Dick Puddlecote has picked up on Michael Siegel:
Helena Miracle? Not So Much; New Study Casts Doubt on Conclusions of Anti-Smoking Groups
The authors summarize the study as follows:
“We examine the association between county-level smoking-related hospitalization rates and comprehensive smoking bans in 28 states from 2001 to 2008. Differences-in-differences analysis measures changes in hospitalization rates before versus after introducing bans in bars, restaurants, and workplaces, controlling for cigarette taxes, adjusting for local health and provider characteristics. Smoking bans were not associated with acute myocardial infarction or heart failure hospitalizations, but lowered pneumonia hospitalization rates for persons ages 60 to 74 years.”
Despite the incontrovertible fact that heart attack “miracles” are impossible and utter junk, these deliberately mendacious studies turn up in every juridiction where smoking bans have been enacted and each is exactly the same; they are all – without exception – an exercise in tobacco control lying.
On the same day, in response to a recent fall in smoking prevalence, Chris Snowdon points out:
Deborah Arnott of the anti-smoking quango Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) attributed the fall in smoking, in part, to the government’s ban on ‘glitzy tobacco packaging’. She means plain packaging. Ms Arnott has spent the last five years of her life furiously lobbying for this silly piece of virtue signalling so it is no surprise that it is at the forefront of her mind, but the smoking prevalence figures were collected in 2015, whereas plain packaging was only introduced in May 2016, and hardly anybody has seen a plain pack yet because retailers are still selling old stock.
Dick Puddlecote’s piece has the title “Liars Always Get Found Out In The End”, and Chris Snowdon’s the title “The Victory of Vaping.”
I’m not sure that the liars will have been truly “found out” until they stop telling lies. And there is no sign of them doing this.
I have long since come to the conclusion that absolutely everything Tobacco Control says (and has ever said) is a lie. Their modus operandi would seem to be: 1) decide what conclusions you want your “study” to reach (e.g. smoking/vaping causes bubonic plague), 2) produce the “scientific study” that draws these predetermined conclusions, 3) publicise it as widely as possible in the mainstream media, and then 4) lobby politicians to paint red crosses on the doors of smokers’ houses, and bury the smokers in mass graves.
Unfortunately much the same methodology applies to any other field (e.g. climate change/global warming).
It’s also true in MSM reporting of the US Presidential election, where last weekend Hillary Clinton criticised Donald Trump for using the word “bombing”, while using it herself, and so CNN simply edited the video footage of her to remove her own use of the word. The MSM reporting of her 9/11 fall was also edited to make it seem like she merely “stumbled” slightly.
The mainstream media would seem to be constantly lying about absolutely everything. And I’ve begun to think that this was always its purpose anyway.
Since there’s no possibility whatsoever of preventing steps 1) and 2), the only way that I can see of stopping all the lying is for the mainstream media to lose all credibility and go bankrupt. That way there would be next to no possibility of the “studies” being used to lobby politicians.
And as best I understand it, public trust in the MSM is plummeting, and TV audiences are dwindling, and newspaper readership falling, as more and more people get their news and information from elsewhere (e.g. the internet). We seem to be moving towards a world where newspaper and TV reporters are being replaced by ordinary people with mobile phones who happen to be on the spot , and who upload videos to YouTube or elsewhere, which then propagate across the internet (and go viral if they’re picked up by Matt Drudge and other news gatherers) without any MSM involvement (and therefore no editing) whatsoever. But that might be wishful thinking on my part.