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Tribune de Genève: "Maudet juge illicites des conditions de détention"

Published on 2015-03-04 13:55:32.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Un détenu a eu gain de cause après avoir passé quatre mois et demi dans une cellule avec un espace vital de 3,39 m2.    

"Un an après la condamnation de Genève par le Tribunal fédéral pour ses conditions de détention dégradantes, le chef du Département de la sécurité et de l’économie (DSE), Pierre Maudet, reconnaît le problème, sur le principe, à travers la demande d’un détenu."



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Wise Speeches And Silly Games

Published on 2015-03-04 12:14:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You may remember that this time last week I wrote about Forest's Stop The Nonsense event and mentioned a particularly good speech by Mark Littlewood. It's now available on YouTube so here it is embedded for your enjoyment.


On the same subject, there was an interesting bait and switch style move inflicted on another of the speakers that evening, Emily Barley of Conservatives for Liberty.

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Unpublished letter to The Times

Published on 2015-03-04 06:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The latest in my growing list of unpublished letters to newspapers is below. I sent it yesterday in response to this misleading article in The Times about a modest attempt by Eric Pickles to limit political campaigning on the taxpayers' shilling.

Jill Sherman's article about state-funded activism ('Charities told to toe government line', Tuesday 3rd March) claims that charities will be "stripped of grants if they campaign against the government". This is not true. Charities are free to campaign on any issue so long as they are not party political. All that the Department for Communities and Local Government requires is that political activism not be financed by the taxpayer. This is a reasonable demand which should not be conflated with the "gagging" of charities that could result from the Lobbying Act (which the Institute of Economic Affairs has opposed from the outset).

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem – 2

Published on 2015-03-03 17:13:33.
Website: Frank Davis


From Dick Puddlecote: Australia’s decision to introduce plain packaging has aroused international attention and stimulated interest in complementary initiatives. To date, research attention has focused on external packaging and few studies have examined the physical objects of consumption – cigarette … Continue reading →

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Poo Sticks Resurrection

Published on 2015-03-03 11:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You may remember an article here last year about the the tobacco control industry's brilliant new existence-extending exercise, poo sticks. If not, do go have a read to catch up.

Well, with the pressure being loaded on the New Zealand government to fall into line and implement the stupidity of plain packaging, Janet Hoek - one of the world's foremost public health extremists - has seized an opportunity to resurrect the idea.

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Sound people saying sensible things about a stupid policy

Published on 2015-03-03 04:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The videos from the recent Stop the Nonsense drinks reception have gone online. As always at FOREST events, I was struck by wit, intelligence and joie de vivre of the people present, in stark contrast to the milk-curdling misery and misanthropy of the 'public health' lobby.


And these are my remarks in full...



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Study Finds Almost No Hazardous Chemicals in Aerosol of Blu or Sky-Cig E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-03-03 04:34:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


A study published in journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology reports that the two brands of electronic cigarettes tested - Blu and Sky Cigs - contain levels of hazardous chemicals that are almost all indistinguishable from levels in ambient air. The few chemicals that were detected were present at levels between 50 and 900 times lower than that in cigarette smoke.

The study highlights were as follows:"The e-cigarettes contained and delivered mostly glycerin and/or PG and water.Aerosol nicotine content was 85% lower than the cigarette smoke nicotine.The levels of HPHCs in aerosol were consistent with the air blanks.Mainstream cigarette smoke HPHCs (∼3000 μg/puff) were 1500 times higher than e-cigarette HPHCs.No significant contribution of tested HPHC classes was found for the e-cigarettes."The authors conclude that: "The deliveries of HPHCs tested for these e-cigarette products were similar to the study air blanks rather than to deliveries from conventional cigarettes; no significant contribution of cigarette smoke HPHCs from any of the compound classes tested was found for the e-cigarettes. Thus, the results of this study support previous researchers’ discussion of e-cigarette products’ potential for reduced exposure compared to cigarette smoke."

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Au parking, à Lausanne, « ils » photographient vos numéros de plaques

Published on 2015-03-02 17:39:55.
Website: Accueil


24 Heures: "Ces parkings qui lisent les numéros des plaques Lausanne...
"C’est une première à Lausanne. Les usagers du parking de Bellefontaine ont récemment découvert que le numéro d’immatriculation de leur voiture figurait sur leur ticket de parking. C’est l’installation d’un système de caméras numériques qui permet cette nouveauté. Reste qu’elle n’a pas été appréciée par certains clients, qui y voient un risque."



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How Many More BBC Attacks on UKIP?

