Oh what a lovely war’ – on reason itself
Harry's Blog 54: Lies, damn lies and public health misinformation

A disturbing proportion of the US population believe it’s the nicotine in cigarettes that causes cancer. This was the result of an analysis of FDA 2017 Health Information Trend Survey data...continue...

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2018-01-19 , vapetrotter.com
37,191 vape stores in 106 countries
Friday, March 23, 2018
SCOTT GOTTLIEB, the thoughtful head of America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has had a busy first year. [...] There is one thing he and his regulatory agency are doing less of, however—regulating. New rules were at a 20-year low in 2017, according to analysts at PwC, a consultancy. Instead, the FDA is providing more guidance to industry. This approach, Mr Gottlieb hopes, will help pharmaceutical firms in America develop drugs more efficiently. [...]
Friday, March 23, 2018
NSW smokers who want to quit are being recruited to take part in a world-first trial comparing two smoking cessation medications – a natural plant extract, cytisine, and the prescription medicine, varenicline. [...] “This is a great opportunity for smokers in NSW to receive free quit medication, support and advice, to help them quit smoking for good,” said trial leader Dr Ryan Courtney.
Friday, March 23, 2018
It seems unfair of the US public health organisation Truth Initiative to single out Netflix for special censure in a new report on depictions of on-screen smoking. The study found that “79% of the shows most popular with young people aged 15-24 depict smoking prominently”. It isn’t that there is no cause for concern here. The US surgeon general has said: “Youths who are heavily exposed to onscreen smoking imagery [...]
Friday, March 23, 2018
It looks like the Trump administration has finally found a business it doesn't like. Amid a far-ranging push to deregulate American companies — from payday lenders to internet service providers — Trump has singled out Big Tobacco as the one industry he intends to crack down on. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced it will push ahead with a plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes. [...]
Friday, March 23, 2018
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration, along with Punjab and Haryana, to ban e-cigarettes , which carry nicotine. While issuing the notice, the court also observed that the youth of today has been indulging into new kinds and forms of addictions, which earlier generation hadn't even heard of. The court observed that this trend is growing at an alarming rate and tackling this issue should be on priority list.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
E-cigarattes are posing new challenges to anti-smoking campaigners in Hong Kong. A survey by the Census and Statistics Department, done between June and September 2017, shows that more citizens have tried electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products, compared to a survey in 2015. The number of daily e-cigarette users was 5,700 persons in 2017, [...]
Thursday, March 22, 2018
According to FDA regulations, no new vaping products should have been released on the market without a PMTA (Pre-Market Tobacco Authorization) after August 2016. However, research carried out by ECigIntelligence, indicates that since then, a significant amount of unauthorized new vaping products have been launched. “There appears to be some disconnect between product authorization and product availability. [...]
Monday, 19 March
A disturbing proportion of the US population believe it’s the nicotine in cigarettes that causes cancer. This was the result of an analysis of FDA 2017 Health Information Trend Survey data conducted by Pinney Associates and presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s 24th annual meeting in February.
Monday, 12 March
I know there are some readers of this blog who are unfamiliar with the happy-go-lucky world of international tobacco control. Here is a snippet of back story. Derek Yach was formerly an important...
Monday, 05 March
A quick check on Google Images will throw up (no pun intended) posters like these while YouTube will oblige with doom-laden videos about the iniquities of vaping. Which naturally started me thinking...
Tuesday, 20 February
This week’s must-read cones from the ever-insightful Carl Phillips who has written a superb demolition of the latest piece of suspect science from the parallel universe of Planet Glantz. The Prof...
Monday, 12 February
So here is my half century blog post. Thanks for all the positive feedback. The cheques are in the post. Sorry I don’t do online banking. Snus is banned across the EU, except in Sweden. Swedish...
Wednesday, 14 March

Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough - ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ - which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.

Monday, 12 March

In the Orwell classic Animal Farm there was a binary notion that the animals lived by

Monday, 02 October

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence

Friday, 29 September

We already know the benefits to a smoker when they leave smoking

Tuesday, 29 August

Scientists appeal for conducting India centric research before deciding on any hasty