Bulgarian Smokers Party

H/T Harley and prog for news from Bulgaria, where a smoking ban came in last June, and a failed attempt to overturn it was made in December. First up:

Six months after the introduction by Bulgaria of a full ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and bars, and a few weeks after failed attempts to reverse the law, investigations by two television stations have found widespread breaches of the law.

Many restaurants were continuing to break the ban, television station bTV said on January 3 2013, saying that owners of bars and restaurants preferred to pay fines rather than deprive their customers of the chance to smoke.

Between the time that the ban came into effect, June 1 2012, and the end of December, inspectors across Bulgaria have carried out a total of 128 698 inspections.

Fines close to 190 000 leva (about 95 000 euro) have been imposed.

Most of the violations of the ban were in October, November and December 2012 as the cold weather set in. The city with the highest rate of breaches of the smoking ban was the capital, Sofia.

Sounds like Bulgarians – 40% of whom are smokers – are knuckling down like they’re supposed to. Second:

Minor Bulgarian rightist Union of Democratic Forces party has announced it will start a petition for a nationwide referendum on the recently imposed full smoking ban in the country.

“People are concerned about this issue, the issue is of their competence and impacts their everyday lives,” said UDF’s Boris Markov, who has been appointed as the party’s coordinator for the petition.

Third (Google translation):

Resistance of smokers will not stop . This announcement Andrei Slabakov a press conference on the occasion of the BTA start a new civic organization “The National Association of Free” (U.S.).

He said the purpose of the Association is to work against the laws that are written against Bulgarian citizens. Slabakov said that the U.S. will deal with football hooliganism Law and the Law on DHC, but at first will pay attention to the full ban on smoking in public places.

“Act smokers zorlem makes people criminals” firmly Slabakov and added that the main problem is not adult smokers in the absence of prevention among young people under 18.

And finally (in a piece clearly written by an antismoking zealot):

Tobacco-Addicted Bulgarians Ready to Unite in Party

Bulgarians, who are firmly against the ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, enforced as of June 1 last year, are bracing up to form a party to defend their rights.

The initiative has been spearheaded by popular movie stars Andrey Slabakov and Djoko Rosic, jazz singer Hilda Kazasyan, opera and pop singer Orlin Goranov, professor Milan Milanov from Sofia emergency hospital Pirogov.

The popular tobacco addicts have already pooled efforts in a civil organization, named “National Association of the Free People”. They warn however they are ready to form a party and vie for MP seats, relying on the support of more than 2 million Bulgarians.

The association plans to hold a new massive rally on February 1 in front of the parliament, aimed to raise awareness of smokers’ rights and the difficulties that small and medium-sized enterprises face after the ban was introduced in cafes, bars and restaurants, regardless of size.

A smokers’ party is an interesting development. But with 40% of Bulgarians smoking, and probably quite a lot of support from sympathetic non-smokers as well (although not antismokers, of course) they could have a pretty big impact.

Milan-MilanovProfessor Milan Milanov sounds like he might be a doctor.

PROF. DR Milanov, chairman of the Committee on Medical Ethics of the Bulgarian Medical Association

That’s him on the right.

Anyway, it seems like Bulgaria’s cultural elite wants to get rid of the smoking ban too. Handy to have a senior doctor on board.

We’re not likely to see anything like that in the UK.

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35 Responses to Bulgarian Smokers Party

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Remember Frank Miracles can happen……….. Ive always remained optiMYSTIC even in the avalanche of bans as they passed. Fighting like the last man standing. Ive never given up and never shall,the same as the folks In Bulgaria have a fighting spirit to win no matter the costs. The ban has awaken in Bulgaria a sleeping giant and with its awakening a new party is born with but a main agenda to get rid of nanny laws. But little do they realize a much larger movement will be their calling as they gain support and political clout. It will be a movement against the EU and its entire totalitarian regime. Yes this smokers party of freedom is actually the counter to EU MANDATES. Its a bigger dragon that’s going to be sleign and this new party has yet to realize it or maybe they have. Its the new Europe being born! And frank your reporting it first.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Kate Moss Enjoys A Smoke in London
    It looks like supermodel Kate Moss is having quite the stressful day! The British beauty was spotted having a cigarette break while she was out and about in London, England on Thursday afternoon.

