Heading For A Fall

Tobacco Control see their antismoking mission as something holy, and comparable to Jesus driving the moneylenders from the temple, only a notch or two holier than that. Ridding the world of tobacco is like ridding the world of moneylenders, or prostitution, or slavery. Or maybe moneylenders and prostitution and slavery. There can be no greater task, no nobler cause.

For them tobacco has become the quintessence of evil, and they have become the holy warriors who act to eradicate it.

But instead of seeing them as good, I see them as evil. And as themselves being something like the quintessence of evil that they regard themselves as so nobly fighting against. For I think that more or less all the ills they lay at the door of tobacco are illusory. I don’t think smoking causes lung cancer. Or heart disease. Or anything else. And I think that all the ‘science’ that they use to support these claims is bogus. I don’t think firsthand smoke is in the least bit dangerous. And I don’t think secondhand smoke is in the least bit dangerous. And I don’t think thirdhand smoke is in the least bit dangerous. And I don’t think tobacco smoke stinks either. I reject everything they say. It’s not tobacco that’s evil: it’s them.

And I think they’re lying. And I think they’re lying to themselves as well. They’ve managed to convince themselves that all the money that they extract from smokers is more than justified by the tremendous amount of good they are doing. They engage in a colossal swindle, yet portray themselves as benefiting humanity.

To me that seems like a band of pickpockets claiming that they’re actually helping their victims, and improving the quality of their lives, by relieving them of the intolerable burden of their wallets, and the money in them to which they are so ‘addicted’.

I don’t think they’re doing any good at all. In fact, I think that they’re doing an enormous amount of harm. They’re destroying communities,  shattering friendships, bankrupting pubs and cafes, depressing the economy, and creating a pariah class of excluded smokers.

And they think that’s good?

I think it’s wholly evil. I think it’s a crime what they’re committing. A terrible crime.

And I think that the primary task for smokers, and for anyone who loves truth, is going to be one of removing the haloes from the heads of the antismokers, and replacing them with horns. So rather than smoking and tobacco being demonised, it will be antismokers and their smoking bans. And the hunters will become the hunted.

Their fate will be like that of Bernie Madoff (to whom they are very comparable). They will go – perhaps almost overnight – from being respected pillars of society to being reviled criminals and outcasts. For theirs also is a sort of ponzi scheme, whereby they attract investment from government and industry with the promise of substantial health benefits which never materialise. They are snake oil salesmen. They are swindlers. And one day the scales will fall from everyone’s eyes, and everyone will be profoundly shocked and dismayed at having been duped for so long by people who seemed so respectable, and counted eminent doctors and knights and lords among their numbers.

After all, for years before Madoff was caught, there were quite a few hard-headed people who’d figured out that he was running a scam, and who even provided the Securities and Exchange Commission with evidence for it. And eventually, the SEC stepped in and started investigating. And that was the end of him.

It’s like that now with Tobacco Control. They’re heading for the same fall. There are those few of us who can see the dishonesty and mendacity and enormous damage for which Tobacco Control is responsible, and there are the many others who still see them as engaged upon something wholly benign and noble and necessary. In time, the former are going to outnumber the latter.

I can see a time coming when it will be perfectly well accepted (as at present it is not) by everybody in the media, and by all political parties, that Tobacco Control’s predations have done a colossal amount of social and economic damage all over the world. There’ll be a great deal of breast-beating about how it was that none of them could see it until it was staring them in the face. People will wonder how the antismoking zealots managed to get away with outright fraud and deceit for so long. And it will be a change which will come rather suddenly – a tipping point -, when Tobacco Control make the transition from angelic to demonic, from white to black.

It will be a kind of sweet revenge to see the demonisers demonised. And it will also perhaps be something inevitable. For when anyone sets out to demonise millions of their fellow humans, there’s a certain inevitability that they in turn will be demonised, as it comes back to haunt them. Anyone who sets themselves up above their fellows, as purer or nobler or wiser, is heading for a fall in which they will be revealed as being anything but pure or noble or wise. Because nobody’s ever that good.

Tobacco Control is a cancer upon society, and one day it will be seen as that by everybody.

