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À l\'approche des élections cantonales à Genève, Les Dissidents de Genève estiment urgent et nécessaire de consolider le suffrage universel, actuellement menacé. En effet les citoyens, qui élisent des députés au Grand conseil, n\'ont aucune garantie que ceux-ci ne soient pas rétrogradés en cours de législature au rang de simple députés indépendants, ainsi privés du droit fondamental de siéger dans les commissions parlementaires. Or c\'est dans ces commissions consultatives préparatoires que tout se joue. C\'est là le véritable creuset des décisions prises ensuite par l\'assemblée plénière.', `date`='2017-02-10 08:48:44', `rssid`=6

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(DDG/jaw)Au risque de peiner ceux des partis qui ont la mémoire courte, est-il besoin de rappeler l\'affaire des fiches ? Bof... Une bagatelle puisque seuls quelque 900 000 citoyens  avaient été systématiquement espionnés  jusque dans leur vie intime sur le territoire suisse, soit plus de 15% de la population ! Il a 26 ans que ce scandale a éclaté ! On le croyait et l\'espérait oublié ...Le Conseil fédéral propose un dispositif d\'inquisition bien pire: l\'installation d\'espiogiciels dans tous les ordinateurs de notre population.', `date`='2016-09-03 00:46:34', `rssid`=6

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(jaw/DDG/15.08.2016)

Tabac : une putasserie médicale visant les pauvres !


On aura tout vu en matière de pratiques honteuses et mensongères pour décourager les fumeurs de tabac : l\'évocation de la prétendue « fumée passive létale » déjà propagée à l\'époque par un Troisième Reich épris de « purification »; la prétendue réduction spectaculaire des journées d\'hôpitaux aux HUG, annoncée à son de cor à Genève suite à l\'interdiction de fumer dans tous les lieux publics; la propagande pour le \"Champix », médicament sur ordonnance,  hallucinogène et suicidogène au point où, aux Etats-Unis, le laboratoire Pfizer a dû dédommager 2000 victimes de cette molécule toxique ; les statistiques délibérément ou accidentellement manipulées...et l\'on en passe ! ', `date`='2016-08-15 21:46:20', `rssid`=6

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(w) Parmi les dernières interdictions en date promulguées par nos autorités municipales, trois nouvelles figurent dans la dernière série: elles frappent les broches en plein air (promotion du véganisme ou souci du réchauffement climatique ?), le passage des vélocipèdes (usure du gravier ?), détention et consommation de boissons alcooliques (risque de collisions entre piétons ivres ? ) et musique (pour rétablir l\'égalité avec les malentendants ?)

En revanche, les conversations à voix basse et les déambulations en chaussures de cuir (d\'origine animale) sont encore tolérées., de même que l\'ingestion et la mastication de pain de mie ...sans gluten:-)', `date`='2016-06-28 01:17:51', `rssid`=6

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RTS - La Première - CQFD: \"La science apporte des preuves scientifiques aux questions que les chercheurs se posent. Malheureusement, ces preuves ne sont pas toujours aussi solides qu’on le croit. On a vu des études a priori sérieuses et qui ont été publiées dans des grandes revues scientifiques être désavouées et retirées quelques années plus tard. Comment empêcher les publications des \"mauvaises sciences\"?

\"L\'éclairage de Nadia Elia, médecin épidémiologiste, spécialiste en santé publique, chercheuse dans le service d’anesthésie aux HUG et chargée d’enseignement à l\'institut de santé globale de l’Universté de Genève. Par Adrien Zerbini.\"', `date`='2016-06-17 01:41:25', `rssid`=6

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(ATS) \"La publicité pour le tabac ne devrait pas être restreinte. Par 28 voix contre 15, le Conseil des Etats a rejeté mardi les propositions du Conseil fédéral en lui demandant de revoir largement sa copie.

