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Trump, The Movie

Published on 2017-08-22 12:19:55.
Website: Frank Davis


Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams, writing about mass hysteria a few days ago, cited “insult without supporting argument” as one indicator of hysteria. He was making much the same point that I was making yesterday when writing about mismatches between reality … Continue reading →

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Stop lying about problem gambling

Published on 2017-08-22 09:26:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If the case against fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is so strong, why does everybody who campaigns against them resort to demonstrable lies?

I was going to blog about this article from Victoria Coren in The Observer. It pains me to have a pop at her because she is one of Britain's better writers and one of our finest poker players. Her article centres around a statistic that I have not been able to verify and which she is only able to support with a link to a Daily Mail story. It also contains the false claim that people can lose £500 a minute on FOBTs (which she has tried to justify on Twitter by saying it could happen if you played two machines at once!), but this is chicken feed compared to the outrageous lies that are usually made by anti-FOBT campaigners. Mainly, however, she relies on an argument that is so overtly snobbish that I'm going to pretend it was made tongue-in-cheek and pass over it.

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Mismatching Models of Reality

Published on 2017-08-21 14:03:49.
Website: Frank Davis


I have a computer orbital simulation model, which I wrote myself over a period of 20+ years, and which I use to model the Solar System of planets orbiting the Sun. I have been taking a lot of interest in … Continue reading →

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Disingenuous puritans

Published on 2017-08-21 10:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


It is my contention that many 'public health' campaigners do not believe their own arguments and do not care about the things they claim to care about. There are two nice illustrations of this today.

Firstly, The Times (which is strangely obsessed with gambling) gives its front cover to some whining from GambleAware about children seeing gambling advertisements. The UK gambling industry's marketing spend was £312 million last year, according to the article, and this is 62 per cent more than it was five years ago.


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A Smoker’s Manifesto

Published on 2017-08-20 10:17:31.
Website: Frank Davis


A few days ago I listed about 10 cultural movements that have arisen over the last 70 years. They had a great many predecessors, and they will have a great many successors. And one of those successors, given the current … Continue reading →

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Farewell Anna Raccoon

Published on 2017-08-19 18:34:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Last week I wrote about Anna Raccoon and how she had been badly treated recently while receiving palliative care in a Norwich hospice.

She had been fighting a nasty form of cancer for six years despite doctors saying she would succumb in less than one, but sadly that last fight that she would undertake in her illustrious life ended yesterday morning in the early hours. She passed away peacefully in the beautiful riverside cottage on the Norfolk Broads that she and hubby Mr G had returned to from their previous home in France once the cancer was diagnosed.

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Ethical Chaos

Published on 2017-08-19 10:48:30.
Website: Frank Davis


Yesterday brought the death of the blogger Anna Raccoon. It was not unexpected. She’d been suffering from cancer for some time. I mentioned her here a few days ago after Dick Puddlecote had reported she was being forbidden even from vaping in … Continue reading →

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My Testimony for Electronic Cigarette Hearing in Windham, New Hampshire

Published on 2017-08-18 16:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Attorney Fred Kelly Grant conducted a very nice interview with me regarding electronic cigarettes which will be submitted as testimony for an e-cigarette informational hearing in Windham, New Hampshire. Fred did a great job of asking questions that covered the gamut of important scientific and regulatory issues, so I hope this will be a good resource to provide a solid background on this issue.

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Feedback

Published on 2017-08-18 11:30:32.
Website: Frank Davis


One cultural movement that I yesterday neglected to include in my list of about ten cultural movements that have arisen over the past 70 years was the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. All these cultural movements arose in … Continue reading →

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American Heart Association Still Clings to Alternative Facts: Claims that Smoking is No Safer than Vaping

Published on 2017-08-15 15:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Scientists like myself are often frustrated by "denialists" who refuse to acknowledge global warming, disseminate false information about adverse effects of vaccines, or - historically - failed to acknowledge the severe health effects of cigarette smoking. But I never expected this denialism to be coming from within my own movement in public health.

