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Perfect Circle

Published on 2015-04-18 17:00:39.
Website: Frank Davis


At last, an opportunity to use my Putin cartoon. It’s just a rumour, but I’ve been expecting that something like this will happen. According to Spiegel, citing a senior figure in the ruling Syriza party, Greece is poised to sign a … Continue reading →

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The Irish Cancer Society's hard sell

Published on 2015-04-18 14:21:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I see the Irish Cancer Society has just made its contribution to the global campaign of e-cigarette misinformation. From the Sunday World...

A study conducted by the Irish Cancer Society has cast doubt on how useful e-cigarettes are in helping smokers quit.
The survey, conducted in March, found that using e-cigarettes may in fact increase smokers dependence on nicotine as the lack of regulation is creating the potential for long-term use.
Why shouldn't people use them long term? What's it got to do with the Irish Cancer Society? But note, straight away, that it's regulation they want.

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America's conflict of interest with e-cigarettes

Published on 2015-04-18 02:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This well made video nicely explains why California (and other US states, for that matter) are so keen to clamp down on e-cigarettes. People talk a lot about conflicts of interest, but this is a real one.





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Link Tank 18/04

Published on 2015-04-18 01:35:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A bumper week.

Will Self on his conversion to vaping

Ignore the puritan porn police - smut actually saves lives

Bans on beef join the growing list of restrictions on personal freedoms in India

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Un flot d'impertinences pertinentes dans La Nation

Published on 2015-04-17 17:04:21.
Website: Accueil


Sous la plume d'un rédacteur du journal vaudois La Nation, un autoproclamé ronchonneur " s'éclate" sur un mode humoristique contre la multiplication des injonctions et des interdits dans notre société. Ce morceau d'anthologie nous ravit. Mais quand on n'y songe, ce faisceau de signes convergents mériterait aussi d'être traité sur un mode de réflexion sérieuse car la norme sociale est contamine tous les domaines d'activites de l'homme en commençant par la normalisation de son esprit. Le « mariage pour tous" peut être perçu comme un signe de décadence permissive, certes, mais si l'on songe aux normes de comportement et d'hygiène, dont l'interdiction de la fumée en public et celle qui a mis le feu aux poudres il y a une dizaine d'années, l'individu est soumis chaque année à des restrictions et à des sanctions accrues. U'une société qui envoie désormais ses automobilistes en prison pour excès de vitesse ( sans accident), on peut attendre le pire. Tout en savourant le texte qui suit, n'oublions pas que les laminoirs  écrasent chaque jour davantage nos libertés résiduelles, sans que quiconque ne s'en émeuve vraiment. Les Dissident(e)s de Genève, association libertaire fondée en 2008, prennent cette cause très au sérieux, comment témoignent  l'esprit et la lettre de leurs statuts.

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NOLA Update

Published on 2015-04-17 16:49:55.
Website: Frank Davis


New Orleans’ smoking ban comes into force next week: …though progressive lawmakers are excited about the new regulations, bar owners in the French Quarter and other parts of town are not too happy about being told what they can and … Continue reading →

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Tim Stockwell: merchant of doubt

Published on 2015-04-17 04:52:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The campaign to pretend that moderate alcohol consumption isn't good for you continues this month in the pages of Addiction and it's no surprise to find Tim Stockwell taking up the cudgels. Stockwell is one of the world's leading neo-temperance activists, the author of the Canadian Minimum Pricing Miracle study, and is determined to return us to the days of Scientific Temperance Instruction when alcohol was deemed unsafe at any level.

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Handy UK Politics Advice

Published on 2015-04-16 16:51:05.
Website: Frank Davis


Chris Snowdon has a resumé of the main UK parties manifestos with respect to lifestyle. Here’s UKIP’s entry: UKIP UKIP explicitly opposes minimum pricing and will “reverse plain packaging legislation for tobacco.” They will also amend the smoking ban “to … Continue reading →

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Dis donc...à propos, un algorythme, c'est quoi au juste ?