Le Conseil national doit encore se prononcer. La loi sur les produits du tabac avait déjà été fortement contestée en consultation, les milieux de la santé la jugeant trop timorée, l\'industrie trop invasive. Les arguments de cette dernière ont prévalu dans les rangs des sénateurs, au terme d\'un débat entamé jeudi passé. La majorité estime que la loi va beaucoup trop loin et interfère avec les principes de l\'économie de marché.\"', `date`='2016-06-14 22:53:58', `rssid`=6

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La Ville de Genève, cette Marie-couche-toi-là récidivante devant l\'érotiquement incorrect, attaque une nouvelle fois, sous prétexte de non-conformité à la doxa artistique, une superbe affiche du salon érotique genevois, le Venusia. Les considérants invoqués à l\'appui de ce nouvel acte de censure intolérable prêteraient à rire s\'ils n\'attaquaient pas de front la liberté créatrice de l\'artiste.  Depuis \"L\'Origine du monde\" et L\'Amant de Lady Chatterley\" (1928), on pensait que la liberté des mœurs avait fait quelques progrès et que la Bête immonde de la censure avait regagné son médiocre cagibi où elle avait été reléguée. La voici de retour à Genève ! Et gageons qu\'aucun conseiller municipal ne se hasardera à protester en séance publique contre la censure de cette affiche bien innocente. Les censeurs s\'en prennent à une réification alléguée de la femme alors que le message se sert d\'une innocente silhouette visée par des footballeurs émoustillés. Décidément, le ridicule ne tue plus ! A leur lecture,  vous savourerez les attendus invoqués par l\'anonyme \"Commission ad hoc\" sur le préavis de laquelle se fondent Madame est Messieurs les Censeurs\" du Conseil administratif de Genève pour commetre ce nouveau crime contre la créativité artistique.
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ATS: \" La Cour de justice de l\'Union européenne a validé mercredi la directive UE sur le tabac, rejetant des recours introduits par la Pologne et par le cigarettier américain Philip Morris contre l\'interdiction des arômes comme le menthol et l\'uniformisation des paquets.\"

En revanche les tabacophobes son en échec à Berne:

\"Considérant que les restrictions prévues en matière de publicité, de promotion et de parrainage vont trop loin, la Commission de la sécurité sociale et de la santé publique du Conseil des Etats veut renvoyer le projet de loi sur les produits du tabac au Conseil fédéral.\"', `date`='2016-05-05 01:31:35', `rssid`=6

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ATS: \" Une alliance de partis et d\'organisations dénonce la nouvelle loi sur la surveillance de la correspondance qu\'elle juge «intrusive».

\"La révision de la loi sur la surveillance de la correspondance par poste et télécommunication introduit deux nouveautés: une durée de conservation des données secondaires plus longue, à six mois. Et la possibilité pour la police d\'utiliser des logiciels espions qui permettent de décoder des messages de criminels potentiels comme des terroristes, des pédocriminels ou des criminels financiers.

«La révision est trompeuse et disproportionnée. Tous les ordinateurs et smartphones privés pourront être surveillés par les chevaux de Troie de l\'Etat. Cela affaiblit la sécurité du système en général et met en question la validité des preuves ainsi obtenues», a fait valoir mardi à Berne le président de la Jeunesse socialiste suisse (Juso) Fabian Molina.\"', `date`='2016-04-12 13:29:55', `rssid`=6

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INSERT INTO `rssdata` SET `link`='https://www.netzwerk-rauchen.de/component/content/article/1-aktuelle-nachrichten/995-dieselfahrer-sind-die-neuen-raucher.html', `title`='Dieselfahrer sind die neuen Raucher',`description`='Lungenärzte inkonsequent Nicht nur das Tabakrauchen ist eine zivilisatorische Errungenschaft, sondern auch der Autoverkehr. Da nimmt es nicht Wunder, dass ihre Feinde teils dieselben sind: Antimoderne Volkserzieher wie die Grünen. Hysterisches Motto: „Wir werden alle vergiftet“. Nach sogenannten Umweltzonen rücken nun, wen wundert’s, Dieselfahrverbote in die Städte. Selbstverständlich mit EU-Regulierung begründet, das kennen wir von der Lifestyle-Bevormundung zu Genüge. Mal wieder über die Brüsseler Bande gespielt.
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Tabakbesteuerung Stellung nehmen. Sogar auf Deutsch, das war in der Vergangenheit nicht immer so. Noch bis zum 3. September.


