Archive | March, 2014

A Tobacco Control Timeline

29 Mar

Frank Davis

I was going to post the following last night, but got distracted.

I’ve drawn a map of the advance of Tobacco Control ‘army’ over the past 60 years or so.


The campaign starts in 1950 with the publication of Doll and Hill’s London Hospitals study and Wynder and Graham’s US study, and another US one whose name I forget, all linking smoking cigarettes with lung cancer (1). Doll and Hill follow up by starting the British Doctors study, which was to keep publishing results for the next 50 years.

The next phase in the campaign sees the launch of the secondhand smoke threat (2) by Sir George Godber et al. in about 1975, and this steadily gathers momentum over the next 25 years.

I’m not sure when thirdhand smoke (3) was invented, but I’ve placed it at about 2000. And by fourthhand smoke (4) I’m thinking of nicotine vapour.


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The classic thought experiment…

21 Mar

Save e-cigs

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Guest post from Christopher Snowdon, Author, writer of ‘ Velvet Glove, Iron Fist‘ blog and Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

It is my contention that the anti-smoking lobby, like the public health lobby in general, is made up of three groups: those who are genuinely concerned about health, those who hate industry, and those who are old-fashioned puritans. Until recently, I would have added a fourth group – those who hate the smell of tobacco smoke, but they are becoming increasingly redundant in ‘smokefree’ countries. A good prima facie case for this contention can be made by studying the anti-smoking movements that arose sporadically between the seventeenth century and the 1930s, ie. before there was clear evidence of negative health effects. Many of these pre-modern anti-smoking groups were quite overtly rooted in religious and moral traditions. A hatred of ‘vice’ is a feature of all…

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The Power of Headlines

20 Mar

Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

20 Mar

Personally I don’t commit acts of violence, I may be addicted to nicotine, but unlike alcoholics, cocaine-crack and her0in, I don’t know of any smokers or neo vapers who commit crimes for this enjoyment of smoking or vaping?  Sin taxes supposedly due to health risks, unfortunately, that is opinion and it is not SCIENCE.  This is victimization of one consumer those that use nicotine.  Black Markets started with alcohol prohibition and I guess they just never get it.


A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation.

According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New York—the highest importer of smuggled cigarettes—originated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per pack.

Cigarette taxes rose in 30 states and the District of Columbia between 2006 and 2012. Hiking tobacco taxes has been shown to make a dent in smoking rates—in particular among younger smokers—but also creates sometimes sharp state-to-state price differentials that incentivize illegal smuggling.

The state with the highest…

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Same E-cig Toxins in Human Breath

19 Mar

Frank Davis

H/T Harley for this report:

…people might be surprised to learn that the human body adds to the air pollution by emitting volatile compounds with each exhaled breath.

One study done at Los Angeles universities studied these toxic compounds in human breath and found five specific carcinogens in trace amounts: acetone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, butanone, and isoprene. While these toxins are lurking in the air everyday, lawmakers argue that e-cigs must be banned because they are exposing the public to these same chemicals. In reality, the very toxins in ecig vapor are going to be found in human breath whether the person is blowing out vapor or simply exhaling.

The report cites one study with a list of exhaled VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds):


For me, this raises the question of whether environmental e-cig vapour is exhaled vapour, in which case the above listed compounds may well have been added during…

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A time of Austerity?

18 Mar

A time of Austerity?.


16 Mar

From across the pond, excuse me.  First I’d like to say, I am in favor of Electronic Cigarettes and yes they will replace smoking but not if their shoved down people throats via threats and castagation tactics, worse yet the TPD who has doctored the dose of nicotine, that would make vaping unsatisfying.  I am a 100% involved with advocacy for promoting the usage of all electronic cigarettes and they don’t need promotion, they work by smokers socializing with smokers who change over to vaping and share openly how great it is to save money and save their lives too.  I own nothing, I am not involved financially in any manner with  sales of Electronic Cigarettes.  I am a member of the Vaping Militia and (Consumer Activists For Safer Alternatives Association).  I realise that our governments operate differently.  Socialised medicine may be a whole other animal, as to what we are fighting to maintain here in the USA that being the freedom of choice, even if the choice is to smoke, drink or eat the wrong foods and not exercise enough.  I was attracted to vaping in May 2010.  That is almost 4 years and in this time as an advocate, I have socially connected with vapers all over the world, but in the United States millions at least 4 million vapers have quit smoking voluntarily by their own idea and their own choice.  Smoking bans, and criminalisation of smokers has not played a role in why people have turned to vaping. economics mostly, the cost of the taxation is tatamount to a war crime.  If it is ever truly exposed that Governments have systematically lied and have supported lies about 2nd hand smoke in order to tax, demonize, ostracize, and now penalise smokers, one particular consumer group so very very unfairly and too such a degree that it’s the governments that are criminal and have spread fears,  false science to the populations and have effectively created a hate campaign against people enjoying their emancipated status of freedom as adults.  You seem to have the idea, that Electronic Cigarettes don’t sell themselves, well how can they, when the EU conveniently has banned advertising for them, and usage bans on where to use Electronic Cigarettes.  Big Pharma needs to shrink I realize thats heiracy, blasphemy for the simple reasoning, why do health professionals think that people like health professionals in their lives so much (TOO much) eh?  While the move to de-normalisation of smoking is the loud trumphet call of the Tobacco Control Zealots, why do you behave so contradictory to you purpose and while de-normalising smoking you replacing it by normalising illness and the need for dependency on Public Health?  Adults like to feel like the masters of their own lives, whether anyone else approves as long as it hurts no one else and SECOND HAND SMOKE will be judged someday soon we will see to it as non-science, lies a propoganda billion dollar criminal act performed by those who profitted from it!