WHO STOLE HARM REDUCTION FROM THE FCTC?

Befrits

The FCTC is arguably the most comprehensive global tool against the devastating health effects of smoking and is now ratified by 180 Nation States.

This post deals with Harm Reduction, a pretty intuitive and simple concept practiced and accepted almost universally.

The FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) belongs to the body of what is commonly referred to as International Law, in effect to a large extent binding for the ratifying states to the convention.

Is it ok to secretly and surgically remove from practice, a crucial passage found in this piece of International Law, because you don’t like it, and then just carry on as if nothing has happened. No consultations, no democracy, nothing?

Is it then ok, adding insult to injury, to accuse anyone who dares point out this totally obvious discrepancy, of being evil, murderous, unethical profiteer from children getting addicted, and in clear breach and violation of…

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Dear @FDATobacco: Stanton Glantz’s junk science reflects upon you

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

Dear FDA Center for Tobacco Products:

I know you did not create Stanton Glantz. His intense barrage of patently absurd junk science predates your existence. You did not cause him to become the combination of utterly innumerate and/or sociopathic (it has always been difficult to be sure how much is which explains his utter disregard for real science). But you own him now, thanks to the fact that you fund him and his minions, and so his nonsense is now on you. You claim to be about science. Are you?

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New Phillips-Burstyn-Carter working paper on the failure of peer review in public health

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

Our new working paper is available at EP-ology, “The limited value of journal peer review in public health: a case series of tobacco harm reduction articles”, Carl V Phillips, Igor Burstyn, and Brian L Carter (all of the authors are affiliated with CASAA, for those who may not know).

Abstract:

Background: A widespread belief holds that the journal peer-review process has magical powers to ensure that published claims are correct. While this misperception has limited consequences in many fields, in public health it results in consumer, clinical, and policy decisions being based on blind faith in the accuracy of published claims. At best, the review process is merely a couple of readers — perhaps, but not necessarily, highly expert — reading through a paper to ensure the research and presentation are reasonably sound. In reality, even this is often not accomplished.

Methods: We conducted reviews of 12 articles that…

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Why Apple Music and Tidal are the right business models with the wrong optics.

The Trichordist

Since Spotify launched in 2010 the music business has been in an existential crisis. Convinced that ad-supported unlimited free access to on-demand music would ultimately grow recorded music revenues the major labels opted into what may be their worst decision ever. This decision aided by an estimated 18% (or more) equity position in Spotify has not grown overall music revenues over the past five years. In fact, for the year ending 2014 global revenues reported by the IFPI stated that revenues were at the lowest point in decades. So what to do?

For starters the first and most obvious solution would be to eliminate the unlimited ad-supported free access to on-demand music. This is the model that made ad funded, for profit piracy so popular on over half a million infringing links from unlicensed businesses served by Google search and delivered to your inbox by Google Alerts complete…

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Briefing Op Ed: Should the Feds Shoulder Some of the Blame for Low Digital Music Royalties?

The Trichordist

Lowery briefing screen capture

I have an exclusive op ed at Briefing this morning.  It’s making waves.

“If you step back from the debate about whether Spotify or Pandora pay fairly and look at the big picture, something very ugly becomes apparent: The playing field is not even at all. The federal government protects the corporate broadcasters, technology firms and digital services from market forces when it comes to paying artists. But when it comes to ad supported piracy and “user generated content” the federal government sits on its hands, refuses to enforce performers’ legitimate property rights, and in effect provides another subsidy to many of these same companies. Constitutional scholars might term this a “taking.” For this reason I say much of the blame for low pay to artists in the digital realm stems from gross mismanagement by the federal government.

Full piece here: http://briefi.ng/perspectives/david-lowery

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Artists Rights Postcards from COPYLIKE.ORG

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More on the FDA ecig workshop

Anti-THR Lies and related topics

by Carl V Phillips

Those of you who watched my contribution to the workshop (which you can do by following the link in yesterday’s post) probably found the most memorable observation to be the one about San Francisco. But I am rather prouder of not missing a beat regarding a later question. Leading into that, there was a rambling multi-part question to the panel, which a couple of others responded to bits of. I took the mic last to respond to the phrase “renormalizing smoking” in the question.

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