Plague Years

Never a dull moment, is there?

The plague is back. No, not Ebola, but rather infection with the dreaded bacterium, Yersinia pestis. An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is endemic, already has involved more than 100 people and killed almost half. The plague made a brief appearance in China earlier this year and continues in the U.S. with a few cases annually.

The current Madagascar outbreak is of particular concern for two reasons. First, cases have arrived in the capital, Antananarivo, a city of more than 2 million located in the center of the island. As was demonstrated with Ebola, once any infection enters a city, the opportunity for spread is greatly heightened, owing to the dense concentration of people, the paucity of clean air and water, and likelihood that vermin are nearby.

The second concern about the current Madagascar outbreak is that cases of pneumonic plague, a highly contagious and lethal form, have been seen.

You hadn’t noticed? Me neither. And maybe that’s because there are other more important ‘epidemics’ grabbing the headlines these days. Like:

Obesity Epidemic Costs World $2 Trillion a Year, Study Says

Obesity isn’t just causing a global health crisis. It is also exacting a high economic toll.

The global obesity epidemic is costing the world economy $2 trillion a year in health-care costs, investments to mitigate its impact and lost productivity, according to a new study published Wednesday by the McKinsey Global Institute.

The economic research arm of consulting firm McKinsey notes that figure is roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of countries such as Italy and Russia.
In a ranking of human-generated economic burdens, MGI places obesity in the No. 3 spot, just behind smoking and armed conflict, both of which have an annual global cost of $2.1 trillion.

About 2.1 billion people, or nearly one-third of the global population, were overweight or obese in 2013, according to a study published earlier this year in medical journal The Lancet. That was up sharply from 857 million in 1980.

But fortunately,

“Despite warnings for years that obesity causes a whole host of health problems, including heart disease, stroke and cancer, the public is paying no attention.”

Certainly I’m not. Nor am I interested in this (See leg-iron’s great rant about it):

A pill that helps people stop drinking by reducing the urge for alcohol will become available in England and Wales today to those who drink at least half a bottle of wine or three pints every day.

Pretty soon the health service will be entirely devoted to treating ‘epidemics’ of eating, drinking, and smoking (if it isn’t already), while Ebola and Bubonic Plague decimate entire populations.

About Frank Davis

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

38 Responses to Plague Years

  1. First, the good news. I have just been reading about golf on Wikipedia,

    The modern game originated in Scotland, where the first written record of golf is James II’s banning of the game in 1457, as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery.[7] James IV lifted the ban in 1502 when he became a golfer himself…

    Bans don’t last forever. It just might take some time to get rid of them. Maybe in a few decades our rulers will be obese smokers and lay off the rest of us. It shows you how irrational the elite have always been.

    Although by that time (and this is the bad news) the “rest of us” may not be many. I got to thinking after reading this about Madagascar,

    First, cases have arrived in the capital, Antananarivo, a city of more than 2 million located in the center of the island.

    Amazing, isn’t it, that a city probably unheard of by practically everyone has twice as many people as Birmingham (England) in a country which is 4½ times the size of England with less than half the population and doesn’t need to cram folk into cities. Neither do we, as less than 2% of the UK is built on, but postwar planning regulations have made living in the countryside far more difficult and expensive than it used to be. It is to be left primarily as a massive museum piece.

    Having had a lifelong interest in geography, due to being given a Rand McNally atlas circa late 1960s, I have noticed that these capitals, much, much smaller when my interest began, are now mostly huge. From World Population Review,

    Lagos has enjoyed tremendous growth, reaching 21 million from just 1.4 million as recently as 1970

    European cities saw huge growth increases in the past with industrialisation, but in Antananarivo,

    Formal sector job growth has not kept pace with population growth, and many residents earn their livelihood in the informal sector as street vendors and laborers.

    In China, the proportion of the population living in cities doubled between 1990 and 2012.

    My point is that, Worldwide, countries are being urbanised (greater control of people) and ‘Big Agri’ is gaining increasing amounts of land from small-time farmers, often by force, even though the productivity from small farmers is well above that of Big Agri.

    I have already suggested that major depopulation under Agenda 21 could be carried out via the increased use of GM crops and the manipulation of seed prices and ‘suicide genes’ destroying whole crops. Farmland used for growing biofuels and left empty as investments could feed almost a billion people. Put it all together and as Henry Kissinger said,

    Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.

