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The Continuing Nanny State

Published on 2016-09-30 23:14:45.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Rose for this Independent article: Restaurants that serve big puddings to be named and shamed by Government Pizza Express, Starbucks, McDonald’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have been told to reduce the size of their cakes and pastries Zlata Rodionova … Continue reading →

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Shouting People Down

Published on 2016-09-29 22:08:44.
Website: Frank Davis


A couple of people have mentioned the new “plain packs”. Maybe these are an example? And they have the nerve to call it “plain packaging”? That’s really just another lie in a very long litany of lies. They’ve swept the … Continue reading →

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Article Defending Nicotine Replacement Therapy Fails to Disclose Author's Conflict of Interest with Big Pharma

Published on 2016-09-29 12:43:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In another example that demonstrates the hidden influence of Big Pharma on tobacco treatment policy and the extent to which many defenders of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) are going to hide their conflicts of interest, an article (letter to the editor/reply) defending NRT from criticism that was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology fails to disclose the serious conflicts of interest of its lead author.

The article is a response to a paper published recently in the Journal which concludes that once one accounts for publication bias, there is no significant effect of NRT on smoking cessation.

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A Russian Perspective

Published on 2016-09-28 23:06:37.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T smokingscot for this map of the world’s preferences for the US presidency. Click on the map and you can vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. With 282,000 votes so far from all around the world, it seems … Continue reading →

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Friedhelm Adolfs obsiegt

Published on 2016-09-28 17:48:56.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Ja zum Rauchen in der WohnungFriedhelm Adolfs (78), Deutschlands bekanntester rauchender Mieter, darf in seiner Wohnung weiter wohnen und rauchen. Das Landgericht Düsseldorf hat heute die Kündigung durch seine Vermieterin abgewiesen. Netzwerk Rauchen begrüßt das Urteil.


„Nach dreieinhalb Jahren gerichtlicher Odyssee lebt und raucht er nach wie vor in seiner Düsseldorfer Wohnung“, so Bundesvorsitzender Michael Löb, „das sollte anderen Vermietern eine Warnung sein, die ähnliches versuchen wollen.“
Aus dem Spendenfonds „Ein Dach für Raucher" konnte der Verein den Großteil der Sicherheitsleistung für Friedhelm Adolfs zur Verfügung stellen.
Netzwerk Rauchen hat im Verweis auf die angebliche Belästigung durch Adolfs‘ Tabakgenuss immer nur einen Vorwand gesehen. Schon zu Beginn des Verfahrens waren Vermutungen laut geworden, dass es der Eigentümerin in Wahrheit nur darum gehe, seine Wohnung teurer als Büroräume vermieten zu können.
Nach Auffassung des Netzwerks bleibt Rauchen weiterhin eine normale Nutzung der Mietsache, die keinerlei Gesundheitsgefährdung mit sich bringt - und die Raucher auch sich selbst nicht verbieten sollten.

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FDA Issues New Draft Guidance on Regulation Compliance for Certain Types of E-Cigarettes; CDC Comments

Published on 2016-09-28 09:54:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The FDA took steps yesterday to clear a big point of confusion that has arisen concerning a subset of electronic cigarettes on the market. Due to novel technology that allows nicotine to be extracted in concentrated form from potatoes, a number of e-cigarette companies have switched to using potatoes as a source of nicotine for their e-liquids. Several companies have asked the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products for guidance on whether they need to comply with the tobacco product regulations, since their products do not contain tobacco and the nicotine used is not derived from tobacco.

Here is the relevant excerpt from the FDA's guidance document which explains how these products will be treated by the agency:

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The lies of Margaret Chan

Published on 2016-09-28 07:32:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Every two years, the WHO holds a 'Conference of the Parties' to wibble on about the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The next one is coming up in a month or two. The last one was held at the height of the Ebola epidemic which killed 11,000 people and the WHO was rightly criticised for its inept response. Tackling contagious diseases isn't high on the WHO's list of priorities these days, and why should it be when there are people in the world drinking fizzy drinks and using e-cigarettes?

On 13 October 2015, while Ebola raged in Africa, a spokesman delivered a short speech on Margaret Chan’s behalf. He began with an apology...

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The Spontaneous and the Planned

Published on 2016-09-27 23:04:43.
Website: Frank Davis


Well, I said that Hillary Clinton would win the debate if she simply showed up, remained standing, and didn’t have a coughing fit. And she did exactly that, so that was a big win for her. More than that, she … Continue reading →

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FDA and CDC are Lying About the Most Basic of Facts; How Can We Trust Them on More Complex Issues?

