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EU At The Crossroads

Published on 2016-07-23 23:08:32.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been wondering today what’s likely to happen in Europe if there carry on being Islamic terrorist attacks every week or every month. Yesterday it was 9 Germans killed, and last week 84 French. I think there are going to … Continue reading →

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Hey PHE, Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Published on 2016-07-23 19:45:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Earlier this week I touched upon PHE's new 'guidelines' on vaping in workplaces and public spaces.

Well, since then the government's prime 'public health' advisory body - for it is they - has tweeted a clarification of some of the wording they were using.

@brainyfurball 1/3 We’re clear that vaping is not smoking, and they should not be treated the same

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Great Article on Vaping

Published on 2016-07-22 18:44:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


This is one of the best articles on vaping that I've read. It makes a difference to have a young person's perspective because they are in the best position to have insight into the nature of smoking and vaping behavior among their peers.

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The study that isn't

Published on 2016-07-22 15:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist




Hop over to Spectator Health to see what I have to say about this bullshit (above).

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Aseem Malhotra's fitness video

Published on 2016-07-22 09:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



Consistent with my predictions about his career trajectory, purveyor of low quality nutritional advice, Aseem Malhotra, has made a diet video.

It's yours to own for just $19.99. That's about $19.98 more than I am prepared to pay but there is a trailer to watch for free in which Malhotra writes down ingredients in a Mediterranean restaurant and calls it the Mediterranean diet. He also takes part in some amusing physical activities.

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France To Ban Gauloises And Gitanes

Published on 2016-07-21 23:09:35.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Walt for this report: Smokers fume as France mulls ban on ‘too cool’ Gitanes and Gauloises The news was enough to have French smokers choking on their morning cigarette: France is considering banning some tobacco brands because they are … Continue reading →

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CDC Bemoans Failure to Decrease Overall Alcohol Product Use among Teens, Despite Large Decline in Current Drinking

Published on 2016-07-21 12:39:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of current drinking among high school students has declined dramatically in the past decade and a half, dropping from 50.0% in 1999 to 34.9% in 2013. One would think that would be cause for celebration. However, the CDC is telling the public that despite this decline in drinking among youth, overall use of alcohol products has stayed the same.

The Office on Alcohol and Health issued a statement yesterday, arguing that the recent declines in youth drinking have been undermined and offset by an increase in the use of new and emerging types of alcohol product use. These products, which look just like traditional alcohol drinks and are consumed in a similar way, threaten the public's health according to CDC because they look like traditional alcohol drinks and are therefore re-normalizing drinking and serving as a gateway to traditional alcohol use.

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Vitamin D tablets for all

Published on 2016-07-21 09:11:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


After years of being told to avoid sunlight and red meat, we are now being told to take pills to prevent a disease that can be avoided by getting some sun and eating red meat.

Everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter, public health advice in England and Wales says.
This is to avoid rickets, a disease that was pretty much wiped out by good nutrition in post-war Britain but which has recently made a comeback. Five years ago, a doctor in sunny Southampton commented on the rise in new cases...

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Moral Chaos

Published on 2016-07-20 23:12:54.
Website: Frank Davis


Something Rush Limbaugh said recently: I just spoke eloquently, I think, too, about the lack of any moral authority in our culture. There isn’t anybody with any moral authority. Nobody’s allowed to have any. That has been one of the … Continue reading →

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The Problem With 'Public Health'

Published on 2016-07-20 21:42:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


2016 is still proving to be the most busy and stressful year that I can ever remember (albeit in a good way), and I do still intend to refer to Rod Liddle's excellent speech at the Freedom Dinner last week at some point as promised, but I can't help but comment on this while I have some time.

Yesterday, by total chance, I managed to hear Martin Dockrell of Public Health England on radio 5 live speaking about the new guidelines his organisation has produced on vaping in the workplace. (You can listen to it here from 41:45 onwards).

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Groundbreaking Research Finds that Products which are Cool and New Appeal to Youths

Published on 2016-07-20 01:11:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Anti-Vaping Advocate Says this Finding Adds to Evidence that E-Cigs are a Gateway to Youth Use of Tobacco Products

A groundbreaking study published yesterday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal presents the shocking finding that youth are drawn to products that are new and cool and that this is why they find electronic cigarettes appealing.