    He ought to know, being a major globalist. He is also quoted as saying,

    Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.

    Now we have various “Foundations” like the Gates’s going around the World suddenly “concerned” about “women’s rights”, which is just a cover for the promotion of contraception and abortion to reduce the population. “Family planning” (and the associated propaganda) has now left some Western countries, Japan and South Korea with serious problems to face due to their fertility rate being far too low for far too long.

    The Gates’s are also big on Tobacco Control. China is one of their top areas of “concern”. Their solutions include:

    Supporting implementation and enforcement of proven tobacco control policies: tobacco taxation, advertising bans, graphic warning labels, and smoke-free environments .

    Most of which was covered in yesterday’s post about the new draconian measures proposed for China.

    As I wrote yesterday, we have psychopaths running the world. Each and every one of their “good deeds” is covering up evil intentions, but despite being natural pathological liars who lack empathy and are incapable of feeling remorse, they get away with their incredible manipulation due to their ability to ooze fake charm.

    • prog says:

      I tried playing golf for a while.

      The last straw was when I tee’d off from No.5 hole and landed on No. 4 green (about 80 degrees to the right). I think that was the only time I’d ever managed to get on to a green with one stroke….

      • You must wish it was still illegal…

        I’ve yet to find a sport I’m good at. I probably ‘excel’ most at pétanque, if you call that a sport.

        • beobrigitte says:

          I’ve yet to find a sport I’m good at

          Try a sport you enjoy?

          To me, being good at a sport defeats the object – enjoy what you are doing so you WANT to go back and do it again!

          Taking the competitive element out leaves FUN.
          That does remind me of a friend who many, many years ago told me that my lack of desire to be competitive was due to my not fitting in with the high IQ people as they were by nature competitive.
          I replied that I thought this was odd. Only the ones that have limits they feel the need to push to measure up against others, know that they have limits.
          I am a lucky person; I see few limits. I do admit defeat (and acknowleding MY limit) when haing to deal with my little brother’s death. Everything else I did survive rather good.

          Needless to say – I am no longer friends with that person. She did not like me saying: ” you have to compete – I don’t”.

        • beobrigitte says:

          I replied that I thought this was odd. Only the ones that have limits they feel the need to push to measure up against others, know that they have limits.
          (I did not delete as I was going along….)

          It should read:
          Only the ones that have limits they feel the need to push to measure up against others.

        • beobrigitte – I used to play football (soccer) every week for years, but I never seemed to improve, but still enjoyed it.

          I have fallen out with the majority of my friends over the years. Seems a lot of them can’t handle it if you are too ‘different’ to them.

          One fella who had been a friend for years literally told me to eff off (I think the first and last time that’s happened – since school, anyway) over my being a “conspiracy theorist” which he couldn’t handle. This was getting on for a decade ago and he recently left a comment on my blog saying he’s coming more round to my way of thinking! More recently, he emailed wanting us to be friends again.

          What would you do?

        • beobrigitte says:

          What would you do?

          I’d email back as I would be curious with respect to what changed his mind. The friendship thing is between you both.

          When it comes to friends I seem to be lucky.

    • harleyrider1978 says:


      Bill Gates joins anti-smoking campaign, features in Chinese music video


      From K J M Varma Beijing, Nov 28: Microsoft founder Bill Gates has joined an anti-smoking campaign in China, home to the world’s largest number of …

  2. waltc says:

    Half a bottle of wine, eh? At that rate, they can medicate three-fourths of the population and, assuming it works like Chantix , kill the pleasure centers of their brains and cause an “epidemic” of suicides. But anything’s better than drinking and smoking, and the money is better spent on the pharma industry than on the evil, greedy merchants of pleasure.

    • margo says:

      I’d like to know how this pill works. Is it like the antidepressant Chantix or is it like that Antabuse they used to give out, that makes you vomit if you drink alcohol? Either way, who’s going to take them? They’re all going to get chucked down the sink, aren’t they?

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Ive had the flu bug for 4 days now and its TERIBLE~ stomach,muscles deep in the back whole body aches,nausea etc etc……………Pass the Bucket while I light up another one!

  4. Woods42 says:

    I’m on day 3 harleyrider. It’s bloody horrible isn’t it. The only release being that I have slept well in excess of 12 hours out of each 24 so have missed some of the misery.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Ive gone 3 days hardly any sleep at all,exhaustion finally saved me and I passed out awaking just 2 hours later. It sux………Did I say I hate Nazis……………just like the flu!

