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The unsound Bristol Pound

Published on 2020-01-22 13:24:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


At the weekend it was reported that the Bristol Pound, a local currency that is worth the same as a normal pound, has fallen on hard times and may soon be taken our of circulation. In practice, this means that the government has stopped squandering taxpayers' money on it.

I looked at the financial accounts of the company that runs the scheme and was astonished by the amount of cash it has got through. Every Bristol Pound spent in every transaction since 2012 has cost around 33p in administration costs. The only people who have benefited from the project are the people who run it.

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Imaginary Threats Everywhere

Published on 2020-01-22 13:03:29.
Website: Frank Davis


Velvet Glove Iron Fist: The deadly coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in China and has now spread to the USA is the biggest global public health threat we have seen for some years. Naturally, therefore, the World Health Organisation spent yesterday putting … Continue reading →

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The World Health Organisation lies about vaping on an epic scale

Published on 2020-01-22 10:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The deadly coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in China and has now spread to the USA is the biggest global public health threat we have seen for some years. Naturally, therefore, the World Health Organisation spent yesterday putting out a series of deranged tweets about vaping

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We Need A New Solzhenitsyn

Published on 2020-01-21 12:45:39.
Website: Frank Davis


A few days ago I was listening to the historian Stephen Kotkin talking about the importance of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of The Gulag Archipelago, and it prompted me to think that there needs to be a Solzhenitsyn to write about … Continue reading →

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The Action on Sugar/Alcohol Health Alliance mash up

Published on 2020-01-21 08:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Two of Britain's most hysterical, illiberal and puritanical pressure groups have got together to mark Sugar Awareness Week. Action on Sugar, who invented this annual non-event, have done their usual thing of measuring the amount of sugar in various products and pretending to be shocked by the number of 'teaspoons' therein.

It's an old routine and even the press have shown signs of getting bored of it lately, so they have drafted in Alcohol Health Alliance to express additional outrage. It's like when Tim Burton directed Batman Returns and decided that two baddies would work better than one. Think of Action on Sugar as Catwoman and Ian Gilmore as the Penguin.

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America's anti-vaping scam

Published on 2020-01-20 16:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


It took five months, but the US Centers for Disease Control has finally faced reality:

CDC no longer recommending people avoid all e-cigarettes, focuses on THC-containing products
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed verbiage from its website this week suggesting that people refrain from all vaping products during its investigation into vaping-related lung injury.The CDC previously urged people to consider refraining from the use of all e-cigarette or vaping products. Now the agency is focusing on THC-containing products.

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Dark Foreboding

Published on 2020-01-20 11:47:25.
Website: Frank Davis


Perhaps it’s inevitable, but it seems that as soon as anyone is put in a position of authority, they will start to abuse the power they’ve been given. And instead of regarding themselves as temporary representatives of the people who … Continue reading →

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Tucker Carlson Interviewed

Published on 2020-01-19 12:17:58.
Website: Frank Davis


One of the few TV talk show hosts I enjoy watching is Tucker Carlson on US Fox News. He’s funny and witty and engaging and insightful. I usually only get to watch him if YouTube suggests that I do. YouTube … Continue reading →

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Sic Semper Tyrannis

Published on 2020-01-18 11:17:52.
Website: Frank Davis


I don’t usually take much interest in gun control, but I found this article in CD Media pretty shocking: Virginia Falling To Tyranny When Democrats took the majority in Virginia the last election, they quickly put on the table a … Continue reading →

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Prohibition - never again?

Published on 2020-01-17 15:47:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



Today marks one hundred years since the start of Prohibition. I've written an article for Spiked about its legacy and the lessons that have and have not been learned.

The problem with arguing about whether prohibition ‘worked’ is that it implicitly acknowledges a false premise. It suggests that the policy would have been commendable had the government been able to enforce it properly. But as Daniel Okrent, author of the excellent Last Call, writes, the worst thing about prohibition was that ‘it took away an individual right’. All the problems we associate with prohibition stemmed from people responding to their right to drink being violated, but we should not imagine that prohibition would have been a ‘success’ if the public had meekly submitted.

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The Nanny State Rich List

Published on 2020-01-15 11:38:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Taxpayers' Alliance published the latest Nanny State Rich List last week. It's always worth a read if you get to get your blood pressure up. As usual, Public Health England makes up most of the top spots...


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The problem gambling rate is still low

Published on 2020-01-14 08:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The latest estimates of the problem gambling rate in England were published last month. They received no media attention for reasons that will soon become obvious.

Two systems are used - the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth version (DSM-IV). Since we started measuring problem gambling rates in 1999, both systems have produced numbers within the narrow margins of 0.4 per cent and 0.9 per cent.

Three British Gambling Prevalence Surveys were published between 1999 and 2010. There was no clear trend, although there was a hint of a rise between 2007 and 2010.

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Sweet success for sugar tax?

Published on 2020-01-13 10:24:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The "i" newspaper has some apparently good news about the sugar levy on its front page today. The article itself is thin stuff. We are told that the average sugar content of soft drinks fell by 28 per cent between 2015 and 2018, but this is a figure from Public Health England's sugar reduction report published last September.

