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Atrocities

Published on 2015-08-02 16:49:21.
Website: Frank Davis


As Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn launches a “rock star” tour of Britain, addressing rapturous audiences in packed meeting halls, I thought I’d check to see whether he was the antismoker I thought he probably was. It was just as I … Continue reading →

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Nouvelle persécution de fumeurs: les bars à chicha visés

Published on 2015-08-01 17:48:46.
Website: Accueil


Schweiz am Sonntag: "Une nouvelle catégorie de fumeurs est visée par les autorités fédérales, au mépris de consommateurs exotiques, fervents de pipe à chicha.

"Depuis le mois de mai, les douanes suisses, ont porté un coup quasi fatal au tabac à chicha: on en importait 800 tonnes en 2014, soit le double de l'année précédente. En mai de cette année, on en importait plus que 100 kg et en juin: 1 tonne. Les douanes ont procédé soudain à une augmentation massive des droits de douane qui s'élèvent désormais à 80 Fr. le kilo. Celui qui veut dédouaner 2 à 3 t de tabac à chicha doit s'acquitter désormais de 150 000 Fr. de droits d'importation, ce que nombre de petits importateurs ne peuvent se permettre. Les "bars a chicha" sont doc menacés dans leur existence"

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The $1.5 trillion Climate Change Industry

Published on 2015-08-01 16:45:41.
Website: Frank Davis


Breitbart UK and Jo Nova: New estimates published by the Climate Change Business Journal put the total size of the industry at $1.5 trillion a year, or $4 billion a day, equivalent to the size of the global online retail … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 01/08

Published on 2015-08-01 01:25:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


After a busy week in Puddlecoteville, hence the light content.

Tesco’s Ribena ban will do nothing to satisfy public-health zealots
Is banning smoking outdoors a step too far

A fridge too far

Australian nannies call for a tax on meat

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MH370 Flaperon

Published on 2015-07-31 17:22:39.
Website: Frank Davis


Sixteen months ago, I took a lot of interest in flight MH370. Now it’s back in the news, with what’s thought to be one of its wing components washing up on the island of Reunion, 5000 km from the area … Continue reading →

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QuadratureduNet: " Surveillance : soutenons Netzpolitik contre les pressions du gouvernement allemand !

Published on 2015-07-31 15:55:00.
Website: Accueil


QuadratureduNet: " Paris, le 15 juillet 2015 — La Quadrature du Net dénonce avec force la tentative d'intimidation dont est l'objet le site allemand Netzpolitik, mis en accusation pour trahison par la justice allemande pour avoir diffusé des documents révélant l'extension de la surveillance de l'Internet par les services secrets allemands. La Quadrature apporte son soutien et son appui aux activistes allemands, qui défendent les libertés fondamentales et subissent pour cette raison la pression des autorités.

"Le site de défense des droits fondamentaux allemand Netzpolitik a été mis en examen pour « trahison » le 10 juillet dernier sur demande du président des services de renseignement allemands. L'affaire sera menée par le procureur fédéral allemand en charge des questions d'espionnage et de terrorisme."

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Google foule aux pieds le "droit à l'oubli"

Published on 2015-07-30 18:23:04.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Google conteste la compétence de la CNIL

"Google a annoncé jeudi qu'il refusait le "droit à l'oubli" imposé en France par la commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés. Le géant d'Internet argue que cette instance n'est pas compétente pour contrôler les informations accessibles à travers le monde.


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Trump a Comedian, Labour a Joke

Published on 2015-07-30 17:14:57.
Website: Frank Davis


Is it true that there are 16 Republican presidential candidates, and only one Democratic candidate: Hillary Clinton? Camille Paglia in Salon: “…when we look at the abundance of candidates who have put themselves forward on the GOP side, compared to … Continue reading →

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Healthy drinkers

Published on 2015-07-30 01:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A bit more evidence for the deniers to deny. At this stage, I think it's fair to call them that.

