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The Billionaires’ Club

Published on 2014-07-30 16:18:17.
Website: Frank Davis


This breaking story sounds familiar: Over the past fifty years, America’s environmental movement has grown from college kids adorning flowers to a billion dollar industry. With huge budgets to employ lobbyists, lawyers, and public relations professionals, many of America’s leading … Continue reading →

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The Very Definition Of Cutting One's Nose Off

Published on 2014-07-30 15:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Tobacco controllers have been having orgasms on Twitter about this. Boy, has it made me laugh though.
Doctor delivers $1.2 billion blow to tobacco – and countingYou mean this Doc has taken over a billion dollars from the tobacco industry? Wow, that's incredible!In mounting its noisy counter-attack against cigarette plain packaging, the tobacco industry has appeared largely oblivious to the emergence of another potent threat to its long-term viability. Since 2010 Melbourne-based radiation oncologist Dr Bronwyn King, from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, has been steadily chipping away at the tobacco industry’s investor base, so far convincing Australian superannuation funds to unload $1.2 billion of tobacco company shares.Pfft.

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Ad busting

Published on 2014-07-30 15:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Some very funny business at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Back in early 2012, the Department of Health produced a peculiar television advert showing tumours growing from a cigarette. This was supposed to illustrate the claim that "every 15 cigarettes you smoke will cause a mutation".

This always seemed to me to be an odd way to encourage people to quit smoking. Quite obviously, 15 cigarettes is not enough to cause cancer and even the least numerate viewer could work out that, even if true, millions of smoking-related 'mutations' do not turn into malignant tumours.

But is it true? That's the question Angela Harbutt, who used to work for the Hands Off Our Packs campaign, wanted to know when she filed a complaint with the ASA in January 2013. Now, 18 months later, the whole story can be told. Put very simply, the ASA brought in some experts and ruled that the advertisement was scientifically insupportable. They ruled that it was scientifically insupportable not once, not twice, but three times.

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NASA and Dept of Defense To The Rescue

Published on 2014-07-30 11:19:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl



NASA and Dept of Defense To The Rescue.......of smokers and vapers?


In the early 2000's, Premier Micronutrient Corporation was asked by NASA to develop a formula to address problems astronauts were experiencing with their lungs as a result of being subjected to radiation. The LungShield products are specifically derived from these formulations.
A brand like LungShield could have revolutionary impact on the e-cigarette industry.


“LungShield is introduced to the smoking world as the first strategy to incorporate a micronutrient-enhanced liquid base formulation into electronic cigarettes to mitigate potential adverse health effects. LungShield was developed to help reduce potentially injurious effects of chemicals in the vapor,” said Haase.

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La Jeunesse socialiste boycotte le drapeau suisse

Published on 2014-07-30 06:36:03.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Le chef de la Jeunesse Socialiste Suisse veut que l'on renonce au drapeau à croix blanche, ceci pour lutter contre la montée du nationalisme et la «militarisation croissante dans le monde». Ce vendredi, tous les Suisses vont célébrer la Fête nationale et ne manqueront sans doute pas d'agiter le drapeau helvétique. Tous? Non. Car la Jeunesse Socialiste Suisse (JS) va probablement répondre à l'appel de son leader, Fabian Molina, qui demande de laisser de côté la bannière à croix blanche le 1er Août. Et de le remplacer par un étendard pour la paix."

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Electronic Cigarette Opponents Continue to Misrepresent the Science to Support their Positions

Published on 2014-07-30 04:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In an op-ed piece published last Sunday in the Augusta Chronicle, the director of the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center warns of many potential public health hazards of electronic cigarettes, focusing most directly on what he argues is the likelihood that many youth who try these devices will progress to traditional tobacco cigarette smoking.

The author writes:

"The electronic cigarette has been designed with the same primary purpose as a cigarette: to introduce nicotine into the human bloodstream. What happens, however, to the vaper who determines that the controlled doses offered by an e-cigarette no longer are satisfying that craving? Chances are, many of them will look toward a more efficient delivery system – the traditional cigarette. The CDC survey found that 76.3 percent of students who had tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days also had smoked conventional cigarettes."

