A Smoker’s Manifesto

A few days ago I listed about 10 cultural movements that have arisen over the last 70 years. They had a great many predecessors, and they will have a great many successors. And one of those successors, given the current global War on Smoking (and upon Smokers), may confidently be predicted to be a global Smokers’ Movement. And so it is entirely appropriate (and necessary) for there to be a smokers’ manifesto that sets out their cause. And it was precisely such a manifesto that the Russian author Dmitri Kossyrev recently set out to write, and which I now publish here, very slightly edited, as a draft manifesto for every smoker. It is not intended as a definitive statement, but more as a preliminary discussion document, with which people may agree or disagree, and to which people may suggest additions or subtractions or other revisions. Some may even wish to write their own complete rival versions.

A Smoker’s Manifesto

We smoke. We’ll go on smoking. There are more than 1 billion of us, and our ranks grow and will go on growing.

The time has come to bury the ugly corpse of the global anti-smoking madness. The time has come for us to state clearly what we want to do to make the world normal again, and how we’ll achieve it.

We’ll do it simply by the complete and total denormalisation of the anti-smoking campaign in its present form – which boils down to blatant lies and burning hatred.

We want a stop to ugly lies and brainwashing on global scale. We demand an independent investigation of the medical scam that “passive smoking kills people”. We call for reining in the murky and unaccountable World Health Organization. We demand respect for everyone who chooses to smoke, since we harm no one.

Our weapons are dignity instead of humiliation, knowledge in place of imposed ignorance and unity against the global evil of hatred and intolerance.

The road to victory starts with one short word: Enough. We won’t ever accept smoking bans. We’ll roll them back.

It always starts with words. Say these words to everyone as often as you can, and the tide will change.

No more lies

Tobacco smoke does not harm non-smoking people nearby. There is no such thing as passive smoking.

That was a known and proven fact before the Tobacco Control (TC) started its campaign, it has been proven again and again by several dozen subsequent studies. That’s Tobacco Control’s worst secret – that they started their campaign in full knowledge that they were going to lie to everybody.

They have squandered billions on grants that direct “researchers” to prove the harm of passive smoking. All they got was the profound derision of honest medical scientists and the label of “junk science” firmly attached to their fakery.

There won’t be a long investigation into the subject. The reports on absence of harm from passive smoking are well known. Devastating criticism of “junk science” by renowned researchers are well known too.

It will be a long battle, though, to appoint independent investigators of that scam, since TC have managed, using grants, to subjugate and harass almost anyone who explores tobacco and health.

There are reputations and livelihoods to lose. Health authorities, unaccountable WHO officials, and crooked researchers will be telling you that “the debate is over, period”. That’s how we and everybody else will know that the debate has only begun.

The battle for reviewing the medical justification of smoking bans may seem to be hard. But that battle may be won simply by starting it. Because they, Tobacco Control, are afraid. They knew that one day it would happen, and they’ll do anything to prevent the investigation. That resistance will be their undoing.

It’s only money

Today it’s not possible to conceal the obvious any more – that the anti-smoking movement has been heavily funded by global pharmaceutical, medical and insurance companies, with their obvious material gain from people quitting smoking (new drugs, doctor’s consultations, know-how) and with their future role in substituting tobacco (and tea, coffee, sugar, wine, etc.) with drugs.

It’s only money, and that money was wasted. Smoking may diminish in some countries, but it grows globally and will go on growing. Sales of smoke cessation products may still be high. But every passing day works against TC, since the effort to maintain daily the anti-tobacco hate campaign is too huge, and the danger of global exposure of lies grows daily. The time has come to accept realities and stop funding the ugly scam.

We smokers respect other people’s business intentions only as long as they do not tread on our right to choose our own way of life. We tell you: get out of the crooked game in a gentle and dignified way.

Everyone will have to answer for aggressive ignorance

Maybe 99% of those who mindlessly participate in harassing smokers have no idea they are part of a scam. Those may be politicians fearing the backlash of voters. Or media people not bothering to double-check facts. Or ordinary citizens only too willing to believe the lie that smokers are harming them.

To such people we say: think hard about how you’ll feel when the whole house of phony cards starts crumbling down.

That house has only one way to go now, and that way is down. We live in an age of WikiLeaks and all kind of other leaks. We live in an age of explosive political change.

