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Another “Logical Evolution”

Published on 2015-11-28 00:03:42.
Website: Frank Davis

Via a comment by Roobeedoo: Nonsmokers will have a bylaw to back them up when they ask smokers to butt out in parks and outside civic facilities starting next spring. They won’t, however, be able to summon a bylaw officer. … Continue reading →

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EU E-Cig Idiocy Beginning To Emerge

Published on 2015-11-27 18:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

It's been a busy week hence scarcity of content here these past few days, but a tweeted pic from Wednesday deserves a wider sharing.

As an example of how pointless, absurd, staggeringly stupid and tyrannical state vandalism can be, the proposed format for e-liquid bottle labelling after implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in May next year can't be beaten.

Here, from a screened presentation (hence the low res) is what it will look like.

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"La France valide de justesse le paquet neutre"

Published on 2015-11-27 15:52:25.
Website: Accueil

20 Minutes: "Malgré des critiques émanant de tous bords, les députés ont maintenu l'instauration d'un paquet de cigarettes neutre.

"L'Assemblée française a approuvé mercredi soir de justesse l'instauration du paquet de cigarettes neutre à partir de mai 2016. Une mesure pourtant vivement contestée par l'industrie du tabac et les buralistes, ainsi que les députés de droite et certains socialistes.

"L'amendement de suppression de cette mesure en nouvelle lecture du projet de loi Santé a été rejeté par 56 voix contre 54. Pas moins de 17 socialistes ont tenté de supprimer cette mesure-phare du texte de Marisol Touraine.

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Something wicked this way comes

Published on 2015-11-27 14:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

A remarkably large number of sugar-related events will be taking place on Monday.

Firstly, Jamie Oliver's sugar tax petition will be debated in parliament.

Secondly, 'Sugar Awareness Week' - an invention of the Action on Sugar cranks - will begin.

Thirdly, the government sock puppet lobbyists Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) will be launching a state-funded anti-sugar film. They've been letting their natural supporters know about it in advance.

.@SimonChapman6 So we've got a surprise up our sleeve for the sugary drinks industry next week... pic.twitter.com/gsH7fpNXK5— gulp. (@gulpNOW) November 27, 2015

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Childhood obesity is still falling

Published on 2015-11-27 14:04:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The BBC is reporting that 1 in 5 kids are leaving primary school obese (see above). This seems to be an evergreen statistic for their health 'news' (see below, from 2010).

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Degrees of Freedom

Published on 2015-11-27 00:30:39.
Website: Frank Davis

Chris Snowdon has an article in the Spectator about how Australian health activists are trying to redefine ‘freedom’ to mean ‘safety’. The latest example of this comes from the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA). Its spokesman told the nanny state … Continue reading →

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Hold on to your meat

Published on 2015-11-26 11:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Now it's meat-eating that has to be taxed and curtailed. Of course it is. What I find most striking about this article - from the Chatham House think tank - is how the rhetoric could come from any meddling single-issue pressure group in the last twenty years. Powerful industry, lack of awareness, bad for your health, change the default option, need for taxation, government intervention, blah, blah, blah.

Replace meat with tobacco or sugar or alcohol or gambling or fizzy drinks and it makes as much sense. There might as well be computer generated template for this kind of thing. It's not just that these people are evil and deluded, though they are both of those things, but they are so bloody dreary and unimaginative with it.

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A Billion Lives

Published on 2015-11-26 00:11:30.
Website: Frank Davis

I gather there’s a movie out called A Billion Lives. I think it’s about ‘vaping’ or something. And Aaron Biebert, its director, has said: It seems that many pro-smoking advocates would like to hurt our film because they are delusional … Continue reading →

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Le référendum malgré les attentats

Published on 2015-11-25 15:26:50.
Website: Accueil

Le blog de Jean Christophe Schwaab, cons.nat. (PS/VD): " « Un peuple prêt à sacrifier un peu de liberté pour un peu de sécurité ne mérite ni l'une ni l'autre, et finit par perdre les deux. » (Benjamin Franklin)

