The Black Lung Lie got nearly 1000 hits today from Russia via An Antismoking Terror by Michael Pozharsky. I’m usually lucky to get just one hit from Russia most days. I suppose it’s because, with a phased smoking ban being introduced, Russians are waking up to what’s happening. Anyway, translate.google does a surprisingly readable job on the article.
In other news…
Opinion poll reveals Ukip is second to Tories in key seats
SUPPORT for the UK Independence Party has soared in the Tory heartlands, an opinion poll revealed last night.
Research in four key Conservative constituencies showed that backing for the anti-Brussels party has rocketed to nearly 30 per cent since the last general election.
In three out of four, Ukip is now in second place behind the Tories.
The data, published by polling firm Survation, is likely to further raise concerns among many Tory MPs about the rise of Ukip. In Great Yarmouth, support for the party has risen from five to 30 per cent. In Folkestone and Hythe, the increase was from five to 28 per cent.
Guido Fawkes has more.
A study conducted by researchers at ETH Zurich has concluded that the high levels of Vitamin B3 (known as niacin) in this meat could help you live longer.
To test this, Energy Metabolism Professor Michael Ristow fed roundworms a dose of niacin, discovering that they lived one-tenth longer than those who went without. The vitamin is also rich in the likes of Marmite, paprika, peanuts and sun-dried tomatoes. This is surprisingly contrary to what scientiests believed, because the standard assumption has been that niacin promotes the formation of “free radicals,” causing faster ageing.
An antioxidant-rich diet has been contradicted by Ristow’s findings, which shows that niacin “tricks the body into believing that it is exercising,” perfect for any particularly lazy individual.
I love bacon. Never knew there was any niacin in it though. Cigarettes are also a source of niacin, also known as nicotinic acid.
Leg-iron explains how a simple oxidation reaction is all you need to turn nicotine into nicotinic acid.
Coffee and cigarettes may help protect against liver disease, according to a new study. Norwegian researchers at Oslo University have discovered that caffeine and nicotine consumption can delay and prevent the Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) — a rare disease of the bile ducts in the liver.
On Monday, the top European economic consultants, London Economics, released the first comprehensive study measuring smoking rates in Australia since plain packaging was introduced. The new data collected by the study’s lead researcher, Gavan Conlon, finds the smoking rate has remained unchanged.
And finally Estas Tonne, virtuoso guitarist: