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Reject Globalism

Published on 2016-05-05 23:11:40.
Website: Frank Davis


I’m not a believer in any New World Order, because I can’t see it anywhere. It doesn’t seem to have a head office. Or a managing director. Or a manifesto. But maybe the best evidence for it lies right in … Continue reading →

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Health? Yeah, Right

Published on 2016-05-05 19:16:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Yesterday saw the release of CJEU judgments on the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which should prove to anyone that the EU and its agencies are far from scrupulous and could even be deemed to be deliberately corrupt.

As Snowdon points out in the Spectator, the TPD is fatally flawed under the very terms that the EU claims it was set up for.
Remarkably, none of it is explicitly in the name of health. The EU has no mandate to set health policy and so all of the new laws in the Tobacco Products Directive have to masquerade as market harmonisation measures. But where is the harmony? Sweden keeps its exemption from the EU’s ban on smokeless tobacco (‘snus’). Countries which ban the sale of e-cigarettes, such as Finland, will not be encouraged to lift their prohibitions. Menthol cigarettes will be banned across the EU despite no member state seriously contemplating a ban of its own. Every country must have graphic warnings on fag packs making up 65 per cent of the surface area, but if countries want to go the whole hog and introduce their own ‘standardised packs’ they are free to do so.It's a total crock, and serves only to show that the EU is a gaggle of regulators glad-handing other career pecksniffs to perpetuate a tax-funded merry-go-round to the benefit of nobody but themselves.

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FDA E-Cigarette Deeming Regulations are a Disaster for Public Health

Published on 2016-05-05 16:16:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Ninety minutes ago, the FDA released its long-awaited electronic cigarette deeming regulations. Sadly, the "deeming regulations" would better be called "The Cigarette Smoking Promotion Regulations of 2016." They regulate tobacco-free and smoke-free electronic cigarettes much more stringently than real tobacco cigarettes, which the agency knows kills more than 400,000 Americans each year. And by essentially decimating the vaping industry, stifling innovation, and forcing dishonest marketing, the regulations prevent these much safer products from competing with cigarettes - the deadliest consumer product on the market.

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Petty regulators

Published on 2016-05-05 10:45:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I did a few interviews about the EU e-cig regulations yesterday. TRT World managed to get someone from the European Commission for Health - one Enrico Brivio - to defend the Tobacco Products Directive. You can see the video below. 



One thing that stood out for me was Brivio's claim that the e-cig regulations are a compromise between those who want a ban and those who a free market. The problem with this argument is that the EU is not forcing the countries that have banned e-cigarettes to legalise them, but it is forcing the countries that want a free market to bring in neo-prohibitionist measures.

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Interview with Atlantic Insight

Published on 2016-05-05 08:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I did an interview with Atlantic Insight yesterday about the Nanny State Index and various other aspects of lifestyle regulation. You can listen to it (or read the transcript) here.

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Les tabacophobes en échec à Berne !

Published on 2016-05-05 01:31:35.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " La Cour de justice de l'Union européenne a validé mercredi la directive UE sur le tabac, rejetant des recours introduits par la Pologne et par le cigarettier américain Philip Morris contre l'interdiction des arômes comme le menthol et l'uniformisation des paquets."

En revanche les tabacophobes son en échec à Berne:

"Considérant que les restrictions prévues en matière de publicité, de promotion et de parrainage vont trop loin, la Commission de la sécurité sociale et de la santé publique du Conseil des Etats veut renvoyer le projet de loi sur les produits du tabac au Conseil fédéral."

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Smoking Bans and Safe Spaces

Published on 2016-05-04 23:13:13.
Website: Frank Davis


Michael Bloomberg speaking to students, via ZeroHedge: “The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure and shield students from these ideas through safe spaces, code words and trigger warnings is, in my view, a terrible mistake,” he … Continue reading →

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Happy Days At Puddlecote Inc

Published on 2016-05-04 18:42:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I was planning to write about today's amateur and laughable CJEU judgement on article 20 of the TPD (and ASH's gleeful jubilation at the banning of many vaping products) but something pinged in my inbox at 5pm which changed things somewhat.

