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Canadian Survey Suggests that Electronic Cigarettes are a Useful Smoking Cessation Tool

Published on 2014-12-22 04:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A national public opinion survey of 2,154 adult Canadians taken by the Forum Poll found that among smokers who used electronic cigarettes primarily as a smoking cessation tool, 24% had quit smoking.

The study concluded that: "many vapers are trying to quit smoking tobacco, and between a quarter and a third are successful at this. So, it appears e-cigarettes don't represent the trojan horse they are painted as, and may be a very useful smoking cessation aid."

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Alcohol: The Great Destroyer

Published on 2014-12-22 00:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



100 years ago today, prohibitionists brought their first constitutional amendment to ban the sale of alcohol before the House of Representatives. The vote went in their favour by 197 to 190 but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to progress. It would be another three years before the amendment was passed by the House and Senate.

The debate of 22 December 1914 is best remembered for the speech delivered by Richmond Hobson, a moral entrepreneur par excellence, known as Alcohol: The Great Destroyer. It was a speech he had delivered many times in his tub-thumping career and the version he gave that day is reprinted below with a few notes by me in italics. Readers will see that there is nothing new about campaigners using junk science, sophistry, dodgy statistics and attacks on industry to push for bans.

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The Military Point of View

Published on 2014-12-21 16:33:05.
Website: Frank Davis


The world today, sunk in deepening economic depression, looks very like the world back in the 1930s. Back then it was re-armament that got the wheels of industry turning again, and rapidly brought down unemployment. Is history about to repeat … Continue reading →

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"The Worst Letter of 2014"

Published on 2014-12-21 12:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


If you have read my account of how four vile, one-eyed tobacco control denialists thought it a cool idea to beat up on a part-time waitress from Cornwall for daring to write to the Lancet about e-cigs, you might be interested in this.

Clive Bates - former head of ASH, remember - has critiqued their letter in detail, describing it as the worst he has seen in 2014. Here are some highlights.

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Quand la censure russe fait sa publicité...et que la Chine "nettoie" le Net...

Published on 2014-12-21 09:41:44.
Website: Accueil





Moscou obtient de Facebook le blocage d'une page soutenant Navalny
(l'opposant numéro un au Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny)



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One Size Fits All

Published on 2014-12-20 18:01:34.
Website: Frank Davis


Something Rose said a couple of days back: I can’t help wondering if banishing smokers to the outside of hospitals led eventually to the neglect of other patients such as in Mid Staffordshire. After all, it requires an entirely different … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 20/12

Published on 2014-12-20 01:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As we approach the end of an insulting year ...

"The most successful smoking cessation product any one has as yet invented"

Canada’s new prostitution law explained with Lego

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Comfortably Numb

Published on 2014-12-19 17:21:26.
Website: Frank Davis


Too sleepy to write. So here’s 15-year-old Tina S playing the Pink Floyd guitar solo at the end of Comfortably Numb. To tell the truth, I thought it was better than the original. But then, what do I know about … Continue reading →

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New Study Refutes Claim that Electronic Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking

Published on 2014-12-19 06:32:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine refutes the claim that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking.

(See: Meier EM, Tackett AP, Miller MB, Grant DM, Wagener TL. Which nicotine products are gateways to regular use? First-tried tobacco and current use in college students. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015; 48(S1):S86-S93.)

The paper reports the results of an online survey of 1,304 undergraduate students at a large university in Oklahoma. The mean age of respondents was 19.6 years. Students were asked to report:

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£3 billion of savings, right there

Published on 2014-12-19 06:19:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the BBC:
A £2.7bn fund to improve public health in England is not always being spent where most needed, a watchdog says.
'Public health' budgets are, by definition, not being spent where they are most needed. The money would be better spent on education, medical treatment, rubbish collection, libraries, pothole repairs—almost anything other than a left-wing social engineering movement; a movement that would cost, not save, the treasury money if it did what it claimed to do.

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Antismoking and Antisemitism

Published on 2014-12-18 16:04:07.
Website: Frank Davis


I knew that David Cameron regarded himself as the “heir to Blair”, but this is news to me: Through much of his nine-year period as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister, David Cameron has copied Tony Blair’s political strategies … Continue reading →

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How The Public Are Elbowed Out Of 'Public Consultations'

Published on 2014-12-18 12:08:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


"Government agencies and councils in England that spend public money on lobbying ministers face a crackdown. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said it was wrong that taxpayers' money was being spent on political lobbying." - Eric Pickles, August 2010Having been very busy, I'm late to the subject of the all-too-predictable rubber-stamping of an upcoming ban on smoking in all cars - because, yes, that's what it will very soon morph into - and a lot (not all) of what I would have wanted to say has already been said elsewhere.