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Es ist wieder „World No Tobacco Day“ (Weltnichtrauchertag), und die Massenmedien haben mal wieder nichts Besseres zu tun, als kostenlose Antiraucherpropaganda im Sinne von Staaten und Pharmakonzernen zu verbreiten. Das diesjährige Motto in Deutschland lautet: „Pass auf, an wen du dein Herz verlierst!\" Damit man seine Freiheit nicht die Tabakkontrolle verliert, sollte man sich deren Botschaften nicht zu Herzen nehmen.


', `date`='2018-05-31 12:27:16', `rssid`=8

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Nach dem neuen Schockbilder-Album und dem Flussblick-Poster können Spender nun Kaffeebecher, Beutel und Mousepads erhalten. Als Dankeschön für eine kleine Spende in unterschiedlicher Höhe gibt es Kaffeebecher aus Keramik mit zwei unterschiedlichen Slogans, eine schöne Unterlage für die Computermaus oder auch Tragebeutel, nicht nur für Hipster.', `date`='2018-03-30 18:55:28', `rssid`=8

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INSERT INTO `rssdata` SET `link`='https://www.netzwerk-rauchen.de/component/content/article/1-aktuelle-nachrichten/990-internationaler-blog-gestartet.html', `title`='Internationaler Blog gestartet',`description`='Netzwerk Rauchen betreibt SmokingBANditsDer Kampf um den Tabakgenuss wird global geführt. Deshalb hat Netzwerk Rauchen jetzt SmokingBANdits eröffnet, einen internationalen mehrsprachigen Autoren-Blog. Das kleine Wortspiel im Blognamen bezieht sich auf Rauchverbote, aber auch andere Maßnahmen der Tabakbekämpfung wie Steuerexzesse und Ekelbilder finden weltweit Verbreitung. Das Projekt zielt daher darauf ab, den internationalen Informationsfluss zum Thema zu verbessern und einen Austausch zu ermöglichen. „Wir wissen zu wenig über die Verhältnisse im Ausland, umgekehrt verhält es sich genauso“, sagt Michael Löb, Bundesvorsitzender des Netzwerk Rauchen, „das soll sich ändern.“

', `date`='2018-03-23 20:21:29', `rssid`=8

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', `date`='2017-12-21 22:20:13', `rssid`=8

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Das Poster Flussblick macht sich gut an der Wand. Das Bild zeigt ein Freizeitgelände, auf dem alles erlaubt ist – außer Rauchen, Radfahren, Grillen, Fußballspielen, Skaten, Hunden, Dicken, Essen, Trinken ... Noch ein buntes Werk, aber immer mehr auch graue Realität.', `date`='2017-11-29 22:34:39', `rssid`=8

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 ', `date`='2017-11-11 22:29:31', `rssid`=8

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', `date`='2017-09-22 20:14:51', `rssid`=8

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Von der Rückkehr der FDP in den Bundestag sollte man sich nicht zu viel versprechen. Man denke an die letzte Tabaksteuer-Erhöhungsserie, als sie an der Bundesregierung beteiligt war. Und daran, dass jüngst Christian Lindner in NRW die rot-grüne Rauchverbotsverschärfung offenbar nicht ernsthaft rückgängig machen wollte. Ob die AfD sich traut, auch bei Themen wie Rauchen, Trinken und Essen hörbar wider den Stachel zu löcken? Dass ein einzelner namhafter Antiraucher-Funktionär namens Siegfried Ermer sich dort als Kreisvorsitzender (in Erlangen) eingeschlichen hat, sagt zwar noch nichts, da man andererseits auch schon mal die Liberalisierung von Rauchverboten befürwortet hat. Näheres wird sich aber erst zeigen müssen.', `date`='2017-09-18 19:14:30', `rssid`=8

She’s Leaving Home

Published on 2019-03-24 10:55:26.
Website: Frank Davis


Whatever next? A full-scale Cabinet coup against Prime Minister Theresa May is now underway, according to insiders, with one senior minister claiming she will be “gone in ten days”. News that at least eleven members of the Cabinet plan on confronting the … Continue reading →

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Will A Remainer Parliament Overrule A Leaver People?