You may remember last month I mentioned a large contract Puddlecote Inc was waiting on ...
The tender we submitted is in the region of £650k pa for a contractual seven years and would entail significant staff recruitment to cover, as well as vehicles to source in a hurry. It's not something you approach lightly so in advance of this we have undertaken a major business reorganisation. This involved taking on three key professional managerial staff for our office (one more will be necessary if our bid is accepted), renegotiating around 40 staff contracts, and commissioning building work to extend the premises to cope with the added workspace that will be required should we be successful. It has been a process which has been many months in the planning, has been quite costly (and continues to be), unfortunately involved unavoidable redundancies, but gained me three free coffee cups and a load of post-it pads from a grateful Reed Employment.Well, we've just found out that - pending a few routine contract approval procedures - we have been awarded it!

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Christopher Snowdon's summary of e-cigarettes and the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

Published on 2016-05-04 14:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A few people have asked me where they can find my Epicenter briefing paper about e-cigarettes and the Tobacco Products Directive. Apparently it's not too easy to find on Google so I'll just leave it here on a blog post with a search engine friendly title.

Christopher Snowdon's e-cigarette/TPD briefing paper.


While I'm at it, here's a quick article by me about the meddlesome despots of Brussels.

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Legal challenges to EU Tobacco Products Directive fail

Published on 2016-05-04 09:48:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly given the Advocate General's opinion before Christmas, Totally Wicked's legal challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive, has been rejected.

Here's the press release from TW...

Today the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given its judgment on the legal challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive. This challenge was brought by UK independent e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked.
The judgment can be read in full on the CJEU website.

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Harvard Medical School Teams Up with Makers of Bacardi Rum, Smirnoff Vodka, Jim Beam Bourbon, and Jack Daniels Whiskey, Providing Great PR at Bargain

Published on 2016-05-04 00:21:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last July, Harvard Medical School and its Cambridge Health Alliance accepted $3.3 million from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to create an endowed chair in behavioral sciences research at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance. The Dean of the Harvard Medical School proudly announced the acceptance of this money and praised the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, while acknowledging a long-standing alliance between the two entities: "The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has long been a strong supporter of the research program at Cambridge Health Alliance, particularly in the Department of Psychiatry."

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Smoking In Movies

Published on 2016-05-03 23:19:08.
Website: Frank Davis


Lawyer Herald: Hollywood Studios defend freedom to feature smoking in movies from lawsuit blaming film industry over children’s addiction to tobacco On Friday, notable names in the Hollywood industry including studios, trade associations and theater owners defended their rights not … Continue reading →

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Anheuser Busch "Smart Drinking" Initiative is a Complete Farce

Published on 2016-05-03 17:13:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last December, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) announced its commitment of more than $1 billion over ten years to promote "Smart Drinking," whose major purported purpose is to "reduce the harmful use of alcohol" by reducing "binge drinking, underage drinking and drink-driving." The company claims that this represents "Doing Right, While Doing Well." A major goal is to reduce the "harmful use of alcohol" by at least 10% in six cities within 10 years.

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Last Orders: Episode 2

Published on 2016-05-03 10:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The new episode of Spiked's monthly round up of meddlesome ratbags is out now. This month's guest is Sam Bowman. We discuss tap water, Dolmio, the Nanny State Index and more.

Listen here.

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Losing Touch

Published on 2016-05-02 23:04:54.
Website: Frank Davis


Express: TONY Blair has called for Britain to surrender MORE powers to unelected Brussels bureaucrats and insisted mass migration from eastern Europe has been GOOD for the country as he made a bizarre case for staying in the EU. The … Continue reading →

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ASH And Tobacco Control Caused All Vaping Bans

Published on 2016-05-02 18:46:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


An article published today in the Leicester Mercury highlights just how nasty and intolerant a world self-serving tobacco controllers have created for us.
Leicester City fan banned from last home game of season after smoking e-cigarette A Leicester City fan has been banned for two home games due to smoking an e-cigarette in the stands.Erm, why?

No harm has ever been attributed to e-cig use indoors let alone outdoors, so there is no harm being inflicted on anyone and no victim. There is no problem here, so a guy has been deprived of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing his team win a miracle Premiership Title because of a rule applied simply for the sake of having a rule. This is the vile state of modern Britain - where the intolerant and prodnosed are pandered to - and it has been created and encouraged by the tobacco control industry for no other reason than their own bigotry and bank balances.

