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What Is Wealth?

Published on 2018-01-21 12:49:21.
Website: Frank Davis

I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Tony Benn, the Labour prime minister Britain never had. I think it may be because he smoked a pipe. And he kept on smoking it even when he was touring the … Continue reading →

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Mountaineer Smokers

Published on 2018-01-20 12:55:32.
Website: Frank Davis

Recently my attention has been drawn to the strange fact that smoking is an aid to mountain-climbing. I first reported on the phenomenon back in December: Cigarettes as an aid to climbing Report, November 21 1922 Captain GJ Finch, who … Continue reading →

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Blame the government, not Brexit, for the biscuit rip off

Published on 2018-01-19 20:35:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

McVitie's are reducing their packets of Digestive biscuits from 500g to 400g. This means consumers will be getting seven fewer biscuits in their pack. Parts of the media have been blaming Brexit for this and the company itself has pointed the finger at the weaker pound and rising cost of raw materials.

McVitie's is shrinking the size of a packet of Digestives because of price increases caused by the Brexit drop in the pound, it claims.

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The Finish Line

Published on 2018-01-19 13:01:51.
Website: Frank Davis

At school, many years ago, we used to have long distance runs. There were a number of them, usually during the winter months. And the last one was the longest. The whole school had to run about 5 miles. I … Continue reading →

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Night of the Mini-Tornadoes

Published on 2018-01-18 11:54:11.
Website: Frank Davis

I kept being woken last night by sudden blasts of wind against my window. I’d doze for about 15 minutes and then get woken by another sudden blast slamming against the window. The very powerful blasts of wind would only … Continue reading →

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The Psychologists

Published on 2018-01-17 12:06:40.
Website: Frank Davis

A month or two back somebody emailed me some links to Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor or psychology. He’s apparently well thought of in conservative circles, for resisting some daft new politically-correct language rules that his university was trying to … Continue reading →

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Public Health England vs. the Evening Standard

Published on 2018-01-17 11:45:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

In November, the Evening Standard published an article about the drinking guidelines scandal in which the methodology of Sheffield University's modelling was changed at the eleventh hour after their initial modelling implied that the guidelines should not be lowered. The methodological change had no scientific justification, as the Sheffield team told Public Health England at the time. Nevertheless, PHE ordered the change to be made (for a fee of £7,800) and the research came back with significantly lower implied guidelines.

This story was covered in the Sunday Times in late October and I published a full account on Spectator Health. The Evening Standard reiterated some of this in an article on November 3rd headlined 'Public Health England "tweaked" alcohol research to impose stricter guidelines, report reveals'.

I would link to the article but it was taken down within hours. I don't know if it was ever published in the newspaper. All I have are these screenshots that I took at the time.

Why was this article taken offline? I suspected that Public Health England might have had something to do with it so I sent a Freedom of Information request asking to see all correspondence between them and the Evening Standard at the time of the incident.

Sure enough, I got this e-mail chain starting on 2 November while the journalist was preparing the article...

From: PHE
Sent: 02 November 2017 13:48
To: standard
Subject: PHE response on alcohol guidelines story in Sun Times


As promised - our full statement in response to Sun Times:

PHE spokesperson:

“The UK Chief Medical Officers’ alcohol guidelines were based on a comprehensive analysis of the evidence and advice from the Guidelines Development Group of independent experts.

“As part of the secretariat to the group, we commissioned the analysis, as requested by the Guidelines Development Group, from Sheffield University. We categorically refute the claim that PHE in any way attempted to influence or pressure Sheffield University on their research work to inform the alcohol guidelines.”

I will forward our final response to the Spectator as soon as possible

The Spectator article was mine. PHE did indeed respond to it and I replied to their points in this article.

PHE then sent the Standard the response that Sheffield had sent the Sunday Times a few days earlier...

From: PHE
Sent: 02 November 2017 14:10
To: Stanfard
Subject: PHE response


Below is part of our response to the Spectator Re: Chris Snowden’s article, which gives a more detailed account from Sheffield Uni about the evidence requested from the expert group. The links provide the minutes of the expert groups (GDG) meetings.

