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Articles by Simon Chapman

Questions around the medicalisation of kicking the habit

Two current British government campaigns pull no punches about urging all smokers trying to quit to use drugs. One puts it bluntly: “Don’t go cold turkey.” Another poster on display in the nation’s waiting rooms says: “There are some people who can go cold turkey and stop smoking. But there aren’t many of them.” That […]

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Wind farms, the Waubra Foundation and a post-office box

Senator John Madigan is due to call for a total moratorium on all wind farm development while the rest of the world reached a record level of output, with wind now contributing 3% of the world’s electricity generation.

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Why do researchers help conference organisers make big bucks?

So why do public sector experts give up their valuable time to effectively donate their time and expertise to for-profit companies such as IIR?

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Latest wind farm research is a load of hot air

The various organisations that are at the forefront of wind farm opposition recently published eight papers in a special edition of an allegedly peer-reviewed journal you could be excused from never having heard of.

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The web of vested interests behind the anti-wind farm lobby

A network analysis of links between the principal voices involved in demonising wind farms in Australia has been circulating in recent weeks and reveals connections between some of the principal wind farm opponents.

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Tobacco boss’s struggle with arithmetic

When it comes to counterfeit or duty not paid packs, how would they actually know?

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Windfarms will make your children hate school, apparently

The lobby group at the centre of promoting the idea that windfarms cause disease, the Waubra Foundation, last week moved its aggression needle up several notches by sending this melodramatic “Explicit Cautionary Notice” to Australia’s wind energy companies and putting them on notice.

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Factoids and legal bollocks in war against plain packaging

With the passage of the government’s bill on plain packaging now assured, an ever-desperate tobacco industry is now concentrating on the legal apocalypse that they say will descend on Australia through the courts.

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BAT’s ad campaign against plain packs: pull the other one

The government’s plain packaging proposal allows brand names: packs won’t all have just “cigarettes” on them.

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Tobacco lobby’s plain-pack threat not based on reality

British American Tobacco’s long threatened campaign against plain packs kicked off today. Has there ever been a more complete demonstration of Shakespeare’s “the lady doth protest too much”?

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Daily Proposition: run for the covers

Old blokes playing covers has led the odd brush with fame.

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Prostate cancer survivors’ testimonies can be misleading

Just as interviewing lottery winners is not a sensible way of making informed judgements about the odds of winning, so is it unwise to use the “I’m alive” testimony of post-treatment survivors of prostate cancer as a guide to the value of the test.

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BAT set to spook politicians on black-market tobacco

The next wave of the tobacco industry’s panicked assault on plain packaging of tobacco products is about to start with a DVD, now on British American Tobacco’s website about to be mailed to all MPs.

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Wolfmother gets schooled by the last frontier of Marlboro Country

Wolfmother has been told to play at a tobacco-sponsored and “do it for the fans”.

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Factoid watch: ’15% of bre-st cancer sufferers are under the age of 30′

The push to present very young women being at significant risk for breast cancer may be lining pockets of private radiography providers, but it will be causing an alarming and avoidable incidence of unnecessary investigation.

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Academic blood sport at Melbourne University

If tobacco companies are indeed funding the “neither confirm nor deny” IPA, they might reflect on the value of their investment.

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Is the health conference industry exploiting the public sector?

Why are public sector experts giving up their valuable time to effectively donate their public salaried time and expertise to IIR conferences that cost thousands of dollars to attend?

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Plain packs: tobacco industry bares its butts to bluff Rudd

There is one easy, preventative health plan that Rudd could implement: forcing plain packaging of cigarettes. Plain packaging “can kill your business” says the tobacco industry. Precisely.

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Can wind farms make people sick?

The wind turbine industry is not exactly an industry with a reputation for mendacity, but trust is fragile commodity.

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British American Tobacco’s big numbers on illegal tobacco don’t add up

Australia’s tobacco industry is having a major attack of the vapours following recommendations made by the government’s Preventive Health Task Force last year.

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