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Mythical beasts

Published on 2014-12-18 07:22:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


9 February 2014: The British Lung Foundation publishes an article entitled 'The Top Ten Myths About the Ban on Smoking in Cars Carrying Children'. Coming in at number 7 is this nugget:

7. "This ban will lead to bans in all cars, in people's homes and then everywhere"

Smoking in cars results in concentrations of toxins much higher than are normally found elsewhere - for instance, up to 11 times higher than you used to find in the average smoky pub. Children are much more vulnerable to these toxins than adults, and are also less able to choose alternative modes of travel or speak up if they don't like someone smoking. That's why parliament is only considering a ban on smoking in cars carrying children. Suggesting that other bans will inevitably follow insults the intelligence of the public to make up their minds on each law on a case-by-case basis.

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Cochrane Review Concludes that Electronic Cigarettes Appear to Be Effective for Smoking Cessation and Reduction, Although Further Research is Necessar

Published on 2014-12-18 06:15:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The first Cochrane review of the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes has concluded that there is enough evidence to declare that these products are effective for smoking cessation and reduction.

(See: McRobbie H, Bullen C, Hartmann-Boyce J, Hajek P. Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and reduction. The Cochrane Library. Published online on December 17, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010216.pub2.)

The authors describe their study inclusion criteria as follows: "We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in which current smokers (motivated or unmotivated to quit) were randomized to EC or a control condition, and which measured abstinence rates or changes in cigarette consumption at six months or longer. As the field of EC research is new, we also included cohort follow-up studies with at least six months follow-up. We included randomized cross-over trials and cohort follow-up studies that included at least one week of EC use for assessment of adverse events."

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Le pied dans la portière

Published on 2014-12-18 00:22:31.
Website: Accueil


"Le pied dans la porte (traduction littérale de l'anglais « foot-in-the-door » mais traduit également en « doigt dans l'engrenage » ou encore phénomène du premier pas) est une technique de manipulation décrite par les psychologues sociaux. Elle consiste à faire une demande peu coûteuse qui sera vraisemblablement acceptée, suivie d'une demande plus coûteuse. Cette seconde demande aura plus de chance d'être acceptée si elle a été précédée de l'acceptation de la première, qui crée une sorte de palier et un phénomène d'engagement." Wikipedia

En Angleterre il sera interdit de fumer dans une voiture occupée par des enfants à partir de l'année prochaine. Et l'Irlande vient juste de voter la même loi; il y a juste un petit problème: la police ne sait pas comment faire appliquer cette loi.

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A Slight Parting of the Curtains

Published on 2014-12-17 17:37:44.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve always regarded antismoking zealotry as almost inseparable from global warming alarmism. They are, after all, both concerned with trace amounts of gases in the atmosphere, once regarded as innocuous, but now widely believed to be lethal. Yet despite this, … Continue reading →

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A foot in the door

Published on 2014-12-17 15:51:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the politicians who said this...


"The era of big, bossy, state interference, top-down lever pulling is coming to an end."


David Cameron, Prime Minister, 2008

"We’ll get rid of the unnecessary laws – and once they’re gone, they won’t come back."

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, 2010

Comes this...

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100 years of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act

Published on 2014-12-17 07:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


There are a few important 100th anniversaries in the world of drug and alcohol prohibition coming up over the next few years. I've written about one today in City AM:

One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, the US’s first national legislation designed to control the manufacture, import and supply of opium and cocaine. Francis Burton Harrison, a Democrat representative, did little more than give his name to the law. The heavy lifting was done by Dr Hamilton Wright, a zealous public health specialist who believed that opium was “the greatest curse which humanity has ever known”. After wildly exaggerating the scale of drug addiction in the US, with particular reference to alleged drug-induced depravity among certain ethnic groups, Wright drew up a Bill that effectively banned the sale of narcotics for recreational use. It sowed the seeds for the war on drugs as we know it today.

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IN MY VIEW: Why Hysteria Over Youth E-Cigarette Use is Overblown; And Why it May Not Normalize Smoking

Published on 2014-12-17 06:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In response to the release of the 2014 Monitoring the Future data, which show that more youth are experimenting with electronic cigarettes than smoking (in terms of past 30-day use), many anti-smoking groups have sounded the alarm. More specifically, these groups have told the public that these data demonstrate that e-cigarettes are normalizing smoking. As Sabrina Tavernese explains in her New York Times article: "Health advocates say the trend for e-cigarette use is dangerous because it is making smoking seem normal again." For example, the American Academy of Family Physicians argued that these data show that e-cigarette use is normalizing smoking.

