Winter Is Coming

H/T Walt from a few days back for this article on China:

More than 300 million Chinese smoke, and hundreds of millions of others are exposed to secondhand smoke. A powerful domestic tobacco industry, much of it state owned, brings in trillions of renminbi in sales and tax revenue annually for the government. Cigarette prices have remained low, despite calls by the World Health Organization for the government to raise taxes on tobacco products to discourage smoking.

Reflecting smoking’s popularity in China — in public places such as hotels, restaurants, train stations, schools and hospitals — ashtrays are often found next to no-smoking signs. Finding a smoke-free restaurant, even in major cities such as Beijing or Chengdu, is difficult.

Opponents of smoking have long called for stricter controls. In 2005, China ratified the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but it failed to carry out many of the measures by a 2011 deadline. A World Health Organization report last year put China behind many developing countries in terms of tobacco control, including Egypt, Thailand and Vietnam.

The proposed regulations, presented this week for public consultation, suggest what tighter controls might look like.

In addition to the ban on smoking indoors in public places, such as offices and schools, smoking would be banned in outdoor areas where people gather, such as bus stops and sports venues. The proposed regulations would require outdoor spaces such as parks to provide separate smoking areas. Managers of these sites would have the right to call the police to deal with people who do not follow the rules and “cause trouble,” according to the draft regulations.

Restrictions on tobacco advertising would be more strictly enforced, meaning schools that now feature pro-tobacco slogans would have to remove them. Half the surface area of cigarette packages would be required to provide information on the dangers of smoking.

The proposed regulations include strict controls on selling tobacco to minors. Those who cannot show identification proving their age would not be allowed to buy tobacco.

The proposals, announced on the website of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, have already attracted thousands of comments on Chinese websites, many positive. The antismoking lobby has voiced its support as well. And according to a report in The Beijing News, 90 percent of Beijing residents favor a total ban on smoking in indoor public spaces.

But if the proposals become law, they will challenge all kinds of entrenched behaviors.

Long may they continue to drag their feet.

SokolovAnd does anyone speak Russian? Or know anyone who does? On Facebook I came across a Russian article called Winter Is Coming by journalist Maxim Sokolov. Appended is the Google translation of it.

I thought that winter had already come, and it was the basis for my prediction that the Russian smoking ban wouldn’t last past October. But, writing last week, Sokolov seems to think it hasn’t come yet. And he should know. It’s all right, he says, for Western Europeans who can step outside for a smoke in temperatures 5 or 10 degrees below zero (Celsius, I suppose), but in Russia the temperatures can fall to 30 or 40 below zero, and there’s a threat of contracting pneumonia.

It seems that, in these circumstances, there are suggestions that the law may be relaxed to allow “special restaurants for smokers” and smoking allowed on long-distance trains. However, this will only happen next year, if ever, after evidence has been gathered this winter.

Sokolov seems to foresee the possibility of “popular mass sabotage”.

It could all get very interesting in Russia in a month or two.

Winter is coming – the first in which the Federal Law № 15 “On protection of public health from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and consequences of tobacco consumption” will be in full force – namely, to be rebuked any smoking in enclosed public spaces, including the railroad wagons.

It has been noted that in its rigor Law number 15 is much higher than European counterparts – in the case of tobacco known Russian zakononeposlushanie decided to press with unprecedented cruelly. But anti-tobacco cruelly there is another point, which is absent in Western Europe. Even in the European part of Russia, where the winter cold milder frosts and 20, and 30 degrees are common, and in Siberia, where the climate is more continental, cold and are under 40. All of this in Western Europe simply does not have, as a result In particular, many Russian realities Europeans simply do not understand. For example “preparation for the heating season.” Romans about this event did not even hear because I have never seen a frozen home with torn from the cold pipes.

European mainly snowless winter and above-zero, why go out for a smoke on the porch (which is on the porch, and not 15 meters from the building) for 5 or even 10 degrees is a very mild discomfort and certainly not threatening pneumonia. In Russia, all a little different. Even without going into the question of how to represent themselves the authors of Law number 15 implementation of the law in the winter or Yakutsk Norilsk pointeresuemsya even as they envision it in the regional centers of Siberia. Equal and should look like a smoke railroad passenger on the platform Burannyi little station.

View the most hard-nosed zapretiteley clear: “I would like perehochetsya, pereterpit.” From lack of nicotine no one has died, and if someone gets sick with pneumonia – so free as he was flushed and warmed enough to run out into the cold. In social networks, where there is more freedom, more and add that even if all the smokers from pneumonia suffocated – the spring air cleaner will be.