Results
Rates of poor self-rated health were highest among those who had stopped drinking, followed by those who never drank. The rates of poor self-rated health among non-drinkers were significantly higher than the rates of poor self-rated health for any of the groups who reported alcohol consumption.

Conclusions

Among those who drank alcohol, there was no evidence that any pattern of current alcohol consumption was associated with poor self-rated health, even after adjustment for a wide range of variables.

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Smuggling, Youth, Brighton, and Trump

Published on 2015-07-29 16:10:49.
Website: Frank Davis


Grandad in Ireland: Authorities fume: 25% of cigarettes smuggled into Republic Now I can’t understand why the “authorities” are fuming over this.  Dame Enda is constantly telling us that the backbone of the country’s economy is the indigenous small business so … Continue reading →

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Outdoor smoking ban consultation

Published on 2015-07-29 02:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The public consultation on the 'voluntary ban' on smoking outdoors in Brighton and Hove is online. It's a simple survey which only takes two minutes to complete so please do so. There are various nosy questions about sexuality, race and so on, but you can ignore them.

Give 'em hell...


UPDATE

Simon Clark is getting déja vu...

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Data from 2014 UK Youth Survey Show No Nonsmoking Youths Becoming Regular E-Cigarette Users

Published on 2015-07-28 04:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Newly released data from the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England - 2014 survey show that although 22% of youth ages 11-15 have experimented with electronic cigarettes, only 3% are now regular vapers and none of these regular vapers are never smokers. In the survey, regular vaping was defined as using an e-cigarette at least once per week.

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While one cannot extrapolate from these data to the situation in the U.S., they do demonstrate that at least in England, e-cigarettes are not particularly addictive and they are not serving as a gateway to smoking among youth. Despite the high rate of e-cigarette experimentation, only a small proportion of these youth experimenters are going on to become regular vapers. And of these regular vapers, none are kids who never smoked cigarettes. Thus, there is little, if any, evidence that e-cigarette experimentation among youth in England is causing public health harm. If anything, e-cigarettes may be deterring some youth from continued smoking.

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Good riddance to bad sock-puppets

Published on 2015-07-28 01:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'm pleased to able to bring glad tidings for a change. DrinkWise North West, the taxpayer-funded lobby group, has had its state-funding withdrawn. Since nobody in their right mind would give it money voluntarily, this naturally means that it has been closed down with immediate effect. Its Twitter feed has already disappeared.

You may recall DrinkWise as the Department of Health front group that used public money to campaign for alcohol advertising bans and minimum unit pricing (MUP). For the latter, they set up a sock-puppet website - anonymously, at first - which made the ludicrous claim that MUP would reduce the price of some drinks. The rest of its campaign literature had a similarly uneasy relationship with the truth.

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How @Tesco Just Removed Itself From My Shopping List

Published on 2015-07-27 16:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Dear Tesco

I live in an area where there is one of your stores, a Sainsbury's, an Asda and a Morrissons. Aldi is a bit futher away but I have that option too.

I tend to be a canny shopper and look for deals to decide which I will shop at. It may only save me a few pounds here and there but that's how free markets work, isn't it? You make the offer, I respond to it by either buying or not from your store.

However, I'd like to thank you very much for removing yourself from that purchasing equation by employing a tit like David Beardmore. You see, he has apparently decided to make choices on behalf of every parent who shops in your stores, because we are all obviously so much thicker than him.

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Fortunately, Tesco does not have a monopoly

Published on 2015-07-27 05:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If the newspapers are to be believed, the people who run Tesco have taken leave of their senses.

The UK's biggest supermarket chain is axing some of the best-selling children's drinks brands as the war on sugar is stepped up in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, according to a new report.

Tesco has revealed that it is to cull an array of added-sugar soft drinks including CCE's Capri-Sun and several varieties of Suntory's Ribena as it revamps its range amid growing concerns over health and obesity.

