Fill In The Questionnaire

I’ve been on the UK Conservative party’s mailing list for the past few years, probably as a consequence of emailing my Conservative MP about plain packaging or car smoking bans.

Most of the emails have purported to come from one prominent Conservative or other, telling me something or other. But occasionally I get questionnaires asking my opinions on various issues, of which the smoking ban is never one.

But today I got another questionnaire, asking me if I was a member of the Conservative party (No),  Have you ever supported the Party in any other way? (No), Would you ever consider doing any of these activities to support the Party? (None of them), and finally Why haven’t you become a Member? And beneath this question there was, wonder of wonders, a little text entry box, in which I gleefully wrote:

I’m a smoker. Smokers have been treated appallingly by all the main parties, and above all by Labour and Lib Dems. I will never vote for any of them, let alone become a member of any of them.

Aside from my emails to my MP, this is the first time in about 5 years that I’ve managed to let the Conservative party know why I don’t vote for them. And it’s really only because they don’t actually want to know what I think.

I doubt if it’ll make an iota of difference.

I don’t see why a few other people shouldn’t fill in the questionnaire, particularly people who used to vote for them.  You may of course have different reasons than mine for not being a party member.

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I’m a bit of a Lana Del Rey fan. In fact I really only liked her first few hits (Video Games, Blue Jeans, Burning Desire). But I signed up on Google for news about her a long time ago, and so I also now get fed snippets of gossip about what she’s doing/wearing, and who her latest boyfriend is (Francesco Carrozzini, since you ask), etc, etc. Here’s a snippet from a recent Rolling Stone interview:

On the second-floor, on a coffee table, near a Serge Gainsbourg box set, there’s a book called The Boudoir Bible. “No shame,” Del Rey says with a grin. She’s sitting on the brown couch, smoking Carrozzini’s American Spirit cigarettes in her languid way, below a huge black-and-white photo of a bunch of slim, naked people, piled on top of one another. The midday sun is blazing through an open window, and her brown hair and fair skin are glowing in its haze — an Instagram filter or cinematographer couldn’t do better. “I quit sometimes,” she says, of the cigarettes. “And then stop quitting.” She smokes onstage, too — it’s pure craving, not an image thing. “I find, sometimes, halfway through the set, I definitely need to have a cigarette.”

The interview, which seems to have been conducted over an entire day, is actually quite fun. And in the end Lana walks out in a huff, eyes blazing – as befits a big star.

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10 Responses to Fill In The Questionnaire

  1. slugbop007 says:

    I just sent Clean Air Nederland’s Tom Voeten a link to this brief synopsis of the OSHA’s study on SHS/ETS from 1994:
    http://cleanairquality.blogspot.ca/2010/10/air-quality-testing-of-secondhand-smoke.html
    In his case it’s a question of attitude and prejudice, facts just get in the way.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      OSHA also took on the passive smoking fraud and this is what came of it:

      Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Third Edition

      This sorta says it all

      These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the safe one.

      So OSHA standards are what is the guideline for what is acceptable ”SAFE LEVELS”

      OSHA SAFE LEVELS

      All this is in a small sealed room 9×20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.

      For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes.

      “For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes.

      “Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

      Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.

      “For Hydroquinone, “only” 1250 cigarettes.

      For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time.

      The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.

      So, OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :

      Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA.

      Why are their any smoking bans at all they have absolutely no validity to the courts or to science!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

      Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

      By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

      Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

      What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

      “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

      Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

      The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

      Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

      146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

      A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

      Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

  2. The Blocked Dwarf says:

    For all the difference it will make, I commented: “won’t vote for, let alone join, a party that places so much value on the opinions of capnophobic bigots and the Gravy Train riding Tobacco Control Industry. Stop Kowtowing to the demands of those spouting third reich pseudo science .”

  3. cherie79 says:

    I filled that in too but never thought to mention smoking, wish I had, I did join once to have a vote on the leadership but honestly I can’t say we felt welcome at the local Conservative club. Hardly anyone spoke to us, it was very much a clique so we never went back and didn’t rejoin.

    • Nika says:

      It has been my personal experience here in the U.S. that our political parties and governments (federal, state and local) are also all run by cliques of one kind or another. Just like in high school! They either ignore or play insulting psychological games with “ordinary” citizens, do not welcome dissent, protect their own, and cannot be trusted one iota.