Published on 2016-09-27 12:05:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Donald Trump is not the only one who needs some fact-checking. My analysis of the September 22 article by the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health and the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products reveals that these agencies are misleading the public by lying to them about the most basic of facts: namely, whether or not electronic cigarettes contain tobacco.

According to the article: "e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by middle (3.9%) and high (13.4%) school students. Use of tobacco in any form, whether it be combusted, noncombusted, or electronic, is unsafe."

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We will fight them on the beaches and in the zoos

Published on 2016-09-27 08:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Yesterday the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, in cahoots with a mendacious director of 'public health', called for an extensive outdoor smoking ban. Their ostensible justification for this - that chiiiiildren shouldn't have to see people smoking was bad enough but the true intention - forcing adults not to smoke because the killjoy puritans don't like it - was even worse.

The 'public health' director in question, Jim McManus, fancies himself as a bit of a friend of the vapers so it was pleasing to see so many vapers smack him down. Here are some of the highlights from the blogosphere, not all of which are SFW...

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Did Telephones Raise Longevity?

Published on 2016-09-26 23:30:11.
Website: Frank Davis


Longevity is everything, these days. The only point in life is to live as long as possible. Nothing else matters. Oddly enough, the supremacy of longevity has come at a time when people have been starting to live longer anyway. … Continue reading →

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Hide The Filthy Smoker

Published on 2016-09-26 19:07:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Here we go again, 'public health' using children to mask their disgusting ongoing efforts to bully law-abiding smokers who choose to use a legal product where no-one can be harmed.

Many others have registered their disgust at this already, but it is worth adding my own thoughts because this kind of evil needs kicking very hard.
Smoking should be banned in all parks and playgrounds to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal, environmental health officers have told ministers. Zoos, theme parks and anywhere else children play should also become no-smoking zones, in a significant proposed expansion of the outdoor areas in which smokers cannot light up.They are not even hinting at the possibility of harm now (simply because there can be none), as succinctly put by Sarah at the NNA.

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American Lung Association Tells Public that Smoking May Be No More Hazardous than Vaping

Published on 2016-09-26 10:22:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Despite the abundance of scientific evidence, including clinical studies, which demonstrate that vaping is much safer than smoking, the American Lung Association - as recently as last week - told the public that smoking may be no more hazardous than vaping.

A UPI article quoted the American Lung Association's senior scientific advisor as stating: "We have no idea what the long-term effects are because they [e-cigarettes] haven't been around long enough, but there's no reason to consider e-cigarettes safe. Whether they're going to cause less disease than tobacco cigarettes, we'll eventually get that answer but it's going to take years."

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Outdoor smoking bans

Published on 2016-09-26 09:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Doesn't these people ever get tired of exploiting children? From the Guardian...

Environmental health officers call for smoking ban in playgrounds
Smoking should be banned in all parks and playgrounds to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal, environmental health officers have told ministers.

Zoos, theme parks and anywhere else children play should also become no-smoking zones, in a significant proposed expansion of the outdoor areas in which smokers cannot light up.

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Not news

Published on 2016-09-26 09:21:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




The lead story on the BBC Health website as I write this is headlined '"Lifestyle illnesses'" cost NHS £11bn'.

Health problems related to poor diet, drinking and smoking are costing the NHS in England more than £11bn each year, officials say. 
Public Health England (PHE) says that unless they are tackled more effectively the NHS will become unaffordable.

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To Play The Game, You Should Really Understand The Rules

Published on 2016-09-25 20:56:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but then some with very little knowledge have made a lucrative living on the back of their ignorance.

Take Simon Chapman, for example. Fresh from a triumphant tour of Europe including a London stopover - on expenses, natch - chatting to a dozen of his pals, the increasingly irrelevant fossilised tobacco control brick-brain has been pouring forth again. This time about the upcoming industry GTNF conference.

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FDA Violated Ethics Rules to Censor Dissenting Opinions about Its E-Cigarette Regulations

Published on 2016-09-23 13:19:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to a shocking exposé in the October 16th issue of Scientific American written by Charles Seife, the FDA censored dissenting opinions about its e-cigarette regulations by prohibiting journalists covering the release of these regulations from speaking with anyone who might oppose them.

The FDA's e-cigarette regulations were initially released on April 24, 2014. On April 23, the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products held a press briefing for a select group of reporters to provide information so that they could publish news stories about the regulations at the expiration of the embargo, which was set for April 24th. It is not uncommon to set an embargo date and time for the release of a story by media outlets. It helps ensure that all media outlets have an equal opportunity to publish the story in a timely fashion and not to get "scooped" by one favored media outlet.

