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Smoking bans: enough is enough

Voters think Theresa May's government has better things to do than open up new fronts in the War on Tobacco.
No matter how far anti-smoking legislation goes, it's never enough for tobacco control activists. There's always another regulation, tax or ban that could be introduced to further … http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/smoking-bans-enough-enough/

Think of the children!

Birmingham Children's Hospital wants to create a no-smoking zone in nearby streets. Just say no.
Birmingham Children's Hospital is the latest branch of the NHS to get ahead of itself on smoking bans. Hospitals around the country have been banning smoking in their grounds for s… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/think-children/

The sick rationing of healthcare

Using smoking or obesity as a justification for refusing vital surgery is simple discrimination.
For years now, some local NHS trusts and commissioning groups have been using our lifestyle choices as a way of refusing treatment. In 2012, medical magazine Pulse issued freedom o… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/sick-rationing-healthcare/

Dear Prime Minister…

Theresa May has promised to give British people 'more control over your lives'. Let's hold her to it.
Yesterday evening, Theresa May stepped out of her car and made the short walk to the Downing Street lectern to make her first statement as prime minister. Some noted that her comme… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/dear-prime-minister/

Vaping: who decides?

If there's no possibility of harm from 'secondhand vapour', why is vaping still so widely banned?
Last week, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital, announced that it was ending its ban on vaping in hospital grounds. The t… http://actiononchoice.org/vaping/vaping-who-decides/

Euro puritans' blow against choice

The illiberal Tobacco Products Directive gets rubber stamped by the ECJ.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has, as expected, ruled that the European Parliament was within its rights to impose new rules on tobacco and e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Pro… http://actiononchoice.org/vaping/euro-puritans-blow-against-choice/

Waiting in pain

The NHS is using smoking and obesity to ration access to surgery.
The Royal College of Surgeons has published a new report, Smokers and overweight patients: Soft targets for NHS savings?, which points out that 'one in three Clinical Commissioning… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/waiting-pain/

ASH's mad proposal

Denying vulnerable patients the choice to smoke is simply cruel.
A new report published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and endorsed by a variety of medical colleges, quangos and NGOs, points to persistently high smoking rates among… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/ashs-mad-proposal/

Smoking bans: choose choice

Ten years after the Scottish smoking ban, voters still back smoking areas in pubs.
That great Edinburgh-set indie movie Trainspotting opens with two drug-addict shoplifters legging it down Princes Street to the tune of Iggy Pop's 'Lust for Life' and the narration… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/smoking-bans-choose-choice/

It's No Choice Day!

No Smoking Day is another excuse for anti-tobacco campaigners to think up new ways to control us.
Wednesday 9 March is UK No Smoking Day, another flimsy excuse for prohibitionists to demand action to stop us from enjoying a cigarette. The decline in smoking rates has come to a … http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/its-no-choice-day/

One You: patronising the public

The latest campaign from Public Health England is an unpleasant mix of junk science and moral blackmail.
The hardcore fan of the nanny state loves bans, regulations and taxes to enforce the micromanagement of our lives. But such things are politically tricky - it turns out that many v… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/one-you-patronising-public/

Teenage girls and smoking

Did workplace smoking bans really stop schoolchildren lighting up?
A report by researchers at the University of Glasgow claims that workplace smoking bans, introduced in Scotland in 2006 and in England and Wales in 2007, have cut the rates of smok… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/teenage-girls-and-smoking/

The 'dual' in The Crown

Many vapers don't want to quit smoking - they just want a way of enjoying nicotine in the pub.
There has been much talk in recent weeks of how effective e-cigs have been in helping people to quit smoking. Cigarettes can be a hard habit to break and, in the past, the options … http://actiononchoice.org/vaping/dual-crown/

Sense-free monomaniacs

The campaign against smoking in movies shows it's the WHO that lives in a fantasy world.
Yesterday, the World Health Organisation published a report, Smoke-Free Movies: From Evidence to Action, demanding, among other things,  adult ratings for films that depict smoking… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/sense-free-monomaniacs/

Smokers: still coughing up

Drinkers and vapers please note: public-health campaigners are never satisfied.
Cancer Research UK (CRUK)  today demanded that the government 'make the tobacco industry pay for the damage it causes and help reduce the number of people killed by its deadly prod… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/smokers-still-coughing/

TPD: The Prohibitionists' Directive

Europe's anti-choice legislation gets the green light.
The advocate general of the EU's Court of Justice, Juliane Kokott, has released her opinion in relation to a number of challenges to the new Tobacco Products Directive. Kokott's op… http://actiononchoice.org/vaping/tpd-prohibitionists-directive/

Outdoor smoking: a thousand cuts

The right to smoke anywhere in public will die unless we fight back.
Last week, Edinburgh City Council announced that its new smoking policy would extend its workplace ban to include children's play areas as well as council car parks and courtyards.… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/outdoor-smoking-thousand-cuts/

War on tobacco goes al fresco

New report highlights increasing regulation of smokers in outdoor public places
In July this year Brighton and Hove Council announced it was to launch a consultation on whether to ban smoking in outdoor public spaces. While most of the discussion centred on th… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/war-tobacco-goes-al-fresco/

The killing game

Bacon, smoking and the politics of health
After yesterday's announcement by the World Health Organisation that processed meat is a definite cause of cancer in humans and that red meat is a 'probable' cause, there has been… http://actiononchoice.org/eating/bacon-smoking-and-politics-health/

Why smoking bans matter to vapers

Do nothing and vaping could become collateral damage in the war on tobacco
At the launch last week of a new report by the Manifesto Club and Forest, Smoked Out: the hyper-regulation of smoking in outdoor public places, a discussion on the indoor smoking … http://actiononchoice.org/vaping/why-smoking-bans-matter-vapers/

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