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American Chemical Society Grossly Misrepresents Scientific Study in Order to Demonize E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-07-27 04:30:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The American Chemical Society (ACS) became yet the next organization to work a hatchet job on electronic cigarettes. This time, it was the ACS claiming publicly that based on a new study, e-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones.

Last Wednesday, the ACS issued a press release to accompany the publication of a new article in its journal "Chemical Research in Toxicology." The press release headline warned that "E-cigarettes May Be As Addictive as Traditional Ones."

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The insanity of the 'endgame'

Published on 2015-07-27 04:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Clive Bates gave an outstanding speech at this year's Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw. He discusses the anti-smoking lobby's ludicrous 'endgame' and compares it with policies that might actually reducing smoking without creating massive costs on individuals and society. If you haven't watched the video, do.






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"No evidence"

Published on 2015-07-25 17:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The campaign to ban smoking in prisons is marching on thanks to the ever-gullible Observer newspaper and a sock-puppet pressure group known as the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre. I've never heard of them and nor has The Observer judging from its description of them as "an organisation called the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre", but its article contains this gem...

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of charity Action on Smoking and Health, said there was no evidence to support claims that depriving prisoners of tobacco could lead to riots.

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Les "pro" de la photo traités en parias dans nos festivals !

Published on 2015-07-25 07:28:41.
Website: Accueil


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Link Tank 25/07

Published on 2015-07-25 02:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Morning links after the night before.

The nanny state is turning more cyclists into criminals

NUS makes bold stand against Zionism ... er, by banning Coke?

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Loi renseignement : le Conseil constitutionnel en valide l’essentiel

Published on 2015-07-24 18:13:19.
Website: Accueil


rue89: "Seuls trois articles ont fait l’objet d’une censure :

- "le premier instaurait une procédure d’urgence dite « opérationnelle », qui permettait aussi bien de se passer d’informer le Premier ministre de la pose d’un dispositif de surveillance, de ne pas attendre son feu vert (ou celui de l’un de ses collaborateurs habilités) et de ne pas prendre, non plus, l’avis de la commission qui encadre ces missions de surveillance (la future CNCTR). Enchaînement que les Sages ont considéré comme « disproportionné » ;

- "le deuxième encadrait la surveillance à l’étranger ou, en tout cas, était censé le faire. Le Conseil a en effet estimé que les garanties apportées sur l’utilisation des informations récoltées en dehors du territoire étaient insuffisantes ;

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The middle class drink epidemic

Published on 2015-07-24 02:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



 With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that Britain is in the grips of a drinking epidemic, but where there’s a will there’s a way. One method is to focus on whichever group is drinking the most. Even though everybody is drinking less, some people are bound to be drinking more than others and that means scary headlines. Inconveniently for the doom-mongerers, the people who are drinking the most happen to be the middle-aged and middle class. It would be a better story if the heaviest drinkers were the tired, the poor and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but the evidence clearly shows that they are the white collar professionals. In Britain, people in the top social class consume an average of 15 units of alcohol per week while people in the lowest social class only consume 10.

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Ulster Farming Union Gets It Wrong

Published on 2015-07-23 11:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A story on Tuesday about the smoking ban in work vehicles is so bizarre that even the state lapdog BBC is amused enough to cover it.
A farmer who lit up a cigarette in his tractor could face a fine of up to £1,000 after he was deemed to be smoking in his workplace. The quiet smoke break while parked at the side of a road in County Antrim was stubbed out when a tobacco control officer intervened. The tractor was deemed by the officer to be a commercial vehicle capable of "carrying more than one person".Well, yes. Under the terms of the law, an offence has been committed because it can carry more than one person ... just not at the same time. The farmer is not the first to be penalised for not harming anyone, nor will he be the last.

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Allez Les Buralistes Français!