Published on 2019-03-23 10:39:12.
Website: Frank Davis


Will a Remainer Parliament overrule a Leaver People? Theresa May is considering giving MPs a vote on seven Brexit options, including revoking Article 50, over fears her Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union will not pass in the House of … Continue reading →

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Global Nicotine Forum - book now

Published on 2019-03-22 16:01:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'll be going to the Global Nicotine Forum in Warsaw in June. I haven't been able to go to it in the last few years, but I had a good time at the first two.

I mention this in the hope that some of you will also be going and we can keep the ratio between normal people and 'public health' types at a tolerable level.

Details here.

Also, I'll be at the London School of Economics in conversation with Yaron Brook on Monday. Come along if you can. Tickets are free.

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The Re-Emergence of Traditional Values

Published on 2019-03-22 11:04:01.
Website: Frank Davis


How astonishing: A new populist, Eurosceptic party has achieved the remarkable feat of going from zero seats to becoming the largest single party in the Dutch Senate in a single election, as a young politician likened to a “Dutch Donald … Continue reading →

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Complete Farce

Published on 2019-03-21 10:32:09.
Website: Frank Davis


It’s become a complete farce: The Prime Minister addressed the nation Wednesday evening, telling the British public that the country would not be leaving the European Union next week as promised. The notification from the Prime Minister’s office of the … Continue reading →

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Response to Press Release Announcing Proposed Ban on Electronic Cigarettes in San Francisco

Published on 2019-03-20 15:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Here is my point-by-point response to several of the statements made in the press release issued by City Attorney Herrera announcing the introduction of legislation to ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco:

"City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton today announced joint steps to curb the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, which has erased more than a decade’s worth of progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption."

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San Francisco Considering Banning Electronic Cigarettes, But Letting Deadly Real Cigarettes Stay on the Shelves

Published on 2019-03-20 12:16:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Yesterday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton announced that they are introducing an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that would ban all electronic cigarettes until they are officially reviewed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since there is not a single e-cigarette on the market that has undergone such an approval process, the ordinance does indeed ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco.

The reasoning behind the proposal is as follows: "Today we are taking action to protect our kids. By law, before a new tobacco product goes to market, the Food and Drug Administration is supposed to conduct a review to evaluate its impact on public health. Inexplicably, the FDA has failed to do its job when it comes to e-cigarettes. Until the FDA does so, San Francisco has to step up. These products should not be on our shelves until the FDA has reviewed the threat they pose to public health."

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An exhibition of motivated reasoning with Gary Taubes

Published on 2019-03-20 11:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If you've got a spare 2 hours and 37 minutes and are interested in the debate about carbs/obesity, yesterday's edition of the Joe Rogan Experience should be up your street. It features a showdown between journalist Gary Taubes and neuroscientist Stephan Guyenet.



These two have fallen out in the past over Taubes' belief that carbohydrates, rather than calories and inactivity, are the cause of the obesity 'epidemic'. Towards the end of the show, I was interested to hear that Guyenet started off as a fan of Taubes and his book Good Calories, Bad Calories, but that all changed when he looked at the empirical evidence.

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David Starkey and Donald Trump Jr.

Published on 2019-03-20 10:18:00.
Website: Frank Davis


Last Sunday historian David Starkey wrote in the Mail on Sunday: 800 years of democracy is unravelling before our very eyes: Distinguished historian DAVID STARKEY on how our self-satisfied politicians have launched a coup over Brexit …The referendum was a … Continue reading →

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Defining junk food - almost nothing has changed

Published on 2019-03-19 14:39:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've got a piece in The Times today about the ban on 'junk food' advertising. I wrote it on Sunday, shortly after the government announced a public consultation on the policy. One part of the press release particularly interested me...

When this was finally announced at the weekend, it came with an anxious reassurance from Steve Brine, the public health minister, that “this isn’t about banning everyday staples like butter and olive oil”.

If, as this suggests, the government is going to grant ad hoc exemptions for certain products, the thinly veiled snobbery that lies behind the war on food will be laid bare. The high in fat, salt or sugar measure may be puritanical but it has the virtue of being consistent. You can’t give a pass to fatty or sugary products just because middle-class people buy them from Waitrose.

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Purported Links Between Vaping and Heart Attacks are Based on Crappy Science

Published on 2019-03-18 00:33:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Another crappy study has come along, this one again using cross-sectional data from the National Health Interview Survey to claim that e-cigarette use is associated with a higher risk of having a heart attack, developing coronary artery disease, and having depression.

