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Junk Science Primers

Published on 2015-05-28 16:18:49.
Website: Frank Davis


Excellent piece by Dick Puddlecote on junk science: Does anyone remember secondhand smoke, aka passive smoking?. For those with short memories, this was a ruse imagined in 1975 by Sir George Godber to promote a policy of “fostering the perception … Continue reading →

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Junk science from farm to fork

Published on 2015-05-28 02:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This has been doing the rounds on Twitter and deservedly so. It's an excellent demonstration of how quack science is conducted, published and reported.

John Bohannon got sixteen volunteers, a statistician and some chocolate with the hope of finding an association with something - anything - for an epidemiological study.

One group followed a low-carbohydrate diet. Another followed the same low-carb diet plus a daily 1.5 oz. bar of dark chocolate. And the rest, a control group, were instructed to make no changes to their current diet. They weighed themselves each morning for 21 days, and the study finished with a final round of questionnaires and blood tests.

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Illegal highs

Published on 2015-05-28 01:59:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The government has decided to ban all substances that could have a psychoactive effect, including those yet to be invented/discovered, because some of them might be bad for you. Tobacco, alcohol and coffee will be exempt (for now, at least). The intention is to use this sledge-hammer to crack the nut of 'legal highs', but the legal implications are profound.

I've written about it at Spectator Blogs. Do have a read.


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The Coming EU Referendum Stitch-up

Published on 2015-05-27 17:03:07.
Website: Frank Davis


With Cameron set to call a referendum on Europe, it looks like it’s going to be a stitch-up: UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s warnings over a “stitch up” referendum have started to become reality, as it emerged today that Prime Minister … Continue reading →

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An Outbreak Of Common Sense In New South Wales

Published on 2015-05-27 13:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you were up early enough this morning, you might have caught a proper liberal preparing to address a baying mob of authoritarian, tiny-minded snobs who seem intent on taking control of everyone's freedom of choice.

The Nanny State is out in force today. #ecigarette @nsw_upperhouse— Peter Phelps MLC (@PeterPhelpsMLC) May 27, 2015
Peter Phelps is a government whip in the New South Wales parliament and a very sound beacon of sanity bobbing around in an ocean of proud fascists.

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Under-reporting alcohol

Published on 2015-05-27 05:33:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the Telegraph...

Just one alcoholic drink a day damages hearts of elderly women, Harvard study warns 
Only one alcoholic drink a day damages the hearts of elderly women, a new study has warned.

Despite previous research that suggested a drink a day might protect against some cardiovascular disease, the findings suggested otherwise, at least in the elderly.

Women who have just one alcoholic drink a day are defined as light to moderate drinkers. Yet new research found women with an average age of 76 who drink moderately had small reductions in heart function because of an enlargement of the wall of the heart's main pumping chamber - the left ventricular mass.

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FIFA: l'abcès crève enfin ! BILLAG subventionnait ces escrocs !

Published on 2015-05-27 05:30:49.
Website: Accueil


Ainsi donc, on apprend que les téléspectateurs payant leur redevance à la SSR via BILLAG alimentaient à leur insu la corruption dont la FIFA est accusée !

Pas étonnant que lesdits "droits de transmission", à hauteur de centaines de millions de francs et grevés de surtaxes dues  à la corruption, aient atteint des sommets vertigineux puisque cette prédation clandestine était réputée inconnue.

Une partie de votre redevance SSR finisait donc dans la poche de tels aigrefins que vous subventionniez  à votre insu !

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Center for Tobacco Products Research Priorities Do Not Include Studying Potential Benefits of E-Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2015-05-27 04:37:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


While the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has repeatedly claimed that it is intending to regulate e-cigarettes based on the results of scientific research, a close examination of the CTP's research portfolio reveals that the agency is heavily funding research on the potential risks of e-cigarettes but does not have a single long-term clinical trial to evaluate the potential benefits of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.

It is great to claim to be evidence-based, but if the only evidence you produce is about the risks and none about the benefits, you can't help but conclude that the identified risks outweigh the benefits. And this appears to be exactly how the CTP has stacked the deck.

