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Out Of Control

Published on 2015-05-22 17:53:06.
Website: Frank Davis


Yesterday, Edgar wrote: “I’d rephrase that, “Smokers will have to stand outside like naughty children until they learn to obey.”” A lot of people see things this way – the ‘nanny’ state, supported by finger-wagging, busybody, fake charities. Perhaps, it … Continue reading →

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Revisiting the Danish fat tax fiasco

Published on 2015-05-22 07:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A minister I've never heard of told the chattering classes at the Hay Festival that he supports a sugar tax. I was on the World at One (Radio 4) earlier today explaining the lessons that should be learnt from the Danish fat tax fiasco. I've also writte

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New Study Refutes E-Cigarette Formaldehyde Scare

Published on 2015-05-22 04:06:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published yesterday in the journal Addiction refutes an earlier New England Journal of Medicine article which claimed that because of their high levels of formaldehyde, e-cigarettes are actually more hazardous than tobacco cigarettes. That study concluded that vaping could be as much as 15 times more hazardous as smoking in terms of cancer risk:

"If we assume that inhaling formaldehyde-releasing agents carries the same risk per unit of formaldehyde as the risk associated with inhaling gaseous formaldehyde, then long-term vaping is associated with an incremental lifetime cancer risk of 4.2×10−3. This risk is 5 times as high (as compared with the risk based on the calculation of Miyake and Shibamoto shown in Figure 1), or even 15 times as high (as compared with the risk based on the calculation of Counts et al. shown in Figure 1) as the risk associated with long-term smoking."

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The Marginalisation of Smokers

Published on 2015-05-21 17:41:54.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Rose for this study: Smokers don’t vote: 11,626-person study shows marginalization of tobacco users A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research shows a new dimension to the marginalization of smokers: people … Continue reading →

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Chauffards punis sans discrimination: Genève réagit ...

Published on 2015-05-21 16:53:37.
Website: Accueil


GHI: " Criminels de la route: Genève contre-attaque

- L’ACS Genève se mobilise pour lancer une initiative parlementaire dans le but de contrer les déviances du nouveau code de la route.
- De son côté, le TCS Genève veut maintenir le délit de chauffard mais adapter les peines selon la gravité.
- Une intiative constitutionnelle sera déposée en juin.



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Down Under Desperation

Published on 2015-05-21 04:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's now common knowledge that tobacco controllers lie as a matter of course, but they're getting extraordinarily desperate in Australia.

At the weekend, a public health group in New South Wales joined industry, economists and politicians in recognising that Australia is suffering a recent growing problem with illicit tobacco (emphases mine).
NSW Health has told a review of tobacco laws that its inspectors have detected increased sales of illicit tobacco, which is packaged without health warnings and is sometimes blatantly labelled "illegal tobacco". Despite the emerging problem, the health department's powers extend only to photographing and taking samples of illegal tobacco, and inspectors are unable to seize the products. It called for laws to be strengthened.And yesterday, Australian customs chiefs said that they "recognise this problem".

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Bad science by press release

Published on 2015-05-21 03:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Ben Goldacre wrote a book called Bad Science a few years ago which explained why obvious quackery was quackery. The targets were deserving, though a bit soft for my tastes (homeopaths, nutritionists etc.), and it sold a lot of copies so it must have said something people needed to hear. He also used to write a column in The Guardian which often worth reading.

On his good days, Goldacre would patiently explain the difference between trustworthy evidence and dubious evidence. Published studies are better than unpublished studies, peer review is better than no peer review, randomised control trials are better than observational studies, literature reviews are better than individual studies, and so on. In short, the pyramid of evidence looks like this...

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Senator Schumer Lying to the Public in Order to Demonize E-Cigarettes and E-Cigarette Companies

Published on 2015-05-21 02:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to his quote in an article on the web site of the CBS Philadelphia news affiliate, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) lied to the public in order to demonize e-cigarettes and attack e-cigarette companies.

Senator Schumer was quoted as stating:

"E-cigarette companies are stepping over the line by marketing these products to kids and getting them hooked on smoking, and they're hoping that the federal government passes the buck and turns a blind eye to what's happening."