Published on 2015-07-22 09:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


This Monday in Paris, the French health minister hosted her counterparts from 9 other countries - including, to our shame, the UK - to discuss how to implement utterly pointless plain packaging.
Ministers discussed the effect of advertising and promotion of tobacco products, especially concerning the design of tobacco packages and products.They acknowledged that significant scientific evidence exists to justify the introduction of standardized packaging.That's rot, of course, there is no evidence worthy of the name, let alone anything 'significant'. It is, however, pretty clear that French retailers - who, as is always the case with tyrannical governments, have been ignored - will be affected by the measure in a free trading bloc like the EU.

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Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Acknowledges that Chantix Causes Suicide But Allows it On Market, While Banning E-Cigarettes with No Known

Published on 2015-07-22 04:18:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia has publicly acknowledged that Chantix causes suicide, and that the family members of patients taking this drug must carefully watch their loved ones to make sure that they don't kill themselves. Nevertheless, the TGA apparently has no problem allowing Chantix to stay on the market. Moreover, the Administration has not even required that a black box warning be placed on the drug's packaging.

At the same time, the TGA has banned electronic cigarettes, another effective smoking cessation tool, despite the absence of any evidence that it causes substantial adverse side effects.

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RTS _ La Première: Loi sur les produits du tabac: trop laxiste ou discriminatoire ?

Published on 2015-07-21 18:30:50.
Website: Accueil


rts - La Première : "Le Conseil fédéral est à bout touchant avec la nouvelle loi sur les produits du tabac, qui doit permettre de réduire la consommation de tabac en Suisse. Problème: la loi en préparation ne satisfait vraiment personne, ni les milieux de prévention du tabagisme, qui ne la trouve pas assez stricte, ni les milieux économiques, qui y voient une menace pour l'industrie du tabac et pour la branche publicitaire. Le débat entre Jean-Paul Humair, directeur du CIPRET Genève et Christophe Berdat, porte-parole de British American Tobacco Switzerland."

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Rue89 - Renseignement : la loi menace l’équilibre de notre démocratie

Published on 2015-07-21 16:45:04.
Website: Accueil


Rue89 - "Nous sommes pleinement conscients des menaces que les nouvelles formes de terrorisme font peser sur nos espaces démocratiques. La loi relative au renseignement adoptée récemment par le parlement français entend être la réponse la plus appropriée à ces menaces. Nous nous inquiétons toutefois très vivement d’un certain nombre de points inhérents à cette loi qui touchent, non seulement au respect des libertés individuelles, mais au sens que nous entendons conférer à la construction du vivre ensemble."



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Area man speaks out

Published on 2015-07-21 15:25:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'm supposed to be on holiday this week, but the nanny state never sleeps so I was on Sky News earlier today speaking from my backyard (relatively speaking) in Hove about the proposal to ban smoking in parks and beaches. Deborah Arnott from ASH was on the end of a rather distorted line so I didn't catch everything that was said, but she didn't seem like she really had her heart in it to me. Who can blame her? It is a truly appalling idea on every level.

I should be debating the same issue with Brighton and Hove's director of public health tomorrow on BBC Sussex radio (at around 9.10am). If I can get him to explain what the hell a voluntary ban is, I will let you know.

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Erm, Because It Looks Like Smoking

Published on 2015-07-21 11:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


In the global catalogue of scientific literature, there is no poorer an illegitimate runt than the integrity-free BMJ's Tobacco Control Journal. 

Its 'research' is always almost exclusively policy-based garbage (see here and here for recent examples) which is hardly surprising considering the editorial board comprises a global who's who of tobacco control industry junk 'scientists'. However, an item in their July 2015 rag lowers that bar by some margin.

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rue89- Patrimoine des élus: cette obscure transparence qui masque les richesses...

Published on 2015-07-21 06:21:20.
Website: Accueil


rue89 -  "Je sais tout du patrimoine de Valérie Pécresse, mais je ne peux rien vous dire !"

