The Ugly World of Tobacco Control

There used to be a painted Bisto ad, 50 or 60 years ago, which showed the aroma of Bisto gravy wafting under the noses of diners sitting in hungry anticipation of their coming meal, and calling out: “Aaaaaah! Bisto!!”

It was a happy little ad, with all the diners wearing expressions of bliss. It portrayed a happy world, to which a few spoonfuls of Bisto would add a further modicum of happiness.

Most ads were like that back then. Buy product X, and you would be happier. Or more beautiful. It was a very positive vision that they advanced, even if it was a tad exaggerated.

Now we’re living in the time of cancerous graphic health warnings which do exactly the opposite, and portray not positive things like love and friendship and laughter, but negative things like disease and ugliness and pain and death.

And, if the EU has anything to do with it, these grim warnings will entirely replace pretty and attractive cigarette packaging. There won’t be anything else to look at.

It will be as if one went into an art gallery, and the only pictures on display showed torture and murder and death and destruction, with all the paintings of beautiful girls and luminous flowers and glowing landscapes removed and hidden away.

They have set out to make the world ugly.

Because this how Tobacco Control looks at the world. Theirs isn’t a world which is in the least bit beautiful or good or happy. Theirs is a world which is completely dominated by a vision of absolute evil. Tobacco is the single satanic evil of Tobacco Control. And they want everyone to see the world the way that they do, as ugly and sick and malodorous. And they so much want to force their vision on everyone, that they are prepared to erase anything that is attractive or pretty. They are uglifying and poisoning the world.

They may as well be sprinkling arsenic on everyone.

If they had enough money and enough clout (and perhaps they do), every billboard would be covered in rotting corpses, every magazine and newspaper and TV ad would depict wheezing, cancerous lungs and purulent tumours and blood and vomit and ugliness.

And just like the Bisto ad was exaggerated, so also is their grim vision vastly exaggerated. Because, quite simply, smoking cigarettes isn’t all that dangerous. There are many far more dangerous things that people can do. Like firing guns at each other.

The ugly graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging actually say far more about the mentality of the antismokers in Tobacco Control than they do about tobacco. For what we are seeing on tobacco packaging are ideas that people in Tobacco Control have dreamt up, and debated and reviewed and criticized and improved. These are works of ugly imagination. That these vile images have gone through a process of peer review and approval and publication really only goes to show how utterly sick Tobacco Control has become.

One might consider how they might have set out to send a good, positive, encouraging message instead of an evil, negative, disturbing one. They could, for example, have said how giving up smoking would win people jobs and friends and social acceptance. They could have portrayed smokers as lonely outcasts who would discover friendship and love and laughter if they just gave up smoking.

It wouldn’t be true, of course. It would be the very opposite of the truth, in fact. But it would at least be a positive pitch.

They can’t do it, however. And they can’t because they don’t have a clear idea of anything that is in the least bit positive or ‘good’. Love and friendship and laughter mean nothing to them. The only thing that they can see – and which completely possesses them – is the vast spectre of the evil of tobacco and smoking that they have conjured up in their own minds. And conjured up from a few puffs of smoke! And that is the only thing that they know to serve up in their graphic health warnings – like some bad chef who can only cook one particular disgusting and inedible dish.

I think that, in the end, people will become utterly sick of Tobacco Control. The graphic health warnings are becoming far more intrusive and nauseating than the tobacco smoke they are supposed to banish. The cure is worse than the disease. Which would you prefer: a world in which a little tobacco smoke wafts around like the aroma of Bisto, or one in which images of sickness and suffering and disfigurement and death are foisted upon you from all directions? Which is the uglier and more disturbing and more sickening world?

It won’t be tobacco that will end up being hated: it will be Tobacco Control. It is they who will come to be seen as sick and cancerous, not tobacco or smoking. For they are ugly people with ugly ideas and an ugly vision of the world, and sooner or later they and everything they stand for will be seen for what they are: ugly, twisted, sick, and dangerous.

