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I Don’t Want To Be A Member Of Their Society

Published on 2018-04-22 09:41:34.
Website: Frank Davis


When smokers were expelled from society, some of them got angry about it. They wanted their lost rights restored. They wanted the bans lifted. They wanted to be re-admitted into society as full members, not second class citizens. And I … Continue reading →

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Ignorance

Published on 2018-04-21 09:44:42.
Website: Frank Davis


As I’ve frequently remarked, the smoking debate has many parallels with the climate debate – if nothing else because in both cases “the debate is over.” Over the past couple of years I’ve slightly lost interest in the climate debate, … Continue reading →

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Useless Doctors

Published on 2018-04-20 11:17:34.
Website: Frank Davis


I spoke to Nisakiman last night. He got his biopsy results last week. And the prognosis was delivered to him by a harridan doctor who told him that he had “not years” to live, but only months. And of course … Continue reading →

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Keeping Still

Published on 2018-04-19 09:43:19.
Website: Frank Davis


Emmanuel Macron isn’t someone I’ve paid much attention to. He’s the French President. That’s pretty much all I know about him. But he seems to have been getting himself in the news a bit recently. Stating that policy disagreements are … Continue reading →

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Alcohol Focus Scotland's quest for relevance

Published on 2018-04-19 09:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Spring is in the air and Britain's state-funded pressure groups are ready for a fresh assault on freedom.

ASH, the oldest of the nanny state sockpuppets, has finally found a reason to justify its existence after successive governments capitulated to every one of its demands. It now wants to censor television programmes in case a teenager catches a glimpse of Winston Churchill smoking a cigar. 

With the sugar tax in place, censorship is also the name of the game for the diet police. Millionaire half-wit Jamie Oliver has been talked into fronting another campaign for an evidence-free policy, this time for a watershed ban on HFSS (high in fat, sugar or salt) food advertising. He is encouraging his followers to tweet photos of themselves covering their eyes to send a message to politicians.

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The art of advertising

Published on 2018-04-18 12:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




Coca-Cola has always had a winning way with advertising. It is one reason why the company is so hated by the anti-capitalist 'public health' racket. Its old slogan about Coke being The Real Thing has taken on a new resonance now that several of its competitors have replaced their flagship brands with artificially sweetened forgeries.

Coke was never going to make that mistake. It will never forget the New Coke fiasco of the 1980s. Pepsi hasn't advertised its full sugar version for over a decade, but Coca-Cola is going all out with a campaign that seems designed to reassure its customers while trolling its competition.

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An Impending Political Krakatoa Event

Published on 2018-04-18 10:10:46.
Website: Frank Davis


For the past 3 months I’ve been piecing together a theory of how ice ages come and go, based on the physics of heat flow with which I used to work 40 years ago. The theory is very simple: Snow … Continue reading →

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Who's to blame when bad science is published?

Published on 2018-04-17 08:57:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The gradual, ongoing campaign to push drinking guidelines towards zero took another step forwards last Friday when the Lancet published evidence which confirmed that alcohol has significant health benefits but dressed it up in such a way as to make the media think the opposite.

I have written about it for Spectator Health...

When bad science appears in the media, who is to blame? Sometimes it is the fault of the journalists, sometimes it is the scientists and sometimes it is the person who wrote the press release.

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Forget Your Customers At Your Peril

Published on 2018-04-16 18:09:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I've had a busy start to a busy Puddlecote Inc week, so am a bit late on this. Snowdon has already had his say but - as a former loyal customer of Lucozade for decades - I want to chip in something too.

Via The Grocer:
Lucozade Energy has lost £62.6m in value over the past year - the largest loss in the soft drinks category - as consumers turned away from the new lower-sugar formula. According to IRI figures, Energy’s value sales were down 18.6% to £273.6m, while volumes fell 18.9% to 162 million litres, after Lucozade changed the recipe last April to avoid the levy.Good. I'm glad to have been one of those who abandoned them for their cowardly and contemptuous decision to shit on their best customers. I hope they go under.