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All So Blatant

Published on 2014-07-29 19:54:25.
Website: Frank Davis


Two remarks I read today. First: Sir Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to Washington, broke new diplomatic ground in his interview with MSNBC TV on 28 July. Asked directly to eschew diplomatic language and give three words describing Russia’s President … Continue reading →

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Le gendarme de la concurrence inflige une amende à l'ATS

Published on 2014-07-29 17:06:26.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " L'Agence Télégraphique Suisse SA (ats) devra s'acquitter d'une amende de 1,88 million de francs. La Commission de la concurrence (COMCO) sanctionne l'agence de presse nationale pour des rabais d'exclusivité octroyés à plusieurs clients. Elle lui reproche d'avoir ainsi entravé la concurrence, une vision contestée par l'ats.

"L'accord à l'amiable passé entre le secrétariat de la COMCO et l'ats met fin à une procédure qui aura duré plus de quatre ans. L'enquête a montré que l'agence, entre fin 2008 et début 2010, a conclu des contrats assortis de rabais exclusifs avec un cercle choisi d'entreprises alémaniques, communique la COMCO mardi.

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Drafting A Plain Packs Consultation Response (Again)

Published on 2014-07-29 12:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you've a vague suspicion you've seen this blog title before, you'd be correct.

Yes, we went through all this back in April 2012 when the daft exercise in appeasing tax-sponging tobacco controllers was first floated. Back then, many of you shared your responses with me which were overall quite excellent, and I do believe that our input was one of the reasons the margin of "detailed responses" was only 53/43 in favour.

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A temperance manifesto for 2015

Published on 2014-07-29 03:53:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) is planning to hold a 'day of action' on September 5th to raise awareness of the neo-temperance lobby. The 'action' appears to revolve around a few state-funded pressure groups messing about on Twitter. Their slogan/hashtag is #21billion, which refers to the supposed 'cost to the economy' of alcohol misuse. This is a bogus figure. Aside from being created in 2003, when alcohol consumption was considerably higher than it is today, its largest elements are not costs to the economy, but are 'emotional impact costs' and private costs. None of these costs are balanced by any benefits, thereby rendering the figure meaningless. See Full Fact for a breakdown.

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Ball And Chain

Published on 2014-07-28 19:02:00.
Website: Frank Davis


What are smoking bans supposed to achieve? I think they’re supposed to ‘help’ people quit smoking. Actually, I don’t think it’s about ‘helping’ people quit smoking: it’s about making them quit smoking. They make people quit smoking, by disallowing smoking … Continue reading →

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Stop! By Order Of The Council

Published on 2014-07-28 10:29:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



I thought you might be interested in some classic slippery slope opportunism from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Now, I've mentioned before that the government's plan to ban smoking in cars  - you know, that's the Conservative-led government which came to power in 2010 promising to roll back our liberties and challenge the nanny state - carries very sinister precedents that anyone interested in freedom should abhor.

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Sitôt placardées, les affichesde l'Office fédéral de la Santé Publique choquent déjà

Published on 2014-07-28 10:11:58.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Les affiches de la nouvelle campagne de prévention contre le sida «LOVE LIFE - ne regrette rien» viennent d'être placardées. Leurs opposants montent déjà au front et exigent leur retrait.

"Depuis lundi 28 juillet 2014,, les affiches de la nouvelle campagne de prévention contre le sida sont placardées dans toute la Suisse. Cinq couples appellent à une sexualité axée sur le plaisir et la responsabilité. Mais des jeunes et leurs parents, choqués par ces photos, exigent leur retrait.

"L'Office fédéral de la santé publique (OFSP) avait lancé la campagne en mai, en invitant des couples à participer à un «casting». Quelque 300 personnes ont postulé et cinq couples, entre 20 et 52 ans, ont été choisis, a indiqué l'office lundi. Ils ont posé dans une situation explicite devant l'objectif de la photographe Diana Scheunemann."

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Evidence from UK Casts Doubt on Assertion that Electronic Cigarettes are a Gateway to Youth Smoking Addiction

Published on 2014-07-28 03:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The Centers for Disease Control has asserted that electronic cigarette use among youth is a gateway to a lifetime of addiction to smoking. This assertion, which has been picked up by politicians and health groups throughout the country, is being used to justify extreme proposals, such as those to ban e-cigarette advertising and to ban all e-cigarette flavorings.

But is there any truth to the assertion that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking? New evidence from the UK suggests not. Despite the widespread proliferation of electronic cigarettes throughout England during the past few years, and a concomitant increase in youth experimentation with these products, smoking rates among 11 to 15-year olds has declined to an historic low of just 3%.

