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.
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.