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Published on 2015-11-30 01:01:38.
Website: Frank Davis

H/T smokingscot for Liberland. According to the Guardian, 7 square km Liberland came into existence as the world’s newest sovereign state in April this year, In the week since Liberland announced its creation and invited prospective residents to join the … Continue reading →

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Climat: le GIEC est une juridiction d'exception

Published on 2015-11-30 00:04:30.
Website: Accueil

Le blog de Francis Richard: " Le GIEC est une juridiction d'exception, soi-disant scientifique et intergouvernementale, en réalité seulement intergouvernementale, c'est-à-dire politique. C'est en effet une créature des Nations Unies, dont le but clairement avoué est d'instruire le procès du seul carbone, présumé coupable de tous les maux climatiques que connaît la planète, sans que soit jamais donnée la parole à ses  défenseurs.

"Le GIEC est une juridiction d'exception, soi-disant scientifique et intergouvernementale, en réalité seulement intergouvernementale, c'est-à-dire politique. C'est en effet une créature des Nations Unies, dont le but clairement avoué est d'instruire le procès du seul carbone, présumé coupable de tous les maux climatiques que connaît la planète, sans que soit jamais donnée la parole à ses  défenseurs.

"Le GIEC ne doute pas, ou si peu. Il affirme, sans vergogne et sans preuve scientifique, avec une probabilité de 90%, que la concentration de CO2 d'origine anthropique est coupable..."

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New Study Suggests Very Little Risk Associated with Passive Vaping, At Least with MarkTen E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-11-29 23:15:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

A new study published online last week in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene provides strong new evidence that passive vaping poses very little health risk, at least for MarkTen e-cigarettes, the brand used in the study.

(See: Maloney JC, et al. Insights from two industrial hygiene pilot e-cigarette passive vaping studies. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, November 17, 2015, doi: 10.1080/15459624.2015.1116693.)

In the study, a series of six 1-hour vaping sessions were held over the course of a 12-hour day in a 137 cubic meter room designed to simulate a conference room setting. MarkTen e-cigarettes were used. The room air exchange rate was approximately 1.5 per hour. Active air sampling was employed, both under background and vaping conditions. Air samples were analyzed for propylene glycol, glycerine, nicotine, menthol, particulate matter, and formaldehyde.

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More EU E-Cig Idiocy: Thou Shalt Not See Adverts

Published on 2015-11-29 18:44:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

On Friday, I highlighted the stupidity of the e-liquid labelling requirements laid out under the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), effective in May 2016.
That's a lot of scaremongering nonsense for an e-cig accessory which has accounted for zero deaths amongst the many millions of European vapers over a ten year period, isn't it? All that (misleading) info will have to be printed on a label barely 2 cm tall by 6 cm wide, so will be all but illegible anyway. This is what you get when you pay thousands of regulators in Brussels to sit around thinking about what to regulate next to save themselves from the dole.Well now, via Planet of the Vapes, we can see the equally idiotic legislation surrounding advertising which is being implemented by our elected government who are bound by EU law to do so at the behest of the unelected EU Commission.

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Un tiers des Suisses n'ont pas confiance dans le Net

Published on 2015-11-29 15:20:07.
Website: Accueil

La Tribune de Genève: " Les Suisses ont toujours le sentiment d'être surveillés quand ils surfent sur internet et un tiers d'entre eux n'ont pas confiance en ce qui concerne la sécurité de leurs données, révèle un sondage publié par comparis.ch.

"Le sentiment d'être surveillé sur Internet n'a pas évolué, note le site de comparaison en ligne dans un communiqué. Sur une échelle de 1 à 10, l'indice était de 4,8 points, comme en 2014. « De nombreux internautes ont maintenant conscience du fait qu'ils sont surveillés sur Internet. Les services secrets ne sont pas les seuls à stocker des données, les géants de l'Internet comme Google ou Facebook cèdent aussi à cette pratique », affirme Felix Schneuwly, porte-parole de comparis.ch. "

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Worse and Worse

Published on 2015-11-29 01:10:40.
Website: Frank Davis

Chris Snowdon has a couple of recent articles,  one with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver calling for taxes on sugar, the other with other busybodies asking for the same on meat. The gist of them seems to be that we’re being lined … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 28/11

Published on 2015-11-28 17:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Of an evening for a change.

Jamie Oliver should stop playing politics and get back in the kitchen

Teaching kids to fear their parents

Should we ban yoga?

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Another “Logical Evolution”

Published on 2015-11-28 00:03:42.
Website: Frank Davis

Via a comment by Roobeedoo: Nonsmokers will have a bylaw to back them up when they ask smokers to butt out in parks and outside civic facilities starting next spring. They won’t, however, be able to summon a bylaw officer. … Continue reading →

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EU E-Cig Idiocy Beginning To Emerge

Published on 2015-11-27 18:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

It's been a busy week hence scarcity of content here these past few days, but a tweeted pic from Wednesday deserves a wider sharing.