Published on 2015-03-02 16:44:26.
Website: Frank Davis


I wonder how many more attacks on UKIP the BBC will air before the General Election? There seems to be one every few weeks at the moment. Nigel Farage has attacked the BBC ahead of a mockumentary screened on Sunday … Continue reading →

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Don't Fine Parents, Ban Stuff Instead!

Published on 2015-03-02 12:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


For those in 'public health', the idea of leaving people to make their own decisions in life is simply unthinkable - because, you see, that way unemployment lies. Consider, for example, this article in The Conversation, 'public health's favourite source of 'debate'.
The Puerto Rican government has just tabled a bill that would see parents with obese children fined up to US$800 if they don't ensure their offspring lose weight. This government is clearly at a loss in the fight against childhood obesity and its latest attempt is a panicked, or at the very least desperate, public health response.Fining parents eye-watering sums because their kids are not of proportions approved by the state? Surely as fascistic an idea as we've seen to date!

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Anti-Smoking Advocate Claims that Vaping One Cartridge is The Same Thing as Smoking 1 1/2 Packs of Cigarettes

Published on 2015-03-02 04:31:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


In an article published in the Ft. Wayne (IN) Health Sentinel, the executive director of the Indiana Youth Institute was quoted as stating: "If you used the entire (e-liquid) canister at one time, it would be the same as smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes at one time."

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While it may be true that vaping one full cartridge of e-liquid is approximately equivalent to smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes in terms of nicotine intake, it is certainly not true that vaping one cartridge of e-liquid is the same as smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes. While vaping one cartridge will expose you to nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerin, flavorings, and potentially to some by-products such as formaldehyde and acrolein, smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes will expose you to more than 10,000 chemicals, including more than 60 known carcinogens, as well as to radioactivity. So the statement that vaping one cartridge is the same as smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes is blatantly false.

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The Total Consumption Model again

Published on 2015-03-02 03:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I recently came across a House of Commons briefing paper titled 'Alcohol policy and the effects of the Licensing Act 2003'. It is undated, but seems to come from around 2009. Almost in passing, it puts the lie to the Total Consumption Model of alcohol consumption...

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Lost in Wonderland

Published on 2015-03-01 16:47:48.
Website: Frank Davis


I read this yesterday: THEORETICAL Quantum Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami admitted today that he, and his peers, have absolutely ‘no fucking idea’ what they’re doing, and claims they were no nearer than prehistoric man to figuring out the Universe. “We have been just … Continue reading →

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RIP Internet?

Published on 2015-02-28 17:38:44.
Website: Frank Davis


RIP Internet? Ron Paul: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 28/02

Published on 2015-02-28 02:45:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's been a strange week.

Gripes over cannabis have all been seen before

In defence of student rugby 'lads'

Diet research built on a house of cards

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Framework Convention on Cake Control

Published on 2015-02-27 16:32:39.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Dick Puddlecote, latest WHO madness: The health arm of the United Nations does not want companies advertising cake, ice cream, or ice pops to children. It’s voluntary, for now. It goes on: Banned without exception are pastries, croissants, cookies, … Continue reading →

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WHO do they think they are?

Published on 2015-02-27 07:44:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Since it's Friday, let's have a bit of good news for a change...

Pressure mounts on WHO chief over Ebola
World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan must resign over the group's inefficient response to the recent Ebola crisis, the largest global AIDS organization said.

In a scathing statement released this week, Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called for sweeping reforms to the WHO to better prevent and manage dangerous epidemics.

"In light of WHO's lack of leadership, decisive action and resolve to embrace responsibility for the protection of global public health in the Ebola crisis, the current Head of WHO should step down so that a proactive, reform-minded individual might take the lead and transform WHO into an efficient global instrument for rapidly addressing global health threats," AHF said.

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The Framework Convention On Cake Control?

Published on 2015-02-27 04:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Today is the tenth anniversary of the formation of the tobacco control industry's preferred method of undemocratic censorship and destruction of freedom of choice, the FCTC.

Congratulations to them for being entirely unelected yet able to demand policies which have massively boosted tobacco industry share prices, while simultaneously imposing laws which restrict the liberty of people and private businesses to make their own decisions in life unhindered. And all while descending into a neurotic totalitarian pit of opaque debate, opulent self-enrichment, suppression of the press and trampling of free speech that would turn any self-respecting fascist green with envy.