Today, it appears that the American Heart Association is still taking a public denialist stance with regards to the health benefits of quitting smoking by switching to vaping. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaping is much safer than smoking and that quitting smoking by switching to electronic cigarettes has dramatic and immediate health benefits, the American Heart Association is still clinging to the false message that smoking may be no safer than vaping.

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Teetotallers still dropping like flies

Published on 2017-08-15 11:16:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Another day, another large cohort study confirming the benefits of moderate drinking. This time it's a 14 year study involving 333,247 Americans which concludes:

Compared with lifetime abstainers, those who were light or moderate alcohol consumers were at a reduced risk of mortality for all causes (light—hazard ratio [HR]: 0.79; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.76 to 0.82; moderate—HR: 0.78; 95% CI: 0.74 to 0.82) and CVD (light—HR: 0.74; 95% CI: 0.69 to 0.80; moderate—HR: 0.71; 95% CI: 0.64 to 0.78), respectively. In contrast, there was a significantly increased risk of mortality for all causes (HR: 1.11; 95% CI: 1.04 to 1.19) and cancer (HR: 1.27; 95% CI: 1.13 to 1.42) in adults with heavy alcohol consumption.

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Cruel But Sadly Not Unusual

Published on 2017-08-14 19:57:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Last week I mentioned having been gadding about Britain for a few days, including a day trip to Norwich. I had driven up there on August 2nd to see fellow blogger Anna Raccoon, about whom I wrote this last year.
Her content has been quite simply awesome. Astute and incredibly rigorous, she has attracted the respect and admiration of journalistic commentators, and regularly put many in the news profession to shame with her attention to detail and almost bloodhound-like determination to verify sources and evidence. Although long time readers here will mostly remember her partnering up with Old Holborn to spring Nick Hogan from prison, her articles have often been electric and searing on extremely spiky subjects. Tackling stories such as Savile from a position of accuracy rather than hysteria is not an easy thing to do, and her weaving of personal accounts into her writing - as she has done brutally in recent days - is as brave as it is hypnotically compelling.Well, as many of you will know from reading her blog, she has been suffering from a rare but virulent form of cancer which has attacked her spine and left her paralysed and bed-bound (though still passionate and determined enough to fight the general election in June).

The Blocked Dwarf at Grandad's place explains this in detail.
Anna’s spine is what doctors refer to as ‘oh dear, not good’. Even without the BIG RED ARROW I put on [the scan picture]; even without being able to identify what is bone, what is muscle and what is nerves you can see that there is something amiss. If not, go to Specsavers. The Raccoon explained it thus: her doctors and carers have been puzzled why hoisting her onto the commode had been causing her ‘some discomfort’ (doctor speak for ‘PAIN’). The MRI shows that something has dissolved the ‘knobbly bits’ (doctor speak for, I assume, ‘transverse process’ and ‘arches’) of her verterbrae (T1/T2 I think but I still count on my fingers). Those boney knobbly bits protect the spinal chord which now lies open. Do I need to tell anyone that exposed spinal chord is not a good thing? Long and short the doctors are now puzzled how she has managed to live so long with being turned, manhandled and hoisted daily. The slightest movement of her body below the shoulders could kill her.
So at the moment they are giving her doses of an anaesthetic to paralyse her in her sleep at night so she doesn’t toss and turn and wake up dead. She can’t be hoisted on to the commode, nor even have a bed pan shoved under her and so: “I literally have to crap in the bed” [sic] Don’t forget she is still perfectly lucid, her head is clear and so she can fully enjoy the utter loss of every last scrap of dignity every single time the team of nurses have to come and roll her onto her side, keeping her in position, then clean her down. Of course the fact that the meds and the drugs haven’t destroyed her mind is a good thing but

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The 11 Day Reprieve

Published on 2017-08-11 17:39:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Well, I knew I'd be revisiting this at some point, I just didn't expect it so very soon! Let's pop over the Atlantic again, shall we?

