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Berne zappe les strip-teaseuses car " sans qualifications spécifiques et ne venant pas de l'UE"

Published on 2014-10-22 12:14:03.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " Berne a maintenu sa décision de supprimer ce statut malgré la controverse. Les danseuses non européennes ne pourront plus travailler dans les cabarets dès le 1er janvier 2016.

"Le statut d'artiste de cabaret sera supprimé au 1er janvier 2016. Le Conseil fédéral a refusé de reculer malgré des critiques de la droite et d'une partie des syndicats. La protection des femmes concernées devrait être renforcée par d'autres mesures.

"Pour venir en Suisse, les ressortissantes d'un pays hors de l'Union européenne doivent être soit très qualifiées, soit prêtes à se déshabiller dans un cabaret, a expliqué mercredi à la presse la ministre de justice et police Simonetta Sommaruga. Mais celles qui bénéficient du statut d'artiste de cabaret sont dans la majorité des cas forcées à se prostituer, montre un rapport «choquant» de 2009.

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ASH Is Not The Vaper's Friend

Published on 2014-10-22 11:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Sigh. Another day; another vacuous e-cig ban is installed by the lazy and ill-informed.
E-cigarettes have been banned on the entire public transport network in London, the Standard has learnt. Passengers face fines for “vaping” on Tube, trains and buses as well as stations, platforms and depots. Transport for London implemented the ban in late August without any public announcement to  minimise the response from passengers.We all know who's responsible for this, of course. ASH and their smokefree coalition, whose scaremongering transformed a country in 2007 from one which was largely unconcerned with ambient smoke to one which now empowers a minority of precious lambs in society who see vapour and either believe that they are about to die horribly, or complain of feeling "uncomfortable".

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New Research Suggests that Banning E-Cigarette Flavors Could Have Tragic Consequences

Published on 2014-10-22 10:40:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


As I noted yesterday, one of the most central tenets of medicine and public health is "to do no harm." Research out of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston suggests that policy makers and anti-smoking groups which are supporting bans on e-cigarette flavors - such as one proposed in New York City - would be violating this principle, causing tragic consequences by promoting smoking to a significant proportion of the population.

Monday, I discussed a study, just published online ahead of print in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, which reports the results of a population-based survey of smokers followed up after two years to determine whether e-cigarette use was associated with higher or lower rates of smoking cessation. The study found that intensive electronic cigarettes users at baseline were six times more likely to quit smoking after a two-year follow-up period compared to intermittent or non-users.

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Tobacco Plants – year 3

Published on 2014-10-21 17:31:09.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been growing tobacco again this year. In my first year, growing them indoors (I have no garden) they eventually grew the full height of the window. In my second year, I started them late, and they hardly grew at … Continue reading →

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La délation routière, nouveau sport civique:-) ?

Published on 2014-10-21 17:19:49.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "La délation routière en vidéo inquiète la police et la justice. Un avocat spécialisé défend l’utilisation des images privées.

"La technologie a souvent une longueur d’avance sur les pratiques pénales. Cela ne va pas sans tensions et controverses, comme le montre un récent arrêt du Tribunal cantonal valaisan qui a confirmé la condamnation d’un conducteur vaudois accusé d’avoir trop «collé» la voiture qui le précédait sur l’autoroute entre Sierre et Viège. Le verdict, détaillé par le quotidien La Liberté, se monte à 40 jours-amendes et une amende de 1000 fr. A priori, cela ne justifie pas une polémique, à un point près: le jugement se fonde sur des images vidéo qu’un moniteur d’auto-école, passager de l’auto suivie de trop près selon la justice, a enregistrées à l’aide de son smartphone.

"Les milieux judiciaires et policiers craignent, à la suite de ce qui semble être une première judiciaire dans notre pays, une dérive qui verrait les conducteurs se muer en délateurs à grands coups de vidéos réalisées au moyen d’engins de plus en plus sophistiqués."

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Mascot Watch #30: Questions A Tory Minister Can't Answer

Published on 2014-10-21 14:04:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Our esteemed blog mascot/knight has been ruffling feathers again.
Philip Davies (Shipley) took aim at Public Health Minister Jane Ellison in the Commons as he railed against plans to introduce cigarette plain packaging, stop smoking in cars where children are present and alcohol taxes. Tory backbencher Mr Davies told Ms Ellison: "You are pursuing a long list of nanny state proposals which we might have better expected from (Labour), including plain packaging of tobacco, outlawing parents smoking in cars and having higher taxes on alcohol. "Could you give us a list of which policies, if any, you're pursuing which have a Conservative flavour to them?"Predictably, Jane didn't answer the question.

