Category Archives: anti-smoking nazis

Perverted Science and mineral water


David Davis

Having “done” tobacco, being in the process of killing alcohol, and with sugar almost lynched, what are the GramscoFabiaNazi slave-resouces-management-prescription-directors starting on now? Water of course.

The level of scientific understanding of both the journo and a number of the commenters is frightening to behold.

Who’s Been Misleading The EU?


by Dick Puddlecote
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Who’s Been Misleading The EU? Now this is interesting.

European officials have been wrongly labelling e-liquid as extremely toxic.

The civil servants had been misclassifying e-liquid as either a CLP category 2 product, alongside strychnine, or a category 3 product, alongside formaldehyde. The new report demonstrates that the acute oral and dermal toxic hazards of the strongest consumer e-liquids only merit being classed as category 4 – along with washing-up liquid – while the vast majority of e-liquid (which has nicotine concentrations below 25mg/ml or 2.5%) does not require any type of formal hazard warning.

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The WHO Attempts To Censor Websites


by Dick Puddlecote
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The WHO Attempts To Censor Websites As well as being entirely unelected, it appears that the World Health Organisation also doesn’t care much for openness and transparency.

Rumours have reached Puddlecote Towers that the WHO is spitting blood about a leaked document from a November 2013 meeting being widely discussed, and is busily putting the frighteners on those who are discussing it. They are not happy with minutes which mention that the WHO views e-cigarettes as a threat – and which prompted a much-reported recent letter to the WHO by over 50 health professionals – reaching the internet, so are doing their best to make the document disappear. Continue reading

And We’re Supposed To Trust Cancer Research UK?


by Dick Puddlecote
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And We’re Supposed To Trust Cancer Research UK? At a time when Cancer Research UK’s most compelling argument against objections to plain packaging is to say that tobacco companies lied 50 years ago so therefore they can’t be trusted, shall we look at how trustworthy Cancer Research UK are, eh?

In October 2012, CRUK press released this report accusing tobacco companies of lying about the level of illicit trade. Continue reading

Mark Drakeford’s Incompetence Exposed Yet Again


by Dick Puddlecote
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Mark Drakeford’s Incompetence Exposed Yet Again The bizarre and indefensible crusade by Labour’s laughable Welsh Assembly Health Minister to dent the success of e-cigs in Wales took another blow this week as more of his carefully cherry-picked propaganda was blown out of the water.

You may remember that Mark Drakeford considers e-cigs to ‘renormalise’ smoking and wants them banned in public places (in itself showing the smoking ban up to be not about tackling passive smoke as his ilk always claim). However, his subsequent desperate propaganda offensive against the understandable backlash has turned out to be as inept and misinformed as the proposal itself. Continue reading

That BBC Plain Packaging Advert


by Dick Puddlecote
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That BBC Plain Packaging Advert One of the reasons we are coerced to pay for the BBC, at pain of hefty fines or (currently) imprisonment, is that the licence fee is its only revenue stream. It doesn’t carry ads so Nanny Beeb’s fingers are allowed to rifle our wallets with full backing of the clunking fist of government.

In return, we are promised that the BBC is fiercely independent, apolitical and scrupulously impartial. Imagine our surprise, then, on Thursday night to have been served up an hour long advert – far longer than the standard 30 seconds commercial channels derive income from – for plain packaging which was blatantly biased … less than a week before the Queen’s speech which Labour politicians are desperately hoping will include the policy. Continue reading

Plain Packaging: Say No To Dave


by Dick Puddlecote
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Plain Packaging: Say No To DaveHOOPSlogoMK2m.jpg

I’ve been hugely busy in the past week as Puddlecote Inc reached its staging date for auto-enrolment pensions on the 1st of May so the small matter of running a business has had to take a back seat as we jump through hoops for the government … and pay extra for the privilege. Where this fits into the coalition’s claim to be stripping away red tape, I really don’t know. It is by far the most bureaucratic, complicated, rigid, red tape heavy piece of legislation I have ever encountered (even briefly describing the process we have to employ would take up around 500 words). Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies Is Not Fit For Purpose


by Dick Puddlecote
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Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies Is Not Fit For Purpose

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Would look better holding a P45

Following on from yesterday’s news, The Times today carried an editorial on e-cigs which is thoughtful and very well-informed (emphases mine).