I sometimes think that the historical Nazis – of whom I see Tobacco Control as a linear descendant – suffered the same fate. I don’t think the Nazis ever saw themselves as evil. I think they saw themselves as wholly good and modern and ‘progressive’, and ridding the world of Jews just like Tobacco Control is now ridding the world of smokers. This was the Nazi’s ‘noble mission’, their particular holy war. And it seems that they felt that they could do no wrong. And they had lots of supporters all around the world. But then one day the mask slipped, and the full horror of what they had been doing dawned on everyone, and what had once seemed so noble came to look utterly depraved and inhuman. And after that they became and remained outcasts, hunted all over the world.

I think that history will record Tobacco Control in much the same way. Not as something good or modern or progressive, but instead as something evil and mediaeval and regressive, which somehow – just like Nazism – gained traction and power and influence, and became a monster trampling on millions of lives, until once again it was resisted and then defeated, and it dawned on everyone how sick and depraved their cause had been.

Perhaps history simply repeats itself over and over again, pride coming before a fall, again and again and again.

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34 Responses to Heading For A Fall

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Frank the perfect example is the Prohibitionists after prohibition ended. They created newsreels and dumped them into movie houses across America begging for forgiveness of the public……..I see and have said many times that same day will come again………But of course we know they wont be sorry or anything of the sort. They will feign sorrow and guilt only to disapear for a few decades and then emerge like a titan from the deep as the ACS did along with many other non-profits formed from the guts of the last prohibition movement. Last time it was Billy Sunday preaching or Carrie Nations and her hatchet,then they eclipsed into white lab coats creating junk science with big respected titles adorned on them and they’re claims………To what they will transform into the next time is anyones guess,but we know thattitan will emerge in decades to come as it always does…….Hidden like a snake with the face of angel doing good!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      We will win,we always do history teaches that plainly.

    • Frank Davis says:

      To what they will transform into the next time is anyones guess

      That’s why I wonder if history just repeats itself over and over and over, like a stuck record.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Me to Frank and sorry for busting your comments with all the below but I got that nazi who wrote in the BMJ into a tizzy and shes there now! Very Interesting stuff from a study she posted.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Intellectual Property Office UK
    Intellectual Property Protection for Brands
    Intellectual property rights provide legal protection for some of the most important aspects of a brand e.g. the name, logo, design, domain name and sometimes the product itself.

    Systems for the registering and granting the excusive use of brand-related intellectual property rights to their owners have been developed in order to allow companies to prove their ownership of brands, and then enable them to legally prevent others from copying or ‘free riding’ on their brand investments.

    http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm/t-about/t-whatis/t-brands.htm

    WTO AND PUBLIC HEALTH
    A Joint Study by the WTO and WHO

    http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/who_wto_e.pdf

    What is relevant to health in the TRIPS Agreement?

    48. The areas of intellectual property covered by the TRIPS Agreement that are relevant
    to health include: patents; trademarks including service marks, which are relevant,
    for example, to combating counterfeit drugs; and undisclosed information,
    including trade secrets and test data (see box 2). In respect of each of these areas, the
    Agreement sets out the minimum standards of protection that must be adopted by each
    Member. Each of the main elements of protection is defined, namely the subject matter
    to be protected, the rights to be conferred and permissible exceptions to those
    rights, and the minimum duration of protection. The standards build on those in the
    main pre-existing WIPO Conventions, substantive provisions of which are incorporated
    into the Agreement by reference. While the focus here is on patents, this is only one
    part of the TRIPS Agreement. One of the purposes of the TRIPS Agreement is, for
    10. Intellectual

    Box 2
    The relevance of trademarks and “undisclosed information” to
    health
    􀁺 Trademarks. The agreement defines what types of signs must be eligible for
    protection as trademarks, and what the minimum rights conferred on their owners
    must be. It says that service marks must be protected in the same way as
    trademarks used for goods. Marks that have become well-known in a particular
    country enjoy additional protection.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Marks that have become well-known in a particular
    country enjoy additional protection.

