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David Cameron Creates 'Jobs' In Northern Ireland

Published on 2015-01-27 13:11:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Earlier this month, I wrote about an Irish Independent article which reported how their police and border forces estimate the provisional IRA could profit massively from plain packaging.
The Government plans to introduce 'plain packaging' carrying only graphic health warnings rather than the current brand designs will provide the smugglers with a massive boost in profits, customs and garda sources say. They estimate that Border-based Provo smugglers are importing around €90m worth of tobacco products a year, mainly from the Far East. Based on the experience of Australia, the first and only country to bring in the plain packaging, they estimate the IRA-controlled trade here could boom to around €120m in value.Nice work if you can get it.

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The obesity debate continues

Published on 2015-01-27 06:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Earlier in the month I wrote an article about soda taxes for Cato Unbound (spoiler: I'm against them). It has now had three full length responses, from Baylen Linnekin, Russell Saunders and Jennifer Harris. Baylen (an attorney) agreed with me, Russell (a paediatrician) partly agreed with me but still wants to see taxes on soft drinks, and Jennifer (a social psychologist) mostly disagreed with me and wants to see tobacco-style polices for food.

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Yet Another Public Health Practitioner Publicly Claims that Smoking is No More Hazardous than Vaping

Published on 2015-01-27 04:03:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

In what is becoming a daily occurrence, yet another public health practitioner has publicly claimed that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping.

In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, Joshua Muscat - a professor of public health sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine - writes:

"The biggest concern about e-cigarettes is their potential to increase nicotine addiction among young smokers, especially children, who would not normally try tobacco. It is not likely that e-cigarettes are safer, because their use may lead to increased and not decreased tobacco smoking in young people."

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Using The Wrong Model

Published on 2015-01-26 16:40:13.
Website: Frank Davis

I was a bit surprised this morning to learn that An asteroid as big as five football fields is set to narrowly pass by Earth tonight — and should be visible as it scraped by. The rock, which has been named … Continue reading →

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Apres la viande, faut-il interdire l'alcool ?

Published on 2015-01-26 16:28:49.
Website: Accueil

L’Association nationale de prévention en alcoologie et addictologie (Anpaa, 1 500 salariés, 75 millions d’euros de budget) est-elle, comme certains le proclament, une clique d’hygiénistes procéduriers, prête :

- à poursuivre en justice le moindre vigneron ou brasseur qui vanterait son produit ?
- à chasser tout effluve d’alcool d’Internet ?
- à faire interdire toute étiquette de vin ou de bière évoquant de trop près le plaisir ou l’ivresse ?

La première chose que je vois en entrant dans les locaux de l’Anpaa, situés dans le centre de Paris, c’est ce tableau : « ALCOOL DROGUE EN VENTE LIBRE ».

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39% Of Parents Should Not Be Parents

Published on 2015-01-26 13:29:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

The British Heart Foundation - a multi-million pound cash generation and lobbying business posing as a charity - has decided it doesn't like useful and popular businesses advertising. So it is demanding that politicians please, please, think of the children! (natch).
Seven in ten (70%) parents have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV, according to a new survey by the British Heart Foundation ahead of Heart Month this February.Err, isn't pestering just what kids do, whether it be food, toys, sweets, playing in the park or keeping a snail as a pet? What is wrong with the other 30%? Doped up on Ritalin or something?

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American Thoracic Society Physicians Claim There is No Evidence Smoking is More Hazardous than Vaping

Published on 2015-01-26 03:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

In statements that even the tobacco industry would not make, two physicians with the American Thoracic Society have publicly claimed that there is no evidence smoking is any more hazardous than the use of non-tobacco-containing, non-combusted e-cigarettes.

In a letter to the editor in the New York Times, Dr. Frank Leone - a pulmonologist who is chair of the American Thoracic Society's Tobacco Action Committee - claims that there is no evidence that e-cigarettes are safer than real cigarettes. In fact, he claims that it is too early to even suggest that e-cigarettes are likely to be much safer than smoking.

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Tory MPs Rebel against Plain Packaging?

Published on 2015-01-25 16:53:38.
Website: Frank Davis

The Plain Packaging saga may not be over. Simon Clark writes: I can now reveal – from a good source – that the announcement by public health minister Jane Ellison surprised even George Osborne who wasn’t consulted. If that’s true … Continue reading →

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Redefining "Misinformation"

Published on 2015-01-25 13:51:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

The BBC outraged a couple of tobacco control industry execs on Thursday. The Beeb's crime was to invite Imperial Tobacco's Axel Gietz onto Radio 4's Today programme to give an opposing view of plain packaging.

