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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.

E-Cigs To Be Classed As Tobacco


by Dick Puddlecote
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E-Cigs To Be Classed As Tobacco It appears that the World Health Organisation has jumped the shark and is now entirely under the control of their pharmaceutical industry paymasters.

Via the Financial Times, I challenge any tobacco controller to say that this is a proportionate response to something which is helping hundreds of thousands of smokers to quit tobacco. Continue reading

Seven Consequences of an EU E-Cig Ban




7 Consequences of an EU Ecig ban


Please include attribution to http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog with this infographic.

 

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.

From the BBC: Continue reading

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


by Dick Puddlecote
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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.

Again, it is those mischievous e-cigs doing the exposing. Continue reading

Daylight Is The Best Disinfectant


by Dick Puddlecote
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Daylight Is The Best Disinfectant Brace yourself for some world class hypocrisy.

A remarkable essay turned up in a psychological science publication this month which is both hilarious and jaw-dropping in equal measure. Written in doom-laden hyperbolic terms, policy-led researchers in differing areas clubbed together to have a collective whinge. Its intro is dramatic.

Science denial kills. Continue reading

Minimum Alcohol Pricing Flops


by Dick Puddlecote
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Minimum Alcohol Pricing Flops I think I’m starting to feel a bit sorry for the automatons blindly advocating in favour of minimum alcohol pricing. Because you see, as campaigns go, it has been a bit of a comic failure.

Quite apart from the fact that it is illegal under EU precedent, the whole idea has been hampered from the start as if deliberately so by a higher being.

The Sheffield University report was, in itself, already policy-led rubbish, but when a BBC Panorama episode has to be pulled from iPlayer last year, the incompetence of the temperance lobby’s lead researchers was laid brutally open to ridicule. Continue reading

Salford Council Is Run By Idiots


by Dick Puddlecote
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Salford Council Is Run By Idiots See, this is why I love e-cigs. They are increasingly showing up anti-smokers as a rich seam of hilarious farce.

From Manchester Evening News:

A town hall has banned its workers from using electronic cigarettes ‘in public view’.

Salford council has banned staff from using the devices – which taste and feel like cigarettes without the tar – close to any of its buildings.

The policy, drawn up by town hall bosses, says: “Where smoking does takes place outside, the location should be out of public view wherever possible and must not be:

– Directly outside buildings
– Constitute a risk in terms of fire;
– Be adjacent to doors or windows where second hand smoke could enter the building.

E-cigs (which are not alight) constitute a fire risk now? And emit second hand smoke despite not involving anything being burned? Do Salford councillors have extraordinarily large feet, bulbous bright red round noses and a car that falls apart when they slam a door? Continue reading

The BMJ Discards Its Integrity


by Dick Puddlecote
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The BMJ Discards Its Integrity Via SteveVape, it appears that the British Medical Journal has today decided to ban “any study that is partly or wholly funded by the tobacco industry” .

Their justification is quite hilarious.

Critics may argue—as many did when journals stopped publishing cigarette adverts—that publishing such research does not constitute endorsing its findings and that, as long as funding sources are fully disclosed, readers can consider that information and make up their own minds about the quality of the work. Peer review should prevail, goes this line of thinking: it’s not the editor’s job to make these kinds of judgments.

Yes, because 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.

However, this view ignores the growing body of evidence that biases and research misconduct are often impossible to detect5, and that the source of funding can influence the outcomes of studies in invisible ways6 7.

Considering superscripted numbers 5 & 6 refer to research by Mad Stan Glantz – a guy whose bias can be detected by the naked eye by aliens from the farthest galaxies in the universe – this paragraph alone makes one wonder if the BMJ is seeking to reinvent itself as the new Daily Mash. Continue reading

Defy the smoking ban with e-cigarettes


by Iti Sapuph

Defy the smoking ban with e-cigarettes

Despite the fact that the smoking ban has been enforced for several years, many still struggle to withstand their cravings in public places. Many may choose to use e-cigarettes to help them quit but others just want to be able to smoke indoors again. So how can e-cigarettes help you defy the smoking ban? Continue reading

Public Health Now Further To The Left Than Cuba


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/F7Eqgeolzm4/public-health-now-further-to-left-than.html

Public Health Now Further To The Left Than CubaMyChoice Australia last month made a very salient observation about the current World Trade Organisation dispute surrounding plain packaging.