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Global Social Disintegration

Published on 2015-05-20 17:08:34.
Website: Frank Davis


Lots of thought-provoking comments today. Nika set me thinking: I recently 100% reverse-ostracized all of my friends and family (including my only daughter and grandson) when the last one went Smoke Nazi…. This was the most intelligent and sane thing … Continue reading →

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Pubs and predictions

Published on 2015-05-20 04:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




The IEA have just published my new report Drinking, Fast and Slow - you can download it here. It looks at the gloomy predictions about what the Licensing Act (AKA 24 Hour Drinking) would do to the sovereign people of England in 2005.

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FDA States that Progress in Reducing Youth Smoking is Threatened by Rising Use of E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-05-20 03:27:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a press release from last month, the director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products - Mitch Zeller - is quoted as stating:

"In today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, the surge in youth use of novel products like e-cigarettes forces us to confront the reality that the progress we have made in reducing youth cigarette smoking rates is being threatened."

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Two of the three assertions in that statement are true. It is indeed the case that today's tobacco marketplace is rapidly evolving. And it is also true that there has been a surge in youth use of novel products like e-cigarettes.

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The Path of Least Resistance

Published on 2015-05-19 18:07:16.
Website: Frank Davis


Nobody much seemed interested in hunting down Margo’s dentist. Jax probably had it about right: Like a lot of people (although not you ballsy lot on here, who are much braver!), I take the line of least resistance when dealing … Continue reading →

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Journal des Arts et Métiers: "de Weck vole le peuple"

Published on 2015-05-19 17:07:40.
Website: Accueil







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Tobacco Control Torturers

Published on 2015-05-19 10:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Following on from yesterday's piece about how we are expected to now abandon liberties in favour of absolute safety, comes this.
Since July 2008, mental health facilities in England have had indoor smoking bans. However, NICE guidelines recommend that all NHS sites, including psychiatric hospitals become completely smoke-freeIt is written by Olivia Maynard, who has carved a lucrative career as a professional anti-smoker. She reviews the 'evidence' surrounding enforcing bans on people with mental health who are locked up for their own good, and finds it hunky-dory.

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Representative Cole Introduces Legislation to Force FDA to Grandfather In All Electronic Cigarettes on the Market as of Effective Date of Its Deeming

Published on 2015-05-19 03:20:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Sharing my concerns that the FDA deeming regulation will decimate much of the electronic cigarette industry, Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma has introduced legislation that would essentially overrule the FDA and statutorily set the "grandfather" date for electronic cigarettes as the effective date of the FDA deeming regulation.

The significance of this legislation is that it would allow all electronic cigarettes currently on the market (and all those on the market as of the effective date of FDA regulation) to remain on the market without having to submit complex and resource-intensive new product or substantial equivalence applications.

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Bloody Dentists

Published on 2015-05-18 17:44:24.
Website: Frank Davis


Teeth on my mind today. First off, Margo has been having an unhappy experience with a dentist: Just what I needed today, Frank – have had the most depressing and angry-making visit to the dentist, who waits till I’m trapped … Continue reading →

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Seniors: trente minutes de sport aussi bénéfique que d'arrêter de fumer

Published on 2015-05-18 15:42:55.
Website: Accueil


Le Nouvelliste: " Que ce soit de façon intense ou modérée, 30 minutes quotidiennes de sport seraient aussi bénéfiques que de stopper la cigarette... pour les plus de 70 ans.

"Pratiquer une demi-heure d'exercice physique par jour, de manière intense ou modérée, serait aussi bénéfique pour des septuagénaires en terme de longévité que d'arrêter de fumer. C'est ce que révèle une étude norvégienne publiée vendredi.

"L'activité physique pratiquée comme loisir, que ce soit de manière modérée ou intense, est fortement associée à une réduction de la mortalité, toutes causes de décès confondues", écrivent les deux chercheurs norvégiens qui signent ce travail portant sur l'analyse des données de santé d'hommes de plus de 70 ans."

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Introduction of Innovative Electronic Cigarette Products Reveals Folly of Proposed FDA Deeming Regulation Approach

Published on 2015-05-18 13:51:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A New Method to Deliver Nicotine

Last month, Pax Labs, Inc. introduced a new e-cigarette technology: the use of nicotine salts rather than free-base nicotine as a core ingredient of the e-liquid. The new product, called the JUUL, provides a blood nicotine absorption profile which is similar to that for traditional cigarettes, unlike most electronic cigarettes currently on the market. 