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David Nutt's designer drug

Published on 2016-09-23 10:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Adam Smith Institute have got a nice little report out about the future of 'vice', featuring e-cigarettes, gambling, legal high and 'synthetic alcohol'.

As I have said before, David Nutt's 'synthetic alcohol' seems to be no more than a legal high with a novel marketing plan. Nutt portrays alcohol as being so extraordinarily dangerous that almost any drug looks like a harm reduction device by comparison. The question is whether his drug is a closer substitute to alcohol than other drugs. It seems to me that most of his sales pitch could be applied to marijuana, cocaine and opium.

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Adam Smith vs The Morality Police

Published on 2016-09-23 08:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The Adam Smith Institute has today published a pretty impressive report which will go down like a lead balloon in the ranks of blinkered trouser-stuffers in 'public health'.
You can read the whole thing here but there are some cracking highlights.
By stifling innovation, regulation may freeze products in a state that is far less safe than free-wheeling capitalism would otherwise provide. Given that most smokers or drinkers would prefer not to die young or suffer from chronic illnesses, there is a clear (and perhaps very strong) profit incentive for the firm that can replicate the experience of smoking a cigarette without producing the harm that cigarettes do. That products like this are finally making their way to market is evidence of the power of this incentive: they are replacing the more harmful original options in spite of, not because of, regulation.Indeed. And they are being brought to market while those who pretend to be interested in our health are scrambling to ban them.

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Caution: Health Nazis At Work

Published on 2016-09-22 19:26:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Next week sees the annual Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum being held in Brussels. If you weren't aware of it, it is an industry event which discusses all aspects of products provided by tobacco companies and their suppliers.

Last year, this event so heavily leaned towards tobacco harm reduction that even Simon Clark of Forest took to saying that he felt like "a pork chop at a Barmitzvah". It's fairly understandable seeing as all tobacco companies are now producing risk-reduced products that they would wish to discuss them with people who are experts in the field. It's no secret that the industry is moving in that direction and you'd think that 'public health' would be pleased about the fact that industry emphasis is shifting away from lit tobacco and onto safer products.

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The truth continues to emerge about smoking ban miracles

Published on 2016-09-22 07:32:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Via Michael Siegel, I see that another large study has concluded that smoking bans do not have an effect on the rate of heart attacks. I have written so much about the junk claims about smoking ban miracles that I won't go through the whole story here.

The claim is that you get a notable drop in heart attack admissions to hospital as soon as a smoking ban is introduced.

Check the archive for the extensive background but the basic facts are these: heart attack miracles are mathematically impossible and the claims of smoking ban advocates are based on blatant cherry-picking and bent modelling that bears no relation to the data recorded by hospitals - with a bit of publication bias thrown in for good measure.

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Liars Always Get Found Out In The End

Published on 2016-09-21 20:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Well here's a thing.

We jewel robbers have been insisting for years that tobacco control exclusively employs junk science as a means to mislead politicians, but have been called shills, trolls, accused of working for the tobacco industry and all manner of other insults.

By far the most egregious of these flights of science-free fantasy have been the heart attack "miracles". The first of all of them was - you won't be surprised to hear - imagined and promoted by Stanton Glantz and focussed on a small town in America called Helena. If you're not familiar with it, read the extract from Velvet Glove Iron Fist which explains how the claim that heart attacks declined by 40% following the town's smoking ban was not only garbage, but mathematically impossible.

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The victory of vaping

Published on 2016-09-21 19:05:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I wrote about the recent sharp fall in the smoking rate and ASH's attempt to steal the credit from vapers. It's at Spectator Health. Here's a sample...

What’s going on? Deborah Arnott of the anti-smoking quango Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) attributed the fall in smoking, in part, to the government’s ban on ‘glitzy tobacco packaging’. She means plain packaging. Ms Arnott has spent the last five years of her life furiously lobbying for this silly piece of virtue signalling so it is no surprise that it is at the forefront of her mind, but the smoking prevalence figures were collected in 2015, whereas plain packaging was only introduced in May 2016, and hardly anybody has seen a plain pack yet because retailers are still selling old stock. Doubtless ASH are already thinking of ways to put lipstick on this pig of a policy, but they could at least wait for it to come into effect before they start making their ridiculous claims.

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Eyes Wide Shut

Published on 2016-09-21 18:59:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Now, much as it pains me to keep mentioning the embarrassing event last week where hardly anyone turned up to see the legendary vandal academic Simon Chapman (after he bravely taunted vapers for not attending despite having demanded they be banned) ... it appears to be the gift that just keeps on giving.