Their use is not uncontroversial. Some feel they normalise smoking, while others insist that they allow former smokers to maintain addictions that they might otherwise have escaped. There is no evidence supporting either fear. Professor Robert West of UCL’s Department of Epidemiology & Public Health notes that some health professionals may be wary of e-cigarettes because they resemble the bad old burning weed. There is also, in a manner more sinister, resistance from pharmaceutical companies. The tobacco industry, after all, is not the only one threatened by a cheap, clean, safer alternative to cigarettes. The makers of patches, gums and inhalators have even more to lose.

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Official: There Really Is No Booze Britain ‘Epidemic’


by Dick Puddlecote
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Official: There Really Is No Booze Britain ‘Epidemic’ It’s a tough job being an anti-alcohol trougher these days.

You see, they have to try to sell the idea that Britain is in the grip of a booze epidemic despite the incontrovertible fact that alcohol consumption has been declining here for a decade now. It’s a regular theme of this blog that – very inconveniently – official statistics show our booze intake is reducing at the same rate as the hysterical shrieking from alcohol prohibitionists is increasing. So it must come as a knife in the back to this miserable, beleaguered group that even their fellow health obsessives – the unelected WHO – have now weakened their hand further. Continue reading

Where Was The Pharma Cavalry?


by Dick Puddlecote
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Where Was The Pharma Cavalry? There was a blaze of publicity yesterday on the subject of e-cigs but something, usually ubiquitous, was missing.

You see, ASH produced a press release which declared that not only are there now over 2 million vapers in the UK, but also that it seems e-cigs are not much of a big deal to anyone at all, really. The ‘gateway theory’ was trashed; the ‘renormalisation of smoking’ theory was not supported; and the public – despite acres of media coverage designed to scare them – are generally of the opinion that e-cigs are a good thing (as I’ve mentioned before is inevitable). Continue reading

‘Apology’ Of The Week


by Dick Puddlecote
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‘Apology’ Of The Week Doncha just love Brewdog?

The Portman Group has, in its joyless way, ruled one of their beers’ advertising as not boring enough. By way of response, Brewdog have issued a “formal apology”. Continue reading

Mascot Watch #28: Government Lobbying Government Edition


by Dick Puddlecote
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Mascot Watch #28: Government Lobbying Government Edition Over at Breitbart London, the spotlight is being shone on ASH in an article entitled “MP demands action over ‘improper’ government payments to lobbyists”. The lobbyists in question are ASH and – I’m thrilled to note – the MP is our very own esteemed blog knight Philip Davies. Continue reading

Legislation: A Magic Wand, Apparently


by Dick Puddlecote
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Legislation: A Magic Wand, Apparently It’s been a very busy weekend in Puddlecoteville, but Mrs P and I did manage to find a little time for a restorative fry up at the local greasy spoon this morning. On our table was a well-thumbed gratis copy of the Sunday Sun containing an article not carried anywhere else as far as I can see (£). Perhaps because it was quite bizarre. Continue reading

Keep Providing The Ammo, Ta


by Dick Puddlecote
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Keep Providing The Ammo, Ta I’ve said many many times on this blog that e-cigs carried the potential to blow tobacco control wide open as the deceitful liars that they are, and also to prove conclusively that government bans and restrictions on lifestyle issues are not about health, but instead motivated by snobbery and social engineering.

However, even I am astonished at how eager prohibitionist and statist groups are to destroy their façade of integrity. Continue reading

Seven Consequences of an EU E-Cig Ban




7 Consequences of an EU Ecig ban

Burn The FT Heretics!


by Dick Puddlecote
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Burn The FT Heretics! The FT yesterday produced something of a rarity these days, an editorial which ignored tobacco control industry bullshit and told the truth! Continue reading

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


by Dick Puddlecote
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The Most Corrupt And Anti-Democratic Movement In Post-War History 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. Continue reading

The FoodNazi farm-animal-Police dishonoureth us, doth bully us and yea, seriously degradeth us (from and old and unremembered tongue-twister)


David Davis

Here we see the Salt-Nazis regrouping for another attempt to either ration salt, or tax it, or both. As War Secretary of an incoming British Libertarian Minimal-Statist Classical-Liberal government’s first administration, I’m not especially worried about these people, for they will simply “have to go”. What salt is in what purchased food will become a matter for the manufacturing sellers and their buyers, as is good and right.

