It has been proven that second-hand smoke increases health risks to pets and has been associated with cancers and respiratory infections, similar to the effect on humans.

“Think about a cat, what does it spend most of its time doing? Licking its fur,”Andrea Midgen from Auckland SPCA told ONE News.

“Meanwhile all those toxins are in its fur so then it’s going into its body.”

Even household fish are not immune to second hand smoke.

“Water soaks up all the pollutions out of the air, and the poor fish are swimming around in that,” Ms Midgen said.

Mrs Midgen doesn’t know much about cats. They actually spend most of their time sleeping, in my experience. Licking their fur is something they might do for a few minutes now and then,… before curling up and going back to sleep.

And if water soaks up “all the pollutions out of the air”, then all anyone would ever need for indoor clean air is a jug of water. I must try it sometime.


The President of the unelected executive arm of the European Union (EU) has vowed to block all right wing populists from power across the continent, shortly after acquiring the power to exert “far-reaching sanctions” on elected governments.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, promised to exclude Norbert Hofer, the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), from all EU decision-making if elected ahead of yesterday’s presidential vote.

“There will be no debate or dialogue with the far-right,” the liberal bureaucrat told AFP.

Yet another reason to get out of the EU. “Far-right” really means “anyone we don’t like”. The EU is pretty undemocratic anyway, but now it’s got even more so.

I sometimes think these people are their own worst enemies.

And a little sanity:

Gregoris Tsahas has smoked a packet of cigarettes every day for 70 years. High up in the hills of Ikaria, in his favourite cafe, he draws on what must be around his half-millionth fag. I tell him smoking is bad for the health and he gives me an indulgent smile, which suggests he’s heard the line before. He’s 100 years old and, aside from appendicitis, has never known a day of illness in his life.

Tsahas has short-cropped white hair, a robustly handsome face and a bone-crushing handshake. He says he drinks two glasses of red wine a day, but on closer interrogation he concedes that, like many other drinkers, he has underestimated his consumption by a couple of glasses.

The secret of a good marriage, he says, is never to return drunk to your wife. He’s been married for 60 years. “I’d like another wife,” he says. “Ideally one about 55.”

And there’s a smoking ban in Greece.

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16 Responses to Weird

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Insanity doesn’t even begin to describe how stupid tobacco control just made themselves look!

    They’ve lost all since of reality

  2. audreysilk says:

    Love this one: “then all anyone would ever need for indoor clean air is a jug of water.” Touche!

  3. Rose says:

    Over the years, I have had some very long lived cats, none of whom died of respiratory diseases or cancer. One very ancient cat fell through the ice on next doors pond one snowy night and drowned, two died in road accidents, though we live in a cul-de-sac and one venerable cat’s kidneys eventually failed.

  4. Rose says:


    SmokingScot had the names of the MPs who voted for the Smoking Ban, I’ll just leave them here, if I may or perhaps Frank might like to move them to the bottom of the thread, it’s rather extensive.

    Labour MPs voting to ban smoking in all pubs and clubs in England were:

    Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington) Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West & Pembrokeshire South) Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East) Douglas Alexander (Paisley and Renfrewshire South) Graham Allen (Nottingham North) David Anderson (Blaydon) Ms Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen) Ms Hilary Armstrong (Durham North West) Ian Austin (Dudley North) John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead) Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West) Ed Balls (Normanton) Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire) Celia Barlow (Hove) Kevin Barron (Rother Valley) John Battle (Leeds West) Hugh Bayley (York, City of) Mrs Margaret Beckett (Derby South) Ms Anne Begg (Aberdeen South) Sir Stuart Bell (Middlesbrough)

    Hilary Benn (Leeds Central) Joe Benton (Bootle) Dr Roger Berry (Kingswood) Clive Betts (Sheffield Attercliffe) Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash) Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham) Tony Blair (Sedgefield) Ms Hazel Blears (Salford) David Blunkett (Sheffield Brightside) Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) Gordon Brown (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) Lyn Brown (West Ham) Nick Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend) Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway) Des Browne (Kilmarnock & Loudoun) Chris Bryant (Rhondda) Ms Karen Buck (Regent’s Park & Kensington North) Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield) Colin Burgon (Elmet) Andy Burnham (Leigh) Dawn Butler (Brent South)

    Stephen Byers (Tyneside North) Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill) Richard Caborn (Sheffield Central) David Cairns (Inverclyde) Martin Caton (Gower) Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole) Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell) Ben Chapman (Wirral South) David Chaytor (Bury North) Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone) Katy Clark (Ayrshire North and Arran) Paul Clark (Gillingham) Charles Clarke (Norwich South) Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill) Ms Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley) Vernon Coaker (Gedling) Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead) Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) Frank Cook (Stockton North) Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) Ms Yvette Cooper (Pontefract & Castleford)

    Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North) Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) Mary Creagh (Wakefield) Ms Ann Cryer (Keighley) Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby) Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West) Wayne David (Caerphilly) Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West) Ms Janet Dean (Burton) John Denham (Southampton Itchen) Jim Devine (Livingston) Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester) Andrew Dismore (Hendon) Jim Dobbin (Co-op Heywood & Middleton) Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras) Brian Donohoe (Central Ayrshire) Frank Doran (Aberdeen North) Jim Dowd (Lewisham West) David Drew (Stroud)

    Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich) Ms Angela Eagle (Wallasey) Ms Maria Eagle (Liverpool Garston) Clive Efford (Eltham) Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside) Natascha Engel (Derbyshire North East) Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough) Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme) Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar & Canning Town) Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South) Ms Caroline Flint (Don Valley) Paul Flynn (Newport West) Ms Barbara Follett (Stevenage) Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye) Hywel Francis (Aberavon) Mike Gapes (Ilford South) Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow) Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North) Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth Sutton) Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East) Nia Griffith (Llanelli) Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South) John Grogan (Selby) Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish)

    Peter Hain (Neath) Mike Hall (Weaver Vale) Patrick Hall (Bedford) Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham) Mark Hendrick (Preston) Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) John Heppell (Nottingham East) Stephen Hesford (Wirral West) Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West) David Heyes (Ashton under Lyne) Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch) Mrs Margaret Hodge (Barking) Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West) Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East) Geoff Hoon (Ashfield) Phil Hope (Corby) Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North) George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East) Dr Kim Howells (Pontypridd) Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford & Urmston)

    Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood) Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore) Ms Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate) Sian James (Swansea East) Diana Johnson (Hull North) Dr Lynne Jones (Birmingham Selly Oak) Martyn Jones (Clwyd South) Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton) Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North) Barbara Keeley (Worsley) Alan Keen (Feltham & Heston) Ms Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth) Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East) Piara Khabra (Ealing Southall) Sadiq Khan (Tooting) David Kidney (Stafford) Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool Walton) Jim Knight (Dorset South) Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East) Dr Stephen Ladyman (Thanet South) David Lammy (Tottenham) Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith) David Lepper (Brighton Pavilion) Tom Levitt (High Peak) Ivan Lewis (Bury South) Martin Linton (Battersea) Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central) Andy Love (Edmonton) Ian Lucas (Wrexham) Steve McCabe (Birmingham Hall Green) Mrs Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley) Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North)

    Ian McCartney (Makerfield) John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington) Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East) John McFall (West Dunbartonshire) Jim McGovern (Dundee West) Ms Anne McGuire (Stirling) Ms Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes) Ms Ann McKechin (Glasgow North) Ms Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East) Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Tony McNulty (Harrow East) Denis MacShane (Rotherham) Shahid Malik (Dewsbury) Ms Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley) John Mann (Bassetlaw) Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West) David Marshall (Glasgow East) Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway) Eric Martlew (Carlisle) Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton) Ms Gillian Merron (Lincoln) Alun Michael (Cardiff South & Penarth) Alan Milburn (Darlington) David Miliband (South Shields) Edward Miliband (Doncaster North) Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston), Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby) Ms Anne Moffat (East Lothian) Ms Laura Moffatt (Crawley) Chris Mole (Ipswich) Ms Madeleine Moon (Bridgend) Ms Jessica Morden (Newport East) Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North) Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe) George Mudie (Leeds East) Chris Mullin (Sunderland South) Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield Heeley) Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire)

    Paul Murphy (Torfaen) Dan Norris (Wansdyke) Eddie O’Hara (Knowsley South) Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) Albert Owen (Ynys Mon) Nick Palmer (Broxtowe) Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Ms Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East) Gordon Prentice (Pendle) Ms Dawn Primarolo (Bristol South) Gwyn Prosser (Dover) Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East) James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde) Bill Rammell (Harlow) Nick Raynsford (Greenwich & Woolwich) Andy Reed (Loughborough) Jamie Reed (Copeland) Linda Riordan (Halifax) John Robertson (Glasgow North West) Terry Rooney (Bradford North) Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd) Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford) Ms Joan Ryan (Enfield North) Martin Salter (Reading West) Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central) Miss Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Devonport) Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford)

    Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North) Ms Clare Short (Birmingham Ladywood) Alan Simpson (Nottingham South) Marsha Singh (Bradford West) Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd’s Bush) Andrew Smith (Oxford East) Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield Hillsborough) Ms Angela E Smith (Basildon) Ms Jacqui Smith (Redditch) Anne Snelgrove (Swindon South) Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South) Ms Helen Southworth (Warrington South) Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West) Ian Stewart (Eccles) Howard Stoate (Dartford) Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East) Graham Stringer (Manchester Blackley) Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South) Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside) Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South) David Taylor (Leicestershire North West) Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) Stephen Timms (East Ham) Paddy Tipping (Sherwood), Don Touhig (Islwyn) Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)