Any queries on the expert group’s decision on the evidence are not for PHE to answer – as we were just part of the secretariat to the group along with DH.

Sheffield Uni press office can also provide you with their full response to the Sun Times.

As part of the secretariat to the group, we commissioned the analysis, as requested by the GDG, from Sheffield University. Any emails from PHE to Sheffield commissioning additional modelling and evidence were based on the GDG’s decisions and at their request, as is clearly shown by the publicly available minutes of their meetings.

This has been confirmed by Sheffield University’s Alcohol Research Group, which has said:

“Minutes from the subsequent GDG meeting on 21 January 2015 state that, after hearing Sheffield's presentation of their work, the GDG concluded: ‘A holistic, expert judgement on guideline levels would be needed, taking account of uncertainties and issues not fully modelled’. This demonstrates that the group recognised there was considerable scientific uncertainty present and that no single piece of evidence or modelling decision used in isolation would determine the final guideline.

“As noted in the Royal Statistical Society's consultation response: "This is a contested area of science with considerable uncertainties" (paragraph 1.1). The change to the base case analyses related to a point of scientific uncertainty. The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group were happy with the decision taken whereby the base case analysis was revised but the original modelling assumptions were retained as one of a series of sensitivity analyses.

“Those analyses explored major areas of uncertainty within the underlying evidence and their implications for the Guideline Development Group's work. The group considered those sensitivity analyses in detail and took them into account in their decision-making.”


From: Standard
Sent: 02 November 2017 14:11
Subject: RE: PHE response


Thanks so much for getting back to me.

All the best,


From: PHE
Date: 2 November 2017 at 14:21:39 GMT To: standard
Subject: RE: PHE response


Grateful if you could let me know if you do decide to write something


It must be said that neither PHE's response nor that of Sheffield's is entirely consistent with the e-mails sent at the time. PHE's defence throughout this whole affair has been to pass the buck to the guidelines committee. I made it clear from the start that the idea of changing the methodology came from the guidelines committee. However, it is a bit much for PHE to deny that they 'in any way attempted to influence or pressure Sheffield University'. Whether acting on behalf of the committee or not, PHE exerted strong pressure on the Sheffield team, and on page 28 of Sheffield's published report it clearly states:

‘At the request of the commissioners (Public Health England), this threshold effect removed for the base case analysis

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Stop press: sugar tax = higher prices

Published on 2018-01-16 15:19:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Some people seem surprised that Coca-Cola are raising prices and reducing bottle sizes as a result of the sugar levy, despite that being the whole point of it.

I've written a short piece for Cap-X looking at the economics of this and whether Coke are price gouging. Do have a read.

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RIP Dolores, Thank You For The Music

Published on 2018-01-15 22:27:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

It was a shock on my commute back from office today to hear that Dolores O'Riordan has died. At only 46, the loss of the lead singer of the Cranberries is very sad, and it was spooky considering that I had visited their website just this lunchtime to see if there were any plans to reschedule the European Tour that was cancelled due to her health problems.

I first saw the band live in the mid 90s and was a big fan, I can honestly say that there is no song they have produced that I didn't like. Like many I have seen online this evening, I also have very positive memories of meeting them purely by chance in around 2002 (I think).

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Alcohol and dementia

Published on 2018-01-15 12:52:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The front page of yesterday's Sunday Times carried the news that Public Health England intends to use its bizarre new calorie limits to bully restaurants and food manufacturers into downsizing and degrading their products.

Public Health England (PHE) has told fast-food chains and supermarket ready-meal makers to “calorie cap” their foods, cutting down lunches and dinners to 600 calories and breakfast to 400.

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Public Health Minister Endorses Government Lobbying Government

Published on 2018-01-14 19:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

As mentioned by Simon Clark yesterday, ASH spent this past week trying to whip up a frenzy about the 'NHS Pledge' that is seems to have organised as part of its role with the Smokefree Action Coalition.

