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Government Of Vandals

Published on 2016-12-04 12:41:46.
Website: Frank Davis


I was exploring yesterday the idea that there was a government culture, a mainstream media culture, a medical culture, and in fact a culture or subculture inside every institution or company. And these subcultures were always changing. As new individual … Continue reading →

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£52 billion cost of alcohol? The garbage keeps coming

Published on 2016-12-03 12:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Public Health England alcohol report is so bad it would be hard to make it worse but the Guardian has managed it...

Alcohol-related crime, lost output and ill health costs UK £52bn a year 
Treasury urged to set minimum pricing to reduce alcohol-related harm as research finds cost to taxpayer is twice old estimate

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Who Are They?

Published on 2016-12-03 12:03:09.
Website: Frank Davis


I was thinking this morning about the NYC HUD smoking ban I mentioned yesterday. Smoking will be prohibited in public housing residences nationwide under a federal rule announced on Wednesday. I don’t think anyone who lives in public housing has … Continue reading →

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PHE's alcohol review: part 1 - the lies

Published on 2016-12-02 13:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Public Health England (PHE) published their review of alcohol control policies today. It is a hodge-podge of wishful thinking, blinkered analysis and outright deception. As you might expect, it takes the 'public health' view that all human behaviour is dictated by advertising, affordability and availability, and that the correct response is therefore to tax and ban.

Alas, the world refuses to bend to neo-temperance dogma and so when observable evidence does not fit the narrative, PHE rely on modelling, modelling and more modelling, mostly from the prolific Sheffield University alcohol team, supplemented by opinions from a handful of anti-alcohol fanatics.

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More Tobacco Control Terrorism

Published on 2016-12-02 12:03:04.
Website: Frank Davis


Chris Snowdon has a good example of antismoking “science”. Below is shown a graph of heart attack mortality rates in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before and after the introduction of a city smoking ban: As is perfectly obvious, heart attack mortality … Continue reading →

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Brazilian smoking ban miracle

Published on 2016-12-01 12:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This execrable study didn't get any media attention and when I saw it tweeted by Tobacco Control magazine I didn't even bother reading the abstract, so bored am I of fraudulent smoking ban miracles.

Hospital admissions & mortality rate for myocardial infarction reduced following smoking ban in Sao Paolo #Brazil https://t.co/9ksYN8TgUz— Tobacco Control (@TC_BMJ) October 31, 2016

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400 Years

Published on 2016-12-01 12:00:01.
Website: Frank Davis


Something of a slight discussion broke out in the comments yesterday about whether oppressed and persecuted smokers should get organised. But they never seem to. And I often wonder whether they ever can be. The smoking ban had an enormous … Continue reading →

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Snus, E-Cigs, Now iQos - ASH Hate Them All

Published on 2016-11-30 22:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So, after months of hearing about the things, Philip Morris have today launched their iQos 'heat not burn' system in the UK (albeit only in London).

The press have avidly taken up the story, most probably due to PMI CEO Andre Calantzopoulos dangling the media-friendly suggestion that the global company "could stop making conventional cigarettes". This is not a new claim, there have been a lot of articles recently where he has been interviewed about this new stance, it's just something the British press has only now picked up on, presumably from the PR.

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The Next European Crisis

Published on 2016-11-30 13:07:06.
Website: Frank Davis


I was listening to US talk radio host Michael Savage yesterday, and he’d already gotten disenchanted with Donald Trump, seeing the kind of people who were now making their pilgrimage to Trump Tower. Reince Priebus. Mitt Romney. I guess that … Continue reading →

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The IQOS cometh

Published on 2016-11-30 12:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Today sees the UK launch of Philip Morris's heat-not-burn product, IQOS, and the Today programme carried an item on it which you can listen to here. Today went to PMI's Geneva headquarters to hear about the science behind it and also interviewed ASH's Deborah Arnott who did her usual moaning about industry but said that if IQOS helps smokers quit that was 'all well and good'.

She made the facile point was made that if PMI wanted to reduce harm they would stop selling cigarettes. The reality is that no harm would be reduced by one tobacco company ceasing production of cigarettes and if even if every tobacco company stopped selling them it is doubtful whether harm would be reduced by driving the market underground. But the more important point is that tobacco companies can only sell cigarettes because people want to buy them.

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Senator Johnson Calls on FDA to Halt Implementation of E-Cigarette Deeming Regulations Pending the New Administration

Published on 2016-11-30 11:32:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a letter written last week to the FDA, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) called on the FDA to halt implementation of the e-cigarette deeming regulations pending the change in administration coming this January.