When starting their phony campaign, TC might have been under an impression that the mainstream media was king. Today that media has lost control of the message that was being fed to the people. More and more people are taking their cue from the alternative media. 10 years ago you might have believed that whatever you are told in mainstream media was true. Today the reverse is happening. Today you have to check carefully the proof of each and any statements you see.

And one day, soon, everyone will have to answer for aggressive ignorance, if only to their own conscience.

No compromise with lies and hatred

The global anti-smoking movement has chosen inhuman methods and ideology that have to be exposed. They tell lies. They express hatred.

If you hate smoke, then you also hate smokers. The war on smoking, and the war on smokers, is systematic, organised, institutionalised hatred intended to eradicate smoking, and to eradicate smokers.

There is no basic difference between the most aggressive activists of TC and the Islamic terrorists. They’re natural allies. Both of them want to destroy Western civilisation. Both of them find it possible and even glorious to harass or break millions of people today for the sake of changing irrevocably the lifestyles of some imaginary future generations.

We find totally unacceptable TC’s method of driving people crazy with fear of a wisp of smoke. We abhor the method of setting smokers against non-smokers based on the phony concept of harm of passive smoking. We find reprehensible TC’s stake in the illiteracy and aggressiveness of its activists, their avoidance of honest discussion with facts and figures in hand.

That ideology has to be condemned. We must ensure that it never raises its ugly head again in human history.

We need a thorough study of the sad story of a private lobbyist campaign evolving into a huge and inhuman international scam. We have to learn lessons from the abject failure of states and societies that have been sabotaged by lobbyists and aggressive fanatics.

Vaping

We smoke, and we respect people who chose not to smoke or to switch to vaping. We accept the obvious fact that today vaping is the most reliable and safe way to stop smoking, if stopping is what people want.

The vapers’ movement has split the anti-smoking movement, dealing the latter a serious blow. Now a lot of medical experts, complicit in mass brainwashing about the “harm of passive smoking”, are tasting their own poison from the fangs of their former colleagues, hearing and reading obvious lies about the “harm of vaping”. Vapers’ defenders strike back, exposing the lies of TC with full inside knowledge of the machinery of these lies. TC is not happy about the situation. It feels naked, having to virtually admit that the real goals of their campaign was not public health, but only the need to drive smokers into the tender hands of medics with their magic and expensive pills.

We say to vapers: we have a common enemy in the lying and hating zealots. So let us stick together against them.

You can do a lot

We do not call for creation of expensive international bureaucracies to fight TC. Let the anti-smokers get themselves mired in that swamp.

We do not rely on big or small tobacco companies to help or fund us. They failed to defend themselves properly, when they were attacked. So how can they defend us?

Our daily behavior is our strongest weapon. We smoke. We are not ashamed about that. We won’t let anyone call us second-class citizens, because that we are not.

We can talk to each other and exchange facts about blatant TC lies. We can exchange videos and put them on YouTube, telling our stories. We should speak out at every possible opportunity. We should expose hatred, ignorance and lies.

Real movements spring from the grassroots. Every community knows better than outsiders whether to create smokers’ clubs or parties or teams. After that let politicians and parties run after us, not vice versa.

We have to revise the very essence of the standard restrictive anti-smoking legislation exported worldwide. The restrictions, or absence of such, have to be a product of concord in societies and communities with all their differences. This concord has to be reached by mutual understanding and respect. To start with, we have to cleanse the legislation of the very idea that the non-smoking citizens have more rights than their smoking brothers and sisters.

But there should be never be any concord with one of the worst liars and haters in human history. They will be exiled to the outdoors.

P.S. A Smoker’s Manifesto is now available on Google Docs for interested persons to add comments and edit recommendations. 

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53 Responses to A Smoker’s Manifesto

  1. dear frank, 100% correct! we dont need to be remoyely like tc, if only because they lie always.we will presevere and overcome their lies. nuff said. raymond b. ps anna racoon will be greatly missed. her tormenters at that hospice will reap in the fullness of time there own hatred as is only right if only because of their self righteous hatred delivered with a smirk and a slap to their faces.

  2. castello2 says:

    Nice job Frank. We can build on this….if we need to

  3. Tony says:

    I think that manifesto is superb. Thanks Dmitri and Frank. We need to try to ensure it is taken up worldwide.
    On the basis of it being a global manifesto, can I suggest everyone goes through it with a tooth comb? I think I have found a couple of trivial typos:
    ‘…on a global scale.’ insert “a” in 4th paragraph.
    ‘…some of the worst… ‘ replace “one” with “some” in last paragraph.

