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À l\'approche des élections cantonales à Genève, Les Dissidents de Genève estiment urgent et nécessaire de consolider le suffrage universel, actuellement menacé. En effet les citoyens, qui élisent des députés au Grand conseil, n\'ont aucune garantie que ceux-ci ne soient pas rétrogradés en cours de législature au rang de simple députés indépendants, ainsi privés du droit fondamental de siéger dans les commissions parlementaires. Or c\'est dans ces commissions consultatives préparatoires que tout se joue. C\'est là le véritable creuset des décisions prises ensuite par l\'assemblée plénière.', `date`='2017-02-10 08:48:44', `rssid`=6

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(DDG/jaw)Au risque de peiner ceux des partis qui ont la mémoire courte, est-il besoin de rappeler l\'affaire des fiches ? Bof... Une bagatelle puisque seuls quelque 900 000 citoyens  avaient été systématiquement espionnés  jusque dans leur vie intime sur le territoire suisse, soit plus de 15% de la population ! Il a 26 ans que ce scandale a éclaté ! On le croyait et l\'espérait oublié ...Le Conseil fédéral propose un dispositif d\'inquisition bien pire: l\'installation d\'espiogiciels dans tous les ordinateurs de notre population.', `date`='2016-09-03 00:46:34', `rssid`=6

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(jaw/DDG/15.08.2016)

Tabac : une putasserie médicale visant les pauvres !


On aura tout vu en matière de pratiques honteuses et mensongères pour décourager les fumeurs de tabac : l\'évocation de la prétendue « fumée passive létale » déjà propagée à l\'époque par un Troisième Reich épris de « purification »; la prétendue réduction spectaculaire des journées d\'hôpitaux aux HUG, annoncée à son de cor à Genève suite à l\'interdiction de fumer dans tous les lieux publics; la propagande pour le \"Champix », médicament sur ordonnance,  hallucinogène et suicidogène au point où, aux Etats-Unis, le laboratoire Pfizer a dû dédommager 2000 victimes de cette molécule toxique ; les statistiques délibérément ou accidentellement manipulées...et l\'on en passe ! ', `date`='2016-08-15 21:46:20', `rssid`=6

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(w) Parmi les dernières interdictions en date promulguées par nos autorités municipales, trois nouvelles figurent dans la dernière série: elles frappent les broches en plein air (promotion du véganisme ou souci du réchauffement climatique ?), le passage des vélocipèdes (usure du gravier ?), détention et consommation de boissons alcooliques (risque de collisions entre piétons ivres ? ) et musique (pour rétablir l\'égalité avec les malentendants ?)

En revanche, les conversations à voix basse et les déambulations en chaussures de cuir (d\'origine animale) sont encore tolérées., de même que l\'ingestion et la mastication de pain de mie ...sans gluten:-)', `date`='2016-06-28 01:17:51', `rssid`=6

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RTS - La Première - CQFD: \"La science apporte des preuves scientifiques aux questions que les chercheurs se posent. Malheureusement, ces preuves ne sont pas toujours aussi solides qu’on le croit. On a vu des études a priori sérieuses et qui ont été publiées dans des grandes revues scientifiques être désavouées et retirées quelques années plus tard. Comment empêcher les publications des \"mauvaises sciences\"?

\"L\'éclairage de Nadia Elia, médecin épidémiologiste, spécialiste en santé publique, chercheuse dans le service d’anesthésie aux HUG et chargée d’enseignement à l\'institut de santé globale de l’Universté de Genève. Par Adrien Zerbini.\"', `date`='2016-06-17 01:41:25', `rssid`=6

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(ATS) \"La publicité pour le tabac ne devrait pas être restreinte. Par 28 voix contre 15, le Conseil des Etats a rejeté mardi les propositions du Conseil fédéral en lui demandant de revoir largement sa copie.