As an example of how pointless, absurd, staggeringly stupid and tyrannical state vandalism can be, the proposed format for e-liquid bottle labelling after implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in May next year can't be beaten.

Here, from a screened presentation (hence the low res) is what it will look like.

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"La France valide de justesse le paquet neutre"

Published on 2015-11-27 15:52:25.
Website: Accueil

20 Minutes: "Malgré des critiques émanant de tous bords, les députés ont maintenu l'instauration d'un paquet de cigarettes neutre.

"L'Assemblée française a approuvé mercredi soir de justesse l'instauration du paquet de cigarettes neutre à partir de mai 2016. Une mesure pourtant vivement contestée par l'industrie du tabac et les buralistes, ainsi que les députés de droite et certains socialistes.

"L'amendement de suppression de cette mesure en nouvelle lecture du projet de loi Santé a été rejeté par 56 voix contre 54. Pas moins de 17 socialistes ont tenté de supprimer cette mesure-phare du texte de Marisol Touraine.

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Something wicked this way comes

Published on 2015-11-27 14:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

A remarkably large number of sugar-related events will be taking place on Monday.

Firstly, Jamie Oliver's sugar tax petition will be debated in parliament.

Secondly, 'Sugar Awareness Week' - an invention of the Action on Sugar cranks - will begin.

Thirdly, the government sock puppet lobbyists Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) will be launching a state-funded anti-sugar film. They've been letting their natural supporters know about it in advance.

.@SimonChapman6 So we've got a surprise up our sleeve for the sugary drinks industry next week... pic.twitter.com/gsH7fpNXK5— gulp. (@gulpNOW) November 27, 2015

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Childhood obesity is still falling

Published on 2015-11-27 14:04:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The BBC is reporting that 1 in 5 kids are leaving primary school obese (see above). This seems to be an evergreen statistic for their health 'news' (see below, from 2010).

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Degrees of Freedom

Published on 2015-11-27 00:30:39.
Website: Frank Davis

Chris Snowdon has an article in the Spectator about how Australian health activists are trying to redefine ‘freedom’ to mean ‘safety’. The latest example of this comes from the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA). Its spokesman told the nanny state … Continue reading →

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Hold on to your meat

Published on 2015-11-26 11:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Now it's meat-eating that has to be taxed and curtailed. Of course it is. What I find most striking about this article - from the Chatham House think tank - is how the rhetoric could come from any meddling single-issue pressure group in the last twenty years. Powerful industry, lack of awareness, bad for your health, change the default option, need for taxation, government intervention, blah, blah, blah.

Replace meat with tobacco or sugar or alcohol or gambling or fizzy drinks and it makes as much sense. There might as well be computer generated template for this kind of thing. It's not just that these people are evil and deluded, though they are both of those things, but they are so bloody dreary and unimaginative with it.

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A Billion Lives

Published on 2015-11-26 00:11:30.
Website: Frank Davis

I gather there’s a movie out called A Billion Lives. I think it’s about ‘vaping’ or something. And Aaron Biebert, its director, has said: It seems that many pro-smoking advocates would like to hurt our film because they are delusional … Continue reading →

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Le référendum malgré les attentats

Published on 2015-11-25 15:26:50.
Website: Accueil

Le blog de Jean Christophe Schwaab, cons.nat. (PS/VD): " « Un peuple prêt à sacrifier un peu de liberté pour un peu de sécurité ne mérite ni l'une ni l'autre, et finit par perdre les deux. » (Benjamin Franklin)

"Les attentats de Paris, Beyrouth et Ankara ont déchaînés les partisans de la nouvelle loi sur le renseignement (LRens), censée donner aux services secrets helvétiques les moyens de lutter contre le terrorisme. Nombreux sont ceux qui jettent l’opprobre sur les référendaires, dont je m’honore de faire partie, les accusant pour les uns d’être des « bisounours qui bradent la sécurité », pour d’autres de « donner honteusement au droit à la sphère privée la priorité sur le droit à la sécurité », pour d’autres enfin d’être carrément des « traîtres qui font un affront aux victimes ». Et la première question des journalistes qui souhaitent m’interroger sur le sujet est presque toujours : « mais pourquoi ne renoncez-vous pas à ce référendum ? »

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Redefining freedom

Published on 2015-11-25 10:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

I wrote a post for the Spectator yesterday about how the public health racket tries to redefine freedom. It was inspired by an Australian lobby group claiming that true freedom meant being ‘free from the fear that our children will be harassed by cigarette and alcohol advertising’.