  4. slugbop007 says:

    I read one time that the WHO that were 1.6 billion smokers worldwide. I think that was based on sales records and little else. Even so that is probably a conservative estimate if one considers black market sales and the like. They also like to state that only 20 percent of people worldwide smoke but they neglect to add that most of them are adults. Around 20 percent of the world’s population is under age 16 or thereabouts. So that’s make around 30 percent smokers or more worlwide according to my rough calculations.

    slugbop007

  5. Frank Davis says:

    There’s nothing in the manifesto that I disagree with, but I think I’m angrier than Dmitri, and I’d have liked to have seen more anger. I’d have definitely said that Tobacco Control must be destroyed (and often do say exactly that). I’d have also said that senior doctors in the WHO behind all the healthist garbage should simply be kicked out of the medical profession. It’s the job of the medical profession to cure or care fore the sick, not to tell everybody how to live their lives. Doctors have got above themselves. They’ve got too big for their own boots, and they need to be taken down a few notches.

    Getting of smokers’ backs won’t be enough for me. I want a purge.

    • Dmitri says:

      I’m angry myself, Frank, as you well know, and I do not rule out that collective editing might add up more anger to the text. But my idea was that ice-cold self-assurance in that document may act better. If anyone remembers, Alexander was supposed to prefer warriors who’s faces were getting pale in rage to those with red faces.
      And I’m really grateful to you for polishing and publishing that piece. Of course, I hope it will traverse the globe and make history, thanks to people visiting your blog spreading it everywhere; but even if nothing happens, it’s still wonderful to see all these simple things in print and doing some good just by being published here.

      • Dmitri, keep on fighting! You’re doing great work over there, and I think your Manifesto is wonderful!

        There’s room for both the red rage and the cold, pale, analytic approaches. Sometimes the expression of the rage can grab attention and make a passer-by casual browser decide that there MUST be something important going on if people are SO upset about it. That awareness can then lead them to sit down and read the analytic arguments to get a better understanding of it all.

        :)
        MJM

        • nisakiman says:

          Michael, via the ‘Quora’ link in your previous comment (no reply button, so I came down here) there’s a link to ‘Slow Burn’ by Don Oakley on the Forces website, but it doesn’t work (the ‘Forces’ link, not yours). Do you know of anywhere else I can download it?

        • http://forces.org/writers/bookcase/oakley/slowburnp.htm seems to be working for Slow Burn although you can only do it a chapter at a time I believe. There are occasional hard copies available on Amazon etc.

        • RdM says:

          Nisakiman, that Slow Burn link works for me, so maybe try again?
          Thanks Michael for the links.
          And apologies for my recent outburst re the Manifesto! I got off lightly…

          I’ll try a more constructive approach next!

        • RdM says:

          Apologies;- the main page works, but individual pdf attempted downloads fail with a server problem.

          Might be found via archive.org, I don’t have time to look at this instant.

        • RdM says:

          I meant the WayBack Machine at archive.org.
          Sometimes it saves data too.
          You’d need to look through individual saves: let us know!
          (as I will too, if I find later.)
          https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://forces.org/writers/bookcase/oakley/slowburnp.htm

        • RdM says:

          michaeljmcfadden says:
          September 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm
          http://forces.org/writers/bookcase/oakley/slowburnp.htm seems to be working for Slow Burn although you can only do it a chapter at a time I believe.

          No, Michael, you can’t, it’s all offline, as I noted in posts after.
          And I didn’t find any success with the Wayback Machine so far either.

          I really wish you’d consider getting or using a webcam (inbuilt or external) and microphone (inbuilt or external) and speakers (inbuilt or external) & or headphones & mic, all depending on your set-up vis a vis computer audio – to join us in conversation at the smokydrinkybar at https://appear.in/smokydrinkybar

          Never mind about how you think you might look (although you can, why not, preen yourself beforehand) or how “shy” you might think you feel… get on, project yourself out there! ;=})

          Or in here… I’m there right now, nearing midnight… it’s a lonely old time… a rare visit?