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New Research Suggests that Anti-Smoking Groups' Propaganda About Electronic Cigarettes' Harms is Causing Tragic Consequences

Published on 2014-10-21 10:38:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


One of the most central tenets of medicine and public health is "to do no harm." Research out of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston suggests that many anti-smoking groups are violating this principle, causing tragic consequences by promoting smoking to a significant proportion of the population.

Yesterday, I discussed a study, just published online ahead of print in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, which reports the results of a population-based survey of smokers followed up after two years to determine whether e-cigarette use was associated with higher or lower rates of smoking cessation. The study found that intensive electronic cigarettes users at baseline were six times more likely to quit smoking after a two-year follow-up period compared to intermittent or non-users.

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Antismoking Zealotry, Ebola Complacency

Published on 2014-10-20 18:56:31.
Website: Frank Davis


People are starting to compare antismoking zealotry with complacency about Ebola. Example 1: H/T Harley for a Newsmax interview of Dr Jane Orient, the last part of which I’ve transcribed. Newsmax: Doctor, do you think they know what they’re doing? Does he … Continue reading →

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Censurer le Net à cause des djihadistes ? "Un recul de l'état de droit ! "

Published on 2014-10-20 16:26:51.
Website: Accueil


"Propagande djihadiste: l'Etat doit-il jouer son rôle de "gendarme du net"? "Un recul de l'état de droit" proteste Guillaume Saouli (Parti pirate) (photo)

"Envisagé par la France, le blocage des sites internet djihadistes reste une mesure controversée et à la faisabilité douteuse. Réguler le Web: une chimère?

"Invités:

"Guillaume Saouli, vice-président du Parti pirate suisse, Solange Ghernaouti, experte internationale en cybersécurité et professeur à l’Université de Lausanne, et Kevin Grangier, secrétaire général de l’UDC Vaud."

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Heart miracles: Is the truth emerging?

Published on 2014-10-20 15:35:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If there is one pseudo-scientific claim that illustrates the credulity of the media and the duplicity of the public health movement better than any other, it is the idea that smoking bans lead to dramatic reductions in heart attack incidence.

It is now ten years since the British Medical Journal published Stanton Glantz's notorious 'Helena Miracle' study which claimed that the heart attack rate fell by 40 per cent after a small town in Montana banned smoking in pubs and restaurants. Numerous copycat studies followed, typically involving thinly populated towns and regions which, because of the small number of heart attacks that take place each month, are given to large fluctuations in hospital admissions.

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Hope Flickers At The #Battleofideas

Published on 2014-10-20 15:03:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



There are days when I feel there is still hope of rekindling 21st century Britain's - once fierce but now suffocated and flickering - flame of respect for hard-won freedoms, and yesterday was one of them.

Not the whole day, though, which is both the exhilarating and infuriating appeal of the excellent annual Battle of Ideas festival, now in its tenth incarnation. Each of the sessions - as I and others have found in previous events - carries a capacity to throw up what I would term 'pantomime' baddies if it weren't for their very real existence.

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Caritas Genève refuse 100'000 francs d'un fabricant de cigarettes. Que va faire le Centre Social protestant ?

Published on 2014-10-20 11:59:50.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " La décision douloureuse a été prise grâce à la voix du président de l'association.

+L'offre de la multinationale Japan Tobacco était alléchante: Le cigarettier proposait un chèque de plus de 100'000 francs à Caritas Genève pendant plusieurs années et sans exigence de finalité. Le comité de l’œuvre d'entraide installée à la rue de Carouge a longtemps hésité, raconte Dominique Froidevaux, directeur de l'association, dans Le Courrier de ce lundi. Il y a quelques mois, il a dit non. C'est la voix du président, Jean-Philippe Trabichet, qui a fait pencher la balance.