Senator Johnson wrote: "The incoming administration and the 115th Congress will likely re-examine and unwind burdensome regulations imposed by the Obama Administration. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) deeming regulations of e-cigarettes is a primary example of a rule that could eliminate an entire nascent industry. Accordingly, given the substantial likelihood that this burdensome rule will be undone, I urge the FDA to cease implementation of its deeming regulation to spare the growing e-cigarette industry unnecessary and avoidable compliance costs that it currently faces."

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"Only Just Getting Started"

Published on 2016-11-29 18:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you are one of the honking seals who happily claps along with anti-smoker sentiment - safe in the knowledge that the insatiable grant-ravenous 'public health' industry will never come after something you enjoy - you're either a monk, or you should never play Chess because you're so dim you'd probably fail to predict that your opponent might move a pawn first.

Y'see, as Snowdon wrote yesterday, it's pretty clear now that vile tobacco controllers have kicked open the gates of the citadel which used to safeguard liberty and free choice and, in doing so, have shown other repellent, self-centred, anti-social vandals how to smash everything else up as well. Of course, parasitical tax-gobbling charlatans wise tobacco control sages such as Debs Arnott and Simple Simon have denied this was ever going to happen but, in global Nanny State HQ Australia, they're all of a frenzy at the possibility of dictating everything you eat and drink from cradle to grave by way of the clunking fist of ignorant government.

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New Study Shows the Blatant Bias in Modern-Day Tobacco Control Research and Demonstrates Why You Need to Look at the Actual Data

Published on 2016-11-29 14:21:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published online ahead of print in the journal Tobacco Control purports to demonstrate that a smoke-free bar and restaurant law implemented in São Paulo, Brazil in August 2009 resulted in a 11.9% decline in the heart attack death rate for the first 17 months after the law was in effect (through December 2010).

The paper used a time-series analysis to compare the monthly rate of heart attack deaths prior to the smoking ban to the rate after the ban was implemented. The baseline period was January 2005 through July 2009. The implementation period was August 2009 through December 2010. Thus, the researchers had data for approximately 5 1/2 years before the ban and for 17 months after the ban.

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Last Orders podcast with Martin Durkin

Published on 2016-11-29 09:10:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


There's a new Spiked Last Orders podcast available. This month's guest is the great Martin Durkin (director of Brexit: The Movie, Britain's Trillion Pound Horror Story and more).

We talk about booze curtains in Ireland, the shrinking of chocolate bars, the war on fizzy drinks and go off on other tangents. It's fun. Have a listen.

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Drafting A Sheffield Council 'Smokefree' Consultation Response

Published on 2016-11-28 20:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It seems that another daft council is proposing to waste taxpayer cash on illiberal, incoherent, unenforceable and pointless outdoor smoking bans, this time it's Sheffield.
Council chiefs are considering whether to ban lighting up outside hospitals and other NHS buildings, universities, council offices and leisure centres – and they are seeking the public’s views on the proposal.Seeking the public's views, did they say? That sounds right up our street, I reckon.

The consultation can be found here and only consists of six questions, so let's have a bash at it, eh?

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Still no evidence of a slippery slope

Published on 2016-11-28 17:32:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


As we all know, the idea that the anti-smoking movement is a precursor to nanny state regulation of what we eat and drink is an evil myth spread by the tobacco industry. As Simon Chapman, Deborah Arnott and many good, honest tobacco control experts have tirelessly explained, it is a baseless scare story. Tobacco is a unique product, etc.

Now that we've cleared all that up, let's take a look at what was said at the WHO's recent anti-tobacco conference by Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, the head of the Convention Secretariat on Tobacco Control...

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Dishonesty of Vaping Opponents (Health Agencies) is Out of Control; Urgent Action is Needed

Published on 2016-11-28 10:54:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The misleading information being spread to the public by vaping opponents, including prominent health agencies like federal, state, and local health departments, has become out of control. It threatens to do immense public health damage by protecting cigarette sales at the expense of a much safer alternative - electronic cigarettes - and at the same time it also threatens the reputation of public health agencies.

Today, I highlight four examples of misinformation about electronic cigarettes from vaping opponents, representing four levels of health groups: international, national, state, and local.

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Tobacco tokens

Published on 2016-11-28 10:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


My IEA colleague Len Shackleton has dug up an interesting debate from 1957 about tobacco coupons for the elderly.

