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Rue89: "Avec la caisse automatique, la caissière devient un peu flic"

Published on 2014-08-20 17:48:19.
Website: Accueil


Rue89: "La caisse automatique s’est imposée dans les super et hypermarchés, jusqu’aux supérettes de proximité. Devenue contrôleuse, la caissière a vu son métier changer.

"Casino a sorti la première en 2005. Auchan, Carrefour, Intermarché, Système U, Simply Market, mais aussi Leroy Merlin ou Ikea ont suivi.

"La machine a-t-elle remplacé l’homme (ou plutôt la femme, 61% du personnel de ces commerces étant féminin) ? Telle était la crainte exprimée au départ par les syndicats des principales concernées.

"Finalement, les effectifs du secteur – tous métiers confondus – n’ont que légèrement baissé, de 1,7% en 2011. Les caissières en particulier n’ont pas massivement disparu, ajoute Sophie Bernard, auteure de « Travail et automatisation des services. La fin des caissières ? » En revanche ...

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NHS Stop Smoking Stalling

Published on 2014-08-20 16:28:59.
Website: Frank Davis


A little snippet that caught my eye: Smokers turn their backs on NHS as they opt for e-cigarettes to help quit smoking The number of people turning to the NHS for help to stop smoking has fallen for the second … Continue reading →

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Ploom Introduces Two New PAX Proprietary Blends

Published on 2014-08-20 14:25:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl


For those who have never heard of Ploom before, Ploom is an upstart tobacco company based out of San Francisco that is setting out to change the way many smokers consume tobacco. On their website, founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees, two grad students at Stanford's Joint Program in Design, explain how the idea of Ploom came to fruition:


Ploom began as a conversation between a smoker and a non-smoker outside a studio at Stanford’s Joint Program in Design in 2004. “What do you hate about smoking?” Adam asked. “What do you love about it?” James responded.

In a quest to reinvent smoking, the PAX and the modelTwo were born. Both heat, rather than burn, plant material.

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Punch Drunk

Published on 2014-08-20 11:16:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Those business geniuses at Punch Taverns are in confident mood according to the FT.
Punch Taverns says it now has the necessary “momentum behind” its debt restructuring proposal that aims to slash a quarter off the pub group’s £2.3bn debt burden. Stephen Billingham, executive chairman of Punch, said: “We have more people on side than we did on June 26. I think the company is optimistic that it is now on the road to completing the restructuring".If I were an investor in Punch, I'd be running scared right now. You see, they've been "optimistic" before.

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Oz/NZ

Published on 2014-08-20 02:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'm on my way to Australia to attend the Consilium conference. I'll be on a panel speaking "in praise of contrary opinion". If you are in Sydney, we'll be reprising this discussion on the 25th in a public meeting.
On the 26th, I'll be on an excellent panel with Cassandra Wilkinson and Julie Novak to talk about government snooping and the march of puritanism. That event, organised by My Choice Australia, is also in Sydney and will, I hope, be followed by some binge-drinking.

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Fat Story

Published on 2014-08-19 18:13:42.
Website: Frank Davis


I was arguing last night that one cause of obesity might be reduced metabolic rates in warmer housing, workplace, and transport internal environments. Today I thought I’d take a stab at estimating what the difference might be, using Humphreys and … Continue reading →

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Save Our Careers! Ban E-Cigs!

Published on 2014-08-19 11:02:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Boy, are there some shocking people in Canada's chapter of the tobacco control sect.
Public health officials and regulators who have battled for years against smoking may be inadvertently bolstering the tobacco market with their strong stand against e-cigarettes, some financial analysts say.It seems that, because of insane self-enriching public health wingnuts, a German bank has advised its investors to sell their granny and pile into buying tobacco stocks. The reason? Because public health's assault on e-cigs can only have one possible outcome.

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Quelle e-cigarette pour le mieux vapoter ?

Published on 2014-08-19 08:58:21.
Website: Accueil


Pour tous ceux qui arrête de fumer (du tabac), le moment du choix est arrivé. Le moment de...l'embarras du choix...

Dossier UFC Que Choisir sur la cigarette électronique : (1) tests de liquides

Le magazine de UFC Que Choisir publie dans son dernier numéro un dossier sur la cigarette électronique [1]. Voici en avant première le résultat de tests de 14 e-liquides ...



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Fat Lies

Published on 2014-08-18 17:39:05.
Website: Frank Davis


James Delingpole writes: Britain’s “obesity epidemic” is mainly caused by the fact that its population are lazy slobs and not because they eat too much, a shock new study called The Fat Lie has found. The only reason the study – … Continue reading →

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The Fat Lie (plus Channel 4 News)

Published on 2014-08-18 16:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



Yesterday, the IEA published my latest report—The Fat Lie—which presents some of the evidence mentioned previously on this blog related to calorie consumption and obesity. The following is a summary of some of the main points, but please read the whole report which can be downloaded free of charge here.

