Monthly Archives: October 2013

A New Public Health Time Bomb

Guess what it is this time. Smoking? Alcohol? Diet? Nope, none of them. It’s unemployed youth: Young people who are not in employment or education in Britain are “a public health time bomb waiting to explode,” the World Health Organisation … Continue reading

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Naughty,… But Nice

Chris Snowdon has a post up on Spiked with a nicely paradoxical title: The Disease of ‘Public Health’: It is not a novel observation to note that health has taken the place of religion in modern society. It can scarcely … Continue reading

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I Absolutely Loved It Immediately.

For a change, here’s somebody else writing about smoking: Tom Schilb. It starts: Sometimes, I remember what my real purpose is in this world. It is to defy conventional thinking, standards and norms at all costs. I don’t trust in … Continue reading

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Big Pharma as Organised Crime

Ex-BMJ editor Richard Smith’s preface to a book by Peter Gøtzsche, the head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, entitled Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare –  a book about the failures of the whole system of … Continue reading

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Profit Isn’t a Dirty Word

I only watched a few minutes of Jeremy Paxman’s interview of the tiresome Russell Brand. But I heard the bit which the Adam Smith Institute picked up, where Brand says: ‘David Cameron says profit isn’t a dirty word, well I say … Continue reading

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.

They must be crazy. They must have a death wish. H/T Harley, France Mulls Scented Candle Ban: After recent health-driven moves to tax or restrict the use of energy drinks, artificial sweeteners and electronic cigarettes, French health authorities have now … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need No Tobacco Control

I probably would have agreed with Simon Clark ten years ago. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t believe there should be some degree of tobacco control, whether it involves marketing, age restrictions or places where you can smoke. To that … Continue reading

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