You’re Going To Reap Just What You Sow

I wake up every morning thinking about the smoking ban. That shouldn’t surprise anybody: the smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was the occasion of my expulsion from society. I’ve been an outsider ever since that day, both literally and metaphorically. I sit outside pubs on my own now. And I also stand outside the entire society those pubs were part of. I don’t watch TV or listen to the radio. Or if I do, it’s in much the same way that I’ll sometimes watch multiple silent TVs, all tuned to the same station, through the shop window of some department store.

And the same is true, each in their own separate way, for every other smoker in the world. We smokers are all outsiders now. Some of us are just a bit further outside than others.

And today’s first thought of the day was this: I never knew we were hated so much.

I never knew, when I was young, that smokers were hated so much. I never knew that my smoking grandfather and my smoking father and my smoking friends (and now I my smoking self) were all such hated and despised people. I really didn’t.

But in fact smokers weren’t hated at all when I was young. Nobody hated them. Or at least nobody I knew hated them. The only antismokers back then were the long-dead people who wrote the school rules that forbade school pupils from smoking or drinking. I was nearing 20 years of age before I came across my first antismoker: the slightly terrifying Dr W. And I just thought he was a bit mad.

The antismoking mentality is actually a social disease that has been spread by medical doctors like Dr W.  And Dr W was a fairly prominent British doctor: the last time I ever saw him was when he appeared on Newsnight standing outside the BMA, speaking on its behalf. The War on Smoking is something that has been launched on the world by the medical profession, which is now completely dominated by antismokers, who regard the habit of smoking to itself be a disease, not much different from typhoid or cholera. The medical profession now devotes itself as assiduously to the task of stamping out smoking as it ever did to stamping out typhoid and cholera.

And it has done this by making people frightened of tobacco smoke, even in the smallest concentrations (e.g. the tobacco smoke coming from the smoker in the house next door). And they’ve been very successful at frightening people. They’ve frightened most smokers into giving up smoking. And they’ve gone on to frighten many non-smokers from even being in the same room as a smoker. And they’ve frightened governments all over the world into enacting ever-extending smoking bans, advertising bans, and ever-more-punitive levels of taxation on tobacco.

And they frightened them all with mathematics.  They replaced ordinary common sense – which told people that smoking didn’t kill anybody – with mathematical arguments which told them that in fact smoking killed everybody. In this manner they converted a harmless pastime into the world’s greatest plague, using mathematics that most people couldn’t understand, and couldn’t contest.

It was with this manufactured fear of tobacco smoke that there came the hatred of smokers. The hatred isn’t articulated by the top people in Tobacco Control. It doesn’t come from Deborah Arnott or Linda Bauld or Stanton Glantz. They’re above all that. They leave that to their proxies, writing anonymously in comment threads. Here’s a random snapshot of some of them, from Michael McFadden’s Wall of Hate (I keep a copy in the right margin):

wallofhate4

This is what the WHO and the medical establishment have created. It’s their creation. They own it. It never existed before. But they slowly built the monster, piece by piece, and then they unleashed it upon the world.

I think they thought that the wave of fear and hatred that they generated would just sweep all the smokers away, like a tsunami. It’s a terrible thing to do, to millions and millions of people. They probably felt that the end justified the means.

But hatred is a form of energy. And people store it up, just like springs store up energy. Hate someone enough, and you fill them with hatred. And one day it all finds its way back out, as the compressed springs release all their stored energy. It goes back out in the opposite direction it went in.

And smokers just absorb the wall of hate thrown at them. They soak it up. They soak it up every day that they’re standing outside in the rain, where the smoking bans drove them. And they’re slowly saving it up. Slowly saving it all up.

So it’s not too hard to predict what’s going to happen, once the smokers have absorbed enough hatred: they’re going to throw it all right back where it came from. They won’t be able to stop themselves. Tobacco Control will be destroyed. And so will the WHO and the BMA and the RCP and any number of other medical organisations. And so will a whole bunch of fake charities. And a whole bunch of ‘philanthropic’ foundations. And a whole bunch of universities. And a whole bunch of individual people who wasted their lives waging war on smokers. It’s going to be the real tsunami. It’s all going to come right back to them. They’re going to reap what they sowed.

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36 Responses to You’re Going To Reap Just What You Sow

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Their going to reap it when the phillipino president thinks he can let bill gates pay out 20 billion and the police get carte Blanche to shoot any suspected drug dealer or user and quite possibly smokers now it’s not long til the people take up arms and remove the despot!

