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You Too Can Own A Rarity!

Published on 2017-07-28 16:49:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I don't half treat you guys sometimes.

Today I have listed an item on eBay so rare that I don't think you will see another one this decade. Rarer even than a first folio Shakespeare!


And yet you can own it. Yes, you really can! What's more, this copy is signed by the author himself in tribute to your humble host, and contains a quote of mine which you can read about in an article I wrote earlier this year.

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Stealing Our Freedom

Published on 2017-07-28 13:21:15.
Website: Frank Davis


A little Idle Theory: The One Good of Idle Theory is idle time, or free time. Freedom is free time, and it’s measured in hours. It’s what most working people experience at weekends. And a weekend is an extended Sunday … Continue reading →

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Another study shows that vaping helps people quit smoking

Published on 2017-07-27 12:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A study published in the BMJ today will have the usual anti-vaping fanatics howling at the moon. It found that vapers were much more likely to attempt to quit smoking than those who don't vape, and that they are 73 per cent more likely to succeed in quitting smoking when they do. It also finds a significant increase in smoking cessation in the USA that coincides with the rise of vaping.

Anti-vaping throwbacks will no doubt say that correlation does not equal causation, but the authors examine two possible alternative explanations for the decline in the smoking rate and find them wanting...

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IN MY VIEW: American Lung Association Guilty of Public Health Malpractice

Published on 2017-07-27 12:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Yesterday, researchers from the University of California, San Diego published a landmark paper in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) which reported that for the first time in 15 years, the smoking cessation rate among adults in the U.S. has increased. The researchers tie this unprecedented increase in the smoking cessation rate to the availability of electronic cigarettes. The paper reports that the advent of electronic cigarettes was associated with a significant increase in the population smoking cessation rate. It also finds that smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking than those who do not.

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Mathematical Warfare

Published on 2017-07-27 10:59:39.
Website: Frank Davis


Dick Puddlecote wrote yesterday: I’ve long believed that e-cigs carry the potential to expose the lies and hypocrisy of tobacco control.. Well, he might be right. I’ve always thought that the rapidity with which TC deemed e-cigs to be just … Continue reading →

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Rauchen nur nach Stundenplan | Deutsche Welle

Published on 2017-07-26 20:39:57.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.



Weitere Informationen zum Thema finden sie auch hier.


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Pharma Company Values Profits Over Health

Published on 2017-07-26 19:26:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



It's been a very busy couple of weeks in Puddlecoteville, so like yesterday this is another I've had in my drafts just waiting for a time to write.

You see, I've long believed that e-cigs carry the potential to expose the lies and hypocrisy of tobacco control, but the extent to which they are doing so has exceeded even my wildest hopes. Those vacuously opposed to vaping are screaming like stuck pigs at the moment as they see their mendacious house of cards about to come crashing down, and seem to be happy to throw their integrity down the drain.

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The More Voices The Louder

Published on 2017-07-26 09:54:22.
Website: Frank Davis


I’m always glad to welcome a new smoker’s blog, particularly one by someone who has been a regular commenter on my blog for many years: Nisakiman. Such people are not competitors: they are companions or co-conspirators, and the more of … Continue reading →

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The Halfwits Of Nottingham

Published on 2017-07-25 22:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Sometimes you just have to laugh at incompetent public sector clowns like this.
Anti-smoking council has £85m invested in tobacco companies It comes after the county council banned all staff from taking cigarette breaks while at workA bit hypocritical, yes. Although any council who disinvests from tobacco is showing how incredibly stupid they are more than anything else, as I have written before.

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Yet Another Group of Anti-Tobacco Researchers Encourage Lying to Kids About Relative Health Effects of Vaping and Smoking

Published on 2017-07-25 12:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


It seems that honesty has disappeared as a core principle in tobacco control. Today, I report that yet another group of tobacco control researchers is bemoaning the fact that many youth understand the relative health effects of vaping and smoking and is encouraging lying to kids instead.

In a paper published in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, investigators from the University of Louisville examined YouTube videos promoting electronic cigarettes. They found that one of the major selling points for vaping in these videos was the claim that using e-cigarettes is safer than smoking and switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes can therefore improve health. However, here is how they report this finding and how they describe its implications:

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Laughing As They Die

Published on 2017-07-25 10:39:39.
Website: Frank Davis


This stuck in mind: the story about the kids who laughed and jeered while a disabled man drowned. In a news story that sounds like something from Mad Max, a group of Florida teenagers who filmed themselves laughing and cracking … Continue reading →

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Minimum pricing goes to court (again)

Published on 2017-07-25 09:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



I've written a piece for Cap-X about the bollocks above, which was released on the day that the Supreme Court took a look at minimum pricing.

In the article I mention the fact that the job of evaluating minimum pricing has been given to the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, which has been pushing the policy for the best part of a decade (see job spec below).

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The 'mystery' of shrinking chocolate bars

Published on 2017-07-24 12:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The FT looks at the 'mystery' of shrinking chocolate bars...