People looking at things realistically, will assume that the result of the winter campaign will be fifty-fifty. Partially authorities will turn a blind eye to the obvious violations of the Federal Law № 15 – at -40 this understanding is widespread, partly people themselves will avoid (where possible) visits any low places in the frosty time. Innkeeper and now hard times, in the cold, they finally zahireyut.

There is, however, a third option. The head of the Duma Committee on Health SV Kalashnikov proposes to allow the opening of special restaurants for smokers (the very decision when the wolves are fed and the sheep are safe), and the head of “Russian Railways” VI Yakunin would like to once again allow smoking in long-distance trains. Words councilors Kalashnikov has chased a winning formula at all mind over Brahmaputra: “If people are going to smoke the same interests together, probably no objective reason to deny them that. Such an initiative is, and I personally support it. The main thing is not to interfere with those who do not smoke. ” Yakunin, emphasizing that he gave up smoking and other causes, however, sees its role not so much to make the railway a hotbed of higher morality, but in the fact that the railroad room service instead of catching smokers, as well as offer them money to take advantage of the coupe conductors and smoke there, more would be occupied by their direct duties.

All this would be good, when the role of the mind in worldly affairs in general and in particular in the Duma was any significant. In practice, as we know, is not the case. Reformed traditional logic is reduced to a powerful blow with his fist on the table and cried, “We get destroyed this thing! And the beds are not ladies and sinks! “, And the reasons are simple common sense powerless against the chief reformer. Ideally, though deeply unreasonable overbearing impulses are treated only popular mass sabotage, which resulted in the ideal intentions lead God knows what, and then the most common (and therefore, idiotic) establishing quietly canceled.

However, in the statements of the Kalashnikov is one mystery. He promises that the law, are allowed to smoke in drinking establishments, will be considered only in the autumn of 2015, without explaining the reasons for a year delay. If chiefs hope that winter 2014/15 year will not be, it is still unlikely – and overbearing stupidity has its limits. Perhaps bosses need a particularly devastating arguments – in a large number of cases of pneumonia, as well as in a large number of the closed institutions, who bore no lack of customers. This can, of course, and now predict – but they only accept evidence post factum.

Finally, and perhaps SV Kalashnikov is dedicated to the mysteries of high politics and faithful people assured him that by the autumn of 2015 a large face, punching Law number 15 contrary to reason, in spite of the elements and not heeding any sound arguments, for some reason cease to do so.

Wait and see. Winter Is Coming.

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13 Responses to Winter Is Coming

  1. As I wrote under your post of 3rd November, “China is a Free Country”,

    “I wonder why they signed the FCTC. Maybe the persecution is just around the corner? I think they’ll have to ‘comply’ in the end because as the World Bank (part of the UN) says, “Lessons from Uruguay to achieve a smoke-free world…”.

    Their plans are right out in the open and I don’t think they’ll stop until their “smoke-free world” is realised.

    Anyway, I was lying in bed thinking about our smoking ban in mental hospitals in particular and now reading this and you can see that those running the world are psychopaths, as evidenced by their lack of empathy (for one thing).

    In The Economics and Politics of the Psychopath, we read,

    In a short paper by Clive R. Boddy, titled The Implications of Corporate Psychopaths for Business and Society, the Corporate Psychopath is defined as “those people working in corporations who are self-serving, opportunistic, ego-centric, ruthless and shameless but who can be charming, manipulative and ambitious.” Boddy claims that psychopaths “may theoretically be present in organizations at senior managerial levels in much larger numbers than their approximately 1% incidence in the general population would suggest….”

    Boddy’s paper claims that “Corporate Psychopaths are drawn to corporations as sources of power, prestige and money.” However, these folks are a “threat to business performance and longevity because they put their own interests before those of the firm.” In other words, psychopaths seek out situations where their tyrannical behavior and exploitive abilities will be condoned or even admired without actually caring if the business they manage ultimately succeeds.

    In my experience, the majority of GPs fit this description as well. Their salaries and pensions are so great compared to most public sector employees that they seem to put their own safety and comfort above everything. On top of this, we have the psychopaths at the Department of Health making life more difficult for the psychopathic doctors. Overseeing them all, we have the psychopaths at the WHO and EU who would rather do favours for their friends in Big Pharma than do what is right for the seven billion people they (the WHO) have under their power and then there’s the psychopaths who are behind the curtain running the show.

    In a book titled Working With Monsters, Australian academic psychologist John Clarke shows how destructive psychopaths can be in the workplace. They present themselves as charming and efficient while, in reality, they are irresponsible and self-serving. Always in search of victims to enslave, the psychopath prefers to destroy rather than to build and should never be given authority over others. Yet, more often than we would like to admit, such people acquire positions of power for inflicting their petty tyranny on others.

