WHO’s afraid of vaping

The war on vaping is a threat to public health (photo via vaping360) By Yaël Ossowski | spiked For the second time in two years, I sat in the public gallery at a United Nations conference in Geneva as a senior UN bureaucrat told us that all members of the media and public were to be barred from the proceedings. This particular occasion was one of the UN’s biannual sessions to update the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC is the first global-health treaty enacted by WHO. It has been ratified by 181 countries and […]


Green NGOs are peddling dangerous junk science By Yaël Ossowski | spiked On Earth Day this year, in London and close to 600 other cities across the world, an estimated 1.1million people took to the streets to defend the idea of science-based policymaking. Protesters called for ‘science over ideology’, the use of ‘peer-review in politics’, and more scrupulous application of evidence-based criteria for laws and legislation. It was all in reaction to the supposedly post-truth age we find ourselves in. But it seems that message has been quickly forgotten. In the months since, campaigners and NGOs have waded into various […]