Published on 2015-04-16 15:19:39.
Website: Accueil


rue.89: "L’algorithme  du gouvernement sera intrusif et inefficace. On vous le prouve

"On a demandé à des spécialistes en informatique s’il était possible de concevoir un programme répondant aux attentes du gouvernement en matière de renseignement. Résultat : techniquement, c’est très foireux.

"Pourtant, ce sujet est l’un des points les plus controversés du projet de loi sur le renseignement, discuté à l’Assemblée nationale depuis lundi : l’algorithme que le gouvernement, à la demande des services secrets, souhaite faire tourner au cœur de l’Internet français.

"Programmé au sein des fameuses « boîtes noires » que l’exécutif veut installer sur les tuyaux des opérateurs (Orange, Free, Numericable...) et des hébergeurs (Google, Facebook, et autres), cet algorithme a pour but de détecter, avant même la commission d’actes terroristes, d’éventuels suspects.

"On a déjà beaucoup parlé des similitudes entre cette ambition et la science-fiction. Mais concrètement, comment fonctionnera cet « algorithme » que tous les députés, tous les ministres, tous les conseillers, et donc tous les médias, ont à la bouche ces derniers jours ? "

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New Study Which Purports to Have Found that E-Cigs Inhibit Quitting is Complete Junk Science

Published on 2015-04-16 13:09:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


A new study, released just moments ago and published online today in the American Journal of Public Health, purports to have found evidence that smokers who use e-cigarettes are significantly less likely to quit smoking than those who do not.

(See: Al-Delaimy W et al. E-cigarette use in the past and quitting behavior in the future: a population-based study. American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print on April 16, 2015.)

The study involved a survey of 1000 smokers in California who were followed for one year to determine whether they had quit smoking at follow-up. Quit rates were compared between those who stated at both baseline and follow-up that they had ever used e-cigarettes and those who reported at both baseline and follow-up that they would never use e-cigarettes.

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Another Incompetent Chief Medical Officer

Published on 2015-04-16 12:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It would appear that the Welsh Chief Medical Officer, Ruth Hussey, is as incompetent as England's version when it comes to e-cigs.

From the BBC (complete with video):
E-cigarettes could normalise smoking among a generation which has grown up in a largely smoke-free society, according to the Welsh government's chief medical officer. Dr Ruth Hussey was responding to a Cardiff University study which found 6% of pupils aged under 11 said they had used e-cigarettes, compared to 2% who had tried tobacco. "This research demonstrates that e-cigarettes are being used by young people who have never smoked," she said.  "We should be doing everything we can to prevent a new generation becoming addicted to nicotine," Dr Hussey added.Really, Ruth? This is the information you are happy to spew out to our national broadcaster? Because I've read the study - it's here for anyone else interested - and it 'demonstrates' that Hussey is being economic with the truth.

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New CDC Report on E-Cigarettes Shatters Gateway Myth, Suggests Shift from Hazardous Smoking to Much Safer Vaping among Youth

Published on 2015-04-16 10:05:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


A new CDC report released moments ago and published in tomorrow's MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) presents new data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey which show a tripling of past 30-day ("current") e-cigarette use from 2013 to 2014 among both high school and middle school students.

(See: Arrazola RA et al. Tobacco use among middle and high school students -- United States, 2011-2014. MMWR, Vol. 64, No. 14, April 17, 2015.)

The report shows a dramatic and statistically significant increase in current use of e-cigarettes among both high school and middle school students over the period 2011-2014. The actual data are as follows:

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Party manifestos - the lifestyle issues

Published on 2015-04-16 02:47:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


All the major political parties have now published their general election manifestos. As predicted, they are mostly lacking detail on issues of 'public health'—ie. lifestyle regulation—but such detail as there is suggests that the nanny state will be thriving for at least another five years. Here are the main points from each manifesto...


Conservatives

Non-specific on most lifestyle issues. They claim to be "helping people to stay healthy by ending the open display of tobacco in shops, introducing plain–packaged cigarettes and funding local authority public health budgets." There is no mention of any other anti-smoking policies, presumably because they're waiting for ASH to tell them what to do.