The study, which involved a survey asking Ontario youth why they find e-cigarettes appealing, reported the startling finding that a major reason for youth e-cigarette experimentation is that they like "engaging in seemingly exciting new behaviours." The paper's final conclusion was that: "Adolescents in this population appear to be motivated by the appeal of trying something new."

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Hill Fort Rock Avalanches

Published on 2016-07-19 23:09:38.
Website: Frank Davis


Very hot day. I’ve spent much of it dozing. I didn’t even manage to go and grab a drink outside some pub. And I got thinking about hill forts again. There’s a very big one not far from where I live, … Continue reading →

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Physician Recommends Against Quitting Smoking for Smokers Who Do Not Want to Use NRT or Cessation Drugs; Hides Conflict of Interest

Published on 2016-07-19 10:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


An article in the Annals of Family Medicine argues that smokers who do not wish to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), varenicline, or other drugs should be counseled by their physicians not to quit smoking. Specifically, these patients should not be encouraged to try to quit using e-cigarettes. Moreover, the article scares physicians into thinking that if they do encourage smoking cessation via e-cigarettes, they are putting themselves into legal danger.

According to the lead author - Dr. Adam Goldstein of the University of North Carolina - e-cigarettes are dangerous and have not shown to be helpful in smoking cessation and should therefore not be recommended to patients. If they are recommended, he argues, physicians face legal risks:

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The Transition From Left To Right

Published on 2016-07-18 23:46:27.
Website: Frank Davis


I used to be a bit of a left wing idealist. But these days I’m a bit of a right wing conservative. It’s a common transition. And I’ve been wondering whether it’s something that is inherent in the passage of … Continue reading →

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Greenpeace and the bus of truth

Published on 2016-07-18 12:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the BBC...

Vote Leave's EU referendum bus has been hired by Greenpeace, which plans to rebrand it a "vehicle for truth".
The environmental group has parked the double-decker at Westminster.

It will cover the bus, which featured the controversial claim leaving the EU could boost the NHS by £350m a week, with questions for the government.
This bus has taken on a mythical status amongst the sore losers of the Remain campaign. Undoubtedly the £350 million a week figure was extremely misleading and should never have been used, but it is extremely doubtful whether using the correct figure (of £250 million or £188 million, depending on how you look at it) would have made any Leave voters switch to Remain. Indeed, one of the problems Remain voters had when debunking the £350 million figure was that voters tended to think that whatever the real figure was, it was a hell of a lot of money.

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Altria Urges Changes in FDA E-Cigarette Regulations that Would Decrease Its Share of Vaping Market and Help Save Many Smaller Manufacturers

Published on 2016-07-18 10:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a move that casts serious doubt on anti-tobacco groups' maligning of the motives of the tobacco companies in marketing vaping products, Altria Client Services, on behalf of Nu Mark (the maker of Mark Ten e-cigarettes), has submitted comments to the FDA that blast its pre-market tobacco application (PMTA) requirements for e-cigarettes, arguing that these requirements are unduly burdensome, unnecessary, and beyond the scope of the agency's jurisdiction under the Tobacco Control Act.

In the comments, Altria Client Services expresses particular concern that the burdensome PMTA requirements will force many manufacturers out of business, undermining the Tobacco Control Act's public health goals.

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Theresa May and the nanny state

Published on 2016-07-15 09:45:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Morning Advertiser asked me to write a comment piece about Theresa May's attitude to pubs. You can read it here.

The headline is...

"On nanny state issues, she is surprisingly sound" - IEA's Snowdon on Theresa May

This will probably come back to haunt me, so let me get my excuses in early.

Given Theresa May's woeful record on civil liberties I would have expected her to support every nanny state policy in the book. The fact that she was opposed to minimum pricing and voted against banning smoking in cars is therefore surprising.

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A Day With The Doctors

Published on 2016-07-14 20:52:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Having been incredibly busy recently with Puddlecote Inc stuff, it was quite refreshing to have managed to take in two events this week instead of biting fingernails over delivering our new contract.

On Tuesday I attended the Freedom Dinner and witnessed a superbly entertaining speech by Rod Liddle, I'll be writing about that soon but for now I really must describe a very encouraging event that took place at the Royal Society of Medicine yesterday afternoon.

