Daily Archives: 21 January, 2013

When Is A Straight Line Not A Straight Line?

by Dick Puddlecote

Note: I heard this story on the Today programme and thought it was a lie. My thanks to Dick for nailing it. SIG

When Is A Straight Line Not A Straight Line? I don’t know where the usual half-wits who put their name to BBC website smoking articles have disappeared to, they seem to have been rather quiet of late. As such, today’s breathless paraphrasing of a classic case of tobacco control industry ‘science by press release’ was left to Adam Brimelow to present.

There was a sharp fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with severe asthma after smoke-free legislation was introduced in England, say researchers.

A study showed a 12% drop in the first year after the law to stop smoking in enclosed public places came into force.

Well, actually, it didn’t but I’ll come to that later. Continue reading