Friday, 16 October 2015

Forthcoming attractions

A few events you might like to know about if you're able to get to London in the next month...

First, the Battle of Ideas is on this weekend and is always one of the highlights of the year. As ever, the schedule is packed with interesting topics and engaging speakers. I'll be on two panels tomorrow, Planet of the Vapes: Why is there a war on e-cigarettes? and The End of Boozy Britain? The titles speak for themselves and the medical establishment is represented by Clare Gerada for the latter and Richard Smith for the former. Smith wrote a blog post about e-cigarettes this week which is worth reading.

Second, on Wednesday the IEA will be hosting an event to launch the publication of the Manifesto Club's report on outdoor smoking bans. The Manifesto Club have been doing a fine job of campaigning against the over-regulation of public places for years. See here for details.

Third, speaking of outdoor smoking bans, I will be debating whether outdoor smoking should be banned in psychiatric hospitals on November 11th at King's College. Deborah Arnott and Simon Wesseley will be on the other side. Tickets are free but limited, so if you want to go please book now.

Finally, the IEA is holding an event to mark the tenth anniversary of so-called 24-hour drinking on 17th November. Tickets are free for this as well - please RSVP here.

PS. There's a nice review of a fun debate I was involved in at the Tory conference this month. It was a Guardian event held on behalf of the New Economics Foundation and the topic was happiness. Just my kind of thing...

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