    Wouldn’t be nice if smoking became “so last season” already? In a health-obsessed celebrity world, you really don’t see many stars out there smoking as much as they used to, right? Hopefully Kate will be able to kick the unhealthy habit to the curb soon. Yuck!


    • prog says:

      Free publicity for ‘The British beauty’ who doesn’t give a fuck about antis (you can almost read the author’s mind ‘OMG how can a middle aged female smoker be so attractive?’) . And I doubt she gets over stressed about anything. As for other celebrities, there’s a hell of a lot who smoke but are too frightened to do it in public. Health doesn’t enter the equation.

      Re Bulgaria, there was bound to be dissent – the population hasn’t had 50-60 years of brain washing (hence the 40% rate). The anti tobacco campaign over there is clearly driven by outside influences that believe Bulgarians would fold like smokers have elsewhere . Such is their arrogance that will ultimately destroy them.

  3. smokervoter says:

    We’re not likely to see anything like that in the UK

    Yes you will. It’s called UKIP. Easy peasy. 4 rebellious million smokers+3 million EU sceptics = 22% of 31 million votes cast in 2015. Automatic coalition partner. It’s no wonder that one Conservative MP wants a pact with Farage.

    • Frank Davis says:

      The problem with UKIP is that it’s Nigel Farage who is the most prominent in-your-face smoker in it. If he got ousted as leader, UKIP might turn out to be full of antis.

      • johnnyrvf says:

        The other ‘problem’ with UKIP is those a*se w*pes the Hamiltons of Major’s Tory party eniquity are high up in it’s organisation, I can see them using the mass exodus of disgruntled voters as another scource to be fleeced.

  4. nisakiman says:

    In all the reports that are linked, I couldn’t help noticing how they kept referring to “the tobacco addicts”, which is, and is patently meant to be, derogatory. It is obvious what the editorial stance of these English language Bulgarian news sites is. I tried to find a website for the Bulgarian smoker’s rights movement, but to no avail. Does anyone know if such a site exists?

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    On facebook we get stories posted by a few Bulgarians at times. Next time one pops up I will try and track down the poster and see.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Pluseek Lin found this Bulgarian facebook page for the smokers rights movement but its all in bulgarian.

      Protest! The equal rights of smokers and non smokers!
      Public · By Ethno Bar Red House, Nadia Simeonova and 2 others


      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Im an American and have posted on Novia many times over the last year exposing the lies and propaganda the anti-smoking groups have pushed out to justify this smoking ban law. If you need information on the JUNK SCIENCE they have created I and many others can post it for you. I am using Google translator to make this statement here and its translation may be a bit off so sorry if it creates some crazy statements ahead of time. God Bless all of you In Bulgaria fighting for your rights as many of the rest of us have worldwide for some years now…….


        Your group and party is being discussed in English here at Franks Blog in England

        Аз съм американец и са написали на Novia много пъти през последните години излагане на лъжи и пропаганда против тютюнопушенето групи принудиха да оправдае този закон за забрана на тютюнопушенето.Ако имате нужда от информация за боклуци наука, те са създали и много други могат да го пусне за вас.Аз съм с Google преводач, за да направя това изявление и неговия превод може да бъде малко разстояние, така съжалявам, ако тя създава някои луди отчети преди време.Бог да благослови всички вас в борбата на България за правата си, като много от останалата част от нас имат по целия свят вече няколко години …….


        Вашата група и партията се обсъжда на английски език тук в франките Блог в Англия
        https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/bulgarian-smokers-party/ # коментар-69 828

        • nisakiman says:

          Nice one Harley. I was thinking of doing something along the same lines. Maybe we should direct them to the TCTactics site too. That’s a kind of one-stop shop for exposing anti-smoker bullshit. I may do that a bit later this evening. There will for sure be lots of English speakers among them who can disseminate the information contained therein.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Good idea, Harley!! Let them know that they are not alone. They might be told (as people in Germany are) that “the smoking ban works well everywhere”.

          Also good idea, nisakiman!