    In an age of colossal financial loss – of Ponzi schemes at the corporate and federal level – there must be, somewhere in upper management, more than a few psychopaths. The damage done by such people may be incalculable.

    Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R) is a commonly used psycho-diagnostic tool for assessing psychopathy today. He offered the following checklist of traits: (1) Interpersonal/Affective, (a) glibness/superficial charm, (b) grandiose sense of self-worth, (c) pathological lying, (d) cunning/manipulative, (e) lack of remorse or guilt, (f) shallow affect, (g) callousness, lack of empathy, (h) failure to accept responsibility for his or her own actions; (2) Lifestyle/Antisocial, (a) need for stimulation/proneness to boredom, (b) parasitic lifestyle, (c) lack of realistic long-term goals, (d) impulsiveness, (e) irresponsibility, (f) juvenile delinquency, (g) early behavior problems, (h) revocation of conditional release, and (i) criminal versatility.

    I’m sure we’ve all met people who fit this description.

    In the October 26 edition of the Chronicle Review, Kevin Dutton asked Robert Hare if modern society was “becoming more psychopathic?” Hare replied in the affirmative, citing “stuff going on nowadays that we wouldn’t have seen 20, even 10 years ago.

    Recently, I have been involved with a few people, purportedly employed to help me, but have failed dismally then lied and then blamed me!

    But the Corporate Psychopath may not be the greatest danger of our time. Arguably the most dangerous psychopaths stand outside business, determined to destroy capitalism from positions in government and the media. In her speech titled America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business, Ayn Rand warned that negative talk about businessmen must be regarded with suspicion in the present age. “Every movement that seeks to enslave a country,” said Rand, “every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its demands for dictatorial power. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessman.”

    For what is our modern politician but a charming manipulator with a calculating mind? What else can be made of the lack of accountability we find in politicians today, or the glib way in which they deflect questions and criticism? And what holds out the promise of power more than politics? If a psychopath seeks power in business, he may yet be stopped by that accounting which all private businesses must make. If he enters politics, he need only repeat the big lie while turning his charisma toward the media.

    Psychopathy can be genetic. Certain families (not just royalty) for example, the Darwin–Wedgwood family (and their relationship with the Galton family), engage(d) in intermarriage. Many of them have been eugenicists through the generations and some MPs. I’m wondering if one of the purposes for intermarriage is to preserve the psychopathic element. You can obviously go a lot further without morals and consideration for others holding back your family’s ‘superior’ genetic code. From Psychology Today,

    the PPI describes psychopaths as showing “blame externalization,” i.e. they blame others for events that are actually their fault. They may admit blame when forced into a corner, but these admissions are not accompanied by a sense of shame or remorse.

    Seems standard practice in politics.

    And ‘public health’? It’s all the fault of your ‘lifestyle’. It saves the ‘doctor’ worrying too much, although I’ve met few (there have been some) who show signs of concern, especially these days. Why should those who consider themselves to be gods (with superior genes, probably) be concerned about the rest of us? Same with politicians. Same with big businessmen/women.

    Only psychopaths would deprive hospital patients of smoking. Only psychopaths would force people to stand outside in freezing weather. Only psychopaths with their lack of remorse and superficial charm could get away with it.

    • Rose says:

      I don’t know why I have an article on how to spot a sociopath from Natural News on my computer, I usually refer to Bully on line.

      But here it is, for anyone who hasn’t come across the type.

      How to spot a sociopath – 10 red flags that could save you from being swept under the influence of a charismatic nut job

      It’s what makes them so fascinating. Like watching a cat playing with a mouse.

      Yes, they will expect Russians to go out and stand in freezing temperatures and put themselves in danger, because they know that people who have long lived under the rule of law will comply. whether they believe in the perils of passive smoke or not.

      Watch the little people dance and mock their misery. Now, that’s real power.

      After all they didn’t have to go outside and die, they could just give up.

      I can understand the attraction of manipulating whole swathes of people for no very good reason, but the problem with me is that I was cursed with a conscience and a strong sense of empathy.

      Woman’s death raises questions about security of hospital smoking zone – 2011

      “Alberta Hospital needs better search plans for missing patients and a secure outdoor area where they can safely smoke, a fatality report recommends following the death of Lorraine Adolph, who froze to death in December 2008 after wandering away.

      Adolph, a 68-year-old who had paranoid schizophrenia, was given a 15-minute break to have a cigarette outside the Alberta Hospital Edmonton mental facility on Dec. 3, 2008. She disappeared and wasn’t found until eight days later, frozen next to an isolated abandoned building on the hospital grounds.