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Bienne tolère le cannabis

Published on 2014-08-18 07:50:44.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " Les autorités de la cité bilingue ne s’opposent pas à une expérience pilote de légalisation avec d’autres villes suisses.

"Le Conseil municipal de Bienne veut que les mécanismes visant à éviter un «tourisme de la drogue» comme celui qui avait cours lors de l’âge d’or des magasins de chanvre soient déterminés. Cette condition étant posée, les autorités répondent favorablement à une pétition intitulée «Bienne avance vers la légalisation du cannabis», déposée le 19 mai 2014 auprès de la Chancellerie municipale, munie de 290 signatures manuscrites et 764 signatures électroniques.

"La pétition demande que Bienne participe au projet pilote de vente légale et contrôlée de cannabis, comme le prévoient Genève, Berne, Zurich et Le Conseil municipal rappelle que «les produits à base de cannabis sont de loin les substances illégales les plus consommées en Suisse. Leur prévalence annuelle se monte ainsi à 9,5% chez les jeunes de 15 à 24 ans».

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De la (bonne) nicotine à vapoter "Swissmade"

Published on 2014-08-18 06:45:04.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "Des Romands mettent en avant le Swiss made en attendant la nicotine

"Sur le catalogue du magasin, un liquide baptisé «Swiss chocolate». A l’intérieur de la fiole? «Secret de fabrication, sourit Eric Larpin. Mais on a fait les choses en grand, avec une pâte de cacao utilisée par les plus grands chocolatiers helvétiques.» Avec son associé Constantin Tsacanikas, les deux cofondateurs de Green Mountain n’ont qu’un mot à la bouche: le «Swiss made». Un label brandit comme le Graal, la raison d’être de leur société de production de e-liquide – recharge pour cigarette électronique – fondée à Servion en janvier.

"Bientôt des Genevois...

"Et ils ne sont pas les seuls. Depuis le début de l’année, deux autres sociétés au moins se sont lancées dans l’aventure en Suisse romande. Vapur, en mars à Yverdon, et plus récemment Vap’Ange, en mai, dans le canton de Fribourg. "

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The plain packs meta-lie (part two)

Published on 2014-08-17 23:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The second part of the current plain packaging meta-lie is that "customs and excise data shows [sic] a fall of 3.4% in tobacco sales by volume in the first year of standardised packaging" (Public Health England).

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Antisocial

Published on 2014-08-17 18:11:43.
Website: Frank Davis


Antismokers often say that smoking is an antisocial form of behaviour – because smoke gets in people’s eyes and hair and clothes. But I think that smoking is a highly social form of behaviour – for the exact same reason. … Continue reading →

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Jail For Smoking Outdoors? ++ Updated ++ And Vaping Too?

Published on 2014-08-17 09:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


There has never been - nor will there ever be - a scientific study which says passive smoking outdoors is dangerous to passers-by. It doesn't stop one town from proposing a criminal record for smoking outdoors though, complete with a possible jail sentence.

Where is this place, you ask? Why, in California, of course.
NEVADA CITY (CBS13) — Nevada City is considering strengthening its smoking ordinance in its historic district to possibly make the offense a misdemeanor in addition to the hefty fine.

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Safe Sandcastles

Published on 2014-08-16 17:36:18.
Website: Frank Davis


In our not-so-brave new world of Health and Safety, I’m constantly surprised that beaches aren’t sealed off with barbed wire. Because they are such dangerous places, with huge waves breaking on them, and sharks patrolling just offshore, and strong currents … Continue reading →

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Les fumeurs récalcitrants "de bas niveau" sont les plus appréciés des préventomanes !

Published on 2014-08-16 14:46:51.
Website: Accueil




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Link Tank 16/08

Published on 2014-08-16 02:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Sublime and ridiculous.

This BBC protection racket should be shut down

Meet the USA's beer bottle dictator

Burger me! We need to scrap the ASA

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La marijuana médicale autorisée sous toutes formes en Colombie britannique !

Published on 2014-08-15 17:11:32.
Website: Accueil


lapresse.ca:"Le plus haut tribunal de la Colombie-Britannique a autorisé, jeudi, la marijuana médicale sous toutes les formes possibles, des huiles aux biscuits en passant par les thés, dans le cadre d'un jugement qui déclare inconstitutionnel le règlement fédéral limitant le cannabis thérapeutique à la forme séchée.

"La Cour d'appel de la Colombie-Britannique a annoncé jeudi sa décision à deux contre un, affirmant que le Règlement sur l'accès à la marijuana à des fins médicales enfreint les droits fondamentaux des citoyens qui réclament une autre forme de cannabis pour soulager leurs douleurs ou leurs symptômes."