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Frank, You are right the hatred of smokers has been nurtured by the tobacco control interests to force smoking bans. The health rationales for smoking bans are false but the fear instilled =in the un0knowing public has tipped the scales in support of persecution of smokers. This =must stop, the bans reversed, and those that sowed the fear and hatred must be held accountable.

  3. cherie79 says:

    Wishful thinking, most people I know who still smoke feel quite ashamed. I don’t think, sadly, there are enough who feel like us to make a difference. Still if nearly everyone stops TC will be out of business and that might lead them to change their stance.

    • Ana says:

      No, if nearly everyone stops smoking, TC will morph into ECC (e-cigarettes control), SC (sugar control) and so on. Just yesterday, on world obesity day, WHO practically declared war on Big Soda. How much more ridiculous does it have to get for smokers to realize they were just the first victims of a witch hunt? At least in 1950, graphics for both LC and cigarette consumption were skyrocketing, giving it a plausible (albeit superficial and flawed) excuse to blame smoking for LC. This time around, the consumption of sugary drinks has been falling for years, yet the obesity is on the rise.

      Sugar is the new tobacco: “Nutritionally, people don’t need any sugar in their diet. WHO recommends that if people do consume free sugars, they keep their intake below 10% of their total energy needs, and reduce it to less than 5% for additional health benefits. This is equivalent to less than a single serving (at least 250 ml) of commonly consumed sugary drinks per day,” says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.

      • I am a peripheral diabetic. The “Healthy plate” wrecks my blood sugar, yet that is what I’m told to eat. FIVE fruit and veg a day is something I’ve thought could cause much obesity. Fruit and many veg are full of sugar. They certainly wreck my blood sugar! Onions, for instance, are full of sugar, as are peas and many other veggies.

        You quote – ““Nutritionally, people don’t need any sugar in their diet. WHO recommends that if people do consume free sugars, they keep their intake below 10% of their total energy needs, and reduce it to less than 5% for additional health benefits. This is equivalent to less than a single serving (at least 250 ml) of commonly consumed sugary drinks per day,” says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health” BUT with FIVE fruit and veg a day, we are already over the top!

        What hapenned to “An Apple a day, keeps the doctor away”?

    • Frank Davis says:

      most people I know who still smoke feel quite ashamed.

      If hatred and anger are forms of physical energy that are a bit like kinetic energy, maybe shame is too? And it all finds its way out in the end.

  4. Mark Jarratt, Takayama, Japan says:

    I really hope you are correct Frank. You have my vote for the new global world order of free choice and minimal government intrusion. The problem we face though is obviously that the dictatorial Anti everything prohibitionists are well funded with money stolen from smokers, and governments only ever listen to them. Conversely we have no formal structure and organisation.

  5. I don’t know anyone who is ashamed of smoking……….never did. That’s a lot of people.

    • cherie79 says:

      I am not in the least ashamed either and never have been and most older people are the same. I have found it prevalent in 30 – 50 age groups especially if they have kids and used to smoke,

  6. Chester Draws says:

    But in fact smokers weren’t hated at all when I was young. Nobody hated them. Or at least nobody I knew hated them.

    I never hated smokers. But I hated them fiercely when they were smoking around me.

    I had to work with smokers, and I hated that my clothes stank all the time and that my eyes watered.

    I’ve had restaurant meals completely ruined by some plonker on the next table smoking as I was eating. That’s no better than farting while people are eating.

    Which is not to say that I oppose people’s right to smoke in private, Just that you are fooling yourself if you think people really didn’t mind.

    • Frank Davis says:

      you are fooling yourself if you think people really didn’t mind.

      No, I don’t think so. As a boy, I never minded my father or my grandfather smoking. It never bothered me at all. And I didn’t know anyone else who minded either. And smoking in restaurants was as as normal as eating or drinking. If smoking really did ruin everyone’s meals, then every restaurant would have lost all their customers, and everyone would have stayed home. But they didn’t. They came out in their droves.

      People like you have been taught to hate smoking. They’ve been taught to fear tobacco smoke, and to hate smokers like the people in the Wall of Hate. And you’ve been taught this fear and hatred by antismoking zealots in the medical profession.

      And now I, in my turn, have come to hate people like you. Like Lepercolonist, I no longer care what you think. And the situation is becoming dangerous.

    • prog says:

      ‘I never hated smokers. But I hated them fiercely when they were smoking around me.’

      Make your fucking mind up.