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Cochrane review confirms that e-cigarettes help smokers quit

Published on 2014-12-17 02:05:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews brings bad tidings for the anti-vaping clowns of the public health racket:

New Cochrane review finds emerging evidence that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking.
The first Cochrane review on this subject published today in the Cochrane Library gives some early insights in to electronic cigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking and reducing consumption... The team of researchers from the UK and New Zealand found two randomised trials that had analysed data from 662 current smokers. The researchers looked at the effects of electronic cigarettes on quit rates and the number of people who were able to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoked by at least 50%. They also looked at any adverse effects reported by electronic cigarette users. The team also considered evidence from 11 observational studies.

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"Castigating Lifestyles", Polly? The Left Have No Equal

Published on 2014-12-16 11:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Via Simon Cooke, Polly Toynbee has done a superb job today in highlighting the disgraceful behaviour of the left towards working class people.

I mean, how else does she think saying this would have been turned out?
Some themes deep in the heart of Toryism just never go away. Up they pop, over and over. Control the lower orders, stop them breeding, check their spending, castigate their lifestyles. Poking, sneering, moralising and despising is hardwired within Tory DNAErr, I don't believe Emily Thornberry is a Tory MP, is she?

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Glantz Tells Public There is No Question that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking, But Today's Monitoring the Future Data Show the Opposite

Published on 2014-12-16 03:47:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In an article published yesterday in USA Today, Dr. Stanton Glantz states definitively that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. He was quoted as stating: "There's no question that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking."

The article highlights the findings of two new studies showing that rates of electronic cigarette use among youth continue to rise dramatically. According to the article: "About 25% of high school students in Connecticut and 29% of teens in Hawaii have used e-cigarettes, according to separate studies. About 18% of the Hawaii teens and 12% of the Connecticut high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month. Both studies were done in 2013. Those rates are much higher than the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found 4.5% of high schoolers and 1.1% of middle schoolers had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days in 2013. Authors of the Hawaii study, published online Monday in Pediatrics, note that e-cigarette use has grown exponentially among kids, doubling every year since 2009."

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Soft drink tax won't save £39 million, it will cost £2,561 million

Published on 2014-12-16 03:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Children's Food Campaign has relaunched its campaign for a 20 per cent sin tax on sugary drinks. The pressure group, which is part of Sustain, claims that the tax will save the NHS in London £39 million.

This figure comes from some research that has not been published and is based on a theoretical model which cannot be checked. Regardless of the reliability of the source, £39 million a year isn't very much. The NHS budget is over £100 billion a year.

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Tobacco Control Dinosaurs vs Cornwall Waitress

Published on 2014-12-14 13:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


On Saturday mornings, Radio 5 Live carry a sports humour show called Fighting Talk which features a round entitled "defend the indefensible". If I were ever allowed to choose four contestants who would be most suited to such a test, they would be Martin McKee, Simon Chapman, Mike Daube and Stanton Glantz for their stunning ability to be able to talk utter bollocks in the face of adversity.

Because it was with astonishment that I read on Friday that these global tobacco industry heavyweights had conspired to produce an attack piece over a Lancet article written by ... a housewife and part-time waitress from Cornwall.
We were surprised to read in The Lancet (Nov 1, p 1576), Lorien Jollye's criticisms of the public health community for, as she alleges, insulting and ignoring the supporters of electronic cigarettesNow, for anyone who has followed the shenanigans of public health on social media, this isn't even debatable! As we saw from the John Ashton affair, it's part of these charlatans' routine to block social media comments from anyone who disagrees with them - often preemptively to avoid viewpoints which differ from their own - but continue to fire off insults anyway. McKee, Chapman and Glantz all do exactly the same, the only exception of the four is Daube ... because he's not on Twitter. But he was, as I understand it, responsible for calling authorities and getting a small business e-cig seller prosecuted in Western Australia.

In fact, they even block the opinions of those in their own tobacco control industry if they dare to say that e-cigs are a good idea. At least one of the four has, for example, even blocked arch anti-smoking activist Linda Bauld for that very reason.