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Reformulated Lucozade is tanking

Published on 2018-04-16 13:45:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Camilla Cavendish in last week's FT...

By designing a tax with two bands, Chancellor George Osborne created exactly the right incentive for companies to reformulate. Responsible brands and companies such as Suntory-owned Lucozade and Tesco have done so. Coca-Cola has held out, not wanting to dilute its legendary taste.
The boss of Suntory a couple of weeks ago...

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Camilla Cavendish: authoritarian idiot

Published on 2018-04-15 13:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I have always assumed that David Cameron's weird penchant for nanny state regulation was the result of upper-middle class Tory paternalism. With the tobacco display ban, sugar tax and plain packaging, he outnannied Tony Blair.

But I am increasingly minded to believe that he endorsed so many patronising 'public health' gimmicks because he was being advised by ignorant, authoritarian fools. Articles like this from his former adviser Clare Foges support this view, as does this astonishing piece by Camilla Cavendish in the Financial Times...

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Snus Ban: Let's Leave The EU, Sort It Out Later

Published on 2018-04-12 20:09:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As I reported in January, the UK government went in to bat for the EU in favour of upholding the ban on snus everywhere but Sweden when it was challenged in the ECJ.
Reports from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) where the EU's ban on snus was being challenged were not just disappointing, but also quite astonishing! A number of tweets from Gerry Stimson, who was attending on behalf of the NNA, described how a succession of of bureaucrats outed themselves as being in denial about the evidence base behind snus and willing to blatantly lie to the court about it. Most surprising was that the UK government took it upon itself to actively oppose lifting the ban despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits snus could provide.Overwhelming isn't the word, snus has just about been given a clean bill of health in every aspect. A Lancet review spoke of no evidence of harm from long-term use of snus ”for any health outcome” (p 1364).

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NIH Director Grilled at Appropriations Hearing About NIAAA Collusion with Alcohol Industry

Published on 2018-04-12 11:47:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


At the House Appropriations Committee hearing on the NIH Budget, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins was grilled about the collusion between the NIAAA and the alcohol industry in planning a clinical trial to study the health benefits of alcohol use. Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) expressed concern about the fact that NIAAA violated NIH policy by soliciting funding from the alcohol companies and asked Dr. Collins who authorized the solicitation of funding. While Dr. Collins did not answer the question, he did say that his office is conducting an investigation and will provide the Inspector General with any uncovered materials that are of concern.

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Junk science about junk food advertising

Published on 2018-04-12 08:04:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A study about 'junk food' marketing was published last October and got a bit of attention in the media with headlines like...
Kiwi kids bombarded with junk food ads - study
And...

Kiwi kids are exposed to 27 junk food advertisements a day, study finds

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Good riddance to bad sockpuppets

Published on 2018-04-11 10:51:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Every time a parasitic killjoy pressure group loses its taxpayer funding an angel gets its wings, but this announcement was particularly special...

Two leading Canadian anti-tobacco groups to shut down after Ottawa fails to provide funding
The two award-winning Canadian non-profit groups that led the fight against smoking and tobacco products in Canada and around the world are preparing to close their doors after the money they expected to see in the most recent federal budget failed to materialize.

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The Sugar Tax Con Trick

Published on 2018-04-09 21:38:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So the sugar tax was introduced on Friday and on social media many are starting to wake from their slumber as to what it all means.

We are already seeing smaller chocolate bars being sold for the same price, popular drinks that have been national favourite for decades being effectively discontinued, and meal deals being wrecked at the altar of 'public health' fantasy.

The public are being screwed out of their cash for no good reason, and - as Mark Littlewood writes today in The Times - it is hypocritical government which is doing the screwing.

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Principal Investigator of Alcohol Clinical Trial is Hiding its Industry Funding from the Public and Potential Research Subjects

Published on 2018-04-08 16:32:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


I have already explained why I think the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health (MACH15) clinical trial should be immediately halted because of both scientific and ethical breaches in the way the research was planned. Today, I reveal what I believe is misconduct in the actual conduct of the trial: namely, in the communication of the research sponsors to the public.

