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Scott Gottlieb Resigns

According to several commenters this NYTimes article is apparently unlinkable and unviewable behind its paywall, and the comments under it are shocking. I had no trouble reading it though. So, as a public service, here’s most of the thing, with … Continue reading

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The Fallout Hypothesis Revisited Again

The Fallout Hypothesis of lung cancer re-appeared in the comments yesterday, provoking an interesting discussion. The idea, in part, was that men got lung cancer more often than women because men spent more time outdoors under a rain of radioactive … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Sally

These days we live in a world in which we are being told that everything is poisonous. It started with tobacco. We’ve been being told for about 100 years that tobacco companies are “merchants of death”. We’ve been being told … Continue reading

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Hyper-cleanliness

In Barcelona, 10 or 20 years ago, I used to wander around the the district of Esplugues de Llobregat on foot, going from bar to cafe to restaurant to bar, having a beer in one, a coffee in another. I … Continue reading

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Health Headlines

Health headlines I found on Google news today: I found all these headlines somehow rather disturbing. The idea of health checks (first headline) bothers me these days, because in the past you used to go and tell doctors that you … Continue reading

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The Dialectics of Smoking

I’ve always supposed that the prevalence of smoking increased in 1914 in response to the outbreak of war, and the increased anxiety that must always be attendant in wartime. Soldiers must necessarily experience considerable anxiety, but so also to a … Continue reading

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The Nazi Origins of Tobacco Control

I’ve been thinking this morning that the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was the culmination of a very long slow process, and not any sort of new and surprising revolution. For the war on smoking has been going … Continue reading

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