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Tapage nocturne à Genève: technologie policière aberrante !

Published on 2014-07-27 17:35:24.
Website: Accueil


20 Minutes: "Une app policière contrôle le tapage de 900 terrasses (à Genève)

"Les forces de l’ordre se sont dotées d’un outil en ligne afin de lutter plus efficacement contre les nuisances sonores générées par les bars. Le projet ne fait pas l’unanimité.

"On ne peut plus s’en passer.» Un an après son entrée en service, le programme Sonitus intervient dans 100% des opérations de la police municipale genevoise liées au tapage nocturne autour des cafés, assure Antonio Pizzoferrato, chef de la sécurité.

"L’outil, inédit, se présente sous la forme d’un plan électronique sur lequel toutes les terrasses sont répertoriées. Des appréciations sur chacune d’entre elles y sont consignées, alimentées par les rondes des agents (APM) ou les plaintes du voisinage."

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Plain Packaging Challenged

Published on 2014-07-27 16:41:24.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve always been a bit puzzled how governments can erase product brands, and replace them with its own messages. Other people think the same: In a note to investors in tobacco stocks Exane BNP Paribas said it had taken legal … Continue reading →

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Les "écopopistes" méritent l'appellation de "racistes écolos"

Published on 2014-07-27 06:11:25.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Le Ministère public de Brugg-Surzach (AG) a rejeté une plainte d'Ecopop. Traiter les auteurs de l'initiative de «racistes écolos» est «curieux» mais pas injurieux.

"Le conseiller national Roland Rino Büchel (UDC/SG) a le droit de traiter de «racistes écolos» les auteurs de l'initiative Ecopop. Ces propos sont certes «curieux et irréfléchis», mais pas injurieux, estime le Ministère public de Brugg-Surzach (AG), qui rejette une plainte d'Ecopop.

«Je suis heureux que les racistes en Birkenstock et académiciens confus du comité d'initiative Ecopop aient subi un revers de la part du groupe parlementaire UDC», avait déclaré Roland Rino Büchel le 10 juin lors du débat sur l'initiative au Conseil national. Quelques jours plus tôt, il avait fait la même déclaration dans la presse alémanique.

"Andreas Thommen, directeur du comité de l'association écologie et population (Ecopop), s'était senti atteint dans son honneur et a porté plainte pour calomnie et diffamation.

"Le Ministère public argovien compétent n'est pas de cet avis et rejette la plainte, rapporte le SonntagsBlick. "

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The high street is dead, long live the high street

Published on 2014-07-27 05:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Good grief.

English councils propose 'Tesco tax'
A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets.

BBC News has learned that Derby City Council has called for the right to bring in a levy as a "modest" effort to ensure supermarket spending "re-circulates" in local communities.

The council wants the right to impose a levy on large supermarkets, retain the money raised, and use it to help small businesses.
Let's set aside the strong suspicion that the money raised will never find its way towards 'small businesses' and will instead be funnelled into the half-baked schemes of the cranks who dominate local government (who, by the way, have done as much as anyone to ruin local retailers by jacking up parking fees and pedestrianising town centres). Instead, let's focus on the basic idea that successful businesses should be looted in order to prop up failing businesses.

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The Calm Before The Storm

Published on 2014-07-26 20:36:32.
Website: Frank Davis


AEP in the Telegraph: There must be an extremely high risk that the Kremlin will defy Western sanctions and launch “asymmetric retaliation” on the ground, overthrowing the post-Cold War settlement altogether. Markets seem strangely insouciant as the geopolitical order of … Continue reading →

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La France, en route vers la censure d'Internet

Published on 2014-07-26 16:42:59.
Website: Accueil


Le Point.fr: "Le pays des Lumières, havre des libertés, met en place petit à petit un système de blocage administratif des sites web, sans intervention de la justice.

"C'est le genre d'article qu'on espérait ne jamais devoir écrire... Les députés ont voté mardi soir en commission des Lois le blocage administratif de sites faisant l'apologie du terrorisme, et ce, sans intervention de la justice. L'Assemblée devra se prononcer en plénière mi-septembre sur l'ensemble du projet de loi de lutte contre le terrorisme. Si le but est évidemment louable, la mesure est largement critiquée, dans la droite ligne des blocages prévus pour lutter contre la pédopornographie.

