Enough of one kind of cancer for the time being. H/T Harley for this about another:
UK Could Be A ‘No Smoking Nation’ By 2032
Senior doctors and anti-smoking campaigners have told Sky News they are working towards making the UK a no smoking nation within the next 20 years.
Leading specialist Professor John Britton has called on the Government to back the goal, describing it as entirely realistic.
“Andrew Lansley could make himself a legacy greater than that of almost any other Health Secretary in history,” Professor Britton, who chairs the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group, said.
“I think it will be entirely realistic for all practical purposes to eradicate smoking within 20 years…”
“Our vision is to make smoking history for our children in the next 20 years and we know there are millions out there that back this,” Ailsa Rutter, the organisation’s chief executive, said…
“We really can push further,” she said. “We can make smoking history, and I do truly believe that it’s the right thing to do.”
It’s when I read stuff like this that I see civil war coming. Because ‘eradicating smoking’ also means eradicating smokers. Not content with stacking the law against smokers as much as they already have, they want to “push” even harder. Things cannot go on like this forever, pressing down harder and harder on a minority of the population: sooner or later there will be an explosion of anger.
And how arrogant it is of these people, that they feel able to impose their “vision” of the future on everyone else.
Much as I detest people like Deborah Arnott and Stanton Glantz, it must be said in their favour that neither of them are doctors, and neither have ever sworn a hippocratic oath. Both could claim that they were only ever in it for the money. But Dr John Britton is a doctor, like Sir Charles George and Sir Liam Donaldson and my own Dr W, all of whom may have been expected to have sworn that oath, or something like it. Here’s the modern version of it:
AT THE TIME OF BEING ADMITTED AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:
- I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
- I WILL GIVE to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
- I WILL PRACTISE my profession with conscience and dignity;
- THE HEALTH OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;
- I WILL RESPECT the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
- I WILL MAINTAIN by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
- MY COLLEAGUES will be my sisters and brothers;
- I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
- I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life;
- I WILL NOT USE my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
- I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
What respect did any of these antismoking doctors have for smokers? None whatsoever.
What respect did they have for their rights and civil liberties? None whatsoever. They violate them continually.
These doctors have demonised and excluded millions of smokers. They have shattered communities and divided friends. In some cases they have even caused their deaths. They – who are supposed to be working in the service of humanity – have instead declared war on a quarter of it.
Doctors! Doctors are doing this!
Their crime has not been to believe that smoking causes cancer. People are entitled to believe whatever they like about that. Nor was their crime to advocate smoking cessation. After all, if they think smoking is so dangerous, they’re bound to advocate giving up smoking. No, their crime was to invoke the full force of the law against smokers, in order to force smokers to quit smoking whether they wanted to or not. They have set out to make smoking a crime, and smokers into criminals. That’s their crime.
And for this they can never be forgiven.
I have my own vision of the future, and it’s not like theirs at all.
In my vision of the future, Tobacco Control will have been completely destroyed by 2032, if not long beforehand. Maybe “eradicated” would be a better description for the fate of this social cancer.
And Professor John Britton will have been struck off the medical register, and stripped of all his titles and honours, along with all his antismoking colleagues.
And quite likely the Royal College of Physicians will have been disbanded as well.
And Britain and the rest of the world will be as smoky as it ever was. In fact, most likely far smokier than ever.
Let’s see, over the coming years, just whose vision is realised.