    Paul Truswell (Pudsey) Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton Kemptown) Neil Turner (Wigan) Derek Twigg (Halton) Kitty Ussher (Burnley) Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green) Ms Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North) Lynda Waltho (Stourbridge) Tom Watson (West Bromwich East) Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test) Malcolm Wicks (Croydon North) Alan Williams (Swansea West) Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy) Michael Wills (Swindon North) David Winnick (Walsall North) Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central) Mike Wood (Batley & Spen) Shaun Woodward (St Helens South) Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth) David Wright (Telford) Iain Wright (Hartlepool) Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase) Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)

    Tories voting to ban smoking in all pubs and clubs in England were:

    David Amess (Southend West) James Arbuthnot (Hampshire North East) Tony Baldry (Banbury) John Bercow (Buckingham) Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley) Peter Bone (Wellingborough) Tim Boswell (Daventry) Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) Julian Brazier (Canterbury) James Brokenshire (Hornchurch) Alistair Burt (Bedfordshire North East) Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells) Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

    David Curry (Skipton & Ripon) Mrs Nadine Dorries (Bedfordshire Mid) Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East) David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford) Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) Ms Justine Greening (Putney) John Greenway (Ryedale) Oliver Heald (Hertfordshire North East) Michael Jack (Fylde) David Jones (Clwyd West) Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham) Robert Key (Salisbury) Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest) Mark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North East) David Lidington (Aylesbury) Peter Luff (Worcestershire Mid) Anne Main (St Albans) Patrick Mercer (Newark) Anne Milton (Guildford) James Paice (Cambridgeshire South East) Michael Penning (Hemel Hempstead)

    John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare) John Randall (Uxbridge) Andrew Rosindell (Romford) Lee Scott (Ilford North) Andrew Selous (Bedfordshire South West) Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield) Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden) Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling) Gary Streeter (Devon South West) Shailesh Vara (Cambridgeshire North West) Rob Wilson (Reading East) Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth) Sir George Young (Hampshire North West)

    Though there aren’t many of them left to worry about.

    Liberal Democrats voting to ban smoking in all pubs and clubs in England were:

    Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) John Barrett (Edinburgh West) Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed) Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington) Ms Annette Brooke (Dorset Mid & Poole North) Malcolm Bruce (Gordon) Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam) Mrs Lorely Burt (Solihull) Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham) Sir Menzies Campbell (Fife North East) Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale) Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green)

    Don Foster (Bath) Andrew George (St Ives) Mrs Sandra Gidley (Romsey) Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne) Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South) Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon) Nick Harvey (Devon North) John Hemming (Birmingham Yardley) Paul Holmes (Chesterfield) Martin Horwood (Cheltenham) Chris Huhne (Eastleigh) Mark Hunter (Cheadle) Paul Keetch (Hereford) Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Lochaber) Susan Kramer (Richmond Park) Norman Lamb (Norfolk North) John Leech (Manchester Withington) Michael Moore (Berwickshire Roxburgh and Selkirk)

    John Pugh (Southport) Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute) Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and Fife West) Dan Rogerson (Cornwall North) Paul Rowen (Rochdale) Bob Russell (Colchester) Sir Robert Smith (Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine) Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove) Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire) Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell) Sarah Teather (Brent East) Steve Webb (Northavon) Mark Williams (Ceredigion) Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire) Stephen Williams (Bristol West) Ms Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central) Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge)

    Other MPs voting for the blanket smoking ban were:

    Democratic Unionist Party Gregory Campbell (Londonderry East) Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley) Rev William McCrea (South Antrim) The Rev Ian Paisley (Antrim North) Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford) Peter Robinson (Belfast East) David Simpson (Upper Bann) Sammy Wilson (East Antrim) Independent Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest) Plaid Cymru Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr) Hywel Williams (Caernarfon) Social Democratic and Labour Party Mark Durkan (Foyle) Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South) Ulster Unionist Party Lady Sylvia Hermon (Down North)

    • Very interesting list! I see MY MP voted “for”. Well, that’s him done for me then!

    • Frank Davis says:

      Rose, I’ve added a link to your comment under Other Links.

      • Rose says:

        Thank you Frank, to catch the 2010 intake I’ve just typed out the list of MPs who voted against Mr Nuttall’s Bill to amend the Smoking Ban in 2010.

