Monthly Archives: February 2016

Blind Heartless Bastards

New England Journal of Medicine: Three quarters of homeless adults smoke cigarettes. The substantial health consequences of tobacco use among homeless people have been documented, but less is known about the financial effects of tobacco use in this population. From April through … Continue reading

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Obama in Russian Antismoking Ads

Moscow Times: Anti-smoking posters in Moscow have used the image of U.S. President Barack Obama smoking to deter smokers — saying that both he and cigarettes are killers. The poster has a photoshopped image of the U.S. president and the … Continue reading

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Hollywood Kills

H/T Michael McFadden: They really, really want to keep people’s attention on lifestyle medicine: eating, drinking, smoking, and sex. I guess they had a bad experience with Ebola, which grabbed the world’s attention away from lifestyle medicine for a few … Continue reading

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Prisons, Disbelief, and Zika

A reminder that smoking bans are being introduced in UK prisons: Smoking is currently allowed only in prison cells and exercise yards, but the government intends to ban smoking in all indoor areas across the 136 prisons in England and … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem – 4

Independent: Saudi Arabia is sending troops and fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik military base ahead of a possible ground invasion of Syria. The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, confirmed the deployment in a statement to the Yeni Şafak newspaper on Saturday, days … Continue reading

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The Faltering War on Smoking

National Post: The tobacco endgame: Radical proposals part of strategy to win faltering war on smoking I’m very glad to hear it’s faltering. In the faltering war against cigarettes, the latest battle cries are eye openers: prohibit smoking for anyone … Continue reading

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Stuff I Noticed Today

Telegraph: Russia warned of “a new world war” starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces. Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states backing different factions in … Continue reading

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My EU Referendum Cynicism

Express: Government assumed that British people would vote to remain in EU DOWNING Street is panicking over the EU referendum because the government’s assumptions that voters would overwhelmingly back the remain side have been proven completely wrong, it has been … Continue reading

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Substance Users

H/T Audrey Silk for this NYT piece on the hospital treatment of “substance users”: We are their doctors and nurses, their parents, their arresting officers, parole officers, judge and jury. Needless to say, we are not trained for the last five … Continue reading

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Vlogging

“Vlogging” is a new word I’ve been encountering recently, and so today I went and found out a bit more about it. Vlogging is video blogging, where people post up videos. Here’s one. I don’t think it’s something I could … Continue reading

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