Government officials to attend anti-smoking meeting in country run by mad dictator
Turkmenistan leaders have banned beards, ballets and pet pooches in recent years
THE Department of Health will send two officials to a nanny state anti-smoking conference in Turkmenistan tomorrow despite the country being run by a mad dictator, The Sun can reveal.
The British government say they have “significant concerns” about human rights in the repressed central Asian country that has banned smoking outside and only sells fags from state owned shops.
Why Turkey’s anti-tobacco efforts went up in smoke
Following the introduction of a strict smoking ban in Turkey in 2008, the great Turkish folk singer Neset Ertas became the first person to publicly challenge then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his tough attitude toward smokers. In a television program in 2009, the late Ertas interrupted Erdogan as he spoke on the issue and said, “Those miserable poor people are already beat. Electricity bills unpaid, water bills unpaid, not even bread and olives to eat. The cigarette is the only thing they have left. Don’t meddle with the people’s cigarettes.”
The link Ertas drew between poverty and smoking seems to have been spot on. The ban, which covers workplaces, restaurants and cafes, among other public spaces, proved effective in discouraging smoking in its initial years, but today Turkey is back to ground zero.
Minister rejects plea to offer meningitis vaccine to children under 11
…But David Nuttall, the Tory MP for Bury North, said money should be diverted away from helping smokers to pay for the extra jabs.
“I am not one to bring problems without trying to find solutions for government, so let me also suggest another source of funding,” he told MPs.
“The millions of pounds spent on trying to persuade those adults, who despite years and years or warnings of the dangers of smoking, nevertheless continue to do so.
“If they have not stopped by now, when will they? These adults have a choice. They choose to continue to smoke. Some of the millions spent on increasingly ineffective stop smoking campaigns could be spent on children who have no choice.”
Lung cancer is no longer just a ‘smokers’ disease’, according to a leading doctor.
Dr Harpal Kumar said that while the number of smokers is falling, which is leading to an overall reduction in the number of those developing lung cancer, there are still a steady 6,000 people developing the disease who do not smoke.
Of those, causes of the cancer include asbestos exposure and air pollution.