August 31, 2011

Politics and propaganda

At budget time alcohol and cigarettes were known as the old reliables. Politicians could always rely on the steady demand for both and therefore introduce a […]
August 22, 2011

Stat’s life for smoking fathers

As an immediate follow up to my last post, here is a classic example of what I was talking about. In this new report, ‘Irish fathers-to-be […]
August 22, 2011

Unintended consequences

Regular readers will know that from time to time I query the validity of statistics produced by the anti-smoking brigade. Wild figures on deaths from smoking […]
August 16, 2011

Smoking in cars – AA survey

Minister for Health and Children Dr James Reilly has said he wants to ban smoking in cars when children are present and hopes to bring forward […]
August 15, 2011

Why tobacco smugglers are grateful to ASH

It sometimes seems that a newspaper cannot appear in this country without the obligatory tobacco smuggling story. A typical headline might be, ‘Tobacco worth an estimated […]