On July 28th, the newly-installed chief of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, "announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death". He mentioned freezing regulations on e-cigs and the vaping world went into meltdown.

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It's Official: Anti-Tobacco Groups Willing to Throw Away the Lives of Smokers to Promote Radical Ideology

Published on 2017-08-10 12:06:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


For months, I have been arguing that the major anti-tobacco groups in the United States have been waging a war against electronic cigarettes that is motivated not by a pure concern for the public's health, but by an ideological opposition to the idea that anyone could get pleasure from nicotine in whatever form -- even if they are improving their health and saving their life.

Today, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) made it official.

In a letter to the editor published in the Washington Post, the American Thoracic Society confirmed what I have been suggesting for months.

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'Passive Vaping' Bullshit In The Daily Mail

Published on 2017-08-09 19:17:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


While I've been busy lately, there was an astonishingly shit article popped up in the Daily Mail last week which is a classic of the junk science clickbait genre so beloved of tobacco control.
Scientists have issued a warning on passive vaping because of toxic chemicals in e-cigarette vapour. People in bars where vaping is allowed are exposed to unhealthy levels of formaldehyde, which causes cancer, and acrolein, a toxin which irritates the eyes and skin.  That is the finding of a study based on as few as three people an hour using the devices in a bar.The word 'scientists', in this context, is used in the very loosest sense, since we are talking about Berkeley University in California. For the uninitiated, they are the same bunch of lunatics who are promoting the ridiculous quackery of 'thirdhand smoke" using grant money from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). For an example of how that route is simply a way of creating lies with public money, do read this audit trail of how the scam works that I wrote a few years ago.

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Public Health England's shrinkflation

Published on 2017-08-08 11:43:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The British government's underhand manipulation of the food supply should be a major news story. So far it has been largely ignored so I was pleased to see Blair Spowart get to grips with it at Spectator Health today...

Don’t expect PHE to stop its interference when its targets are inevitably not met. It’s already tackling salt in much the same way as sugar. Next on their naughty list is saturated fat. Because PHE needs perpetual public health crises to justify its existence, it is always sure to find one – to the detriment of consumers. This wide-ranging food reformulation programme is all happening, moreover, without even the pretence of public consultation.

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Slow Handclap For The TPD

Published on 2017-08-07 19:33:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's been another hectic week for your humble host. Quite apart from business pressures, I've found myself variously in Norwich, Brighton, rural Essex and Shrewsbury in the past few days. I will write about the Norwich leg later in the week but the Shrewsbury jaunt was for a weekend at Vapefest 2017.

It's kinda like this at Vapefest (photo from here)I stayed in a marvellous three-bedroom house with some friends who will be known to you if you follow on Twitter, and a good time was had by all. But I think it's worth commenting on the remarkable difference between previous events (this was my third) and the 2017 version.

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The economic consequences of clean living

Published on 2017-08-07 08:42:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'm pleased to announce the publication of the third part of the IEA's Public Purse trilogy looking at the net cost of bad habits to the nation's finances. We have previously looked at alcohol and obesity. We now turn our attention to smoking which is often said to impose a cost of £13.7 billion per annum on UK taxpayers. That figure comes from a risible Policy Exchange report from 2010 and is overwhelmingly made up of dubious lost productivity costs.

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New Study Provides Strong Empirical Support for New FDA Approach to Tobacco Product Regulation

Published on 2017-08-05 18:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published in the journal Tobacco Control reports that the modeled cancer risk associated with vaping is less than 1% of that associated with smoking and is only slightly higher than, if not comparable to the cancer risk associated with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). In select circumstances, electronic cigarettes produced high levels of aldehydes but only when the voltage was cranked up to excessive levels. Thus, under conditions of normal use, this study finds that tobacco-free e-cigarettes present a drastically reduced carcinogenic risk compared to tobacco cigarettes.

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Chlorine, chickens and Brexit

Published on 2017-08-05 12:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I was on the Spiked podcast this week talking about the chlorinated chicken thing and why Remainers briefly became obsessed with it. Have a listen.