  7. Lepercolonist says:

    If my cigarette smoke is bothering a non-smoker, tough shit. I no longer care. Tired of being tolerant without returning the favor. You’re right, Frank, it is building like a compressed coil.

  8. waltc says:

    On the election: Thomas Sowell’s latest seems to tilt Trump as the preferable poison

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/10/11/words_versus_deeds_132019.html

  9. waltc says:

    Dennis Prager: interesting in that he lumps together the irrational but widespread reaction to secondhand smoke, e-cigarettes and Trump’s verbal pussy-grab, dismissing them all as “left wing hysteria.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/10/11/trumps_comments_the_latest_left-wing_hysteria_132027.html

  10. Supergran says:

    Frank, EVERYTHING you have felt since that terrible day when the smoking ban came in, I feel exactly the same as you. It festers inside me. Just below the surface I am festering with anger and fury and I ABHOR fucking idiot drones who dont have the brains to think things out for themselves and take all the shite the zealots spew out as gospel. Recently, a distant acquaintance came up to me in a GARDEN (where myself, partner and friends and relatives were gathered getting ready to go to my partner’s mother’s funeral) and she came up, touched my arm and said “I’ll talk to you now you have put your cigarette out”!!!!!!!!!!!! I wont go into what I said. But I felt the FURY bubbling up inside and I truly felt like smashing her face to smithereens! That’s really not my personality. I have never been an aggressive person, never fought, but it’s there………waiting…………bubbling and woe betide the bastard who pushes me too far. Absolutely ridiculous. I am a mother, a grandmother, a partner with a nice life, nice family and to think that I would be reduced to thoughts of smashing and bashing some smug bastard to a pulp is an anethema to me. God help me to keep it all in I say. I’ve NEVER been in trouble in my entire life and dont wanna end up charged with Assault over these fucking mindless morons who probably couldnt string a sentence together if it was dictated to them. Thanks for being there Frank. Rant over and now I feel a bit better x

    • Frank Davis says:

      I truly felt like smashing her face to smithereens!

      I’m no different. And like you, I’ve not been an aggressive person either. But now it’s bubbling away inside me too. Some days more than others.

      But I learn from the experience. I’m beginning to understand how wars start, and why people end up on battlefields smashing each others’ faces to smithereens. Or climbing into boats and sailing off to the New World, and never coming back.

  11. I don’t know Frank. Against a juggernaught like Tobacco Control, there could be no successful opposition, ever, I don’t think. Is there any “Vision” or “Mission” like this any time in human hostory? Not even the Great Religions had such a creed for world control. Maybe I’m wrong, but there has never been something like this, has there? The biggest evil of it all, to my mind, is not the persecution of smokers, but the example of how Society has been engineered to “co-operate” with the vision of the few. This template could be adjusted to fit any idea about anything.

    I find it terrifying.

    “The vision of the Framework Convention Alliance is a world free of death and disease caused by tobacco.

    The mission of the Framework Convention Alliance is three-fold:

    to promote and support a global network for co-ordinated international campaigning against tobacco;
    to develop tobacco control capacity, particularly in developing countries; and
    to carry out effectively the watchdog function for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.”

    • Frank Davis says:

      Against a juggernaught like Tobacco Control, there could be no successful opposition, ever, I don’t think.

      It’s just another new enemy. They always look invincible when they first show up in their dreadnoughts.

      • junican says:

        I suspect that the ‘Law of Diminishing Returns’ will eventually kick in. Already stop smoking services has lost 50% of its clientell. Does anyone really bother that cigs are behind shutters? I’ve noticed that shop staff know where each brand is so that, when a person asks for 20 X, the staffer reaches right for it. Does anyone look at the medical porn on the packets? I don’t even see them any more. Has any smoker ever actually read the warnings on the packets? The MSM will eventually find that the hysterical press releases coming from ASH ET AL are not worth printing.
        Sooner or later someone will apply for a smoking licence in his pub and get one. Then it will all be over.

  12. Clicky says:

  13. Manfred says:

    In the land of the long white cloud, that aims to be smoke free by 2025, UN apparatchik NZ smoking prohibitionista have raised the cost of cigarettes to stratospheric levels, so the growth in gas station robberies and dairy (newsagent) robberies increases exponentially, the most recent apparently an ‘inside job’ from ‘the factory’ (traitorous Fourth Estate didn’t illuminate further). They do indeed reap what they sow and it won’t be too long before a robbery costs someone’s life.

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