I believe that the public -- and especially research subjects -- have the right to know who is funding a clinical trial that is seeking their participation. In fact, there are rules requiring the sponsors of such studies to be revealed to the public. However, I believe the MACH15 study is violating these principles by hiding its true sponsors from the public.

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More Junk Science From Glantz

Published on 2018-04-06 17:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


There may well come a time where the name Glantz is used as a byword for production of the worst kind of deliberate junk science, such is his expertise in the practice.

A merchant of doubt explains merchants of doubtJust like we derive the term gerrymandering from the grubby antics of Elbridge Gerry, so we may - nay, should - in future refer to research fraudulently contorted to achieve a preconceived conclusion in any discipline to have been 'Glantzed'.

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Sin taxes and the poor

Published on 2018-04-05 08:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Tories' regressive sugar tax begins tomorrow and so the Lancet (a student union magazine masquerading as a medical journal) is trying to seize the narrative by devoting a whole issue to the wonders of taxation. As with the Bloomberg-funded Telegraph advertorial published last week, it frames sin taxes around the silly panic about 'non-communicable diseases'.

One of Bloomberg's minions has written the main editorial. Absurdly, he claims that sin taxes do not disproportionately hit the poor. On the contrary, he says, people on below-average incomes benefit the most from them.

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Puritans in health and feminism

Published on 2018-04-03 14:52:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I did the IEA podcast recently with Kate Andrews and Joanna Williams. Between conversations about the nanny state and the #metoo movement, we tried the new formulations of Irn-Bru and Lucozade.

You can listen on iTunes by subscribing to the IEA or click below...


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None So Blind ...

Published on 2018-04-02 16:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's only early April, but we have a contender for the most delusional and ill-judged tweet of the year.
Wow! Okay, if you actually believe Big#Tobacco's behavior to be exemplary, I'm thrilled, because I have several bridges in the San Francisco area for sale at very reasonable prices!! I remain mystified as to why vaping advocates have become avid supporters of tobacco companies https://t.co/uQJUpjuY49— Ruth Malone (@MaloneRuth) 31 March 2018Now, I've always said that new products such as e-cigs had the potential to show up tobacco controllers as the charlatans that they are, but the incompetent behaviour of some in the face of a changing nicotine market has exceeded even my hopeful expectations. That tweet - from an editor of the Tobacco Control comic - says it all.

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Juvenile Nonsense

Published on 2018-04-01 20:56:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It pains me to write this but it's fair game considering I've had the same back the other way in the past.

Simon Clark posted an inane and, sorry to say, embarrassing article yesterday where he tried to insinuate that pro-snus advocates have been lackadaisical in publishing a rebuttal to the stupid scaremongering about snus in football.

According to Simon:
It's not easy, I know, getting your voice heard in these circumstances. You should try however and it's now 48 hours since the Mail published its 'investigation', plenty of time for pro-snus advocates to issue a statement (or statements) of their own.Simon, of course, is paid to do his job. There are no paid advocates of snus in this country and this was the Easter weekend.

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Alcohol Clinical Trial Should be Halted Because It Was Designed to Promote Drinking, Not to Answer a Research Question

Published on 2018-04-01 20:11:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Digging Deeper into the Harvard/NIAAA Solicitation of Alcohol Company Funding

In a previous post, I noted that I had reviewed materials obtained by the New York Times and shared with me for the article revealing that the NIAAA solicited funding from alcohol companies for the clinical trial of potential benefits of alcohol. A deeper examination of those materials allows me to now reveal that the real purpose of the clinical trial is not to conduct research to answer a question, but to help the alcohol industry sell beer, wine, and liquor by producing newspaper headlines to get doctors to start recommending moderate drinking to their patients.

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Neues im Spendenshop

Published on 2018-03-30 18:55:28.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Mousepad, Kaffeebecher, Leinenbeutel Im Netzwerk-Rauchen-Spendenshop sind neue Produkte bestellbar!


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.