This study, being presented tomorrow (Monday) morning at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans, reports that "adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease and depression compared with those who don’t use them or any tobacco products."

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11 Million Lies: The Tobacco Control Movement is Committing Public Health Malpractice by Misrepresenting the Health Effects of Vaping

Published on 2019-03-17 15:32:00.
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My colleagues and I in the tobacco control movement have based our entire careers on the principle that it is wrong to lie to the public. The bulk of our campaign against Big Tobacco was based on the contention that the cigarette companies lied to the public about the health risks of smoking. Numerous lawsuits were filed against Big Tobacco, seeking damages based on the claim that the companies are responsible because they misrepresented the health effects of their products, thus preventing smokers from making an informed choice. The name of the major youth anti-tobacco campaign is called "Truth." Clearly, honesty is the central value that has been at the core of the tobacco control movement for decades.

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If more gambling laws are the answer, what's the question?

Published on 2019-03-14 10:11:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From The Guardian...

People with a gambling problem are 15 times more likely to take their own life, according to the largest study of its kind, prompting calls for swifter action by the government to tackle betting addiction.

... Campaigners said that if the same results were applied to the UK, the Swedish study would indicate around 550 suicides a year in which gambling played a part, or more than 10 per week.
That would be one in ten suicides, if true. Perhaps it is true, I don't know, but the article rightly points out that the causes of suicide are 'very likely to be multi-factoral' and that it is 'hard to isolate the role played by gambling'. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were only 21 suicides between 2001 and 2016 (ie. 1.4 per year) in which gambling was mentioned on the death certificate, but this is bound to underestimate the true number.

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Mark Petticrew doubles down

Published on 2019-03-13 10:00:00.
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Mark Petticrew has been going through the Twitter feed of Drinkaware, presumably because it beats working for a living and because 'public health' is such a shoddy enterprise that it will let him get another peer-reviewed study out of it. In 2017, Petticrew and his colleagues cherry-picked statements by various industry-funded educational organisations to claim that they downplayed, disputed and misrepresented the risks of drinking.

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The nanny state blob

Published on 2019-03-12 11:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Taxpayer funding of ‘nanny state’ groups has not declined in recent years but it has evolved. In the debate about food, tobacco and alcohol, there are relatively few dedicated activist groups directly funded by central government. Alcohol Concern has lost its state funding and has now merged with Alcohol Research UK to become Alcohol Change UK. Its counter-part in tobacco control, the English branch of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has been funded by the Department of Health since its inception in 1971 and received a DH grant of £159,999 in 2016/17. ASH insists that this money is not used for advocacy or lobbying but is used to ‘support the Tobacco Control Plan for England’. It is not clear what this means in practice and its grant applications in the past have explicitly listed ‘media advocacy and lobbying’ as a deliverable. Like Alcohol Concern, ASH has never provided health, cessation or rehabilitation services.

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Fake Charities, 10 Years On

Published on 2019-03-11 18:13:00.
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We reached a significant milestone recently which should not go unmarked. It was just over a decade ago that legendary blogger Devil's Kitchen and his co-author The Filthy Smoker began the fightback against the widespread abuse of government funding being handed to lobby groups to lobby government. 2009-01-19T03:47:08Z That was the date and time that your humble Devil first registered the fakecharities.org domain—19th January 2009. I built the first fakecharities.org site that night, using a simple Open Source CMS called WebsiteBaker. I then populated this simple site with a few organisations that I, and Kitchen contributor the Filthy Smoker, had identified as being particularly egregious specimens of the type we called "fake charities". The fake charities site may not be around now but it was the first step in shining a light on the sly deceit on the public that state-funded lobby groups had quietly worked to build for many years.

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Monday reading

Published on 2019-03-11 10:31:00.
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FOREST have got a report out today looking at smoking and vaping bans on NHS property. It finds that the majority of NHS Trusts ban vaping inside (89%) and outside (55%). The vast majority of Trusts also ban smoking outdoors. Read the full document here.

The Spirit Level turned 10 years old this month and so I had a look at some of their flagship findings to see if they can be replicated with up-to-data figures. You'll never guess what happened.