It's been a great launch of the #NHSPledge today. For more information, and to learn how your organisation can sign, please visit this page >> https://t.co/N2hCAUW0z7— ASH (@ASH_LDN) January 11, 2018

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The editor of the Lancet is an idiot

Published on 2018-01-13 12:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

One of the big questions about the 'public health' racket is whether its most prominent figures are conscious liars or mere idiots. I have to tell you, dear reader, that I sometimes suspect deliberate deceit.

Yesterday, I wrote about the absurd claim that 'liver disease is on a trajectory to become the biggest cause of death in England and Wales.' The claim appeared in the Lancet and was made by its editor, Richard Horton. The source for claim seems to be an article published in the same journal last month, although it does not actually support Horton's factoid.

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Fake statistic of the day

Published on 2018-01-12 13:44:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

There's going to be a PR stunt in Parliament on January 22nd when Dr Sarah Wollaston uses the health select committee to campaign for minimum pricing. Wollaston is in charge of the committee and has been advocating for this regressive policy for years. There's no word yet on who will be appearing at the 'inquiry', but I expect we will see the usual faces from the Sheffield fantasy modelling club plus the likes of the UK Temperance Alliance (AKA the Institute of Alcohol Studies).

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Clowns At A Vaping Convention

Published on 2018-01-11 18:41:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

If you think you'd seen it all when it comes to tobacco control junk science, wait till you get a load of this story of everyday charlatans visiting a vaping convention, published last month. Yes, this was actually published.
Assessment of indoor air quality at an electronic cigarette (Vaping) conventionE-cigarette (vaping) conventions are public events promoting electronic cigarettes, in which indoor use of e-cigarettes is allowed. The large concentration of people using e-cigarettes and poor air ventilation can result in indoor air pollution. In order to estimate this worst-case exposure to e-cigarettes, we evaluated indoor air quality in a vaping convention in Maryland (MD), USA.Now, the first thing to note about this is that they didn't seem to seek permission from the venue or the organisers to conduct this research. No, instead they attended as if they were just interested observers and hid their measuring equipment inside backpacks.

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The Geneva Convention: COP8

Published on 2018-01-11 10:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The World Health Organisation's highly secretive Conference of the Parties (COP) for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is coming to Geneva this year.

Not so much coming to Geneva as staying in Geneva, as that is where the WHO is based. Two years ago, it was in highly polluted Delhi. Two years earlier, it had been in Putin's Moscow. The conference is renowned for locking its door to the public and kicking journalists out of the room. Despite being taxpayer-funded, taxpayers cannot even watch the sessions, let alone participate in them.

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Cancer warnings on alcohol are unjustified

Published on 2018-01-10 11:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

As reported in the Guardian, the Alcohol Health Alliance is concerned that only ten per cent of Britons are aware of the link between drinking and cancer. They are demanding cigarette-style warnings on alcoholic beverages to remedy this. There are several reasons why this would not be a good idea.

The evidence that only one in ten people is aware of the alcohol-cancer link comes from a survey conducted in September 2017 which asked respondents to spontaneously name diseases that they associate with alcohol consumption. It might have been better to ask a question along the lines of ‘do you believe that drinking increases the risk of some cancers (yes/no)?’ If cancer risk was not front of mind when the respondents answered the survey, we should not be surprised. The cancers associated with drinking are mostly quite rare. The lifetime risk of dying from these diseases is mercifully small and, for people who drink moderately and do not smoke, the increased risk from alcohol consumption is trivial to non-existent.

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Doctors are the new children

Published on 2018-01-09 10:22:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Following the NHS ban on sugary drinks, the manager of Tameside Hospital in the north-west has announced a ban on sugary snacks:
Tameside hospital in Greater Manchester has banished fizzy drinks, chocolates, sweets and biscuits from its canteen and vending machines as it encourages overweight staff to set a better example to patients.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, is planning to ban the sale of sugary drinks in hospitals this summer... However, Tameside is going further, saying that in its staff canteen there will be no more sweet treats except the odd dessert and sugar for hot drinks. It is also trying to persuade its Costa Coffee outlet to get rid of cakes and muffins.