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Drink And Smoke As Much As You Like

Published on 2015-05-26 16:54:33.
Website: Frank Davis


It’s not often that the experts come up with some good news: What is the secret to being more productive at work? As long as you get seven hours’ sleep a night you can drink and smoke as much as … Continue reading →

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Another Evidence-Free Ban, This Time In SW1

Published on 2015-05-26 12:31:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Does anyone remember secondhand smoke, aka passive smoking?.

For those with short memories, this was a ruse imagined in 1975 by Sir George Godber to promote a policy of “fostering the perception that secondhand smoke is unhealthy for nonsmokers”, after which the tobacco control industry set about creating the junk science to go with it. The first studies - by rabid professional anti-smoking cranks, natch - started to filter through at the start of the 1980s and eventually in 1993 and 2004 respectively, two politically-driven meta-analyses tortured cherry-picked tobacco control 'science' in the US and the UK in order to convince us all that secondhand smoke was dangerous. It mattered little that their conclusions amounted to a tiny and inconsequential relative risk (1.19 & 1.24) which would be dismissed as irrelevant in any other field of research, it was only required to manipulate politicians into passing illiberal and unnecessary bans.

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Demain: des ceintures de sécurité obligatoires pour nos chiens aussi ?

Published on 2015-05-26 08:04:39.
Website: Accueil












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New Harvard Study Finds that As Many as 18% of Current E-Cigarette Users May Have Quit Smoking Completely Using E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-05-26 05:05:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a new electronic cigarette survey study reported at the 2015 FAMRI meeting, as many as 18% of current electronic cigarette users are ex-smokers who may have quit smoking completely as a result of their e-cigarette use. Such a finding would represent perhaps the strongest evidence to date that not only are e-cigarettes helping smokers quit, but that the magnitude of this effect at a population level is massive and is likely to be associated with profound public health benefits.

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Cigarette Pack Shouting Matches

Published on 2015-05-25 16:36:08.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Magnetic, I thought this was a joke when I first read it: Talking cigarette packs are here. Will they make smokers butt out? Are smokers more likely to quit if their own pack of cigarettes tells them to? That’s … Continue reading →

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Is 'neo-liberalism' making us ill?

Published on 2015-05-25 05:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I was on BBC Scotland on Saturday morning discussing the hypothesis that 'neo-liberalism' makes us ill with a Marxist academic. The subject came up because another Marxist academic has written a book that blames obesity and stress on the free market. The unspoken message is that we would all be healthier in a socialist society. We'd be thinner, I suppose. I'm not so sure about the rest of the theory.

If you're interested, you can listen to me from 49 minutes here. The author of the book explains her thesis a few minutes earlier.

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Uglifying Cigarettes

Published on 2015-05-24 16:05:55.
Website: Frank Davis


Via Chris Snowdon and Simon Clark, this story: Cigarettes could soon be produced in unpleasant colours, with health warnings emblazoned across the stick, under new proposals to make smoking unglamorous. Experts believe the white papers which traditionally encase tobacco have … Continue reading →

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Brace yourself

Published on 2015-05-24 02:47:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Westminster government's decision to introduce plain packaging has left that the tobacco control industry looking for new ways to collect government grants. Having portrayed plain packaging as something akin to a vaccine for lung cancer (no, really), I expect them to now play down the benefits of plain packaging for two reasons. Firstly because it will soon become very clear to the people of Britain that plain packaging doesn't have any benefits, and secondly because if they are perceived to have solved a problem, they will be out of work.

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Alcool au travail et à la barre

Published on 2015-05-23 16:23:24.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: - "Apéro: les navigateurs n'ont pas à craindre la police"

Malgré la loi en vigueur qui impose aux plaisanciers de ne pas dépasser 0,5/1000, les polices des lacs ne contrôlent pas leur taux d'alcoolémie.

La loi entrée en vigueur en février 2014 qui soumet les navigateurs des lacs à la même limite d'alcoolémie que les automobilistes -soit 0,5/1000- n'a pas changé grand-chose. Selon la RTS mercredi 13 mai, les capitaines des bateaux peuvent, s'ils le souhaitent, prendre l'apéro sereinement.

