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EPA Purge

Published on 2017-11-18 11:41:42.
Website: Frank Davis


Via Audrey Silk: Eleven new members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board have a history of downplaying the health risks of secondhand smoke, air pollution and other hazards, including two who have spun science for tobacco companies, according … Continue reading →

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Nine Years Later ...

Published on 2017-11-17 16:38:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



Today is the 9th anniversary of this blog.

Still proudly "tabloid guff" (© Ben Goldacre fan-boys 2009), there is less content here in recent years due to the increasing pressures of Puddlecote Inc yet daily page visits are still marginally increasing. For interest, there have been over 5 million of them from almost 3,500 articles here.

Many thanks to all fellow jewel robbers wh

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Plain packaging for alcohol (again)

Published on 2017-11-17 16:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The week's Lancet has an editorial about alcohol. It doesn't even bother to acknowledge the temperance lobby's victory in the minimum pricing court case. They are already moving on to the 'next logical step'.

Here are the closing sentences...

There is no excuse to ignore regulatory interventions for access, advertisements, and unit cost that are shown to reduce alcohol consumption. Like tobacco, the longer the delay in effective control, the more severe future interventions for alcohol will need to be. It is not unimaginable that bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild, which once bore the artwork of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, might one day be required to have plain packaging and images of oesophageal cancer or a cirrhotic liver.

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A Reply To Seppi

Published on 2017-11-17 12:02:11.
Website: Frank Davis


Yesterday I noticed several interesting new links. The first, in a comment by Philip Neal, was to The Burch Curve. Philip Burch was, I believe, a statistician who disagreed with the cigarette hypothesis of lung cancer causation promoted by Doll … Continue reading →

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Europuppets defunded

Published on 2017-11-17 10:15:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A few years ago I wrote a report called Europuppets about the EU's exceptional largesse towards 'civil society' organisations of which it approves. Quite a few of them are in the business of punishing consumers under the pretext of 'public health', including the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).

Over the years, EPHA has lobbied for minimum pricing, taxes on food and the Tobacco Products Directive, so I was delighted to hear that the European Commission is going to stop funding it next year.

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Looking forward to minimum pricing

Published on 2017-11-16 15:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Now that the SNP are free to introduce minimum pricing, it's worth looking at what we're supposed to expect.

Back in 2009, when minimum pricing became a live issue, the Sheffield modellers predicted that a minimum price (of 40p in those days) would result in a drop in alcohol consumption of 2.7 per cent and a decline in alcohol-related deaths of 40 in the first year, rising to 210 per annum after ten years.

Given the 'public health' lobby's absolute obsession with this policy in the years since, we must assume that they regarded these as game-changing numbers. Imagine if alcohol consumption fell by 2.7 per cent! What a victory for health that would be.

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Disintegration

Published on 2017-11-16 12:55:31.
Website: Frank Davis


I was thinking last night, not for the first time, that Tobacco Control’s global scale attempt at social engineering is bound to fail because “society” doesn’t exist as a monolithic entity that can be steered in one direction or other … Continue reading →

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Another Triumph For Repulsive Elitist Snobs

Published on 2017-11-15 20:25:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I remember back in 2007 when the English smoking ban came in, the reaction from politicians and health zealots was nauseating.

If it was truly about protecting bar workers' health, they may have said something like "we're really sorry smokers, we realise this is unfair on you but it's something we feel we have to do". But no, Health Secretary of the time Alan Johnson almost punched the air in delight announcing it; Cancer Research UK sent out newsletters to all its donors "rejoicing" in the news; and Deborah Arnott was excited about how smokers had been "exiled to the outdoors". ASH then published a report boasting about how they had connived, cheated and bullied government into abandoning manifesto commitments to accommodate smokers.

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The Deepening Crisis of Science

Published on 2017-11-15 11:55:49.
Website: Frank Davis


From a comment yesterday by Kin_free: I have to disagree with Walt when he suggests how, ‘These totalitarians must be stopped’; “Seems to me the only way to unwind the ball of yarn is to start where it started with … Continue reading →

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Minimum pricing can now happen before Brexit

Published on 2017-11-15 10:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The UK Supreme Court has said that minimum pricing is legal under the ridiculous carve out that says that free trade doesn't matter if a policy is designed to protect ‘health and life’, ’public morality’, ‘public policy’ and ‘public security’ (ie. anything). The last reason to stay in the EU has disappeared.