"Les attentats de Paris, Beyrouth et Ankara ont déchaînés les partisans de la nouvelle loi sur le renseignement (LRens), censée donner aux services secrets helvétiques les moyens de lutter contre le terrorisme. Nombreux sont ceux qui jettent l’opprobre sur les référendaires, dont je m’honore de faire partie, les accusant pour les uns d’être des « bisounours qui bradent la sécurité », pour d’autres de « donner honteusement au droit à la sphère privée la priorité sur le droit à la sécurité », pour d’autres enfin d’être carrément des « traîtres qui font un affront aux victimes ». Et la première question des journalistes qui souhaitent m’interroger sur le sujet est presque toujours : « mais pourquoi ne renoncez-vous pas à ce référendum ? »

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Redefining freedom

Published on 2015-11-25 10:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

I wrote a post for the Spectator yesterday about how the public health racket tries to redefine freedom. It was inspired by an Australian lobby group claiming that true freedom meant being ‘free from the fear that our children will be harassed by cigarette and alcohol advertising’.

It is a sure sign that a person is against freedom when they start trying to redefine it. Even politicians who espouse explicitly anti-liberal and anti-individualistic philosophies feel obliged to pay lip service to freedom from time to time. In The Doctrine of Fascism, for example, Mussolini wrote: ‘In our state the individual is not deprived of freedom. In fact, he has greater liberty than an isolated man, because the state protects him and he is part of the state.’

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Earth is Cooling, Not Warming

Published on 2015-11-25 00:16:27.
Website: Frank Davis

Something like this was bound to happen sooner or later: Russian military jet shot down by Turkey. The finger of territory over which the Russian jet reportedly flew is about 2 km wide, and at the Su-24’s top speed of … Continue reading →

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La persécution des fumeurs combattue au plan international

Published on 2015-11-24 19:59:15.
Website: Accueil

(DDG) Un, deux, trois, quatre ou cinq fruits et légumes par jour ? Comment ! Vous volez le miel des abeilles ? Vous persistez à boire du lait de vache ? Vous osez manger du foie gras ? Sales prédateurs ! Et vous mangez de la viande, de surcroît ! Et je vois que vous tirez sur votre cigarette en produisant de la "fumée passive létale" ! Honte à vous, fumeurs récalcitrants ! 

On connaît la chanson des Verts-Nuisants, hygiénistes et autres messagers menant, chacun à sa manière, sa propre guerre sainte contre cette gente fumeuse récalcitrante.

La bonne nouvelle, c'est qu'une Résistance s'est organisée sur le plan international: des militants de plus de 40 pays dénoncent jour après jour la persécution des fumeurs et les lois iniques aggravées qui les asservissent.

"The International Coalition Against Prohibition reprend systématiquement la prose et les arguments des Dissident de Genève (DDG), même si notre action libertaire dépasse largement le cadre de la protection du droit des fumeurs et qu'elle monte au filet pour défendre bien d'autres libertés menacées par les semeurs d'alarmisme et d'angoisse patentés.

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La Tribune de Genève: "La solitude n'est pas bonne pour la santé"

Published on 2015-11-24 15:36:58.
Website: Accueil

La Tribune de Genève: "Etude: L'isolement, surtout chez les personnes âgées, peut accroître le risque de mortalité prématurée de 14%, selon une étude.

"Les dangers de l'isolement social sont connus depuis longtemps mais ses effets physiologiques néfastes n'étaient jusqu'à présent pas bien élucidés, expliquent ces chercheurs dont les travaux paraissent dans les Comptes rendus de l'Académie américaine des sciences (PNAS).

"Cette même équipe de recherche conduite par John Cacioppo, un psychologue de l'Université de Chicago (Illinois, nord), avait déjà identifié un lien entre la solitude et un accroissement de gènes impliqués dans l'inflammation, ainsi qu'une diminution d'autres gènes jouant un rôle dans la réponse antivirale de l'organisme.