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Word Up

Published on 2014-08-15 09:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Hey journalists, listen up.
'Vape', 'Binge-Watch' Added to Oxford DictionariesEditors for the site track and analyze some 150 million English words used online, in newspapers and other sources, and once every few months they decide which new words are so widely used that they merit a dictionary entry. "These are words that are common enough that you are likely to encounter them, and may have to look up their meanings," said Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Martin. One of these is "vape" or "vaping," which describes inhaling smokeless nicotine vapor using e-cigarettes. Oxford Dictionaries researchers say the usage of both "vape" and "e-cig" has increased about 10 times in the past two years. "The trend of e-cigarettes has created a sort of vocabulary around it," Martin said.So, boys and girls in the media, let's have no more of you displaying your utter ignorance with talk of "smoking e-cigarettes" (example from gullible hack here), eh?

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La France doit-elle s'inquiéter des "pratiques inqualifiables" d'Amazon" ?

Published on 2014-08-15 06:55:16.
Website: Accueil


les-crises.fr: "Tandis qu’Amazon fait la guerre à Hachette aux Etats-Unis, et qu’Aurélie Filippetti dénonce une “atteinte à la diversité littéraire”, quelques raisons de dédramatiser.

"Aux États-Unis, Amazon et Hachette Books sont en conflit au sujet des livres numériques. Amazon veut imposer à tous les livres numériques un prix unique de 9,99$, alors que la filiale américaine de l’éditeur propose des tarifs compris entre 12,99$ et 19,99$.

"Salauds d’Amazon, diviser le prix des livres électroniques par 2 !!!

"Pour obliger Hachette à réduire ses marges, Amazon a recours depuis le mois de juin à des méthodes qualifiées par certains de «déloyales» contre les ouvrages édités chez Hachette: allongement des délais de livraison, refus d’effectuer les rabais ou d’enregistrer les précommandes. Ce week-end, 909 auteurs ont attaqué Amazon en publiant une lettre ouverte à Amazon dans le «New York Times».

"Mardi 12 août, Aurélie Filippetti a salué leur coup de gueule. La ministre de la Culture a confié au «Monde» : “Cet épisode est une nouvelle révélation des pratiques inqualifiables et anticoncurrentielles d’Amazon. C’est un abus de position dominante et une atteinte inacceptable contre l’accès aux livres. Amazon porte atteinte à la diversité littéraire et éditoriale.”

"Je vois mal le problème particulier. La pression entre l’acheteur et le fournisseur professionnels, c’est bien aussi vieux que le commerce, non ?"

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The plain packs meta-lie (part one)

Published on 2014-08-15 06:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


In recent weeks the various dodgy claims made by plain packaging campaigners have coalesced into a single meta-lie which, I suspect, will now be repeated again and again.

The meta-lie has two components. Firstly, that Australia has seen the biggest ever decline in smoking prevalence since plain packaging was introduced. Secondly, that tobacco sales fell by 3.4 per cent in Australia in the first year of plain packaging (with the implication that this is an unusually large drop).

These claims have been repeated by Public Health England...

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Happy Late Summer - The Rest of the Story Will Return on Monday, August 25th

Published on 2014-08-14 15:11:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary



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Irish Government Admits Plain Packs Slippery Slope

Published on 2014-08-14 14:42:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As if Deborah Arnott's embarrassing denial of a slippery slope should plain packaging be adopted wasn't funny enough already, she's been undone yet again. This time by Irish government advisers, no less!

From the Irish Examiner:
Ireland will likely face a constitutional challenge and complaints to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the anti-smoking move, [junior jobs minister] Ged Nash was told by his officials. Countries and firms are watching events as it may dictate how governments legislate for other harmful goods such as alcohol and fats, officials say. The notes were drawn up by two department assistant secretaries general. The private briefing papers, given to Mr Nash last month, say Ireland has “come under scrutiny” at a WTO committee on technical barriers to trade. This is “because our new legislation on tobacco is seen by some WTO members as inhibiting fair trade under the rules” of the organisation. The dispute may also have implications on how alcohol, sugar and fats are legislated for, officials say.So, while tobacco control industry trouser-stuffers insist that there is no slippery slope, nor that there ever will be, government departments in Dublin are being advised that it's a distinct probability.

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"Plus de médicaments ruineux pour les toxicos !"

Published on 2014-08-14 13:33:01.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " La présidente de l'Organisation suisse des patients (OSP) et conseillère nationale Margrit Kessler (PVL-Vert-libérale/SG) (photo) a suscité la controverse en suggérant de refuser un médicament onéreux aux victimes d'hépatite C responsables de leur pathologie. Une lettre ouverte de plusieurs sociétés médicales demande des explications.

