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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).

In honour of World Cancer Day and the EU's desperate fight to protect and promote cancer, we present 10 little-known facts about cancer that the EU doesn't want you to know. The original EU official page is here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-74_en.htm It mainly consists of bare-faced lies, disinformation and corrupt propaganda, and if you are stupid enough to believe such a pile of **** then you probably think the EU is a good idea. We took the EU's puff piece and edited it to reflect what we thought the author really meant. Here are the real facts about the EU and cancer....
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Deceitful, lying pharma pimp Linda McAvan has now been exposed as a fraudster: http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/infozone/news/its-a-lonely-life-opposing-e-cigarettes.html http://order-order.com/2013/10/24/labour-meps-fake-qa-session/ McAvan was exposed running a fraudulent web chat show that purported to answer questions from concerned citizens asking about the EU TPD. Instead, she fixed the questions and answered meaningless drivel fed to her by staff. Instead of answering important questions about why she was trying to protect smoking and cause huge numbers of unnecessary deaths, she chose to rig the Q&A session. Endemic corruption There seems no limit to the corruption in the UK's health service and government. Soubry, McAvan, Mean - how many...
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Tuesday saw the biggest win for public health in Europe in living memory, when e-cigarette community activism defeated those trying to protect the smoking economy in an EU Plenary vote. A huge debt of thanks is owed to LibDem, Independent and Conservative MEPs for voting against the proposal to medicalise e-cigarettes and thus an outright ban [1]. They won the day and temporarily showed that there is much support for preventing PVs (personal vapourisers that replicate cigarettes) being medicalised and therefore banned [3]. Socialists, Greens, pro-pharma seats and others voted to ban e-cigarettes by medicalising them, but were defeated by...
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Prof Mayer of Graz has absolutely destroyed the myth of nicotine's extremely high toxicity, accepted without any proper evidence for more than 100 years. Archives of Toxicology 10.1007/s00204-013-1127-0, 4th Oct 2013 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00204-013-1127-0/fulltext.html The ridiculous situation of nicotine being classified as more toxic than cyanide has persisted far too long, and is undoubtedly due to ideological pressure. That time is now over, because on 4th October 2013 a renowned toxicologist, Prof Bernd Mayer of Uo Graz, Austria, finally dispelled this long-standing myth. He investigated all aspects of the issue and concluded that the current LD50 amount (the dose expected to kill...
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West et al published an analysis of the NHS SSS [1], the NHS smoking cessation programme, in the BMJ, in July. http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f4921 It provides an interesting analysis of performance over the 10 years examined. The three notable factors are: 1. The paper does not mention that the costs quoted are only around 50% of the actual costs. The NHS routinely attempts to hide the drug costs associated with smoking treatments, for some reason; and since these are about equal to the NHS costs, the 'costs' published by them can be more or less doubled to get the real figure: what...
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Prof. Polosa is a pulmonologist with specialisms in airway provocation, immunology, smoking cessation and e-cigarette research. Among pulmonologists, he may be uniquely qualified to examine e-cigarette pulmonary issues. With his colleague P Caponnetto, also experienced in ecig research, he has published an opinion on e-cigarette regulation in The Lancet. Regulation of e-cigarettes: the users' perspective Riccardo Polosa, Pasquale Caponnetto www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(13)70175-9/fulltext Overview The opinion piece is balanced though favourable to e-cigarettes. It advocates what might be termed an uprated form of consumer regulation as opposed to medical regulation. In particular, it mentions (probably for the first time) the possibility of utilising...
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- US Ecig Regulations Q&A

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