You can get an idea of what Gietz said from this Sky News coverage - it was perfectly reasonable and well argued, but CRUK's Robert West didn't like it one little bit.

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The scream test revisited

Published on 2015-01-25 03:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

I wrote an article for The Telegraph last week about the public health lobby's 'scream test' and the real motives behind plain packaging.

So much for evidence. With every indicator showing that plain packaging in Australia has been, at best, a damp squib, the campaign for this risible policy was won with the one oft-repeated question: "Why would the tobacco industry spend so much time and money lobbying against plain packaging if it didn’t work?"

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Some Responses to ECB QE

Published on 2015-01-24 16:43:33.
Website: Frank Davis

A few days back, in Turmoil in the Markets, I drew attention to the likelihood of the European Central Bank engaging in Quantitative Easing to prevent the Eurozone sliding further into recession and deflation. Here’s a round-up of some responses … Continue reading →

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Entre paranoïa et exhibitionnisme, la position du curseur est stratégique

Published on 2015-01-24 09:55:39.
Website: Accueil

La Tribune de Genève: " Petit guide pour protéger sa vie privée sur Internet

"Marre de voir Facebook ou Google piocher dans vos données? Envie de plus de sécurité? Nos conseils pour ne plus être mis à nu sur le web

«Je n’ai rien à cacher». C’est une réaction fréquente quand on parle de sa vie privée sur Internet, un peu comme si tourner la clé de sa maison virtuelle nous rendait suspect. Jusqu’au jour où on découvre l’ampleur des traces laissées sur son passage: Facebook affiche une publicité avec les chaussures que vous avez regardées sur un autre site, ou une compagnie aérienne augmente le prix du billet que vous convoitez parce que vous y avez déjà jeté un coup d’œil il y a quelques heures, révélant ainsi votre intérêt pour cette destination. " » Article complet ici

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Link Tank 24/01

Published on 2015-01-24 02:32:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Bon appetit.

Health zealots have taken over the asylum

The strange and complicated history of patenting the e-cig

"It’s highly likely that plain packaging extends into other categories, especially alcohol and junk food"

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Bidding for the Smoker’s Dollar

Published on 2015-01-23 16:56:48.
Website: Frank Davis

If, in places like New Orleans (and the UK), politicians won’t represent smokers, then smokers are eventually likely to go live elsewhere. For about 3½ years, between 2007 and 2011, I was thinking quite hard about buying a home in … Continue reading →

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Confirmed: Formaldehyde Study Conducted Under Implausible Conditions; Conclusions Invalid

Published on 2015-01-23 06:18:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

Using information on type of atomizer studied in the recent New England Journal of Medicine article which claimed that vaping produces formaldehyde levels that pose a greater cancer risk than active smoking, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos has confirmed that the conditions used in the study (at the 5 volt level) were implausible.

The study reported finding high levels of formaldehyde in the aerosol of electronic cigarettes, leading the authors to conclude that the cancer risk associated with vaping is higher than that associated with smoking. The formaldehyde was not detected at the low voltage setting (3.3V), but was detected in large quantities at the high voltage setting (5.0V).

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Will plain pack campaigners put their money where their mouth is?

Published on 2015-01-23 04:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

I don't know if you heard, but Britain's government of nominally conservative and liberal politicians gave the green light to plain packaging this week. The vote in parliament will be a formality.

The surprise announcement on Wednesday night was the culmination of several years of intense campaigning which swallowed up millions of pounds of taxpayers' money and yet the idea remains as futile, silly and counterproductive as it was when I first wrote about it six years ago. More so, in fact, because we have since had real world evidence from Australia proving its ineffectiveness.

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A Million Ways To Die In The West Of Europe

Published on 2015-01-23 04:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

For your Friday treat, French anti-smokers have come up with an 'amusing' ad campaign on YouTube which is laugh a minute. Apparently, you should quit smoking because otherwise you are bound to suffer a violent and immediate death.

Those Frenchies have always been arty, haven't they? I just didn't know they were so creative with their imagined killing of smokers.

These are just the first three of an ongoing series, you can subscribe to their channel for weekly episodes here.

I suppose being employed to think up regular gory deaths for people who smoke must be a bit of a busman's holiday for anti-smoking obsessives, as anyone who's read our psycho anti catalogue will agree.