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VAUD - Affaire Ségalat: la justice est rendue ...sur l'oreiller !

Published on 2015-05-23 04:57:54.
Website: Accueil


"Justice vaudoise. La bombe explose !

"RECUSATION  Juges et amants,Yasmina Bendani et Philippe Colelough devaient se récuser s’il se trouvaient sur une même cause. Ils ont nié pour l’affaire Légeret et se font prendre sur l’affaire Ségalat. Pièce à l’appuis. La justice vaudoise un peu, beaucoup, passionnément dans la panade.

"Nous l’avions prédit en novembre 2014 : les amours cachées entre les deux juges cantonaux vaudois, Yasmina Bendani et Philippe Colelough allaient bien finir par faire exploser l’ordre judiciaire vaudois. Et bien c’est fait ! Des documents en notre possession prouvent que la juge Bendani ne s’est pas récusée dans une affaire qui concernait son amant le juge Colelough ! Cela porte sur l’affaire Ségalat

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Link Tank 23/05

Published on 2015-05-23 01:45:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The EU doesn't need more food taxes

Don’t reduce the drink‑drive limit

You can never have ‘too much’ tolerance

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Revisiting the Danish fat tax fiasco

Published on 2015-05-22 07:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A minister I've never heard of told the chattering classes at the Hay Festival that he supports a sugar tax. I was on the World at One (Radio 4) earlier today explaining the lessons that should be learnt from the Danish fat tax fiasco. I've also writte

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New Study Refutes E-Cigarette Formaldehyde Scare

Published on 2015-05-22 04:06:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published yesterday in the journal Addiction refutes an earlier New England Journal of Medicine article which claimed that because of their high levels of formaldehyde, e-cigarettes are actually more hazardous than tobacco cigarettes. That study concluded that vaping could be as much as 15 times more hazardous as smoking in terms of cancer risk:

"If we assume that inhaling formaldehyde-releasing agents carries the same risk per unit of formaldehyde as the risk associated with inhaling gaseous formaldehyde, then long-term vaping is associated with an incremental lifetime cancer risk of 4.2×10−3. This risk is 5 times as high (as compared with the risk based on the calculation of Miyake and Shibamoto shown in Figure 1), or even 15 times as high (as compared with the risk based on the calculation of Counts et al. shown in Figure 1) as the risk associated with long-term smoking."

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Chauffards punis sans discrimination: Genève réagit ...

Published on 2015-05-21 16:53:37.
Website: Accueil


GHI: " Criminels de la route: Genève contre-attaque

- L’ACS Genève se mobilise pour lancer une initiative parlementaire dans le but de contrer les déviances du nouveau code de la route.
- De son côté, le TCS Genève veut maintenir le délit de chauffard mais adapter les peines selon la gravité.
- Une intiative constitutionnelle sera déposée en juin.



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Down Under Desperation

Published on 2015-05-21 04:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's now common knowledge that tobacco controllers lie as a matter of course, but they're getting extraordinarily desperate in Australia.

At the weekend, a public health group in New South Wales joined industry, economists and politicians in recognising that Australia is suffering a recent growing problem with illicit tobacco (emphases mine).
NSW Health has told a review of tobacco laws that its inspectors have detected increased sales of illicit tobacco, which is packaged without health warnings and is sometimes blatantly labelled "illegal tobacco". Despite the emerging problem, the health department's powers extend only to photographing and taking samples of illegal tobacco, and inspectors are unable to seize the products. It called for laws to be strengthened.And yesterday, Australian customs chiefs said that they "recognise this problem".

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Bad science by press release

Published on 2015-05-21 03:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Ben Goldacre wrote a book called Bad Science a few years ago which explained why obvious quackery was quackery. The targets were deserving, though a bit soft for my tastes (homeopaths, nutritionists etc.), and it sold a lot of copies so it must have said something people needed to hear. He also used to write a column in The Guardian which often worth reading.

On his good days, Goldacre would patiently explain the difference between trustworthy evidence and dubious evidence. Published studies are better than unpublished studies, peer review is better than no peer review, randomised control trials are better than observational studies, literature reviews are better than individual studies, and so on. In short, the pyramid of evidence looks like this...