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The Power Of Ignorance

Published on 2018-01-08 19:08:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

We are well into the new year and the 'public health' racket has leapt back into tax-sponging action, most notably in the pages of the Guardian.

Last week the tax-avoiding lefty rag was bemoaning the fact that Coca-Cola is resisting Public Health England's pointless plan to tax fizzy drinks which make up around 2% of a child's diet.
Coca-Cola is to use smaller bottles and sell at higher prices rather than alter its famous sugar-laden secret recipe, while Irn-Bru faces a growing consumer backlash over fears a new lower sugar version will ruin Scotland’s national soft drink. The changes are part of the preparations underway in the fizzy drinks business for the sugar tax. The cost of some “price marked packs” of Coca-Cola sold in newsagents and convenience stores will increase by more than 10% in March, just before the new tax comes into effect the following month. The plans will see a 1.75 litre bottle of Coke shrink to 1.5 litres and at the same time increase in price by 20p to £1.99. The price of a 500ml bottle is also increasing, from £1.09 to £1.25. The new price means the cost of a half-litre bottle will have soared 25% in a matter of months, as they were just £1 until last autumn.Boo to the nasty big corporation! But considering the article mentions that Coke's bottling plant covers all of western Europe, it's pretty predictable that this is what was going to happen, as Timmy at the ASI points out.

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Review of Killjoys

Published on 2018-01-08 09:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Rob Lyons has kindly reviewed my book Killjoys for Spiked. Do have a read, and if you haven't downloaded the book yet, swing your eyes over to the right hand side of this blog and click.

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International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research (ISFAR) is Still Hiding Conflicts of Interest of Its Members

Published on 2018-01-07 23:08:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

The International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research (ISFAR) claims to be "an independent organization of scientists that prepares critiques of emerging research reports on alcohol and health." The Forum describes itself as "an international group of invited physicians and scientists who are specialists in their fields and committed to balanced and well researched analysis regarding alcohol and health." It is "a joint undertaking of Boston University School of Medicine in the United States and Alcohol in Moderation (AIM) of the United Kingdom. Its Co-Directors are R. Curtis Ellison, MD, Professor of Medicine & Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine, and Helena Conibear, Executive Director, Alcohol-in-Moderation (AIM), UK."

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NHS bans sugary drinks

Published on 2018-01-05 10:48:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Over the Christmas period the implicit threat that always comes when the government introduces a voluntary measure was made explicit:

NHS England warns that unless health trusts reduce sugary drinks sales will be banned from hospitals
The NHS's head honcho said:

"It's important the NHS practices [sic] what it preaches on healthy food and drink," said NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens. "We want 2018 to be the year when the tasty, affordable and easy option for patients, staff and visitors is the healthy option."

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Sinclair Davidson on plain packaging

Published on 2018-01-04 09:32:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Euroactiv conducted an interesting interview with Sinclair Davidson recently. You may remember Sinclair as the independent academic who has picked apart the data on plain packaging in Australia. If you're interested in the issue, you'll like this video. He explains it very well.

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Tobacco Control Pigeons, Meet Philip Morris's Cat

Published on 2018-01-03 19:57:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Boom! Yesterday saw Philip Morris International (PMI) - the tobacco company that owns the Marlboro brand amongst others - making a New Year's Resolution with full page adverts in the Daily Mirror, The Times and The Sun. Here is what they said.

According to an ad industry website, this is "the first step in a campaign that includes further elements later this year". The idea that a tobacco manufacturer is publicly stating - in full page ads in widely-read newspapers - that they want to quit making cigarettes is quite a cat amongst the pigeons story, so much so that the BBC picked it up and ran with it too.

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Public Health England: attention-seeking trolls

Published on 2018-01-02 11:56:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Last week, Public Health England was reported to be changing the calorie guidelines to a system by which you have no more than 400 for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for tea. This amounts to 1,600 calories a day, and there was a suggestion that people could have another 200 calories in snacks.

This was reported first in the Daily Mail and was not accompanied by an official statement, leading some people to think that it was either #fakenews or (more likely) that PHE were flying a kite to see what the reaction would be.