          International conversations across time zones… why not give it a try? ;=}))

          Best;~ RdM

        • You’re right on all counts. :) I have found my full copy of Slow Burn and can send it do you as a file: just send me an email bopping me in the head and I’ll send it off to you or anyone else who asks for it. Meanwhile Wiel will see if he can get it back up on the site.

          I will make a good faith effort to get a cam thing working here at some point in the next couple of weeks!

          :)
          Michael

    • beobrigitte says:

      Oh, the WHO who gagged MSF when they couldn’t handle the ebola epidemic alone any more? They all had to go to Moscow to discuss what next to do to vapers and smokers. Remember? Caviar & Champagne.
      In the meantime thousands of REAL lives were lost down in Africa.
      That was their justification for their existence? I vote for the abolishmemt of that.
      .

      • There’s been some recent uproar in the news about Trump wanting to cut some of our support for WHO’s budget and of course the press just talks about how cutting WHO’s $ will mean the kiddies will all be dying of dysentery etc.
        If you see stories like that, y’might want to add a response suggesting that the WHO stop wasting its money on promoting smoking bans and taxes on poor smokers.

        – MJM

  6. Smoking Lamp says:

    Frank, I agree with you re “Tobacco control must be destroyed.” It would also be nice to see a statement on ending extreme taxation to force prohibition fueling the illicit market and resulting in the rise of organized crime.

  7. beobrigitte says:

    I do apologize if this is going to be a rather lengthy comment:

    We smoke. We’ll go on smoking. There are more than 1 billion of us, and our ranks grow and will go on growing.
    I can see this every day when I get asked for a cigarette by youngsters. And I observed the same 4 years ago in BOSTON, MA. Anti-smokers’ bastion.

    The time has come to bury the ugly corpse of the global anti-smoking madness. The time has come for us to state clearly what we want to do to make the world normal again, and how we’ll achieve it.

    We’ll do it simply by the complete and total denormalisation of the anti-smoking campaign in its present form – which boils down to blatant lies and burning hatred.
    We demand RESPECT. We are people whose vote politicians just might need. Even if good ole choleric Debbie tells them otherwise.

    Anything borne out of hatred begets hatred. Food for thought.

    That ideology has to be condemned. We must ensure that it never raises its ugly head again in human history.
    I am not sure about human history, but the holocaust against smokers must be documented. I do recall a comment by Harley years ago in which he mentioned the yellow patch to be put on smokers to identify them.
    And, it does not take much to find the Nazi propaganda against smoking and smokers having been dug up and re-used.
    (I’m a German national, btw, living with the Nazi inheritance)

    Vaping
    We smoke, and we respect people who chose not to smoke or to switch to vaping. We accept the obvious fact that today vaping is the most reliable and safe way to stop smoking, if stopping is what people want.
    There is no oh-so-dangerous-passive-smoke there. So, I do need an explanation why vapers are exiled to the outdoors, too.

    Our weapons are dignity instead of humiliation, knowledge in place of imposed ignorance and unity against the global evil of hatred and intolerance.
    Hatred begets hatred. And it kills productivity in every sense.

    TC is not happy about the situation. It feels naked, having to virtually admit that the real goals of their campaign was not public health, but only the need to drive smokers into the tender hands of medics with their magic and expensive pills.

    We say to vapers: we have a common enemy in the lying and hating zealots. So let us stick together against them.
    Only today I told my sister that the pharmaceutical industry is not out to help us. It is out to make money. We still use the prehistoric method of chemotherapy (the same that was used in the 1970s.).And Crook every now and then bleats via the BBC a breakthrough that disappears in the archives.
    People, start asking questions!!

    Most of the vapers are beginning to see through the facade. That’s why the anti-smokers are beginning to be “friendly”. Just in case they ask the same questions as the smokers do. Afer all, they are EXILED to the outdoors, too.

    (Breaking off here in case not all gets posted. More to follow below)

    • beobrigitte says:

      You can do a lot
      I agree. However, my GP might kick me off his surgery. I can live with that. A lot of people have been coerced into long term medication and therefore are scared.
      I tell them to start reading up on statins and the mind bogglers (SSRIs).

      We do not rely on big or small tobacco companies to help or fund us. They failed to defend themselves properly, when they were attacked. So how can they defend us?
      They have no chance to defend themselves. Remember? In 1996 universities no longer accepted tobacco company funded research. They had invested into Alzheimer etc. research. And Parkinson’s. Simply because the number of smokers affected were a lot less than the number of non-smokers affected. (Rose, I’m sure you have something in your archive).

