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Two Faces of the EU.

Published on 2014-04-24 17:11:40.
Website: Frank Davis


First, the Ukrainian crisis seems only to be deepening: Commandos have moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine days after a new “anti-terrorist” operation was announced. A number of casualties were reported among the separatists as the … Continue reading →

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FDA Gives Huge Gift to Combustible Tobacco, and to Cancer

Published on 2014-04-24 15:14:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


With the release of its deeming regulations, the FDA is poised to give a huge gift to combustible tobacco and to the diseases and death caused by cigarettes. If promulgated as is, the regulations will be devastating to the public's health by protecting the combustible cigarette market at the expense of the introduction and promotion of much safer alternative products that would otherwise have the potential to substantially reduce lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

There are two major aspects of the deeming regulations that deal a devastating blow to the public's health:

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FDA's Proposed Electronic Cigarette Deeming Regulations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Published on 2014-04-24 07:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


This morning, the FDA finally released its draft deeming regulations for electronic cigarettes. Here is my initial take on these draft regulations from a public health perspective. I have divided my analysis of the 241 pages of provisions into three sections: the good, the bad, and they ugly.

The Good

1. The regulations ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, both in person and via the internet.

The ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is a critical aspect of the proposed regulations. If properly enforced, it will help keep these products out of the hands of minors. An additional benefit of this provision is that it will obviate the need for every city and town council in the nation to enact its own e-cigarettes sales restrictions.

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La Psychiatrie pervertie par le commerce

Published on 2014-04-24 06:40:10.
Website: Accueil


enquete-debat.fr: La Psychiatrie pervertie par le commerce, par le Dr Thierry Ferjeux MICHAUD-NÉRARD, pédopsychiatre, DEA de psychologie.

"On a beaucoup critiqué le DSM V, considéré comme le manuel de Psychiatrie de référence, un livre qui permet aux ignorants d’ignorer les traités fondamentaux qui ont établi la Psychiatrie sur des observations classiques qui en ont composé les bases scientifiques. À la suite de cela, on ne cesse d’inventer de nouvelles maladies mentales, comme on fabrique des pâtisseries, du sirop ou des médicaments. Cela explique les abus de prescription de médicaments psychotropes, sans devoir effectuer une observation suffisante, sans devoir faire un diagnostic précis et sans disposer d’un quelconque fondement vraiment scientifique. Depuis, l’A.P.A., l’Association Américaine de Psychiatrie, tient boutique et vend ses DSM comme des petits pains. Pour augmenter ses profits, les DSM sont renouvelés régulièrement, afin de créer ainsi l’attrait pour la nouveauté et l’obsolescence programmée des anciennes éditions. Cette nouvelle édition a provoqué de plus en plus de controverses et de nombreuses protestations chez les psychiatres. C’est pourquoi un mouvement anti-DSM a pris beaucoup d’ampleur aux États-Unis."

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FDA's Electronic Cigarette Deeming Regulations Expected Today

Published on 2014-04-24 04:22:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Per rumor only, I am expecting the FDA electronic cigarette deeming regulations to be released today. It will take me some time to digest and analyze them, but as soon as I do, I will provide a summary and commentary on their implications.

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Huge Survey of Dedicated Electronic Cigarette Users Confirms that Quitting Smoking or Greatly Reducing the Amount Smoked are the Main Reasons for Vapi

Published on 2014-04-24 04:19:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A huge survey of more than 19,000 dedicated electronic cigarette users - mostly users of rechargeable units or mods - confirms that concerns about the health effects of smoking and a desire to quit smoking or cut down substantially on the amount smoked are the primary reasons for vaping among this population.

(See: Farsalinos KE, et al. Characteristics, Perceived Side Effects and Benefits of Electronic Cigarette Use: A Worldwide Survey of More than 19,000 Consumers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2014, 11, 4356-4373; doi:10.3390/ijerph110404356.)

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Un médecin acquitté en appel après l'euthanasie d'un de ses patients

Published on 2014-04-23 18:32:51.
Website: Accueil


» RTS - La Première - Forum: "  Condamné à une amende de 500 francs en première instance pour avoir prescrit en 2011 une dose létale de pentobarbital à un de ses patients, un médecin a été acquitté mercredi en appel par Le Tribunal cantonal de Neuchâtel. Le patient, âgé de 88 ans, avait déjà tenté un suicide. Le médecin soupçonnait un cancer colorectal sans être en mesure de confirmer ce diagnostic en raison de l'opposition du patient. Le Ministère public a 30 jours pour faire recours au Tribunal fédéral. L'interview du médecin et de son avocat Yves Grandjean."