Tobacco producing nations, including the Dominican Republic and Cuba, argue that plain packaging laws create illegal obstacles to world trade.

Yes, Australia’s getting a lesson in free trade courtesy of communists.

Hardly surprising, really. If you were to view the Twitter feeds of Australian tobacco control execs recently, you could be forgiven for thinking that the election of mildly right of centre Tony Abbott as PM was akin to a return to sticking 10 year olds up chimneys and exiling petty criminals to, err, dustbowls on the opposite end of the world. Continue reading

Tragic Tuesday


by Dick Puddlecote
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Tragic Tuesday In light of the EU’s upcoming foolishness on Tuesday, this tweet couldn’t have been better constructed.

Whatever happens with e-cigs next week, thousands of vapers have learned that ‘public health’ is a financially & morally corrupt enterprise.
— Christopher Snowdon (@cjsnowdon) October 5, 2013

Not just vapers, either. Friends and relatives of vapers – and vaguely interested onlookers – will have been watching the insane campaign against e-cigs with a mixture of astonishment and disbelief at the shameful actions of a tobacco control industry which had previously captured their trust. On Tuesday, their belief will be beggared and that trust will be lost. Continue reading

Ireland To Ban Small Boxes


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/CrbiAGmC1jE/ireland-to-ban-small-boxes.html

Ireland To Ban Small Boxes Just when you thought the hare-brained idiots who back plain packaging couldn’t get more absurd …

In January down in Australia, we saw the hilarious response to Boxwraps, a company which created stickers that adult smokers could choose in order to hide sick government wet dream psycho gore porn. Continue reading

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Prejudice (1992), by Chris R. Tame Writing in The Sunday Times


THE SUNDAY TIMES • 18 OCTOBER 1992
Where there’s smoke there’s prejudice Preventing smokers from adopting or fostering would be a dangerous precedent, says libertarian CHRIS TAME

(Article scanned and corrected by Mike Moliver, September 2013)

In both the US and Europe, anti-smoking activists are increasingly describing smoking as a form of child abuse that should be prohibited. The new guidelines proposed for adoption organisations by Dr Marion Miles, chairman of the medical group of British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, include the idea of a ban on children being adopted or fostered by smokers.

As the director of the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST), I am appalled. Wearing my other hat, that of the director of the civil liberation group, the Libertarian Alliance, I regard this particular proposal as an ominous sign of the broader threat to civil liberties posed by “political correctness” as imposed by the Nanny State. Continue reading

Tobacco Control Industry Credibility Takes Another Nosedive


by Dick Puddlecote
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Tobacco Control Industry Credibility Takes Another Nosedive Something crackers from New Zealand this way comes.

Parents of newborn babies are being told to wear smoking jackets and not touch their child for up to half an hour after having a cigarette – to protect the babies from smoke residue.

Yep, the kid may be crawling towards an electric socket with a knitting needle, but keep well away in case they experience real danger.

[Counties Manukau smokefree programme manager Vicki Evans said] “We recommend parents wait at least 20 minutes and wash their hands before touching their baby after having a cigarette, and wear protective clothing which is then removed after smoking.”

Absurd, much?

However, a leading quit-smoking advocate says enforcing thirdhand smoke measures do little to protect children in the long run.

That’ll be because there is no such health danger as thirdhand smoke. Considering the evidence consists of a telephone poll; a study so corrupt in method that its authors should be relegated to flipping burgers for a living; and a press release by an anti-bacterial floor mop company; anyone who actually buys into the fantasy must be so idiotic as to also believe that there was once a World War 2 bomber on the moon … which then vanished.

This is how pathetically low tobacco control has sunk, with health service institutions being their version of an open mike comedy store. Next up, how fairies at the bottom of the garden can sprinkle magic dust on your baby to ease teething pain.

Good grief.VDmSSOGGeqI

Midlands Marvels


by Dick Puddlecote
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Midlands Marvels It’s more than likely that these pages will be sparse in the coming days as we Puddlecotes are on our hols. However – especially for Junican – I must report some encouraging e-cig sightings on our travels so far.