    Quite right!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The Australian High court broke WTO rules:

      In any event, such legislation would appear to be in breach of World Trade Organisation rules, which state that ‘the use of a trademark in the course of trade shall not be unjustifiably encumbered by special requirements’. Therefore, the tobacco industry – like it or loathe it – has reason to be dismayed at the loss of its brand property.

      These rules are dictated by international treaties……………..In essence no treaty is worth the paper its written on any longer if the DOMINO EFFECT happens like ASH and the WHO so desperately want. In fact an investigation should be held of the Aussie high court as they gave no reasons for their rash decision last week. Sayying instead theyd deliver reasons for judgement at a later date!

      Now she comes back and starts answering up!

      http://blogs.bmj.com/tc/2012/08/20/does-tobacco-deserve-trade-protection/

      Marita Hefler
      Collapse Expand The WTO specifically makes provision for states to place public health above trade: “…WTO Agreements recognize that there are cases where Members may wish to subordinate trade-related considerations to other legitimate policy objectives and constraints, such as health. WTO jurisprudence, on several occasions, has confirmed that WTO Members have the right to determine the level of health protection they deem appropriate. Human health has been recognized by the WTO as being “important in the highest degree.” See ‘WTO agreements and public health’ available at http://www.wto.org/english/res

      John Davidson
      Collapse Expand You better check pg 25 out in your link,Intellectual property has PROTECTION! ie brands and packs!

      Marita Hefler
      Collapse Expand See comment above – states still have the right to determine the level of health protection they deem appropriate.

      I responded thats where you and the UN come in to start applying muscle!
      She still hasnt posted my original posting but if ya wanna wack at this NAZI go spank it!

  4. Margo says:

    Yes indeed, history repeats itself and we go round in circles (ever-decreasing, and we will quite soon now probably disappear up our own arses) – because we are a species with a very limited level of wisdom and pool of knowledge available to us. (So the Romans invented central heating, the world forgot all about it for hundreds of years, and then re-invented it in the 20th century). As they say, there’s nothing new under the sun.
    There’s a good piece here: http://boltonsmokersclub.wordpress.com/2012/The Doctors Study: Doll, Hil …
    He picks holes in the study which ‘is the basis … of the WHO anti-tobacco stance’, and then says that thus ‘Doll et al acquired the WHO (by courtesy of and funding by various wealthy American Foundations) and the UN was so absolutely weak and ineffective that it was ripe for the takeover. That is what happened, and we are all suffering from the lack of EMPATHY that megalomaniacs display.’
    Well, I think that it wasn’t weakness and ineffectivity that afflicted the UN (including WHO); it was a deliberate and thought-out response to the need to protect government corporate interests. The link-up between WHO and the International Atomic Energy Association in 1959 is, surely, only one example of WHO’s dubious connections with industry. Doll was employed to present smoking as the cause of lung cancer, to deflect blame from other substances (eg atomic fall-out from bomb-testing), and this scapegoating continues.
    Japan – long-time heavy smokers, always high up on the longevity tables. Well, let’s have a look in 5/10/15/20 years time, when the effects of fall-out from the Fukushima debacle become really apparent. Japan will have sunk down to join Russia somewhere near the bottom. And, if we haven’t by then put an end to the EMPATHY-lacking megalomaniacs who manage this scapegoating, we know what will be blamed.
    Anyway, I hope to God you’re right, and this anti-smoking thing is but a brief re-appearance of that old monster that comes to the surface every now and again when the wrong person stirs up the mud at the bottom of the human Pool of Knowedge.

  5. Rose says:

    Hidden like a snake with the face of angel doing good!

    Harley,
    You have to keep watching them, don’t even blink.

    A Beginner’s Guide to Doctor Who: The Weeping Angels

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Here we go AGAIN!
    Heart attacks among non-smokers fall by a QUARTER in German city after ban stubs out passive smoking

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2194688/Heart-attacks-non-smokers-fall-QUARTER-ban-stubs-passive-smoking.html#ixzz24qTqT8pD

    • Reinhold says:

      Scheissdreck!
      Purest bullshit!

      Bremen doesn’t even have a total ban.
      But currently the antis make an effort to install one.
      So you know what this piece of propaganda is trying to tell us:
      Bring in the total ban, and heart attacks will be eradicated for good!