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Nanny state propaganda in the Telegraph

Published on 2018-03-30 12:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


An article went up on the Telegraph website yesterday that is so comically one-sided and ill informed that I wondered how it could possibly be published by a reputable newspaper. It only made sense when I got to the bottom and saw this...

Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security
Intrigued by this apparent advertisement, I clicked on the link to find out more about Global Health Security. At first glance it looks like they have paid to have a link at the bottom of a Telegraph article. In fact, they paid for the article.

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The sugar tax evaluation farce

Published on 2018-03-28 12:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last week I complained to the National Institute for Health Research about the decision to get the sugar tax evaluated by academics who have campaigned for the tax, staked their reputations on it working and, in at least once case, believe that God wanted it to be introduced.

By any reasonable definition, this is a conflict of interest. You can read my complaint here. Yesterday I received a stock reply from the NIHR which basically says that they intend to do nothing about it.

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First The Pubs, Now For The Corner Shops

Published on 2018-03-27 19:08:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I've written about the pathetic and futile tobacco control policy of 'divestment' before. If you've not heard of it, the theory kinda goes something like this:
"If we convince people to stop investing in tobacco companies, Big Tobacco will inevitably fail and victory will be ours! Ours I tell you! Muahahahaha!"It's the kind of daft policy a ten year old with a very loose grasp of how the world works would think up, but tobacco control apparently seem to think they're onto a winner. Hint: They're not.

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Another evidence review fails to link fast food outlets to childhood obesity

Published on 2018-03-26 12:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A few weeks ago, the IEA published my review of 74 studies looking at the association between the number and proximity of fast food outlets to obesity. In short, there isn't one. The majority of studies find no association whatsoever. Of the 39 studies that look at childhood obesity, only six suggest a positive association (and five suggest an inverse relationship).

So I was interested to see a systematic review of the evidence published today in the European Journal of Public Health. It, too, fails to find an association, although the authors do not exactly go out of their way to highlight that conclusion. On the contrary, they strongly imply that there is a relationship which dozens of studies have failed to demonstrate as a result of unspecified methodological issues.

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Congressional Investigation Needed into Scientific and Ethical Corruption at NIAAA

Published on 2018-03-25 17:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


I used to think of the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a highly-reputed, objective, science-based agency whose primary goal was to reduce alcohol consumption to improve the public’s health. The scientific integrity of the NIAAA is critical, as it describes itself as “the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.” The agency is funded by taxpayers to the tune of $480 million a year.

But then one day, all of that changed. On January 16, 2015, I was called into the office of the Director of NIAAA and was essentially reprimanded for conducting NIAAA-funded research that was detrimental to the alcohol industry. My NIAAA grant was focused on studying alcohol marketing and its possible link to underage youth drinking behavior. We identifiedthe brands of alcohol that underage youth are consuming and found that their brand choices were relatedto their brand-specific advertising exposure. At the meeting, I was told that I would never again be funded to conduct research on alcohol marketing, regardless of how highly my research proposal was scored by the scientific review panel.

I later found out that the NIAAA director had extensive contact with the alcohol industry and that he promisedthe Distilled Spirits Council that this type of research would never be funded again: “For the record. This will NOT happen again.

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Faith-based policy

Published on 2018-03-24 12:51:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Nice to see The Sun pick up on the story first broken here a few weeks ago about the sugar tax evaluation...

MY SWEET LORD
Academic charged with assessing Sugar Tax ‘told by God to push for it’

A top academic hired by the Government to judge the success of the Sugar Tax claims GOD asked him to push for the soft drinks levy.

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Internationaler Blog gestartet

Published on 2018-03-23 20:21:29.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


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.“


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An Outbreak Of Common Sense In Sheffield

Published on 2018-03-22 19:47:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


When people talk of 'austerity' in this country, especially towards funding of public sector organisations and local authorities, it never really rings true to me considering that - daily - we hear of widespread public sector interference which is completely unnecessary.

One perfect example of this is local authority restrictions on vaping in taxis. Transport for London have a shameful policy - which they tweet regularly - saying that vaping is not allowed in a licensed vehicle at any time, even when the driver is alone and/or off-duty.

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