«Le choix qui remonte au mois de juin a donné lieu à un débat approfondi», précise le président. «Nous collaborons volontiers avec les entreprises. Il arrive que des sociétés, notamment celles de culture américaine, délèguent des employés volontaires pendant leur temps de travail pour une action sociale.» On sent que le président a longuement pesé le pour et le contre. Le risque d'un dégât d'image, identique à celui qu'a subi le Musée de la Croix-Rouge, soumis à une forte pression du lobby antitabac genevoise, n'a sans doute pas été étranger à sa décision."

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New Cohort Survey Study Shows that Intensive E-Cigarette Use Greatly Increases Chances of Quitting Smoking; Also Shows Need for a Clinical Study

Published on 2014-10-20 10:30:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study, just published online ahead of print in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, reports the results of a population-based survey of smokers followed up after two years to determine whether e-cigarette use was associated with higher or lower rates of smoking cessation.

(See: Biener L, Hargraves JL. A longitudinal study of electronic cigarette use in a population-based sample of adult smokers: association with smoking cessation and motivation to quit. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2014; doi:10.1093/ntr/ntru200.)

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Les Dissident(e)s de Genève en AG le mardi 28 octobre dès 18 h. 30 !

Published on 2014-10-20 09:55:43.
Website: Accueil


(DDG) Sous la présidence de Daniel Ceszkowski (photo), l'association libertaire des  Dissident(e)s de Genève (DDG) siégera le mardi 28 octobre à Genève, selon la convocation adressée par la poste à ses membres et publiée ci-dessous.

L'ordre du ordre du jour est copieux car il a fallu réactiver notre association après la longue maladie et le  décès de notre regrettée présidente Karin von Siebenthal. 

Outre les objets statutaires usuels, l'AG se déterminera sur la question du quorum imposé à Genève aux Partis politiques pour accéder au Grand Conseil (Législatif). Faut-il viser à abaisser ou à supprimer (comme dans d'autres Cantons suisses) ledit quorum qui écarte des débats plusieurs petits partis politiques, lésant ainsi la representativité populaire. C'est souvent de la marge que proviennent les inspirations et les meilleures idées les plus novatrices.

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La police va-t-elle fouiller dans vos sacs en plastique pour vérifier leur conttenu ?

Published on 2014-10-20 09:23:00.
Website: Accueil




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Henry Hill on public health

Published on 2014-10-20 08:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This, from Henry Hill at Conservative Home, is well worth reading...

The most important thing to bear in mind is that public health has no regard for individual choice. As a movement which measures its success largely in averaged outcomes and national statistics, its focus is not on minimising harm to third parties or helping individuals to make informed choices – although it will employ those arguments – but on controlling people to force its desired outcomes.

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USA: "Le 11-Septembre remis en question devant des millions de téléspectateurs"

Published on 2014-10-19 17:30:31.
Website: Accueil


Association Architectes et ingénieurs pour la vérité sur le 11-Septembre: "Coup d’éclat. Une grande chaîne de télévision américaine a diffusé un entretien explosif à propos des attentats du 11-Septembre.

"Imaginez une longue interview, rigoureuse dans le fond et mesurée sur la forme, au sujet d’une éminente controverse politique. Pas de petite phrase, aucune forme de raccourci expéditif, et pas la moindre trace de condescendance de la part de l’interviewer. Transposez maintenant la scène dans le paysage audiovisuel français.
Une projection difficile ?

"Au regard du tabou que constitue le 11-Septembre dans les médias traditionnels de l’Hexagone, il faudrait effectivement faire preuve d’une grande souplesse mentale pour envisager la reproduction locale d’une telle scène.

"Celle-ci s’est réellement produite. Le vendredi 1er août, sur la chaîne américaine C-Span, un moment édifiant de télévision s’est déroulé.

"Relativement équivalente au duo LCP – Public Sénat et forte d’un accès à plus de 100 millions de foyers américains, la chaîne a convié une personnalité singulière : Richard Gage, président et fondateur de l’association dénommée Architectes et ingénieurs pour la vérité sur le 11-Septembre.

"Porte-parole de plus de 2 200 professionnels, l’homme a bénéficié d’un temps long (40 minutes) et d’un interlocuteur pointilleux mais respectueux (le journaliste-producteur Peter Slen) pour étayer la thèse scientifique de son groupe, contraire à la version officielle défendue par l’Administration Bush : les trois tours du World Trade Center ont subi une démolition contrôlée le 11 septembre 2001."

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RTS - Haute Définition: Faut-il numériser le monde ?