However, there is hope for proper capitalism still since there seem to be enough people still alive who are old enough to write stuff like the following:-

I have no objection against government offering advice and to an extent it is duty bound to pass it on. I don’t, however, go along with the tiresome narrative that food companies are evil because they deliberately hide toxic, addictive, additives to make profits knowing full well that it is killing their customers. Go along with that and one ends up demanding that the state should protect us by ‘acting’ against ‘Big Food’. It’s a trope that is encouraged by the WHO and ‘health’ activists, peopled as they are by those whose agenda is to use health as a tool for attacking western capitalism via global companies. Simplistic though it is, the idea of sinister corporations covertly poisoning populations to make money is a powerful one and seems to find sympathy with many people. I’m quite sure that in the ideal world as envisaged by the WHO and it’s cohorts that state food rationing would be the norm. Perhaps by manufacturing fears of ‘Big Food’ it will eventually encourage a demand for the state to control the food supply? Some might want this, I don’t know, but it certainly isn’t a world I’d wish to inhabit.

A Seedy End To A Seedy Campaign


by Dick Puddlecote
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A Seedy End To A Seedy Campaign I suppose the campaign for plain packaging – riddled throughout as it was with cronyism, corruption and lies – could only possibly end with the same tawdry values being exhibited in the House of Commons itself.

Yesterday’s post-statement debate has been well reported and can be read in full here, but a couple of contributions stand out for their jaw-dropping gall. Firstly, Jane Ellison in reply to our Phil. Continue reading

Welsh Minister Confirms It’s Never Been About Health


by Dick Puddlecote
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Welsh Minister Confirms It’s Never Been About Health He may, to borrow a phrase, have the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk and the analytical thinking skills of a mackerel, but I suppose I should be thanking this creature today.

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A provincial pratt, pictured recently

You see, he has helped to categorically prove my long-held assertion that smoking bans have never, ever, had anything whatsoever to do with health.

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Have Politicians Ever Been More Vile?


by Dick Puddlecote
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Have Politicians Ever Been More Vile? Via Snowdon, there is a marvellous piece at the Telegraph today by Peter Oborne which is a must-read. It’s all good, but this passage is especially pertinent.

Politicians of Right and Left have been transfixed by these anti-smoking campaigns. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has shown hardly any appetite to challenge the conventional wisdom of his own department, while Luciana Berger, the shadow health minister, is a breathless proselytiser for the anti-smoking lobby. No mainstream politician has dared to challenge the consensus, and only Rothmans-puffing Nigel Farage of Ukip really gets the point.

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The UK’s Most Radical Revolutionaries are in Government


by Stewart Cowan
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2014/03/the-uks-most-radical-revolutionaries-are-in-government
The UK’s Most Radical Revolutionaries are in Government

I look forward to reading Frank Davis’s blog every morning. Yesterday, he wrote that while the mainstream media paint UKIP as the revolutionaries, it’s actually the so-called mainstream parties who are,

After all, with a few exceptions, the political class is now fully signed up to merging the UK into Europe. After 1000 years or more of being a nation-state, it’s all going to be replaced with membership of the brand new European Union. And this is an extremely radical departure. It’s nothing short of a revolution. And it wasn’t being seriously contemplated just 40 years ago, when the EU was still the European Economic Community. Continue reading

E-Cig Ad Whac-A-Mole


by Dick Puddlecote
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E-Cig Ad Whac-A-Mole Sigh, here we go again.

An advert for an e-cigarette brand has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled that claims including that it was “the healthier smoking alternative” could not be substantiated.

Of course it can be substantiated. Even the tobacco control industry as a whole has had little option but to concede that e-cigs are safer than tobacco; only the certifiably insane amongst them are claiming otherwise. Continue reading

Evidence Free Zones: Irish Edition


by Dick Puddlecote
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Evidence Free Zones: Irish Edition Last summer I posted two articles on the policies being adopted by train companies regarding e-cigs.

