DP and David Walker both emailed me today asking me to publicize a new e-petition asking to relax the smoking ban. I’ve put in a link to it in the margin (having at last figured out how to put stuff in the margin). I publicized another petition recently. I doubt either will have any effect, but it doesn’t take long to fill out the form. David Walker has also got a petition to Stop Government Funding Of ASH.
Klaus K also emailed me with a Google translation of an article about how Czech smokers put in 10 times more in tax than they take out in medical treatment.
“We spend annually about 6 billion dollars (2 billion Danish kroner) in treatment of smoking related diseases in the Czech Republic, while the tax on tobacco products bring the Treasury about 60 billion (20 billion Danish kroner),” Leon said Heger.
I think the equivalent UK figure is about 3 times more. And probably even more, since the price always seems to be going up.
Michael Siegel has an article about how graphic warning labels have no effect.
1. There was no observed effect of the graphic warning labels on cigarette smoking prevalence.
2. There was no observed effect of the warning labels on cigarette consumption.
3. There was no observed effect of the warning labels on smoking reduction (measured as forgoing cigarettes due to the warning labels).
That won’t stop them putting them on anyway.
And Libyan rebels seem to have overrun Gaddafi’s Tripoli headquarters. So unless he pops up in front of TV cameras like his son Saif did last night, it does look like he’s pretty much been ousted.