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Is the USA coming to its senses on e-cigarettes (and cigarettes)?

Published on 2019-11-21 10:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



After an insane few months, there are signs that the USA is coming to its senses...

President Donald Trump has reversed plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes amid a national youth vaping crisis, US media report.
He announced plans for a ban in September, but reportedly decided not to enact it this month because of possible job losses and voter pushback.

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Monstrous Certainties

Published on 2019-11-21 10:27:43.
Website: Frank Davis


The world seems to be full of people who know what’s good for everybody else. Tobacco Control is just one example of it. The people in Tobacco Control all share the belief that Smoking Kills, and that stopping smoking is … Continue reading →

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Massachusetts State Senate Votes to Ban Almost All E-Cigarettes, But to Leave the Real Deadly Ones on the Shelves

Published on 2019-11-21 03:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


In a move that defies public health logic, the Massachusetts Senate today voted for a bill that would ban the sale of virtually all e-cigarettes, but would allow non-mentholated real cigarette brands to remain on the shelves of all stores, including convenience stores and gas stations where youth have easy access to these products.

There is simply no public health justification for taking e-cigarettes off the market but allowing youth to continue to have unfettered access to real tobacco products. The average annual death toll of these products is starkly different:

Flavored e-cigarettes: 0

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Massachusetts Senate Uses a Big Tobacco Tactic: Votes Not to Allocate Master Settlement Agreement Money to Smoking Prevention and Cessation; In that Light, the Flavor Ban is Disingenuous

Published on 2019-11-21 00:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Anyone who thought the Massachusetts state Senate's probable passage of a bill tonight that will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and menthol tobacco cigarettes is motivated by a pure desire to protect kids and reduce tobacco-related diseases is mistaken. The supporters of this legislation showed their true colors tonight by rejecting an amendment that would have required that the state allocate a mere 10% of the money it receives from the Master Settlement Agreement to smoking prevention and cessation programs.

It was quite a sight to witness. Senator after senator got up and spoke about how terrible smoking is and how we have to protect kids from tobacco and nicotine and fight Big Tobacco and their devious tactics.

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Bizarre News Items

Published on 2019-11-20 12:08:21.
Website: Frank Davis


About the first piece of news I saw today: Lawyer dies after being shot when gun being used as evidence is dropped in court Couldn’t someone have made sure it was unloaded before bringing it into a crowded court? And … Continue reading →

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American Medical Association Calls for Removal of the Main Competitors to Cigarettes from the Market

Published on 2019-11-20 02:38:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


In a resolution that is the most dangerous health-related policy proposal from a medical or health organization that I have seen in my career, the American Medical Association (AMA) today called for the complete removal from the market of the #1 competitor to Big Tobacco profits. The resolution also calls for hundreds of thousands of ex-smokers to return to smoking and for the removal from the market of a critical off-ramp that has helped 2.5 million American smokers to quit for good. In addition, the resolution calls for the creation of a dangerous new black market for e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

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Another Explanation For Hawaii

Published on 2019-11-19 14:56:44.
Website: Frank Davis


For the past two years I’ve been developing an idea about how ice ages work. It’s a very simple idea. And the very simple idea is that when large areas of the surface of the Earth get covered in deep … Continue reading →

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Little Support for a Nasty Little Man

Published on 2019-11-18 11:20:58.
Website: Frank Davis


I think that if there’s one person in America who is nastier than Hillary Clinton, it’s probably Michael Bloomberg. Hillary banned smoking in the White House: Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in New York City. So, in this respect at least, … Continue reading →

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Today

Published on 2019-11-17 13:07:16.
Website: Frank Davis


Today is Sunday, the Christian day of rest, and I’ve been thinking about the role of Christianity in western civilisation. And my principal thought has been that there is an enormous divide between those people who regard themselves as being … Continue reading →

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American Heart Association Urges Parents to Lie to Their Kids About E-Cigarettes and Not to Answer their Questions

Published on 2019-11-16 21:39:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


It has been well established that using e-cigarettes is far safer than smoking. Clinical studies show that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes experience immediate and dramatic improvement in both their lung function and in their cardiovascular function. They also experience a dramatic reduction in levels of chemical toxins. Any parent who suggests to their kids that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as real cigarettes is lying.