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The Injustice of the Smoking Ban

Published on 2015-04-15 16:14:05.
Website: Frank Davis


Jax left a great comment late last night, so I’m going to reproduce it here: I certainly object to the smoking ban for much more than just because of the negative effect it has had on me personally. In many … Continue reading →

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Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over Required Pre-Approval of Cigarette Label Changes in Substantial Equivalence Guidance

Published on 2015-04-15 16:04:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


This Tuesday, the major tobacco companies filed suit against the FDA in federal district court. The chief claim is that in its March guidance on substantial equivalence, the FDA essentially promulgated a new rule requiring pre-approval of many cigarette package labeling changes, even if there is no change whatsoever in the cigarettes in the package.

According to a Reuters article: "the tobacco companies said the FDA's authority to regulate labeling was limited to products that claim to reduce tobacco-related harm or other circumstances addressed by formal rulemaking. The guidelines go far beyond that authority, the plaintiffs said, by requiring FDA authorization to make any labeling changes that would render a product already on the market "distinct," like a name change. Although the FDA has framed the guidelines as non-binding recommendations, they create "specific legal obligations with clear and draconian consequences for violations," including civil or criminal penalties, the lawsuit said. The companies said the guidelines violated First Amendment protections for commercial speech by presumptively blocking certain labeling statements until they receive FDA approval. They also accused the FDA of depriving stakeholders of the chance to weigh in on the directive by issuing it as guidance and not through formal rulemaking."

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Hurrah! A stupid law is wrecking an industry!

Published on 2015-04-15 06:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last December, the Scottish government lowered the drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood. As has been widely reported, this has led to a 30 per cent drop in pub sales and is another hammer blow to the pub trade courtesy of the 'public health' racket.

This is depressing news, unless you are a journalist at the Independent, in which case damage to the economy is an end in itself...

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The Long Retreat in the Culture War

Published on 2015-04-14 17:34:25.
Website: Frank Davis


Some of my commenters (e.g. Walt and Mikef) don’t think much of Pat Buchanan, but a recent piece by him seemed to get something right. Politics follows culture. And the cultural revolution of the ’60s is triumphant. Traditional Christianity, driven … Continue reading →

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4,442 Reasons Why Plain Packaging Won't Work

Published on 2015-04-14 12:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As Snowdon has reported today - do go read his analysis here - a new study has shown that smokers don't take up the habit because of the packaging. Yes, any fule kno that except the tobacco control industry who get paid handsomely to say otherwise, but the study in question is very interesting nonetheless.

It was authored by researchers from Imperial College London, Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Crete, with one of them also affiliated to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health, and was published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association (EPHA). A who's who of global authorities, right there, which is perhaps why we've seen not a whisper from the tobacco control industry about it - their one trick of throwing smears and ad hominems about the authors or assumed funding sources simply doesn't work in this instance, so they instead stay silent and pretend it doesn't exist.

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Packaging doesn't make people start smoking - study

Published on 2015-04-14 08:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This study was published in the European Journal of Public Health a couple of weeks ago. You won't have seen it reported anywhere and no 'public health' campaigners have mentioned it on Twitter, for reasons that will become obvious.

It looks at the factors that influence young people's decisions to start smoking.

Respondents were allowed to select up to three among the following response options: ‘your friends smoked’; ‘your parents smoked’; ‘you liked the packaging of the cigarettes (or other tobacco products)’; ‘you liked the taste or smell of tobacco’; ‘you liked menthol cigarettes’; ‘you liked cigarettes with a specific sweet, fruity or spicy flavour’; and ‘cigarettes were affordable’. Respondents who indicated that they started smoking because their friends smoked were classified as having initiated smoking under the domain of ‘peer influence’ and those who mentioned that they started smoking because their parents smoked were classified as under the domain of ‘parental influence’. All other responses were grouped together as ‘tobacco product features’, as the numbers of respondents who indicated each one as an influence were small.

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Drinking in films and other stuff

Published on 2015-04-14 06:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Institute of Ideas has asked various people to nominate one law for repeal. For me, the sheer vindictiveness of the smoking ban made it the obvious candidate. Read my brief article here.

