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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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Is The EU Dead?

Published on 2015-11-23 00:29:16.
Website: Frank Davis

Janet Daley in the Telegraph: What is left of the European idea? Whatever indeterminate reassurances emerge from however many EU “summits” on security and shared intelligence, everybody must know that Paris was the end… She lists the shambles and the … Continue reading →

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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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The Forgotten Parisian Smokers

Published on 2015-11-22 00:18:18.
Website: Frank Davis

A week after the Paris shootings, new videos have appeared online and in the Daily Mail. The first video is from security cameras inside the Casa Nostra  restaurant on Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi, Paris, and shows the attack as it … Continue reading →

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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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Andrei Sakharov and Trofim Lysenko

Published on 2015-11-21 00:47:12.
Website: Frank Davis

Readers may have wondered yesterday how a theoretical physicist like Andrei Sakharov came to know anything at all about genetics. In 1930, Soviet biology had fallen under the spell of Trofim Lysenko, who had no time for either genetics or … Continue reading →

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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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Andrei Sakharov on Radioactive Fallout

Published on 2015-11-20 00:26:05.
Website: Frank Davis

The designer of the 1961 50 megaton Tsar Bomba was Andrei Sakharov. Some years earlier, Sakharov had become concerned about the effects of radioactive fallout, and in 1958 he had published a paper in which he estimated the numbers of … Continue reading →

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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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Anti-Smoking Groups are Admitting that They Can't Handle the Truth and Have No Interest in Sharing It

Published on 2015-11-16 11:09:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

A revealing email from a state health department worker to Dr. Stan Glantz demonstrates the way in which anti-smoking groups are unable to handle scientific truth and the difficulty they have in telling the truth when it interferes with their underlying ideology.

Apparently, a state health department tobacco control practitioner attended a webinar in which Dr. Terry Pechacek from CDC explained that electronic cigarettes are much safer than tobacco cigarettes and that therefore, moving all current cigarette smokers to exclusive use of e-cigarettes would be a good thing. Similarly, Dr. Brian King of CDC noted that it would have positive public health benefits if all smokers switched to exclusive e-cigarette use. In addition, the practitioner has heard more and more information coming out which refers to e-cigarettes as being less harmful than cigarettes.

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24 hour drinking - the debate

Published on 2015-11-16 10:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The tenth anniversary of so-called 24 hour drinking is nearly upon us. If you're in London tomorrow, do come and join us at the Institute of Economic Affairs for a debate about it. It should be lively, with the following speakers:

Christopher Snowdon, director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs and author of Drinking, Fast and SlowJon Foster, Senior Research and Policy Officer, Institute of Alcohol Studies Ian Graham, Central Licensing Unit, Metropolitan Police; Joint Chair of the National Police Chiefs Council Licensing group Alan Miller, Chairman, The Night Time Industries Association Stephanie Lis, Head of Communications, IEA (chair) Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, British Beer & Pub Association

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A Peek Behind Mental Health Facility Curtains

Published on 2015-11-14 09:16:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

No Saturday links this week, instead try this.

On Wednesday I went along to the 53rd Maudsley Debate at the Denmark Hill Campus of King's College London, as trailed here last month. The proposal was vile, but simple.
This house believes that smoking should be banned in psychiatric hospitalsFor avoidance of doubt, this isn't about an indoor ban, but an outdoor one, enforced on otherwise free and innocent people who are not allowed to leave the premises to escape it.

Now, I'd customarily give a detailed rundown of what happened, but technology is such these days that I don't have to. Instead you can watch it yourself here if you can set aside 75 minutes of your time.

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A Prayer For The Dead and The Wounded

Published on 2015-11-14 03:54:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl

We love you France-

Please say a prayer for the dead and the wounded.

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Dr. Siegel On Proposed Public Housing Smoking (and vaping?) Ban

Published on 2015-11-13 19:20:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl

There is a federal ban on smoking, which may possibly even include vaping, being proposed in all public housing throughout the United States.

Poor people may risk being spied upon by their neighbors and other like minded busy bodies.

They may even risk eviction, which could catapult many into homelessness.

I was shocked to read a quote from Dr. Siegel that essentially was an endorsement of the idea.

I left this comment on the good doctor's blog (something I rarely do) that I will also leave here. It begins with a quote from the Dr. himself:

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The magic of secondhand smoke

Published on 2015-11-13 11:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Here's another one to file under 'They Said It Would Never Happen'. The New York Times reports from the land of the free...

Smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule announced on Thursday, a move that would affect nearly one million households and open the latest front in the long-running campaign to curb unwanted exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

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Solution finale pour les "fumeurs récalcitrants": la congélation !

Published on 2015-11-13 01:12:00.
Website: Accueil

(DDG) En 2009, Genève avait cru se débarrasser définitivement des fumeurs en ajoutant foi au mensonge du Sieur Rielle & Consorts excipant d'une prétendue "fumée passive létale" pour inciter le peuple de Genève à voter en faveur d'une interdiction constitutionnelle de fumer dans tous les établissements publics de la République et Canton.

Ce faisant, ces nouveaux chantres de la Prohibition ont opéré un fallacieux amalgame entre le "tabagisme" ( certes, pas bon pour la santé) et ladite alléguée « fumée passive létale", d'une parfaite innocuité comme l'a démontré le professeur Philippe Even dans cette vidéo.

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Welsh Labour: So Dense They Could Bend Light

Published on 2015-11-12 18:12:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

I have maintained for nearly six years now that e-cigs have the potential to show the tobacco control crusade up for the lucrative snake oil vending machine that it is, but even I didn't envisage them to cause dull-witted anti-smoking politicians to jump the shark in spectacular fashion.

Via Wales's Daily Post.
Using e-cigarette while working from home could land you in court People who work from home could soon be breaking the law if they use an e-cigarette while in their own house.With the UK government's public health body reporting that passive vaping (ha!) poses "no concerns" and contains "negligible levels" of nicotine - about the only substance which could be classed as even remotely worrying - here we have Welsh Labour actually making it illegal to use them. In your own home. Alone.

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