Category Archives: Smoking

The Sham Plain Packs Consultation and Andrew Black

I hope you have you have been able to catch my piece in The Commentator on minimum priced alcohol and the plain cigarette packets. If not here it is. The government is wasting our money; Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP’s … Continue reading

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Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are proved wrong again

Five years after the smoking ban in England, the desire to reintroduce  smoking in pubs remains as high as ever. I will let the Publican’s Morning Advertiser take up the story. “An exclusive survey of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser readership … Continue reading

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“Plans for plain packaging of cigarettes are a charter for organised crime and a danger to our children”

So says Peter Sheridan is a former Assistant Chief Constable of Northern Ireland. In an article in the Daily Mail he concludes by saying: “This well-meaning proposal, intended to make more of our young people safe and healthy, will actually … Continue reading

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Robert E. Madden, M.D. “My opposition (to smoking bans) is due to loss of individual freedom and abuse of scientific fact.” Hat tip Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius runs the excellent and is an  industrial / Commercial Air Filtration Engineer.  I will also add later that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration who are responsible for “The department of the US government with the responsibility … Continue reading

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Criminologist: “Crime will flow from tobacco rules,” cocaine wars and “The End Game”

This is a bit of a round up of the news. Firstly the European Union has been warned by Professor Ernesto Savona.  Savona is professor of criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and the director of … Continue reading

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Sir George Godber and passive smoking, update hat tip Rose

Rose in the comments has nailed it.  It seems that Godber never said these words verbatim: “..foster an atmosphere where it was perceived that active smokers would injure those around them, especially their family and infants or young children who … Continue reading

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Sir George Godber and passive smoking

It was claimed that the late Sir George Godber, the former British Chief Medical Officer (equivalent of the American Surgeon General) started the dubious claims of the harm of second hand smoke, (SHS), passive smoke or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) … Continue reading

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Plain packaged cannabis consumption overtakes tobacco for American teenagers

On Fox News it was reported that: “A government survey shows more teens are now smoking pot than cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 23 percent of high school students said they recently smoked marijuana, … Continue reading

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The University of Sydney and the history of plain packaging for cigarette packets

Professor Simon Chapman has published on the University of Sydney’s website the timeline leading up to the Australian plain packs ban. As there is no real link I have cut and pasted it into my blog. It is always nice … Continue reading

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The Australian public is sceptical on plain packaging

This poll published by the Institute of Public Affairs is Australia’s premier free market think tank. Founded in 1943 it is “..dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom.” Their poll published in October 2011 asked … Continue reading

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