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Sine Qua Non

Published on 2014-10-24 16:23:38.
Website: Frank Davis


A couple of weeks back, I was pleased to report that at its Doncaster conference UKIP had announced that: UKIP will amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated … Continue reading →

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Internet terrorise les députés. Tous ? Non...

Published on 2014-10-24 14:35:37.
Website: Accueil


rue89: "ls sont déçus, mais prêts à recommencer quand il faudra (et ça ne manquera pas d’arriver). Pendant les débats sur la dernière loi antiterroriste, adoptée en commission mixte paritaire mardi, l’Assemblée nationale s’est transformée en théâtre de leur défaite.

"Minoritaires dans leur propre camp, ces députés de tous bords devenus par la force des choses spécialistes des questions numériques, ont bataillé en vain pour éviter l’adoption de mesures liberticides, notamment le blocage administratif de certains sites.

"Rue89 a réuni trois de ces conjurés « cyberoptimistes » qui se heurtent régulièrement à l’idée si répandue, au sein de l’hémicycle et de chaque groupe politique, qu’Internet, c’est le mal. Un espace insaisissable et menaçant, auquel il faudrait appliquer des mesures particulièrement sévères pour s’en assurer le contrôle.

"Christian Paul (PS « frondeur », Nièvre), Laure de La Raudière (UMP, Eure-et-Loir) et Isabelle Attard (Nouvelle donne, Calvados, groupe écologiste) prennent des airs de conjurés en se rejoignant dans un bureau de l’Assemblée réservé pour l’occasion. Ils se connaissent, se tutoient et ne rechignent pas à former ensemble leurs collègues moins avertis."

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The great British booze rip off

Published on 2014-10-24 09:10:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the Morning Advertiser:

UK consumers currently pay about 40% of the entire level of alcohol duty across the whole European Union.
This is a striking claim. I had heard that the British pay 40 per cent of all the beer tax in the EU, but I didn't realise that the same was true of all other alcoholic drinks.

Nevertheless, a check of the numbers in this EU document shows that it is true. The figures break down like this:

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Interdit bientôt de fumer... chez le numéro 2 du tabac américain

Published on 2014-10-24 07:48:39.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Dès le 1er janvier prochain, il sera interdit de fumer une cigarette dans les locaux de Reynolds American, le numéro deux de l'industrie du tabac aux Etats-Unis, a indiqué jeudi l'entreprise. L'usage de la cigarette électronique ou du tabac à mâcher sera, en revanche, toujours permis.

"Les employés fumeurs ne pourront plus fumer cigarettes, cigares ou pipes dans les salles de conférences et les ascenseurs. Ils pourront encore s'adonner à leur plaisir dans les couloirs ou leurs bureaux mais uniquement tant que ne seront pas ouvertes des salles spécialement dédiées aux fumeurs.

"Celles-ci seront mises en place au cours de l'année 2015 et 2016, a précisé un porte-parole de la société. Fumer était déjà interdit dans l'usine de fabrication, les cafétérias et les salles de gymnastique."

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Couch potatoes

Published on 2014-10-24 05:02:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the Telegraph:

Couch potato lifestyles could kill the welfare state, landmark report warns
Couch potato lifestyles have left the UK with one of the lowest levels of activity in the western world, and without change, the welfare state could collapse, health officials have warned.
If the welfare state is so fragile that it can be brought down by people sitting about, perhaps we need a better system?

The welfare state won't be brought down under the weight of couch potatoes, however. This is just the latest scare story about obesity/smoking/drinking etc. bringing the NHS to "the brink of collapse". As I'm sure you know by now, obese people have lower heathcare costs than non-obese people.

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Lifestyle “Improvements” Don’t Work

Published on 2014-10-23 16:16:46.
Website: Frank Davis


I’d like to welcome back Klaus K, with a translation of an article by him about the recently-published results of a Danish 10-year random intervention study: “Effect of screening and lifestyle counselling on incidence of ischaemic heart disease in general … Continue reading →

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Unlike Data from U.S., Data on Youth Electronic Cigarette Use in Poland is Concerning

Published on 2014-10-23 13:22:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new set of cross-sectional surveys of e-cigarette use among Polish students ages 15-19 was just published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

(See: Goniewicz ML, et al. Rise in electronic cigarette use among adolescents in Poland. Journal of Adolescent Health 2014; 55:713-715.)

Like its U.S. counterpart (the National Youth Tobacco Survey), the survey from Poland found a dramatic increase in experimentation with electronic cigarettes during the period 2010/11 - 2013/14. Experimentation increased from 16.8% to 62.1%.

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La Hongrie veut taxer le trafic sur internet

Published on 2014-10-23 07:39:05.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: "Le gouvernement prévoit d'imposer le transfert de données chez les fournisseurs d'accès à internet. Qui pourront la répercuter ensuite sur les usagers dans les abonnements. Grogne chez les Magyars.

"La Hongrie compte imposer le transferts de données sur internet. Cette taxe s'appliquera dans un premier temps aux fournisseurs d’accès internet qui devront payer 150 forints (environ 58 centimes suisses) par gigabit de trafic de données, comme l'explique le Wall Street Journal Online ce jeudi 23 octobre."



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Good cop/bad cop - how the BBC frames the debate on sugar

Published on 2014-10-22 17:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The BBC wants to know when if you've stopped beating your wife.

Last night the BBC broadcast Trust Me, I'm a Doctor. It featured a segment about sugar that was a nice example of how the media can narrow the terms of a debate while pretending to be neutral.

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The Tobacco Control Mentality

Published on 2014-10-22 17:28:56.
Website: Frank Davis


I’m always interested in trying to figure out how antismokers think. And today I came across a Canadian study of antismoking professionals, a number of whom had been interviewed, and their attitudes noted. One passage describes the ideal “self-managing” individual: … Continue reading →

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RTS - Espace 2 - Babylone: " Transparence et information: tout est-il bon à dire ?

Published on 2014-10-22 16:30:33.
Website: Accueil


RTS - Espace 2 - Babylone: " Transparence et information: tout est-il bon à dire ?

"Suivez le 2e volet des émissions consacrées par "Babylone" à la transparence au sein de l'Etat, des médias et de l'intimité.

"Selon lʹavocat Daniel Soulez Larivière, de plus en plus de médias se substituent à la justice en publiant des documents secrets au nom de la sacro-sainte vertu de transparence. La presse a-t-elle tous les droits?
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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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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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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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