      Our daily behavior is our strongest weapon. We smoke. We are not ashamed about that. We won’t let anyone call us second-class citizens, because that we are not.
      I’m a woman. I have dealt with that second class citizenship my way. And I have learned that I am one of the people who can lift a car if my adrenaline level demands it. I also have learned that the same can cause danger to idiotic control freaks by somehow ( no recollection) bringing them down and one of them nearly choking them. When I start physically shaking, please get away. In that state…. the car thingy.
      I prefer to be the smoker who is PROUD to be a smoker and not afraid to answer back.
      We need to answer back by being proud who we are and start to voice our questions loudly.
      Keep smoking proudly. After all, 48 year after starting smoking, I still have low blood pressure and because my god isn’t health, I guess old age (and it’s related diseases will get me in the end. BTW, that includes all forms of cancer simply because we are not designed to live forever.

      Real movements spring from the grassroots. Every community knows better than outsiders whether to create smokers’ clubs or parties or teams. After that let politicians and parties run after us, not vice versa.
      I fully agree. They NEED our vote. UKIP did notice that recently.

      Ah, the WHO…… The same club that siphons up cash from all governments to have a caviar and Crimea champagne weekend (in secret because the journalists were kicked out to the point of physical violence) to work out what they can do to smokers and vapers when thousands died of the ebola epidemic?

      We live in absurdistan. Time for common sense to reappear.

      Thanks, very much, Dmitri!!!

  8. Roobeedoo2 says:

    My only issue with a smokers’ manifesto is that it leaves those who enjoy smokeless tobacco. They are persecuted as much as smokers. More so in fact as their tobacco product of enjoyment is outright banned in a number of countries.

    How they are included in a smokers’ manifesto, I do not know – perhaps an offer of solidarity, as with vaperers.

  9. Joe L. says:

    Thanks for putting this together, Dmitri! Great work!

    After my first read, one thing that stands out to me:

    Tobacco smoke does not harm non-smoking people nearby. There is no such thing as passive smoking.

    That was a known and proven fact before the Tobacco Control (TC) started its campaign, it has been proven again and again by several dozen subsequent studies.

    With regards to studies, we shouldn’t use the words “proof” or “proven.” We would be molesting science in the same way TC has done so to their benefit. Maybe something more along the lines of:

    Tobacco smoke does not harm non-smoking people nearby. There is no such thing as “passive smoking.”

    This concept didn’t even exist before the Tobacco Control (TC) started its campaign, and it has been supported time and time again as several dozen subsequent studies have failed to find any statistically-significant link between secondhand smoke and “smoking-related” disease.

    I also think there should be mention of the recent increases in “smoking-related” cancers (lung, colon, etc.) among never-smokers, even though smoking rates continue to decline and smoking bans have all but eliminated people’s exposure to secondhand smoke.

    Also, +1 to Roobeedoo’s comment above regarding smokeless tobacco. It is important to mention that it is included (along with vaping) in smoking bans at many public places (such as sports stadiums) here in the US. The “passive smoke” lie doesn’t apply, so on exactly what grounds have they banned chewing tobacco? This reinforces the fact that smoking bans are not about health.

    Frank, maybe you could create a Google Doc of the manifesto and invite those who are interested to add comments and/or edit the document. That way, we can crowd-source the revision process.

    • Frank Davis says:

      There is actually already a Google Doc of the Manifesto, which Emily created from the source that I sent to her a while back. And I did the editing of Dmitri’s original draft using it, mostly just to correct small errors, and clarify things slightly.

      But is Google Doc the right thing to use? If everyone starts editing the same piece of text, we’d end up with chaos. Maybe something like GitHub or GitLab – which you were describing a week or two back in the Smoky Drinky Bar – would be better? Or are there other text editing platforms for multiple authors around?

      Whichever way, we might end up with a number of different Manifestos, slowly evolving into different species.

      • Joe L. says:

        I believe Google Docs keeps a history of revisions, but I think they also allow you to control permissions so that only certain people can edit and certain people can only add comments.

        GitHub/GitLab would work, but is overkill for a single document, not to mention non-technical people would have to learn to use Git, which isn’t easy.