It is a sure sign that a person is against freedom when they start trying to redefine it. Even politicians who espouse explicitly anti-liberal and anti-individualistic philosophies feel obliged to pay lip service to freedom from time to time. In The Doctrine of Fascism, for example, Mussolini wrote: ‘In our state the individual is not deprived of freedom. In fact, he has greater liberty than an isolated man, because the state protects him and he is part of the state.’

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La persécution des fumeurs combattue au plan international

Published on 2015-11-24 19:59:15.
Website: Accueil

(DDG) Un, deux, trois, quatre ou cinq fruits et légumes par jour ? Comment ! Vous volez le miel des abeilles ? Vous persistez à boire du lait de vache ? Vous osez manger du foie gras ? Sales prédateurs ! Et vous mangez de la viande, de surcroît ! Et je vois que vous tirez sur votre cigarette en produisant de la "fumée passive létale" ! Honte à vous, fumeurs récalcitrants ! 

On connaît la chanson des Verts-Nuisants, hygiénistes et autres messagers menant, chacun à sa manière, sa propre guerre sainte contre cette gente fumeuse récalcitrante.

La bonne nouvelle, c'est qu'une Résistance s'est organisée sur le plan international: des militants de plus de 40 pays dénoncent jour après jour la persécution des fumeurs et les lois iniques aggravées qui les asservissent.

"The International Coalition Against Prohibition reprend systématiquement la prose et les arguments des Dissident de Genève (DDG), même si notre action libertaire dépasse largement le cadre de la protection du droit des fumeurs et qu'elle monte au filet pour défendre bien d'autres libertés menacées par les semeurs d'alarmisme et d'angoisse patentés.

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La Tribune de Genève: "La solitude n'est pas bonne pour la santé"

Published on 2015-11-24 15:36:58.
Website: Accueil

La Tribune de Genève: "Etude: L'isolement, surtout chez les personnes âgées, peut accroître le risque de mortalité prématurée de 14%, selon une étude.

"Les dangers de l'isolement social sont connus depuis longtemps mais ses effets physiologiques néfastes n'étaient jusqu'à présent pas bien élucidés, expliquent ces chercheurs dont les travaux paraissent dans les Comptes rendus de l'Académie américaine des sciences (PNAS).

"Cette même équipe de recherche conduite par John Cacioppo, un psychologue de l'Université de Chicago (Illinois, nord), avait déjà identifié un lien entre la solitude et un accroissement de gènes impliqués dans l'inflammation, ainsi qu'une diminution d'autres gènes jouant un rôle dans la réponse antivirale de l'organisme.

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Final thoughts on the Licensing Act

Published on 2015-11-24 13:50:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

November 2005
November 2015. Plus ca change.
I've written a post for the IEA lifestyle blog about what happened after England and Wales relaxed their licensing laws ten years ago to the day. Go read that if you haven't already read Drinking, Fast and Slow.

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Thanks to Invalid NEJM Formaldehyde Study, Public is Being Told that Cancer Risk from Vaping is 15 Times Higher than from Smoking

Published on 2015-11-24 11:53:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

According to an article published yesterday at CapeCod.com, the cancer risk from vaping is 5 to 15 times higher than the cancer risk from smoking.

The article states: "A look at the dangers of inhaling formaldehyde published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year included two studies that showed that the risk of developing cancer from long-term vaping is five times as high as that of smoking a pack of regular cigarettes a day. The second study suggested the risk was 15 times higher."

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Liberty In The House

Published on 2015-11-23 21:26:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Last month I highlighted an event in the House of Commons scheduled for this week. You can read how it came about here.
I’m delighted to say that, in response to the growing attempts to tell people what they can and cannot smoke, vape, drink and eat, that Conservatives for Liberty will be holding a lobby evening of parliament called Forgive us our Trespasses: The moral case for choice and responsibility. It takes place on Wednesday, November 25, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and for those who attend, you will have the chance to hear from seven MPs and peers, outlining their belief in individual choice.  The lobby will firmly defend the principle of freedom of choice which, as a Conservative who believes very strongly in liberty, I believe leads to the greatest prosperity for all. The lobby will defend freedom of choice by arguing that adults should be free to weigh pleasure and risk and decide for themselves when it comes to products such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and fatty or sugary foods.Organised by Con4Lib, this is now nearly upon us and will be held in one of the Committee rooms on Wednesday night. More details have now been released. There will be six speakers, five of them MPs which is very encouraging.

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Understanding the tobacco tax gap

Published on 2015-11-23 14:38:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

HMRC published their latest estimates of the tobacco tax gap last month. This is the amount of tobacco smoked in Britain that is counterfeit or contraband.

The methodology of the tobacco tax gap is pretty crude. It amounts to this:

The estimate of the illicit market for tobacco is produced using a top-down methodology; that is total consumption is estimated, from which legitimate consumption is subtracted, the remainder being the illicit market.

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Why are Altria and Reynolds American Supporting Increased Competition Against Cigarettes While Health Groups are Protecting Cigarette Profits?

