abusive husband, EU officials occasionally claim that they can change. Yesterday, Jean-Claude Juncker said:
"I think that one of the reasons why European citizens are stepping away from the European project is due to the fact that we are interfering in too many domains of their private lives."

In many of those areas, individual states were "better placed to take action and to pass through legislation."

Today, however, business returned to normal, with the EU's Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, saying this:

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The nanny state we're in

Published on 2016-04-21 09:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



This, from the New Zealand Institute, is very good. It is a serious and very readable discussion of lifestyle regulation underpinned by sound economic reasoning. Nearly all of it applies to the UK (and elsewhere).

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The Fix Is In For E-Cigs In Oz

Published on 2016-04-20 17:56:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I've consistently said that e-cigs show up tobacco control industry corruption brilliantly, and here is another fine example.

If you've ever doubted that fact, just get a load of this from Australia!
Last year the federal health department, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs – senior bureaucrats advising federal, state and territory ministers on drug issues – commissioned a policy review on the regulation, sale and marketing of e-cigarettes with or without nicotine, and the practice of “vaping”. The department determined the tender brief, called for tenders and recommended (that is, chose), the successful tenderer.  It happened to be a consortium of the School of Public Health of the University of Sydney and the New South Wales Cancer Council. For nearly a year after the tender was finalised, with no fanfare, the review went underground. Lately, word’s gone quietly went round expert circles confirming consultations are happening.That's great! We like consultations don't we boys and girls?

Except that we're not allowed to contribute, nor are the citizens of Australia!
The Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney has secured Australian government commissions to look into policy options to “minimise the risk associated with marketing and use of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems”. They are running a closed consultation with “relevant organisations and technical experts in ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems), tobacco control or public health.” A background paper has been written. Note those words. Closed consultation. Minimise the risks of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems. Relevant organisations and technical experts.  The unmistakable message is that vaping is in the dock, and the presumption is that e-cigs with or without nicotine are as risky to health as tobacco products.And who exactly makes up this 'expert' committee which is accountable to no-one but themselves?

Why, committed anti-vaping lunatics, of course.
Unsurprisingly it mostly comprises public health academics believing in prohibiting and banning and “social marketing”, not kindly disposed to giving new alternatives to tobacco the benefit of the doubt while evidence continues to accumulate. Simon Chapman needs no introduction.  The goateed guru of tobacco control, media public health go-to person and spare-time Twitter troll is no friend of harm reduction, being stridently protective of his patch. He has picked fights with, and ridiculed, pro-vaping research, researchers and advocates from the Lancet and British Medical Journal to social media. Project lead Becky Freeman is his protégée and self-described “established authority on the potential of the internet to circumvent tobacco advertising laws”.  Blyth O’Hara is an expert on physical activity, nutrition and obesity, who has tweeted enthusiastically in favour of a sugar tax on the poor. Scott Walsberger “leads a passionate (NSW Cancer Council) team to reduce the burden of tobacco on the people of NSW”.  Bill Bellew boasts of his “Leadership

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A Lie A Day: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Wrongly Accuses Tobacco Companies of Marketing Gummy Bear E-Cigarettes

Published on 2016-04-20 11:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In what is rapidly becoming a tragic farce, anti-nicotine groups are now lying at a rate of at least one per day in a deliberate attempt to demonize electronic cigarettes.

Today's liar is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which claimed in a press release that the tobacco companies are marketing gummy bear-flavored electronic cigarettes to youth. The Campaign asked: "Why in the world is Congress helping tobacco companies lure kids with gummy bear-flavored e-cigarettes?"

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Smoking licences rear their ugly head again

Published on 2016-04-20 09:51:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


More health fascism from the Emerald Isle...

Health authorities in developed countries, where the most headway against smoking has been made, now talk about playing the “endgame” with tobacco, that is, reducing the percentage of smokers in the overall population, currently about 20 per cent, to 1 or 2 per cent.
1 or 2 per cent is less than the prevalence of frequent illicit drug use in the UK and is considerably less than the prevalence of illicit drug use in the past month. Whatever euphemism you choose to use, it is obvious that the 'endgame' would have to involve prohibition to even attempt a smoking prevalence rate of 1-2%.

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Institutional Snobbery

Published on 2016-04-19 17:18:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


One of the best and most entertaining political writers ever in my opinion, even while as an elected politician himself, was Tom Harris as I've mentioned a few times before.

Now, however, freed from the shackles he loosely carried as a Scottish Labour MP, his writing just gets better and better. He let rip quite beautifully in the Telegraph yesterday about his party's incredibly stupid decision to ban McDonald's from the Labour Party Conference. Here are some highlights.
Snobbery towards McDonald’s is nothing new on the British Left. You only have to mention their name on Twitter to provoke a deluge of self-righteous comments from people living in London who wouldn’t dream of letting little Marcus or Louisa sink their perfectly aligned incisors into a Big Mac or a McChicken Sandwich.Snobbery is a perfect description of this kind of thinking, as I've termed it myself when talking about the vile, mega-rich, smug, oleaginous, distended, blown out sweatsock Jamie Oliver and his poor-bashing sugar tax.
Osborne didn't usher in any new success for 'public health' yesterday - for the simple fact that a sugar tax has never worked and, as admitted by those who favour it, never will - but he certainly delivered multiple orgasms to the most deranged and repugnant in our country; the type you would hide behind the sofa to pretend you were out if you saw them park outside your house. If pandering to the vile and intolerant was the purpose, the upper class boy Osborne did exceptionally! He enthralled his fellow pompous and snooty middle class minions and stuck it to the less well off good, so he did.