      “A secure outdoor area (should) be made available to those patients who wish to smoke and would not otherwise receive ground privileges,” reads the fatality report written by Provincial Court Judge Ferne LeReverend, dated Nov. 7 but released Tuesday.”

      Burning mad in the cold

      “On a bitterly cold day this week, it takes Jim MacDonald 1 1/2 minutes to light a cigarette while sitting huddled in a wheelchair outside the Mississauga long-term care home where he lives.

      The howling wind has pushed the wind chill factor to -20C. That, combined with the fact MacDonald, 74, is paralyzed on his right side and has use of only one hand, makes a routine task particularly frustrating.

      “This is maddening, that’s how it really feels,” says MacDonald, a checkered blanket draped over his knees. The baseball hat on his head has just blown away.

      “It’s just maddening to feel this way, that’s all,” he says as he struggles to light his cigarette.

      Like many other smokers in nursing homes across the province, MacDonald must tend to his pack-a-day habit outside the facility under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which became law last year.

      They are the “unlucky” smokers. The “lucky” ones live in the few homes equipped with smoking rooms, or the veterans who stay in a special wing at Sunnybrook hospital”.

      “Murray Miles Patterson, 65, was one of the “unlucky” smokers. The stroke victim stepped out of his Manitoulin Island nursing home in January for a cigarette with two other residents but didn’t return, and was later found suffering from hypothermia. He died the next day in hospital.

      A worker at the home has been charged with criminal negligence causing death.

      A coroner’s investigation is under way. If it finds that smoking outside contributed to Patterson’s death, it could prompt an inquest that would scrutinize the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

      Health Minister George Smitherman has said it’s a “copout” to blame the law for the death. He said nursing homes are obliged to ensure the safety of their residents.”

      • “Much of this information is derived from the fascinating book, The Sociopath Next Door, which says that 4% of the population are sociopaths.”

        I believe the figure for psychopaths is 1%, although I have read that some ‘experts’ class both in the same basic category, which reading about there sounds about right.

        The other stories (and the millions like them we never hear about) make me sad for the people involved and on a self-preservation level, a bit fearful for my own future.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Public Health Interventions Needed to Tackle ‘Lifestyle’ Diseases

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    It appears the only hope is for signatories to the FCTC to withdraw from the instrument. That will take concerted political effort–especially since that instrument has essentially outlawed legitimate political process. Even states that haven’t ratified the treaty (the US) are following its intent. The public never was given a choice; the bureaucrats manipulated data, censored opposition.

  3. smokingscot says:

    I see this:

    “The proposed regulations, presented this week for public consultation, suggest what tighter controls might look like.”


    So okay it’s a sham, but it is a form of democracy. And if they want to have “public support” for this measure, then surely people will want to have a greater say in a whole range of issues?

    This is indeed quite an achievement, spearheaded by Tobacco Control! So to ensure the Chinese authorities are made aware of the ramifications, I’ll take this opportunity to alert them (should the landlord of this place allow).



    It may get you banned from search engines in China, but 400 million smokers will thank you in due course.

  4. Frank Davis says:

    OT, but I thought I’d drop this in here.

    Thomas Szasz professor emeritus of psychiatry, SUNY Health Science Center, author of Ceremonial Chemistry: Formerly, the state, drunk with religion, persecuted people with bad religious habits; today, drunk with medicine, it persecutes people with bad medical habits. That such persecutions reinforce the behavior they ostensibly aim to combat matters not. The important thing is that they make the crusaders feel better, for a while. The hangover comes later and is attributed to other causes.

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    Today, many media outlets are reporting that China has banned smoking in all indoor public places. That is a bit of an overstatement as in actuality only Beijing has passed this ban. (A national ban is still pending.) So once again, inaccurate reportage fuels the anti-smoking band wagon. Some of the reports on the proposal to ban smoking in China earlier this week claimed that the indoor ban was necessary because the WHO found that indoor smoking posed a greater risk than the extreme outdoor pollution. That assertion is also not true on two counts: the WHO didn’t make that claim, indeed statements from WHO scientists make the opposite claim. Again, fuel the global smoking ban. Lastly, Businessweek (the Bloomberg publication) is reporting that Bill Gates is a spokesman for China’s bans “Now Starring in China’s Anti-Smoking Ads: Bill Gates” The anti-smoker movement is intensifying co-ordinated global bans. How can that propaganda be countered?

  6. Zayats Liontamer, from the fb group Smokers Against Discriminación is Russian born and does speak Russian.

  7. chris says:

    :90 percent of Beijing residents favor a total ban”….
    Then where is all the smoke coming from?????????

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