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Towards independence: thoughts on the referendum

Published on 2016-06-26 14:05:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


As a supporter of leaving the European Union, I did not expect to win Thursday's referendum. Or, at least, I did not expect to win until 10.15pm on Thursday night when I heard reports of an unusually high turnout from council estates, at which point I immediately put £20 on Leave at 6/1. It seemed inconceivable to me that people who had gone years without voting - or had never voted at all - would pour out of their homes to keep Britain in the EU.

And so it proved. Much has already been written about how the 'dispossessed' and the 'deprived' gave a bloody nose to their supposed betters. The left is already rewriting history to make it appear that the working class were voting against 'austerity', against Cameron, against neoliberalism - against anything but the EU. Nonsense. If that were true, we would have spent the last year with Ed Miliband as prime minister.

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Chaos For Months

Published on 2016-06-25 23:03:50.
Website: Frank Davis


I’m beginning to wonder whether David Cameron is really a closet Brexiter. First of all he goes to Brussels and very publicly fails to get a “new deal” for Britain. Then he conducts a campaign of fear and threats that … Continue reading →

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The Divine Wind

Published on 2016-06-24 23:07:42.
Website: Frank Davis


Yesterday, after I’d voted, and was sitting outside a pub with a beer and a cigarette, a woman walked by with her dog. Someone must have asked her if she was on her way to the polling station up the … Continue reading →

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My Ballot Paper

Published on 2016-06-23 23:14:39.
Website: Frank Davis


How I saw the ballot paper today: You may either vote Yes, I’d like to continue to be the heir of William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Joseph Priestley, Michael Faraday, William Makepeace … Continue reading →

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Ignore the children

Published on 2016-06-23 14:42:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In a list of freedoms I would go to the wall for, the freedom of children to order takeaway food to the school gates is pretty low down. When I was a lad, I don’t remember anybody ordering takeaways from school, but then I was lucky enough to do my A-levels before the government forced dinner ladies to serve Jamie Oliver’s horrible food.

According to the attention-seeking campaign group the Royal Society for Public Health, school takeaways are now an issue and should be banned. ‘Public health group wants to ban something’ is a dog-bites-man story and so the RSPH have spiced things up by publishing a survey of teenagers which shows partial support for their cause, hence the Guardian headline ‘Ban takeaway deliveries to schools to stem obesity, children urge’.

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Let's Vote Leave, Eh?

Published on 2016-06-23 05:59:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So here we are then, EU referendum day.

By now you should have worked out that I intend to vote Leave, but in case you missed it, here is why.
[M]y objection to the EU has always been based on the handicapping effect of never-ending regulation that is impossible to avoid from such an institution. If you dedicate a few hectares of a major European city to thousands of highly-paid people whose livelihood depends on dreaming up new regulations, what else are they going to do but regulate? But, I hear you say, regulations keep us safe don't they? We need them. Well up to a point yes, but that point passed decades ago in the case of the EU. I've written about EU regulations in my industry before which have absolutely nothing to do with safety whatsoever, but instead impose unnecessary costs on businesses, inhibit employment and push up prices for consumers. We are well beyond the time where what we actually need is an institution which deregulates, but instead we pay billions to the EU to turn the ratchet further without ever bothering to repeal anything that is unhelpful. Anyone who has kept a close eye on the corrupt shenanigans surrounding the Tobacco Products Directive - particularly towards e-cigs where nothing has been made safer at all, but where innovation and consumer satisfaction has been thrown to the dogs - will attest to that. The message that Brexit the Movie conveyed wasn't even a new one. It's incontestable that free markets, competition, light regulation and transparency are the most successful drivers of growth, employment, social mobility and betterment of wealth and disposable income. This has always been the case and no amount of governments pretending they "create jobs", by handing back only some of the taxes they take which could have been paid directly to workers, will change that.Heavy regulation does, though, protect big businesses at the expense of small and medium-sized ones; props up failing business models; inhibits employment; strangles innovation; and raises prices to consumers. I was commenting after the first screening of Brexit: The Movie which I now understand has attracted over 3 million views in all formats. If you haven't yet seen it, I can highly recommend you do**, so here it is.

