A lawyer is arguing that subjecting psychiatric patients to nicotine withdrawal lengthens their confinement in institutions.
The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the long-running battle by psychiatric patients to overturn the smoking ban at state-owned health facilities.
Barrister Richard Francois said banning patients – who are confined and particularly vulnerable – from smoking, is inhumane under the Bill of Rights.
He told Larry Williams DHBs are forcing nicotine withdrawals on people who are particularly vulnerable and in a time of crisis.
“They don’t want to be in that institution. No one does. Then you subject them to this additional burden which creates a lot of problems.”
Mr Francois said nicotine withdrawals mirror the symptoms of a mental illness and can be misinterpreted by staff – leading to patients spending longer in an institution than necessary.
“Those symptoms are interpreted by nurses and staff as just being another signal, another sign, of how insane they are.”
The people who do this to mental patients are beneath contempt. They are bastards. Utter bastards. And Tobacco Control is an army of utter bastards.
Which is why Tobacco Control must be destroyed. It must be completely annihilated.
The really sickening thing is that because they claim to be “helping” to protect people’s “health”, these bastards can get away with murder. And lots of them are doctors, like Harold Shipman. They are trusted implicitly. But they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Yet there seems to be a point where some doctors somehow flip from saving lives to taking lives.
It really ought to be a matter of primary importance to argue that not only are these people liars, fraudsters, and swindlers, but also that they are not only not doing any good, but instead doing a tremendous amount of harm.
These are not good people. They are profoundly evil people. And it needs to be said over and over again, with examples of just how evil they are. And what they’re doing with mental patients is an example of it.