Le Conseil national doit encore se prononcer. La loi sur les produits du tabac avait déjà été fortement contestée en consultation, les milieux de la santé la jugeant trop timorée, l\'industrie trop invasive. Les arguments de cette dernière ont prévalu dans les rangs des sénateurs, au terme d\'un débat entamé jeudi passé. La majorité estime que la loi va beaucoup trop loin et interfère avec les principes de l\'économie de marché.\"', `date`='2016-06-14 22:53:58', `rssid`=6

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La Ville de Genève, cette Marie-couche-toi-là récidivante devant l\'érotiquement incorrect, attaque une nouvelle fois, sous prétexte de non-conformité à la doxa artistique, une superbe affiche du salon érotique genevois, le Venusia. Les considérants invoqués à l\'appui de ce nouvel acte de censure intolérable prêteraient à rire s\'ils n\'attaquaient pas de front la liberté créatrice de l\'artiste.  Depuis \"L\'Origine du monde\" et L\'Amant de Lady Chatterley\" (1928), on pensait que la liberté des mœurs avait fait quelques progrès et que la Bête immonde de la censure avait regagné son médiocre cagibi où elle avait été reléguée. La voici de retour à Genève ! Et gageons qu\'aucun conseiller municipal ne se hasardera à protester en séance publique contre la censure de cette affiche bien innocente. Les censeurs s\'en prennent à une réification alléguée de la femme alors que le message se sert d\'une innocente silhouette visée par des footballeurs émoustillés. Décidément, le ridicule ne tue plus ! A leur lecture,  vous savourerez les attendus invoqués par l\'anonyme \"Commission ad hoc\" sur le préavis de laquelle se fondent Madame est Messieurs les Censeurs\" du Conseil administratif de Genève pour commetre ce nouveau crime contre la créativité artistique.
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ATS: \" La Cour de justice de l\'Union européenne a validé mercredi la directive UE sur le tabac, rejetant des recours introduits par la Pologne et par le cigarettier américain Philip Morris contre l\'interdiction des arômes comme le menthol et l\'uniformisation des paquets.\"

En revanche les tabacophobes son en échec à Berne:

\"Considérant que les restrictions prévues en matière de publicité, de promotion et de parrainage vont trop loin, la Commission de la sécurité sociale et de la santé publique du Conseil des Etats veut renvoyer le projet de loi sur les produits du tabac au Conseil fédéral.\"', `date`='2016-05-05 01:31:35', `rssid`=6

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ATS: \" Une alliance de partis et d\'organisations dénonce la nouvelle loi sur la surveillance de la correspondance qu\'elle juge «intrusive».

\"La révision de la loi sur la surveillance de la correspondance par poste et télécommunication introduit deux nouveautés: une durée de conservation des données secondaires plus longue, à six mois. Et la possibilité pour la police d\'utiliser des logiciels espions qui permettent de décoder des messages de criminels potentiels comme des terroristes, des pédocriminels ou des criminels financiers.

«La révision est trompeuse et disproportionnée. Tous les ordinateurs et smartphones privés pourront être surveillés par les chevaux de Troie de l\'Etat. Cela affaiblit la sécurité du système en général et met en question la validité des preuves ainsi obtenues», a fait valoir mardi à Berne le président de la Jeunesse socialiste suisse (Juso) Fabian Molina.\"', `date`='2016-04-12 13:29:55', `rssid`=6

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INSERT INTO `rssdata` SET `link`='https://www.netzwerk-rauchen.de/component/content/article/1-aktuelle-nachrichten/995-dieselfahrer-sind-die-neuen-raucher.html', `title`='Dieselfahrer sind die neuen Raucher',`description`='Lungenärzte inkonsequent Nicht nur das Tabakrauchen ist eine zivilisatorische Errungenschaft, sondern auch der Autoverkehr. Da nimmt es nicht Wunder, dass ihre Feinde teils dieselben sind: Antimoderne Volkserzieher wie die Grünen. Hysterisches Motto: „Wir werden alle vergiftet“. Nach sogenannten Umweltzonen rücken nun, wen wundert’s, Dieselfahrverbote in die Städte. Selbstverständlich mit EU-Regulierung begründet, das kennen wir von der Lifestyle-Bevormundung zu Genüge. Mal wieder über die Brüsseler Bande gespielt.
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Tabakbesteuerung Stellung nehmen. Sogar auf Deutsch, das war in der Vergangenheit nicht immer so. Noch bis zum 3. September.


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Es ist wieder „World No Tobacco Day“ (Weltnichtrauchertag), und die Massenmedien haben mal wieder nichts Besseres zu tun, als kostenlose Antiraucherpropaganda im Sinne von Staaten und Pharmakonzernen zu verbreiten. Das diesjährige Motto in Deutschland lautet: „Pass auf, an wen du dein Herz verlierst!\" Damit man seine Freiheit nicht die Tabakkontrolle verliert, sollte man sich deren Botschaften nicht zu Herzen nehmen.