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Smoking Ban News from Russia

Published on 2016-05-01 23:08:28.
Website: Frank Davis


Comment today from Dmitry Kosyrev in Russia: …we’ve got news here, in Russia. In March there was an annual report of the Human Rights commissioner to the President. The end of the chapter 2.5 says that our anti-smoking law is … Continue reading →

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Research Forum Claiming that Moderate Drinking Improves Health is Deliberately Hiding Its Conflicts of Interest with Big Alcohol

Published on 2016-05-01 18:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


An organization calling itself the "International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research" (ISFAR) has published on its web site a scathing review of a recent meta-analysis which concluded that moderate alcohol consumption does not reduce mortality as previously thought. The review contains statements from 14 members of ISFAR, and every one of the 14 blasts the study, with the review concluding that the study "markedly distorts the accumulated scientific evidence on alcohol and CVD [cardiovascular disease]."

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The Big Scream

Published on 2016-04-30 19:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A blinkered vaper-hating tobacco controller, pictured Thursday"In tobacco control we call these reactions ‘the scream test’ of policy potency. We’re amused when the industry supports anodyne, useless campaigns like these. And we know we’re on the right track when they behave as they did over plain packaging." - Simon Chapman, 2013Every right-minded person's favourite Grandad has written today about the hilarious reaction by Irish anti-tobacco extremist James Reilly to Thursday's positive Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Report on e-cigs.

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Majority Schmajority, Who Cares?

Published on 2016-04-29 16:53:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Yesterday Simon Clark reported that Swansea Council held a Consultation on Smoke-Free Public Spaces ... and promptly ignored it.
In other words, even though less than 15% of respondents were current smokers there was still a clear majority opposed or strongly opposed to extending smoking bans to public beaches. Ignoring that small detail, Swansea Council has gone ahead and introduced a 'voluntary' smoking ban at Caswell Bay with the support (naturally) of ASH Wales and other interfering busybodies. The Caswell Bay policy is described as a one-year pilot scheme. I imagine it's what they intended all along. The outcome of the consultation was a minor hiccup.Indeed, because anti-smoking is a pseudo-religious crusade. It is nothing to do with health and the tobacco control industry has never been remotely interested in the public good. Despite undoubtedly knowing the results of the Swansea Council consultation ASH Wales, for example, couldn't give a badger's tit what the public think.

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Meanwhile in Brussels...

Published on 2016-04-29 16:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


So the Royal College of Physicians have put out a non-prohibitionist report on e-cigarettes, which was nice. It would have been nicer if they'd said something along the same lines when the EU was plotting the destruction of the vaping industry, but it's better than nothing.

And yet the fact remains that the EU's regulations on e-cigarettes (and tobacco) will come into force in three weeks time and there's nothing anybody can do about it. Nor is there much anybody can do to stop the European Commission meddling in our private lives in other ways. Events of the last fortnight have demonstrated once again that the EU has an unquenchable thirst for lifestyle regulation. 

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Throwback Thursday: April 28th, 1986 (30 Years Ago): Anti-Tobacco Groups Blast Cigarette Companies for Not Supporting Development of a Safer Cigarette

Published on 2016-04-28 14:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


April 28, 1986 (AP, New York): Today, a coalition of anti-smoking organizations, heath agencies, and researchers are attacking the nation's cigarette companies for failing to support the development of much safer cigarettes. Health officials complained that for many years, cigarette companies have had the technology to produce a much safer cigarette, but have failed to show any support for even the idea of manufacturing a safer product.

Also today, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Brown & Williamson and Liggett, alleging that each of these companies could easily have produced a much safer cigarette that didn't contain tobacco and didn't involve combustion.

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Royal College of Physicians Report Recommends Widespread Promotion of Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2016-04-27 23:02:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Moments ago, the Royal College of Physicians released a new report that summarizes the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes and public health and concludes that these products should be widely promoted as a substitute for real tobacco cigarettes. The RCP also issued a summary statement regarding the report, which is entitled "Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction."

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The WHO's Dictatorship World Tour

Published on 2016-04-26 18:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


DG of the WHO Margaret Chan, all of a flutter in Moscow 2014Following a jolly bash in Putin's gay-hating, airliner-destroying Russia in 2014, it appears the world's anti-smoking industry has found another place where they feel very much amongst friends.

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Simultaneously Published Studies Demonstrate Severe Bias in E-Cigarette Research

Published on 2016-04-26 11:35:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a remarkable coincidence of the publishing of two nearly identical analyses of e-cigarette advertising at the same time, the equally remarkable bias in e-cigarette research has become apparent.

The studies, published by two completely different sets of researchers, both conducted an identical analysis using an identical data set. Both studies were cross-sectional examinations of the relationship between self-reported exposure to e-cigarette advertising and current use of e-cigarettes among youth surveyed in the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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On processed foods

Published on 2016-04-25 15:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've been waiting for someone to write a post like this about 'processed' food and the Angry Chef has stepped up to the plate in style. Read it. Read it all.

