Antismoking and Islam

H/T Harley for The politics of smoking in today’s Middle East:

Convincing Middle Easterners to quit smoking, especially when so many rely on cigarettes and shishas as critical stress relief in a time of political and economic turmoil, would be a challenge even with effective policies and strategies, writes Khaled Alaswad. As Turkey, ISIS, and Iran have all proved, ham-handed paternalism or state-sponsored brutality will never be effective alternatives…

As ISIS found out in Kirkuk and Erdogan has realized in Turkey, convincing Middle Easterners to quit smoking is an uphill battle. Among the Turkish people, poverty and economic struggles have only increased already high rates of tobacco consumption. On a cultural level, Turks, Arabs, and Persians all love to smoke, and shisha pipes in particular are an especially well-loved traditional pastime…

Oddly enough, by instituting stringent but ill-enforced smoking bans, Middle Eastern governments (or quasi-governments, like ISIS) are likely more in line with the international health community than they are with local populations. The distance between public health bodies like the World Health Organization (WHO) and realities on the ground was thrown into stark relief by a June report from the WHO’s Syria representative, who implored Syrians to abstain from smoking cigarettes. At a time when tens of thousands of Syrians are struggling for the bare necessities of survival and face murder, torture, and even enslavement at the hands of their own government or the Islamic State, the pronouncement left both local and Western observers flabbergasted.

It is indeed odd. They have Daesh (ISIS), and Westerners have DeASH, whose aims are indistinguishable from each other.

I sometimes wonder, with Angela Merkel flooding Europe with Muslims (Erdogan is threatening to send more), whether the globalist elites have decided to replace Christianity with Islam. Certainly, in respect of smoking, militant Islam has much more in common with the antismoking globalist elites than any Christian denomination. But perhaps there are other characteristics of militant, fundamentalist Islam which the globalists find attractive?


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8 Responses to Antismoking and Islam

  1. garyk30 says:

    Looks the same to me
    Top down political control
    Top down lifestyle control
    Opposition is not allowed
    Dissent is punished

  2. Clicky says:

  3. garyk30 says:

    Report: Child suicide bomber used in Turkey wedding attack
    Aug. 21, 2016 – 3:12 – At least 50 people killed; Turkish president says ISIS has claimed responsibility.

    This gives new meaning to ‘For the Childreeeen’.

    • Joe L. says:

      ISIS has ensured this child will never become addicted to evil, deadly tobacco. This seems like a much more effective strategy than ‘plain packs.’ I wonder if WHO, ASH, et al. are taking notes.

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  5. beobrigitte says:

    It is indeed odd. They have Daesh (ISIS), and Westerners have DeASH, whose aims are indistinguishable from each other.

    Indeed. I am looking forward to light a cigarette in a pub. FREEDOM!!! (it’s all we need)

  6. I, now cannot see the difference ( apart from chopping peoples heads off ) from the isis, ideaology or the antis. what a sad state of affairs, when it is so hard to tell them apart. Did the people smoke because of stress or because they felt free? or both?

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