Published on 2015-11-23 10:28:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

Altria and Reynolds American are Supporting Policies that are Not in Their Best Economic Interest but which Protect the Public's Health

Anti-Smoking Groups are Protecting Economic Interests of Cigarette Companies at the Expense of the Public's Health

In an ironic twist that boggles the mind, both Altria and Reynolds American have taken a public policy position that protects public health despite being a threat to their cigarette profits, while the major anti-smoking groups are urging the FDA to stifle competition against cigarettes and thus protect the stream of profits for cigarette companies.

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A Billion Lives, My Take

Published on 2015-11-22 22:27:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

OK, I'm jumping in on this because it's something that needs to be said.

Simon Clark posted an article today criticising the A Billion Lives documentary makers for using a stat on secondhand smoke.
It's ironic however that a trailer for a pro-vaping documentary should begin with the bold statement 'YOU ARE BEING LIED TO' (about the risks of e-cigarettes) before making the utterly bogus claim that "One hundred and sixty-five thousand kids die from secondhand smoke [pause] every year."I agree with him 100% as I expressed on Twitter.

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Le Matin: "Fumer chez soi, un luxe suisse"

Published on 2015-11-22 20:23:46.
Website: Accueil

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Le Matin: "Les États-Unis prévoient d’interdire aux locataires de HLM de fumer chez eux, y compris à la fenêtre. La mesure est jugée beaucoup trop extrême en Suisse.

"Il paraît que ce qui arrive un jour aux États-Unis débarque en Suisse dix ans plus tard. Si l’adage dit vrai, les fumeurs helvétiques peuvent se faire du souci. Jeudi, le gouvernement US a présenté son projet d’interdiction de la consommation de tabac dans tous les HLM du pays, y compris à la fenêtre. La mesure a été annoncée par Julian Castro, secrétaire au Logement et au développement urbain."

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Link Tank 21/11

Published on 2015-11-21 09:45:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

A mash up from the past fortnight.

What happened to left wing libertarianism?

Does a boozing politician make a better world leader? (pic)

Why alcohol awareness week does more harm than good

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My Public Comment to OIRA on FDA Deeming Regulations

Published on 2015-11-20 16:06:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

This morning, I met with several staff of the Office on Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the White House Executive Office to provide feedback on the proposed FDA deeming regulations for electronic cigarettes (RIN#0910-AG38). I am grateful for having had the opportunity to share my analysis of the regulations as pertaining to the provisions of Executive Order 12866, which outlines the criteria a regulation must meet in order to be approved by OIRA.

The OIRA staff was very interested in my analysis and appreciative of the insights I was able to provide, especially as they related to the specific provisions of Executive Order 12866 which I believe the deeming regulations violate.

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Slides from a public health conference

Published on 2015-11-20 12:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

It has been a theme of this blog in 2015 that commentary and satire is increasingly redundant when discussing the public health racket. All that is needed to discredit these lunatics is to repeat what they have said in their own words.

Take the Global Alcohol Policy Conference, for example. This taxpayer-funded event was held to give veteran temperance crusader Derek Rutherford a good send off and to pay homage to the Scottish National Party (which supports minimum pricing).

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Un super-flic pour gardien des libertés publiques à Berne  ?

Published on 2015-11-20 00:46:11.
Website: Accueil

(DDG/jaw) De même qu'on verrait mal les Jihadistes tentant de recruter le pape François dans leurs rangs, de même il ne viendrait à l'idée personne de choisir un super flic pour protéger les libertés publiques et la sphère intime des citoyens. 

C'est pourtant bien ce qui risque de se passer à Berne pour pourvoir la fonction stratégique vacante de Préposé fédéral à la protection des données.

Le profil de ce haut fonctionnaire à nommer correspond-il vraiment à la philosophie et à l'esprit exigés par la fonction, à savoir celle de protecteur, et non de fin limier chargé de débusquer et d'arrêter les criminels ?

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Beg For Mercy, Duffy

Published on 2015-11-19 18:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter, so for those who haven't seen it, settle comfortably and read something glorious and quite extraordinary.

On Tuesday last week, Sheila Duffy of ASH Scotland sat down in front of elected Scottish MPs to pitch the idea of their ignoring any and all communications from the tobacco industry at the behest of the unelected WHO. Now, I don't reckon she was prepared for some of the responses she received. Here are some edited highlights [page 12 of this PDF].

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BAT to test tobacco/e-cigarette hybrid

Published on 2015-11-19 04:10:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl

This is VERY interesting...

It's about time that some brave company (major or otherwise) gave this idea a shot.

I, for one, would be very interested in trying one, as I am certain would be many smokers.

Too bad it's not available in America....

British American Tobacco plans to test a hybrid product that combines tobacco and e-cigarette technology next week in a European market, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

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