Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Curious Error

A week or so back I came across a biography of Sir Richard Doll. It was a very interesting read, but I didn’t have time to read the whole thing, so I only got part of the way through it. … Continue reading

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New Lighters and Microtabs

I think I’m a bit slow. A year back, I came across a new kind of lighter in my local tobacconist. Most lighters produce a yellow flame. But this one produced a thin blue blowtorch flame. I thought it was … Continue reading

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EU Crisis / Tobacco Plants

The EU crisis seems to only get deeper and deeper. Last week Greece debts doubled. The situation in Portugal is gradually heading further and further downhill. The Portuguese people have put up with one draconian package after another – with … Continue reading

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Obesity Control

H/T Harley for this 2010 NYT article. When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation decided in 1991 to take on Joe Camel, it became the nation’s largest private funding source for fighting smoking. The foundation spent $700 million to help knock … Continue reading

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A Warning from Vaclav Klaus

In the Telegraph: The new push for a European Union federation, complete with its own head of state and army, is the “final phase” of the destruction of democracy and the nation state, the president of the Czech Republic has … Continue reading

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Insignificance

Simon Clark today (my emphasis added): The problem is, freedom means very different things to different people. One of my favourite films is The Lives of Others which highlights the surveillance activities of the Stasi in East Germany in the 1980s. I … Continue reading

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Switzerland Snubs Tobacco Control

Great news (which you all know, of course) The Swiss decisively rejected an initiative that would have resulted in a UK-style total smoking ban throughout Switzerland. Only 34% of voters were in favour. It’s perhaps simply a reflection of what happens when … Continue reading

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