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Man quits his new job on the first day as smoking zone was too far away from his seat

    Bangalore. Smokeshwar Singh, a habitual smoker, who joined IT giant TBM yesterday, quit his new job on the first day, as smoking zone in his office was too far away from his seat.

    At the time of joining, Smokeshwar was completely unaware about the pathetic smoking facilities, which were not detailed out by the HR professionals during the joining process, in the office building.

    For many, one of the most important things in life.

    “I was literally shocked to see company’s apathy towards smokers. Dude, the smoking zone was 10 minute walk from my workstation, almost outside office building premises. I mean, do smokers really deserve such harsh treatment?” said an angry Smokeshwar, repenting that he should have discussed about smoking facilities in the office in HR round of his interview.

    On being asked how he convinced himself to quit the job, as finding a new job was not easy, Smokeshwar replied, “Yes, I agree that finding a new job is not easy, but it is definitely easier than quitting smoking! How many people have you seen quitting smoking? Very few, but almost everyone switches job on a regular interval of 2 to 3 years.”

    Justifying his decision further, Smokeshwar said that going out around 8 times during office hour was too tiring and it was certainly going to impact his performance on the job.

    “I was feeling like those rural Rajasthani women who travel long distances carrying pot to fill water in them. Only difference was, I was going to fill my lungs,” Smokeshwar continued adding that during his second trip to the smoking zone located near office main gate, he smoked three cigarettes, back to back, just to avoid the need to smoke in the next couple of hours.

    It wasn’t like Smokeshwar took this decision in a haste, he even tried bribing an office maintenance guy to arrange him a permanent smoking place inside the office.

    “But unfortunately, unlike train TTs, this guy was honest,” rued Smokeshwar.

    However, Smokeshwar rejects his colleague’s claim that he quit the job because of being afraid that he might actually quit smoking.

    “Why would I do that? I seriously want to quit smoking,” he argued while making smoke rings.

    Meanwhile, a worried HR department of the company has decided to start an auto-rickshaw service from the lift at the ground floor to the smoking zone

    • smokervoter says:

      Health and lifestyle fanatics really should stay away from any attempts at humour, it’s definitely not their forte. By and large, they seem to have a natural overabundance of whatever chemical is the active ingredient in this new pleasure-killing pill they’re all so smitten with.

      Jonathan Samet has absolutely no future whatsoever on the comedy circuit.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Sammets career is likely to end rather suddenly,he has garnered many political enemies.

        • There was some truth in one of their ‘articles’. I was intrigued by the proposed law to ban vehicles from New Delhi’s roads that are over 15 years old due to pollution.

          This has just been enacted and as I was saying a few days ago about Forum for the Future and how cars will be priced beyond the reach of almost everyone and we will be forced to ride bikes, we read in The Times of India from two days ago,

          “NGT, which has the powers of a civil court, sought immediate steps for building cycle tracks in the city and asked authorities to probe the possibility of installing air purifiers at marketplaces.”


          “The bench also directed that cycle tracks be constructed in most parts of the city immediately.”

          It also mentions China,

          “Delhi’s air pollution levels are comparable with Beijing which has started implementing radical measures such as shutting industries during high pollution days, putting a cap on vehicles on the road and keeping schools closed on bad air quality days.”

          Cars will be exiled to their garages.

        • Come to think of it, cars are private property, but our Marxist-Leninist overlords don’t believe in us proles owning anything. They already believe they have the power to dictate smoking rules in people’s cars, which will, of course, be extended to private homes eventually, not just ‘public’ buildings and private buildings where the public meet and where neighbours think they might just catch the slightest whiff of a cigarette.

          All these things done for the ‘public good’, yet the public never get a say in the matter.

          It also stands to reason that the proletariat will be banned from owning houses and businesses too.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    This hit the media 2 days ago CDC claims lower rates of smokers yet again and cant prove it again.
    But check out the wording and it exposes the truer reason for making the claims now as next month the GOP takes over and no doubt will cut the hell out of anti-smoking funding everywhere.

    That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC’s Nation Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began keeping such records in 1965. The report also shows the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013, despite the increasing population in the U.S., the CDC said in a press release.

    “There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.”

    While smoking rates have dropped, there is a significant need to help those who continue to smoke, the agency added.

    • margo says:

      How can they know whether smoking rates of dropped? All the smokers I know lie through their teeth at the doctor’s or on surveys!