In Train Policy Spotting, we found that Eurostar didn’t have one, Scotrail banned them because they’re Scottish and that’s what the Scottish do, Network Rail said they were cushty and the East Coast line didn’t currently ban them but were cracking their knuckles and thinking about it. In This Is An Evidence Free Zone, we discovered that C2C Rail impose a ban because they look a bit like like smoking and South West Trains allow them because they haven’t worked out how to enforce a ban just yet. Continue reading

Resent Ignorant EU Interference? Please Sign Here Then


by Dick Puddlecote
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Resent Ignorant EU Interference? Please Sign Here Thensupport-black-180x60.pngI have added a new link to the sidebar to the right which I hope you will all consider clicking through and signing (and sharing widely).

The European Free Vaping Intiative is a clever Europe-wide attempt to force the EU to rethink their dumb and counter-productive stance on e-cigs.

We’ve heard weasel words from the tobacco control industry about how they believe e-cigs are useful but that, you know, they just need a teensy-weensy bit of regulation, that’s all. Well, as I’ve mentioned previously, the terms of the TPD are not just a little bit of regulation – instead, they will ban all of the most effective forms of vaping and only leave the ones which don’t pose a threat to the pharmaceutical industry less effective ones. Continue reading

Government Of The People, By The People, For Ignoring The People


by Dick Puddlecote
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Government Of The People, By The People, For Ignoring The People And so it came to pass, as predicted here on Tuesday, that the EU Tobacco Products Directive – corrupt and disingenuous as it is – was approved overwhelmingly yesterday.

I’ll get round to writing more on that (I hope) when unusually demanding recent Puddlecote Inc pressures have eased, but for now it’s pertinent to say that the whole fiasco was a bastardisation of democratic process. Bypassing proper debate and objective consultation, the EU just steamrollered it through anyway. The snus ban was maintained despite being harmful to European health, and after ignoring overwhelming public disapproval; bans on tobacco flavours, smaller tobacco pouches and packs of ten were promoted on the back of utter piffle; and effective e-cigs banned from 2016 despite huge evidence of their benefits but only innuendo and lies in favour of the ridiculous regulations now inflicted on them. Continue reading

If You Don’t Want The Result, Look Away Now


by Dick Puddlecote
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If You Don’t Want The Result, Look Away Now Tomorrow morning, the EU will vote to approve the new Tobacco Products Directive.

It was written by someone who has since been effectively fired over bribery allegations, and I do mean ‘allegations’ because there was – without doubt – a perfectly reasonable explanation for his jetting off to the Bahamas to scout for places amenable to stashing “sums of up to $100 million” just before being accused of soliciting €60 million via an intermediary. Continue reading

Dead Horse Flogging At Its Finest


by Dick Puddlecote
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Dead Horse Flogging At Its Finest After an incompetent, tripe-filled flight of laughable fancy on e-cigs earlier in the week, the Guardian have since produced a very balanced piece which – and I think this is the crucial difference – was not written by a screaming idiot.

I do urge you to read it as I’ve just spent a most enjoyable 40 minutes or so watching some of the country’s most stubborn anti-smoking fantasists desperately displaying their ignorance to the world while having their lame fallacies being effortlessly dismissed.

In the piece itself, Martin McKee shows us all that the tradition of rent-seeking fakery promoted by medieval barber-quacks and Victorian-era American miracle cure salesmen is still alive and kicking even in 2014. Continue reading

A Squeak Corrects Daily Mail’s Roaring Inaccuracy On E-Cigs


by Dick Puddlecote
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A Squeak Corrects Daily Mail’s Roaring Inaccuracy On E-Cigs Just before Christmas, I predicted that the Daily Mail were about to receive a second telling-off of 2013 for their unfathomably crap reporting of e-cigs. They had already seen a previous article in January pulled but crucially – as Clive Bates pointed out at the time – not retracted.

The Mail’s December nonsense was just as stupid and inaccurate, bearing this headline. Continue reading

Ireland’s Plain Packaging Farce Promises To Be Even Worse Than Ours!


by Dick Puddlecote
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Ireland’s Plain Packaging Farce Promises To Be Even Worse Than Ours! For regular readers here, the fiasco of a campaign in the UK in favour of plain packaging will be well-known.