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Final thoughts on the Licensing Act

Published on 2015-11-24 13:50:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

November 2005
November 2015. Plus ca change.
I've written a post for the IEA lifestyle blog about what happened after England and Wales relaxed their licensing laws ten years ago to the day. Go read that if you haven't already read Drinking, Fast and Slow.

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Thanks to Invalid NEJM Formaldehyde Study, Public is Being Told that Cancer Risk from Vaping is 15 Times Higher than from Smoking

Published on 2015-11-24 11:53:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

According to an article published yesterday at CapeCod.com, the cancer risk from vaping is 5 to 15 times higher than the cancer risk from smoking.

The article states: "A look at the dangers of inhaling formaldehyde published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year included two studies that showed that the risk of developing cancer from long-term vaping is five times as high as that of smoking a pack of regular cigarettes a day. The second study suggested the risk was 15 times higher."

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A Snake in the Committee Room

Published on 2015-11-24 00:06:39.
Website: Frank Davis

I came across Sheila Duffy’s appearance before the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee on Headrambles late last week, and it’s been bubbling away at the back of my mind for days. Her petition starts at about 54 minutes in, and … Continue reading →

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Liberty In The House

Published on 2015-11-23 21:26:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Last month I highlighted an event in the House of Commons scheduled for this week. You can read how it came about here.
I’m delighted to say that, in response to the growing attempts to tell people what they can and cannot smoke, vape, drink and eat, that Conservatives for Liberty will be holding a lobby evening of parliament called Forgive us our Trespasses: The moral case for choice and responsibility. It takes place on Wednesday, November 25, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and for those who attend, you will have the chance to hear from seven MPs and peers, outlining their belief in individual choice.  The lobby will firmly defend the principle of freedom of choice which, as a Conservative who believes very strongly in liberty, I believe leads to the greatest prosperity for all. The lobby will defend freedom of choice by arguing that adults should be free to weigh pleasure and risk and decide for themselves when it comes to products such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and fatty or sugary foods.Organised by Con4Lib, this is now nearly upon us and will be held in one of the Committee rooms on Wednesday night. More details have now been released. There will be six speakers, five of them MPs which is very encouraging.

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Understanding the tobacco tax gap

Published on 2015-11-23 14:38:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

HMRC published their latest estimates of the tobacco tax gap last month. This is the amount of tobacco smoked in Britain that is counterfeit or contraband.

The methodology of the tobacco tax gap is pretty crude. It amounts to this:

The estimate of the illicit market for tobacco is produced using a top-down methodology; that is total consumption is estimated, from which legitimate consumption is subtracted, the remainder being the illicit market.

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Why are Altria and Reynolds American Supporting Increased Competition Against Cigarettes While Health Groups are Protecting Cigarette Profits?

Published on 2015-11-23 10:28:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

Altria and Reynolds American are Supporting Policies that are Not in Their Best Economic Interest but which Protect the Public's Health

Anti-Smoking Groups are Protecting Economic Interests of Cigarette Companies at the Expense of the Public's Health

In an ironic twist that boggles the mind, both Altria and Reynolds American have taken a public policy position that protects public health despite being a threat to their cigarette profits, while the major anti-smoking groups are urging the FDA to stifle competition against cigarettes and thus protect the stream of profits for cigarette companies.

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A Billion Lives, My Take

Published on 2015-11-22 22:27:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

OK, I'm jumping in on this because it's something that needs to be said.

Simon Clark posted an article today criticising the A Billion Lives documentary makers for using a stat on secondhand smoke.
It's ironic however that a trailer for a pro-vaping documentary should begin with the bold statement 'YOU ARE BEING LIED TO' (about the risks of e-cigarettes) before making the utterly bogus claim that "One hundred and sixty-five thousand kids die from secondhand smoke [pause] every year."I agree with him 100% as I expressed on Twitter.

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Le Matin: "Fumer chez soi, un luxe suisse"

Published on 2015-11-22 20:23:46.
Website: Accueil

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Le Matin: "Les États-Unis prévoient d’interdire aux locataires de HLM de fumer chez eux, y compris à la fenêtre. La mesure est jugée beaucoup trop extrême en Suisse.