"Depuis le début de la semaine, (17 juillet 2015) chaque électeur français peut demander à consulter, en préfecture, la déclaration de patrimoine d’un ou plusieurs parlementaires. Rue89 a testé le dispositif dans les Yvelines.

"Comme nous suggérions de le faire jeudi, j’ai testé la consultation du patrimoine de nos parlementaires. La Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique (HATVP) a en effet annoncé que ces déclarations étaient désormais disponibles en préfecture.

"Gros poissons...

"J’ai choisi les Yvelines car de gros poissons y évoluent ...

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Tobacco Control Journal Makes Fun of Vapers, Calling them Idiots

Published on 2015-07-21 04:19:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A cartoon appearing in this month's issue of Tobacco Control makes fun of vapers, calling them "idiots." The cartoon features a man vaping and a woman next to him. The man says: "With vaping, I get all the nicotine, none of the smoke and it makes me look cool." The woman responds: "You look like an idiot smoking a laser pointer."

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Why is Tobacco Control making fun of vapers and calling them idiots?

Imagine that the journal ran a similar cartoon about nicotine patch users. In it, the man says: With NRT, I get all the nicotine and none of the smoke." And the woman responds: "You look like an idiot putting a cream patch on your chest."

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Those sugar guidelines are not what they seem

Published on 2015-07-21 01:16:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


At The Spectator, I discuss last week's lowering of the sugar 'allowance'. Some people have said they can't access the site if they're using Chrome so here it is in full...

Like putting Dracula in charge of a blood bank’ is how Action on Sugar’s Simon Capewell described Ian MacDonald’s role as chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) last year. Professor MacDonald’s reputation as one of Britain’s leading nutritionists gave him no protection when Channel 4’s Dispatches programme devoted half an hour to attacking any scientist who receives grant funding from the food industry. Seemingly unaware that industry-government partnerships are the norm in diet research, Action on Sugar’s Aseem Malhotra accused MacDonald of being ‘in bed with the food industry’ and called for his resignation. Similar inferences and accusations were made in a British Medical Journal ‘investigation’ earlier this year.

We shall probably never know whether this smear campaign had any influence on the conclusions of the SACN report when it was released last week, but the campaigners certainly got what they wanted when MacDonald et al halved the recommended sugar intake from 10 per cent of daily calories to five per cent. A lower limit has been the holy grail for the anti-sugar movement for years (for reasons I recently discussed). The World Health Organisation let them down earlier this year when it kept the limit at ten per cent, but SACN played ball and the talk of Dracula and blood banks was conspicuous by its absence on Friday morning.

The pool of nutritional epidemiology is murky at the best of times, leading some academics to dismiss the whole field as pseudoscience, but if you are prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt, the SACN report provides a decent summary of the evidence to date. Taken together, it does not make happy reading for the anti-sugar/low-carb movement. SACN found an association, based on ‘moderate evidence’, between sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes, but it failed to support any of the other pet theories of the anti-sugar campaigners. For example, it found ‘no association’ between sugar and type 2 diabetes, ‘no association’ between sugar and blood insulin, and ‘no association’ between sugary drinks and childhood obesity. It also found no association between fructose (the bête noire of the anti-sugar lobby) and type 2 diabetes. As for the low-carb diet, SACN found ‘no association between total carbohydrate intake and body mass index or body fatness’, nor with type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. By contrast, it found ‘some evidence that an energy restricted, higher carbohydrate, lower fat diet may be an effective strategy for reducing body mass index and body weight.’

You need to reach page 183 to find the only part of the 370-page report that made the headlines. SACN explained its decision to recommend reducing sugar consumption to five per cent of daily energy as follows:

‘To quantify the dietary recommendation for sugars, advice from the Calorie Reduction Expert Group was considered. It was estimated that a 418 kJ/person/day (100kcal/person/day) reduction in energy intake of the population would address energy imbalance and lead to a moderate degree of weight loss in the majority of individuals (Calorie Reduction Expert Group, 2011)

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