The often fraudulent abuses of process, democracy and common decency are too numerous to list in full, but just to remind you of a few highlights: Continue reading

Mascot Watch #27: State Jackboots In Your Property Edition


by Dick Puddlecote
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Mascot Watch #27: State Jackboots In Your Property Edition Real life has got in the way in Puddlecoteville so there’s been no time to comment on how the country’s most vacuous woodentops failed to see beyond the end of their snouts and voted for a ban on smoking in private vehicles. For teh chilrenz, natch. Continue reading

Turning Off The Tax Tap


by Dick Puddlecote
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Turning Off The Tax Tap Via Taking Liberties, if you listen carefully, you might just hear a gravy train coming off the rails down in the South West.

On Wednesday a producer rang to tell me that councils in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset have been reviewing their financial support for Smokefree South West. Continue reading

Stop Complaining While I’m Assaulting You, You Bully


by Dick Puddlecote
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Stop Complaining While I’m Assaulting You, You Bully As demands from the out-of-control Marxists in public health lobby become ever more ludicrous and obscene, resistance and anger has also increased. So a new tactic has been in evidence of late.

THE tobacco industry is ready to sue the Scottish Government for up to £500 million in damages if plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes go ahead.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: “I hope the Scottish Government are not intimidated by these bullies.”

Bullies? Says a man involved with the organised criminal cartel which steals our income and spends it on bossing us all around? Continue reading

Smokers, Vapers, You’re All Dogs Now


by Dick Puddlecote
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Smokers, Vapers, You’re All Dogs NowVia Nanny Beeb, we learn that the demonisation of e-cigs is well underway and is proving incredibly successful.

E-cigarettes should be banned from school premises to stop children assuming they are safe, heads say.

Head teachers’ union NAHT is worried pupils may want to copy parents they see using them in the playground.

Personally, I’d always assumed products were safe until conclusively proven otherwise in this modern huge state world we have to suffer – especially those regulated by 21 different EU directives – but it’s clear that the recent BBC-led barrage of tobacco control industry misinformation has done its job, with e-cigs now considered evil and not fit for use in some public areas. Continue reading

ASH’s New E-Cigs Troubleshooter And Her Ever-Expanding Salary


by Dick Puddlecote
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ASH’s New E-Cigs Troubleshooter And Her Ever-Expanding SalaryVia Snowdon, Labour MP for Falkirk Eric Joyce has posted some interesting thoughts on charity lobbying. This one in particular rang a bell. Continue reading

Mission Creep Spotted On The BBC


by Dick Puddlecote
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Mission Creep Spotted On The BBC Hot on the heels of a very balanced ITV Tonight programme on e-cigs comes a smorgasbord of ill-informed cockwaffle from the BBC. I guess we know which broadcaster boasts the more diligent investigative journalists now then, don’t we? Continue reading

Why The Scared People Are Scared


by Dick Puddlecote
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Why The Scared People Are Scared Yesterday, I saw scared people on Irish TV.

Today, via this article in French magazine Challenge, we see exactly why they’re so scared. Continue reading

I See Scared People


by Dick Puddlecote
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I See Scared People On Sunday, an article was published at Nicotine Science and Policy discussing why public health is so irrationally opposed to e-cigs.

One suggestion, above all, encapsulates exactly what is happening. Continue reading

New Study Finally Cuts The Crap About Plain Packaging


by Dick Puddlecote
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New Study Finally Cuts The Crap About Plain Packaging In their ever-more frantic clamour to come up with convincing ‘evidence’ with which to con other countries into adopting plain packaging like Australia stupidly has, the tobacco control industry has just released a new study. Continue reading

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before …


by Dick Puddlecote
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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before … Does any of this sound familiar?

A Scottish GP has written in the BMJ [£] about the dodgy practices of the pharmaceutical industry and how they use “evidence” to push their products. Continue reading

The Gift Of Beauty


by Dick Puddlecote
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The Gift Of Beauty Christmas is barely over, but businesses then quite obviously look to the next present-buying opportunity which just happens to be Valentine’s Day. And what better to give to the love of your life this year than the gift of beauty; a promise to your significant other to take away tobacco control industry onanistic gore porn forever, eh? Continue reading

Nicotine Nazism: It’s Not About Health, It’s About Money and Control


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/content/23060

Nicotine Nazism: It’s Not About Health, It’s About Money and Control

The late, great HL Mencken defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time.” I haven’t visited Michael Bloomberg’s New York City in more than a decade, but if I landed at LaGuardia tomorrow, I’d half expect to be greeted by officials right out of Tompkins Harrison Matteson’s painting “Trial of George Jacobs of Salem for Witchcraft.” Continue reading

Nation of Morons


by Stewart Cowan
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2013/12/nation-of-morons/
Nation of Morons

I have pinched Frank Davis’ title of his recent post in which he contemplates the increasing stupidity and mediocrity in the country these days.

