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    Smoking (and European regulation) kills | The Times

    Very good stuff, paywalled though
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    That does look good. I guess it will be in the paper version sometime this week.
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    Oh yum! great find! Matt Ridley rocks anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by low_tar_neil View Post
    Smoking (and European regulation) kills | The Times

    Very good stuff, paywalled though
    Damnit, they speak about sweden and then i can't read the whole article because "want to read the rest? subscribe blabla"
    :-( Anyone mind copying the text?
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    I cannot access, but it looks as if Matt Ridley is referring to this document:

    Press release: 105,000 Smokers Will Be Killed Every Year By TPD Ban On E-Cigarettes

    The planned EU ban on higher strength e-cigarettes used by 2.5 million Europeans will increase tobacco smoking and lead to 105,000 extra deaths every year according to the respected economics consultancy, London Economics. The report shows that 210,000 fewer smokers a year will successfully quit smoking as a result of the ban with 9.6 million extra tobacco cigarettes being smoked every day
    And you may wish to watch Matt Ridley's blog. Here is another great thing that he wrote about vaping:

    Don't treat e-cigarettes as medicines; glamorise them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjaffm View Post
    I cannot access, but it looks as if Matt Ridley is referring to this document:

    Press release: 105,000 Smokers Will Be Killed Every Year By TPD Ban On E-Cigarettes

    And you may wish to watch Matt Ridley's blog. Here is another great thing that he wrote about vaping:

    Don't treat e-cigarettes as medicines; glamorise them
    Press release: 105,000 Smokers Will Be Killed Every Year By TPD Ban On E-Cigarettes


    That's worth a FB share, hopefully many ppl will read it.
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    Ridley normally posts the articles on his blog after they've been published, so wait a few days and it will appear!
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    Just found on Twitter: here is a great letter to the editor of The Times on that article - by a medical oncologist:
    http://i.imgur.com/9EWkqwL.png
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    So, does there appear to be a backlash to such reactionary measures?

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    Here is the full text - from Matt Ridley's blog:

    Smoking (and European regulation) kills
    Published on Tuesday, March 04, 2014, updated Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    E-cigarettes deserve encouragement as a lesser evil

    Is this the end of smoking? Not if the bureaucrats can help it.
    In raising the unknown (but small) risks of e-cigarettes, the public health establishment is missing the point. What counts is harm reduction, not perfect utopian safety. Donít let the best be the enemy of the good, said Voltaire. The ban on strong e-cigarettes, the ones preferred by those trying to quit smoking, could prevent the saving of 105,000 European lives a year, according to modelling by London Economics.
    A great article indeed. Matt Ridley totally gets it!
    Why can't all politicians be like that?

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