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Senator Schumer Lying to the Public in Order to Demonize E-Cigarettes and E-Cigarette Companies

Published on 2015-05-21 02:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to his quote in an article on the web site of the CBS Philadelphia news affiliate, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) lied to the public in order to demonize e-cigarettes and attack e-cigarette companies.

Senator Schumer was quoted as stating:

"E-cigarette companies are stepping over the line by marketing these products to kids and getting them hooked on smoking, and they're hoping that the federal government passes the buck and turns a blind eye to what's happening."

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Pubs and predictions

Published on 2015-05-20 04:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




The IEA have just published my new report Drinking, Fast and Slow - you can download it here. It looks at the gloomy predictions about what the Licensing Act (AKA 24 Hour Drinking) would do to the sovereign people of England in 2005.

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FDA States that Progress in Reducing Youth Smoking is Threatened by Rising Use of E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-05-20 03:27:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a press release from last month, the director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products - Mitch Zeller - is quoted as stating:

"In today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, the surge in youth use of novel products like e-cigarettes forces us to confront the reality that the progress we have made in reducing youth cigarette smoking rates is being threatened."

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Two of the three assertions in that statement are true. It is indeed the case that today's tobacco marketplace is rapidly evolving. And it is also true that there has been a surge in youth use of novel products like e-cigarettes.

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Journal des Arts et Métiers: "de Weck vole le peuple"

Published on 2015-05-19 17:07:40.
Website: Accueil







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Tobacco Control Torturers

Published on 2015-05-19 10:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Following on from yesterday's piece about how we are expected to now abandon liberties in favour of absolute safety, comes this.
Since July 2008, mental health facilities in England have had indoor smoking bans. However, NICE guidelines recommend that all NHS sites, including psychiatric hospitals become completely smoke-freeIt is written by Olivia Maynard, who has carved a lucrative career as a professional anti-smoker. She reviews the 'evidence' surrounding enforcing bans on people with mental health who are locked up for their own good, and finds it hunky-dory.

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Representative Cole Introduces Legislation to Force FDA to Grandfather In All Electronic Cigarettes on the Market as of Effective Date of Its Deeming

Published on 2015-05-19 03:20:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Sharing my concerns that the FDA deeming regulation will decimate much of the electronic cigarette industry, Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma has introduced legislation that would essentially overrule the FDA and statutorily set the "grandfather" date for electronic cigarettes as the effective date of the FDA deeming regulation.

The significance of this legislation is that it would allow all electronic cigarettes currently on the market (and all those on the market as of the effective date of FDA regulation) to remain on the market without having to submit complex and resource-intensive new product or substantial equivalence applications.

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Seniors: trente minutes de sport aussi bénéfique que d'arrêter de fumer

Published on 2015-05-18 15:42:55.
Website: Accueil


Le Nouvelliste: " Que ce soit de façon intense ou modérée, 30 minutes quotidiennes de sport seraient aussi bénéfiques que de stopper la cigarette... pour les plus de 70 ans.

"Pratiquer une demi-heure d'exercice physique par jour, de manière intense ou modérée, serait aussi bénéfique pour des septuagénaires en terme de longévité que d'arrêter de fumer. C'est ce que révèle une étude norvégienne publiée vendredi.

"L'activité physique pratiquée comme loisir, que ce soit de manière modérée ou intense, est fortement associée à une réduction de la mortalité, toutes causes de décès confondues", écrivent les deux chercheurs norvégiens qui signent ce travail portant sur l'analyse des données de santé d'hommes de plus de 70 ans."

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Introduction of Innovative Electronic Cigarette Products Reveals Folly of Proposed FDA Deeming Regulation Approach

Published on 2015-05-18 13:51:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A New Method to Deliver Nicotine

Last month, Pax Labs, Inc. introduced a new e-cigarette technology: the use of nicotine salts rather than free-base nicotine as a core ingredient of the e-liquid. The new product, called the JUUL, provides a blood nicotine absorption profile which is similar to that for traditional cigarettes, unlike most electronic cigarettes currently on the market. 

According to an article in Tech Crunch:

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