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Chris Price

Chris Price

Old engineer and cruising sailor. Lives in Surrey, UK. Ex-sports adminstrator at international level in Olympic and professional sport. During the UK citizens' band radio debacle, experienced the process from all four sides (community, trade, opposing industry, government agency), a unique viewpoint to observe the government decision-making process, which involved a ban followed by a U-turn (and dissolution of the government agency responsible).

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A recent article here discussed how smoking is being radically affected by a technology change, and how this factor is far more important than any other such as regulations or resistance from established players (which is essentially the same thing). Why e-cigarettes can't be stopped It could be argued that a technology change from inhalation of burning vegetable matter to electronic nebulising is so unimportant that it has little effect on anything else, or that it affects such a small market that the impact will not be significant. This might be true if the market is small enough; but since...
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At long last we may be seeing some honesty creeping into public health policy governing smoking and related areas: State pulls smoking quitline funding In the USA, Washington State is ceasing the free supply of NRTs to residents, as State and CDC support for free smoking cessation drugs there is ending. Together with France removing varenicline (Chantix) from the market, it looks as if the previously-solid official support for virtually useless and arguably dangerous pharmacotherapies is now beginning to show signs of realism creeping in. There is no reason why taxpayers should support treatments with a 95% failure rate such...
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Ah - good question. According to the well-known Nannying Tyrants blog, and possibly our Liz's VapingPoint blog, maybe they don't. So I thought I'd explore this fun little area of semantics and try to clarify the issue. I'm sorry this isn't about politics, but this week you can probably use some light relief... The Source: http://vapingpoint.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/e-cigs-save-lives-whaaaat.html -and- http://nannyingtyrants.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/class-warfare-and-saving-lives.html Can you be more specific? Certainly. My answer would be: "Ecigs may save lives as much as half the time". This is because it is accepted that smoking kills a proportion of continuing smokers, and there is some evidence that this may...
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The 10th July vote to ban e-cigarettes, yesterday, by approximately 44-25 (depending on the amendment voted on), was carried by a voting bloc agreement between the Socialists (Labour, in the UK), the Greens, the government seats and the commercial seats that achieved 44 votes; Conservatives, LibDems and public health supporters voted against the ban (and probably the single UKIP ENVI member), gaining 25 votes. Both sides will also have gained votes from non-aligned committee members. The vote was on the Tobacco Products Directive, and the main financial implications were for the tobacco industry due to the scale; e-cigarettes are seen...
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It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Department of Health is afflicted by endemic incompetence and corruption. Here are just some of the articles (just on the BBC) from just the last few days.   @July 16th Failings probed at 'worst' hospitals: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23315869 NHS failings 'being suppressed': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23309720 Neuberger: 'Panel were hugely shocked at some stories': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23311456 Liverpool Care Pathway 'should be phased out': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23302539 Family anger over man's Liverpool Care Pathway death: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-21687717 Newbury widow's anger over husband's hospital death: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-21249127   @June 21st The rotten side of the NHS: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22968167 NHS cover-up revealed: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22992625 MPs to quiz CQC...
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