Monday 23 July 2012

Proud Of Yourselves, Tobacco Control Industry?

I bring you incredible news, so brace yourself!

A report from The Wirral appears to suggest that anti-smoking lunatics might not have the best interests of the public at heart after all!
A PENSIONER went back to smoking after his fake cigarette saw him kicked out of pubs and slung off buses.

Bert Wright from Irby managed to kick his 56-year-habit by using an ‘electronic cigarette’.

But after being asked to leave public transport and public houses because of the vapour emitted from the gadget, he reached breaking point and bought a packet of cigarettes.
Yes, I was ragging you with the intro. anti-smoking lunatics have never had the best interests of the public anywhere remotely near their miserable minds.

Of course, we all know where this hysteria came from and who encouraged it, don't we (in fact, the Ashtray blog carries a very good item on the subject today)? Because e-cigs don't fit in with the pre-planned - pharmaceutical - solution the tobacco control industry has laid out, there's no appetite to educate the public in harm reduction alternatives. There's no money in it for the biggest loudmouths, you see.

And this is the deeply dangerous aspect of tobacco control. Their ethos of advocating 'quit or die' over more realistic methods of shifting away from smoking - mostly due to the debt they owe to pharmaceutical funders - is causing damage which they don't seem to be in any rush to fix.

It's written throughout all their policies too. Their modus operandi relies on demonising smokers and tobacco companies however destructive such a pathetic approach turns out to be, as ruthlessly highlighted by the wicked EU ban on snus.

Stubborn intransigence on snus has been estimated to be costing 200,000 European lives every year so tobacco control can keep their snouts in the trough - up to 49,000 per year in the UK according to another study - yet the global tobacco control juggernaut still refuses to change course.

I was going to express a view of how appalling this is, but Snowdon has done it already.
History will not look favourably on the dangerous idiots who banned snus in the EU - especially those who still support the prohibition now that the facts are clear. There were rational voices thirty years ago which went unheeded.

One of Russell's co-authors for the Lancet letter was Martin Jarvis. Today, Jarvis is a trustee of ASH. ASH is truculent, devious and unreliable on almost every matter on which they claim to have expertise. None of their pronouncements of the last fifteen years has not involved at least a half-lie, but their failure to speak out against the EU ban adds cowardice, hypocrisy and gross negligence to the charge sheet.
Quite. On this evidence, we may have to wait another thirty years before ASH and their equally disgraceful chums pull their heads out of their state-paid arses and start getting e-cigs - a viable alternative to smoking - accepted by government and the public they claim to be 'protecting'.

In the meantime, Bert Wright of Irby is just another statistic to add to the long list of people disgustingly let down by the self-serving tobacco control industry.


harleyrider1989 said...

It only means one thing,they never wanted ciggys gone theres simply to much revenue involved to do that so they protect it!

Looks like New Zealand will never outlaw smoking!Total smoking ban too difficult – prime minister john Key Prime Minister John Key says a National Government is unlikely to ban smoking, despite it being a key policy of its support partner the Maori Party. Maori Party wants to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025. The policy has been pushed by co-leader Tariana Turia who is also the Associate Health Minister. Under new law coming into effect today, tobacco products can no longer be displayed in public view in retail outlets, including dairies, supermarkets and petrol stations

tim.bone said...

"...Because e-cigs don't fit in with the pre-planned ... solution the tobacco control industry has laid out..."

History repeats itself over and over again. The Tobacco Industry, a business with many consumers may not have been sqeaky clean, who is, but made genuine attempts to alleviate the threat on their business when it was discovered that cigarettes MAY damage the health of the user. It was in 1979 that they had developed a less harmful cigarette in America and another, containing NSM (New Smoking Material) in the UK. What happened? the same thing. They did not fit in with the plan to eradicate smoking entirely. 

Angel A Knight said...

I would have been very interested in the NSM ciggies Tim, that is an area that research should have been expanded upon vastly! Any one with sense much surely realise that one of the main issues with cigarettes is the toxic man made chemicals added to tobacco in cigarettes which is a relativity modern addition, probably added round about when 'tailor made' ciggies started their lives! I'm sure that back in sir Walter Raleighs day tobacco was  a tad more natural ;-)

JonathanBagley said...

Apparently there is already a substantial minority of pubs which allows ecigs. Each of these these incidents - particularly the coach incident - brings them more publicity. For the moment, at least, ecig use is governed by market forces and so, in time, more pubs will allow their use, perhaps only in one room, so as to avoid conflict.