Wednesday 12 June 2013

The 'Myth' That Keeps On Giving

Deborah Arnott is being shown up again.
[T]he “domino theory” i.e. that once a measure has been applied to tobacco it will be applied to other products is patently false. The same argument was used against the ban on tobacco advertising, but 9 years after the tobacco ban in the UK, alcohol advertising is still permitted with no sign of it being prohibited.
A charity has called for a complete ban on alcohol advertising at music and sports events.

Alcohol Concern wants the action to protect children and young people from what it describes as "excessive" exposure. 
The charity wants a ban on alcohol advertising in the trailers of films shown in cinemas with less than an 18 certificate. 
Dunno about you, but that looks like a 'sign' to me, especially since every proponent I've heard on TV or radio this morning has referenced tobacco ad bans as their inspiration.

Plain packaging of alcohol is merely a few steps further down the line, that's all.


What the.... said...

The professional liar….. propagandist for Tobacco Control,
Simple Simon Crapman, the snot-nosed antismoker who’s helped society regress over a hundred years to a destructive fanaticism, has been… err… recognized for his “services”. Some of the description is quite hilarious – “distinguished service to medical research” [AHHHHHH HAAA]….. “world-leading academic, researcher, writer, commentator and public health policy advocate” [HEE HEEEEE]. The problem is, it ain’t no joke! It gives a clear indication of the pitiful state of academia, Public Health, and the government health bureaucracy….. and not just in Australia.

Professor Simon Chapman: Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Professor Simon Chapman has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medical research in the area of public health policy.
Professor Chapman is a world-leading academic, researcher, writer, commentator and public health policy advocate, particularly in the field of tobacco control.
He has played a major role in reducing the smoking rate in Australia from 45 per cent on[sic] men and 30 per cent of women in 1978 to 15 per cent in all adults today.
Professor Chapman has published over 18 books and major reports as well as over 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

“Awards” are a mainstay of the Tobacco Control racket: They keep the massive egos well massaged. It’s an opportunity to sip on a Chardonnay, delicately bite into some hors d’oeuvres, and admire your fellow fraudsters. There must be a number of awards nights each year. If you have no talent, ooze mediocrity, and deceptiveness is second-nature, come to TC. We have an award(s) for you.

Now, I don’t mind awarding an award as much as the next guy. The problem here is award category: They’ve got the category all wrong. I wouldn’t mind…. in fact, I’d enthusiastically applaud….. if Simple Simon was given the Crap Merchant of the Last 30 Years or the Prolific Crapper in Public Health award. There, that’s better.

Bucko TheMoose said...

Didn't Alcohol Concern loose their taxpayer funding? Why haven't they fucked off yet?

Dr Evil said...

But a lot more people drink than smoke and alcohol duty is huge. 2009-10 £9 billion plus vat of course. I doubt they will seriously harm its marketing. Duty on a pint though is outrageous. It should be no more than 5p, you know, like in Germany!

Louis said...

They're going to regulate

E-cigarettes and other nicotine products will be licensed in the U.K. from 2016, giving manufacturers time to ensure their products comply with all standards for medicines.

Frank J said...

According to HMRC figures for 2010/11, tobacco raised £11.1 billion, £9 billion duty and £2.1 VAT. I reckon alcohol duty to be much more.