Meanwhile, the censorious fanatics who want films to be given an adult rating if they depict smoking are, quite predictably, trying to do the same with drinking. Activist-quackademics at Bristol University have produced research claiming that 15 year olds who see lots of drinking on screen are 20 per cent more likely to have drunk alcohol. Ignoring the multiple confounding factors that could be behind this piddling little result, the study concludes...

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Gabriel Scally's Big Fat Fail

Published on 2015-04-13 12:39:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


In the run up to the election, the far left public health community is working hard to get their favoured Labour puppets elected.

One of these is proud socialist Gabriel Scally, a very rich guy who revels in being described as an NHS 'whistleblower' but who protests loudly when others use valid channels to expose lies surrounding tobacco control. He is also a monumental hypocrite on Twitter too.

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La RTS traque ...les traqueurs du Net !

Published on 2015-04-13 09:49:26.
Website: Accueil


La RTS participe à une opération internationale de salubrité publique en sensibilisant les usagers de l'Internet au traquage, le plus souvent à leur insu, de toutes leurs activités sur le Réseau des réseaux...

L'opération commence la semaine prochaine: elle est menée par l'excellente série d'émissions de service On en parle.

Les auditeurs peuvent, sous le couvert d'un anonymat garanti par la RTS, se faire inscrire sur un site protégé pour connaître toutes les données qui ont été accumulées au fil des années sur leurs pérégrinations informatiques dès l'instant où ils ont commencé à surfer sur le Net.

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Two Prominent Tobacco Control Researchers are Not Sure Smoking is Any More Harmful than Vaping

Published on 2015-04-13 03:22:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


According to an article from Healthline News, two prominent tobacco control researchers are telling the public they are not sure that cigarette smoking is any more harmful than vaping.

For reference, electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco, involve no combustion, have tobacco-specific nitrosamine levels that are two to three orders of magnitude lower than real cigarettes, eliminate most of the more than 10,000 chemicals and 60+ carcinogens that are present in tobacco smoke, have been shown not to cause acute changes in spirometry-measured lung function (unlike real cigarettes), are not known to have caused any deaths in the U.S (compared to more than 400,000 per year for real cigarettes), and have been shown to reduce respiratory symptoms and improve lung function in asthmatic smokers who switch to them.

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Papillons électoraux sur les pare-brise: CHF 60'000.- d'amende !!!

Published on 2015-04-12 15:16:24.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: La Mairie de Carouge évoque pollution ou surcharge de travail de la Voirie et pourrait amender jusqu’à… 60 000 francs.

En pleine campagne pour les élections municipales, le sujet fait jaser à Carouge. Lors du dernier Conseil municipal, l’écologiste Pierre Maulini s’est fendu d’une question écrite. «Le MCG et le PDC bénéficient-ils de dérogations spéciales?» s’interroge l’élu, après avoir observé un nombre important de prospectus électoraux, émanant de ces partis, apposés sur des pare-brise. «On nous a pourtant rappelé, pour des raisons évidentes, que la démarche est interdite.» 

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Link Tank 11/04

Published on 2015-04-11 03:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Still finding work for idle click-fingers.

Public Health's mirror image delusion - that everyone is as guilty as them

More scientists doubt the reported dangers of salt

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Prostituées d'Amsterdam opposées à la fermeture de vitrines

Published on 2015-04-10 18:11:36.
Website: Accueil


swissinfo.ch: Plusieurs centaines de prostituées et sympathisants ont protesté jeudi à Amsterdam. Les manifestants ont dénoncé l'intention de la mairie de rénover le "quartier rouge" et d'y fermer nombre de ses célèbres vitrines.

"Environ 250 personnes ont défilé dans le quartier rouge pour protester contre la fermeture des vitrines", a déclaré une porte-parole de la police de la ville, Marjolein Koek. Certaines prostituées portaient des masques afin d'éviter d'être reconnues.

Elles arboraient des pancartes sur lesquelles on pouvait lire "ne nous sauvez pas nous, sauvez nos vitrines" ou "arrêtez de fermer nos vitrines".

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Baseless Californian E-Cig Propaganda

Published on 2015-04-10 13:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Via my long-standing NorCal fellow jewel robber, David G, I thought you might like to see an example of the absurd propaganda Tobacco Free California is pumping out about e-cigs.