Before you say anything, yes, the Royal Society of Medicine, and it really wasn't that bad. The subject matter was the regulation of pleasure and it comprised a number of speakers in different fields talking to an audience of medical types about substances which would usually horrify them.

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Op-Ed Explains Why FDA Deeming Regulations are Nonsensical

Published on 2016-07-14 11:07:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


My op-ed, published yesterday in BU Today, explains why the FDA e-cigarette deeming regulations are nonsensical.

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FDA Botched Cost-Benefit Analysis of Its E-Cigarette Deeming Regulations

Published on 2016-07-13 14:24:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


After reviewing the declaration of Nicopure Labs'  CEO Jeff Stamler in its lawsuit against the FDA, I have concluded that the FDA completely botched its cost-benefit analysis of the e-cigarette deeming regulations, drastically underestimating the costs of the regulations and without even attempting to quantify the benefits.

As such, this represents a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, providing strong grounds for the D.C. District Court to overturn the regulations.

In its declaration, Nicopure reveals that it has 2,400 stock keeping units (SKUs), including e-liquids, vaporizers, and component parts. This means that in order to keep its products on the market, Nicopure will have two years to complete 2,400 pre-market tobacco applications (PMTAs), each of which is estimated by the FDA itself to cost approximately $300,000 and to require 1,500 hours to complete.

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Vitamin C and another drug may combine to limit smoking’s assault on lungs

Published on 2016-07-12 16:46:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl


 ...an interesting turn away from the anti-harm reduction/quit or die rhetoric that we have grown accustomed to hearing from proponents of health:



Treatment with vitamin C and the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor
decreased the expression of nitric oxide synthases to levels comparable
to the control animals. This means that the joint treatment returned the
expression of these proteins to almost the same levels seen in tissues
that haven’t been exposed to cigarette smoke. In fact, treated animals
had a decrease in whole-lung nitric oxide generation from between 59 and

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Eating Corn Flakes is Half as Dangerous as Smoking, According to Reasoning of Anti-Vaping Researchers

Published on 2016-07-12 12:02:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Based on evidence that chemicals often found in e-cigarette aerosol produce endothelial dysfunction and decreased arterial compliance, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar of the University of Louisville has concluded that e-cigarettes are no safer than real cigarettes, and Dr. Stan Glantz has argued that vaping is up to half as dangerous as smoking. Both of these anti-vaping researchers reasoned that since the dose-response relationship between smoking and cardiovascular disease is non-linear and risk saturates at rather low levels of exposure, and since e-cigarettes contain chemicals that can cause acute cardiovascular injury, vaping is therefore not much safer than (Glantz) or no safer than (Bhatnagar) smoking.

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Public Health England and vaping bans

Published on 2016-07-12 09:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The UK government may have a relatively enlightened view of e-cigarettes, but many businesses have banned vaping of their own accord. You would think that pubs had suffered enough from the smoking ban to not want to voluntarily alienate another group of customers and yet some of the PubCos have opted for a vaping ban all the same (although staff often turn a blind eye).

It has to be said that a handful of vapers ruin it for everyone by cloud chasing with high powered devices in confined spaces. It would be a shame if indoor vaping bans become the norm thanks to a few idiots making a nuisance of themselves, but most of the time vaping annoys no one because it is barely noticeable, and it is ridiculous that outdoor sporting venues such as the Oval and Silverstone have banned e-cigarette use.

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Things May not be so bad

Published on 2016-07-11 11:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


With Andrea Leadsom pulling out of the Tory leadership contest, it looks like Theresa May will be our new prime minister. Not everybody is happy about this. Many Brexiters think that the country needs a leader who campaigned to leave the EU. They could be right, but we don't care about any of that on this blog. Let's look at where Leadsom and May stand on the issues that really matter.

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP

• Voted against smoking ban in public places (2006)

• Absent on tobacco displays vote (2009)

• Absent for David Nuttall’s Private Members Bill on exempting pubs and private members clubs from smoking ban, where food is not served. (2010)

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Findings from New Pediatrics Study are Not Relevant to Overall U.S.

Published on 2016-07-11 10:52:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics concludes that overall nicotine product use among youth is increasing and that many youth who would not otherwise have used a nicotine product are doing so because of e-cigarettes.