According to an article in Tech Crunch:

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Safety Is Everything - A Vile Mentality

Published on 2015-05-18 12:51:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Sally Satel has written a marvellous article in National Review about the absurd negative stance taken by some public health professionals towards e-cigs, and I would urge everyone to read it. Entitled 'What’s Driving the War on E-Cigarettes?', she mainly focuses on the malign efforts of the American CDC.
The standoff between the precautionists and the pragmatists essentially boils down to their orientation toward risk — should we aim for none, or much less than there is now — and the moral connotations they attach to it. The contest will not be resolved readily because any vacuum of information leads those with a precautionary temperament to imagine worst-case outcomes, mass-produce reams of nervous commentary, and sanctimoniously call for tight restriction on the freedom to engage in novel practices.  The CDC falls squarely in the precautionist camp. It gives disproportionate weight to skeptics’ unsubstantiated claims about e-cigarettes as it minimizes their estimable benefit and foments panic. This is bad for smokers who have tried to quit and can’t, bad for the integrity of public health as a field, and bad for the credibility of the CDC, whose tarring of electronic cigarettes is a shameful violation of public trust.The reason I specifically highlight those couple of paragraphs is because they encapsulate a nauseous aspect of modern life; namely the accelerating restriction - and often eradication - of our liberties in the name of absolute safety.

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Alcohol Concern, Dry January and dodgy figures

Published on 2015-05-18 03:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Alcohol Concern has been dishing out awards to its Dry January champions. Tellingly, all but one of the awards has gone to public sector organisations. The sock puppet charity also put out a press release claiming that...

More than 2 million go dry for biggest Dry January yet
Alas, the figure of 'more than 2 million' was contradicted by the quote in the press release from Alcohol Con's head lobbyist...

Emily Robinson, Director of Campaigns at Alcohol Concern, said: “We’re incredibly proud of all our participants and fundraisers and want to recognise and celebrate those who took the biggest Dry January campaign yet to a new level.”

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Anti-Smoking Advocates Continue to Tell Public There is No Evidence Smoking is More Harmful than Vaping

Published on 2015-05-17 13:34:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a recent article in the Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger, there is no evidence that smoking is any more hazardous than vaping. Since vaping has not yet been associated with any definite health harms, this means that it is possible that smoking is a quite benign behavior.

Obviously, this is nonsense. Nevertheless, anti-smoking groups and advocates continue to spew this false information to the public.

The article states that:

"Some teens think "vaping" is safer than smoking cigarettes, but there isn't any research to support that belief."

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E-cigarette survey

Published on 2015-05-17 03:05:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Centre for Drug Misuse Research is conducting a large, international survey of e-cigarette users. If you have ever used an e-cigarette, you should complete it. It takes about five minutes and you could win a prize.

Complete the survey.

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Link Tank 16/05

Published on 2015-05-16 03:43:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Lunchtime links.

T E Lawrence and the Nanny State

The BBC is a sinister organisation; it must be abolished, not reformed

The case for freer markets and a less powerful state

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We are the 82 per cent

Published on 2015-05-15 09:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


82 per cent of Britons do not think that obesity is a disease and 1 in 5 people who are technically overweight do not consider themselves fat. I think they might have a point.

Read more at The Spectator.

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A tiny victory

Published on 2015-05-15 04:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Royal Society for Public Health is a ghastly organisation which I wrote about when they decided they wanted doctors to get into town planning. Earlier this week, they put out a press release to accompany the dodgy OECD report on alcohol under the headline 'UK's rising alcohol consumption a stark reminder of the need for tougher action began'. It began...

New research which shows alcohol consumption in the UK is on the rise is a stark reminder of the pressing need for tougher action

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Le FBI a poussé des musulmans à commettre des attentats selon Human Rights Watch

Published on 2015-05-14 18:02:31.
Website: Accueil


les-crises.fr - SELON L’ORGANISATION HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, LE FBI A “POUSSÉ ET PARFOIS MÊME PAYÉ”, DES MUSULMANS AMÉRICAINS POUR LES INCITER À COMMETTRE DES ATTENTATS.

“Opérations de contre-terrorisme abusives”. Le FBI a “encouragé, poussé et parfois même payé” des musulmans américains pour les inciter à commettre des attentats, au cours d’opérations de filature clandestines montées de toutes pièces après le 11 septembre, conclut un rapport de l’ONG internationale Human Rights Watch (lien en anglais). Le but: gonfler le nombre d’arrestations, prétendre ainsi protéger les Américains et justifier les lois antiterroristes. Selon HWR, “la théorie du FBI est que ces individus sont des terroristes en puissance et que s’il ne les avait pas poussé à commettre des actes terroristes, Al-Qaeda l’aurait fait”.