However, this fact has not stopped the American Heart Association from urging parents to hide from their kids this important factual information. The American Heart Association actually recommends that if your kid asks you whether e-cigarettes are any safer than tobacco cigarettes, you not answer the question directly but immediately divert attention to the fact that nicotine will harm their brain and that their e-cigarette battery might explode and kill them.

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While American Heart Association Claims E-Cigarettes are as Harmful as Smoking, a Clinical Trial Shows Immediate Cardiovascular Improvement After Smokers Switched to E-Cigarettes

Published on 2019-11-16 21:15:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Last week, the American Heart Association issued a press release whose headline read: "E-cigarettes take serious toll on heart health, not safer than traditional cigarettes."

But while the American Heart Association was busy disseminating this message throughout the world, the results of an actual clinical trial of this very research question demonstrated the almost immediate improvement in cardiovascular health that occurs when smokers switch to e-cigarettes.

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Bill Passed by Massachusetts House Would Allow Police to Seize Cars from Vapers who Possess DIY or Black Market E-Liquids

Published on 2019-11-15 19:47:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


But You Can Drive With Marijuana or Cartons of Marlboros in Your Car To Your Heart's Content

Jacob Sullum, a senior editor at Reason, has revealed a striking set of provisions in the bill (H4183) passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday. These provisions would allow the police to seize your vehicle if you possess any DIY or black market e-liquids in your car.

The relevant provision in the bill reads as follows:

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Charity begins at home for nanny state academics

Published on 2019-11-15 12:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last year, I wrote about a peculiar piece of junk science which claimed that a modest change to Chile's sugar tax had a dramatic effect on the amount of sugary drinks consumed. The authors claimed that consumption fell by 22 per cent after the tax rose, despite presenting evidence that quite clearly showed it made no difference whatsoever. Modelling, innit?

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Massachusetts House Passes Bill that Promotes Marlboro Cigarettes; Why are They Doing This Huge Favor for Philip Morris?

Published on 2019-11-14 18:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Yesterday was a dream come true at the Massachusetts State House for Philip Morris USA - the nation's largest domestic cigarette manufacturer. The House voted to approve a bill that bans the sale of all e-cigarettes except those with tobacco flavoring, bans the sale of menthol cigarettes, and imposes a 75% excise tax on all e-cigarettes. According to an article in the Boston Globe, the aim of the legislation is "to protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco."

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The bottomless 'public health' money pit

Published on 2019-11-14 07:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The IEA has a new report out about money being squandered overseas on 'public health' nonsense. I'll discuss it tomorrow, but today let's concentrate on the millions that are being spaffed up the wall in the UK.

In May, I discussed the ludicrously named Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harM (SPECTRUM) funded to the tune of £5.9 million courtesy of the taxpayer via the UK Prevention Research Partnership. The usual snouts were in the trough...

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Minimum pricing set for March 2020 in Wales

Published on 2019-11-13 12:42:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last month in the Welsh Assembly, Dai Llyod said of minimum pricing...

You will all recall that we passed this legislation in the Senedd last year. Similar legislation has been operational in Scotland for over a year, and a recent survey, which was published over the past few days, suggests that the policy has been a sweeping success in reducing the amount of alcohol that people in Scotland, even, drink.
This is a lie. There is no evidence that minimum pricing had any effect on the amount of alcohol consumed in Scotland, but it is this kind of garbage that has persuaded Welsh politicians to go ahead with the same regressive measure.

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The Bias Against E-Cigarettes in Medical Research: An Example from the American Heart Association Annual Meeting

Published on 2019-11-12 17:37:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Later this week, the American Heart Association will hold its annual scientific conference in Philadelphia. In anticipation of the conference, the American Heart Association issued a press release yesterday announcing the results of a new study on e-cigarettes that will presented at the conference. The headline of the press release is:

"E-cigarettes take serious toll on heart health, not safer than traditional cigarettes."

One of the two papers that is being presented which purportedly support the conclusion that e-cigarettes are no safer than tobacco cigarettes in terms of heart health is a study of cholesterol levels in e-cigarette users compared to current smokers and nonsmokers.