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Changes

Published on 2014-04-23 17:21:29.
Website: Frank Davis


Following on from yesterday’s post, since the 2007 smoking ban I’ve found my attitudes to all sorts of things changing. For example, I used not to be bothered by people who were antismoking. Quite a few of my friends had … Continue reading →

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The World's First E-Cig Ban In Private Homes?

Published on 2014-04-23 11:37:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Do these people know how ridiculous they look?
Corte Madera Town Council members Tuesday voted 3-1, with Councilman Michael Lappert dissenting and Councilwoman Diane Furst absent, to ban smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in both new and existing multifamily units. The ban will take effect May 2015.Just when you think the 'looks like smoking' witch hunt couldn't get more absurd, eh?

It's worth rewinding a few years and retracing the history of home smoking bans to properly illustrate how utterly insane this Town Council is.

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New Article Argues that Hospitals Denying Employment to Smokers is Not Consistent with Principles of Medicine

Published on 2014-04-23 05:39:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In an article published online ahead of print in Academic Medicine, physicians Thomas Huddle, Stefan Kertesz, and Ryan Nash argue that policies by which hospitals or health care systems deny employment to smokers are inconsistent with the traditional values of medicine.

(See: Huddle T, Kertesz S, Nash R. Health care institutions should not exclude smokers from employment. Academic Medicine 2014; 89.)

Here is the crux of their argument:

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Alcohol and violent crime

Published on 2014-04-23 04:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




From the front page of The Times...

Shock drop in violent crime
Serious violent crime has halved in a decade as Britons cut down on binge-drinking and move towards a less macho culture, research has found.
This echoes a very similar story from the same newspaper last year...

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The Implosion of the Political Establishment

Published on 2014-04-22 17:47:49.
Website: Frank Davis


I’m rather looking forward to the European elections next month. In the Telegraph, Paul Sykes – UKIP’s principal source of funding – wrote: In all but name, May 22 is a referendum on our membership of the EU, with a … Continue reading →

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No smoking or VAPING in your own home

Published on 2014-04-22 10:17:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl



Corte Madera, a town in Marin County, CA has just voted to ban smoking and vaping in multifamily housing units. I would say that this is hard to believe, but given the current (and past) trajectory of all things anti-pleasure, this is not a surprise at all.



They keep on lying about the effects of 2nd hand smoke in order to further their agenda, which is ultimately to have complete control over what people do in their own homes; however, when it comes to the issue of "passive vapor", they don't even have a proper lie to conjugate to the masses that would justify the encouragement of neighbors spying on one another for the sake of enforcement:

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Anti-Smoking Groups and Policy Makers Attack Big Pharma for Targeting Kids with Flavored Nicotine Replacement Products

Published on 2014-04-22 06:48:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A group of Congressmembers today released a report that criticizes pharmaceutical companies for targeting kids with candy-flavored nicotine replacement products. In addition to using appealing flavors, the report says, the pharmaceutical companies are attracting youth by using social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and radio advertisements that reach substantial youth audiences. The report, entitled "“Gateway to Addiction? A Study of Nicotine Replacement Product Manufactureres and Marketing to Youth," is the first investigation of tactics used by pharmaceutical companies to market nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges to youth.

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Toys out of the pram

Published on 2014-04-22 04:50:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The toys are out of the pram again in Scotland with the latest hissy fit from the temperance lobby.

A high-profile health group has criticised the Scottish government’s decision to include representatives of the alcohol industry on a Holyrood body examining licensing hours.

Evelyn Gillan, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said that the Scottish government had dismissed concerns from public health bodies over the presence of representatives of the alcohol industry on the National Licensing Advisory Group (NLAG).

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Burn The FT Heretics!

Published on 2014-04-22 04:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The FT yesterday produced something of a rarity these days, an editorial which ignored tobacco control industry bullshit and told the truth!
Given the potential of e-cigarettes to reduce harm to committed smokers, it is reasonable to assume that their rapid uptake would be welcomed by health regulators. Regrettably, the opposite is happening.Well, yeah, it's something we jewel robbers have been thinking was a bit odd as well.
Both the World Health Organization and the US Federal Drug Administration are likely to classify e-cigarettes as a “tobacco product”. This is troubling. The WHO wants to reduce tobacco use by 30 per cent by 2025. Given that target, its determination to restrict e-cigarettes is inexplicable.Not that inexplicable when you understand that they're funded by, and shill for, the pharmaceutical trade, but it's nice to see that the FT are beginning to realise there might be something whiffy going on.

