Smoke Lies, and the Nanny State
This essay, the culmination of four years of research, replaces Joe's previous essay "The Smoking Issue". Also included at the end of the essay are Joe's op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Telegraph of London.
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UK SMOKING BAN PETITION
Celebrity chef Antony Worral Thompson has submitted a petition to the UK government calling for a review of the smoking ban. 100,000 signatures means it would have to at least be debated in Parliament. Click here to sign . . . and please, spread the word!
SMOKING, 'SECONDHAND SMOKE' AND RELATED ISSUES:
SOME SOURCES AND RESOURCES
forces.org: FORCES International have been fighting the ‘Anti’ movement and politicised junk science for many years, and have branches in the US, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as affiliations with similar groups in other countries. Their website contains massive research archives.
forestonline.org: Long-established British ‘Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco’. The only group on this list receiving tobacco industry funding.
taking-liberties.squarespace.com: Up-to-the-minute blog by FOREST’s Simon Clark
amendthesmokingban.com: Excellent, and fast-growing, UK campaign
thefreesociety.org: Offshoot of FOREST addressing broader ‘Nanny State’ issues.
velvetgloveironfist.com: Historian Chris Snowdon’s site contains excerpts from his book Velvet Glove, Iron Fist.
velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com: Mr. Snowdon’s blog, one of the best sources for the debunking of current antismoking myths.
spiked-online.com: Spiked is an excellent UK skeptical/libertarian website with some good stuff on smoking.
freedom2choose.info: Fighting the UK ban, with some good articles.
smokersclubinc.com: Large American site with tons of links.
davehitt.com: Good common-sense articles about the ETS fraud, including ‘Name Three’, about the author’s tragicomic - and futile - quest to find three proven cases of death from ETS.
smokingoutthetruth.com: 'Filtering the lies from the facts'
foresteireann.org: Irish offshoot of FOREST
cagecanada.ca: 'Canadians Against Government Encroachment'.
nycclash.com: Fighting the New York smoking ban.
tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com: Interesting blog by Dr Michael Siegel, an antismoker turned critic of the movement.
rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com: Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine with a refreshing take on ‘tobacco harm reduction’
smokescreens.org/pages/blog: Richard White, another good writer/researcher
dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com: Very readable ‘anti-Anti’ blogger
ep-ology.blogspot.com: Carl V. Phillips, debunker of junk science
cleanairquality.blogspot.com: Informative blog, with loads of links, by a nonsmoking ventilation-systems engineer.
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
FOR YOUR OWN GOOD by Jacob Sullum (Free Press/Simon and Schuster)
MURDER A CIGARETTE by Ralph Harris and Judith Hatton (Duckworth, London)
VELVET GLOVE, IRON FIST: A History of the Antismoking Movement by Christopher Snowdon (Little Dice)
SCARED TO DEATH: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares Are Costing Us The Earth by Christopher Booker and Richard North (Continuum)
SLOW BURN by Don Oakley (Eyrie Press)
SMOKE SCREENS: The Truth About Tobacco by Richard White (Lulu, USA)
LA DIVA NICOTINA by Iain Gately (Scribner UK)
DISSECTING ANTISMOKERS' BRAINS by Michael J. McFadden (Aethna Press)
STRICTLY NO!: How We’re Being Overrun by the Nanny State by Simon Hills (Mainstream)
THE BULLY STATE: The End of Tolerance by Brian Monteith (Free Society)
WHAT RISK? Science, Politics and Public Health, edited by Roger Bate (Butterworth-Heinemann)
HYPING HEALTH RISKS: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology by Geoffrey C. Kabat (Columbia University Press)
SCIENCE WITHOUT SENSE and JUNK SCIENCE JUDO by Steven Milloy (Cato Intstitute)
PASSIVE SMOKE: The EPA's Betrayal of Science and Policy by Gio B. Gori and John C. Luik (Fraser Institute, Vancouver)
HEALTH, LIFESTYLE AND ENVIRONMENT: Countering the Panic by Berger, Kristol, Le Fanu, et al. (Manhattan Institute)
POLLUTED SCIENCE by Michael Fumento (American Enterprise Institute)
THE TYRANNY OF HEALTH: Doctors and the Regulation of Lifestyle by Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick (Routledge)
CULTURE OF FEAR and POLITICS OF FEAR by Frank Furedi (Continuum)
DAMNED LIES AND STATISTICS: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists by Joel Best (University of California Press)
THE NUMBERS GAME: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, Politics, and in Life by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot (Gotham Books)
THE JOY OF SMOKING by Sue Carroll and Sue Brealey (John Blake, London)
LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND 400,000 SMOKING-RELATED DEATHS by Robert A. Levy and Rosalind B. Marimont: Download Here
THE CASE AGAINST SMOKING BANS by Thomas A. Lambert: the Cato Institute's report: Download Here
WHO, WHAT AND WHY? Trans-national Government, Legitimacy, and the WHO by Roger Scruton (Institute of Economic Affairs): Download Here
EPIDEMIOLOGIC AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH, AND THE QUESTION OF SMOKING BANS by Michael J. McFadden, Ph.D (Journal of the American Medical Association): Download Here