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CDC and Anti-E-Cigarette Researcher Still Clinging to Faint Hope that Traditional E-Cigarettes are Causing Outbreak

Published on 2019-11-11 14:22:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


It is now apparent that, as many of us figured out months ago, the use of vitamin E acetate oil as a thickening agent in THC vaping cartridges and perhaps other counterfeit or adulterated black market vaping products is causing the vaping-associated respiratory illness outbreak. Nevertheless, the CDC and at least one prominent anti-e-cigarette researcher have not yet given up in their attempt to pin the outbreak on traditional e-cigarettes which they apparently despise.

The CDC continues to term this outbreak "E-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury." This is an extremely odd name, especially because of the strange and confusing use of the two commas which decimates the grammar of the name and is obviously contrived in an attempt to implicate traditional e-cigarettes. First of all, the name is redundant. By using the term "vaping," e-cigarettes would be included, as using an e-cigarette is a form of vaping. So the term "e-cigarettes" is completely unnecessary. Second, there is no evidence that "e-cigarettes" are involved in the outbreak. The original name the CDC gave to the outbreak was VARI ("vaping-associated respiratory illness). The fact that it changed the name to EVALI, even after having quite conclusive evidence that traditional e-cigarettes were not involved, suggests that the CDC was intentionally trying to use the outbreak to implicate traditional e-cigarettes, despite the lack of any hard evidence. That they are continuing to use this name even after finding that every confirmed case in which testing was done revealed vitamin E acetate in the lungs confirms that this term was chosen to intentionally confuse the public into believing that e-cigarettes are causing the outbreak.

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Hey buddy, have you got your eating licence?

Published on 2019-11-11 11:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Pearl Street Mall, a no smoking zone

Smoking was banned across Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado in 2013...

Where is the smoke-free zone?

The ordinance bans all smoking between 11th and 15th streets on the Pearl Street Mall, and on the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse.

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CDC Announces "Major Breakthrough" that I Recognized and Reported Two Months Ago; Outbreak is Almost Certainly Not Associated with Legal Nicotine Vapes

Published on 2019-11-08 19:47:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Minutes ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced what they called a "major breakthrough" in its investigation of the vaping-associated respiratory illness outbreak. They tested lung tissue samples from 29 case patients and all 29 (100%) were found to contain vitamin E acetate oil.

This finding does represent a major breakthrough for four reasons:

1. The vitamin E acetate oil was detected in the actual lung tissue of the case patients.

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Last Orders with Toby Young

Published on 2019-11-08 10:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The new Last Orders podcast was recorded during a break at the Battle of Ideas with Toby Young. We discuss the miraculous appearance of the original Irn-Bru recipe, Dame Sally Davies' refusal to leave the stage and the Scottish government's exploitation of children.

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Wisconsin Physician Warns Public That A Single Puff from a Nicotine Vape Could Kill You

Published on 2019-11-08 00:29:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


There is an inordinate amount of unjustified hysteria about the dangers of electronic cigarettes. And it continues to drive me crazy to read article after article which talks about how a 17-year-old youth almost died and had to be put on a ventilator for several days and then immediately transitions to a discussion of the health dangers of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, which dominates the remainder of the article. If you're lucky, there is at most one sentence which parenthetically notes that the youth was vaping THC.

It is also tremendously frustrating to read statement after statement from the CDC in which it notes that 89% of the outbreak case patients admitted to vaping THC obtained off the black market and then immediately undermines that point by emphasizing that "no single product" has been identified which explains 100% of the cases (as if an epidemiologic investigation ever finds a single common exposure).

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Policy Makers are Deceiving Themselves if They Believe Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes is Going to End Youth Vaping of Flavored Products

Published on 2019-11-07 17:11:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Major Exemption in Proposed Flavor Ban Leaves Most Kid-Friendly Flavors on the Market

The most basic premise of the proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes is that it will protect youth by preventing them from vaping flavored e-liquids. The flavors are the problem, so if we ban the flavors, we'll take care of the problem.

Or so the thinking goes.