Published on 2014-10-19 16:32:10.
Website: Accueil


RTS - Haute Définition: " La technologie permet de tout numériser: les livres, nos données biologiques, la musique, le patrimoine artistique. Faut-il pour autant céder à cette tentation?", s'interroge le philosophe Roberto Casati. Les tablettes, les smartphones ou les liseuses ont envahi l'espace. Les partisans du tout numérique auraient-ils "un avantage darwinien"? Le monde sur écran nous rend-il plus intelligents, plus rapides? Prenant l'exemple du livre et de la lecture, Roberto Casati répond dans son essai percutant: "les nouveaux formats n'ont pas ouvert de nouveaux horizons de lecture; au contraire, cette lecture a été volée".

"Invité: Roberto Casati, philosophe, directeur de recherches au CNRS."

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Government Agencies Under Attack

Published on 2014-10-19 16:26:10.
Website: Frank Davis


With CDC Director Tom Frieden facing calls for his resignation, it’s not too hard (H/T Harley) to see more reasons why: Top public health officials have collected $25 million in bonuses since 2007, carving out extra pay for themselves in … Continue reading →

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Paris: Une spectatrice voilée invitée à quitter l'Opéra

Published on 2014-10-19 11:48:56.
Website: Accueil


20 Minutes: "L'Opéra de Paris a demandé à une spectatrice au visage voilé de quitter les lieux en pleine représentation, un incident qui a poussé le ministère de la Culture à préparer une note de consigne rappelant la loi.

"L'incident s'est produit le 3 octobre à l'Opéra Bastille. La représentation de la Traviata avait débuté lorsque le visage voilé de la spectatrice, assise au premier rang, a été repéré par les écrans de contrôle ainsi que par des choristes, a expliqué à l'AFP le directeur adjoint de l'Opéra de Paris, Jean-Philippe Thiellay, confirmant une information du site metronews.fr

"Assise juste derrière le chef d'orchestre, la femme, au cou et cheveux couverts, avait un voile clair lui couvrant la bouche et le nez.

«On m'a alerté au cours du deuxième acte», poursuit M. Thiellay, rappelant que la loi de 2011 interdit de se masquer le visage dans l'espace public. «Ca ne s'était jamais présenté», a-t-il dit, ajoutant que «certains choristes ont indiqué qu'ils ne voulaient pas chanter» si une solution n'était pas trouvée."

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Little Confidence

Published on 2014-10-18 16:22:30.
Website: Frank Davis


Over the past few weeks I’ve been steadily downgrading, in my own mind, the threat posed by Ebola. Because while it seems to be highly contagious (and maybe slightly airborne) in its final stages, it doesn’t seem to be particularly contagious … Continue reading →

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Mike Daube And His Funding Merry-Go-Round

Published on 2014-10-18 12:56:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Note to tobacco controllers: When you are instrumental in taking an appallingly prejudiced and stupid decision which makes global news and embarrasses your country - and you also lie about it - it's very likely to come back and smash your face in.

Last week, Australian anti-smoker obsessive Mike Daube was caught lying about the decision to ban the opera Carmen because it is set in a cigarette factory. To recap:
To cut a long story short, a state government body, Healthway - of which Mike Daube is a board member - forced the West Australian Opera to ditch a production of the 1875 composition because it is set in a cigarette factory. This prompted global hilarity at Aussie state censorship, but had Western Australia's Premier spitting blood about the embarrassment and the Australian Prime Minister chipping in with condemnation too.Daube, being a tobacco controller, refused to show contrition for such an absurd outcome, and instead pretended it was nothing to do with him by blaming the opera company instead.

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Link Tank 18/10

Published on 2014-10-18 02:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


That's yer lot.

When nanny staters say ‘choice’, what they really mean is ‘less choice’

The smoking ban: Just another form of illiberal leftist social control

The perfect pub: is there one left in Britain?

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Being There

Published on 2014-10-17 16:56:14.
Website: Frank Davis


I was fascinated to hear Lord Darzi on BBC World Service Radio, talking with Dave Atherton about his proposals to ban smoking in London parks. Rather than transcribe the whole thing, I chose to only transcribe what Darzi said, so as … Continue reading →

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Were there really 9.6 million alcohol-related hospital admissions last year?

