Monthly Archives: January 2015

Skinflint Billionaires

Via Zero Hedge: A new Oxfam report indicating that the wealthiest one per cent possesses about half of the world’s wealth has left the richest people in the world “reeling with disappointment,” a leading billionaire said on Tuesday. Speaking to … Continue reading

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Turmoil in the Markets

I don’t know about anyone else, but there seem to me to be a lot of things happening in the money world. The price of oil has crashed to something less than $50 a barrel, making fracking and North Sea … Continue reading

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Drop Dead Willya

Since Charlie Hebdo, I’ve been fooling around with ideas for cartoons. One simple, re-usable one is a silhouette smoker watching TV, and responding to it in some way. The example below is a prototype cartoon, with the figure on the … Continue reading

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Embracing Inevitability

Dexter Gordon by Herman Leonard: From the other side of the pond, an update on New Orleans‘ proposed smoking ban, H/T Magnetic: After listening to all of Wednesday night’s speakers, the full City Council will take up the issue at … Continue reading

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What are the Psychological Effects of Smoking Bans?

H/T Rose: “NHS chiefs have sparked outrage by banning smoking within the grounds of all the mental health facilities in East Lancashire. It means patients detained under the Mental Health Act are forced to abstain from smoking during the course … Continue reading

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Smoking Ban – A growth killer nobody notices

Another article by Klaus K in Denmark, this time about the fall in private consumption after the introduction of the Danish smoking ban in 2007. I noted the same thing in the UK in the ISIS survey.   Smoking ban … Continue reading

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Illustration

The Charlie Hebdo affair started me thinking about cartoons, and how powerful they can be. Back when I was 15 years old, after getting hold of American D.C. comics in Rio de Janeiro (they were unavailable in the UK), my … Continue reading

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Anti-Advertising

I’ve been thinking about advertising. And in particular I’ve been thinking about two memorable UK ads from the past. The first one had a jingle which went: A million housewives every day Pick up a tin of beans and say, … Continue reading

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Has the ban stopped people smoking?

A few days back Dick Puddlecote emailed me a link to Does Shunning Smokers Motivate Them To Quit? The article, published last Friday, started in the usual prescribed manner: Smoking is an unhealthy habit and we all know the health risks of … Continue reading

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We’d Like Liberty and Tolerance Too

There’s an illiberal and intolerant smoking ban in France too. So after coming across a headline in the Guardian which read: ‘France will shout its love for liberty and tolerance.’ I did this:

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