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The problem is that politicians are deceiving themselves if they think that a ban on flavored e-cigarettes is going to prevent youth from accessing flavored e-liquids. The truth is that all of the following flavors are exempt from the ban and will remain on the market, easily accessible to youth.

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500 Jahre Tabak in Europa

Published on 2019-11-06 19:08:22.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Raucher als Fackelträger der Moderne 500 Jahre Tabak in Europa – warum jetzt das Jubiläum? Schon 1994 haben Austria Tabak und VdC in Wien das halbe Jahrtausend feierlich begangen – der Hauptredner kam aus Deutschland, ein gewisser Helmut Schmidt. Der zu damals aktuellen Plänen der EU sagte: „Ganz egal, was man von Tabakwerbung hält oder nicht, das geht Brüssel nichts an.“ Den vor 25 Jahren schon virulenten Regulierungswahn, auch auf anderen Gebieten, bezeichnete er als „eine schreckliche Entartung, die in Wirklichkeit natürlich auch zum Volkszorn beitragen muss“. Hätte man mal auf ihn gehört. „Selbst mein geliebter Schnupftabak wird demnächst einheitlich geregelt aus Brüssel“, beklagte der Altkanzler, dem durch sein frühes Dahinscheiden im Alter von nicht mal ganz 97 immerhin erspart blieb, das EU-weite Verbot seiner noch geliebteren Mentholzigaretten im kommenden Jahr erleben zu müssen.

Aber zurück zum Jubiläum. Welcher westliche Seefahrer den Tabak entdeckt hat, darüber gehen die Meinungen auseinander. Kolumbus, Luis de Torres, Amerigo Vespucci werden genannt – und Magellan, der 1519 eine Weltumseglung startete. In diesem Jahr, heißt es, kamen erstmals Tabakblätter nach Europa – und sind seither nicht mehr wegzudenken. Daher das Jubiläum. Ebenfalls im Jahre 1519 wurde Katharina von Medici geboren, die später als französische Königin zur begeisterten Tabakschnupferin wurde. Das weist auf zweierlei hin:

Zum einen: Die Geschichte der Verbreitung des Tabaks ist auch eine Geschichte unterschiedlicher Konsumformen: Mit Pfeifen altamerikanischer Prägung hat es begonnen, später entstanden Schnupftabak, Kautabak, Zigarren, Zigaretten und mehr. Was nach dem 1913 formulierten sogenannten Rieplschen Gesetz für Medien gilt, nämlich dass durch neue Methoden und Übermittlungsformen die alten „niemals wieder gänzlich und dauernd verdrängt [

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Did Prohibition work?

Published on 2019-11-06 16:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Like most Times columnists, David Aaronovitch has a penchant for draconian government action that he can only hide behind his liberal facade for so long. It is most likely to surface when he is looking down his nose at other people's lifestyles, or feeling guilty about his own (see also Nick Cohen).

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Economic illiteracy in The Economist

Published on 2019-11-04 11:15:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Economist published an article about alcohol two weeks ago...

A sober brawl  
Alcohol firms promote moderate drinking, but it would ruin them
The subheading is nonsense, based as it is on a risible study produced by the Sheffield alcohol team and the UK Temperance Alliance t/a the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

In Britain more than 100 producers and retailers have signed a “responsibility deal” and promised to “help people to drink within guidelines”, mostly by buying ads promoting moderation. However, if these campaigns were effective, they would ruin their sponsors’ finances. According to researchers from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, a think-tank, and the University of Sheffield, some two-fifths of alcohol consumed in Britain is in excess of the recommended weekly maximum of 14 units (about one glass of wine per day). Industry executives say they want the public to “drink less, but drink better”, meaning fewer, fancier tipples. But people would need to pay 22-98% more per drink to make up for the revenue loss that such a steep drop in consumption would cause.

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CDC and State Health Departments are Wrong to Inform the Public that Some Case Patients Used Only Nicotine E-Liquids

Published on 2019-11-03 22:05:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Because the CDC and state health departments have deliberately been conflating the respiratory disease outbreak with the general problem of youth vaping, they have not been clear in communicating the scientific evidence regarding the type of products that are most likely causing the outbreak. Because of the confusion they have created, a large number of state officials, health practitioners, and media outlets have been incorrectly reporting that a substantial proportion of the outbreak case patients used only nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.

