Dick Puddlecote asks Should We Lie Like Tobacco Controllers?:
The process the tobacco control industry lives by seems to consist of these purposely-designed steps:
1) Commit to a policy
2) Create junk science to fit that policy, by any means possible
3) If the junk science doesn’t throw up believable results, lie in the press release
4) Sit back and ignore the inevitable debunking, the headlines are out and everyone will believe them
This is what tobacco control calls ‘science’, and the people who promote lies – because that’s what they are – in this manner are described by the press as ‘experts’.
I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the way Tobacco Control has always worked. Because from the outset the antismokers have always known that smoking is harmful. They’re already fully committed to that view. And once they’re convinced, they then do the ‘science’ that backs up that view. And if the science doesn’t produce the “right” answers, then they’ll print the “right” answers anyway. And their scaremongering fabrications will be published in the press. And if the Tobacco Controllers are fear-mongers, it’s because they themselves were the products of past fear-mongering, and they’re replicating what was done to make them frightened of tobacco, complete with all the lies they were told.
I think that in the case of e-cigarettes, the speed with which they’ve thrown the book at them is a wonderful illustration of the process. For to the antismokers e-cigarettes look like cigarettes, and they involve inhaling the vapour, and so they are cigarettes, and they know that smoking is harmful. So, with great speed, they produce the research that shows that this new product is just as harmful. It only took them a year or two. Maybe less. And it’s all printed in the press, verbatim.
But I’m not sure that everyone believes them. After all, I don’t. And I dare say that most of my readers don’t believe them either. And I generally get the impression that most ordinary people don’t believe either. But I’ve been thinking recently that one reason why the political class tends to believe them, and keeps passing more and more antismoking (and now antivaping) legislation is because most of Tobacco Control’s fabrications are really aimed at politicians. That’s why they want headlines.
It’s well worth reading Deborah Arnott’s description of how the UK smoking ban got through parliament:
It is essential that campaigners create the impression of inevitable success. Campaigning of this kind is literally a confidence trick: the appearance of confidence both creates confidence and demoralises the opposition. The week before the free vote we made sure the government got the message that we “knew” we were going to win and it would be better for them to be on the winning side. But it was only five minutes before the vote that the political adviser to the health secretary phoned us to let us know Patricia Hewitt was supporting our position, and we only found out after the vote that the prime minister and Gordon Brown had followed her through the lobby.
This “confidence trick” wasn’t played on the British people: it was played on 650 MPs in parliament. The MPs were bombarded with all sorts of appeals, from all directions. And theses thoroughly duped and demoralised politicians caved in.
We smokers may think that we’re subjected to a tremendous amount of propaganda. But I’d like to suggest that we haven’t been propagandised half as much – or even quarter as much – as MPs have been, and still are being.
And there’s a simple reason why TC primarily targets the politicians: they’re the people who make the laws and keep the money flowing. And there are only 650 people who really matter, and they’re the ones who need to be kept fed with stories which will stiffen their resolve to ban smoking, and keep the money coming to TC. And most of these MPs won’t have the time or energy to look into what they’re being told. They probably only ever read headlines.
TC doesn’t give a damn what I or anyone else in this nation of 65 million people may think. They only care about 650 of them. As long as those 650 can be kept in line, TC will be safe.
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