Tag Archives: Politics

EPA Purge

Via Audrey Silk: Eleven new members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board have a history of downplaying the health risks of secondhand smoke, air pollution and other hazards, including two who have spun science for tobacco companies, according … Continue reading

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No More Doctor’s Orders

What is the optimum size for a state? That rather Socratic question came to mind this morning as I considered the Catalonian crisis, which rumbled on over the weekend with approaching one million demonstrators on the streets of Barcelona. Eight … Continue reading

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A Surprise Reverse for Tobacco Control

Hat-tip Tony: “Good news from Austria. ‘In health negotiations, the FPÖ insists on a repeal of smoking bans. “ and Strache einigt sich mit Kurz Koalitions-Deal: Aus für Rauchverbot In den Gesundheitsverhandlungen beharrt FPÖ auf Rücknahme des Rauchverbots. Some background: … Continue reading

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Continuing My Protest Against UK Prison Smoking Bans

My response to the recent email from my MP about UK prison smoking bans: Dear  X, Thank you for your email of 26 October with its appended letter from the Ministry of Justice. However I am not reassured. What disturbed … Continue reading

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The Fashionable and the Unfashionable

I was trying to think this morning what had happened to get lots of people to get scared not just of smoking, but also scared of tobacco smoke. It was something that happened very slowly, in my experience. I lived … Continue reading

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Big States Versus Small States

In the news yesterday: Just minutes after the Catalan government voted for Independence from Spain, with a former Decision of Independence likely to follow momentarily, over in Madrid wasted no time in responding, and moments ago, with 214 for and … Continue reading

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Representative Government

I’m getting rather impressed with my current Conservative MP. I can’t say the same about any of my previous MPs. The first time I ever wrote to one, he sent me a more or less one line reply saying that … Continue reading

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