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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.', `date`='2018-03-30 18:55:28', `rssid`=8

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', `date`='2018-03-23 20:21:29', `rssid`=8

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', `date`='2017-12-21 22:20:13', `rssid`=8

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Das Poster Flussblick macht sich gut an der Wand. Das Bild zeigt ein Freizeitgelände, auf dem alles erlaubt ist – außer Rauchen, Radfahren, Grillen, Fußballspielen, Skaten, Hunden, Dicken, Essen, Trinken ... Noch ein buntes Werk, aber immer mehr auch graue Realität.', `date`='2017-11-29 22:34:39', `rssid`=8

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 ', `date`='2017-11-11 22:29:31', `rssid`=8

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', `date`='2017-09-22 20:14:51', `rssid`=8

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Von der Rückkehr der FDP in den Bundestag sollte man sich nicht zu viel versprechen. Man denke an die letzte Tabaksteuer-Erhöhungsserie, als sie an der Bundesregierung beteiligt war. Und daran, dass jüngst Christian Lindner in NRW die rot-grüne Rauchverbotsverschärfung offenbar nicht ernsthaft rückgängig machen wollte. Ob die AfD sich traut, auch bei Themen wie Rauchen, Trinken und Essen hörbar wider den Stachel zu löcken? Dass ein einzelner namhafter Antiraucher-Funktionär namens Siegfried Ermer sich dort als Kreisvorsitzender (in Erlangen) eingeschlichen hat, sagt zwar noch nichts, da man andererseits auch schon mal die Liberalisierung von Rauchverboten befürwortet hat. Näheres wird sich aber erst zeigen müssen.', `date`='2017-09-18 19:14:30', `rssid`=8

Farewell then, UK Health Forum

Published on 2019-02-18 16:39:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Despite years of alleged austerity, various pressure groups continue to get money from the state. The nanny state industry has done particularly well from the unwitting taxpayer over the years, so it is always nice to see the government pull the purse-strings shut...

A public health charity providing “vital” services has been forced to close this year after losing most of its government funding.

The UK Health Forum received around £300,000 in government funding last year, a fraction of the over £1m it received in 2016-17. In particular, it lost £200,000 in core funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, which the charity’s latest annual report described as a “significant” blow.

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The Perfect Certainty of Peter Hitchens

Published on 2019-02-18 11:59:09.
Website: Frank Davis


Peter Hitchens writing yesterday in the Mail on Sunday: Cigarettes are healthy! (And if you believe that, you’ll fall for Big Dope’s marijuana propaganda, too) It is not all that long since people seriously tried to pretend that cigarettes were … Continue reading →

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Anxiety and Stress

Published on 2019-02-17 12:42:18.
Website: Frank Davis


It was very sunny a couple of days back, and driving past my local pub, I noticed that there was someone sat outside in the sun. Perhaps it was warm enough to sit outside, even if it was mid-February? So … Continue reading →

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The cost of banning BOGOFs

Published on 2019-02-15 15:52:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The UK's banny state government is currently consulting on how it should raise the cost of living and dictate to shopkeepers where they display their stock. Specifically, it wants to hear from 'stakeholders' about the following:

restricting volume-based price promotions of HFSS [high fat, sugar and salt, but not actually that high if you look at the definition - CJS] food and drink that encourage people to buy more than they need, for example, ‘buy one, get one free’ and free refills of sugary soft drinks

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Build A Model

Published on 2019-02-15 12:20:36.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been building a climate model for the past year or so. It’s my current big project. Before that my big project was an orbital simulation model. I’m always building simulation models of one thing or other, to try to … Continue reading →

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The Dying Mainstream Media

Published on 2019-02-14 11:49:10.
Website: Frank Davis


A couple of bits of news. First, in the UK: …record numbers of people are already abandoning the BBC, either giving up television altogether or migrating to more modern streaming services like Netflix and others, which offer a range of … Continue reading →

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The Virtue of Poverty

Published on 2019-02-13 11:03:20.
Website: Frank Davis


Yesterday Roobeedoo drew attention to a news report: Man ‘whose throat was slit for cigarette’ named as dad who doted on his daughter It’s not at all clear what happened. But it seems that this was an argument between two smokers. … Continue reading →

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Researchers Tell Public that Vaping Causes COPD as Scientific Rigor in Tobacco Control Drops to an All-Time Low

Published on 2019-02-09 17:31:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Based on the results of a cross-sectional study showing an association between using e-cigarettes and reporting that one has ever been told they have COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease), a number of researchers have essentially concluded that vaping causes COPD, and one researcher is telling the public that use of e-cigarettes increases one's risk of COPD just like cigarettes.