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Expect Bad Tempers For A Long Time

Published on 2016-06-22 23:18:21.
Website: Frank Davis


Well, this time tomorrow it’ll be all over. And the outcome may not become clear until deep into the night. I’m not sure if I’ll stay up late. I still have no idea what the outcome will be. A week … Continue reading →

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Alexithymia

Published on 2016-06-21 23:12:40.
Website: Frank Davis


I was reading today that Rome has just elected its first woman mayor: Virginia Raggi, the telegenic populist candidate from Italy’s 5-Star Movement (M5S), has won a landslide victory to become the first female mayor of Rome, defeating the Democratic … Continue reading →

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A Review Of A Billion Lives ... I Didn't Hate It

Published on 2016-06-21 22:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Last time I wrote about the A Billion Lives film it attracted quite a bit of reaction. In fact it attracted the third most numerous comments in this blog's history.  I was also called all sorts of names by both smokers and vapers, which probably means I wasn't that far wrong in what I was saying.

Well, I finally got to see it as a preamble to the Global Forum on Nicotine conference on the 16th of June in an incredibly dark Warsaw Kinoteca cinema. It's not your usual multiplex, situated as it is in the old communist Palace of Culture building.

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Tough Times At Puddlecote Inc

Published on 2016-06-21 19:14:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I was at the Global Forum on Nicotine at the back end of last week which featured a showing of A Billion Lives. As many readers will remember, I was not enamoured with the the trailer in the slightest last year so I shall be writing a review about it at some point when I get time.

Time being the operative word because the Puddlecote Inc re-organisation/refurbishment is in full flow with a hell of a lot going on at the moment. It was expected that we were going to endure a very tough few months to deliver a necessary office building project and a large new piece of business all at the same time, but needs must and my team is doing incredibly well under some pretty tough conditions.

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Guest post: State government not seeing the light on vaping

Published on 2016-06-21 13:11:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Australian anti-wowser Terry Barnes recently wrote an article about e-cigarettes for the Herald-Sun which is behind a paywall. I'm reprinting it here with his permission... 
As its disregard for public opinion and due process over East West Link, sky rail and the CFA’s enterprise bargaining agreement show, the Andrews Government does things its way.
The government’s modus operandi is now very well established. Consult minimally or not at all, make decisions affecting significantly the lives of Victorians, then announce them to a supposedly grateful state as “fair and reasonable” — because the government itself says so. Public opinion and evidence to the contrary are brushed aside, as the government knows best.

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The pub champion?

Published on 2016-06-20 12:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


There's an interesting article in the Morning Advertiser today about CAMRA's misguided idea of preventing pubs being sold as anything other than pubs. As I have argued before, the Assets of Community Value scheme addresses the symptom rather than the cause of the pub industry's malaise.

Initially intended to protect historic pubs, CAMRA now wants all pubs included in the scheme, starting with Otley, West Yorkshire where nearly every pub has been listed regardless of the views of their owners.

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Pediatrics "Gateway" Article Author Hiding Conflicts of Interest with Big Pharma; Drug Companies Have Gotten More than their Money's Worth

Published on 2016-06-20 10:01:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last week, I discussed an article published in Pediatrics which is going to deal a devastating blow to the vaping industry because it wrongly concludes that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking among youth. Evidence like this is the death knell to vaping, as perhaps it should be if it were true.

The problem, however, is that as I explained, the Pediatrics study cannot conclude that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking because it measured only e-cigarette experimentation at baseline and was unable to document that a single nonsmoking vaper actually became addicted to vaping. Nor was the study able to document that a single nonsmoking vaper actually used a product that contained nicotine. Since the Monitoring the Future study suggested that a solid majority of youth e-cigarette users do not use nicotine products, this is a major study limitation.

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Jamie Vardy on caffeine and nicotine

Published on 2016-06-18 10:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From The Telegraph
England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been photographed holding a can of Red Bull and a can of snus. Outrage has ensued at The Telegraph...

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Democracy Rules

Published on 2016-06-18 10:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You may have worked out by now what my stance on the EU referendum is, but if not watch this because I think it's really very good.

Toby Young presents the democratic case for leaving the EU.


You can also read the transcript here to pull out quotes.

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RTS - La Première: "Comment lutter contre la "science poubelle"?

Published on 2016-06-17 01:41:25.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - CQFD: "La science apporte des preuves scientifiques aux questions que les chercheurs se posent. Malheureusement, ces preuves ne sont pas toujours aussi solides qu’on le croit. On a vu des études a priori sérieuses et qui ont été publiées dans des grandes revues scientifiques être désavouées et retirées quelques années plus tard. Comment empêcher les publications des "mauvaises sciences"?

