tobacco

The UN’s warning to Syrian smokers is beyond parody

14 June 2016 17:01

You really can’t make this stuff up. With hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions fleeing for their lives,…

Vapers deserve to be angry – they are under attack

10 June 2015 18:09

There is a perception – on Twitter at least – that vapers are angry and abusive. Ben Goldacre recently described…

The anti-smoking pressure group whose wackiest ideas always become law

1 June 2015 19:30

Every few years, Action on Smoking and Health draws up a wish list of all the policies it would introduce…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

30 October 2014 12:51

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out…

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck…

Stop ‘Stoptober’: seven health benefits associated with smoking

15 October 2014 14:19

James Delingpole’s latest Spectator column laments the pernicious portmanteau afflicting this fine month: Stoptober. Geddit? That’s ‘-ober’, as in the second half…

The insidious re-normalisation of smoking

31 July 2014 18:21

The NHS has long since been smoke free, banning smoking on-site for patients and staff alike back when I was…

Is a suntan worth skin cancer?

14 May 2014 15:53

In a report released today, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS) outline their recommendations to the Department of…

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…