There are times when you have to state the bleeding obvious

A new study has found that "regulations on electronic cigarettes may impact their effectiveness as a smoking cessation tool". Tell me something I don't know. The EU's Tobacco Products Directive has created reams of paperwork that make the production of some e-liquids uneconomical. Reducing the maximum size of e-liquid bottles to a measly 10 ml, means e-liquid is going to be more expensive. It should go without saying that if more burdens are placed on an industry, the less competitive it is going to be. If products start costing more, fewer people are going to buy them. In the case of e-cigarettes this means their effectiveness as a smoking cessation tool is going to be weakened.  As this new study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research highlights, those countries that are actively hostile towards vaping and vapers have a lower take-up. As I have said in the title of this post, there are times when you have to state the bleeding obvious.  Continue reading

Parents – not the state – should be responsible for their children

Today the Supreme Court ruled that parents can be prosecuted for taking their children out of school without permission. Commenting on this decision, Rory Broomfield, Director of The Freedom Association, said: Continue reading

The Great Repeal Bill should do what it says on the tin

On the first day, the Prime Minister launched the Brexit process. On the second day, she left it to David Davis to explain the Great Repeal Bill. As the fictional Sir Humphrey Appleby once said in an episode of Yes Minister, “I explained that we are calling the White Paper Open Government because you always dispose of the difficult bit in the title. It does less harm there than on the statute books. It is the law of Inverse Relevance: the less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.” Continue reading

The Freedom Association responds to Philip Hammond’s NIC U-Turn

Responding to the announcement this morning from Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that the proposed rise in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) has been scrapped, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns of the Freedom Association, said:   Continue reading

Another victory for the Luddites

I reported recently that another indoor vaping ban in public places was on the cards in the USA. Unsurprisingly, it happened. Very soon, vapers in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, will have even more restrictions placed upon them. For those interested in such matters, the vote was split down party lines.  Eight Democrats showed their Luddite tendencies, whilst five Republicans voted in favour of vapers' rights.  I have no doubt that this ban will encourage other U.S. counties to do the same.