A reminder that smoking bans are being introduced in UK prisons:
Smoking is currently allowed only in prison cells and exercise yards, but the government intends to ban smoking in all indoor areas across the 136 prisons in England and Wales to reduce health risks…
A smoke-free policy will be implemented in all prisons in Wales from January 2016, and at four English prisons – Exeter, Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Erlestoke – from March 2016, before being rolled out to other jails.
The Prison Governors Association (PGA), which supports the ban, admitted it could not predict how prisoners would react when it comes in, and said it would monitor the initial phase to ensure stability and safety were maintained.
I hope they burn a few prisons down.
And from Dick Puddlecote:
Erm, hands up who isn’t aware of tobacco control advice that smoking is dangerous. Anyone, anyone?
Well, I’m aware of Tobacco Control advice. But that doesn’t mean I pay any attention to it. In fact, I no longer believe a word they say about tobacco or e-cigarettes or pretty much anything else. Why should I believe everything these self-styled ‘experts’ say? In fact, why should I believe anything they say?
Which reminds me of an earlier post by DP from a Spectator discussion, which featured Dr Michael Fitzpatrick saying:
Andrew Neil: Whose medical advice do you follow Dr?
Fitzpatrick: I avoid all of it!
Same here. Fitzpatrick has written a book: The Tyranny of Health. An Amazon reviewer approvingly reproduced a few lines from it:
The government’s public health policy is really a programme of social control packaged as health promotion.
Medicine has become a quasi-religious crusade against the old sins of the flesh.
While resources are poured into projects that use health to enhance social control, real health needs – especially those of the elderly – are neglected.
Only an epidemiologist could believe that data based on ‘selfreported’ levels of alcohol consumption can provide a useful basis for quantitative studies.
Such is the degradation of medical ethics that it is now considered virtuous for doctors to take on the role and responsibilities of the police and to subordinate the best interests of their patients to the dictates of government drug policy.
I can’t disagree with any of that.
And there’s some doubt that the Zika virus is responsible for microcephaly:
The Zika virus infection has been linked to newborn babies with the birth defect microcephaly. This is a congenital condition in which babies are born with unusually tiny heads.
The notion, however, has recently been challenged by a group of Argentine physicians. The group suspects that the Zika virus is not to blame for the rise in microcephaly cases, but that a toxic larvicide introduced into Brazil’s water supplies may be the real culprit.
I wonder how long it’ll take Tobacco Control to blame microcephaly on smoking? They blame it for pretty much everything else, after all.