The reaction was mostly laughter and PHE issued a statement the following day to insist - as Theresa May might say - that nothing has changed:

The government dietary recommendations on how many calories the population should consume in a day to maintain a healthy weight have not changed. Women should still aim to consume 2,000 calories a day from food and drink, men should aim for 2,500.
However, they did confirm the new 400-600-600 rule...

There will be a simple rule of thumb to help them do this: 400:600:600 – people should aim for 400 calories from breakfast and 600 each from lunch and dinner.
So if a man should consume 2,500 calories, but only get 1,600 of these from main meals, where should the rest come from?

All other snacks and drink consumed between meals should make up the difference.
This is surprising advice to come from Public Health England, as I said in a letter to The Times* on Saturday:

Dear Sir,

Duncan Selbie assures us that Public Health England’s advice that we consume no more than 1,600 calories from breakfast, lunch and dinner does not imply a change to the existing guidelines (Letters, 29 December). As those guidelines advise adult males to consume 2,500 calories a day, I can only assume that he wants me to consume 900 calories in snacks, alcohol and sugary drinks to prevent malnourishment.

Public Health England have gained a reputation for being hectoring busybodies in recent years but this new fun-loving approach is to be applauded.

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Snowdon
The letter was somewhat tongue-in-cheek but it is an accurate reflection of what PHE are saying. Despite their anti-sugar and anti-alcohol stance, they really do seem to want men to consume 900 calories in snacks, alcohol and soft drinks (with women consuming 400 calories of the same. Why do women need to eat the same sized meals as men, but eat half as many snacks? Only PHE knows).

On the face of it, this is odd advice, but as I wrote in a previous post, I suspect that they are teeing up some political activity:

The 400-600-600 'rule' will allow PHE and its army of scolds to name and shame every restaurant portion, takeaway and ready meal that contains more than the government-approved quantity of calories. Individual meals will be portrayed as hazardous per se and will become targets for advertising bans, taxes and reformulation.
Today, Public Health England issued some more eating advice, this time for children's snacks...

Each year children are consuming almost 400 biscuits; more than 120 cakes, buns and pastries; around 100 portions of sweets; nearly 70 of both chocolate bars and ice creams; washed down with over 150 juice drink pouches and cans of fizzy drink.
So that's just over one biscuit a day, one cake, bun or pastry every three days, two portions of sweets a week, a little more than one chocolate bar or ice cream a week and a soft drink three times a week. Am I alone in thinking that this is not a great deal?

PHE have devised a new rule, which is to not buy any snack containing more than 100 calories for people under the age of 18. So that's most chocolate bars, ice creams, cakes, buns, crisps, nuts and large apples out of the window.

Its chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone said: “We’ve developed a simple rule of thumb to help families move towards healthier snacking

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Aussies, Watch This Space In 2018

Published on 2018-01-01 18:34:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

So that's another Christmas out of the way, and we sail optimistically into 2018.

Hopefully, this year will be particularly good for Australians who have the misfortune of being governed by bovine shitgoblin politicians entirely hypnotised by some of the most extreme trouser-stuffing tobacco controllers in the world.

Following the monumental failure of plain packs, e-cigs containing nicotine are still banned Down Under, but pressure is growing. Neighbours New Zealand are in the process of legalising vaping, as is Canada, leaving Australia in the same category as basket case nations like Thailand, Mexico and a smattering of African banana republics who still prohibit them.

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An Encouraging Tale Of Christmas Disobedience

Published on 2017-12-29 19:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Like most, I've been overrun with Christmas stuff recently - including a rather fabulous road trip to a café with a sea in its garden - but have an observational tale to tell which I found very interesting.

This year we Puddlecotes booked a Christmas dinner at the local pub. I know from speaking to a previous Manageress (a vaper) that the chain to which it belongs has stupidly installed a vaping ban but - never having come across one yet that can't be bypassed - I had brought a simple e-cig for the duration.

