A passage in a comment by Rhys last night came as a bit of a jolt.
I hope Britain is better than Canada, because here paramedics won’t come into your house if you smoke.
I hope so too. But I won’t be too surprised if the UK ambulance service is now under strict instruction not to enter any building in which smokers live. Or any car in which there’s anyone smoking.
I can well imagine some grimy paramedic reporting their experience to the TV cameras: “Well, we got to the car in the middle of the blazing motorway pile-up, and we were about to jemmy open the door, when we noticed that the driver had a cigarette in his mouth. So I had to call off the lads, and pull them back the required 20 metres. We could only watch helplessly as the flames consumed him. It was horrible to watch. Horrible.”
If paramedics can’t enter smokers’ homes, it is a death sentence on smokers. Same if firemen can’t. Smokers may as well have “Do Not Resuscitate” signs written on them in capital letters.
And this was, I saw at once, how the coming smoker holocaust was going to be conducted. There weren’t going to be gas chambers for smokers. The Nazi experience has shown Tobacco Control that people respond with shock and horror to large scale mass murder committed in one particular place in a very short period of time. So instead they’re going for a long term, slow motion holocaust in which smokers are gradually eliminated, one by one, here, there, and everywhere. It’ll be a holocaust that won’t even be noticed.
After all, we only ever notice motorway pile-ups or air crashes or earthquakes because they result in the simultaneous deaths of large numbers of people in one particular location. Many more people die every day than in all these separate disasters put together. But we don’t notice because it’s happening to lots of separate individual people, in lots of different places, and for lots of different reasons.
The Tobacco Control holocaust – which is actually already well under way – is being conducted simply by increasing the likelihood that smokers die prematurely. And they do that through isolation, exclusion, refusal of medical treatment, jobs, housing, etc, etc. By simply making life more difficult for smokers, in innumerable different ways, they are fractionally increasing the mortality rates of smokers, and ensuring that their numbers dwindle proportionately more rapidly than other more favoured social groups.
And, because they have taught everyone that “Smokers Die Younger”, the sudden death of any smoker is not seen as at all remarkable. They were killing themselves anyway, the poor saps. Nobody notices that the smokers are actually being killed off by Tobacco Control, rather than killing themselves. But it’s probably almost impossible to prove it.
It’s a slow motion holocaust that is conducted over several decades. Tobacco Control is very patient. All it wants to do is to gradually whittle down the numbers of smokers, while never drawing attention to its own responsibility for their deaths, since all the blame for that is being loaded onto the smokers themselves.
One might say that in Nazi Germany there was a similar long term, slow motion holocaust under way long before there were any death camps or gas chambers, or any plans for any. Life was simply made very difficult for Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other disapproved social groups. And probably a lot of them died prematurely as a result of it, as they lost their homes, their jobs, their friends, without a single Nazi actually ever raising a finger against them. What we now call the Holocaust was what happened only in the last few years of the Nazi era. And it probably only happened because the Nazis could, after 1941 or 1942, see that they were losing WW2, and felt that they needed to hurry things up, because this was their last chance. And if WW2 hadn’t broken out, there probably would never have been any death camps or gas chambers, because the gradual attrition of Jews through hands-off, non-violent means would have resulted in 6 million Jews dying “prematurely” over a longer period over a far wider area – something that nobody would probably have noticed.
The difference today from the Nazi era lies not the eugenic thinking underlying the antismoking campaign, but in the far larger numbers of people involved. If in eastern Europe there were only 6 million Jews, then it today’s circumstance there are about 1.5 billion smokers worldwide. So the smoker holocaust will be at least 250 times greater than the Jewish holocaust.
And another difference is that this time there will be nowhere to run. Jews in Nazi Germany were able to flee to adjoining countries, and many of them did. But since Tobacco Control is engaging in global mass murder, smokers will have nowhere to run.
And they’re quite likely to be accompanied by drinkers, fat people, climate change denialists, and any number of other disapproved social groups, all in the noble goal of reducing the Earth’s human population to a “sustainable” level.