H/T Harley for the latest assault on smokers.
A national campaign urging smokers to quit for a month has been launched by the Government.
Britain’s eight million smokers will be encouraged to kick the habit for 28 days from October 1 as part of Stoptober, the Department of Health announced.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said it was the first time that the Government had launched a “mass quit attempt”.
The initiative, backed by Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation, will involve television and radio adverts, a daily messaging service and roadshows around the country.
I felt a surge of anger when I read this. The bastards never give up, do they?
But in my own case I’ll be completely impervious to the campaign, because I don’t have a TV, and don’t listen to the radio, and don’t read newspapers. And I won’t be visiting any of their roadshows, obviously.
And I rather suspect that it’s going to tick off quite a few smokers. And maybe quite a few non-smokers as well. For the past 5 years or more, smokers have faced a barrage of antismoking ads and messages and advice. And now it’s all going to be ratcheted up even louder.
You’d think that if someone was going to give up smoking, they’d have done so by now. But the only thing the zealots can think of doing is more of the same, only louder and bigger. At this rate, there’ll probably be loudspeaker vans everywhere, blaring out antismoking messages. I’m a bit surprised, with all the money they’ve got (and this campaign must be costing millions), that they couldn’t be a tiny bit more innovative. But the only thing they know is more of the same.
They’ll only make more enemies for themselves. People who hated them a little will hate them a lot. And people who hate them a lot will hate them even more. And that’s a good thing. In the end everyone will hate them, and everyone will be sated with their lying propaganda.
For someone like me, it’s a matter of honour now to never give up smoking. Even if I get lung cancer, I’ll use my last faint breath to pull on a cigarette. Because to give up smoking now is to surrender to these bastards, and I could never forgive myself for that. Once it was a free choice I could make: now it’s just moral blackmail, and I’ll never give in.
I’ve begun to think that, when they’ve lost their global war on smokers (and they will lose), and many of them are in prison for fraud and defamation and crimes against humanity, and the true extent of the colossal social and economic damage they’ve done has been revealed, it will be the end of the war on smoking forever. They won’t be back in 50 years or 100 years. They won’t be back ever. Because their current monumental assault on millions of decent people will not be forgotten. It’ll be the stuff of books and documentaries and enquiries. It’ll be the subject of movies, with another Humphrey Bogart and another Lauren Bacall fleeing from Antismoker-Occupied Europe to a Greek island where everyone smokes and drinks, until the arrival of Tobacco Control in the form of Sydney Greenstreet.
And there’ll be a museum of antismoking, full of No Smoking signs and black lungs and propaganda lies, and grainy blown-up photos of Stanton Glantz and co on the walls. And the message will be Never Again.
No, if the zealots ever come back, it will be with some new target social group to demonise. Like dog owners. Or yachtsmen. Or Egyptologists. It’s not hard to demonise people. Anyone can be made to look bad. And it’s pretty lucrative, particularly if you can get paid to do it using the target group’s taxes (so probably Egyptologists wouldn’t make a good target group, because there aren’t that many of them, and they aren’t that rich).
Antismoking puritan Nazism is a disease like influenza. The first time the bacillus comes round, it kills millions. But the next time, the population has built up a little resistance, and it claims fewer lives. It needs to mutate to become virulent again, and so must switch its targets.
P.S. F2C Scotland has a video.