Y'see, he's been questioning the figures.


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Helena Miracle? Not So Much; New Study Casts Doubt on Conclusions of Anti-Smoking Groups

Published on 2016-09-21 12:46:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


For many years, anti-smoking groups have been claiming that smoking bans result in an immediate and dramatic decline in hospitalizations for heart attacks. This claim is based on studies like that conducted in Helena, in which the authors concluded that there was a 40% reduction in heart attack admissions within 6-18 months after a bar and restaurant smoking ban was implemented.

When these studies were first published, I warned anti-smoking groups not to use these conclusions to promote smoking bans because I believed that the conclusions were not adequately supported by the data. In particular, I criticized these studies and questioned their conclusions because they did not adequately account for secular trends in heart attack rates that were occurring even in the absence of smoking bans.

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Regulator Watch: Puritans and Prohibitionists

Published on 2016-09-21 08:50:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I did an interview with Brent Stafford for Regulator Watch recently. We talked about vaping, the 'public health' movement and the history of anti-smoking. Here it is...



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More on that sugar conspiracy

Published on 2016-09-20 14:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Further to my post about Stanton Glantz's ridiculous sugar conspiracy, I'm pleased to see other people critiquing this nonsense. The two articles below are both excellent and well worth reading if you interested in how activist-researchers create media narratives...

Sugar and Spite: Mark Hegsted and the Great Sugar Conspiracy

Rewriting history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

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FDA-Induced Crumbling of E-Cigarette Market Begins: NJOY Files for Bankruptcy

Published on 2016-09-20 12:15:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


It didn't take long after the FDA enacted its deeming regulations for the first of many e-cigarette companies to lose their ability to stay in the market. Just one and a half months after the FDA's deeming regulations went into effect, NJOY - one of the largest independent e-cigarette manufacturers in the U.S. - has filed for bankruptcy.

While a major reason for NJOY's inability to stay afloat was the failure of its King cig-a-like product, the company also cites the "substantial expenses of preparing for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations."

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The 'Bravery' Of Simon Chapman

Published on 2016-09-19 17:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Following on from yesterday's article about the global joke that is Simon Chapman, you can't help but laugh at this.


Brave and fearless Chappers was just itching to face up to his detractors,so he was. So very disappointed that no-one turned up to listen to his fuckwittery, what with us all having jobs and stuff instead of being paid out of the public's taxes to go on holiday.

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"Calories are the new tobacco"

Published on 2016-09-19 10:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Yes, Simon "Caps Lock" Capewell actually says those words in this Radio 4 interview. I don't know what's more worrying: that he said it or that it went completely unchallenged in a supposed head-to-head debate.

It's only a few minutes long so listen to it if you want to have peek into the mind of a 'public health' fanatic.

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Deciding Vote in FDA Advisory Committee Recommendation to Remove Black Box Warning for Chantix is Cast by Pharmaceutical Company President; FDA Review

Published on 2016-09-19 09:57:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last Wednesday, a pair of FDA advisory committees - meeting jointly - voted 10-9 to recommend that the FDA remove the black box warning for Chantix (varenicline). Currently, the black box warns about the potential for severe psychiatric side effects of Chantix, including depression and suicidal ideation. The recommendation is not binding, and the FDA is free to follow or ignore the advisory panel's vote.

According to an article at MedPage Today: "a few of those who voted to remove the warning said the study supplied the evidence needed to make them comfortable using Varenicline to address a major public health problem. 'The risk-benefit ratio is as clear as anything I have ever seen,' said David Pickar, MD, a Johns Hopkins Medical School psychiatry professor who said he works with psychiatric patients. Looking at his fellow committee members, Pickar added: 'For you, these are adverse events, but the benefit to these patients could be substantial in the most fundamental thing, which is being alive.'"

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Day of the jackass

Published on 2016-09-18 20:59:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've been away for a few days hopping around the English Channel. While I was out of the country, the Royal College of Medicine gave the British public a unique chance to see some of the worst people in the world for one night only.

At a self-congratulatory event with the delusional title 'Winning the end-game against tobacco', the Royal College hosted not only the thick-as-two-short-planks junk scientist Anna Gilmore and the obese nonentity Martin McKee, but also the champagne socialist Gabriel Scally and lemon-sucking prohibitionist Deborah Arnott. As if that weren't enough - and, let's face it, it isn't - it also featured drunken social media casualty John Ashton and - all the way from Australia! - dense sociologist Simon Chapman.

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