It doesn't really matter for the UK because we're leaving but it's a shame for other EU countries. Now all we can do is see what happens. The clowns at Sheffield University have got the commission to evaluate the policy (quelle surprise) and they will obviously say that it's been a terrific success, but some serious people should be also be able to get hold of the data.

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Clueless Councils - One Year On

Published on 2017-11-14 22:12:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Last year, the Freedom Association's Freedom to Vape (FtV) campaign submitted FOI requests to every local council in the UK to ask about their policies on vaping in the workplace. If you have a good memory, you will recall that the responses highlighted that the overwhelming majority of local authorities were imposing rules on their staff from a position of superlative ignorance. I wrote about it here.

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Flat Earth Versus Spherical Earth

Published on 2017-11-14 16:11:46.
Website: Frank Davis


In the Smoky Drinky Bar on Saturday night, Gráinne was arguing in favour of a Flat Earth with Brigitte and myself (conversations like these only ever happen in the Smoky Drinky Bar). Never having had to argue against a Flat … Continue reading →

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#AlcoholAwarenessWeek

Published on 2017-11-13 09:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Alcohol Awareness Week has returned for another year. It is a scheme dreamt up by the likes of Alcohol Concern to lobby for minimum pricing, tax rises and advertising bans while purporting to educate the public about drinking.

Thanks to the myriad lies of the neo-temperance movement, there is certainly room for education. Here are ten things that people deserve to know for starters...

1. The theory that underpins the neo-temperance lobby's 'whole population' approach is a demonstrably false and self-serving delusion.

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ASH In A Glass House, With Stones

Published on 2017-11-12 21:41:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Today, ASH has been pathetically throwing stones around in their glass house. This, in the Times, is truly astonishing.
Tobacco firms may face ‘murder’ trialsAction on Smoking and Health (Ash) has begun work on pressing the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to bring charges or to allow a private prosecution. [Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy, a lawyer at Action on Smoking Health in the US] said: “All of the participants of the Geneva meeting are working towards a case with a charge of manslaughter or murder for the death and disease caused by tobacco.”The justification for this, apparently, is that smokers have been misled.

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Plain packaging - a gift to the black market

Published on 2017-11-12 12:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



 From Retail Express...

The first counterfeit plain packs of tobacco in the UK have been uncovered by Retail Express and trading standards departments.

Following a tip-off, Retail Express was sold a plain pack counterfeit of a premium brand by a London newsagent for £10.50. The retailer took a legitimate pack out of the gantry and swapped it out with a fake pack, while processing the card transaction.

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Neues Album für Schockbilder

Published on 2017-11-11 22:29:31.
Website: Netzwerk Rauchen e.V.


Der Schachtelteufel 2 ist fertig, der Nachfolger des erfolgreichen ersten Sammelalbums für Ekelbilder. Die Tabakproduktrichtlinie 2 beglückt uns bekanntlich mit gleich drei Staffeln der kranken Phantasie von EU-Bürokraten entsprungenen „Zigarettensammelbildchen“. Seit Mitte 2017 ist die zweite Garnitur im Umlauf, wieder für ein Jahr. Auch diesmal gilt es, ein Set von 14 verschiedenen Bildern zu ergattern, um das Album zu füllen. Erhältlich ist der Schachtelteufel 2 als Dankeschön für eine kleine Spende von 3 Euro an Netzwerk Rauchen in unserem Spendenshop.

 

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Killjoys - out now

Published on 2017-11-10 09:25:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


 
I'm delighted to announce the publication of my new book, Killjoys: A Critique of Paternalism. You can download the PDF for free. Hard copies and Kindle will be available from Amazon soon. If you want it sooner the IEA are sending out free copies to anyone who donates £10 or more this month (UK and Ireland only). Incidentally, we were going to send out free Killjoy lighters out as well but it turns out that there's a law against sending lighters in the post. I rest my case.