      • margo says:

        Sorry – I mean ‘have dropped’, not ‘of dropped’.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Good point margo. Especially when it is obvious that smokers are being disadvantaged when it comes to treatment.
        Up until now I have been honest. Now I am practising how to lie in front of a mirror. Just in case I do encounter yet another sports injury.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    COUNTERPOINT: Tobacco legislation takes the cake

    It caused a small point of contention in my household when Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie went on the radio recently to voice his displeasure with the government’s inaction on some aspects of the recently debated tobacco legislation.

    Mr. Baillie claimed that flavoured tobacco — “birthday cake” flavour was mentioned specifically — exists solely to entice youth into tobacco use. At the time, I was enjoying a pipe full of a Virginia blend tobacco containing peach leaves and my fiancée was enjoying a mug of “birthday cake” flavoured tea.

    She took some offence to the comment, and she ended up jokingly threatening me with a ceramic mug. After the joking was over, I realized that I also took some offence to the entire notion of the bill, which, in a nutshell, states that average consumers, whether they are smokers or non-smokers, are not intelligent enough to make their own decisions about taking up smoking and are helplessly lured in by marketing.

    A quick stroll down the aisles of any NSLC outlet will reveal liquors infused or flavoured to emulate the tastes of various fruits and candies. Yes, even “birthday cake” vodka makes an appearance. Is flavoured alcohol marketed or more appealing to youth? The answer is undeniably yes. However, we as a society have decided that regulations prohibiting youth from purchasing alcohol and public awareness campaigns are superior to outright prohibition.

    It is easy to forget that many of the organizations lobbying government on tobacco use have a mandate to completely eliminate the use of tobacco products. Tobacco use among youth (ages 15-19) is at an all-time low of 11 per cent in Nova Scotia. Rather than attempt to educate the 11 per cent who choose to use tobacco, these groups intend to remove freedom of choice for consumers altogether.

    I fear that politicians and the groups lobbying them are hastily throwing the baby out with the bathwater in an attempt to appear as if they are taking positive action, instead of actually listening to the public, doing a proper evaluation on consumer rights, and making a reasonable, informed choice.

    You’ll notice that I haven’t yet mentioned the other facets of the bill, all of which are equally as ludicrous. One of these items condemns e-cigarette users who have successfully quit smoking to areas filled with second-hand smoke. Another bans the use of water pipes in establishments whose sole purpose and business is the use of these devices in a controlled environment.

    One could spend weeks thinking of reasons why, in a free and well-educated society, these generalizations and broad regulations should be further reviewed. It is time to go back to the drawing board and come back with something that has some logic and substance.

    Ryan Woodford, Halifax

  8. Frank Davis says:

    Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) needs reform to prevent a recurrence of crises such as West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said on Thursday.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Time to douche the WHO!

    • beobrigitte says:

      The World Health Organization (WHO) needs to be obliterated.
      This organisation costs a lot of money and when it comes to REAL epidemics, it holds a lavish FCTC conference in Moscow (courtesy of the tax payer $1.6 million) and then is brazen enough to blame and go around the world with a collection plate!

      I believe Bob Geldof is already on the case for fighting the following famine in the Ebola affected countries. WE PAY THE WHO TO DO THAT! What happened to OUR money? Tied up in FCTC conferences to decide what next to do to make smokers’ lives more miserable?

  9. beobrigitte says:

    The global obesity epidemic is costing the world economy $2 trillion a year in health-care costs, investments to mitigate its impact and lost productivity, according to a new study published Wednesday by the McKinsey Global Institute.

    How much does the anti-smoking malarky cost? Considering that only one 5 day conference costs $1.6million ….

    investments to mitigate its impact and lost productivity,
    Lost productivity? Are we talking REAL PEOPLE or machines?
    Hasn’t “productivity” already been pushed too far? Once the work-life balance is being tipped in favour of “productivity” people become unhappy – and sick. This unhappiness and sickness can be accelerated by demonising peoples’ pleasures, such as smoking, having a drink and food. Are we haeding into an equillibriumesque era?

    The current Madagascar outbreak is of particular concern for two reasons. First, cases have arrived in the capital, Antananarivo, a city of more than 2 million located in the center of the island. As was demonstrated with Ebola, once any infection enters a city, the opportunity for spread is greatly heightened, owing to the dense concentration of people, the paucity of clean air and water, and likelihood that vermin are nearby.