Or, as Alex Deane succinctly describes it in The Telegraph.
Virtue-signalling politicians, bureaucrats and celebrities feeling tremendously good about themselves because they’ve bossed the rest of us around, and imposed a stealth tax on those least able to afford it.It's not a step forward for the health of the nation, but instead a triumph for repulsive anti-social snobbery and the most obnoxious human faecal matter we have the abject misfortune to share our everyday lives with.Yes, it's quite plain that middle class snobbery is at play, and Harris goes on to object to his chosen party trying to pretend it is something to do with health ... which it isn't.
Lastly, there’s the handy, media-friendly excuse for stopping McDonald’s having access to delegates when they meet in September under Labour’s banner in Liverpool: health. That a Big Tasty with bacon and an extra large side of fries followed by a Cadbury’s Caramel McFlurry is not classed as health food will be as big a shock to diners as the revelation that the Pope does not practice the Protestant faith. But to defend the existence of McDonald’s in our local High Street is to invite accusations of being an enabler of childhood obesity. It’s not up to poor, ignorant parents to tell their kids “No” when they ask for a Happy Meal; rather, it is up to McDonald’s themselves to offer only non-fried, non-meat-based, non-tasty food, probably in a safe space

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Anti-Smoking Groups are Not Capable of Telling the Truth; Now They're Telling Vapers that E-Cigarette Aerosol Contains Propylene Oxide, a Carcinogen

Published on 2016-04-19 10:25:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


I have come to the conclusion that anti-smoking groups are simply not capable of telling the public the truth about electronic cigarettes and their health effects. From the "popcorn lung" scare to the formaldehyde scare, it has been one lie after another. And today, we can add yet another one.

Anti-vaping researchers and anti-smoking groups are now spreading the false information that when heated and vaporized, propylene glycol is converted into propylene oxide, which is recognized as a carcinogen.

For example, the Kenosha Racine and Walworth Counties Tobacco-Free Coalition claims that "Once heated into the vaporized form, propylene glycol is chemically changed into propylene oxide, which is a class 2B carcinogen as rated by the International Agency for Research."

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Fat Budgets And Fake Friends

Published on 2016-04-18 17:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Next time you hear some local authority rubber band-flicker whining about how government 'cuts' are slashing their resources to the bare bones, remind yourself of this.

Via Taking Liberties, it seems that despite 'savage' austerity measures, Aberdeenshire Council still has a budget fat enough to come up with sinister, absurd and utterly pointless new policies like this.
A Scottish council is looking to ban people from smoking in their own vehicles if they are on local authority land. Aberdeenshire Council has drafted a revised smoking policy that aims to ensure non-puffers are prevented from inhaling toxic tobacco fumes in car parks. Under the proposed new rules, smoking - including electronic vaporizers or 'e-cigs' - will face a blanket ban on any premises or site owned by the council even if someone lights up in a private vehicle.Now, this isn't a reaction to public demand. Have you heard of any grassroots campaign to prohibit smoking in private vehicles in car parks? No, nor me. I'm pretty sure no-one has ever demanded that anywhere - let alone in Aberdeenshire - so why the need to waste taxpayers' money on such a stupid piece of illiberal and unenforceable garbage? Especially since if there was any call whatsoever for such a policy it would have originated from one of the tax-sponging sock puppet bullies in the bloated, anti-social and entirely wasteful tobacco control industry.

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American Thoracic Society Lies to Public, Claiming that Smoking is No More Hazardous than Vaping

Published on 2016-04-18 10:42:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


One of the following is blatantly lying to the American public by telling us that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping, which involves no use of tobacco and no combustion process and has been found to dramatically improve the health of smokers who switch to these products. Guess which one.

A. The tobacco industry; or
B. The American Thoracic Society.

If you guessed A, you are wrong. The correct answer is B. In a whopping ironic twist, it is the American Thoracic Society, and not Big Tobacco, that is lying to the public and downplaying the severe health consequences of smoking.

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Brexit and the nanny state

Published on 2016-04-18 09:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Institute of Economic Affairs has today published a weighty tome entitled Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Over fifteen chapters, various commentators discuss what Brexit would mean for the UK in practice. This being the IEA, the focus is on whether things would be better or worse from the perspective of liberty and free markets.

I wrote the last chapter which - you will not be surprised to hear - is about lifestyle regulation/the nanny state/'public health'. I wanted to answer the question of whether life would be better or worse for an adult consumer who wants to eat, drink and smoke without being taxed, punished and stigmatised.

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CDC Continues to Lie and Deceive the Public about Youth Tobacco Use

Published on 2016-04-15 13:45:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a critical source of health information on most public health issues, but sadly, it is no longer a trustworthy source of information about youth tobacco use. The agency has been consumed by an obsessive vendetta against electronic cigarettes, which has blinded it to the severe problem of youth smoking and distorted its vision away from the protection of the public's health and towards the articulation of an ideology that shows a complete disregard for the health of our nation's youth.

The CDC's lack of honesty, transparency, and integrity when it comes to the issue of youth tobacco use was further demonstrated yesterday by its public claim that youth tobacco use has remained unchanged since 2011, despite the fact that its own report - also released yesterday - revealed that smoking among high school youth declined from 15.8% to 9.3% during the period 2011-2015, smokeless tobacco use decreased from 7.9% to 6.0%, cigar use declined from 11.6% to 8.6%, pipe tobacco use declined from 4.0% to 1.0%, and bidi use dropped from 2.0% to 0.6%.

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