In 1947 Hugh Dalton, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, used the budget to raise tobacco duty very sharply, by nearly 50%. This was largely to save foreign exchange at a difficult time, and to raise revenue: at that time the health dangers of smoking were not widely accepted. Indeed, during the war that had just ended, those in the armed forces had been provided with ‘smokes’ as part of their ration.

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Freedom To Vape Campaign Scores A Hit

Published on 2016-11-27 18:07:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Earlier this month, Freedom to Vape produced an excellent report after FOIing every local authority in the country to ask their policy on e-cigs at work. It was riddled with explanations oozing laziness, ignorance and often quite shocking disregard for its staff, as I wrote about here.

The report doesn't appear to be a wasted exercise either. Quite a few local newspapers picked up the information about their particular council to run a story - a benefit of localising the issue for regional journos starved of things to write - with glimmers of common sense breaking through as a result. Like this from Bristol, for example.

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Reason Does Delhi

Published on 2016-11-25 17:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you read my letters from India during COP7, you might see a lot you recognise here from Reason TV.

Especially worth watching out for is the camera trained exclusively on the public area (around 2:10 mins in) as mentioned in my report from the Monday, as well as the peaceful protest by tobacco farmers being aggressively broken up at behest of the FCTC, and the media being physically ejected.


It seems bizarre after watching this, but the WHO at the time actually tried to say that their obnoxious behaviour was not their fault at all; that instead it was those evil tobacco companies just making it all up.

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Frohe Weihnachten im Spendenshop!

Published on 2016-11-24 20:01:54.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Festlicher Ekelschutz für die Tabakbescherung


Zum Fest der Liebe schöne Dinge verschenken, die Freude machen:
Den Netzwerk-Rauchen- Ekelschutz gibt es jetzt zum Fest in der exklusiven Weihnachtsedition. Banderolen für Tabakdosen und Einstecker für Zigarettenpackungen schmücken die Tabakwaren unterm Weihnachtsbaum. Die liebevoll gestalteten Sets ersetzen sogar das Geschenkpapier.
Bestellen Sie jetzt Ihre Weihnachtsedition hier im Spendenshop und beschenken Sie sich und Ihre Lieben mit Tabakwaren ohne Schockbilder. Wir wünschen allen Tabakgenießern ein gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest mit unbeschwertem Genuss!

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Farewell To The Raccoon Arms

Published on 2016-11-23 19:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Today brought some pretty flattening news with the publication of a short article by Anna Raccoon announcing that she is closing her blog.

If you are not aware of Anna, she has been one of the finest - if not the finest - libertarian bloggers in the UK for nearly ten years. Always written in a warm and chatty manner - with a large number of dedicated followers in the comments - her site was likened more to a cosy saloon bar chat in front of the fireside rather than a writer issuing forth from a soap box.


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Sugar bath

Published on 2016-11-23 14:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


After commissioning some pointless junk last week, Cancer Research UK lowered the bar again yesterday with some meaningless claims about sugary drinks.They say that teenagers drink a bathful of sugary drinks every year. Perhaps they should commission Sheffield Uni to find out how many bathfuls that is between now and 2035?

I've written about it for Spectator Health...

As any fool knows, height is measured in double-decker buses and land is measured in football pitches. If you are measuring a very large stretch of land it should be compared to Wales, or possibly Belgium, but there is no need to be more precise than that. It is a robust system of measurement has served Britain well for years, but how should we measure volumes of fluid?

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Holidays Are Coming

Published on 2016-11-22 13:32:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's been quiet on these pages since COP7, mainly through my having to catch up at Puddlecote Inc after a week away in India, only then to jet off again to a small picturesque town near Hannover for a somewhat hedonistic weekend with a couple of friends. I'm not going to write a lot about the trip; I could justify it by declaring that what happens in Germany stays in Germany but it's more accurate to say that I've forgotten large chunks of it.

I do, however, recall a very pleasant early lunchtime on the Saturday in a small pub containing the welcome sight of ashtrays on the bar. Yes there is a smoking ban but - like a lot of places in Europe - this particular historic pub is one of many in the country to quite rightly ignore it. We didn't have any tobacco on us at the time but the barman was in possession of a large packet of red Pall Mall, so we asked if we could buy a cigarette off of him. He brusquely refused, replying that, no, he won't sell one to us ... he will give it to us to complement our incredibly frothy German liquid lunch.

