Monday, 26 November 2012

+++ Breaking News +++ Advocate Produces Exactly The Conclusion He Was Paid For!

There's been a flurry of activity on Twitter, with anti-smokers clambering over themselves in an ecstatic frenzy to tweet this little nugget, as ASH Wales have done.


Oh noes, the Hands Off Our Packs campaign is busted now guvnor, and no mistake!

So who is behind this holy grail of a report? Who is the unimpeachable 'international expert' they have found to trump the views of a vast array of law enforcement professionals with hands-on experience of the illicit tobacco trade?

Why, it's a Belgian named Luk Joossens. A guy as impartial as they come.
"Luk Joossens has been one of the world’s foremost tobacco control advocates for almost 30 years ... a relentless activist, and a versatile leader in the international tobacco control movement. "
Nope, no conflict of interest there at all.

Wanna know what he looks like? Well, here he is (pictured centre) at the COP5 anti-smoking shebang in Korea earlier this month ...

Pic from that nice Geoffrey Fong
... having a cosy chat with Deborah Arnott, also of ASH.

And they expect us to take his report seriously? Christ on a bike, I reckon they might have have been smoking too much!

See also today's inspired Daily Mash article, by the way. It's a must-read.



12 comments:

nisakiman said...

Love the Daily Mash article! A gem!


As for the joyless one in the pic with our Debs gazing adoringly at him, it's about what I would expect from one such as him. No surprises there.

barnacle bill said...

Where the hell did that lot get the money from to attend a Korean anti-smoking bash?

Not from us tax payers by any chance?

Edgar said...

Sounds like there may be an ally or two at the Mash ... http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/cigarette-that-kills-non-smokers-launched-2012110147339

Ivan D said...

Another excellent reason to donate your hard earned cash to almost anyone but Cancer Research UK. at present. I wonder if, as well as funding junk like this, our donations pay for Arnott and the rest of them to globe trot?

Dick_Puddlecote said...

You got it.

WielM said...

Luc Joossens is also spokesman for the Flemish Cancer League, member of ENSP and:

"The Tobacco Free Europe Campaign is supported by the European tobacco control community and its steering group is composed of Florence Berteletti-Kemp from the SmokeFree Partnership, Francis Grogna from the European Network for Smoking Prevention, Luk Joossens from the European Cancer Leagues and
Susanne Logstrup from the European Heart Network."

"The Tobacco Free Europe Campaign is committed to transparency about its
funding which comes from the European Heart Network, the European Cancer Leagues, the SmokeFree Partnership, the European Respiratory Society, and the European Network for Smoking Prevention, as well as from unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Novartis."

(http://www.tobaccofree.me/?-About-us-)

A spider in the web of the Tobacco Control Industry, openly supported by Big Pharma...

Dick_Puddlecote said...

They'll have their own page at Tobacco Tactics soon, I expect. Daily Mash, tobacco industry stooges! :-0

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Pfizer? Johnson & Johnson? Novartis? You're not helping much!


This is a renowned international - and wholly impartial - 'expert' we're talking about here. You talk as if he's a shill for pharmaceutical interests.


Shame on you. ;)

What the.... said...

DP, I think this image sums it up:

http://i.imgur.com/A9J33.jpg

What the.... said...

Or, this:

http://i.imgur.com/iejpL.jpg

Phil Johnson said...

I wonder if the anti mob would like some of this:- http://handymanphil.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/two-birds-one-stone.html

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