      A South Dakota state representative went drunk driving some years ago, ran a stop sign, and killed several people. There was some brief negative publicity, but no legal consequences. He didn’t even lose his position or driver’s license! Later in a coffee shop, my brother and a couple of his friends invited a South Dakota judge (politician) who happened to be there to join them at their table. They asked him why ordinary citizens who did the same thing were always severely penalized and jailed but that state rep went 100% free. The judge replied, “This is South Dakota. We can do anything we want.” So much for the myth of democracy, the Constitution, and equal protection.

      It seems like the only time political outsiders anywhere (whether majority or minority) are able to make changes with any expediency is when they start widespread violent riots and people are killed in unpalatable numbers (i.e., the Vietnam war protests, Black Lives Matter, etc.). I could be the first person in the world to sit smoking where it is forbidden a la Rosa Parks to protest extremist anti-smoking laws, but I would be fined way beyond my retirement budget or sentenced to time in a non-smoking jail. At my age (66), that would be fatal. I have no time to wait for long-term change.

      The idea of establishing a small community supportive of smokers sounds good, but some of them would likely end up fighting and bullying others over totally different issues. Utopias always fail. Only staying below the radar, careful selection of a limited number of friends and websites like this, and almost total solitude in our own homes like mine allow us any true freedom. That is incredibly sad.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Perhaps a Tax on kids Ice Crème is next and a law against eating them in public or on sidewalks is next,yes this whole anti-tobacco movement and its insane laws are just that ridiculous because the ridiculous is now whats going on. Insanity needs to be put back in the Mental Hospitals.

    I remember a case where in Carmelle Calif they had a law against kids eating an ice creame on the sidewalk. Then Clint Eastwood was elected mayor and he quickly gathered schools kids and bought them ice creames to eat on the sidewalks after he repealed the INSANE law. Its no different than anti-smoking laws today rediculous.

  5. george spitzbart says:

    every time i buy tobaco its another tax increase its rediculus
    the goverment sucks as if they don’t get enuf taxes from gst and all the other taxes
    if they what to make money cut there wages

  6. Rose says:

    Interesting

    More European smokers are deciding not to quit, survey shows
    3 September 2015

    “The proportion of smokers who have no intention of quitting is increasing, figures from a European survey have shown.

    The survey is part of the ongoing EUROASPIRE study, which collects information on preventive cardiology every few years.1 The new figures, reported at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, compared lifestyle, risk factors, and drug treatment in people at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease who were interviewed in 2006-08 and again in 2014-15.”
    http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4724

    Same number of people smoking but less inclined to quit
    1st September

    “Although the number of people who smoke is roughly staying the same, fewer of them are inclined to quit the habit, according to a new survey. Euroaspire surveys presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015 shows that 17% of people aged 50 and under are smokers, but those who had no intention of quitting rose to 34% – up from 23% in 2008.

    The first set of Euroaspire surveys were carried out between 2006 and 2008 in five European countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and the UK. These were then followed up in 2014 and 2015. “We wanted to see whether there had been any change in lifestyles or risk factors between the two surveys and whether the practice of preventive cardiology in patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease had improved over time,” Kotseva explained.

    The survey also noted that there was no change in the prevalence of overweight individuals – remaining at 82%, and obesity drop by just 1% to 43%. However, less than one in five of the 5,890 participants said that they partook in vigorous physical activity.

    “Lifestyle trends are not moving in the right direction,” said Kotseva.”
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/same-number-people-smoking-less-inclined-quit-1517936

    Perhaps they overdid the denormalisation and people just dug in their heels.

  7. smokingscot says:

    Well the lady’s got style. American Spirit Cigarettes claim to be 100% organic (whatever that means). And the pack’s look like this:

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=675&q=american+spirit+cigarettes&oq=american+spirit+cigarettes&gs_l=img.3..0l10.1758.12047.0.12840.26.26.0.0.0.0.230.3956.0j22j3.25.0….0…1.1.64.img..1.25.3956.5igNN9DC0F4

    However it doth seem your lady’s got a virtual monopoly on the term Carrozzini American Spirit cigarettes, as she’s seen here in many poses (and seems to also go under the name of Lizzy Grant):

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Carrozzini+American+Spirit+cigarettes&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=675&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMI4N3c8fjbxwIVhTwUCh2soQwN#imgrc=_

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