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Smoking ban set to extend to sidelines
    18 January 2013

    Smoking could soon be outlawed from the GAA sidelines.

    According to a report in today’s Irish Daily Star, the Tobacco Policy Review Group is proposing extending the smoking ban to public areas such as playgrounds, public parks and sports grounds.

    The news has been met with strong opposition by John Mallon of the smokers’ group choice, Forest Ireland, who said there was no justification to ban smoking outdoors.

    “There are no medical grounds for the introduction of any outdoor smoking ban,” he said.

    “We are not dealing with science here – we are dealing with propaganda and politics. They are herding 1.3 million people away. We are going to be bullied and criminalised.”

    The proposal is unlikely to go down well either with club players who still have a quick fag on the sideline during half-time!


  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Google translator

    About his withdrawal from the EU

    Coming soon to the EU are the menthol cigarettes are banned, such as Helmut Schmidt, she smokes. Menthol cigarettes are more harmful than cigarettes without menthol? No. Addition, the EU ban all cigarettes, which have a diameter of less than 7.5 millimeters. And on all parcels horror pictures of sick people will be on display. The reason can be summed up in this sentence: Smoking is unreasonable.

    In my view, such measures lies behind a new understanding of the state and its tasks. The state is an educator. It controls not only live together, no, he represents an idea of ​​the real world. So far, so what was more the specialty of dictatorships. That cigarettes are not banned altogether, is related to the fact that the government wants to keep the tax revenue of course. Educators are often a bit inconsistent, I know from personal experience. We have our child, for example, sometimes given a pacifier, although it is not good for your teeth. We just wanted to have our peace. Child’s teeth were then incidentally still quite pretty.

    I step out from the EU hereby. I do not want this anymore. These people that make me constantly regulations, I can not deselect times yes. I want to have in the future the freedom to walk in the woods at night, although this can be dangerous. I want to be able in the future without wearing socks slip nubs. I want to swim far out to sea, when I feel like it. I demand the freedom to go through three consecutive nights, yes, I want to dance, no matter what my cycle says. I am against the wooden toys rate in kindergartens, which was brought from the mirror as the next possible action by the EU this week. I want to eat fat and sugar, as much as I want. I want when no one is around, screaming for hours allowed as long to tear up my vocal chords. I do not want the damn EU tomorrow prohibits Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and only the remains allowed. I want to drink coffee, morning, noon and in the evening tea. I want, if I’m so on it tomorrow, I flogged by my partner, or it depends on me on toes. They are my toes, which the EU go to a damn. I want to live in such a way as I want and can, dammit. If I bother you, then I take into consideration. The rest is my business.

    Oh, you asked about the cost? You say you do not want to pay for the diseases that I zuziehe may, in the exercise of my freedom? Asks her in his arms really well, whether they need to apply their own fault Hartz IV if they were unreasonable, perhaps? But be reassured, the sooner one dies, the cheaper it is for the general public. Freedom is cheap, expensive are the centenarians.

    Besides, if you want to invest your money for your retirement safe and sensible, I would have a tip: Look for a company from which manufactures Überstülp boxes for cigarette, or leather cases, or the good old cigarette cases. In Australia, they have recently introduced the horror packs for cigarettes, since the industry is booming. One can about the horror pack easily put one box over it with the old Marlboro Cover, done. Helmut Schmidt and I personally like to smuggle illegal menthol cigarettes across the Swiss border.

    This article, see as an audio file in the premium segment

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      From the comments

      these newfangled EU tutelage. Soon there will be probably no silver or black painted cars more, but only that. With pictures of accident victims and grave stones on the hood Given the EU madness you have to really make the future of the bourgeois notion of freedom concerns. Meanwhile, I am still very happy that I can enjoy my daily morning cigarette just as undisturbed as my daily donne Stein Mart – both fixed rituals in my life.

      err Martenstein,

      … Thank you for this article. Such a letter against the restrictions of freedoms in the EU I would also finally out of the political departments.

      Outstanding Continued …

      Roland Baader … to dream:

      Thank you Mr. Stein Mart.

    • margo says:

      I love the translation!

    • Frank Davis says:

      Linked interview with Helmut Schmidt (Google translation)

      And you have never tried to give up smoking completely?