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19 Responses to The Ugly World of Tobacco Control

  1. jaxthefirst says:

    ”They could, for example, have said how giving up smoking would win people jobs and friends and social acceptance.”

    I think in their own inept way they have actually tried this. Some of the early smoke-free leaflets etc had all sorts of cartoon pictures of people skipping about in flowery fields or running up hills with their equally-skippy families in tow, but because, as you say, they don’t actually have any concept of what beauty or happiness or friendship or tolerance is like in the real world their attempts have never quite hit the mark. And of course there was always that thorny issue of reality never quite matching up to their happy-clappy promises. Because the moment everyone realised, even at a subconscious level, that people who gave up smoking (a) got just as ill as smokers did, (b) died just as often as smokers did, (c) became generally moody, grumpy and small-minded (and stayed that way) after giving up and, because of that, (d) actually lost lots of friends and lovers through their miserable attitudes, those promises started to sound pretty hollow, to say the least.

    And, realising that such cheesy images were running the risk of exposing all their carefully-crafted lies, they very swiftly changed tack to the approach they were much better at – illustrating lots of nasty things. This was much more effective because at heart they are nasty people and they have a much better grasp of everything that’s evil and repugnant and fear-inducing. They are hateful people who are determined to foster hate and intolerance and isolation in everyone else, because it reflects their own miserable, preoccupied, unimportant little lives. Which in turn makes them feel better about being miserable, preoccupied and unimportant.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    And this Christmas Im sending cartons of cigs to all my happy smoking family members. Then when they come and visit I take them out to eat at a smoking restaraunt. For some who come from states away its a total culture shock after years of being criminalized in their home state.
    One of my uncles from Arizona came up this past summer and loved the freedom so much he is moving here. I cant wait he is the rich one!

  3. Junican says:

    It is strangely true that even in the most erudite of publications there is obscene exaggeration. Take the BMJ articles about ‘Smoking and Mortality’ by Hill and Doll. These articles were designed to create panic. They deliberately used statistical methods to exaggerate the dangers of smoking. They did so by emphasising only the difference between the small numbers of people who smoked and died as compared with non-smokers who died. They all died,

    The Doll reports and studies epitomise the uncertainty of any ‘science’ produced by Zealots. Nothing that they say can be trusted – nothing – not a thing. The disgusting, filthy, stinking pictures which the Zealots support reveal only their evil intents. Nothing that Arnott and co say is acceptable as true, The situation is like a conjurer who has fooled you once………….

    Nothing whatsoever that The Health Dept produce about anything at all can be trusted whilest the Holy Zealots of Tobacco Control are in place. They need to PUBLICLY removed before the Health Dept can be trusted. The fact that hardly anyone at all knows about the corruption of the Health Dept is not important – WE KNOW!

    • Frank Davis says:

      Nothing that they say can be trusted – nothing – not a thing.

      That’s how I feel. What they say seems to be nothing but lies. They seem to have constructed a vast edifice of lies.

      Nothing whatsoever that The Health Dept produce about anything at all can be trusted whilest the Holy Zealots of Tobacco Control are in place. They need to PUBLICLY removed before the Health Dept can be trusted.

      I entirely agree. They are a cancer on the medical profession. They need to be surgically removed. However they seem to have metastasised almost everywhere.in the body of that profession.

    • garyk30 says:

      “These articles were designed to create panic.”

      OK, let’s spread more panic; but, among the TC anti fools.

      Doll’s reports show that a never-smokers’ chances of NOT dying from any disease caused by smoking are NO better than the chances of a 25+/day smoker!!!! :)

      Smokers can relax, secure in the knowledge that they and never-smokers have the same chance of NOT dying from any of those diseases said to be ’caused’ by smoking.