      I never will understand how these Health People can lie that much without blushing with shame.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    It appears the Owebummer Admin has decided veterans are a threat to his mission!

    US Veterans Forcibly Sequestered in Mental Hospitals is Indefinite Detention

    Frank weve all got a new mental illness in the DSM

    Most recently is the inception of oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) which is described as a mental disease wherein free thinkers, non-conformists, civil disobedience supporters, those who question authority and are perceived as being hostile toward the government are labeled mentally ill.

    Psychiatrics claim that sufferers have “a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persists for at least 6 months” which includes:

    Mines persisted for well over 6 years…………

    • Persistent stubbornness
    • Resistance to directions
    • Unwillingness to go along with the crowd
    • Deliberately annoying others
    • Testing limits by ignoring orders

    http://www.infowars.com/us-veterans-forcibly-sequestered-in-mental-hospitals-is-indefinite-detention/

  8. Liz says:

    Frank, I love your blog. My favourite! But I think you do some wishful thinking. The same wishful thinking I do. It would be wonderful if our wishful thinking came true. I am going to have to re-incarnate to find out. Hope you are blogging then too!

  9. gimper30 says:

    As you and I have previously discussed, someday the banner headline wil be SMOKING CAUSES NOTHING! Won’t that be a hoot!!!!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      And youd be right!

      JOINT STATEMENT ON THE RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS”
      7 October, the COT meeting on 26 October and the COC meeting on 18
      November 2004.

      cot.food.gov.uk/pdfs/tox201208.pdf

      “5. The Committees commented that tobacco smoke was a highly complex chemical mixture and that the causative agents for smoke induced diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, effects on reproduction and on offspring) was unknown. The mechanisms by which tobacco induced adverse effects were not established. The best information related to tobacco smoke – induced lung cancer, but even in this instance a detailed mechanism was not available. The Committees therefore agreed that on the basis of current knowledge it would be very difficult to identify a toxicological testing strategy or a biomonitoring approach for use in volunteer studies with smokers where the end-points determined or biomarkers measured were predictive of the overall burden of tobacco-induced adverse disease.”

      In other words … our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can’t even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it. In fact … we don’t even know how tobacco does all of the magical things we claim it does.

      The greatest threat to the second hand theory is the weakness of the first hand theory.

  10. garyk30 says:

    “In other words … our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can’t even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it.”

    However, there was a first class, real life, study on this very subject.

    Doll’s 50 year study of the mortality of male British doctors shows the effects of smoking on over all male mortality.

    That study found that; altho 85% of the current smokers’ deaths were from the diseases ‘claimed’ to be caused by smoking, 84% of the never-smokers’ deaths were from those same diseases.

    Data from that study shows that current smokers and never-smokers have, to two decimal places, the exact same chances of NOT DYING from those diseases ‘claimed’ to be caused by smoking!!!

    Indeed, smoking does cause nothing. :)

    Welllllll, not quite nothing. It has given many in TC a nice life-style and a comfortable retirement!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      As long as those tobacco stocks the nazis invested our taxes into keep paying off they will have a retirement plan.

  11. jaxthefirst says:

    “Hidden like a snake with the face of angel doing good!”

    Wasn’t it Nostradamus who said that the “third antichrist” would arrive promising to save the world and with the backing of huge numbers of adherents who believed that “he” was here to bring us the promised land of milk and honey, but who would turn out in the end to be the bringer of death and destruction and misery; and that “he” would only be brought down when the true Second Coming arrived to confront “him” and people began to see how they had been fooled? Or was that Revelations? (I can never understand the original text of either, so I’m not sure)

    But either way, perhaps the “him” in question isn’t actually a “him” at all, but an entity, a movement, perhaps even a “faith” of sorts. In which case the Second Coming won’t be a “him” either, but will be the voices of truth and reason and compassion which stand firm against that entity and which, eventually, reveal it for what it is really worth …

    • garyk30 says:

      “Hidden like a snake with the face of angel doing good!”

      The anti-smokers do not have the faces of angels. They look more like what they are.