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Sugar sales (still) falling

Published on 2015-02-27 03:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the BBC:

Researchers from Action on Sugar are calling for strict limits on added sugars. 
They argue that as the body can generate energy from food such as fruits, vegetables, pasta and rice, there is no need for additional sugar beyond this.
That is the very essence of puritanism, right there. That people should be given—as Cromwell said—“not what they want but what is good for them.”

Meanwhile, Action on Sugar have been getting excited by this:

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Study Blows Out of the Water the Claim that Substantially Reducing Cigarette Smoking Has No Health Benefits

Published on 2015-02-27 03:21:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


One of the most dramatic effects that has been observed in a large proportion of e-cigarette users who are not successful in quitting completely is a substantial reduction in the amount of cigarettes that they smoke. In fact, studies have shown that a solid majority of e-cigarette users are successful either in quitting or in reducing their cigarette consumption substantially. By substantially, I mean reductions around the order of 75% to 90% or higher.

A key argument used by e-cigarette opponents to demonize these products is that these huge smoking reductions have no health benefits because unless you quit completely, you are not improving your health. The opponents have to make this argument because if it were true that these substantial reductions in smoking were improving the health of smokers, then the public health benefit of these products would be enormous.

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An Outbreak Of Common Sense In Pall Mall

Published on 2015-02-26 12:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Tuesday night saw a final event in the Hands Off Our Packs campaign entitled Stop The Nonsense which, as you'd expect, I trotted up to London for.

Now, I've driven past the venue - the Institute of Directors building in Pall Mall - quite often, but never knew it was so opulent inside (as always, click to enlarge all pics).


Of course, as a director of a company myself, I had to enquire what the cost was to be a member and all I'll say is that it would be twice as expensive to buy a season ticket at White Hart Lane. I'd be tempted to join but apparently using e-cigs is banned inside - I say apparently because I only know after others told me they had politely been approached and asked to stop, whereas I was left alone throughout. Lucky me, eh?

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Anti--Smoking Groups' Campaign of Deception About E-Cigarettes Has Completely Undermined the Public's Appreciation of the Severe Hazards of Smoking

Published on 2015-02-26 06:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


For decades, public health organizations have attempted to educate the public about the severe hazards associated with cigarette smoking, with tremendous success. However, in the past year or two, many of these same organizations have succeeded in completely undermining the public's appreciation of how hazardous smoking is. They have accomplished this, albeit unintentionally, through a campaign of deception about the hazards of electronic cigarettes.

In their zeal to demonize e-cigarettes, they have not only resorted to misleading and even lying to the public, but have done substantial public health damage. This damage comes in two forms. First, they have succeeded in convincing many smokers not to attempt to quit smoking. Second, they have succeeded in convincing about 50% of the public that smoking is not as hazardous as they previously thought.

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Outdoor smoking bans (again)

Published on 2015-02-26 06:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


That revolting individual, Lord Darzi, is calling for a ban on smoking outdoors again. In the British Medical Journal, Darzi and Simon Chapman are playing a game of good cop/bad cop, with the latter assuming the role of a half-decent human being by opposing the policy.

...some have invoked the virtues of shielding children from the sight of smoking as worthy evidence in this debate. They may concede that smoking in wide open spaces such as parks and beaches poses a near homeopathic level of risk to others, but they point to an indirect negative effect from the mere sight of smoking. This line of reasoning is pernicious and is redolent of totalitarian regimes in their penchants for repressing various liberties, communication, and cultural expression not sanctioned by the state. North Korea’s residents are routinely subjected to such fiats, but many of us would recoil at the use of such reasoning elsewhere.

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Fini la clope à la maison ! - par Christine Zaugg de GHI

Published on 2015-02-25 15:47:58.
Website: Accueil



GHI: "Fini la clope à la maison!  - Des régies et propriétaires banissent le tabac des logements.
- La loi n’interdit pourtant pas de fumer chez soi…
- Témoignages et réactions du CIPRET et de l’Asloca.

«J’en ai marre, je ne peux plus respirer, mon voisin toraille tous les soirs son gros cigare sur son balcon, la fumée rentre chez moi, j’ai l’impression de fumer aussi son Cohiba!» Paul* (prénom fictif), habite le centre-ville dans un appartement ancien. «Je ne suis pas contre les fumeurs, mais trop, c’est trop! Car en plus, je subis aussi la fumée passive des locataires du 3e. Qui sont eux de très grands amateurs de cannabis

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Dick Out And About: A Test For Democracy

Published on 2015-02-25 09:29:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I've written a piece for Totally Wicked's Article 20 legal challenge site, pointing out that the legal system is designed to hold politicians to account when they fail the public ... which is what they've done with much of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

You can read it here if you so wish. Do also have a look round the

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Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Exposes Campaign of Deception About E-Cigarettes, Shows How Anti-Smoking Groups are Harming the Public's Health

Published on 2015-02-25 06:23:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


My op-ed, entitled "The Misbegotten Crusade Against E-Cigarettes," appears today in the Wall Street Journal.