After high-profile cases with the likes of newly gappy Toblerones, the UK stats office says that over 2,500 products were cut in size between January 2012 and June 2017, far outweighing the number of items that were boosted. The trend is most pronounced in sugary treats, where changing pack sizes have contributed 1.22 percentage points to their rate of inflation since 2012, the ONS says.

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Contempt

Published on 2017-07-24 11:05:52.
Website: Frank Davis


I was thinking yesterday that antismoking zealots have profound contempt for smokers. It takes a most profound contempt for smokers to expel them all from their clubs and bars and cafes. And then, having expelled them from those places, to … Continue reading →

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World Class Straw-Clutching

Published on 2017-07-23 20:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Last week's publication of the Australian government's inquiry into e-cigs was, as I wrote last Saturday, remarkable for the bravery of Aussie vapers in submitting their stories of use in a country where possession of nicotine without a prescription is a crime.

However, as evidence mounts up worldwide as to the benefits of e-cigs, renowned fossilised Sydney moonhowler Simon Chapman continues, Canute-like, to spread as much doubt as he can possibly muster while all around him others slowly back away from his lunacy. His own submission [PDF] to the Aussie inquiry - co-authored by three of the vanishingly tiny number of people he can still find in the world who think on the same kind of anti-vaxxer conspiracy level as him, including some low-grade physiotherapist from Lincoln - is a masterclass in desperate cherry-picking, exemplified by this page.

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Only following orders

Published on 2017-07-22 11:24:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



You've probably read about the five year old lemonade criminal of Tower Hamlets. She was selling lemonade outside her house on a sunny day, as children do, when four 'enforcement officers' charged her with trading without a licence and issued a £150 fine.

Tower Hamlets council have since cancelled the fine and apologised to the family, saying:

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The case against The Case Against Sugar

Published on 2017-07-21 09:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



Nobody does a forensic fact-checking like Seth Yoder at the Science of Nutrition blog. If you're interested in the low carb/high fat fad, his extensive reviews of Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories and Nina Teicholz's The Big Fat Surprise are must-reads (you can also read my briefer review of the latter here).

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Snusgate: the movie

Published on 2017-07-20 11:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




You may recall the scandal around the former EU health commissioner John Dalli who was sacked after being accused of being involved in an attempt to solicit a bribe from the snus company Swedish Match and subsequently exposed for some strange shenanigans in the Bahamas. Dalli was vigorously defended by 'public health' groups at the time and Private Eye made the ill-judged decision to take his side on a couple of occasions.

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"Get Him Off The Island, Export The Problem"

Published on 2017-07-19 17:37:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



Over the years, I've written a fair amount about John Dalli, the former Maltese EU health commissioner who was sacked over an allegation that he solicited bribes from Swedish Match to overturn the snus ban. The whole affair was very murky (you can read my articles about it here) and was never fully resolved, but the BBC have just aired a programme that investigates the case by talking to Dalli himself.

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200,000 hypothetical children

Published on 2017-07-19 09:02:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


When the plain packaging idiocy was first mooted in 2008, we were told:

More than 200,000 under-16s start smoking each year
In 2010, this statistic was officially endorsed (but not referenced) in the government's Tobacco Control Strategy:

Each year in England, an estimated 200,000 children and young people start smoking

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Order In The Popcorn For The North West

Published on 2017-07-18 19:49:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



So, the UK government's tobacco control plan (TCP) was finally published today. I've had a read of it and was going to write a few words about the whole thing but I'd instead direct you to Snowdon for an overall critique, and NNA for a short but sweet viewpoint of the vaping elements.

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The Tobacco Plan: too much stick, not enough carrot

Published on 2017-07-18 12:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The government has published its new Tobacco Control Plan for England. This will come as a relief to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) who have been waiting 18 months for a justification for their taxpayer subsidy.

The government has set an entirely arbitrary target of reducing smoking prevalence to 12 per cent by 2022. It has no way of doing this. Britain is still a nominally free country and people can choose to smoke if they want to, albeit within the constraints of extortionate taxes and a draconian smoking ban.

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"Who speaks for smokers in our government?"

Published on 2017-07-18 09:23:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Guardian has been running a lot of stories about tobacco in the last few days. I'm not sure what the occasion is. Perhaps there is an announcement on the way? [UPDATE: It seems there was!]

I say that they've been writing about tobacco. In fact, they've only been writing about the tobacco industry. For the last twenty years, this has been the only part of the story that really interests journalists. This suits the anti-smoking lobby because it allows them to present their war on people as a war on corporations.

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Evidence, Did You Say?