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Killjoys - How Paternalism Harms The Public

Published on 2017-11-09 22:33:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Did you know that the annual budget for Public Health England is now £4bn per annum? That is just one nugget of info I learned tonight from a book that I've just finished reading. Now, assuming it's not a typo, this is a quite incredible amount of money. However, it's far from surprising considering that 'public health' nagging is now a very profitable industry in this country.

You see, last night I went to the lauch of Chris Snowdon's new book, Killjoys, at the Empire Casino in Leicester Square and very good it was too.


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Alcohol deaths and the folly of the whole population approach

Published on 2017-11-07 14:45:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


It is often claimed that there is a direct correlation between per capita alcohol consumption and alcohol-related mortality. It is also claimed that this association is causal and that rates of alcohol-related death are directly tied to overall levels of consumption.

This theory, known as the total consumption model, is said to require a 'whole population' approach to alcohol policy aimed at reducing per capita consumption as an end in itself.

This view is explicitly endorsed by the World Health Organisation:

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Kerching! 11 More Years Of Failure Please

Published on 2017-11-06 18:28:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Yesterday, The Sun wrote of a report on when the England might go 'smokefree' according to tobacco control criteria.
ENGLAND could be smoke-free by 2040, a new study has claimed. The goal, which means less than five per cent of adults using cigarettes, is getting closer due to new tech such as e-cigarettes. Current quitting rates mean it will take another 23 years to hit that level. But the Frontier Economics research funded by tobacco giant Philip Morris Ltd says if an extra 210,000 quit each year the target could be reached as early as 2029.What is most interesting about this is that it chimes in with something published in the Tobacco Control comic in December.

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Self-serving sockpuppets

Published on 2017-11-06 15:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Who's fault is that, I wonder?
It should be a surprise to no one that the illicit trade in tobacco is booming after several years of above-inflation tax rises and the implementation of plain packaging. Shameless as ever, state-funded anti-smoking groups are attempting to exploit the failure of their policies to feather their own nests.

The graphic above comes from Fresh North-East (100% funded by the unwitting taxpayer) who have conducted a survey showing that the majority of underage smokers acquire their tobacco from illicit sources.

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The Assault On Christmas Begins

Published on 2017-11-05 19:53:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I'm often asked why I have a dislike for 'public health', but it's an extremely easy question to answer. It is because they are the most disgustingly anti-social people in society today.

Here is a perfect example from this past week.
Calls have been made to ban the Coca-Cola truck from Liverpool this Christmas amid concerns about obesity levels in the city.No, it was just one call; from one pretty miserable human being.
Liverpool's Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp said the city is "in the grip of an obesity epidemic".  He believes Coca-Cola's popular festive vehicle promotes a product which is "grossly unhealthy", as first reported in the Liverpool Echo.The Liverpool Echo, in turn, reported that:

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Set vaping free

Published on 2017-11-03 11:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



Disentangling ourselves from the EU after four decades will be fiendishly complicated but some elements of Brexit are refreshingly simple and uncontroversial. The recently enforced EU regulations on e-cigarettes are a case in point. Nobody seems to know what purpose is served by limiting vapers to tiny (10ml) bottles of fluid, limiting nicotine concentrations and banning advertising in most media - to name just a few of the new laws.

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Vaping Solutions: An Easy Brexit Win

Published on 2017-11-03 08:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



In recent weeks I've written about the ridiculous unintended consequences of the TPD towards vaping.

In August it was noteworthy at Vapefest that vendors were not selling pre-mixed e-liquid, but instead - because no-one wants to buy a whole load of 10ml bottles - were shifting large amounts of flavour concentrates to be mixed at home.

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Public Health Rogue Traders

Published on 2017-11-02 12:02:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Some of you may have caught a segment on The One Show yesterday evening where Matt Allwright visited the Vape Expo event in Birmingham.


It was a surprisingly positive piece from the guy who is known for exposing Rogue Traders, and if you missed it you can watch it here from 41:30 minutes in. It was even complemented at the end with Andrew Marr giving his opinion that vaping is "an entirely good thing". Not bad, huh?