On convenience foods and pasta sauces in particular...

I am not going to defend every aspect of food manufacturing and I fully admit that there are many manufactured products that are nutritionally poor, but I will staunchly defend jars of tomato based pasta sauce. They are cooked in pretty much the same way a decent cook would make a tomato sauce at home, with pretty much the same ingredients. They are simple, convenient, have loads of tomatoes in them and are a really useful in helping a lot of people make a decent, cheap and balanced meal for their family. They are packed full of nutrients. They have no need for preservatives, no need for artificial colours, no need for artificial flavourings. The tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil and herbs have plenty of flavour already and the heat processing preserves them perfectly. That ‘processing’ is simply the addition of heat. This is a process, but if you did it at home, you would call it cooking. You do not say ‘I’m just processing this chicken for dinner', you say that you are cooking it.

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DNC Chair Mistakenly Claims that Cole Amendment Will Make it Harder to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Published on 2016-04-25 09:53:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last week, during the mark-up of the FY17 Agriculture appropriations bill, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)--who is Chair of the Democratic National Committee--argued that passage of an amendment (the Cole amendment) that would prohibit the FDA from requiring pre-market applications for e-cigarettes that are currently on the market would "make it harder to regulate this product."

The proposed FDA deeming regulations would require every electronic cigarette product on the market to submit a pre-market application in order to remain on the market. Such an application, which would take an estimated 5000 hours to prepare and would cost more than $300,000 per product, is not only unduly burdensome but is virtually impossible for any small business to complete successfully. The effect of the regulations would be to decimate the e-cigarette industry, eliminating all but the largest of companies from remaining in the vaping business. This would have a chilling effect on the sales and growth of vaping products, and would protect a continuing stream of high cigarette sales.

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Chapman: Accidental Or Deliberate Stupidity?

Published on 2016-04-24 21:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


On Wednesday I wrote about how Australia has appointed a cabal of closed-minded prohibitionist nut jobs to assess the future of e-cigs in their Godawful nanny state nation.
I suggested that the outcome may already be pre-determined.
The fix is in the bag in Australia, isn't it? Tobacco controllers have taken hold of the levers and will no doubt produce a load of bullshit junk to ensure e-cigs are permanently demonised Down Under. Who needs the public and due process when you have vile public-hating prohibitionists like Chappers pulling the strings, eh?Well, Simple Simon Chapman - the calm, objective soul that he is in advance of his conducting a scientifically-astute assessment of e-cigs and vaping - exhibited his {cough} impartiality recently on Twitter.

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Water, water everywhere

Published on 2016-04-24 11:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The fussbuckets are running out of things to complain about if this, from the Telegraph, is any indication...

Restaurants have been accused of fuelling the nation’s obesity crisis by failing to put tap water on tables.

Restaurant owners should “take responsibility” and give families tap water before they ask for it, instead of relying on them to choose it over soft drinks and alcohol, the Local Government Association has said.

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Link Tank 23/04

Published on 2016-04-23 09:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Back after a short absence, here are some interesting articles from the last few weeks.

Shaman's revenge: Our romance with tobacco

The liberal case for leave

Teenagers should "chill out, seize the day, have a drink"

The misogyny in nanny statism

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More Fun With Public Health And E-cigs

Published on 2016-04-21 21:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A debate took place tonight at the Royal Society for Public Health which is quite revealing about the echo chamber that their industry operates in.

Entitled "e-cigarettes and the workplace" what do you think the make-up of the panel would be? Employers maybe, employees, trade union members? That sort of thing? Maybe a tobacco controller or two to add a bit of balance?

Nah, course not. Here it is.

Bios for tonight's speakers. Panel discussion starts in 20 minutes #ecigs #vape #vaping #ecigpanel pic.twitter.com/tlriwLNyZq— RSPH (@R_S_P_H) April 21, 2016

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No, the EU won't be changing

Published on 2016-04-21 14:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Like an abusive husband, EU officials occasionally claim that they can change. Yesterday, Jean-Claude Juncker said:
"I think that one of the reasons why European citizens are stepping away from the European project is due to the fact that we are interfering in too many domains of their private lives."

In many of those areas, individual states were "better placed to take action and to pass through legislation."

Today, however, business returned to normal, with the EU's Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, saying this:

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