"Quelques heures avant le vote, une commission spécialisée avait durement contesté le projet du ministre de l'Intérieur, Bernard Cazeneuve. Dans sa recommandation, cette commission de réflexion sur le droit et les libertés à l'âge du numérique, créée en février pour éclairer les parlementaires sur ces questions, rappelle que "le préalable d'une décision judiciaire apparaît comme un principe essentiel, de nature à respecter l'ensemble des intérêts en présence, lorsque est envisagé le blocage de l'accès à des contenus illicites sur des réseaux numériques". 

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Les festivals pourraient-ils se passer du soutien financier de l'industrie du tabac?

Published on 2014-07-26 12:43:33.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: " 71% des festivaliers seraient prêts à payer deux francs de plus pour leur billet Paléo si le festival renonçait au sponsoring des cigarettiers. C'est le résultat d'un sondage mené cette semaine par la Ligue pulmonaire auprès de 830 participants au festival. Pour la Ligue pulmonaire, le festival pourrait donc se passer du soutien financier de l'industrie du tabac. Faut-il interdire le sponsoring des festivals par l'industrie du tabac? Le nouveau projet de loi pour la prévention du tabagisme actuellement en consultation ne va pas aussi loin. Le débat entre Grégoire Vittoz, porte-parole de la Ligue pulmonaire et Claude Miffon, vice-président de Publicité Suisse, membre de la direction des affaires publiques et juridiques de Publicité Suisse."

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Ban Mars Bars!

Published on 2014-07-26 11:54:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


There's an interesting comment underneath a Times article about how Mars confectioners are wary of the precedent that plain packaging will represent in terms of stripping companies of their intellectual property (because it will do, no matter how much the tobacco control industry pretend otherwise).
EnglishRoseWhat we should be doing is preventing sale of all Mars and similar products. They are not needed for good health. People should eat only healthy natural unprocessed foods to ensure their own good mental and physical health. We can start by ensuring there are no vending machines of any kind on any state property and increase the number of free water fountains.Are there really people around who believe this? Or is this just a subtle parody of the modern self-installed health 'prefect' we are increasingly suffering?

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Cinéforom: Les permanents de l'assistanat se subventionnent eux-mêmes !

Published on 2014-07-25 16:34:20.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: "Le système de financement public du cinéma romand est-il menacé?

"Pour sa troisième année, les cantons romands versent leur subvention au cinéma indépendant dans un pot commun, un système de péréquation unique en Suisse. La fondation Cinéforom redistribue ensuite cette subvention aux créateurs romands, maisons de production et cinéastes. Mais la subvention du canton de Genève a été bloquée par la Commission des finances du Grand Conseil. Par Pierre-Antoine Preti, avec le débat entre Jacob Berger, cinéaste, et François Baertschi, secrétaire général du Mouvement Citoyens Genevois (MCG)."

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Loi sur les taxis: un référendum contre "le monopole étatique"

Published on 2014-07-25 07:20:06.
Website: Accueil


"La nouvelle loi genevoise sur les taxis attaquée par un référendum

"Les chauffeurs de taxi ont jusqu'au 24 septembre 2014 pour réunir les 500 (?) signatures nécessaires.

"A Genève, des chauffeurs de taxi lancent un référendum contre la nouvelle loi sur les taxis de service public et autres transports professionnels de personnes publiée vendredi dans la «Feuille d'avis officielle». Ils ont jusqu'au 24 septembre pour récolter les 500 signatures exigées.

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Simon Chapman: tedious self-plagiarist

Published on 2014-07-24 23:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Simon Chapman is on a one-man mission to pretend that plain packaging is working, hardly surprising since he's got a book coming out and the policy represents his last chance to become a footnote in history.

The latest part of his counter-offensive is a letter to the FT in which he argues that although the smoking rate has been falling at roughly the same rate for years in absolute terms, it has sped up in relative terms. This, of course, is just a mathematical inevitability if you have a declining number of smokers. If two per cent of the population give up smoking every three years, that two per cent is obviously going to be a larger proportion of smokers if smokers make up 15 per cent, rather than 40 per cent, of the population.

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Explosion In Fake Cigarettes Since Plain Packaging

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Soda tax chumps

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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Leur but: polluer le plus possible!

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


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

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

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

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


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



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

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