"L'éclairage de Nadia Elia, médecin épidémiologiste, spécialiste en santé publique, chercheuse dans le service d’anesthésie aux HUG et chargée d’enseignement à l'institut de santé globale de l’Universté de Genève. Par Adrien Zerbini."

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Gerard Hastings in the spotlight

Published on 2016-06-16 12:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Times continues to dig into the motley crew who drew up the new alcohol guidelines. Today, it's 'Mad' Gerard Hastings in the spotlight...

Safe-drinking adviser had temperance link
An academic who played a key role in drawing up the controversial new safe drinking limits did not declare his links to a group funded by the temperance movement.
...Professor Hastings of Stirling University completed a register of interests form for the Department of Health but did not reveal that he held a paid position as an expert advisor to the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS).

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Don't decriminalise, legalise

Published on 2016-06-16 10:01:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Royal Society of Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health have called for the possession of drugs for personal use to be decriminalised. This is being widely reported as a call to legalise drugs. It's not, but it should be. At the Telegraph I explain what I would do. Have a read.


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End Of An Error

Published on 2016-06-16 09:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The Guardian has reported on the departure of the Faculty of Public Health's nagger-in-Chief John Ashton. Staying true to the ethos of 'public health' - and comparing the country's kids to "livestock" - he has marked the occasion by being a pompous sneering prick.
The government should give parents lessons on how to raise their children, according to Britain’s leading public health expert.I'd say he's going out with a bang but regulars here will remember one of his even more arrogant and condescending moments one Saturday back in 2014.

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Why Must the American Cancer Society Continue to Lie to the Public? This Time, They Do So in Coordinated Fashion

Published on 2016-06-16 01:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a letter to the editor published last week in the Bradenton Herald, an individual identified as being with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network tells the public that the Bishop-Cole amendment would "strip FDA's authority to review new products, ones becoming increasingly popular with youth, like e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah." She goes on to urge Florida's Senator Nelson not to "fall for the industry's latest trick to avoid critical FDA oversight of these addictive and potentially lethal products."

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It's not beer advertising when we do it

Published on 2016-06-15 13:06:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Big Alcohol Exposed, part of the web of EU-funded temperance groups, is running a ludicrously ambitious campaign to crowd fund an alternative sponsor for Everton FC. Everton is currently sponsored by Chang beer and the temperance lobby want to use people power to outbid the beer company and replace it with a seemingly random Merseyside hair salon.

The only snag is that this will cost $23,000,000 and they have so far managed to raise just $1,705. The use of dollars is a clue that this is not an entirely British initiative and the crowdfunding page confirms that it was the teetotallers at Big Alcohol Exposed who initiated the project...

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ASH Attempts To Grind Vaping Into The Dirt

Published on 2016-06-15 11:44:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I've written a lot recently about how ASH have been furiously lobbying in favour of the restrictions placed on e-cigs by the TPD (see here, here, here, and here).

Their latest huge effort managed to sway Labour into opposing Lord Callanan's fatal motion and downgrade it to one merely expressing regret. You'd think Arnott and her pals would be happy with that, wouldn't you?

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Loi sur le tabac renvoyée par les Etats

Published on 2016-06-14 22:53:58.
Website: Accueil


(ATS) "La publicité pour le tabac ne devrait pas être restreinte. Par 28 voix contre 15, le Conseil des Etats a rejeté mardi les propositions du Conseil fédéral en lui demandant de revoir largement sa copie.

Le Conseil national doit encore se prononcer. La loi sur les produits du tabac avait déjà été fortement contestée en consultation, les milieux de la santé la jugeant trop timorée, l'industrie trop invasive. Les arguments de cette dernière ont prévalu dans les rangs des sénateurs, au terme d'un débat entamé jeudi passé. La majorité estime que la loi va beaucoup trop loin et interfère avec les principes de l'économie de marché."

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Moving the goalposts on malnutrition

Published on 2016-06-14 12:06:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In Global #NutritionReport 2016 out today we are redefining what it means to be malnourished https://t.co/u98wMlGj1q pic.twitter.com/tdJJjc7EYI— Corinna Hawkes (@CorinnaHawkes) June 14, 2016
As the tweet above indicates, the Global Nutrition Report Stakeholder Group has today launched an assault on the English language. Although nearly everybody understands malnutrition to mean a lack of food, they are now including overweight and obese people in their list of people who are 'malnourished'. This means that most people in Britain are suffering from malnutrition.