In the piece, I argue that many anti-smoking and health groups, including the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, have been waging a war against e-cigarettes, but that this war is based on a campaign of deception. These groups are misleading the public, and sometimes even lying about the relative health effects and effectiveness of electronic cigarettes.

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The future of pubs (if CAMRA keeps winning)

Published on 2015-02-25 05:04:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I gave a speech at the Future Pubs conference yesterday. This is what I said...

I’ve been asked today to give you my predictions of what the pub industry might look like in 2020. There are, I think, two realistic possibilities. The mundane view is that the trade will be pretty similar to what it is now, but with even fewer pubs. I would expect to see the rate of closures to slow down, but under any realistic scenario I wouldn’t expect to see the number of pubs grow. In only 3 of the last 35 years has there been an increase in the number of pubs, and only a modest increase at that, and all three of those years were in the twentieth century. The recession has, I’m sure, played a part in the decimation of the pub trade in the last eight years, but that doesn’t mean that recovery will lead to the growth in the sector. For the last couple of generations, pubs have closed during recessions and they have continue to close, albeit in smaller numbers, during booms.

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RTSun-le 19.30: " La Cour européenne justifie l'utilisation de caméras cachées par les journalistes"

Published on 2015-02-24 17:35:18.
Website: Accueil


RTSun-le 19.30: "Le recours de quatre journalistes de la télévision alémanique condamnés pour avoir piégé un conseiller en assurance avec une caméra cachée a été acceptée mardi par la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme.

"La Cour juge que la justice zurichoise a violé leur droit à la liberté d'expression et met en avant le rôle essentiel de la presse dans une société démocratique, qui est appelée à jouer un rôle indispensable de "chien de garde.

"Dans le cadre d'une émission de "Kassensturz", l'équivalent alémanique de "A bon entendeur" sur la RTS, les journalistes avaient enregistré en 2003 un entretien en caméra cachée avec un courtier qui proposait la conclusion d'une assurance-vie. Le but était de démasquer les insuffisances de certains conseillers."

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Tomorrow's SRNT Annual Meeting: Brought to You by Pfizer

Published on 2015-02-24 13:32:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


Tomorrow marks the start of the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) in Philadelphia.

According to the 2015 meeting program, a  major purpose of the conference is: "Through scientific exchange, integrate current research with implications for clinical practice." Specifically, a major focus of the conference is discussing recommendations for the treatment of smoking addiction, including the use of drugs such as Chantix and newer alternatives such as electronic cigarettes.

In fact, there will be at least 12 presentations on the use of Chantix for smoking cessation. In addition, there will be one talk on the potential suicide risk that has been observed in post-marketing studies of Chantix users. However, that talk is based on a published paper which concludes that "there is consistent evidence that varenicline either does not cause increased suicide outcomes, or if it does, the effect is very small." That paper makes recommendations for the labeling of the drug.

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The long tentacles of temperance

Published on 2015-02-23 16:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


There's a 'public health' conference in Edinburgh in October on the subject of alcohol. The conference is called 'Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm'. The words 'advocacy' and 'change' make it fairly clear that it is another chance for activists to swap notes and plan political campaigns. As usual, this shindig is being financed by the unwitting taxpayer, in this instance via the Scottish government and the Scottish NHS.


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Tobacco Control: Fascism's Trojan Horse

Published on 2015-02-23 13:18:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Don't lawfully confront the government if you're Irish, will you? Because they don't like that sort of thing.
Don't work for tobacco firms, lawyers urged CHILDREN'S Minister James Reilly has said it is not appropriate for legal firm Arthur Cox to represent tobacco firms and state agencies. Dr Reilly is currently reviewing the relationship between the State's child and family agency Tulsa and the firm of solicitors representing Japan Tobacco International (JTI), which is threatening legal action against the Government if it introduces plain packaging for cigarettes. "I fail to see how we send the right message by employing legal firms that are prepared to represent the tobacco industry, whose history in this area is quite appalling, to be quite frank. "Their inability to come out and tell the truth time after time has been quite shocking ..."Unlike Dr Reilly the eejit liar, of course.

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L'hyper-fouinage impuni doit cesser en Suisse !

Published on 2015-02-23 08:49:05.
Website: Accueil




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