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Junk food (part two)

Published on 2019-03-08 10:39:00.
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Further to yesterday's post, the IEA has now published my short briefing paper looking at what qualifies as 'junk food' for British regulators. The actual category is HFSS (High in Fat, Salt or Sugar) and my primary conclusion is that...

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A Ban If It's Law, A Ban If It's Not

Published on 2019-03-07 19:21:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


In answer to a parliamentary question tabled by Liz Saville-Roberts of Plaid Cymru yesterday, the government's Home Office spokesperson, Victoria Atkins, gave us a small glimpse into how the choices of staff and the public are treated with contempt by the elites, and how they really only have themselves to blame for some of the abuse they receive.

Saville-Roberts asked which Home Office premises do not operate a no-smoking policy. It turns out that not only is the answer none, but that the Home Office has been massively gold-plating restrictions demanded by the smoking ban.

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Junk food (part one)

Published on 2019-03-07 17:52:00.
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Action on Sugar/Salt gets acres of news coverage every other week by looking at the labels on food and putting the figures on a press release, accompanied by a quote from some nutritionist who is 'shocked' by the amount of sugar/salt in it.

They were at it again on Monday with some claims about salt in restaurant meals. Their headline figure was that 40 per cent of meals tested have got saltier in recent years. This sounds dubious from the get-go and TGI Friday, whose chicken burger Action on Sugar/Salt claimed was the saltiest, said the pressure group was plain wrong:

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Bloomberg's army

Published on 2019-03-06 11:09:00.
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Meanwhile, Last year, Mike Bloomberg gave $20 million to the Bath University's Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) to create 'a brand new global tobacco industry watchdog called Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products, or STOP.' It was a tit for tat move after Philip Morris gave $1 billion (over 12 years) to the Foundation for a Smokefree World.

The TCRG is run by comedy legend Anna Gilmore. It is one of the UK's last hold-outs against vaping and is best known for creating a low quality pseudo-wiki which smears anyone with whom they disagree as as an ally of the tobacco industry. Their newfound wealth will allow them to finally employ some fact checkers, and there will be plenty left over to spend on other projects.

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The tobacco levy - a dead parrot

Published on 2019-03-05 10:50:00.
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The zombie idea of a tobacco industry levy re-emerged at the weekend when ASH's puppet All Party group included it in their new list of demands. ASH are trying to portray the levy as 'making the polluter pay' as if it were a Pigovian response, overlooking the fact that there are no net financial costs of smoking and tobacco taxes are already sky high.

The conceit behind the levy is that the money will come from the industry's profits rather than from smokers (rather like the idea that the sugar tax is a levy on businesses). A childishly simplistic infographic from Cancer Research showed how this was supposed to work.

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It turns out that 'junk food' doesn't actually exist

Published on 2019-03-05 08:56:00.
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As I have been saying for some time, a ban on 'junk food' advertising is nothing of the sort. Reality has just caught up with a company called Farmdrop who have had this advert rejected by TfL because it shows bacon and butter.



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Reality Bites In Snobland

Published on 2019-03-04 21:49:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Oh frabjous day!

Long time readers may remember when the sugar tax was installed by a timorous, erm, 'Conservative' government quaking in their boots under pressure from a gullible TV chef. I called it "a triumph for repulsive anti-social snobbery".
The sugar tax is born out of the same vile and scum-infested middle class base as the smoking ban. The only difference being that back then it was smokers, now it is the overweight. The precedent was set a decade ago, a precedent which gave a green light for the most hideous in society to point fingers, criticise the choices of others, publicly vomit insults, and demand government force be brought to bear on people who they feel offended at seeing.Since then we have seen the laughable spectacle of Jamie Oliver's menu offerings being found to be more unhealthy than Burger King and Pizza Hut and Public Health England have come out with draconian measures of what is deemed to be unhealthy.

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The sockpuppet state in action

Published on 2019-03-04 10:32:00.
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Last week, the IEA released my report Still Hand in Glove? which takes another look at state-funded activism. It would be nice to report that the problem is shrinking. In truth, it is evolving. Blatant sockpuppetry is alive and well in Scotland and Wales. In England, the baton has been largely passed onto Public Health England, local authorities and PHE's legion of Directors of Public Health, with assistance from a growing band of activist-academic 'research' institutions.