Frank quotes from this article which states that smoking increases IQ by six points and writes, Continue reading

Banning Smoking in Mental Hospitals


by Stewart Cowan
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2013/12/banning-smoking-in-mental-hospitals/

Banning Smoking in Mental HospitalsFascism in the guise of healthcare.

Fascism in the guise of healthcare.

Via Frank Davis (Via Rose) I became aware of this piece in The Lancet, Helping smokers quit in secondary-care services.

It is not so much a matter of “helping”, rather fascist bully-boy tactics for both patients and staff and I’ll tell you why it disgusts me so much.

I was detoxed from booze as an outpatient in a large alcohol unit near Glasgow in 1998 (and never returned to the demon drink, with God’s grace). I probably saw around a hundred other patients coming and going and I used to watch who smoked and who didn’t. I only recall ever seeing about four who never smoked. Continue reading

The BMJ Is “Anti-Science”


by Dick Puddlecote
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The BMJ Is “Anti-Science” In October I reported on how the BMJ had discarded its integrity by refusing studies funded by the tobacco industry. I made a couple of observations.

[...] we’ve always been told how brilliant this peer review thing is, haven’t we? Now, though, it is apparently shite – glad you cleared that up for us, BMJ.

But their assertion that “the source of funding can influence the outcomes of studies in invisible ways” is funnier than any comic could ever be seeing as they thought it perfectly acceptable to publish, in July, a study celebrating the astounding success of pharmaceutical products … written by a panel with pharmaceutical funding interests as long as Peter Crouch’s arms.

Interesting, then. that BAT’s Chief Scientific Officer has seen fit to comment.

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It’s Like Christmas Eve For Nick Clegg


by Dick Puddlecote
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It’s Like Christmas Eve For Nick Clegg Personally, the news of another review of plain packaging looks like a stitch-up to me.

It is being conducted – in double quick time, we are told – by Sir Cyril Chantler, a paediatrician who is bound to believe all the rigged evidence or else he’ll be ostracised by the rest of the public health Mafia. There is also the small matter of “enabling legislation” so that if a green light is given, plain packs can be on your shelves before you can say ’20 Benson and Hedges please’.

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Sláinte To A Soviet Ireland And The Patently False


by Dick Puddlecote
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Sláinte To A Soviet Ireland And The Patently False Sometimes, little comment from me is required. Take this BMJ blog from Irish GP Pat Harrold, for example.

We are now set to become one of the first countries to ban tobacco branding. This means that the box of twenty will have a plain cover and you can only tell the different types by the lettering. The boxes will look generic, rather like the government products in the old Soviet Union.

Because that’s precisely the kind of regime that every forward-thinking health lobbyist should be striving to emulate, of course.

I have made the transformation from an enthusiastic smoker to an even more enthusiastic non smoker and I have to say I welcome this strategy.

We’ve all met one, haven’t we?

Maybe the idea could be extended to fast food and alcohol.

What? You mean it’s not a myth? Quick, someone tell Deborah “patently false” Arnott!

Who needs a Hands Off Our Packs campaign in Ireland when this guy is making the arguments without one, eh?vGB3T2yLOJo

More Want E-Cig Ban Than Supported Smoking Ban In Pubs


by Dick Puddlecote
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More Want E-Cig Ban Than Supported Smoking Ban In Pubs While I have a few moments, there was an interesting stat during Tuesday’s BBC Breakfast VT piece about e-cigs and their public use. Their poll asked the public if vaping should be banned in public places, the result being:

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An Object Lesson In The Art Of Ignoring The Public


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An Object Lesson In The Art Of Ignoring The PublicThe New York Times has provided us with an object lesson in how the tobacco control industry – and, by extension, the entire public health nanny state who hang on their coat-tails – contrives to ignore you.

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