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Schafft die Tabaksteuer ab

Published on 2017-08-03 20:19:38.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Das Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) hat diese Woche für eine Senkung der Mehrwertsteuer plädiert, um Durchschnittsverdiener und Ärmere zu entlasten. Keine schlechte Idee der großen ökonomischen Denkfabrik. Fast die Hälfte der Steuern – bei Niedrigverdienern den Großteil – mussten Bürger in den letzten Jahren nämlich nicht als direkte Steuern (wie z.B. die Einkommensteuer) blechen, sondern als indirekte Steuern, die in Preisen inbegriffen sind (Mehrwertsteuer, Energiesteuer, Stromsteuer, Versicherungssteuer, Biersteuer usw.). Diese sind regressiv, belasten also niedrigere Einkommen höher, und greifen auch ins steuerliche Existenzminimum ein. Zudem bedeuten sie eine Doppelbesteuerung, da das Einkommen des Verbrauchers, aus dem er Einkäufe tätigt, bereits versteuert wird. Extrem hoch sind die Abgaben auf Schnaps, Mineralöl und vor allem Tabak.

 

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Fast food, obesity and junk science

Published on 2017-08-03 08:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I was on the radio yesterday debating with some busybody from the NHS who wants to limit the number of takeaway shops in Britain's high streets. The feeble hook for this story was the news that the number of takeaway outlets in the country has increased by eight per cent in the last three years, according to a pearl-clutching Guardian analysis.

This would seem to reflect the resurgent economy and population growth but for the 'public health' lobby it is a crisis. Why? Because fast food causes obesity, dunnit?

But does it? Leaving aside the fact that takeaway food shops do not necessarily sell 'junk' or 'fast' food, the assumption that takeaways cause obesity has always been just that: an assumption.

What empirical basis does it have? A 2010 evidence review identified 12 studies looking at fast food outlet availability and obesity. Six found a positive association, five found no association and two found a negative association.

It also looked at six studies of fast food consumption and obesity. Three found an association, the other three didn't.

This is hardly compelling and I recommend reading this post by Mike Gibney in which he discusses some of the more recent evidence, starting with a 2017 study from the USA which concluded:

Our a priori prediction that FFRs [fast food restaurants] and FSRs [full service restaurants] would be positively linked to obesity prevalence was not supported
He also mentions a study of Europeans which found:

Our results suggest, contrary to normative views, that away from home food expenditures negatively affect BMI and that BMI is negatively related to the percentage of the food budget spent away from home.
And he mentions another recent study from the USA which found that...

Neighbourhood convenience stores and fast-food restaurants were not associated with BMI in any model.
The authors of that study argued that 'weak findings in the literature [which report an association between fast food and obesity] may be due to residual confounding'.

If you want to get an idea of how weak the evidence is for the fast food/obesity link, take a look at this study from the British Medical Journal. This is the one that campaigners like to cite because it concluded:

Exposure to takeaway food outlets in home, work, and commuting environments combined was associated with marginally higher consumption of takeaway food, greater body mass index, and greater odds of obesity.
The study looked at people's 'exposure' to takeaway food in Cambridgeshire and claimed that people who were heavily 'exposed' were 80 per cent more likely to be obese. The study concludes with a call for 'policies designed to improve diets through restricting takeaway food availability' which is a bit of a red flag for activist-driven research. This response from a statistician (which the authors never addressed) is devastating. It reveals that the finding was entirely dependent on adjustments to the data.

After reading the interesting article by Burgoine et al. I was at first irritated by the lack of a table to compare the characteristics (as shown in Table 1) of participants grouped according to quarters of take-away environment. Further, I missed a simple presentation of outcome variables (mean take-away consumption, mean BMI, percentage overweight and obese) grouped according to these same quarters. Usually one would expect such tables in order to assess the comparability of the groups with respect to possible confounders and for a direct, unadjusted comparison of outcomes, respectively.