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Why aren't alcohol-related deaths falling?

Published on 2019-02-08 11:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


At the Spectator, I ask why alcohol-related deaths haven't been falling despite alcohol consumption falling sharply since 2005.

This poses a problem for the modern ‘public health’ lobby for whom it is axiomatic that a decline in overall consumption must lead to a decline in alcohol-related deaths. This axiom was first proposed by the French mathematician Sully Ledermann in the 1950s and was endorsed by the epidemiologist Geoffrey Rose in the 1980s when he developed his ‘single distribution theory’. In his 1992 book The Strategy of Preventive Medicine, Rose claimed that ‘from the average alcohol intake of a population one can predict precisely the number of heavy drinkers’.

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Popcorn Poppycock

Published on 2019-02-06 17:44:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You'd think, wouldn't you, that the US governmental Food and Drugs Administration would be tasked with giving the public information based on rigorous and robust science. Sadly, you'd be wrong.

This week - in the face of hysterical panic about youth use of e-cigs - they have produced a poster which they will be sending to every High School in America to be put up in school bathrooms. Now, let's put aside for a moment the laughable idiocy of showing kids the new risky fad that many of their peers use and that they might be missing out on, and look instead at what is in it.

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Raise the smoking age to 100!

Published on 2019-02-06 10:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This really is the stuff of satire....

Hawaii may increase legal smoking age to 100
Hawaii could raise the legal smoking age to 100, effectively banning cigarettes for the vast majority of people in the state.

.. The new bill, HB 1509, suggests that the smoking age should go up to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, and 60 in 2023 - until finally, in 2024, people would need to be 100 years old to buy cigarettes.
Even if they do this - and it will probably happen eventually - anti-smoking campaigners will still insist that they are not prohibitionists.

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Drain the swamp

Published on 2019-02-05 10:19:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Remember Heart of Mersey? Probably not, but you may be familiar one of their many offshoots - the Health Equalities Group, Food Active, Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) the European Health Stadia Network (AKA Healthy Stadia) - or its vape-hating frontman Robin Ireland. 

Heart of Mersey is the umbrella group and a registered charity which describes itself as 'primarily an advocacy organisation'. As the name implies, its official objective is to tackle heart disease, but in practice this involved campaigning against vaping, fizzy drinks and outdoor smoking.

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In denial about the black market

Published on 2019-02-04 12:02:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



As covered by City AM (and no one else, as far as I can see), the World Bank has produced a report about the illicit tobacco trade.

If you thought a UN agency would ask a disinterested economist to investigate this topic, you'd be sadly mistaken. Instead, they got Sheila Dutta, a 'public health' professional, to put the document together and so the top line is that the rise of black market tobacco has got next-to-nothing to do with economic incentives, ie. high tobacco taxes... 

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Having Health Insurance Increases Your Risk of a Heart Attack, and Other Cross-Sectional Study Foibles

Published on 2019-02-03 20:41:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Later this week, a research study will be presented at the International Stroke Conference in Hawaii that purports to show that vaping increases the risk of heart attacks. In a recent post, I showed that this research is fatally flawed because it violates the basic principle in epidemiology that correlation does not equal causation. The study found a correlation between using e-cigarettes and ever having had a heart attack. The authors conclude that vaping must therefore increase heart attack risk. However, the more likely explanation is the opposite: smokers who experience a heart attack are more likely to try to quit smoking and therefore more likely to use e-cigarettes.

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Junk Science Exposed: New Study Purports to Show that E-Cigarettes Increase Heart Attack Risk

Published on 2019-02-03 18:05:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


According to the headline of a UPI news story from last week, vaping has been linked to an increased risk of having a heart attack. This research finding was reported worldwide, including a scary headline in London's Sunday Express reading: "New research claims vaping raises risk of deadly heart attacks and strokes."