Published on 2017-07-17 17:31:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


For curiosity, here's a Guardian article from 2015:
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of charity Action on Smoking and Health, said there was no evidence to support claims that depriving prisoners of tobacco could lead to riots.Oh really?
Inmates are rioting over a new smoking ban in prisonsInmates are staging riots over a new Government ban on smoking in prisons, which is seeing tobacco steadily phased out. A ban on tobacco cigarettes is now being slowly introduced into prisons, with several jails already having banned them outright. Others, meanwhile, are preparing to be completely smoke-free by September. One recent inmate of Drake Hall Women’s Prison told Metro.co.uk that she was dismayed to see how the smoking ban had changed the atmosphere in the jail. She said: ‘We got all the leaflets about how the ban was going to happen – first the shop would stop selling tobacco, and then the total ban would come in.‘Within the first week of the shop stopping selling it there was a riot. Loads of prisoners refused to go back to their cells and it was mayhem. ‘There were women screaming and shouting, sitting on the roofs of blocks. After it calmed down a lot of those involved were transferred, probably to prisons where they can smoke.Well there is now, Debs. And the ban hasn't even started properly yet!

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Cowardice In The Face Of Bravery

Published on 2017-07-15 15:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I have consistently said on these pages - since around 2010 - that e-cigs have the potential to show up the cant and oleaginous hypocrisy of the tobacco control industry. There have been numerous examples of this over the years but a spectacular episode this week in Australia has left all others in the shade.

As Snowdon has remarked, so exasperated are Australia's tobacco control extremists at the relentless advance of vaping, that they have now taken to slandering ordinary vapers and implying they are - every single of them - nothing but shills for the tobacco industry.

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The National Death Service

Published on 2017-07-15 10:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The NHS is great unless you want to stay alive, according to a new report. I've written about it for the Speccie.

The Commonwealth Fund is a US think tank that campaigns for reform to the American healthcare system. In particular, it wants the US to adopt the kind of universal healthcare coverage that is taken for granted in Britain and Europe.
Every few years, it puts the healthcare systems of eleven rich countries into a league table and the USA always come bottom. Fans of the NHS (may peace be upon it) like these reports because the UK always come at or near the top. The latest Commonwealth Fund study was published today and Britain came top again. In your face, Australia! Suck it up, Sweden!

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IN MY VIEW: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is Deliberately Lying to the Public

Published on 2017-07-13 12:53:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a press release issued yesterday lamenting the passage by the House Appropriations Committee of a bill that grandfathers in existing e-cigarettes from the pre-market approval requirements of FDA vaping product regulations, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids claimed that the bill strips the FDA of authority to review the public health impact of e-cigarettes.

Specifically, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids stated that the bill:

"would “grandfather” e-cigarettes and cigars already on the market and exempt them from FDA review of their public health impact, including whether they appeal to kids." 

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Slandering vapers

Published on 2017-07-13 12:21:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


New Zealand is in the process of repealing its ban on e-cigarettes. In the past year, Finland, Hungary, Sweden, Belgium and Denmark have all legalised the sale of vaping devices and fluids. Every EU country now allows the sale of these products.

Once New Zealand has legalised e-cigarettes, Australia will be the only developed, western nation to have maintained its prohibition. The tide has turned and Australia looks increasingly like a backwater.

Judging by the words of the Australian Medical Association, that's the way they like it. Here's their president speaking yesterday - that's yesterday, please note, not in 2009:

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IN MY VIEW: Position of Australian Medical Association (and Many U.S. Health Groups) on Vaping is Just Plain Evil

Published on 2017-07-11 13:15:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a submission to the Australian government, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) argues that there is no evidence that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, that e-cigarettes are harmful to health because they simply substitute one addiction for another, and that physicians must fight to prevent vaping from becoming an acceptable alternative to smoking.

According to an article published by the Australian Journal of Pharmacy: "Commenting on its submission to an inquiry into the devices, the AMA says it believes that there is currently no compelling evidence that e-cigarettes are successful in helping people to stop smoking. ... AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says that the growth in e-cigarette products internationally has provided sections of the tobacco industry with the opportunity to rebrand themselves as part of the effort to reduce smoking – but there is no evidence that e-cigarettes work as a deterrent. ... “E-cigarettes must not be allowed to be marketed with claims that they are a smoking cessation aid,” Dr Gannon says. “There is no such evidence. ... “We must not allow e-cigarettes to become a socially acceptable alternative to smoking.”"

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Shopping basket cases

Published on 2017-07-11 08:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




The latest gormless idea from 'public health' appeared in the newspapers over the weekend.

The plan is to take the red, amber and green ‘traffic-lights’ system commonly used on food packaging one step further and grade the full contents of a basket or trolley for calories, sugar, fat, saturated fat and salt, then print the results on the receipt. 

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Book reviews: The Angry Chef and The Pioppi Diet

Published on 2017-07-09 11:06:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Two very different books were published on June 29th. One is a solid debunking of nutritional fads and junk science. The other is a nutritional fad based on junk science. I have reviewed them both for Spectator Health. Do have a read...

The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner

The Pioppi Diet by Aseem Malhotra and Donal O'Neill

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WATCH: Prohibitionists Always Lose

Published on 2017-07-06 20:33:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Christ! I have so much to write but so little time to do so. My calendar for the next week looks packed so there may be very little on these pages for a while, but here's something I can thoroughly recommend.

While in Warsaw at GFN last month, the keynote speaker was Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. He has worked for a very long time in the field of harm reduction in relation to illicit drugs so his expertise is very much transferable to the tobacco and nicotine debate.

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