Then I discovered this information in Web table 3 of the online appendix. Here, we see systematic differences between quarters with respect to education, smoking and car ownership. I think the authors should have presented these tables and drawn attention to these differences in the main printed article, even if the multiple linear regression models adjusted for the covariables concerned.

What surprised me even more in Web table 3 was the fact that mean take-away consumption was slightly inversely correlated with combined take-away availability, varying between 36.3 g/day in Q1 and 34.2 g/day in Q4. This contrasts completely with the results of the multivariate analysis (Fig. 1) in which a significant positive correlation between take-away availability and consumption was obtained. Moreover, In Web table 3 mean BMI is almost constant in all quarters of take-away availability, contrasting with the significant positive correlation between take-away availability and BMI derived from the multiple linear model (Fig. 2). While I accept that the multivariate analysis adjusting for potential confounders is the analysis of choice for such an observational study, the complete lack of agreement with the simple univariate analysis is worrying and should be presented and discussed.

A hint on the possible explanation for these inconsistencies is given under ‘sensitivity analyses’. ‘In models that omitted supermarket exposure as a covariate, the associations between combined take-away food outlet exposure, consumption of take-away food and body mass index were attenuated towards the null

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Outdoor smoking bans and the dead hand of the state

Published on 2017-08-02 12:37:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Tobacco control involves an endless procession of idiotic and illiberal policies which have obvious unintended consequences. Those consequences are easy to predict, but the campaigners dispute their existence when the policy is being debated. Shortly thereafter, the negative impact becomes clear to see and the campaigners get a goverment grant to prove the existence of the bleeding obvious, and demand further legislation to address the problem - a problem they alone have created.

At the moment, for example, we are seeing the emergence of totally predictable - and widely predicted - riots in prisons in Britain as a total smoking ban is 'phased  in'. We are seeing tobacco companies quite predictably competing on price when no other mechanisms of competition are open to them. And we see businesses which are given the choice between allowing smoking and serving food make decisions that best suit their customers:

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Zehn Jahre Rauchverbotsgesetze

Published on 2017-08-01 17:20:35.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Eine vorläufige Schadensbilanz Vor genau zehn trat das erste Rauchverbotsgesetz in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Kraft. Nicht das allererste, schließlich besteht seit Anfang des Jahrtausends ein beschränktes (und keineswegs totales) Rauchverbot in der Arbeitsstättengesetzgebung und ganz vereinzelt wurden kurz vorher schon Regelungen für bestimmte Einrichtungen getroffen, z.B. in Bremen 2006. Aber die weitreichenden, diverse Organisationen und Betriebe umfassenden Rauchverbotgesetze sind 2007 und 2008 in Kraft getreten. Sie gelten für öffentliche Gebäude, für Gaststätten, für Einrichtungen im Bildungs-, Gesundheits-, Kulturbereich usw.

Den Anfang machten am 1. August 2007 Baden-Württemberg, Niedersachsen und Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Einen Monat darauf trat das Bundesgesetz in Kraft, bis zum 1. Juli 2008 folgten die übrigen Bundesländer. Viele der Gesetze traten im Winter in Kraft, was international betrachtet aus taktischen Gründen eher vermieden wird. Man behalf sich in den meisten betroffenen Gesetzen damit, die Gültigkeit von Teilen wie vor allem der Bußgeldbewehrung bis in den Sommer 2008 aufzuschieben. Die Rauchverbotsgesetze haben für viel Aufhebens gesorgt, fast jedes ist von einem Verfassungsgericht (Bundes~, teils auch Landes~) in Teilen für rechtswidrig erklärt worden, jedes ist innerhalb weniger Jahre mindestens einmal geändert worden.

