Monthly Archives: June 2009

Idealism

Smoking bans are the product of idealism. It’s not implausible to imagine that, in an ideal world, people wouldn’t smoke tobacco, or drink alcohol. After all, it’s largely because people are not living in an ideal world that they smoke … Continue reading

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White Lies

“Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 50 years you are very aware that smoking is not only bad for you, it could very likely kill you. All smokers know this for sure but it doesn’t deter … Continue reading

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Iconic Images

I think this is a powerful, iconic image. And now that battered and bleeding smokers are fighting for survival, it’s perhaps something to identify with. We could do with a few more images like it. …. They set out to … Continue reading

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Too Much

Time was, 50 years ago, when everyone smoked pretty much everywhere. And nobody was in the least bit bothered about it. Or nobody I knew. The restrictions on smoking came in slowly, like a tide gradually and unnoticeably rising up … Continue reading

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The Book of Common Prayer

I always knew I wasn’t going to like the smoking ban. But I was astonished at the ferocious intensity of what I felt when that day actually dawned. I became angry. Incandescent. And I’ve stayed angry ever since. It’s an … Continue reading

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The Great Storm Coming

 I can’t help but think that Tobacco Control has made a disastrous mistake by launching a total war on smokers. Consider. Things were going so well for them. Using the softly-softly approach, they’d managed to convince everyone that smoking caused … Continue reading

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Questioning Authority

There ought to be a name for the global War on Smoking that has been unleashed in recent years, bringing in smoking bans all around the world. There was a war on smoking underway throughout the latter half of the … Continue reading

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