H/T MJM for this shocking video that I hadn’t seen before:
It really demonstrates just how murderous Tobacco Control really is. I keep the Wall Of Hate (also the work of MJM) in my right hand margin. But the Wall Of Hate is just the spewings of hatred of smokers and smoking by antismoking footsoldiers, gleaned from comments under various news articles. This video, however, is an expensive production. It’s a 25-second piece of murderous artwork. It would have had to have been put together as carefully as a high quality TV ad. It’s got some high quality special effects (assuming that they didn’t actually kill off a two or three dozen smokers while shooting it). In short, there’s a lot of care and attention and money that has gone into making it. So this isn’t coming from a few footsoldiers: it’s coming from the top. It’s coming from high up in the TC command chain.
And yet it’s a spectacular example of TC shooting itself in its own foot. Because it demonstrates what TC would like to see happen to smokers. It would like to see them dropped from a great height, in exactly the same way that their like-minded compatriots in the Islamic State throw homosexuals off high buildings.
It reminded me of another example of a spectacular own goal, this time by climate change alarmists, the 10:10 No Pressure video. The following isn’t the original, which was rapidly withdrawn more or less as soon as it appeared. But in some ways it’s even better, because it’s a news report that shows the murderous video in the background while it’s being discussed in the foreground.
Which brings me back to Emily W’s mentioning, during my conversation with her, how smokers had been suffering defeats in the war that’s being waged on them. She was quite right: smokers have been suffering one defeat after another. Living the life of a smoker seems to be one of being in perpetual retreat. They’re always trudging backwards away from their last defeat, dispirited and forlorn.
But I was thinking this morning that the defeats inflicted upon smokers have been dwindling in strength. Here in the UK, the public smoking ban was far and away the most spectacular of the defeats inflicted on smokers. It was blitzkrieg. Smokers were routed.
But since then, the attacks mounted by the enemy haven’t quite had quite the same power and depth and penetration as that first blitzkrieg campaign of theirs. What have they managed to further gain? Not much, really. They’ve forced cigarettes to be hidden behind shutters. And they’ve forced tobacco products into “plain packaging”. They’ve got partial vehicle smoking bans. They’ve introduced smoking bans in prisons and psychiatric units and hospital grounds. Here and there they’ve even managed to get an outdoor ban or two.
Smokers have continued to be defeated. But none of the new defeats have been quite as severe as the first and most catastrophic defeat.
Why’s that? I think that it’s maybe that Tobacco Control expected a quick victory over smokers, and their surrender en masse. I think they thought that they’d have won the war on smoking by now, and that hardly anybody in Britain would still be smoking now.
But the defeated smokers just retreated – and carried on smoking. They had been defeated, but they didn’t surrender like they were expected to. The Quit Smoking hotlines that had been set up to receive all the surrendering smokers weren’t swamped with calls.
And so Tobacco Control has had to improvise new lines of attack. They’ve had to mount all these various new campaigns – plain packaging, car smoking bans, prison smoking bans, and so on. But they’re all much, much weaker campaigns than the first blitzkrieg assault.
If there’s a direct military analogy for this, it might best be found in Hitler’s war on Russia. That also began, on 22 June 1941, with a blitzkrieg war. And it completely shattered the Russian army more or less everywhere. The Russian army was in headlong retreat, millions of men trudging slowly on foot eastwards, pursued by the mechanised German army. It was a headlong retreat that only slowed and stopped at the gates of Moscow, when first the rains of the approaching winter made the roads into impassable mud, and the first snows froze the oil in the German panzers (and many German soldiers as well). Russia was saved by General Winter, as it had been saved many times before. Hitler had expected to win a quick victory. So much so that he hadn’t even bothered to provided the German army with winter clothing,. Nevertheless, when the snows thawed and the roads hardened in the spring of 1942, the German army renewed its offensive, with equally devastating effect as before. But this time its attack was directed primarily towards the south, along about half of the front line. And it wasn’t as strong an attack as in 1941 before. And it fairly rapidly ran out of momentum in the face of stiffening Russian resistance. The Germans never reached Baku, whose oil they wanted. Instead they got bogged down in Stalingrad, on the banks of the Volga.
And that’s about where we are now in the current Nazi war on smoking. The antismoking war machine is still very, very powerful. It can still easily defeat smokers wherever it encounters them. And smokers are still retreating. But they’re retreating a bit more slowly than they did in the past.
Furthermore, much like in WW2, smokers have been deploying a surprising new weapon – the e-cigarette (perhaps akin to the T-34 Russian tank?) – that has caught the Nazis in Tobacco Control completely by surprise. They don’t know how to deal with it, much like the Germans with the T-34 tank. They lost the initiative.
In fact, there are signs that Tobacco Control may be in deepening disarray. They expected a quick victory, but they didn’t get the wholesale surrender of smokers that they wanted. And so they’ve had to improvise new campaigns. and the new campaigns are much weaker. In fact, they’re arguably almost completely ineffective. Who really cares if tobacco products are kept concealed behind shutters? Who really cares if they come in plain packaging? And in picking on prisoners and psychiatric patients and hospital patients, aren’t they picking on the very weakest of their enemies, and thereby demonstrating their own dwindling strength? And isn’t the video I showed at the top an example of an atrocity of the sort that only ever discredits its practitioner? TC has begun to score some own goals against itself.
If the Nazi war on smoking continues to follow in the footsteps of the Nazi war on Russia, Tobacco Control is on the brink of its own defeat at Stalingrad. What might such a defeat look like? Well, a really big defeat for TC would be if some country that had enacted comprehensive smoking bans simply tore them all up, and returned to the status quo ante. And as TC gets weaker, and loses funding (Donald Trump is threatening to slash US contributions to the UN by 50%), I think it’s quite likely that some country or other will do exactly that. It’ll probably be some country – maybe in eastern Europe – where there are lots of smokers, and where smoking bans have only recently been enacted. And when that happens, the dam will have broken, and other countries will start to follow suit.
Of course, it may be that the war will not follow in the footsteps quite that way. It may be that TC is planning a huge new blitzkrieg. But there seems to be little sign of one on the horizon. TC has lost a lot of its early momentum. It has also lost its former clarity of purpose. And it’s also facing slowly mounting resistance, all over the world. The whole face of the war is beginning to change. And some antismokers may even be beginning to wonder whether they might actually be losing the war.