        • Emily says:

          Yes, Google Docs does keep a history of revisions and you can also set permissions for individual people to be able to edit or comment. So Frank and Dmitiri could have edit rights, and everyone else could just have comment rights and add comments to suggest changes. Then Frank and Dmitiri could decide which comments to incorporate.

        • Joe L. says:

          That’s exactly what I envisioned. Thanks for confirming, Emily! :-)

  10. Manifesto: We do not rely on big or small tobacco companies to help or fund us. They failed to defend themselves properly, when they were attacked.

    I feel that this aspect of the problem should be expanded upon and should even figure prominently in a proper smoker manifesto. Let’s face it, their ‘defense’ had been dismally inept well before it became outright inexistent. The idea that even they didn’t put forward any significant counter-arguments, to the point of ultimately preferring the (apparent) self-imposition of a perpetual gag-order, makes up the public image of tobacco companies and lingers to this day in the minds of the general public, be they smokers or not. That is the ultimate demonstration Joe Public needs that their products, and consumers, don’t deserve a word in defense, and the chief reason why most won’t even bother to seek further confirmation (and consequently will never find a single scrap of counter-evidence) of the validity of any and all claims made by the ‘other’ side. The behaviour of TobCons played an equally essential part in the success of the scam to that of those gangsters posing as scientists we’ve come to be familiar with, and a greater role than that of eager pharma profiteers or of any number of ‘abhorrent toads’ spreading the manure of ignorance and prejudice over the seeds of fear and hatred. All partners in the same crime.

    And beobrigitte’s comment on the same passage in the manifesto: They have no chance to defend themselves. Remember? In 1996 universities no longer accepted tobacco company funded research. They had invested into Alzheimer, unfortunately, makes Tobcoms sound like hapless victims of the irresistibly advancing anti-smoking juggernaut, when they’ve been part and parcel of the whole concern from far earlier than 1996.

  11. waltc says:

    This is ot, and on US time I’m late for Over There so chances are this will get lost, unless you (Frank) decide to repost it on Monday. I did a little research and

    About Susanne Nundy (aka Anna Raccoon)
    The full name of the Dr who presided over her mistreatment and who to write to directly is

    Dr Philip Wilkins
    Priscilla Bacon Lodge
    Coleman Hospital
    Uthank Road
    Norwich
    Norfolk NR2 2PJ, UK

    I do believe, esp for you in the UK, that actual written, posted letters that cross his desk will have the greatest impact. It also seems that in addition to the complaints e-dress, which will reach a different and possibly remote office, their website also offers direct complaints to
    pals@nchc.nhs.uk

    If anyone can learn the names of her particular Nurse Ratcheds, they too should get mail or cc’s of any letter to Wilkins. My aim is not just to make them feel like the nasty bastards they are, but to hopefully prevent them from doing this to anyone else–including anyone who wants to smoke an actual cigarette.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I’ll repost it, but maybe not today.

      I’m all in favour of writing to the Wilkins guy. But I suspect he’s under orders from above. And if he did reply (which he probably won’t) he’d simply say as much. He might even add that he doesn’t like these bullying rules and regulations himself, but Orders Are Orders.

  12. nisakiman says:

    Off topic, but I just came across this report from the Sydney Morning Herald about the extent of tobacco smuggling into Australia, which is interesting in itself, but what struck me about this article was this statement:
    Mr Pike, who is also a former Australian Federal Police officer and describes himself as Australia’s foremost law enforcement expert in illicit tobacco, believes the federal government has created a “low risk and high reward” environment by cracking down on legal tobacco through increased taxes while ignoring the organised crime syndicates that peddle the drug.

    (My bold)

    This is a progression, is it not, that tobacco is now being referred to as a ‘drug’?

    The endgame ratcheted up a notch, perhaps?

  13. Clicky says:

  14. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    Excellent work Dmitri and Frank – an inspiring call! Good suggested wording from Joe L and others too.

    The Sydney Morning Herald article link about seizure of 71 tonnes of bulk tobacco by Border Force (Customs, no matter what the grandstanding politicians rename the agency) described it as an illicit drug. Ridiculous of course, but perhaps not too far from the truth when the tax rate is $850/kg, with two more increases of 12.5% planned by 2020.

    Nothing less than tyranny and extortion, but by then we wil probably all be smoking black market tobacco anyway.😜

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