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Plain packs - just the facts

Published on 2014-04-22 02:44:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've written a concise paper about the issues facing the UK government with regards to plain packaging for the IEA.

The Chantler review was only ever intended to give the 'public health' perspective on this policy, but there are many other important aspects to consider. This paper looks at them all and suggests the government does likewise.

You can download it here

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Identity Politics

Published on 2014-04-21 17:49:27.
Website: Frank Davis


Various things that caught my eye. Via EUreferendum, Christopher Booker: But, as ever more people seem to recognise, the most damaging price we pay for the BBC’s near-monopoly of the airwaves is the way it imposes on our national culture … Continue reading →

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Palcohol: All Aboard The Outrage Bus

Published on 2014-04-21 12:41:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Via Zaph, it seems we have a brand new moral panic on our hands. The Daily Star calls outrage!
A US company has caused outrage after it suggested that popping its powered alcohol on your breakfast was the perfect way to start your day.Palcohol has just been approved by the US government and will go on sale in the Autumn.Quite who is outraged they don't say; the article carries none of the usual anti-alcohol pressure group scaremongering quotes, nor do those appearing in the Guardian, Telegraph, USA Today,or HuffPo.

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« Nous avons peur de Google. Je dois le dire clairement et franchement »

Published on 2014-04-21 07:26:47.
Website: Accueil


rue89.nouvelobs.com: "Springer est un petit lapin et Google un gros 4x4 aux phares puissants. Springer panique et appelle un journal – c’est un lapin de réseaux – pour dire :

« Nous avons peur de Google. Je dois le dire clairement et franchement, car peu de mes collègues osent le faire publiquement. »

"Avant, c’était Springer le gros 4x4. Le plus gros groupe de presse européen. Il possède notamment Bild et ses magazines, et l’influent Die Welt, Le Figaro allemand. Springer est en France, aussi : Auto Plus, Télé Magazine ou SeLoger, c’est lui.

"Mercredi, dans le Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (ici en allemand et en anglais, mais vous pouvez le faire traduire... par Google), Mathias Döpfner, PDG de Springer, s’adresse donc à Eric Schmidt, son homologue de Google. Plus que la critique du modèle Big Brother, c’est la frousse d’un magnat de la presse que l’on retient. Nous, les médias traditionnels, sommes désormais pris au piège, dit en substance le patron, pourtant l’un de ceux ayant réussi à prendre le virage du numérique."

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France: les députés opposés à la déclaration de domicile obligatoire

Published on 2014-04-21 06:41:54.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Les députés ont rejeté jeudi une proposition de loi UMP voulant instaurer une déclaration de domiciliation obligatoire, comme cela peut exister dans d'autres pays européens. Certains Suisses, qui n'habitent pas officiellement en France voisine, profitent néanmoins des services publics, tels que les écoles. D'où la proposition de la députée.

"La députée UMP Virginie Duby-Muller voulait, par sa proposition de loi, mettre en place un régime de déclaration de domicile en mairie obligatoire des habitants installés sur le territoire de la commune, comme en Belgique ou en Suisse.

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American Cancer Society Sells Out Its Principles for Money

Published on 2014-04-21 04:52:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a press release last month congratulating CVS for its decision to stop selling deadly cigarettes, the American Cancer Society (ACS) wrote that: "policies that restrict access to tobacco products, reduce exposure to tobacco advertising, and limit the places that people smoke have a direct effect on reduced smoking rates, especially among youth. And that’s what makes this move so significant: community pharmacists play a key role in health and wellness and CVS Caremark has taken a bold step to demonstrate its commitment to healthy lifestyles and the prevention of disease."

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Prediction Replaces Reality

Published on 2014-04-20 18:56:19.
Website: Frank Davis


In February last year I was a bit shaken that, on the same day that asteroid 2012 DA14 passed about 30,000 km from the Earth, another rock slammed into Russia over Chelyabinsk. It got me wondering whether the two rocks … Continue reading →

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"Twitter peut aussi servir à prévenir la criminalité", selon une étude

Published on 2014-04-20 17:34:34.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Des trésors d'information cachés sur Twitter peuvent être extrêmement utiles dans la lutte contre la criminalité, certains délits ou agressions pouvant être détectés à l'avance à condition de les analyser correctement, révèle une étude de l'Université de Virginie.

L'analyse de tweets géolocalisés permet de prévenir de 19 à 25 formes de criminalité, en particulier le harcèlement, le vol et certains types d'agressions, selon ces travaux publiés dans le journal scientifique "Decision Support Systems"."

