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Plain Packaging, Cameron, Farage

Published on 2015-03-06 17:31:50.
Website: Frank Davis


Parliament is voting on this next week, I believe. No debate necessary. Breitbart: The IRA are set to make a staggering £22 million a year more in counterfeit cigarettes when plain packaging legislation goes through because the packs are so … Continue reading →

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La Tribune de Genève: " L'e-cigarette est un médicament selon la justice suédoise"

Published on 2015-03-06 16:40:58.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Vapotage...La Suède, pourtant avant-gardiste sur les méthodes de réduction des risques pour le fumeur, continue d'interdire la cigarette électronique.  Toute cigarette électronique contenant de la nicotine est un médicament, a estimé ce jeudi 5 mars la justice administrative en Suède, et, en tant que tel, ne peut être vendue sans autorisation de l'Agence nationale du médicament."



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RTS - On en parle: Le détecteur de mensonge, dernier avatar de la tendance sécuritaire moderne?

Published on 2015-03-06 16:01:08.
Website: Accueil


RTS - On en parle: "Dans le but de renforcer la sécurité, les innovations destinées à traquer les menteurs se multiplient. Science-fiction? Pas vraiment. Des spécialistes proposent depuis peu des formations pour traquer les menteurs et les détecteurs de mensonge sont aux portes des lieux publics, certains d’entre eux ayant récemment été testés à l'aéroport international de Nogales, dans l'Arizona, puis en Pologne.

"Que disent de telles perspectives de l'état de notre société? Christophe Canut recueille l’avis de Thomas Meszaros, maître de conférence en Sciences politiques à Lyon III, spécialiste des questions sécuritaires."

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The sock puppet state in action

Published on 2015-03-06 06:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Government self-lobbying doesn't get much more blatant than this.

The Irish government has put forward a bill—the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill—which includes minimum pricing and various other temperance policies. Alcohol Action Ireland, a state-funded lobby group, has been pushing for this legislation for some time and has now set up another lobby group to campaign for its passage through parliament.

The Alcohol Health Alliance is new initiative to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, a new piece of legislation that has the potential to significantly reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in Ireland, has been launched today.

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The sock puppet state in action

Published on 2015-03-06 06:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Government self-lobbying doesn't get much more blatant than this.

The Irish government has put forward a bill—the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill—which includes minimum pricing and various other temperance policies. Alcohol Action Ireland, a state-funded lobby group, has been pushing for this legislation for some time and has now set up another lobby group to campaign for its passage through parliament.

The Alcohol Health Alliance is new initiative to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, a new piece of legislation that has the potential to significantly reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in Ireland, has been launched today.

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Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

Published on 2015-03-05 17:07:13.
Website: Frank Davis


Has anyone tried out Google Glass? They’re smart glasses that beam images into one eye. And the people that use them are – apparently – called Glassholes. I got interested in smart glasses today. I’m currently in process of upgrading … Continue reading →

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Action Alert! Defend the right to vape in Illinois!

Published on 2015-03-05 08:57:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl


From Julie Pisciotto via CASAA:


******IMPORTANT ILLINOIS RESIDENTS AND VISITORS********

OPPOSE HB2404 – MAKE 6 CALLS TODAY!!
Wednesday March 4th

HB2404 will add vapor products to the Smoke Free Illinois Act

HB2404 restricts vaping like smoking cigarettes ONLY because the vapor looks like smoke

- Vapor is NOT smoke

- Vapor is not harmful like smoke

- Adding Vaping to this Act and inferring that the vapor is harmful 
IS Misleading Consumers about the relative harms

- Adding Vaping to this Act and inferring that the vapor is harmful 
WILL deter people from trying this less harmful alternative

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Public Policy Maker Becomes the First to Embrace Vaping as a Public Health Strategy to Combat Cigarette Smoking

Published on 2015-03-05 04:29:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


I have waited a long time for this, but it has finally happened. A public policy maker has become the first to publicly embrace vaping as a public health strategy to combat cigarette smoking. Alameda County Board of Supervisors member Nate Miley was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new vaping store called Ready, Set, Vape in Castro Valley.

Supervisor Miley noted the controversy over e-cigarettes, but emphasized that he could not help but support an intervention that is helping smokers get off deadly cigarettes.

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Aseem Malhotra's war on reality

Published on 2015-03-04 23:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Our old friend Dr Aseem Malhotra of Action on Sugar was feeling pleased with himself on Tuesday after rubbing shoulders with the public health minister Jane Ellison. Read about it and weep.

Public health minister has agreed that physical inactivity is NOT linked to #obesity. It's all about calories consumed! @SimonCapewell99
— Dr Aseem Malhotra (@DrAseemMalhotra) March 3, 2015
I asked, Do you agree public health minister that physical activity although important for health is NOT linked to #obesity - 'YES' she said

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Aseem Malhotra's war on reality

Published on 2015-03-04 23:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Our old friend Dr Aseem Malhotra of Action on Sugar was feeling pleased with himself on Tuesday after rubbing shoulders with the public health minister Jane Ellison. Read about it and weep.

Public health minister has agreed that physical inactivity is NOT linked to #obesity. It's all about calories consumed! @SimonCapewell99
— Dr Aseem Malhotra (@DrAseemMalhotra) March 3, 2015
I asked, Do you agree public health minister that physical activity although important for health is NOT linked to #obesity - 'YES' she said

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Education

Published on 2015-03-04 18:13:38.
Website: Frank Davis


One of the things that bothers me about Tobacco Control, apart from their holier-than-thou self-image, is their complete indifference to what happens to smokers. They’re just not interested. If I worked in Tobacco Control, I’m sure that I’d be very … Continue reading →

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My Interview with the Texas E-Cigarette and Vaping Association

Published on 2015-03-04 16:18:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


The Texas E-Cigarette and Vaping Association was kind enough to conduct an interview with me on electronic cigarettes. You can listen to the interview here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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