Monthly Archives: January 2016

Dying Young, Aged 69

Haringey Director of Public Health (right) in BMJ: David Bowie has died. From cancer. So much outpouring of grief. And yes I participated, posting #RIPBowie tweets and reminiscing about seeing him in concert in Montreal as an 18 year old … Continue reading

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Smoking Bans Deterring Patients?

H/T Nisakiman for this story: The sudden drop in clients at Maple Leaf Farm coincided with the implementation of a Vermont Health Department policy requiring residential drug treatment centers to be tobacco-free. Intended as a step toward improving public health … Continue reading

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Zika Virus

Guardian: The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus, which is linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America. “Last year the disease was detected in the Americas, where … Continue reading

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Too Much And Too Little Inequality

It used to be last thing at night, but these days, I seem to have my most interesting ideas first thing in the morning. And I think that maybe it’s because when I first wake up in the morning my … Continue reading

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I Once Sat Down

H/T Harley for this letter from Scotland: I NOTE with interest the letter (January 20) from Ash Scotland chief executive Sheila Duffy in response to my own (January 19). The anti-smoking lobby have long denied those who smoke the ability to … Continue reading

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Shattered Communities Everywhere

H/T Bill Gibson on Facebook for something I don’t remember noticing 4 months ago. 25 September 2015 A UKIP MEP has told the party’s conference the ban on smoking in public places in England has “damaged more communities than the … Continue reading

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The Active Ingredient In Smoke Is Smoke

H/T NYC CLASH, I’m occasionally reminded of Lauren Colby’s In Defense of Smokers. It was probably one of the first things I read online in favour of smoking. His was a voice of sanity. I quite often quote the last sentence … Continue reading

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