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It Couldn’t Happen Here

Published on 2015-01-22 16:32:41.
Website: Frank Davis

On a day filled with lots of antismoking news, I was going to chill out and watch some snooker on BBC iplayer when I noticed The Eichmann Show was featured, so I watched that instead. It was a 90 minute … Continue reading →

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++Exclusive++ Party Political Address From David Cameron

Published on 2015-01-22 10:34:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

I have managed to get hold a leaked copy of David Cameron's pre-election rabble-rouser. Remember you read these highlights here first.
When Nick and I held that jovial meeting in the garden of Number 10 back in May 2010, we made you a cast-iron promise. A "new politics". My deputy Prime Minister also promised to "roll back hard-won liberties". That is why, as we stand on the cusp of an election in May, we have banned DVDs which show things we find rather icky; flirted with minimum pricing of alcohol but left Scotland to trial it for us; refused to rule out following Wales in banning plastic bags; added tax to pasties; banned smoking in your private property; sat silent as lefties attacked page 3; flew to France to express solidarity with Charlie Hebdo while jailing people who post jokes on Twitter; used the Charlie Hebdo massacre to resurrect the Snoopers Charter; and now have bravely stood in favour of your liberties by my Conservative Party being ... {Drum Roll} ..

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RTS - La Première - Forum: Les Verts-Nuisants imposent leur police alimentaire à Lausanne

Published on 2015-01-21 17:43:01.
Website: Accueil

RTS - La Première - Forum: "Lausanne impose un repas végétarien par semaine dans les cantines scolaires

"A Lausanne, les écoliers mangeront végétarien une fois par semaine, a décidé mardi le conseil communal. Le débat entre Léonore Porchet, présidente des Verts lausannois et Gilles Meystre, conseiller communal PLR à Lausanne et directeur de GastroVaud."» RTS - La Première - Forum: Lausanne impose un repas végétarien par semaine dans les cantines scolaires

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New Study Reports High Levels of Formaldehyde in Electronic Cigarette Aerosols

Published on 2015-01-21 14:02:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

A new study released today by the New England Journal of Medicine reports finding high levels of formaldehyde in the aerosol of electronic cigarettes, leading the authors to conclude that the cancer risk associated with vaping is higher than that associated with smoking.

(See: Jensen RP, Luo W, Pankow JF, Strongin RM, Peyton DH. Hidden formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosols. New England Journal of Medicine 372;4, January 22, 2015.)

The study examined the aerosol produced by a tank system electronic cigarette. The aerosol was collected and analyzed for formaldehyde. Two voltage settings were used: low (3.3V) and high (5.0V).

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A New Definition Of Violence, WHO Style

Published on 2015-01-21 12:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Via the WHO, some news from freshly-crowned World Shark-jumping Champions, Latvia.
Following the law on Children Rights Protection stating that smoking in the presence of a child is regarded as a physical violence, the tobacco control law now clearly states that smoking in the presence of a child is prohibited.Wow! So now a mythical scare based on a fairy story created by George Godber in the 1970s because he wasn't keen on the smell of tobacco is considered "physical violence" in backward states? Looks like they're deadly serious about demanding Latvians quit smoking then, eh?

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Unsurprising quote of the week

Published on 2015-01-21 09:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The latest from our friends in the public health lobby...

"Our end game is to bring sugary fizzy drink consumption down to zero in 2025, similar to the end game for tobacco consumption."
See this post for a reminder of who these advocates of "stopping the availability of sugary drinks in New Zealand" are, and see Feminoptimal for further comment.

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California Department of Health Services Lies to the Public About Electronic Cigarettes

Published on 2015-01-21 05:34:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

The California Department of Health Services (CDHS), under a grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has produced a brochure entitled "Protect Your Family from E-Cigarettes: The Facts You Need to Know."

Here are some of the "facts" being disseminated by the CDHS:

1. "The aerosol is a mixture of chemicals and small particles that can hurt the lungs just like cigarette smoke."

2. "E-cigarettes are just as addictive as regular cigarettes."

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New Cochrane Evidence shows that electronic cigarettes facilitate smoking cessation

Published on 2015-01-20 13:03:41.
Website: Accueil

(Nouvelles preuves de la Collaboration Cochrane attestant que le vapotage facilite le sevrage tagabique)

"Do electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit? Yes, but….

"New Cochrane Review finds emerging evidence that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking.

"The first Cochrane Review on this subject, published 17 December (2014) in the Cochrane Library, gives some early insights into electronic cigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking and reducing consumption. The review draws on two randomised trials and found that while nicotine containing electronic cigarettes were more effective than electronic cigarettes without nicotine (placebo) in helping smokers kick the habit, the results need to be confirmed by more studies. Smoking is a major global health problem, is costly and is highly addictive. Despite many smokers wanting to stop, few succeed in the long term. One of the most widely used strategies to help combat the cravings associated with nicotine addiction is to deliver nicotine by patches and chewing gum."