(See: Barrington-Trimis JL, et al. E-cigarettes, cigarettes, and the prevalence of adolescent tobacco use. Pediatrics 2016; 138(2):e2015983.)

The study reports the prevalence of current cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use among a cohort of youth reaching 11th and 12th grade, after having been followed for a period of two to 12 years. The youth sample was drawn from schools in 12 southern California communities. Based on the finding that the combined use of cigarettes and/or e-cigarettes increased from 2004 to 2014, the authors conclude that overall nicotine use among youth is increasing due to e-cigarettes, meaning that many youth who would not have smoked cigarettes are becoming vapers.

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This Debate Really Is Over

Published on 2016-07-10 18:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Back in 2010, radio presenter Jon Gaunt was fired by LBC radio for calling a Redbridge councillor - who had banned smokers from adopting children - a 'health nazi'.

It prompted something of a debate at the time, with the BBC predictably weighing in with an article that almost audibly tutted while you read it. I, of course, disagreed and explained why the term is entirely justified when it comes to treatment of smokers recently.

I think this week saw the debate put to bed though because how else does one describe behaviour like this in Australia?

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Peak Laffer

Published on 2016-07-07 15:06:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I wrote a post last year about HMRC figures which suggested that tobacco taxation had hit the peak of the Laffer Curve and revenues were falling despite ever-increasing taxes. Looking at the latest data today has confirmed it.

As shown in the graph below, tobacco duty revenues fell in 2015 for the third year in a row. It looks like 2012 was the year when the government milked the cash cow to its limit. The government got £430 million less from smokers in 2015 than it got in 2012.

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Callanan's Continuing Crusade

Published on 2016-07-06 19:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Callanan, giving it largeBack in May, a number of Lords engaged in a debate over the Tobacco Products Directive and its degenerate regulations on vaping. This encouraged Lord Callanan to put forward a fatal motion in the Lords which - in the face of disgraceful lobbying by ASH - was beaten down into a far less powerful 'regret' motion. Even this wasn't good enough for ASH, who then attacked the regret motion too.

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Last Orders: Episide 4

Published on 2016-07-06 10:23:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The new Spiked Last Orders podcast is out. This month's guest is Dr Michael Fitzpatrick (author of The Tyranny of Health) and we discuss the WHO, Syria, young people being exploited by 'public health' and the redefinition of obesity.

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The sad decline of Cancer Research

Published on 2016-07-05 14:57:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Cancer Research UK want more restrictions on food advertising and have produced a disgracefully dishonest infographic in their campaign to get them.


I can't imagine anybody looking at this image and concluding anything other than that 'junk food' advertising makes children five times more likely to be obese. In fact, if you look at the study cited (Simmonds et al. 2016) you'll see that it doesn't mention advertising at all. All it says is that obese children are five times more likely than non-obese children to become obese adults.

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Politicians, Look In The Mirror

Published on 2016-07-04 19:06:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As the hysterical finger-pointing drags on and on after the EU referendum vote, there was a tiny glimmer from Nicky Morgan on the Peston show yesterday morning. Here's what she said.
"I just think actually that it's time that we treated the British people more like grown ups"And the truth will set you free!

Yes, someone up there in the Westminster bubble finally seems to be getting it.

In amongst the cries of how "stupid" the public were for making the 'wrong' choice; or the accusations that anyone who voted to leave was quite obviously racist; or that such decisions shouldn't be entrusted to the little people, instead it should be career-minded politicians only to decide such things, here - at last - was someone actually understanding the problem.

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#Brexit Fallout

Published on 2016-06-30 19:07:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Life is still weep-inducingly busy at Puddlecote Inc. Building work means we are interviewing prospective staff in our vehicles, while the 19 new bespoke vehicles we ordered are starting to arrive and being kitted out by our fleet guys. Brochures are out to the printers but staff nerves are frayed at such a lot happening all at the same time.

It's exhausting stuff which is why I've had no energy (or inclination sadly) to write anything here since last week. And what a week I've mostly missed!

I'd planned to spend the EU Referendum night at the IEA for an all-nighter but slumped in a sofa around 6:30pm on Thursday with no thought whatsoever of making the trek up to Westminster. However, with nothing on TV I decided at around 9pm to drag myself there just to say hello for an hour or so before getting a kebab on the way home and collapsing.

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