Tag Archives: Tobacco Control

Accelerating Loss of Faith?

It’s the Tobacco Control playbook. You hype up the dangers of tobacco. And then you hype them some more. You keep on hyping until everyone’s terrified of tobacco. Then you do the same thing with something else. Global warming, Coronavirus. … Continue reading

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Unthinkable

Breitbart: Study: Smokers Appear Less Likely to Be Hospitalised with COVID-19 There’s a certain incredulity expressed: It makes intuitive sense that smoking ought to exacerbate a respiratory infection such as coronavirus. Indeed, earlier reports in the mainstream media reflected this view when … Continue reading

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The Ever-Turning Wheel Of Fortune

Courtesy of Roobeedoo: During the ‘Great Plague of London’, which was part of the same Eurasian pandemic that began with the ‘Black Death’ 400 years earlier, 100,000 people or 20% of the population of London died. Strangely, authorities are said … Continue reading

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Things That Matter, and Things That Don’t Matter

Lionel has a good question: “So, with the threat of international epidemics, anyone want to talk about transgender bathrooms?” Plastic straws then? Plastic bags? Personal pronouns? These are all things that don’t really matter. The coronavirus epidemic, he reckons, will … Continue reading

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Before and After-Smoke

Daily Mail: Cigarette butts still emit harmful chemicals for at least a week after they have been stubbed out, experts have found. Researchers warn ‘after smoke’ could damage health due to the ‘significant’ level of airborne nicotine coming from butts. … Continue reading

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How Long Before They Drag in Global Warming?

I was wondering how long it was going to take before the Coronavirus epidemic got linked to Global Warming and Brexit. Not very long at all. Today’s Observer editorial: From the spread of zoonotic viruses to the growing threat of … Continue reading

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Imaginary Threats Everywhere

Velvet Glove Iron Fist: The deadly coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in China and has now spread to the USA is the biggest global public health threat we have seen for some years. Naturally, therefore, the World Health Organisation spent yesterday putting … Continue reading

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We Need A New Solzhenitsyn

A few days ago I was listening to the historian Stephen Kotkin talking about the importance of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of The Gulag Archipelago, and it prompted me to think that there needs to be a Solzhenitsyn to write about … Continue reading

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WE GOT OUR AIRPORTS BACK

Guest post by Dmitry Kosyrev There were still no smoking rooms in the Domodedovo airport near Moscow when I was flying away from Russia in early January, but soon they’ll be reopened after seven years’ absence. The amendment to the … Continue reading

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Them and Us

Yesterday I posted without comment a partial transcript of Martin Durkin’s remarks during a Spiked! discussion. Today I’ll add a few of my own comments. I think the main thing that stood out for me was the suggestion that there … Continue reading

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