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We're public health, we say what we want

Published on 2015-01-20 04:24:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

This is a relatively minor lie by 'public health' standards, but telling nonetheless. Kevin Fenton is the director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England. Last week he informed his Twitter followers that...

The NDNS 2014 showed that the majority of children’s & teenager's sugar intake is coming from sugary drinks: http://t.co/wO84NlQoEK #noaw
— Kevin Fenton (@ProfKevinFenton) January 16, 2015

The trouble is, if you check the source he cites, it doesn't say that at all

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Physician Recommends that Middle-Age Lifelong Nondrinkers Should Be Told to Start Drinking, But Hides Conflict of Interest With Big Alcohol

Published on 2015-01-20 03:57:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

In the most recent issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a physician counsels all doctors to promote moderate alcohol use (one drink per day) among middle age, lifelong nondrinking patients. The author, Dr. Emanuel Rubin, is a pathologist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

(See: Rubin, E. (2014), To Drink or Not to Drink: That Is the Question. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38: 2889–2892. doi: 10.1111/acer.12585.)

The major conclusion of the article is as follows: "The strongest evidence for a beneficial effect of moderate alcohol intake is the documented reduction in all cause mortality and cardiovascular disease. Indeed, the protection against coronary artery disease is comparable to that produced by the administration of statins. In this context, alcoholic beverages do not require a prescription, are far cheaper, and are certainly more enjoyable. Although a physician's advice to a patient should always be individualized, including a consideration of a person's genetic background, the overwhelming evidence suggests that physicians should counsel lifelong nondrinkers at about 40 to 50 years of age to relax and take a drink a day, preferably with dinner. The “black swan” predicts that the risk/benefit ratio is highly favorable."

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The Provisional IRA Profits To Soar With Plain Packaging

Published on 2015-01-19 13:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

With David Cameron currently talking tough on criminality and terrorism, I do hope he was advised of this article from the Irish Independent.
The [Irish] Government plans to introduce 'plain packaging' carrying only graphic health warnings rather than the current brand designs will provide the smugglers with a massive boost in profits, customs and garda sources say.Police and border forces have a habit of saying inconvenient things like that. UK police chiefs warn of the same, along with their rank and file, and the concerns of our UK customs officials line up the same too. Perhaps they're all tobacco industry front groups or something.

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Spectacle de Dieudonné maintenu en Suisse

Published on 2015-01-19 13:15:03.
Website: Accueil

ATS: "Les spectacles de Dieudonné en Suisse romande sont pour l'heure maintenus. La Ville de Lausanne ne reviendra pas sur sa décision d'autoriser ses représentations prévues fin janvier dans la capitale vaudoise. Mais elle a assorti son feu vert de "conditions particulières". Dans le canton de Neuchâtel, Val-de-Ruz a pris la même décision. » ATS : Spectacle de Dieudonné maintenu en Suisse

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Rest of the Story Expanding to Cover Alcohol

Published on 2015-01-19 12:34:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary

The Rest of the Story will be expanding to cover alcohol as well as tobacco. I am becoming increasingly aware of parallels between the two fields of public health, including issues regarding hidden conflicts of interest and biased reporting of science. I'll kick the week off tomorrow with an alcohol story, to be followed by another later in the week. I expect that tobacco will remain the main focus.

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Thoughts on The New Orleans Smoking Ban Hearings-

Published on 2015-01-19 10:46:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl

For those of you that are unaware, there is a wide reaching ordinance being proposed  by New Orleans Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell that would ban smoking and all forms of vaping virtually everywhere in the city, inside and out.  There has already been talk of amendments amongst council members, but that is not what I am going to talk about in this post. What I want to share is my experience and observations on what took place at the two town hall sessions before the council’s Community Development Committee on Weds., Jan. 7th and on Weds., Jan. 14th.

Round One…..

Hearing #1 took place at 10 am in the morning. The first thing that I noticed upon arriving was the number of people in attendance. The place was packed to capacity and many people were not allowed in to listen or to fill out a speaker card.  I took a quick glance around the room and I immediately noticed that the room had been divided into three factions, one with smoke and vape-ban  proponents  heavily armed with t-shirts calling for a smoke free New Orleans. Smoke and vape ban opponents were identifiable by stickers provided by  Freedom To Choose Nola .  There was a sizable pro-vape ban contingent that brandished “I am not a smoker

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Great extrapolations in wealth and obesity

Published on 2015-01-19 06:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

"If current trends continue..."
Oxfam have been given lots of news coverage today thanks to a report which claims that the richest 1% will 'control' more than half the world's wealth by 2016.

The prediction is based on this graph (from page 2 of their report).

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