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CDC-Funded Pasadena Health Department Campaign Calls Vapers "Stupid Sheep"; Rest of the Story Calls for a Public Apology

Published on 2016-11-22 01:30:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Federal taxpayer money is being used in a campaign that calls vapers "stupid sheep," according to an article in the Pasadena Independent. The article reports that a major print advertisement in the campaign contains a headline that reads: "Don't follow the herd. Vaping effects are unknown, stupid sheep."

An article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune also reports that: "The advertisements compare e-cigarette users to 'stupid sheep.'"

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Eight Years On

Published on 2016-11-21 20:18:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



Having been busy, the 8th anniversary of this place slipped past unmarked on Thursday.

Still proudly "tabloid guff" (© bien pensants 2009), we seem to be careering inelegantly towards the full decade albeit with far less content due to the increasing success of Puddlecote Inc. For interest, almost 3,350 articles have been published here in those eight years which have attracted a flattering 4.25 million page views.

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New Study on E-Cigarettes and Bronchitis: An Example of Scientific Dishonesty and Deception

Published on 2016-11-21 11:19:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine along with a press release issued by the American Thoracic Society (publisher of the journal) conclude that youth use of electronic cigarettes contributes to "the burden of chronic respiratory symptoms in youth." Specifically, the research concludes that there appears to be a causal relationship between e-cigarette use and "chronic bronchitic symptoms (chronic cough, phlegm or bronchitis)" among youth.

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Garbage in, garbage out

Published on 2016-11-18 14:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Sheffield modellers have been in action once again, this time making some wild speculations about alcohol consumption in twenty years time. Cancer Research UK commissioned this little job which, I'm sure, is exactly what people who run marathons and buy pink ribbons want their money to be spent on.

You can read the report here but I doubt your life will be improved by doing so. I don't think it's even designed to be read. It has no academic merit and has no value as a policy paper. Instead, it seems to have been designed to get some cheap headlines and promote the Sheffield crew's pet cause of minimum pricing (while also furthering the cause of putting cancer warnings on alcohol, which is crucial in turning booze into the new tobacco). The timing of the report is revealing. It is surely no coincidence that today was the deadline for the Scotch Whisky Association to lodge its appeal to the supreme court in the minimum pricing case (which it has done).

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Mascot Watch #33: The Tripping Over Edition

Published on 2016-11-16 15:53:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you ever needed proof that politics has been turned upside down in the past couple of decades, this clip from the Victoria Derbyshire Show provides it.

Watch as Labour's Tristram Hunt - product of an elite private school and Cambridge - debates Donald Trump with our esteemed mascot, Conservative Philip Davies, who went to a state school and worked at Asda.

With the Emily Thornberry fiasco still in recent memory, our Phil makes this excellent observation.
There’s an awful lot of people in this country - and clearly in America - who feel under-represented. They’re called white working class people and actually the Labour party that was once set up to represent working class people are now a million miles away from that, they wouldn’t recognise a working class person if they tripped over one.He's not wrong. sadly the modern Labour party sees working class people as just a mob who are there to look down on and boss about. It's notable that in the areas that we discuss on these pages, it is invariably Labour politicians who are most likely to ignore the voices of the public and just carry on with their overbearing bans and restrictions anyway, while obsessing on subjects which are entirely irrelevant to the working man and woman in the UK.

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Alcohol and prostate cancer - the wizard strikes again

Published on 2016-11-16 00:34:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Tim Stockwell has established himself as the man who can turn black into white in the neo-temperance movement.

There is a mass of evidence showing that moderate drinkers live longer than teetotallers but Stockwell managed to persuade the Chief Medical Officer that this evidence shouldn't be taken seriously.

Conversely, there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that hiking the minimum price on alcohol reduced alcohol-related deaths in British Columbia. Stockwell's own department in the province put out data showing as much, and yet he was able to create a model which convinced the world that alcohol-related deaths fell by a third.

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COP7 Delegates Smoked Nearly Half A Million Fags

Published on 2016-11-14 19:12:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You may remember that last weekend I wrote about the WHO's finest elite anti-smokers turning up in New Delhi, just in time to see what a real public health crisis looks like.

A researcher was quoted by the New York Times as equating the pollution in terms we can understand.
Sustained exposure to that concentration of PM 2.5 is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day, said Sarath Guttikunda, the director of Urban Emissions, an independent research group.On this basis, I did some calculations.

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AG 2016 des Dissident(e)s de Genève

Published on 2016-11-14 11:43:51.
Website: Accueil




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