National Addiction Centre

Professor Doug Sellman finds a new whipping boy

Scientists keep complaining that media are critical of them, and they should just be left alone to practice science unencumbered by plebs having opinions.

Problem is, these scientists aren’t pure and very much driven by money. ?There are so many government-filled money troughs, that truth really takes a back seat.

Take this example

Alcohol Healthwatch has joined the National Addiction Centre in calling for the sale of alcohol powder sachets to be banned or tightly regulated.
The alcohol sachets cost about $1.50 and have the strength of 0.4 of a standard drink.
They also contain 20 percent alcohol, and can be mixed with non-alcoholic drinks.

Director of Alcohol Healthwatch, Rebecca Williams, said they were not quality drinks but give people a quick hit. ?She said they were predominantly used by young people trying to smuggle alcohol into restricted areas at sports and music events.

Doug Selman head of the National Addiction Centre said?the sachets would take the country backwards.?He said the sachets can be bought in some bottle stores, and are a cunning way for people to bring alcohol into events.

Professor Sellman, who is also the medical spokesperson for the lobby group, Alcohol Action New Zealand, said these sachets were simply a clever method of making alcohol more available. ?”All the evidence points to the fact that if you make alcohol more accessible, more alcohol will be consumed and if more alcohol is consumed you’ll get more alcohol related problems.

“So what we have to do in New Zealand, where alcohol is still relatively out of control, is decrease the accessibility and these sachets are just taking us in the opposite direction by increasing the accessibility of alcohol, but in a rather sneaky and secretive way,” he said.
Professor Sellman said the Government currently had no policy on alcohol sachets and he was urging it to look seriously into regulating or banning them.

Certainly sounds like a potential problem. ?Until you actually look into a little further: ? Read more »

The Health wowsers want to ban them but e-cigarettes could save lives

The Health wowsers want to ban e-cigarettes.

Their reasoning is as wonky as the reasoning behind forcing plain packaging on people…in fact it could well be more wonky.

Encouraging cigarette smokers to switch to electronic versions could be a public health ‘revolution’ and save tens of thousands of lives a year in Britain, a coalition of experts has said.

The World Health Organisation is wrong to call for restrictions on e-cigarettes and instead should be promoting them as a way to quit smoking, it was argued.

A group of leading experts in tobacco controlled have critiqued a report by the WHO on e-cigarettes and said it contained errors and misrepresentations of the evidence.

It has been calculated that for every one million smokers who switch from cigarettes to electronic ones, which deliver nicotine but do not contain tobacco, then 6,000 premature deaths would be prevented every year.

It could mean more than 50,000 lives a year could be saved in England if every smoker switched.

The health wowsers would rather people died than remove most of the poisons from their habit by moving to e-cigarettes. They simply want to ban, ban, ban.

It never?enters their mind that people might like to choose. ? Read more »