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Jamie Oliver - the final humiliation

Published on 2020-01-10 10:51:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


What is best in life?

McDonald's set to open at former Jamie's Italian restaurant in Guildford
McDonald's is to move into the former Jamie's Italian restaurant in Guildford town centre, planning documents reveal.

The fast food giant looks set to move into the large, vacant building at 13 Friary Street, which has been empty since chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant closed in May 2019.

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The endless regulatory ratchet

Published on 2020-01-09 09:38:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Further to Tuesday's post about the number of smokers rising in Scotland, despite the introduction of wondrous policies like plain packaging, it is worth reading a document published last February by ASH's Westminster front group, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health. Titled Delivering the vision of a 'Smokefree Generation', it tries to justify an endless regulatory ratchet, saying:

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Tobacco Researcher Claims that Smoking May Be Safer than E-Cigarettes

Published on 2020-01-09 00:51:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Imagine if a tobacco company came out today and publicly claimed that smoking might very well be safer than using an e-cigarette. It would be a completely irresponsible statement and the company would rightly be vigorously criticized and attacked for asserting that its deadly products, which kill more than 400,000 people each year, are potentially safer than e-cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco, involve no combustion, and have been documented to have much lower levels of thousands of different chemicals compared to cigarettes.

In a strange an shocking irony, that exact claim was made today, but it came not from Big Tobacco but from a tobacco researcher. According to a press release issued by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), one of its professors--who is a tobacco researcher and studies electronic cigarettes--claimed that smoking may actually be safer than vaping. The professor was quoted as stating:

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The illogical war on energy drinks

Published on 2020-01-08 11:39:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



When the government announced plans to ban the sale of energy drinks in August 2018, I wrote an article for the Spectator questioning the logic behind a ban.

It seemed to me that if sugar was the problem, the government would be restricting the many drinks that have more sugary in them than Red Bull - and would leave zero-sugar energy drinks alone.

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Rauchen gegen Rechts?

Published on 2020-01-07 12:29:41.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.



Der Statistiker Prof. Walter Krämer hat mit seinem Schaukasten an der TU Dortmund Aufmerksamkeit erregt. Ein Zitat des Tabakfeinds Hitler versah er mit der Überschrift „Rauchen gegen Rechts“.

Kennen Sie die „Unstatistik des Monats“? Ein empfehlenswertes Projekt gegen Täuschung und mediale Manipulation, an dem Walter Krämer beteiligt ist, seines Zeichens Professor für Statistik an der Technischen Universität in Dortmund. Krämer betätigt sich außerdem als Buchautor und schreibt wie für Medien wie die Achse des Guten und Novo. Dort hat sich er u.a. mal kritisch mit „Gesundheitsprävention“ auseinandergesetzt; sein Fazit lautet: „Eine wirklich freie Gesellschaft sollte sich im Zweifelsfall dazu durchringen, ihre Bürger nach eigener Fasson leben, aber auch nach eigener Fasson krank werden und sterben zu lassen.“

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Smoking rates have flatlined in Scotland

Published on 2020-01-07 11:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the Scotsman...

Scotland records first rise in smoking for seven years
Smoking in Scotland is on the rise for the first time in seven years, prompting fears over the prospect of achieving flagship plans for a “smoke-free” country by 2034.

There has also been a fall in the number of smokers trying to quit, official figures have revealed, while spending on cessation campaigns has seen a dramatic drop. Estimated smoking numbers increased from 806,817 in 2017/18 to 808,829 in 2018/19, official health service figures show.

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David Nutt on alcohol - wrong in every possible way

Published on 2020-01-06 13:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The 'public health' lobby have been eerily quiet since Christmas, which is odd because it is normally their peak time. So we will just have to settle for the publication of Tom Watson's new book and wait for David Nutt's book which he has previewed in the Daily Mail.

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Were 88% of Tory Facebook adverts lies?

Published on 2020-01-04 17:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


All election campaigns see politicians exaggerate, stretch the truth and make promises that they can't keep, but if a report issued in early December is anything to go by, the 2019 general election campaign was a particularly dishonest affair - and one party was particularly guilty.

On December 10th, Metro reported:


Investigation finds ‘88% of Tory ads misleading compared to 0% for Labour’

Similarly, the Independent reported:

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Vape Shops Saved for Now: Dodged One Bullet, But Now Must Dodge Another One

Published on 2020-01-02 16:43:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


I am expecting the FDA to announce this afternoon that it plans to enforce a ban on the sale of all flavored e-cigarette pods and cartridges for closed vaping systems, with the exception of tobacco and menthol flavors, but that it is exempting e-liquids and vape juices sold for open systems. This means that the restriction will primarily affect the vaping products sold by convenience stores, but not all of the products sold by vape shops.

The decision of the FDA not to ban all flavored e-cigarettes is a huge victory for public health. By allowing vape shops to continue selling flavored vape liquids, the FDA is preventing hundreds of thousands of ex-smokers from being forced to return to smoking. It also ensures that this important off-ramp from smoking remains available to adult smokers.