A couple with two kids vaping what looked like eGo Twists while driving a weathered red car through a safari park next to us; a woman throwing out some impressive vapour from a cig-alike at a theme park yesterday; and – most impressive of all this afternoon – a forty-something couple using tank systems in the gardens of Shakespeare’s birthplace while watching actors taking requests for favourite passages … just before we adjourned to a pub garden where, out of the six occupied tables, the tally was two with smokers, two with non-smokers and two with a combined total of four vapers. One even being advanced enough to be using a ‘mod’ which he stood on the table between puffs.

Now, I see quite a few e-cig users in and around Puddlecoteville, but the Midlands appear to be a thriving hotbed of e-cig revolution activity. Bravo!

What’s more, there was no perceivable reaction from anyone in their vicinity – it’s like e-cigs are now accepted as just another normal facet of life round here.

Hence, presumably, the recent furious drives to ban them and the accompanying lies and deceit, as reported by the Times today.

Health experts who recommended that the Government tighten the regulation of electronic cigarettes failed to declare their financial interests in Big Pharma’s rival products.

A panel of academics met twice to discuss licensing e-cigarettes before the medicines regulator decided this summer to classify them as medicines rather than as consumer products.

Against the wishes of much of the nascent e-cigarette industry, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ruled that e-cigarettes, which contain liquid nicotine and not tobacco, do not meet safety and quality standards.

At the meetings held at the MHRA’s London headquarters in May 2011 and January this year, the chairman asked the expert panel to declare any interests. Minutes of the meeting in 2011 obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act show that “no interests were declared by members”. However, some members of the panel worked as consultants for big pharmaceuticals companies and advised on nicotine.

And they try to tell us that the tobacco industry is corrupt? Sheesh.6XuTx6AxX5s

Failure Is Success; Real Success Must Be Banned


by Dick Puddlecote
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Failure Is Success; Real Success Must Be Banned On the same day that the BBC hailed the NHS stop-smoking service as its ‘jewel in the crown’ despite spending just under a billion smackers on an appalling success rate, comes this … also from the BBC.

Merthyr Town Football Club is to rename its ground the Cigg-e Stadium after its sponsor, an electronic cigarette firm.

Great! A company selling products with a far superior track record than patches and gum are giving something back to the local community. The story has win/win daubed in bright red paint all over it!

But a doctors’ professional body said the marketing, sale and promotion of E-cigarettes should be restricted.

Which makes said ‘doctors’ professional body’ a collection of repulsive monsters, in my opinion. But then, that’s precisely what we have come to expect from the BMA. Continue reading

Scottish Politician Invites Your Opinion


by Dick Puddlecote
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Scottish Politician Invites Your Opinion Mesmerised Scottish politician Jim Hume is planning to present a bill to the Jockish parliament to ban smoking in cars and wants to hear your opinions. As such, he has produced a consultation document which is all his own work and not in any way aided by tax sponging tobacco controllers. Nope, not at all.

You can read the whole thing here. Continue reading

Thoughts on Plain Packaging for Cigarettes


by David McDonagh

It is hard not to despair when one pays attention to current events or hears programmes like Any Questions on the radio or Question Time on TV. The latest idea is that blank cigarette packets might affect the smoking habits of people, maybe children. Why anyone would think such a thing is far from clear. But they are trying it out in Australia. Plans to copy it were delayed this week. Dianne Abbott said it was sacrificing health to the tobacco lobby. Continue reading

The disingenuous Anna Soubry MP


by His Grace The Devil
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Note: I had dealings with Anna Soubry in 1980. I thought then that she was a lying, opportunist bitch. SIG

 The disingenuous Anna Soubry MP Via Dick Puddlecote, Simon Clark has highlighted the flouting of Parliamentary scrutiny by Anna Soubry MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health, over the Tobacco Products EU Directive.

Yesterday public health minister Anna Soubry and Andrew Black, head of tobacco policy at the Department of Health, were summoned to attend a meeting of the European Scrutiny Committee which scrutinises draft EU legislation on behalf of the House of Commons.

According to its website, the Committee assesses which proposals are of particular political or legal importance. It then draws these proposals to the attention of the House through weekly Committee Reports and by recommending some draft legislation for debate.

Members (MPs) were unhappy they hadn’t been given the opportunity to scrutinise draft proposals to revise the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Reading between the lines, they were furious. Continue reading