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Le faux DSK dématérialisé part gagnant...

Published on 2014-04-20 17:18:48.
Website: Accueil


Il faut bien des sondes asservies à notre cerveau pour que nous puissions prendre connaissance du monde qui nous entoure comme il nous fallait jadis des disques 78 tours, 33 tours puis des K7, puis des CD et enfin du MP3 pour entendre et savourer les orchestres symphoniques sous la baguette de Karajan.

Il a fallu un Gutenberg pour libérer les copistes de leur statut d'esclaves griffonneurs et laisser la place au livre de poche pour tous.

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Pierre et Jean selon Eugène Burnand

Published on 2014-04-19 19:15:05.
Website: Accueil


En ce jour de Pâques, nous avons choisi une oeuvre d'Eugène Burnand pour illustrer la fête centrale de la chrétienté: le chef d'oeuvre montre les "disciples Pierre et Jean courant au sépulcre au matin de la Résurrection" (Musée d'Orsay - Paris)


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Google Glasses, ringard avant même leur sortie?

Published on 2014-04-19 07:28:06.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " Gadget chouchou de 2013, les lunettes connectées de Google affrontent une vague de désamour, alors qu’une vente flash était organisée cette semaine.

"Officiellement, toutes les Google Glasses mises en vente mardi pour 1500 dollars ont trouvé preneur en l’espace de quelques heures. Le géant du Net s'est félicité du succès de cette vente flash sur une page officielle, sans toutefois dévoiler le nombre de paires qui étaient à disposition.

"De quoi alimenter les soupçons d’un flop déguisé en succès pour ces lunettes connectées capable de prendre des photos et d’afficher des alertes. La chaîne américaine CBS se fait l’écho de la vague de désamour qui affecte le précieux gadget."

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Link Tank 19/04

Published on 2014-04-19 01:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Read at least the top three before plundering the kids' Easter eggs early.

Tobacco industry-funded research, peer review, and nannying

No problem keeping kids from using cannabis vending machines in Colorado (pic)

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Ethack.org : l'ange gardien de vos données personnelles sur le Net

Published on 2014-04-18 07:09:35.
Website: Accueil


Il aura fallu les révélations d'Assange et celles, plus dramatiques encore, de Snowden (photo) pour que l'opinion publique comprenne enfin la gravité du fléau que représente la prédation incessante de données personnelles sur le Net par les plus grands acteurs de l'espionnage généralisé.

La récolte et l'agrégation de vos données représente un pactole pour ces super espions du Net que nous contribuons à enrichir à notre insu en nous mettant à nu sur le Net.

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IN MY VIEW: Why Attacking Tobacco Companies for Giving their Cigarette Brands Color Labels Makes No Sense

Published on 2014-04-18 06:00:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Earlier this week, I discussed an article published in the journal Tobacco Control and a blog commentary on the article, in which a set of anti-smoking researchers attacked the cigarette industry for complying with the law. The article and commentary criticize tobacco companies for changing their labeling of "light" and "ultra-light" cigarette brands by removing these terms and instead, giving the brands different colors to differentiate them. The study found that manufacturers removed the "lights" labels, as required by law, and substituted colors for the banned descriptors. The study concludes that the tobacco companies circumvented the law and argues that these brands should be labeled by the FDA as "adulterated" and pulled from the market.

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The Most Corrupt And Anti-Democratic Movement In Post-War History

Published on 2014-04-17 13:19:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Further to my piece on Monday about the World Health Organisation's plan to class e-cigs as tobacco products - and consequently subject to crippling taxes, display bans, graphic warnings etc - former ASH supremo Clive Bates has obtained a leaked copy of the minutes which reveal it, and written a comprehensive article on how criminally misguided this approach is.

I would highly recommend you read it in its entirety as Bates lifts the veil on how crooked and unconcerned with health the WHO really is in relation to e-cigs and harm reduction products such as snus.

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Anti-Smoking Advocate Claims that Inhaling Small Amounts of Nicotine Can Be Deadly

Published on 2014-04-17 04:04:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In an April 2 press release, anti-smoking advocate John Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University and former director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), claims that inhaling even small amounts of nicotine can be deadly. He also tells the public that breathing in tobacco smoke for only 30 minutes raises a nonsmoker's risk of a fatal heart attack to that of a long-time smoker's. And to top it off, he claims that inhalation of propylene glycol can cause seizures.

According to the press release:

"Nicotine, even when inhaled in small amounts by nonsmokers, can be deadly

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