      Jax,
      Good concept.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        The ACS was who the sentence was about:
        A cure in our lifetime they said during theyre Angel face era

        Rockefeller also created the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Foundation, and the American Lung Association in this eugenics framework)

        Antismoking is not new. It has a long, sordid history. The three antismoking crusades of the last century have been eugenics-driven. In eugenics, health is erroneously reduced to an entirely biological phenomenon and where a self-installed elite attempt to engineer/breed a “better” human herd. In addition to a genetic aspect, eugenics views tobacco and alcohol as racial poisons needing to be eradicated (negative eugenics). Antismoking was rife in early-1900s USA. Smoking and tobacco sales were banned in quite a number of American states.

        http://www.americanheritage.com/artic….

        Dillow (1981) notes that the bulk of antismoking claims were fraudulent and inflammatory. Dillow fails to note that the antismoking crusade of the early-1900s USA was eugenics-driven: Eugenics was mainstream in the USA at this time. At the turn of the last century, eugenics was mainstream in the USA, the UK, some European countries, and a number of Scandinavian countries. The USA appears to be the most prominent. The mega-wealthy in the USA (e.g., Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford, Kellogg) were supporters and funders of eugenics (and antismoking, anti-alcohol) – and still are. Rockefeller and Ford were also prominent supporters of Nazi eugenics. (Rockefeller also created the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Foundation, and the American Lung Association in this eugenics framework). Rockefeller and Ford had trade agreements with the Nazis through the 1930s

    • RooBeeDoo2 says:

      Not a him. How about a WHO?

  12. John Gray says:

    Musing thoughts…After winning a victory over enemies, the ancient Celts used to take heads. One spike or two, Stanton?

  13. RooBeeDoo2 says:

    Elsewhere, the comments under the Guardian piece about how smoking pot before the age of 18 years makes you stupid are priceless. I want to post the comment ‘Legalise, regulate and tax? HAHAHAHAHAHA cough HA!’, but I don’t want to sign up to anything with that rag.

  14. ” and the biggest single risk for cancer is age, not smoking or lifestyle”

    wow,and they say smoking accounts as a major risk for 60% of all the cancers!

    I guess now we will be expecting hordes of antismokers turning into antiageists!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9487635/Why-the-rise-in-cancer-rates-could-actually-be-good-news.html

  15. smokingscot says:

    Your comparison with religion is valid. Certainly it has all the hallmarks of a fundamentalist belief system. They appeal to a very small minority and, as with their religious counterparts, they exaggerate selected sections of the written word to suit their own ends.

    Where there is a difference is the way TCI has spread, with only very minor variations, worldwide.

    I was mildly intrigued by Stanton and his transparent attempt at front line politics in the same way that Chapman has become something of a of media whore is vaguely more interesting than watching paint dry. We of course have Duffy and you have Arnott. They all seem to be able to access public funds and they all seem to be able to access senior politicians at a whim.

    Can I envision a situation where a Chapman equivalent might emerge in say Russia, China or even Iran. Can they risk public debates, can they risk alienating up to 40% of their adults; (50%) in China by all accounts? Can they risk any dilution to their power?

    I hope they do and I sincerely hope they fully adopt all the recommendations of the WHO. It’s about time they all fragmented into their ethnic / historical components.

    I note that Belarus and North Korea have not, as yet, even started the media campaign that’s the precursor to a ban. Damn!

  16. harleyrider1978 says:

    Belarus bets that smoking will improve athletes’ performance

    http://rt.com/news/belarus-athlets-smoking/

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the importers of tobacco to give five per cent of their revenues to sports organizations in the republic in an effort to improve athletic excellence.
    “The document was adopted in order to create the necessary conditions for the further development of individual sports, preparing high-class athletes and sports institutions, as well as improving the results of Belarusian clubs in all sports of the international arena,” the text of the decree says.

    Exceptions to the presidential decree were made for cigars, cigarillos and smoking tobacco that are produced on the territory of neighboring Russia.
    On a side note, the advertising of tobacco is prohibited at or near sports centers or public health facilities in Belarus.

    Looks like a winner for a vaca!

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