        Motion for leave to bring in a Bill

        Smoking Bill – how MPs voted

        ” Ms Diane Abbott, Heidi Alexander, Stuart Andrew, Mr Adrian Bailey, Stephen Barclay, rh Kevin Barron, Hugh Bayley, Miss Anne Begg, rh Sir Alan Beith, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Clive Betts, Tom Blenkinsop, Nick Boles, Tom Brake, Mr Steve Brine, Annette Brooke, Mr Russell Brown, Fiona Bruce, rh Malcolm Bruce, Richard Burden, Martin Caton, Mrs Jenny Chapman, Katy Clark, rh Mr Tom Clarke, Damien Collins, Michael Connarty, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr David Crausby, Alex Cunningham, Nic Dakin, Mr Brian H. Donohue, Gemma Doyle, Jack Dromey, Mark Durkin, Jane Ellison, Natascha Engel, Bill Esterson, Graham Evans, Tim Farron, Jim Fitzpatrick, Paul Flynn, Yvonne Fovargue, Mike Freer, Richard Fuller, Mike Gapes, Barry Gardiner, Sheila Gilmore, rh Paul Goggins, Kate Green, Nia Griffith, Mr Sam Gyimah, Mathew Hancock, rh Mr David Hanson, Rebecca Harris, Mr Dai Havard, John Hemming, George Hollingbery, Kelvin Hopkins, Martin Horwood, rh Mr George Howarth, Dr Julian Huppert, Margot James, Mrs Siân C.James, rh Sir Gerald Kaufmann, Barbara Keeley, Chris Kelly, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Ian Lavery, Mark Lazarowicz, Andrea Leadsom, Dr Phillip Lee, Mr John Leech, Jeremy Lefroy, Chris Leslie, Tony Lloyd, Naomi Long, Mr Andrew Love, Caroline Lucas, Karen Lumley, John Mann, Mr Michael McCann, Kerry McCarthy, Dr William McCrea, John McDonnell, Ian Mearns, Andrew Miller, Nigel Mills, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Graeme Morrice, James Morris, Meg Munn, Sheryll Murray, Pamela Nash, Caroline Nokes, Mr Mathew Offord, Sandra Osborne, Albert Owen, Teresa Pearce, Andrew Percy, Stephen Phillips, Dr Daniel Poulter, rh Mr Nick Raynsford, Mr Alan Reid, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Dan Rogerson, Andrew Rosindell, Steve Rotheram, Lindsay Roy, rh Joan Ruddock, Bob Russell, Jim Shannon, Mr Virendra Sharma, Mr Barry Sheerman, Jim Sheridan, Gavin Shuker, David Simpson, Mr Dennis Skinner, Mr Andy Slaughter, rh Mr Andrew Smith, Julian Smith, Nick Smith, Sir Robert Smith, Sir Peter Soulsby, John Stevenson, Mel Stride, Ms Gisela Stuart, Ian Swales, Mr Gareth Thomas, Justin Tomlinson, Stephen Twigg, Valerie Vaz, Joan Walley, Mr David Ward, Chris White, Dr Alan Whitehead, Roger Williams, Stephen Williams, Chris Williamson, Mr David Winnick, Dr Sarah Wollaston, Simon Wright.

  5. Andrew Edward Oakley says:

    Smokers either care about the effects that smoking causes in their homes or the effects it has on other people/pets or they do not.

    Dragging pets into it is pointless,for those that do care about the effects of smoking in their homes the condition of the wallpaper is far more important than “Tyson” the staffie.

    aint that the truth.

  6. Tony says:

    On the subject of ‘weird’, unfortunately the photograph is not clear enough to confirm but:

    According to the EyeSpy.MP Twitter account, Dave followed his ITV Q&A last night with a fag and a pint on the Commons terrace. Long day at the office?

    It certainly doesn’t make me warm to him. Way too late for that. Just shows what a hypocrite and a fool he is.

  7. smokingscot says:

    Jean-Claude Juncker may well get his wish.

    It rather seems there were a number of underhand attempts to skew the vote in favour of the ‘Green’ chappie.

    Nor were they terribly subtle about it either – and what with social media picking up on some of them (147% voter turnout in some precincts is pretty blatant – even by Scottish standards)!

    Finally, earlier today the Freedom Party launched a legal challenge – (and about time too – they sodding well won, big time).

    Oh and the NY Times is running a long winded questionnaire seeking opinions from people who vote for “Right Wing Parties”. They do not include the BNP, but your Spanish, Greek, Austrian other mainland Europe readers may wish to participate. If you do, give ’em hell!

  8. caprizchka says:

    Hey I’m 55! Yoo Hoo! Gregoris!

    I came here to post this as it might be of interest to BREXIT supporters:

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