For example, in its legal brief opposing a temporary restraining order against its emergency order banning the sale of vaping products, the state of Massachusetts claimed that "17% [of outbreak case patients] used only nicotine."

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Why I Think the FDA's Imminent Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes is Unlawful

Published on 2019-11-03 18:57:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


I expect the FDA to announce soon that it is banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes, with the exception of tobacco and probably mint and menthol as well.

As you know, when an executive agency issues a regulation, it is required by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) to go through a formal rule-making process, which at a minimum requires that the agency publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register, allow public comment on the rule, and then respond to the comments before actually issuing the rule. This process can take one to two years.

The question you may be asking is: How can the FDA ban flavored e-cigarettes without issuing a rule that bans flavored e-cigarettes and that goes through the required APA process?

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I Expect FDA to Announce Flavor Ban This Week, But Vapers Save Mint and Menthol E-Cigarettes

Published on 2019-11-03 16:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Due to the outcry from the vaping community, it appears that mint and menthol will be excluded from a ban on flavored e-cigarettes that I expect the FDA to announce this week. I also do not expect menthol cigarettes to be included, since that would actually cause a decline in cigarette consumption (while a flavored e-cigarette ban will increase cigarette consumption, and therefore, federal government revenue). Moreover, it is easy to take a stand against the weak vaping industry but takes actual political courage to stand up to the large cigarette companies.

The only reason why I think mint and menthol will be excluded from the ban is that vapers have loudly made their voices heard, shared their experiences, and let politicians know that e-cigarettes have saved their lives and that they rely upon flavored e-liquids to stay off real tobacco cigarettes. This has apparently convinced the Trump administration that a more comprehensive flavor ban would alienate the vaping community and could give him problems in the 2020 election. The votes of the vaping community are widely acknowledged to have played a role in the close 2016 election victory of Senator Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.

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Britain's low rate of problem gambling

Published on 2019-11-01 12:04:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last month I tweeted something based on an article in the Economist...

In Finland the state has a monopoly over all gambling and the problem gambling rate is 3.3%. In the UK, where evil gambling companies ruthlessly exploit the public, it is less than 1%. https://t.co/96rVdbsD4f— Christopher Snowdon (@cjsnowdon) October 4, 2019 
The statistics for Finland were challenged by one or two people, so I did my own research and found that the 3.3% figure comes from this study in the BMJ published last year...

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Sales Data Show that Massachusetts Vaping Product Ban Has Already Caused Severe Harm as Vapers Migrate to Smoking in Large Numbers

Published on 2019-10-30 17:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Sales data reported by PiperJaffray for the four weeks ending October 20 (when the Massachusetts emergency ban was in effect for 25 of the 28 days) and the four previous weeks (mostly before the ban went into effect) were compared to sales data for the previous year. The PiperJaffray analysis revealed that there has been a substantial shift from vaping to smoking in the state. This indicates that as I predicted, ex-smokers in Massachusetts who were reliant on e-cigarettes to stay smoke-free are now returning to smoking in large numbers.

Nationally, there was very little difference in the rate of decline in cigarette sales between these two time periods from 2018 to 2019. The rate of decline decelerated by 0.3 percentage points (from -7.8% to -7.5%). However, in Massachusetts, the rate of decline decelerated by a massive 5.7 percentage points (from -9.8% to -4.1%).

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Are moderate drinkers responsible for the majority of alcohol-related harm?

Published on 2019-10-28 10:56:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


You can't understand modern 'public health' ideology without understanding the arguments made in Geoffrey Rose's Strategy of Preventive Medicine. It is from this book that we get the 'prevention paradox' and the idea that 'a large number of people exposed to a small risk may generate many more cases than a small number exposed to a high risk'.

If heavy exposure to Risk Factor X increases risk of Disease Y by 200%, and moderate exposure increases risk by 10%, a layman might decide to focus on those who are mostly heavily exposed because they are at greatest risk.

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