This finding is profoundly important because if e-cigarette use does indeed increase heart attack risk, then the role of vaping in harm reduction comes into serious question.

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Told you

Published on 2019-02-03 11:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Plain packaging and graphic warning labels needed for junk food. @alikjones nailing it at #festival21 pic.twitter.com/6MzENU4rEd— Jennifer Browne (@Powerful0wl) February 2, 2019(UPDATE: The tweet's now been deleted but it is in all its glory...)


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Zero-hours contracts

Published on 2019-02-02 14:23:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This tweet has been very popular recently. It seems to be implying that Britain's record level of employment is an illusion and that the figures are inflated by loads of chronically underemployed people on zero-hours contracts.

BBC Reality Check asked the Office for National Statistics (ONS) whether working just one hour a week was all that was needed to be officially classified as employed?

The ONS confirmed that was the case. https://t.co/fT3Mi5hSZx— Ian Martin (@IanMartin) January 23, 2019

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Desperate excuses about fast food zoning bans

Published on 2019-02-01 09:08:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The proximity and density of fast food outlets in an area has no relationship with the number of people who are obese. Anyone who looks at the empirical evidence, of which there is plenty, can see that.

And so it is no surprise that zoning laws which restrict fast food outlets have no impact on obesity. They didn't work when they were tried on a grand scale in Los Angeles and there is growing evidence that they don't work when virtue-signalling councils suppress competition by introducing them near schools in England.

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Coco Pops are the new tobacco - Tom Watson

Published on 2019-01-31 11:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


'Elementary, my dear Watson'The Advertising Association invited Tom Watson to harass them give the keynote speech at their conference yesterday and the great man shared his insights on Twitter afterwards. Watson lost a lot of weight last year after going on the kind of low calorie, high exercise diet that anyone can do.

At the time he explained that he 'basically stopped taking sugar, refined sugar, and then I started walking 10,000 steps a day and walking up staircases and when a bit more weight came off I started to jog and cycle.' He has retrospectively dropped the bit about vigorous exercise and, under the spell of Aseem Malhotra (picture above), has decided that sugar consumption is the sole cause of obesity and that other people are not clever enough to lose weight without government coercion.

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Last Orders with the Angry Chef

Published on 2019-01-30 16:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Three wise men
There has been some crazy talk about food and obesity this month. Things are moving in a dangerous direction - and quickly. Here's the lead author of Monday's Lancet report tweeting earlier today...


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Soda and cigarettes

Published on 2019-01-29 12:10:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


New York City taxpayers' money at work...



You can watch the whole thing by clicking the tweet below.
By comparing cigarettes to soda, we want to be clear that BOTH are major health hazards. Skip soda; choose water.— nycHealthy (@nycHealthy) January 28, 2019
If only someone had warned us about this slippery slope...

1994 advert from JTI

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The slippery slope becomes a runaway train

Published on 2019-01-28 10:45:00.
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Less than two weeks after setting out its bizarre near-vegan diet, the Lancet has published a lengthy report detailing how it expects the government to force us to eat it. In short, it wants to bypass democracy by getting a global treaty based on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control passed by UN agencies. To that end, it wants a billion dollar slush fund for activists to lobby the government (courtesy of the taxpayer, natch).

This is the anti-smoking blueprint copied to the letter - complete with state-funded sockpuppet campaigners and the equivalent of Article 5.3 to keep industry experts out of the conversation - and they make no bones about it.

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Clutching at straws

Published on 2019-01-25 13:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


More words of wisdom from Colin Shevills of the 100% state-funded temperance group Balance...

Community pubs are 'stronger than ever', according to new research. No excuse there for cutting alcohol duty then @hmtreasury https://t.co/d7klGDodsT— Colin Shevills (@cshevills) January 25, 2019
Great news! But what are community pubs? They are, as the Morning Advertiser explains, 'pubs owned as community businesses'.

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The ugly face of the nanny state

Published on 2019-01-23 12:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The slippery slope heuristic says that anything that is tried in tobacco control will be copied in food control, alcohol control and gambling control sooner or later. Anti-smoking advertisements have used repulsive imagery for years and so it is no surprise to see it being used by the anti-sugar wowsers in Australia. As with the graphic imagery of the anti-tobacco lobby, the purpose is not to educate but to repel.