Published on 2014-10-17 03:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Mark Wadsworth has spotted that the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions have risen rather sharply in the last couple of years. In fact 'risen sharply' is an understatement. 'Rocketed into the stratosphere' might be a better way of putting it.

BBC, 26 May 2011: The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped 1m for the first time, according to official statistics.

From The Daily Mirror, yesterday:

Heavy boozers are putting the NHS under “intolerable strain” and risk sparking a health crisis which will cost the country billions, a charity claimed yesterday. Alcohol Concern said 9.9 million NHS admissions in England – including hospital patients and clinic and A&E visits – were related to alcohol last year...

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A Glimpse Through The Blackout Curtain

Published on 2014-10-16 12:06:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


This week is proving to be a defining one for the tobacco control industry. They appear to have taken a decision to go all out and prove me right in saying that their motivation has nothing whatsoever to do with health.

First we had proven liar and debate-phobic Lord Narzi proposing an evidence-free policy which is solely designed to bully smokers and incubate hatred towards them, now it seems the WHO are going down the same route with e-cigs.

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Leaked document shows WHO's hard line on e-cigarettes

Published on 2014-10-16 06:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've received what appears to be the WHO's draft text about e-cigarette regulation (from this week's top secret FCTC meeting in Moscow).



Apologies for the poor quality of the image. You can click to enlarge, but this is what it says (all strikes and underlines are in the original. ENDs are 'Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems', a daft term that only 'public health' people use for e-cigarettes):

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A perfect hatred

Published on 2014-10-16 04:14:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


What can you say about the proposal to ban smoking in the—ahem—beautiful, pristine, pure air of London town? Perhaps the first thing to say is that it is only a proposal from a revolting left-wing doctor-cum-politician. Boris Johnson has distanced himself from it:

"This idea in my view, as a libertarian conservative, comes down too much on the side of bossiness and nannying.

"One feature of life in London is that we are a city that allows people to get on with their lives within the law provided they are not harming anyone else.

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Regressive, illiberal soda taxes

Published on 2014-10-15 17:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I have an article up at Spiked that looks at how the words 'liberal' and 'progressive' have become so debased that they are used by proponents of patently illiberal and regressive soda taxes.

Please read it.

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Out Of The Woodwork

Published on 2014-10-15 11:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So, it seems that the London parks smoking ban suggested in a report commissioned by Boris isn't quite the slam dunk it first appeared.

Boris says no to parks smoking ban: "To ban people from doing something that is legal in a big open space is taking bossiness too far. "
— Ross Lydall (@RossLydall) October 15, 2014
But the period of time between the press release going out in the early hours and Boris's statement at lunchtime was open season for every irrational smoker-hating whacko, psychopath, and berserker to spew their bile on every possible platform. Lord Narzi and Sally Davies effectively signalled to thousands of society's most vile that hyperbolic hatred was officially sanctioned by the authorities.

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Why a Randomized Behavioral Study is Essential to Understanding the Potential Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes

Published on 2014-10-15 03:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Some of the researchers and advocates who opposed our crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a randomized behavioral study of the effects of electronic cigarettes on smoking behavior argued that randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are simply not appropriate to study e-cigarettes because they cannot simulate the real-life situation, where smokers have many choices of different types of products, can engage with social networks, and can experiment over time, change products, advance from one type of product to another, etc.

Instead, these advocates argued that surveys are the best way to study the potential benefits of e-cigarettes. Surveys measure the real-life situation of how e-cigarettes and vapor products are actually used.

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Vote Tory, Get Labour

Published on 2014-10-15 01:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I take it that today's news means Boris has by extension placed himself in Room 101?


He is absolutely correct. The evidence of harm from secondhand smoke indoors is stratospherically exaggerated, so his gesture of lighting up a cigar as a signal of freedom was welcomed in the video's comments by all but a sparse few.

The evidence of harm from smoke in a huge open air park, though, is non-existent. So what's all this pony about, Boris?
Trafalgar and Parliament squares smoking ban callSmoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares as well as the city's parks if a report by London's Health Commission is implemented. The smoke free plan would see the mayor use his by-law powers over Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square and his influence over the Royal Parks, the board of which he appoints.If it's not backed by evidence of harm to others, the only possible goal of this for the Mayor and his unelected report writers is to dictate to others how they should be living their lives. With fines and menaces.

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