Dans nombre des plus de 500 affaires de terrorisme conduites par les tribunaux américains depuis le 11 septembre 2001, “le ministère américain de la Justice et le FBI ont ciblé des musulmans américains dans des opérations clandestines de contre-terrorisme abusives, fondées sur l’appartenance religieuse et ethnique”, dénonce ce rapport de 214 pages -intitulé “Illusion de justice”- étayé de nombreux exemples (voir aussi à la fin de cet article).

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Public Health: The Anglosphere's Global Disease

Published on 2015-05-14 12:28:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You gotta laugh at the obsessive puritan mentality sometimes.

At @FedEuroAcadMed French MoH speaker lapses into English on "binge drinking" - is there a word in French? Tells you something— Martin McKee (@martinmckee) May 13, 2015
The morbidly obese bubblegumphobe is referring to this meme going around 'public health' circles that binge-drinking is uniquely British; that it is a behavioural disease which has now spread to our neighbours across la Manche. So frighteningly swiftly has this happened (despite British drinking culture being thousands of years old) that poor Ministry of Health politicians in Paris have not had time to coin a French word for it, apparently, so have pinched 'le binge-drinking' instead.

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Aseem Malhotra screws up again

Published on 2015-05-14 07:21:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Our old friend Aseem Malhotra is starting to become a regular at Retraction Watch. A year after sparking an investigation at the British Medical Journal, Malhotra found himself in hot water with the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Harvard Medical School, Like the Tobacco Companies of Old, Unwilling to Admit that Smoking is More Harmful than Non-Tobacco Products

Published on 2015-05-14 04:35:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


It used to be the tobacco industry that refused to acknowledge that its products were any more hazardous than non-tobacco consumer products, but today it is Harvard Medical School (HMS) which is refusing to make that acknowledgment.

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In a Harvard Health Publication from HMS, the Medical School refuses to admit that cigarette smoking is any more hazardous than vaping, which involves no tobacco and no combustion and has been demonstrated to greatly improve the health of smokers who make the switch.

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CHF 4000.- d'amende pour un article qui a déplu !

Published on 2015-05-13 16:31:46.
Website: Accueil


"Cour européenne des Droits de l'Homme: "La liberté d'expression d'un journaliste romand en cause

"La Suisse a plaidé mercredi pour le réexamen du verdict de la Cour européenne qui l'avait condamnée pour violation de la liberté d'expression du journaliste Arnaud Bédat.

"Condamnée par la Cour européenne pour violation de la liberté d'expression du journaliste Arnaud Bédat (photo) après un article sur le drame du Grand Pont à Lausanne, la Suisse a plaidé ce mercredi 13 mai à Strasbourg le réexamen de ce verdict. La Grande Chambre ne se prononcera pas avant plusieurs mois.

"Tout avait commencé en 2003 par la publication d'un article que l'hebdomadaire L'Illustré avait consacré au drame du Grand Pont, qui avait coûté la vie à trois personnes et blessé sept autres. Le journaliste Arnaud Bédat y révélait les dépositions que l'auteur du drame avait faites au juge d'instruction et à la police."

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As If Prohibition Never Happened

Published on 2015-05-13 11:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


While Australian anti-smoking lunatics continue to pat themselves on the back for installing the utterly pointless policy of plain packaging, BAT Australia has announced some astonishing news.
British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) is considering launching a Make Your Own (MYO) cigarette brand to try and capture the growing number of illegal chop chop smokers.'Chop chop' is the colloquial name for bags of loose unbranded tobacco sold on the black market in Australia by criminal gangs.

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That OECD report on booze

Published on 2015-05-13 09:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The OECD, a think tank, has produced a report on alcohol which has received worldwide news coverage. Funded by the European Commission, the report contains nothing new and much that is false. Its alcohol consumption stats for the UK bear no resemblance to the usually accepted figures and therefore don't inspire much confidence in the figures it gives for other countries.

The aim of the report appears to be promoting minimum pricing and advertising bans. The fat controller Martin McKee wrote a chapter on the former while Henry Saffer, who is virtually the only economist to have published research which concludes that advertising increases aggregate consumption, wrote a heavily self-referencing chapter on the latter.

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