H/T Iro Cyr for drawing attention to CAGE Canada’s 2010 translation of Robert Molimard’s BELIEFS, MANIPULATION AND LIES IN THE TOBACCO ISSUE on the passive smoking fraud:
…But these increases were still not sufficient to reach the critical level that would have made second hand smoke a serious public health problem warranting drastic measures. That’s when an international report made its appearance. Produced by four institutions, Cancer Research UK, European Respiratory Society, Institut National du Cancer and the European Health Network, announced, with great precision, 5863 deaths for France, quickly rounded to 6000 deaths for the press. They had finally reached the level that was required to justify the measures that were quickly adopted in most countries. (Figure 1)
But anyone who would had carefully read this report would have discovered that, with the utmost simplicity and dare I say nonchalance, the authors also showed separately the estimates for non-smokers thus revealing that smokers themselves were included in their total death estimates. In doing so, they changed the definition of passive smoking itself! And suddenly, with only 1,114 deaths in non-smokers including 152 lung cancers, we almost went back to Catherine Hill’s estimate of 20 years earlier.” When breaking down these 1114 deaths, it becomes unclear how a law banning smoking in public spaces can have any effect on 1007 of these 1114 deaths that relate to exposure at home, providing of course that the police are not permitted to break down your door with a ram to fine your smoking spouse. 107 deaths were attributed to exposure at work, and 6 of them to the special conditions for the hotels restaurants, bars and discos where the application of the ban was delayed by one year. (Figure 2)
Thus the authors have classified 4749 active smokers as victims of passive smoking using the specious argument that when smoking in their offices they also inhale the ambient air filled with their own smoke! I have previously produced a complete analysis of this outrageous report. It obviously did not elicit any response.
So smokers – counted as passive smokers – made up 5/6ths of the estimated death toll from passive smoking. Almost all the remainder were in home environments. Only an estimated 6 deaths were in the hospitality industry. And that’s why we have pub smoking bans!
Elsewhere, I came across an article by George Soros (my added emphases):
It’s not easy to resist the threats and the hysteria that surround us, but we must do, as fear is the greatest danger to open society
Open societies are always endangered. This is especially true of America and Europe today, as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, and the way that America and Europe, particularly France, have reacted to them.
Jihadi terrorist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida have discovered the achilles heel of our western societies: the fear of death. Through horrific attacks and macabre videos, the publicists of Isis magnify this fear, leading otherwise sensible people in hitherto open societies to abandon their reason.
Scientists have discovered that emotion is an essential component of human reasoning. That discovery explains why jihadi terrorism poses such a potent threat to our societies: the fear of death leads us and our leaders to think – and then behave – irrationally.
Science merely confirms what experience has long shown: when we are afraid for our lives, emotions take hold of our thoughts and actions, and we find it difficult to make rational judgments. Fear activates an older, more primitive part of the brain than that which formulates and sustains the abstract values and principles of open society.
The open society is thus always at risk from the threat posed by our response to fear. A generation that has inherited an open society from its parents will not understand what is required to maintain it until it has been tested and learns to keep fear from corrupting reason. Jihadi terrorism is only the latest example. The fear of nuclear war tested the last generation, and the fear of communism and fascism tested my generation.
Hold on a minute. Antismoking terrorists also use “macabre videos” to “magnify the fear of death”, leading “otherwise sensible people to abandon their reason”, and become terrified of tobacco smoke. And they’ve been doing it for far longer than ISIS. They’ve scared the wits out of hundreds of millions of suggestible people. And their healthist familiars are now busy doing the same with sugar and salt and soda.
ISIS didn’t “discover” the achilles heel of western societies: all they had to do was watch and copy the methods of Tobacco Control and their associated Healthist zealots.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to first suppress the state-sponsored terrorists in our midst, before moving on to their diligent pupils in ISIS?