      Nee. I’m not crazy.

      • nisakiman says:

        That is a very interesting interview (garbled though it was – I wish I understood German better and didn’t have to use Google!), particularly given that it was with an Elder Statesman, a former World Leader.

        Adults then had no feeling for the dangers of smoking?

        No, back then there was not this hysteria. (My bold)

        He recognises it for what it is. And:

        I could (give up smoking) , but it’s not necessary. Neither health nor mental, nor philosophical.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Helmut Schmidt as he is:

          Zyniker behaupten ja, dass Raucher viel fürs Gemeinwohl tun: Sie zahlen Milliarden Tabaksteuer und sterben früher.

          [Cynics claim that smokers do a lot for public welfare: they pay milliards on tobacco tax and then they die sooner.]

          Helmut Schmidt’s reply:

          Den Gefallen, früher zu sterben, kann ich Ihnen nicht mehr antun. (Zündet sich die nächste Zigarette an.) Dazu ist es zu spät. (Helmut Schmidt lacht.)

          [I can’t do you the favour of dying sooner. (Lights up the next cigarette.) For that it’s too late. (Helmut Schmidt laughs)]

          (It’s an off the cuff translation, I hope it makes sense to all!)

        • nisakiman says:

          Heh! Damn sight better than Google, Brigitte! Thanks!

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    From above in my first post;

    It will be a movement against the EU and its entire totalitarian regime. Yes this smokers party of freedom is actually the counter to EU MANDATES. Its a bigger dragon that’s going to be sleign and this new party has yet to realize it or maybe they have. Its the new Europe being born! And frank your reporting it first.

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Hell Frank look what I found on the Bulgarian smokers facebook page via canada

    New York Mayor returns Prohibition
    Home | USA and Canada | East Coast USA | New York City Mayor returns Prohibition
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    Posted January 17, 2013 07:31:00
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    Bulgaria Sega

    According to Michael Bloomberg alcohol was a major factor in crime, without it the city would be “healthier and happier place” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his aides recently revealed that they are preparing an initiative to ban alcohol in New York, says ” Weekly World News. ” According to the mayor say drinking is a major factor in most crimes committed in the city, but also for obesity. “For these two reasons, we are ready to formalize a ban on alcohol in New York,” said a spokesman. The ban will apply to all alcohol except beer. The mayor likes to drink beer. Wine, however, will be prohibited and will result in turmoil, as the city home to many wine lovers. “We ripped the bottle only my cold dead hands” is quoted as saying wine collector Dooley MakKartan of Tyudar City. “I will not give up the wine.”
    The mayor expects fierce resistance, but believes that in the end, New Yorkers will adopt the new rules. “I do it for the common good. I know it is best for people, “he says.
    Last week, he made his last breath alcohol with his friend Joy Behar. According Brumbarg prohibition of alcohol will make New York a healthier and happier place.
    “We’re talking about drugs, heroin, amphetamines, marijuana use is steadily increasing – and the country is much worse than here. Children and adults drink alcohol for entertainment or any other purpose. Alcohol is worse than many drugs and it’s time to ban it. Prohibition in the twenties of the last century did not work because it was not entered correctly. We will introduce the ban, but will empower any black market alcohol to have in this city, “Bloomberg vowed.
    Owners of liquor stores, however, revealed to reporters that now know the names of smugglers, who will begin work in their neighborhood, if the ban is implemented. “You can not force people to keep away from booze. It is impossible, “said one of them.

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    I think it is a joke, I searched every angle of bit parts I could and came up with nothing.

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    A little old lady answered her doorbell and saw a man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

    “Good morning,” said the man.
    “I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners.”

    “Go away!” said the old lady.
    “I haven’t got any money!”

    As she closed the door, the man quickly wedged his foot in the door and pushed it open.

    “Don’t be too hasty!” he said.
    “Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.”

    And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

    “If this vacuum cleaner does NOT remove ALL traces of this horse manure from your carpet, ma’am, I will personally eat the remainder.”

    The old lady said:
    “Well I hope you’ve got a damned good appetite, because they cut off my electricity this morning.”

