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We get the message: smoking is bad for you. Now leave fag packets alone

3 April 2014 23:31

What form do you reckon the government’s consultation on cigarette packaging is going to take? Given that health minister Jane Ellison has said that the government’s intention is clear and… Continue reading

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Smoking in cars is banned. The state’s next stop is your living room

11 February 2014 19:36

How the hell do we keep the kids quiet in the car now that we can’t subdue them with tobacco smoke? I suppose we’ll have to resort to slipping a… Continue reading

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Luciana Berger could feasibly push bans on smoking in other places where children are present after last night's vote.

David Cameron has set a precedent on smoking in cars with children

11 February 2014 12:36

What next after Luciana Berger’s victory from the opposition benches on smoking in cars with children? Yesterday MPs were making all sorts of dire warnings in the House of Commons… Continue reading

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MPs back smoking ban – but Justice Secretary opposes ‘unenforceable’ law

10 February 2014 21:35

So is the ban on smoking in cars with children, backed by MPs this evening by 376 votes to 107 against, a good idea? As James observed earlier, it is fascinating… Continue reading

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A step too far for the nanny state?

Could smoking around children be made illegal in the near future?

10 February 2014 17:21

The most remarkable thing about the ban on smoking in cars when children are present, which will pass the Commons later today, is how quickly minds have changed. There’ll be… Continue reading

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Is it better to ban smoking in cars containing children than in pubs?

3 February 2014 16:39

Whenever you cross from Washington, DC into the state of Virginia, you’re met with a sign saying ‘Buckle up Virginia, it’s a law we can live with’. The sign is… Continue reading

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A car is a private space. The state should not be telling people what they can and can't do in private space. (Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

I’m no friend of fags. But this proposed ban on smoking in cars is perilous

29 January 2014 12:57

As a child, I was not a good traveller. The mere scent of a car interior – possibly the plastic seats, maybe the closed atmosphere, probably the whiff of petrol –… Continue reading

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Caught Smoking

Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians, things have instead gone badly right. I look at them… Continue reading

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Plans for plain packaging of cigarettes have taken a step forward today. Photo: PA.

Plain packaging of cigarettes is based on pseudoscience and speculation

28 November 2013 16:05

It has been a bad week for smokers. In yet another skirmish in the war against the vice, it was announced late last night that the British government is pressing… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Cigarettes and alcohol and Lynton Crosby

17 July 2013 16:28

Cigs and booze. These issues dominated PMQs today. Ed Miliband tried to portray the PM as a puppet of ‘Big Tobacco’ whose decision not to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes… Continue reading

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The bossy state shouldn’t stop us buying cigarettes with pleasing packaging

7 March 2013 14:48

The Government’s bid to make Britain that little bit more like Australia, in a bad way, by requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain white packaging may well be announced… Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Gruel: The Government-Health-Security Complex Invades Your Kitchen - Spectator Blogs

5 January 2013 14:11

Addressing the American people for the final time as President, Dwight Eisenhower warned that: This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the… Continue reading

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Are you ready for 'Stoptober'? Image: Getty.

Fag Burns

10 September 2012 16:35

It sounds like an episode of The Thick of It: the government is ploughing ahead with its naff “Stoptober” initiative. Next month the country’s eight million smokers will be encouraged… Continue reading

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Smokers Face Historic Tobacco Tax Increase

A smoke to liberty

28 June 2012 13:15

On the eve of the smoking ban five years ago, hundreds of liberty lovers came together to rebel and enjoy one last night of freedom. A reunion was held on… Continue reading

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What’s Next: Plain Packaging for Booze?

27 March 2012 14:13

Hats-off to Dick Puddlecote and Chris Snowdon for being quick to notice the latest absurdity being considered by the Commons health select committee: plain packaging for alcohol. Yes, really. The… Continue reading

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Yes, the NHS Must Treat Fat Folk

27 March 2012 2:08

A truly repellent piece by Cristina Odone in the Telegraph in which she argues for NHS-rationing by liefestyle and wealth. That’s not quite how she puts it, for sure, but… Continue reading

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The Cost of Living Like This

21 March 2012 16:05

Brother Jones and Fraser and Pete have already given you some of the useful charts from today’s budget. But the truth of this budget can be summarised quite simply: Everyone… Continue reading

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How Lobbying Works, Part XCII

13 March 2012 10:55

Today’s Independent has an interesting demonstration of the insidious influence of lobbying. This is how it’s done, people: The independence of a Government adviser on red tape appointed by David… Continue reading

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Can the Dutch Government Really Be Abandoning Smokers to Their Fate?

13 December 2011 16:30

Let us hope they are. A wailing letter to the editors of the Lancet, signed by Stanton Glantz and other anti-tobacco fanatics, complains that the Dutch government "is all but… Continue reading

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A ban on smoking in cars should be unthinkable

16 November 2011 14:30

It’s tempting to respond to the BMA’s extraordinary proposal to ban smoking in cars with a Thin End of the Wedge argument. Ban smoking even on the part of an… Continue reading

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Junk Tobacco Science: Tar Heel Edition

15 November 2011 11:26

As always, I commend Chris Snowdon’s blog, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist to you as among the very best places for common sense on tobacco issues. His latest post offers a… Continue reading

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Lady Nicotine and the Fat Wars

29 June 2011 14:06

Well, whaddyaknow, turns out that a rise in obesity is one of the costs of government-sponsored attempts to make smoking tobacco less appealing. Swings and roundabouts. Acording to Chris Snowdon,… Continue reading

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Tobacco and the Laffer Curve

10 March 2011 0:11

Lefties like to think the Laffer Curve never applies; righties are too fond of thinking it must apply to any tax in almost any circumstances. Both views are mistaken. Cutting… Continue reading

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Lucky Strikes in the War on Terror

15 December 2010 1:27

Yesterday I suggested that the War on Smoking should be considered one theatre in the War on Drugs. Silly me for forgetting that it’s actually a subset of the War… Continue reading

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Swings and Roundabouts in the Great, Endless Drug War

14 December 2010 17:17

There’s good and bad news this month. The disappointing news is that the latest surveys suggest only one in five American high schoolers smokes tobacco even occasionally. The good news… Continue reading

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