A few days ago I included Michael McFadden’s Wall of Hate in this blog’s right margin. It’s a compilation of antismoking hate messages left in online comments, some of which were originally found by myself and Dick Puddlecote.
I included them because they’re part of the background of the War on Smokers, and serve to set the tone of it.
But if hate-filled antismoking commenters are Tobacco Control’s footsoldiers, and the top people – like Glantz, Arnott, Chapman, etc – are its generals, there’s a surprising mismatch between the hate-filled bile spewed out by the footsoldiers and the far more moderate and conciliatory statements of the generals, who are always saying how they want to “help” and “educate” smokers. I don’t think I’ve heard Deborah Arnott ever say that she hates smokers or wants them all dead. And I bet I never will.
So how is it that the top echelons of the antismoking movement are concerned to help and educate us poor, unhealthy, half-dead smokers, while the footsoldiers want to kill us? Where does the divide occur in the movement?
The answer, I believe, is that there’s no division at all. From top to bottom, the antismoking movement is driven by pure hatred. It’s just that the Arnotts and Glantzes – the public face of Tobacco Control – are much better at preserving a mask of caring concern than the uncouth rank and file beneath them.
I drew this conclusion because I remembered that Dr W, in whose house I once lived, was a both a major player in the antismoking movement (as well as active in the WHO), and also someone with a virulent hatred of “filthy, filthy, filthy” smoking – something I learned by hearing him shouting those words. The last time I ever saw him alive was when he appeared on BBC Newsnight as an urbane spokesman for the BMA. So if the footsoldiers of the antismoking movement hate smoking, here was one of its generals who hated smoking just as much. Is it likely that a man like him, with a visceral hatred of smoking, could have risen in the ranks of the BMA and the WHO without anyone noticing his views? Isn’t it more likely that his hatred was shared by many of his colleagues in the BMA and WHO – who would include people like Richard Doll and George Godber, both of whom he almost certainly knew?
And there’s a second reason for supposing that the hatred extends from top to bottom of the antismoking movement. And that is that the ‘generals’ never condemn the comments left by their footsoldiers all over the internet. They never ask them to moderate their views. And that can only be because they condone them – because they share the same hatred themselves.
One might also add that, despite supposedly being designed to improve “public health” and “help” smokers, all antismoking measures invariably attack smokers. Smoking bans, for example, “exile smokers to the outdoors” (Deborah Arnott), and exclude them from ordinary social interaction. At the same time punitive taxation robs smokers. And hiding tobacco products from public display obstructs smokers. And so-called “plain packaging” is really just a way of sending hate messages to smokers, by printing them on cigarettes packets. For while the actual message might be “smoking causes lung cancer”, the true message is: “We hope that smoking causes you lung cancer.”
Well, you can relax folks. All this time, it was not your next door neighbor, co-worker, friend or relative who was turning into an aggressive “Mr. Hyde” when protected by the cover of anonymity. We now have tangible proof that most of the people who are posting obnoxious and hateful material are simply following orders from the anti-tobacco industry:
We have obtained the manual on how to effectively implement outdoor bans published in September 2010 by Physicians For A Smoke-Free Canada (PSFC) : SMOKEFREE OUTDOOR PUBLIC SPACES: A COMMUNITY ADVOCACY TOOLKIT.
And, if nothing else, there’s the simple fact that antismokers never used to exist in large numbers (back in 1965, Dr W was the first one I’d ever encountered). They have been generated by 60+ years of ceaseless and gradually intensifying top-down antismoking propaganda. The generals have gradually enlisted the footsoldiers, and they have inculcated them with their hate. Most antismokers are people who have been taught hatred.
And, just like in any army, it’s the footsoldiers who do the dirty work while the generals keep their manicured hands clean. Deborah Arnott and Stanton Glantz will themselves never insult or scream hatred at smokers, or spit on them or slap their faces. Other people will do that.
In summary, the antismoking movement is driven by hatred, not reason, nor any public health concern. And the hatred extends from the top of the movement to the bottom. And one of the fault lines running through Tobacco Control is the need for its public advocates to preserve the appearance of being compassionate, caring health professionals, while actually being motivated by pure hatred. Such people are wolves in sheep’s clothing. And the footsoldiers beneath them are just wolves.
Which is why Tobacco Control must be completely destroyed, and every single member of it expelled from public life.
It’s ironic that, in a time when “hate crimes” of every kind are being investigated, the biggest hate criminals of all have ready access to the media and the corridors of power.