"Il paraît que ce qui arrive un jour aux États-Unis débarque en Suisse dix ans plus tard. Si l’adage dit vrai, les fumeurs helvétiques peuvent se faire du souci. Jeudi, le gouvernement US a présenté son projet d’interdiction de la consommation de tabac dans tous les HLM du pays, y compris à la fenêtre. La mesure a été annoncée par Julian Castro, secrétaire au Logement et au développement urbain."

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Link Tank 21/11

Published on 2015-11-21 09:45:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

A mash up from the past fortnight.

What happened to left wing libertarianism?

Does a boozing politician make a better world leader? (pic)

Why alcohol awareness week does more harm than good

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My Public Comment to OIRA on FDA Deeming Regulations

Published on 2015-11-20 16:06:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

This morning, I met with several staff of the Office on Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the White House Executive Office to provide feedback on the proposed FDA deeming regulations for electronic cigarettes (RIN#0910-AG38). I am grateful for having had the opportunity to share my analysis of the regulations as pertaining to the provisions of Executive Order 12866, which outlines the criteria a regulation must meet in order to be approved by OIRA.

The OIRA staff was very interested in my analysis and appreciative of the insights I was able to provide, especially as they related to the specific provisions of Executive Order 12866 which I believe the deeming regulations violate.

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Slides from a public health conference

Published on 2015-11-20 12:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

It has been a theme of this blog in 2015 that commentary and satire is increasingly redundant when discussing the public health racket. All that is needed to discredit these lunatics is to repeat what they have said in their own words.

Take the Global Alcohol Policy Conference, for example. This taxpayer-funded event was held to give veteran temperance crusader Derek Rutherford a good send off and to pay homage to the Scottish National Party (which supports minimum pricing).

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Un super-flic pour gardien des libertés publiques à Berne  ?

Published on 2015-11-20 00:46:11.
Website: Accueil

(DDG/jaw) De même qu'on verrait mal les Jihadistes tentant de recruter le pape François dans leurs rangs, de même il ne viendrait à l'idée personne de choisir un super flic pour protéger les libertés publiques et la sphère intime des citoyens. 

C'est pourtant bien ce qui risque de se passer à Berne pour pourvoir la fonction stratégique vacante de Préposé fédéral à la protection des données.

Le profil de ce haut fonctionnaire à nommer correspond-il vraiment à la philosophie et à l'esprit exigés par la fonction, à savoir celle de protecteur, et non de fin limier chargé de débusquer et d'arrêter les criminels ?

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Beg For Mercy, Duffy

Published on 2015-11-19 18:30:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter, so for those who haven't seen it, settle comfortably and read something glorious and quite extraordinary.

On Tuesday last week, Sheila Duffy of ASH Scotland sat down in front of elected Scottish MPs to pitch the idea of their ignoring any and all communications from the tobacco industry at the behest of the unelected WHO. Now, I don't reckon she was prepared for some of the responses she received. Here are some edited highlights [page 12 of this PDF].

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BAT to test tobacco/e-cigarette hybrid

Published on 2015-11-19 04:10:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl

This is VERY interesting...

It's about time that some brave company (major or otherwise) gave this idea a shot.

I, for one, would be very interested in trying one, as I am certain would be many smokers.

Too bad it's not available in America....

British American Tobacco plans to test a hybrid product that combines tobacco and e-cigarette technology next week in a European market, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

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Nominee for New FDA Commissioner Derived Salary from Six Pharmaceutical Companies LAST YEAR

Published on 2015-11-19 01:39:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

In President Obama's first inauguration speech, he promised to restore science to its proper place in government by shielding the regulatory process from corporate influence. One of his specific proposals to carry out this promise was to prevent anyone with a severe corporate conflict of interest from serving in the executive branch until at least one full year had gone by without the conflict in place. Thus, if you received salary from a pharmaceutical company in 2014, you would not be permitted to serve as the FDA Commissioner at least until 2016.