    As per usual, not much is being blurted out by the media. The Ebola epidemic (it’s a REAL epidemic) is far from over and now the plague is coming back.
    People are blase about it – after all, we have antibiotics and anti-virals, even though only a handfull will be effective for a while.
    Since nicotine has antibacterial properties we smokers do have an advantage when it comes to the plague:

    Click to access 675.full.pdf

    Or, perhaps Big Pharm could start selling nicotine gum as an antibacterial agent and we can get ashtrays back in the smoker-friendly parts of pubs?

    Bill Gates. A master of extreme-productivity and fortune. He must hate people. Perhaps that is another side effect of extreme-productivity? Giving his money to the Church-of-Antismoking for the persecution and demonisation of smokers is not going to buy him a place in heaven.
    That does remind me, he has donated a little money for fighting the Ebola epidemic (12month); what is this in comparison to the amount donated for the fight of the imaginative ‘tobacco epidemic’?
    Tobacco Control preys on the gullible and scared people. Looks like it hit the jack pot.

  10. Rose says:

    For Klaus

    Those links on Doll, I’ll post them straight into the dungeon if Frank will be so kind.

    • Rose says:

      War of words

      17 July 1999 by Richard Doll, Oxford

      “Robert Proctor is correct in thinking that few people know much about the public health measures of Hitler’s physicians , but he is wrong to imply that scientists have been ignorant of the medical research of the period. Opinions may differ about its quality and the conclusions that could be drawn from it, but it is just plain wrong to say that “Richard Doll . . . knew nothing of the Schairer and Schöniger article until he [Proctor] sent him a copy in 1997″. I published its findings in an article on the causes of lung cancer in Advances in Cancer Research, vol 3, p 9 in 1955 and have invariably referred to it in appropriate circumstances ever since.”

      Leading scientists leap to the defence of ‘corrupt’ Doll
      “Some of Britain’s most senior scientists have angrily denounced suggestions that Sir Richard Doll, who proved the link between smoking and lung cancer, had deliberately failed to disclose financial dealings with the chemicals industry.”

      Injurywatch Discovers Secret Payments For Anti-Smoking Cancer Link Oxford Academic Sir Richard Doll By Asbestos And Chemical Industry

      Intervention in Vietnam inquiry

      “In 1985, while Sir Richard was a paid consultant for Monsanto, he stepped into the debate over the herbicides Agent Orange and dioxin, which had been sprayed from the air in the Vietnam war. An Australian royal commission was investigating whether the herbicides, made by Monsanto, had caused cancers in Australian personnel involved in the war. Sir Richard offered his unsolicited views in a letter to Justice Phillip Evatt, who headed the inquiry, and gave Agent Orange a clean bill of health.”

      “Lennart Hardell, the professor in the department of oncology at University Hospital who has now become the leading critic of Sir Richard’s industry funding, had also offered evidence to the inquiry. Professor Hardell considered Agent Orange a cancer hazard, but Sir Richard warned the commission not to place much value on his work. Many of his published statements, wrote Sir Richard, “were exaggerated or not supportable and … there were many opportunities for bias to have been introduced in the collection of his data. His conclusions cannot be sustained and in my opinion, his work should no longer be cited as scientific evidence.”

      The Spanish Cooking Oil Scandal
      “Twenty years ago, 1,000 people died in an epidemic that spread across Spain. Poisoned cooking oil was blamed – an explanation that suited government and giant chemical corporations. It was, argues Bob Woffinden, who investigated the scandal in the 80s, the prototype scientific fraud that has found echoes around the world”

      A Long Trial in Spain on Fatal Tainted Food

      “In his court appearance, Professor Doll explained that epidemiologists have established in many cases the causal relation between a disease and the toxic agent that caused it, without being able to specify the latter nor reproduce the full range of symptoms in animals.
      ”I’m satisfied that the oil was responsible,” he said later.”

      Lung cancer pioneer ‘was on chemical firms’ payroll’

      “The association is said to have used the review to defend its members’ use of vinyl chloride”
      “Doll pioneered the argument that cancer is caused by smoking, a view contested by environmentalists who point to the dangers of pollution”

      Burying The Truth, the orginal Ecologist investigation into Monsanto and Brofiscin Quarry

      “On three occasions Monsanto dispatched the late Sir Richard Doll to meet with Gowan. A scientific luminary of the day, who has latterly been exposed as publicly stating chemical compounds such as Agent Orange were safe while secretly being in the pay of Monsanto, Doll told Gowan that PCBs were safe and that Gowan didn’t know what he was talking about.”