  12. harleyrider1978 says:

    How ‘Mr Marlboro’ Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s reign of terror struck fear into the heart of Mali
    Kim Sengupta meets the ordinary people with first-hand knowledge of the one-eyed warlord

    The name Mokhtar Belmokhtar has become internationally notorious following the siege on the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria. The people of Gao, however, have known him for months as a figure of menace who ran their city after it was taken over by Islamist fighters in March last year.

    The application of sharia law in the central-eastern city by the supposedly righteous one-eyed warlord was nothing if not pragmatic. While some of his jihadist followers would whip those who broke strictures banning smoking, others would be busy in the tobacco smuggling network, which earned Belmokhtar the monicker “Mr Marlboro” and made him wealthy.

    One of the key demands of Belmokhtar’s “Those Who Sign in Blood” battalion, whose members have claimed the attack on the gas complex, was for the French to end their military mission to recapture territory lost to the rebels in Mali. French and Malian ground forces claimed their first gains in Mali today since France intervened a week ago. Malian troops and French special forces were reported to have recaptured the towns of Konna and Diabaly, which recently fell to the rebels.

    Gao was one of the first of a trio of Mali’s big cities to fall in the jihadist tide. In the space of three days at the end of March, heavily armed rebel convoys rolled in there along with Timbuktu and Kidal, sending the country into a state of shock.

    The rebels imposed a harsh and vindictive form of Islam under which amputations, beatings and stoning became the punishment for perceived transgressions. Gao was to suffer the most partly because, as its residents – who have fled – recall, the jihadists carried out two separate rounds of persecution. The first came when they arrived, and the second followed their defeat of the Tuareg rebel group, the more secular National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, after a series of battles in June.

    “Our city changed when the rebels first came, not even overnight, but in a space of hours,” recalled Abdullahi Saneye, a 42-year-old businessman who fled with his family. “They were driving around in their [pick-up] trucks with their big guns, their faces covered, screaming at people to behave themselves. They said they were getting rid of corrupt oppressors, but we soon found out they were much worse oppressors.”

    There were fleeting sights of Belmokhtar – a venerated “Emir” to his followers and who had lost an eye to shrapnel – being driven around in a white 4×4 escorted by two pick-ups full of young fighters.

    “Behind his back people who didn’t like him called him laouar [one-eyed] but never to his face,” said Mr Saneye, who is now a village in the Segue region which is still under government control. “He used to be dressed in black, and he never smiled. His guards would escort him, and when they finished with that they would beat people for breaking the rules.”

    One of those on the receiving end of such beatings was Amadou Fiqri, 19. He had been seen smoking. “The first time they caught me, I was slapped hard and kicked. The second time they kept hitting me with a wire whip. At the end they stopped, but they kept me tied up in the marketplace all night. But I was lucky: some people had their hands cut off for smoking.”

    Mr Fiqri said there was gossip that Belmokhtar was involved in cigarette trafficking among other rackets, “but we were all too afraid to ask too many questions”, adding: “If you saw the kind of man he was, the people who were his fighters, you’d understand why.”

    Belmokhtar did have to pay a price for his criminal activities, which also included drugs and stolen goods. He was removed from his post in Gao in October because he was “straying from the right path” declared a former partner, Abdelmalek Droukdel, leader of al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb.

    Belmokhtar, however, continued to see himself as a religious champion. A month later, still in Gao, with new young recruits gathering around him, he stated: “The people of northern Mali have clearly expressed a wish to apply Islamic sharia law. Any foreign country which considered intervening would be considered as an oppressor and aggressor who is attacking a Muslim people applying sharia on its territory.”

    Do the people of Gao retain any good memories of the “Emir”? “We know some of the Islamists turned against the Tuaregs and killed some of them, Belmokhtar did not do that,” said one of the refugees, Issa. “Also he donated money to the hospital there.”

    Mr Saneye does not agree. “His men took part in the killings of the Tuaregs, we know that. As for his zakat [giving to charity], we all know how he made his money.”

  13. nisakiman says:

    Ferfucksake they are even having open competition with prizes for the most repressive administrations in America now….

  14. nisakiman says:

    And another…

    Ye Gods, they really do think they have the right! How depressing…

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