Over the weekend, there were a couple of small examples of how this works in practice. One of Britain's oldest sockpuppets, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), was back, this time acting through the parliamentary mouthpiece it set up in the 1970s, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, of which ASH is still the secretariat.

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Last Orders with Geoff Norcott

Published on 2019-03-01 11:22:00.
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A great bunch of ladsThere's a new episode of Last Orders out. This month our guest was the comedian Geoff Norcott. You may know him from his appearances on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Question Time, among others. I've been a fan of his work for a while and was delighted he could join us. We discuss Tom Watson, Tony the Tiger, booze and cannabis.

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Sock puppets revisited

Published on 2019-02-28 11:04:00.
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It's been seven years since I first published research with the IEA about state-funded activism, and five years since I last tackled the subject in The Sock Doctrine

I showed in these reports that large sums of taxpayers' money were being given to non-governmental organisations by central government, local authorities and the European Commission. It is undeniable that some of this money was being used to campaign for controversial legislation, regulation and taxation. In some instances, statutory funding made up 100 per cent of the organisation's income.

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Switching from Smoking to Juul Reduces Toxic Chemical Biomarkers to the Same Degree as Quitting Cold Turkey

Published on 2019-02-27 19:01:00.
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According to a study conducted by Juul and presented Saturday at the Big-Pharma funded SRNT annual meeting, there is no difference between switching from smoking to Juul and quitting smoking cold turkey in terms of the reduction in biomarkers of toxic chemicals.

In the study, a group of 90 adult smokers were randomized to either: (1) continue to smoke as usual; (2) stop smoking cold turkey; or (3) switch completely from smoking to Juul. After five days, the researchers measured the change in the level of nine different biomarkers for toxic chemicals, which indicates the level of exposure to these chemicals.

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Free thoughts on paternalism

Published on 2019-02-26 09:29:00.
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I was on the Free Thoughts podcast recently discussing paternalism, John Stuart Mill and other themes from my book Killjoys.

Have a listen.

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10 Questions, 9 Of Them Stupid

Published on 2019-02-25 22:38:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Forgive me Father, I have sinned. It has been three weeks since my last article, hand me the hair shirt and beads.

Real life has been getting in the way like a mofo recently, I'm afraid. Business, family and personal pressures have conspired in such a way that I've had little time to even catch up with what's going on let alone write anything. If you follow me on Twitter too, you may have noticed.

But prior to a busy week, I've a window to have a go at some recreational writing and what better to comment on than an unintentionally funny article from Sydney pensioner Simon Chapman on his blog last week. I do feel for the guy, he's getting old, the dementia might be kicking in and he is still desperately clinging to tried-and-trusted smears against industry which don't hold up in the modern world. You know, like your grandparents who get shouty when you say they should have data on their phone and they reply that "I just want to ring someone on it!".

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Pennsylvania Department of Health Urges Parents to Lie to their Kids About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

Published on 2019-02-24 00:44:00.
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A basic principle of public health ethics is that we don't lie to people. Telling the truth is a critical component of the public health code of ethics. It is important not only because it is unethical to lie, but also because we greatly risk losing credibility and the public's trust if we are found to be lying. And once that public trust is lost, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to gain back.

Therefore, it pains me today to have to report that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is urging parents to lie to their kids about e-cigarettes in order to dissuade them from vaping. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is lying to the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes as well.

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SRNT Under Fire for Accepting Sponsorship Money from E-Cigarette Company for Annual Meeting

Published on 2019-02-21 20:18:00.
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Controversy is brewing in San Francisco this week as it was revealed that the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) accepted money from an e-cigarette company to sponsor its annual meeting which is being held this week.

It was reported this morning that SRNT accepted funding from GreenSmokeKloud, an e-liquid distributor whose products are competing with nicotine replacement therapy and Chantix for a share of the smoking cessation market.

Critics pointed out that sponsorship of the conference by GreenSmokeKloud presents a severe conflict of interest because its products are being used for smoking cessation and the SRNT conference involves numerous presentations dealing with the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of e-cigarettes and vaping products similar to or including those manufactured by GreenSmokeKloud.

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