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Up is down in 'public health'

Published on 2017-11-02 11:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


You may fondly recall Jill Pell, the anti-smoking campaigner who was responsible for the false claim that the rate of heart attacks fell by 17 per cent in Scotland after the smoking ban was introduced. Hospital admission statistics disprove this but that didn't stop the factoid spreading across the world. It has been cited as a fact in parliament several times.

Pell returned in 2010 with a risible attempt to prove that hospital admissions for childhood asthma fell by 18 per cent after the ban. Again, routine hospital statistics showed this to be complete nonsense.

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Keyboard At The Ready, Vapers

Published on 2017-10-31 14:54:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Here's one for those British vapers who like to engage in a bit of advocacy occasionally. Firstly, you might like to watch this video which has just been released (a longer version is available here).


Now, imagine if your local MP were to see that. It might give him/her/it a fresh perspective, don't you think?

Now also imagine they were to see it and were also told about this debate in Westminster Hall tomorrow morning, eh?

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Nicotine, Public Health, And The Profit Motive

Published on 2017-10-30 19:27:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It's taken me a few days to get round to writing this but there was a BAT Investor Day held in London last week that threw up a small, but vital, nugget of information.

Wells Fargo Securities circulated a summary of the event via email and described the presentation on next generation products (NGPs) as "the highlight". It spoke of how the global NGP category is likely to reach £30bn by 2020 and how both BAT and PMI expect NGPs will represent 30% of their revenue by 2030. Between them, the companies are now operating in 43 markets (PMI 31, BAT 12) after investing literally billions in R&D and roll-out, and both companies have struggled to reach manufacturing capacity to fully satisfy demand.

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NIAAA Promotes Alcohol Industry Public Relations Program; Violates Ethical Standards by Appearing in Anheuser-Busch Promotional Video

Published on 2017-10-30 12:57:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In what I believe is a clear ethics code violation, senior employees of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have appeared in an Anheuser-Busch InBev promotional video that is designed primarily to serve the company's public relations interests.

The video was brought to light in an article by Miriam Shuchman at Wired which was published last Thursday.

In the video, Anheuser-Busch InBev boasts to the public about its "Smart Drinking Goals" program, which is purportedly designed to reduce "hazardous" drinking. Several Anheuser-Busch executives-- including its CEO, Chief "Health" Officer, and Chief Legal and Financial Officer--appear in the video, boasting about how wonderful this program is and implying how great a company Anheuser-Busch is for funding this program and how much it cares about the public's health.

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How Public Health England changed the drinking guidelines

Published on 2017-10-30 12:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and this bundle of government documents, I have been able to see how Public Health England engineered the change to the drinking guidelines. Neither PHE nor the Sheffield University modellers come out of it well. If nothing else, it puts the lie to the notion that government-funded research is 'independent'.

Read the full story at Spectator Health. It's not pretty but it is important.

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Travel Advice For Australia Updated For Vapers

Published on 2017-10-27 17:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Earlier this week I wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to point out that they issued warnings about travelling to Thailand but didn't mention that vapers could be criminalised in Australia too.

Click to enlargeWell, I've heard back and the page relating to Oz has now been updated with this wording ... immediately after the part about illegal drugs.

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Denying healthcare to smokers and fat people

Published on 2017-10-26 08:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I wrote this last week about the latest attempt by an NHS trust to defraud its customers...

In 1948, the minister for health, Aneurin Bevan, outlined the three guiding principles of the NHS: that it meets the needs of everybody, that it is free at the point of delivery and that it is based on clinical need, not ability to pay.

There was no footnote saying ‘…but only if you lead a state-approved lifestyle’. Bevan’s vision for the NHS could not have been clearer and yet a growing number of NHS trusts have been flying the kite of discrimination against smokers and the overweight. Hospital mandarins in North Yorkshire toyed with the idea of refusing surgery to incorrigible smokers and obese people last year. Clinical commissioning groups in Hertfordshire raised it again this week. Both sets of bureaucrats said that they would make an exemption for life-saving surgery, which was nice of them, but if patients are merely suffering from chronic pain, they will have to stop smoking and lose weight.

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