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The Blind Fanaticism Of ASH Wales

Published on 2016-06-13 20:17:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


My ears have just stopped ringing from having a Sikh and a Derryman employing an incredibly loud kango to knock down internal walls at Puddlecote Inc today - for SIX BASTARD HOURS - as part of our reorganisation plans.

Back in the comparative peace of home, I now find that ASH Wales have been up to their old tricks again. You may remember that in March they were thrilled to "fully welcome" an outdoor smoking ban on Little Haven beach in Pembrokeshire which also encompasses e-cigs, so much so that their logo (and that of fellow 'vape-friendly' Cancer Research UK) is proudly displayed on the sign which announces the fascistic and pointless policy to the public.

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New Pediatrics Study Provides Absolutely No Evidence that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking

Published on 2016-06-13 10:00:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published online today in the journal Pediatrics purports to show that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking among youth. The study followed a sample of approximately 150 never-users of e-cigarettes and 150 ever users of e-cigarettes for one year. Both groups consisted entirely of never smokers. At one-year follow-up, the initiation of smoking was compared between the two groups. E-cigarette users were found to be six times more likely to have initiated smoking. Based on these findings, the paper concludes that e-cigarette use among youth increases the risk of progression to smoking: "These findings suggest that e-cigarette use may promote smoking during the transition to adulthood ... ."

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The WHO is very concerned about Syria

Published on 2016-06-10 10:34:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


You really can't make this stuff up. With hundreds of people dead and millions fleeing for their lives, the failed state of Syria is being told by the World Health Organisation to concentrate on... plain packaging.

In a statement last week, the U.N. health agency warned that "notwithstanding the current crisis in the country," Syrian officials should collaborate with the U.N. health agency to control the use of tobacco and water pipes among its people, especially young adults, women and teenagers. 

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ASH's Deliberate War On Vaping

Published on 2016-06-10 09:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The other day I told you how ASH tried to destroy vaping by lobbying their Brussels buddies. It wasn't their first attempt by any means, they've wanted to kill off e-cigs for a very long time.

Now, if you've been watching closely, you'd have noticed that there was a fatal motion proposed by Lord Callanan to extinguish the statutory instrument which enabled the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). His motive was to send it back to the Commons so they can think again, as I described last month.

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CDC Data Reveal Drastic Decline in Youth Smoking, Blowing E-Cigarette Gateway Hypothesis Out of the Water

Published on 2016-06-10 00:23:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday released new data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) revealing that despite a striking increase in youth e-cigarette use in the past two years, the prevalence of current smoking among high school students nationally declined by a whopping 31% from 2013 to 2015, falling from 15.7% to 10.8%. This represents a historic low and a 41% decline since 2011. Frequent smoking also fell to a historic low, dropping from 5.6% to 3.4%, a 39% decline. Daily smoking dropped by 42%, from 4.0% to 2.3%, and overall tobacco use declined by 23%, falling from 24.0% to 18.5%.

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Ekel - jetzt im Handel

Published on 2016-06-09 19:44:31.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Als am 20. Mai die deutsche Umsetzung der EU-Tabakproduktrichtlinie (TPD 2) in Kraft trat, haben wir prognostiziert, dass es bei einigen Tabakwaren nur Wochen dauert, bis die neuen Packungen mit den Ekelbildern in den Einzelhandel gelangen. Der Deutsche Zigarettenverband (DZV) hatte zwar kürzlich Medienberichten zufolge vermutet, vor „Spätsommer oder Herbst“ würden sie nicht an Endkunden verkauft, aber wir waren besser informiert.

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Richard Peto on snus

Published on 2016-06-08 10:35:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A reader has asked me if I have copies of the letter written by Richard Peto about snus/Skoal Bandits in 1984. I do indeed and here they are. See here for background and click to enlarge.


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Alcohol Concern, Lundbeck and nalmefene

Published on 2016-06-07 10:21:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



It was reported yesterday that the anti-drinking drug nalmefene (AKA Selincro) is not particularly effective and that studies cited by its manufacturer Lundbeck are flawed. This is not the first time questions have been asked about this drug and I can't say I'm surprised. When I looked at the evidence in 2014, I was surprised by how weak it was. There are not many studies, for a start, and taken together they suggest that the drug is only marginally more effective than a placebo.

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