      Brofiscin erupts

      In 2003 Brofiscin quarry suddenly erupted, disgorging an acrid pall over the area, and discoloured water into the environment, for weeks. Faced with widespread public anxiety about what was buried in the quarry, the Environment Agency launched an investigation and thus the appeal for information that Gowan responded to.”

      The blue blazer incident –

      Defamatory article by Martin Walker
      SIR RICHARD DOLL – 2001

      In its March/April issue of 1998, the Ecologist magazine carried an article by Martin Walker which attributed to me bizarre beliefs about the causes of cancer that I do not hold and impugned my scientific independence.1 At the time, I chose to ignore this inaccurate article. With hindsight, however, this may have been unwise as the article has continued to be circulated and has, I understand, been referred to as if the contents were reliable by a member of one of the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s advisory committees. It seems, therefore, necessary to put on record the incorrectness of some of the statements.

      These include the following:

      (1) “From 1979 to the end of his career, Sir Richard also received a very substantial yearly reward for research into cancer from General Motors.” This is untrue. In 1979, I received from President Carter one of three prizes for cancer research, which are donated annually by General Motors and given to different people each year. I have received no other money from General Motors and none of my research has been funded by General Motors.”

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    North East is heaviest smoking region in UK and one of the only places to see a rise


    The region was one of the only places in the UK, along with Northern Ireland, where the proportion of people who smoke increased last year, …

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The North is the heaviest smoking region in the UK, figures show.

      The region was one of the only places in the UK, along with Northern Ireland, where the proportion of people who smoke increased last year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

      And the proportion of adults who smoke in the region reached 22.3% last year, up from 22.1% in 2012.

      Martyn Willmore, performance improvement delivery manager at anti-tobacco office Fresh, said: “It is worrying to see smoking rates remaining at 22%.

      “The North East saw the highest falls in smoking in England from 2005-2010, and we have 120,000 fewer adult smokers than 2005, but we have been through a very severe recession that has affected our region badly. Unemployment is twice as high as some other parts of the country, and we know people experiencing stress and worry feel less likely to quit. Without concerted efforts regionally and locally to tackle smoking, the situation may have been worse.”

      Previously, Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of smokers in the UK.

      Nationally, some 19.2% of adults in Britain smoke, down from 20.4% in 2012 and a record low. At the turn of the century more than a quarter of British adults – 27.0% – were regular smokers.

      The South East has the lowest proportion of smokers as only 17.2% of people in the region light up.

      Men are more likely to smoke than women, as 21.6% of British men were smokers in 2013, compared to 16.8% of women. Men also smoke more heavily than women – the average male smoker gets through 13 cigarettes a day, two more than female smokers.

      The ONS also published data on e-cigarette use for the first time, between January and March this year, and found e-cigarette users are almost exclusively current or ex-smokers.

      • Rose says:

        And the proportion of adults who smoke in the region reached 22.3% last year, up from 22.1% in 2012

        It’s not surprising, Harley, the people of the North are made of sterner stuff .
        They rebelled against William the Conqueror after he invaded England and caused him so much trouble that he decided to wipe them out.

        Harrying of the North

        “The Harrying (or Harrowing) of the North was a series of campaigns waged by William the Conqueror in the winter of 1069–1070 to subjugate northern England.”

        “It seems that the main objective of the harrying was to lay waste the northern shires and eliminate the possibility of further revolts. To this end William’s army carried out a campaign of general destruction of homes, stock and crops as well as the means of food production. Men, women and children were slaughtered and many thousands are said to have died due to the famine that followed. According to the Domesday Book large areas of Yorkshire and other northern counties were still lying in waste in 1086.”

        “The land was ravaged on either side of William’s route north from the River Aire. His army destroyed crops and settlements and forced rebels into hiding. In the New Year of 1070 he split his army into smaller units and sent them out to burn, loot, and terrify.[21] Florence of Worcester said that from the Humber to the Tees, William’s men burnt whole villages and slaughtered the inhabitants. Food stores and livestock were destroyed so that anyone surviving the initial massacre would succumb to starvation over the winter. The land was salted to destroy its productivity for decades to come.”

        Our troubles these days seem like very small beer.