As the Redhead says (do go read the whole thing), this more than adequately exceeds their own "scream test" criterion.
I’m sure you know what the tobacco control scream test is.
One of the measures used by anti tobacco campaigners to determine the effectiveness of an innovation, action, legislation or reform is how loudly the tobacco industry “screams”.How wonderful it is then, that a brief article written by a lady who is a perfectly ordinary member of the public, and the activities of countless other people just like her, should elicit this plaintive cry for help from four of the most prominent figures in tobacco control

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CDC Makes Startling Proclamation: Electronic Cigarette Aerosol is Not as Safe as Clean Air

Published on 2014-12-14 12:13:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


For the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been on a crusade to demonize electronic cigarettes. The agency has falsely claimed that its survey data demonstrate that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to cigarette smoking among youth. The agency has fabricated evidence that ex-smokers are in large numbers being driven back to smoking because of electronic cigarettes. The agency has scared the public by noting that rates of experimentation with electronic cigarettes doubled among youth, but failed to mention that almost all regular e-cigarette users were smokers or users of other forms of tobacco.

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Link Tank 13/12

Published on 2014-12-13 01:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


To read while you wait for your missing online Christmas purchases.

Rand Paul puts chokehold on cigarette taxes - he's got a point

What a free society needs from its politicians

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How true this is

Published on 2014-12-12 17:01:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


As seen on Twitter (aptly enough), the hierarchy of disagreement...





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Rowan Atkinson on the creeping culture of censoriousness

Published on 2014-12-12 10:07:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




At this year's Battle of Ideas, WorldBytes held a six hour free-speech-athon in which speakers were asked to read something about free speech for ten minutes. I recited Rowan Atkinson's glorious address at the launch of the Reform Section 5 campaign. As I transcribed it I thought I might as well put in online, so here it is...

"My starting point when it comes to the consideration of any issue relating to free speech is my passionate belief that the second most precious thing in life is the right to express yourself freely. The most precious thing in life, I think, is food in your mouth and the third most precious is a roof over your head. But a fixture for me in the number two slot is free expression, just below the need to sustain life itself.

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Anti-Vaping Lie Comprehensively Busted (Again) By The NHS

Published on 2014-12-11 11:50:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


To begin with a parish notice, the tumbleweed blowing around this corner of the internet recently has mostly been a result of pressure of work. I'm still mired in submitting for new business while also suffering the added complication of a sustained period of unusually heavy staff shortages which is shoving me out on the road on a regular basis.

The effort is paying off though, as we celebrated the largest remittance advice in our history landing in the Puddlecote Inc mail yesterday with one of our clients having a pre-Christmas clearout and paying £212,000 in one hit! Oh how I wish I'd had a Tardis at hand to go back and wave the little slip of paper in the face of the mid-90s me to assure him that the 16 hour days are/were worth it.

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First Meta-Analysis of Existing Studies Concludes that Electronic Cigarettes are Effective for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2014-12-11 10:16:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A meta-analysis of the existing studies which examined the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation has concluded that these products are indeed effective. The study abstract, which was published on the Circulation website, was presented at an American Heart Association conference.

The study concluded as follows: "Six studies were selected, including two randomised controlled trials, two cohort studies and two cross-sectional studies, and included 7,551 participants. Meta-analyses included 1,242 participants on whom complete smoking cessation data was available. Of these, 224 (18%) reported smoking cessation after using nicotine-enriched e-cigarettes for a minimum period of six months. Use of such e-cigarettes was positively associated with smoking cessation with a pooled Effect Size of 0.20 (95% CI 0.11-0.28). Nicotine filled e-cigarettes were more effective in achieving cessation compared to those without nicotine (pooled Risk Ratio 2.29, 95% CI 1.05-4.97). Use of e-cigarettes was also effective in reducing smokers’ daily cigarette consumption."

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Les noctambules protestent contre le zappage des videurs à casier judiciaire chargé

Published on 2014-12-11 06:47:04.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Une pétition s'en prend au durcissement des règles sécuritaires

"Les acteurs de la vie nocturne genevoise demandent la suspension de la nouvelle directive qui impose depuis début octobre des règles plus strictes pour engager du personnel de surveillance. Ils ont déposé jeudi auprès du Grand Conseil une pétition munie de 3450 signatures.

"Ces nouvelles mesures sont "inadéquates et inadaptées", a indiqué jeudi Alan Bolumar, co-président du Grand Conseil de la Nuit. Cette association fédère une trentaine d'entités du paysage nocturne genevois, dont L'Usine et L'Arena.

"La directive décriée découle du concordat romand sur les entreprises de sécurité. Elle impose au personnel employé à la sécurité des établissements, dont les videurs et les physionomistes, d'être solvables et de présenter un extrait de casier judiciaire afin d'obtenir une autorisation d'exercer, comme pour les agents de sécurité privés."

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PubCos and pub closures

Published on 2014-12-11 05:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Most people seemed to like my report on pub closures, but CAMRA's mob in parliament didn't. I've written a blog post for the IEA in response.

How not to lie with pub closure statistics

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