"Margrit Kessler a tenu ces propos vendredi dernier dans 20 Minuten online. Elle estimait que seuls les patients n'étant pas responsables de leur hépatite C devraient recevoir le médicament en question.

"Plus de la moitié des personnes infectées ont un passé de toxicomanie, la maladie étant transmise via le partage de seringues. Les intéressés sont donc responsables de leur destin, estimait la conseillère nationale."

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‘We will push for a law if we don’t get support'

Published on 2014-08-14 03:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This story didn't get much play in the mainstream media but it tells you everything you need to know about the public health racket, from the headline down.


‘We will push for a law if we don’t get support,’ warns health group

Yeah, that's the spirit. If people don't agree with you, force them.

Promoting products such [as] snacks, soft drinks and confectionery could soon become a thing of the past, according to leaked details from a Department of Health (DoH) meeting.

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A Question For Vapers From A Proud Smoker

Published on 2014-08-13 11:57:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A semi-question, semi-rant was posted on Facebook yesterday which - although I mostly disagree - raised some interesting discussion points.

I've known Peter Thurgood online for longer than I've been writing this blog and have met him and his wife on a number of occasions. The most recent times have usually begun with a greeting followed by good-natured banter about what I'm vaping and how he believes my e-cig looks a bit silly.

I don't mind as he's a very decent guy who is absolutely pro-choice (yes, even for e-cigs) and writes illuminating e-books on historical London which I heartily recommend, so not an idiot. But, as someone who really enjoys a smoke, he does have this bee in his bonnet about e-cigs which (I think) is driven by a fear that they pose a threat to people like him who are happy with tobacco and don't want to be rail-roaded into an alternative.

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La Corée du Sud va interdire l'usage de tout tabac !

Published on 2014-08-13 06:22:12.
Website: Accueil


(DDG/jaw) La persécution des fumeurs ne leur suffit plus. Il faut désormais tuer le tabac et en éradiquer purement et simplement l'usage. Dans quel pays ? La corée du Nord ? Pas du tout: c'est en Corée du Sud qu'une telle mesure est sur le point d'être imposée. Plus de lieux autorisés ou interdits aux fumeurs: à défaut de vouloir procéder à un nettoyage éthique et ethnique des fumeurs, voici qu'ils s'en prennent au produit lui même, source de tous les maux de la planète. Le peuple des fumeurs va-t-il se défendre en boycottant les produits de Corée du Sud ? Dans son Journal de 8 heures (RTS - La Première) du 13 août 2014, Coralie Claude (photo)  interroge Me Charles Poncet, avocat au Barreau de Genève(photo). Il ne mâche pas ses mots à l'ouïe du projet de Prohibition du tabac de la Corée du...Sud !

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SWSISSCOM peut-elle faire de la politique?

Published on 2014-08-12 16:29:31.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Forum: " Une entreprise en mains majoritairement publiques peut-elle s'immiscer dans les débats politiques? Swisscom l'a fait cette semaine en prenant position contre la révision de la Loi sur la surveillance de la correspondance par poste et télécommunication. Le Géant bleu représente un allié de taille pour le comité qui menace de lancer un référendum si les Chambres fédérales acceptent cette révision.

"Par Rouven Gueissaz, avec un débat entre Raphaël Comte, conseiller aux Etats PLR neuchâtelois, et Alexis Roussel, président du Parti pirate suisse."

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CAMRA: Still ignoring the elephant in the pub

Published on 2014-08-12 11:38:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


With the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) calling for more government intervention to save the British pub, let's remember what they said on the eve of the smoking ban in 2007.


You'd think that the influx of "840,000 people who never go to pubs", combined with six million pubgoers going more often, would have been a real shot in the arm for the pub industry, wouldn't you? Alas, these people didn't exist (it's that old stated preferences versus revealed preferences thing) and 2007 saw the start of the biggest decline in pub numbers in living memory, possibly ever.

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"A Crucial First Step"

Published on 2014-08-12 10:49:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Today is a significant date in the calendar at Puddlecote Towers so Mrs P and I will be enjoying some right posh Thai nosebag this evening.

As a quick observation, though, you might be interested to know that the BMA has pronounced on yesterday's much-publicised manifesto from Alcohol Concern and Lundbeck Ltd's Westminster puppets.

You see, for most of us, the manifesto would seem rather extreme and largely unwarranted, including as it does:

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More on booze warnings

Published on 2014-08-12 03:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Further to yesterday's post about health warnings on alcohol, I was on Channel 5 News last night debating the idea with Lord Brooke. His lordship took the unusual tack of talking mainly about sugar and obesity. As it happens, I am not against having calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks, as he would like, but we don't agree on much else.


Further reading:

Peter Oborne: 'Bossy health chiefs, drunk on power'

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