I was far from alone. Once we got to the venue at around 1pm, the place was packed and I counted at least five people vaping unobtrusive devices, seemingly without a care in the world. To say that it piqued my curiosity would be an understatement. I don't often visit there so watched with a keen interest. Had they changed their policy? Did the new Manageress just turn a blind eye?

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Review of the year - 2017

Published on 2017-12-28 11:53:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

So that was 2017. I didn't quite live up to the heights of 2016 but it still provided some memorable moments. From the perspective of personal liberty, it was pretty dire, but things picked up nicely in December.

If you want to know why I'm looking forward to 2018, read my Spiked article. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights and lowlights of 2017.


The new year got off to the usual start with some sugar scaremongering. Apparently, British kids are eating 11 grams of sugar for breakfast. 44 calories. Imagine that! Public Health England suggested some 'healthier' breakfasts which actually have more calories but sound more exotic so that's okay.

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Public Health England are now lying about calories

Published on 2017-12-27 11:24:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

According to the Daily Mail, Public Health England (PHE) are ending the year by lying with guidelines. Not alcohol this time, but calories...

Britons are being urged to cut their meals to just 1,600 calories a day and 200 calories for snacks in tough new health guidelines.
They will be told they should limit themselves to 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner.
This comes to 1,600 calories, well below the current recommended daily intake of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men. Those who exercise regularly can have even more.

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Friedhelm Adolfs verstorben

Published on 2017-12-21 22:20:13.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.

Netzwerk Rauchen trauert um aufrechten MitstreiterEin „Kult-Raucher“, Deutschlands nach Helmut Schmidt „zweitbekanntester“ oder zuletzt „‚bekanntester Raucher‘“ lebt nicht mehr. Friedhelm Adolfs starb am Montag im Alter von 79 Jahren in Düsseldorf nach einem Herzstillstand. Er war 2013 zum „gerichtsbekannten Raucher“ avanciert, als seine Vermieterin ihn aus der Wohnung klagen wollte. Angeblich habe sein Rauchen andere Mieter belästigt, vermutlich ging es der Eigentümerin wohl darum, die Wohnung teurer gewerblich vermieten zu können.

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"At War With The Tobacco Industry"

Published on 2017-12-20 21:08:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Well we have always suspected as much, but today the WHO's newly-installed leadership has finally admitted that it isn't interested in what works to encourage smokers to quit ... it just hates the industry.

Director General Dr Tedros Ad-hanom Ghebreyesus (an Ethiopian with a dodgy background) only took office in July this year but his genius has already seen Robert Mugabe recruited as a {cough} goodwill ambassador before worldwide disgust forced him to backtrack.

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The smoking ban and the letter of the law

Published on 2017-12-20 10:15:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Further to yesterday's post about the UK Supreme Court ruling that the 2006 Health Act does not actually make smoking illegal on government property, a little explanation is in order.

Having read the judgement (and the press summary), the essence of the case is that Paul Black, a sex offender serving an indeterminate sentence, wants access to the NHS Smoke-free Compliance phoneline so that he can report his fellow inmates for smoking in the common areas of his prison where smoking is banned.

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The New Age Of Intolerance

Published on 2017-12-19 20:02:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

As Snowdon wrote on Tuesday, there was fabulous news from Austria that their smoking ban has been stopped by the new government. The Guardian - big fans of a ban in just about every policy area - reported it in its own inimitable way, putting quote marks around the word freedom, presumably because their journos don't understand its meaning.
Austria stubs out looming smoking ban in name of 'freedom'Austria’s far-right Freedom party has announced that a planned ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants that was due to come into force in 2018 will be scrapped.  Party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said the reversal was agreed in ongoing talks to form a coalition with the conservative People’s party (OVP) following elections in October.  “I am proud of this excellent solution in the interests of non-smokers, smokers and restaurant owners,” Strache, who had made the move a key campaign pledge, said on social media.  “The freedom to choose lives on. The existence of restaurants (particularly small ones) has been secured. Thousands of threatened jobs have been saved,” said Strache, himself a smoker.Subtle dog whistle there with the Graun pointing out Strache as a smoker, I guess hinting that he's only done this for self-interest, which is incredibly hypocritical of them.

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