Unfortunately, as we have repeatedly seen campaign promises wither, this one too seems to have died a quiet death. For it was revealed yesterday by the Washington Post that President Obama's nominee for the Commissioner of the FDA - Dr. Robert Califf - received salary support from not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six pharmaceutical companies last year (2014). In addition, Dr. Califf was paid by eight pharmaceutical companies for consulting services and had personal equity in two pharmaceutical companies. In all, in 2014, Dr. Califf had significant financial interests in 14 different pharmaceutical companies!

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Bravo Mr McKee ... Erm

Published on 2015-11-18 21:23:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

It's very rare that I agree with Martin McKee, as you may have noticed, but I cannot fault him for this excellent tweet from Sunday.

Those exploiting #ParisAttacks to attack refugees should remember we still have few real facts https://t.co/NNz365GLGP— Martin McKee (@martinmckee) November 15, 2015
He is absolutely correct. Exploiting tragedies to promote personal or political views is quite wrong.

For example, a latent anti-capitalist sympathiser with left of centre environmental views seemed to suggest at the weekend that the Paris attacks might justify restrictions on oil commodity traders.
The individual response is clear, to apprehend and convict in the courts those who seek to commit these atrocities. The population level response recognises the role that our dependence on oil plays in the crisis in the Middle East, targeting for action those commodity dealers in the west who help groups like Daesh to launder the funds from the oil under their control and those who are profiting by supplying weapons to all the warring parties.The same commentator - an avowed opponent of smoking and e-cigs - also once employed the Anders Breivik massacre to bizarrely promote a ban on nicotine.
In early 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian right-wing extremist, began to research a means of creating poisoned bullets. In his ‘manifesto’ subsequently published online, he noted that ‘A relatively simple process will convert hollow point and even standard ammunition – lead or other alloy bullets into hollow bullets. These hollow projectiles are then injected with a biological or chemical toxin. 

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Attentats: "C'est la faute au cryptage !"

Published on 2015-11-18 03:31:19.
Website: Accueil

Rue89: " Les terroristes utiliseraient des applis et moyens cryptés de communication : c’est la thèse qui circule et permet aux autorités de relancer le débat contre ces outils de protection de la vie privée.

"On s’y attendait. Mais franchement, pas si tôt. Et pas de manière si violente. Et approximative.

"Très classe P. Servent sur #BFMTV : « J'espère que les gens [contre #loirenseignement] n'ont pas d'enfants morts, pour les faire percuter »

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Seven Years Of Deadly Sins

Published on 2015-11-17 17:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Today is the seventh anniversary of this blog, yes really! Described once early on as "tabloid guff" by a Ben Goldacre fanboy - a badge I have carried with pride ever since - we've tripped the light fantastic and cartwheeled 'cross the floor here since.

By way of a progress report, visits continue to tick up despite content becoming more sparse through pressure of work. Since 2008, there have been 3,157 articles published attracting 25,658 comments at time of writing and 2,808,143 page views according to miserly Sitemeter (Google Analytics reports a more flattering 3,585,000 plus, don't ask me how). Still an increase over an already good year last time out but with ever-decreasing articles, it's almost like homeopathy or something.

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Tobacco Control: Big Industry's Biggest Friend

Published on 2015-11-16 21:49:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

Boy, the effect of e-cigs in exposing tobacco controllers as vacuous loons just gets better and better.

The 'public health' movement would, I'd say, overwhelmingly self-identify as left of centre and 'progressive'. Tobacco control has leapt on the back of this by using terms such as "tackling health inequalities" to explain some pretty hideous policies which hurt the poor far more than the well off (more on that later in the week). Their biggest political supporters worldwide are invariably lefties. In the UK, Labour almost swoon whenever a tobacco controller speaks.

With their stance on e-cigs though, just look at the actors who are benefitting. For example, here is an article from Malaysia about a new initiative to persuade smoking athletes to quit tobacco.

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