        • Yet another elite psychopath.

          I had to laugh at the caption below the picture on Harley’s link, “A man holding a cigarette”.

          No kidding?

          Looks more like a woman’s hand. A woman who wears knuckle dusters while sunbathing. It is the ‘North’ after all.

        • Rose says:

          We’ll have less of that, Stewart, I live in the North.
          West Yorkshire to be more precise.

        • Sorry, Rose, I was just practising my stereotyping. I’m from the far North, Glasgow, so I could have said the same had the article been about there.

      • nisakiman says:

        “The North East saw the highest falls in smoking plague in England from 2005-2010, and we have 120,000 fewer adult smokers plague victims than 2005, but we have been through a very severe recession that has affected our region badly. Unemployment is twice as high as some other parts of the country, and we know people experiencing stress and worry feel less likely to quit are more prone to plague. Without concerted efforts regionally and locally to tackle smoking plague, the situation may have been worse.”

        Bring out your dead…

        Thank heavens for those wonderful, selfless people at FRESH. Halleluiah, they are here to save us from ourselves.

        • Rose says:

          You remember Fresh, Nisakiman.

          Remember the woman who insisted we keep taking Chantix and not to worry because we were so unhealthy half of us were likely to die at any minute?

          “Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh — the campaign for a Smoke Free North East — said: “We are talking about a fairly unhealthy section of the population anyway . . . one in two will die because of smoking.”

          Here’s another gem.

          Smoking takes you from 11 to decrepitude in just 3 years.

          “CHILD smokers are pleading for cigarette vending machines to be banned from pubs to help them kick the habit.”

          “Teenagers Jamie Caffery and Lewis Mann told how they have been hooked on the deadly habit since they were just 11 years old, having bought their first cigarette for just 20p.
          But what started out as a few puffs out of curiosity turned into a dangerous addiction for the now 14-year-olds.”

          “Jamie, of Lanercost, Washington, said: “I saw other people smoking so I wanted to try it. My first smoke cost me 20p from a friend.
          “I smoke 10 a day now and buy them with my pocket money. I can’t play football because I get out of breath really quickly.

          “ I can’t run and I’ve got a right bad chest and I cough in the mornings.

          “I’ve tried to give up twice but it’s hard. Fags should be out of sight in shops. It’s too tempting when they’re next to the sweets.”

          Lewis added: “I saw an eight-year-old smoking the other day. All the kids are. I can’t run very far as I get out of breath and I’ve got a cough. I really want to give up. I’ve tried but it’s hard because all my friends smoke.”

          Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh – the campaign for a smoke free North East – believes the Bill is vital.”

          Still makes me giggle.

  12. Smoking Lamp says:

    The anti-smoking movement has moved from a fringe concern to an overarching framework for social control. Not content to marginalize smokers, the ‘public health’ elite see individual liberty as an anachronistic threat to mass wellbeing. This ideology is promoted in an article “Smoking, Drinking And Eating: It’s Not About Your Freedom” (originally Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual at The Conversation by two sociologists, one from the University of Manchester and the other from Lancaster University.

    The authors (two on the byline and 2 acknowledged co-authors) start by saying “[d]iseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy are on the rise even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved.” They then attempt to make the case for eliminating individual choice to protect individuals from these ‘lifestyle’ diseases. They essentially argue that individuals are unable to assess risk and make proper choices (read the choice they support).

    They advocate social control (which they call social practices) stating, “While behaviour change interventions have had some limited success, the spectre of lifestyle disease is a grim reaper indeed – and will continue its devastating journey unless we can effectively build on new ideas.” They want to replace individual rights, liberties, and responsibilities with totalitarian control. Orwell was right, just 20 years early in his projection.

    This apology for global mind manipulation is an extreme threat to individual liberty, democratic political ideals, and liberal tradition. This dangerous rhetoric supports a blueprint for global political control and must be stopped. Smoking bans (indoors and out) are increasingly being implemented. In Ontario they expanded an indoor ban to outside patios. The extension was a regulatory adjustment to the regulation made my provincial ministers. The health executive and proponents of the change didn’t want to bring the policy to an election fearing its rejection. The anti-smoking lobby tries to avoid referenda at all costs and tries to infer that the movements advocating the bans are grassroots initiatives. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are orchestrated by external actors and co-ordinated globally. The time fro a global counter-movement has more than arrived.

No need to log in

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.