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A good start to 2020

Published on 2020-01-01 20:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From Politico...

The Trump administration is dialing back a sweeping ban on flavored vaping products the president promised three months ago, following strenuous lobbying from his political allies and the vaping industry.  Federal rules expected to be released soon — more than three months after President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on vaping amid a pair of related public health crises — include new carveouts that will allow some products to remain on the market.

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Review of the year

Published on 2019-12-28 12:11:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


2019 was the fifth year of the Banter Era and the last year of the decade (except in the eyes of wannabe pedants). Let's look back on some of the highs and lows in the world of pretend public health...


January

The Lancet launchs the hilarious EAT-Lancet diet, a near-vegan regime promoted by two billionaires who spent much of the year jetting around the world to save the planet. This was followed by a rant about 'Big Food' in the same journal by people who literally want to regulate food like tobacco.

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A conversation about the Nanny State on Tour

Published on 2019-12-27 11:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


You can never listen to too many podcasts, can you? So here's another one from the IEA, this time with me asking Mark Tovey about his Nanny State on Tour report and the staggering (mis)use of foreign aid cash.

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Humanity Is No Longer A Priority For the NHS

Published on 2019-12-26 20:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you wanted evidence that humanity has departed from the NHS in favour of elitist zealotry and pointless ignorant bullying, you couldn't find a better example than this.
Smoking to be banned on all hospital grounds from next April  Next year’s NHS contract with hospitals will say no-one should be allowed to smoke in any areas such as car parks.Car parks. You know, where cars spew out deadly exhaust fumes that can kill in minutes in the wrong circumstances. Remember when it was about the vague 'perils' of secondhand smoke ... in enclosed places? Those days are long gone.

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American Academy of Family Physicians Bemoans Fact that Many People Correctly Link Respiratory Disease Outbreak to THC Vapes

Published on 2019-12-24 14:00:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released the results of a survey it commissioned to examine public attitudes regarding what CDC has incorrectly called the EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping-associated lung illness) outbreak. The AAFP reports the results as follows:

"In the online survey of 1,000 people aged 16 to 30 who vape, 93% of respondents said they were aware of the EVALI outbreak, and 65% said they were closely following news regarding the issue. More than 70% of respondents indicated they planned to be more careful about the products they buy and to reduce their use of vape products, and 86% were confident that they understood the health risks associated with vaping."

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A decade of 'public health' achievements

Published on 2019-12-23 15:35:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Royal Society of Public Health has published its list of the top 20 'public health' achievements of the 21st century. Only three or four of them actually involve public health and the most important of them (HPV vaccination) only comes in at sixth.

It is estimated that the HPV vaccine will prevent over 100,000 cases of cancer in Britain in the next forty years, but according to the RSPH it is less important than the sugar tax. That tells you everything you need to know about the way this husk of a movement was taken over by puritans and anti-capitalist loony tunes.

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Newest CDC Data Confirm that Respiratory Disease Outbreak was Caused by Vitamin E Acetate Oil in THC Vaping Cartridges

Published on 2019-12-22 16:08:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


The CDC has released new data which almost definitively confirm that the respiratory disease outbreak was caused by vitamin E acetate oil in THC vaping products (and perhaps some CBD vaping products as well).

I came to the same conclusion on August 25th, as did many experts from the cannabis industry who helped to inform my conclusion. Why it took the CDC four additional months of intensive investigation to discover something that cannabis industry experts had recognized much earlier is mystifying.

Previously, CDC had tested lung fluids from 29 of the case patients. All 29 contained vitamin E acetate. This past Thursday, CDC reported the results of testing of 51 probable or confirmed case patients from 16 states. Vitamin E acetate was detected in 48 (94%) of the case patients.

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Fill your ears

Published on 2019-12-21 12:35:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A couple of podcasts for your consideration while you wrap your Christmas presents:

Live from Lord North Street 

End of year review. Mark Littlewood, TV's Kate Andrews and I pick our favourite moments, people and films of 2019 and make a prediction for 2020.

Last Orders

Spiked's monthly nanny state podcast with me, Tom Slater and special guest Rob Lyons. Contains one last rant about failed businessman Jamie Oliver. Available here and on iTunes.

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The Incomparable Deceit Of The WHO

Published on 2019-12-19 21:35:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



Today saw a lot of media coverage over a new report from the World Health Organisation claiming:
Number of males using tobacco globally on the decline, showing that government-led control efforts work to save lives, protect health, beat tobaccoIt further boasts that ...

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Issues Emergency Order Banning the Sale of All Pets for Four Months

Published on 2019-12-19 14:22:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


In response to an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Campylobacter infections associated with the purchase of puppies from pet stores, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a temporary, four-month ban on the sale of all animals by pet stores throughout the Commonwealth.

The CDC concluded that the outbreak is being caused by puppies sold by pet stores based on the finding that 88% of the case patients reported contact with a puppy and 71% of these reported contact with a puppy from a pet store.

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