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New FDA Commissioner Saves the Day: Embraces Harm Reduction Strategy for Tobacco Control

Published on 2017-07-31 12:31:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


On Friday, the new FDA Commissioner - Dr. Scott Gottlieb - saved the day for the public's health by officially embracing a harm reduction approach to tobacco control. Commissioner Gottlieb announced a new approach to the regulation of tobacco products that, unlike the FDA's previous strategy, acknowledges the vastly different risks of tobacco cigarettes compared to electronic cigarettes and proposes to regulate each product in alignment with its risk level.

Previously, the FDA had simply lumped e-cigarettes into the exact same category as tobacco cigarettes and in fact, regulated e-cigarettes much more stringently. The FDA previously required e-cigarettes to complete burdensome and expensive pre-market applications just to remain on the market, a process from which all cigarettes were exempted. The old approach would have destroyed about 99% of the existing vaping product market, leading to a major reduction in smoking cessation in the U.S. and with that, an increase in smoking-related morbidity and mortality.

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Very Low Intelligence

Published on 2017-07-30 19:26:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



Here is another to file in the "how e-cigs expose the hypocrisy and ignorance of tobacco controllers" folder.

There has been a lot written about the announcement on Friday that the FDA in Yankeeland has shifted very slightly on the subject of e-cigs.

Of course, this is very welcome, they have frozen their appalling policy designed - most probably at the behest of pharma lobbying - to take as many competitive vaping products off the market as possible by pricing them out. The policy was daft, ignored prevailing and accumulating science and was clearly unsustainable in the long run. Well, actually, it was sustainable only if the US decided to stay a barking mad outlier to the rest of the enlightened first world (Australia excepted, of course), but you get the idea.

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You Too Can Own A Rarity!

Published on 2017-07-28 16:49:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I don't half treat you guys sometimes.

Today I have listed an item on eBay so rare that I don't think you will see another one this decade. Rarer even than a first folio Shakespeare!


And yet you can own it. Yes, you really can! What's more, this copy is signed by the author himself in tribute to your humble host, and contains a quote of mine which you can read about in an article I wrote earlier this year.

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Another study shows that vaping helps people quit smoking

Published on 2017-07-27 12:20:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A study published in the BMJ today will have the usual anti-vaping fanatics howling at the moon. It found that vapers were much more likely to attempt to quit smoking than those who don't vape, and that they are 73 per cent more likely to succeed in quitting smoking when they do. It also finds a significant increase in smoking cessation in the USA that coincides with the rise of vaping.

Anti-vaping throwbacks will no doubt say that correlation does not equal causation, but the authors examine two possible alternative explanations for the decline in the smoking rate and find them wanting...

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IN MY VIEW: American Lung Association Guilty of Public Health Malpractice

Published on 2017-07-27 12:12:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Yesterday, researchers from the University of California, San Diego published a landmark paper in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) which reported that for the first time in 15 years, the smoking cessation rate among adults in the U.S. has increased. The researchers tie this unprecedented increase in the smoking cessation rate to the availability of electronic cigarettes. The paper reports that the advent of electronic cigarettes was associated with a significant increase in the population smoking cessation rate. It also finds that smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking than those who do not.

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Rauchen nur nach Stundenplan | Deutsche Welle

Published on 2017-07-26 20:39:57.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


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Pharma Company Values Profits Over Health

Published on 2017-07-26 19:26:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



It's been a very busy couple of weeks in Puddlecoteville, so like yesterday this is another I've had in my drafts just waiting for a time to write.

You see, I've long believed that e-cigs carry the potential to expose the lies and hypocrisy of tobacco control, but the extent to which they are doing so has exceeded even my wildest hopes. Those vacuously opposed to vaping are screaming like stuck pigs at the moment as they see their mendacious house of cards about to come crashing down, and seem to be happy to throw their integrity down the drain.

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The Halfwits Of Nottingham

Published on 2017-07-25 22:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Sometimes you just have to laugh at incompetent public sector clowns like this.
Anti-smoking council has £85m invested in tobacco companies It comes after the county council banned all staff from taking cigarette breaks while at workA bit hypocritical, yes. Although any council who disinvests from tobacco is showing how incredibly stupid they are more than anything else, as I have written before.

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