The tobacco endgame: Radical proposals part of strategy to win faltering war on smoking
I’m very glad to hear it’s faltering.
In the faltering war against cigarettes, the latest battle cries are eye openers: prohibit smoking for anyone born after the year 2000; require a licence to buy cigarettes; nationalize the tobacco industry.
Or just make selling cigarettes illegal.
All have been proposed as part of the “tobacco endgame,” a radical — and controversial — new approach to the smoking scourge that a select group of Canadian public-health experts will discuss later this year.
Endgame proponents note that a stubborn 20 per cent of the population continues to smoke — tens of thousands of them dying annually as a result — and argue the numbers are unlikely to decrease much under current anti-smoking policies.
So, they say, it’s time for innovative, out-of-the-box ideas that might just stamp out Western society’s biggest-single source of disease.
I don’t think that these people are actually capable of formulating “innovative, out-of-the-box ideas”. The Tobacco Control mindset is rigid and dogmatic, and consists largely of one-dimensional stereotypes of smokers (as “addicts”, for example).
In such a circumstance, any sort of innovative thinking must necessarily call into question the prevailing dogmatic mindset, and that would be unconscionable heresy. So it can’t be allowed to happen.
And it doesn’t happen. There is no sign whatever of any innovative thinking. The only thing Tobacco Control ever does is to multiply the bans and restrictions on smoking, hike the taxes higher, and ratchet up the media scaremongering. It doesn’t work, but it’s the only thing they know how to do.
And oddly for an organisation whose purpose is directed at smokers, Tobacco Control is actually not very interested in smokers. They never try to get inside their heads, or step into their shoes. Perhaps that’s because, as behaviourists, they’re incapable of empathy. They only ever lecture smokers, and never listen to them. So they can have no real understanding of them outside their stereotype depictions. Thus, incapable of any real understanding of smokers, they are incapable of making any progress against the most stubborn of them.