It's funny to think that the so-called public health lobby accuses every industry it doesn't like of 'aggressive advertising' and using the 'tobacco playbook'

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Shrinking food

Published on 2019-01-23 10:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


According to the Guardian on Tuesday, Brexit has caused food to get smaller. It's not true, as the Office for National Statistics explicitly says. Neither the ONS nor the Guardian mentioned one of the real reasons for shrinkflation: the government.

I've written about this for Cap-X.

Limiting calories in everyday food items, backed up with the threat of legal coercion, has been government policy for several years. So too is shrinkflation. They are features, not bugs, of Britain’s ‘health by stealth’ strategy.

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The 5% sugar guideline is not evidence-based

Published on 2019-01-22 11:19:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last June I wrote an article for Spectator Health in which I promised a follow-up article to explain why the UK's new(ish) sugar guidelines have no basis in science. After Public Health England's car crash interview on More or Less, I thought I'd better get on and write it so here it is.

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Cooking with The Lancet

Published on 2019-01-18 10:56:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Lancet has got into bed with EAT to transform the global food supply. EAT is a campaign group run by a Norwegian billionaire who flies around the world in a private jet telling people to eat less meat to save the planet. The Lancet's interest is in getting people to live off lentils for the good of their health.

How much less meat do these people think we should be eating? Much, much less. Less than a sausage a week would be the pork ration in their brave new world.

Inevitably, the authors of the EAT-Lancet report call for tough government action to get the plebs to eat a peasant diet. I have written about it for Spectator Health.

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The slippery slope: gambling edition

Published on 2019-01-15 10:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In an interview with the FT in 2017, casino tycoon Derek Webb announced his plans for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling once the government had stamped out fixed-odds betting terminals.

He adds he may broaden CFG’s focus to target online gambling next. “I want to fight where I can win,” says Mr Webb.
As I recall, he made a similar comment about going after internet gambling at the Conservative Party conference at around the same time.

The FOBT clamp-down takes place in April and the All Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs is already looking for new dragons to slay...

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Philadelphia's soda tax flop

Published on 2019-01-15 08:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The results are in from much vaunted soda tax in Philadelphia and it's the same old story...

We analyze the impact of a tax on sweetened beverages, often referred to as a “soda tax,” using a unique data-set of prices, quantities sold and nutritional information across several thousand taxed and untaxed beverages for a large set of stores in Philadelphia and its surrounding area. We find that the tax is passed through at a rate of 75-115%, leading to a 30-40% price increase. Demand in the taxed area decreases dramatically by 42% in response to the tax. There is no significant substitution to untaxed beverages (water and natural juices), but cross-shopping at stores outside of Philadelphia completely offsets the reduction in sales within the taxed area. As a consequence, we find no significant reduction in calorie and sugar intake.

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So-called junk food consultation

Published on 2019-01-14 17:34:00.
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The UK's banny state government has yielded to the Jamie Oliver/Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall/Action on Sugar axis of evil and proposed a clampdown on so-called junk food. It now has a legal obligation to put its harebrained schemes to a public consultation.

There is no legal definition of 'junk food'. The nearest approximation is High in Fat, Sugar or Salt, but this is a very broad category. The government doesn't seem to care about consumers losing out from a ban on buy-one-get-one-free deals (BOGOFs) and free soft drink refills.

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The facts about sugar

Published on 2019-01-11 17:39:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


More or Less, the BBC's much needed fact-checking show, began its new series today with a look at sugar consumption. I urge you to listen to it.

Last week Public Health England told us that British children have eaten 18 years' worth of sugar by the time they are 10. This claim and others like them, such as the claim that kids have eaten their annual allotment of sugar by June, is the result of Public Health England halving the sugar guidelines in 2015. It is not because sugar consumption has been rising.

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Canada's liberal fascism

Published on 2019-01-11 13:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Justin Trudeau's brand of liberalism is a real curate's egg.

On the one hand, he has introduced ultra-nanny state policies like plain packaging, on the other hand he has legalised cannabis.

On the one hand, he has introduced compelled speech laws, on the other hand he has, er, legalised cannabis.

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