  4. raymond barfoot says:

    dear frank, i just want to say that i agree completely with all you have said.t.c. has jumped the shark so long ago that i am amazed they are still around. glantz, chapman,arnott,et al will soon be on the interlink bewailing their fate but alas it will have been a decade too late. these parisites on the body politic have treaded on peoples rights for far too long as it is. where is the piano wire??? that is all that they deserve and they will have it soon enough i think . people see through their tissue of lies now and soon payback is coming.never fear though the bell tolls for tobacco control not for me or thee. and not a moment too soon. raymond barfoot

  5. waltc says:

    For a short time in NYC (before it was declared unconstitutional, tho I think Bloomberg is still appealing that decision) under a DOH mandate, all tobacco stores (meaning any store that sold cigarettes) had to plaster their walls with graphic warning posters, the same medical porn proposed for packs. Talk about uglification, this went beyond disfiguring the packs and moved on to disfiguring… the world. And what got me most about it was the fact that everyone–including all those teacher’s-pet nonsmokers– who entered those stores to buy innocent sugar-free, salt-free gum or this month’s People would be forced to come smack-dab against the prospect of their own mortality since they are (and somewhere know it) just as likely to die of heart disease or cancer.

    When the proposal was still just a gleam in Bloomberg’s eye (tho his gleams inevitably become law around here) I testified against it, saying in part:

    “In yet another form of humorless, authoritarian, paternalistic overkill, you apparently feel entitled to inflict a whole series of stomach-turning images on everyone who happens to wander into a store, including the 80% of those shoppers who don’t– and have no intention of ever– smoking. But who still aren’t immortal. And so, you’d confront them, on a sunny afternoon, with a nasty memento mori–a reminder that, regardless of whether or not we smoke, we’re ALL just a vulnerable mass of viscera waiting around for rot.. In Robert Welch’s famous words to McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency?” ”

    They didn’t, of course. And don’t. And never will.

    • beobrigitte says:

      all tobacco stores (meaning any store that sold cigarettes) had to plaster their walls with graphic warning posters, the same medical porn proposed for packs.

      This is nothing a few Marker pens can’t cure and an opportunity to tell the world the truth about the medical porn, e.g. the painted tar lungs, the diabetic leg ulcer and so on.

  6. Messalina says:

    Absolutely true, these people have ugly, sick and twisted minds. And in all the news stories, they seem so proud when displaying their ugly ‘works of art’.

  7. beobrigitte says:

    The graphic health warnings are becoming far more intrusive and nauseating than the tobacco smoke they are supposed to banish.

    People are pretty immune to these “health warnings”, they are sensible and ignore them or just joke about them.

    I think that, in the end, people will become utterly sick of Tobacco Control.

    The end is neigh…………..

  8. cherie79 says:

    We need huge adverts saying, ‘THE ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING IS NOT IMMORTALITY’

  9. Tony says:

    Frank,
    Your post today reminded me of a beautiful, eloquent post by one of Michael Seigel’s commentators – Paul.
    An extract:
    “Anti-smokers make this world such a miserable place to live in. They portray the world, and life itself, as a dangerous and miserable place, yet they endlessly pursue a longer life. I have never witnessed a movement in my lifetime that is permeated with so much evil, stupidity, and sheer inhumanity, no matter how much rhetoric it spews about trying to prevent suffering.

    Just open your door and look outside. Feel the sun on your face. Listen to the birds. Splash around in a stream or lake. We are privileged to live in a truly gorgeous world. And anti-smokers turn all of this beauty and joy into something more sickening than a black lung.

    Anti-smokers CREATE misery, and suffering, and conflict, and guilt, and shame, and oppression, and stress, and segregation, and isolation, and so many other horrific things that did not exist before they began devoting their lives to worrying about what other people were doing with theirs. Meanwhile, cancer exists even without tobacco. Who is really creating a preventable problem here? “

    The whole thing is well worth a (re-)read. http://js-kit.com/api/static/pop_comments?ref=http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com&path=%2F7238876546278051091
    You’ll need to scroll down to near the end of the comments.

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