In his words, these ads are being aired "nightly/hourly on nearly all networks/channels daily, produced by taxpayer funds of $75 million", mostly as a result of some 'public health' lunatic - aptly called Chapman - equating harm reduction to an 'outbreak or epidemic'!

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PHILIPPE BARRAUD: "Les idiots utiles de l’Etat islamique"

Published on 2015-04-10 09:54:35.
Website: Accueil


"Les médias occidentaux sont béats d’admiration devant le piratage de France 5 par des terroristes se réclamant de l’EI. Quel talent ! Quelle puissance ! Triste réalité: nos médias sont les meilleurs agents de propagande de ces assassins.
Car ce n’est guère qu’une opération de propagande: au-delà de la stupéfaction des naïfs que nous sommes, cette opération n’a pas de portée politique, et encore moins militaire. Ou peut-être une seule: elle confirme que l’EI est aux abois, puisque sur les autres terrains, il recule. La cyberguerre est une arme chérie des faibles, car elle ne coûte pas cher. En effet, ses sources de financement se tarissent les unes après les autres, en particulier le pétrole: les terroristes auront bientôt perdus tous les champs pétrolifères qu’ils exploitaient; les salaires des djihadistes ont été réduits de moitié, et ils doivent acheter eux-mêmes leurs armes et leurs munitions. Vont-ils devoir vendre leurs esclaves ? Et ce prétendu Etat est évidemment incapable de mettre en place une quelconque administration dans les territoires qu’il occupe. Pas bon pour le recrutement, tout ça !"

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Empty smokefree casinos

Published on 2015-04-10 00:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights—an organisation that has nothing to do with nonsmokers, if it ever did—yesterday tweeted this picture of a smokefree casino in an effort pour encourager les autres...

Here's pic of @HorseshoeBmore: 1 of 17 smokefree #casinos at @caesarsent. Gaming jobs AND health. #smokefreeNOLA pic.twitter.com/PIjt8X54iu

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New CDC Ads Challenge Value of NRT in Quitting Smoking

Published on 2015-04-09 04:39:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary


A new ad campaign released today by the Centers for Disease Containment (CDC) targets nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for the first time. The agency says it is taking aim at NRT because its statistics show that the majority of users aren't quitting smoking.

One of the new ads takes on NRT directly. In the print ad, a 35-year-old woman named Kirsty says: "I started using the nicotine patch but it didn't work and I kept smoking. Right up until my lung collapsed." The image shows a surgical scar.

The CDC has expanded its anti-smoking campaign to include NRT because "the majority of users aren’t giving up smoking," said the senior medical officer at the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

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Standardise everthing!

Published on 2015-04-09 01:50:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


There was a little article in The Morning Advertiser yesterday, telling publicans to focus on their glassware if they want to give their customers the optimal experience.

Pubs are now paying more attention to how a drink is served, and as a result customers are enjoying the benefit of more innovative glassware, according to Henry Stephenson, managing director at Stephensons Catering.

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Rue89: " Naissance d’une nouvelle pathologie : l’algorithmophobia"

Published on 2015-04-08 15:08:46.
Website: Accueil


- par Olivier Ertzscheid, Enseignant chercheur - (photo)

Rue 89: " On connaissait les technophobes et les néoluddites. On connaissait les nomophobes, phobie contemporaine capable de déclencher des crises d’angoisse à l’idée d’être séparé de son smartphone. On connaissait la « Fear Of Missing Out » (Fomo), qui n’est pas – encore – une phobie mais à tout le moins une crainte de passer à côté de quelque chose d’important, et l’on connaissait également les stratégies de remédiation mises en place par les acteurs technologiques « While You Were Away » (Wywa)

"On sait que les algorithmes occupent une place de plus en plus centrale dans nos vies. Et que cette place centrale ne fera que croître. Les dix algorithmes qui contrôlent nos vies seront demain une vingtaine et s’étendront, via l’Internet des objets notamment, à des domaines régaliens jusqu’ici encore hors de leur champ d’influence (santé, éducation, travail, assurance, etc.).

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