There seems to be a surprising amount of good news around these days. The latest example:
Local councils cut millions of pounds from stop-smoking services while investments in tobacco companies soar
…councils have nearly halved the money available to help smokers to beat their addiction.
In around a dozen areas, locally run stop-smoking services – widely regarded as the most effective way to quit – are being scrapped entirely.
My reading of that is that the money used to bully and browbeat smokers is drying up.
The dramatic reduction in funding, which is revealed in freedom of information requests submitted by The Independent, is having a “severe impact on the most vulnerable people”, critics have warned.
And my reading of this is that they either mean that smokers are the most vulnerable people in society that the bullies in Tobacco Control can rob and defraud and defame, or they mean that the bullies in Tobacco Control are the people most vulnerable to cuts in funding.
And if tobacco company investments are soaring, it rather suggests that there are lots of savvy financial advisors in local government who are disregarding all the health warnings and taking advantage of good investment opportunities.
Anyway, it looks like Tobacco Control is in retreat in UK local government.
Also, from Junican:
ASH Will Have to Compete for Grants
I haven’t seen this anywhere else, but I suppose it’s true. And it must be bad news for ASH, because giving money to more or less anyone else than ASH will be money well spent, given that ASH is completely uncompetitive, and unproductive.
Anyway, that’s good news too. Perhaps it explains why the money for Tobacco Control is drying up.
In another report:
When New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi toured towns outside of Mosul following ISIS control, she noticed that many of the residents were publicly smoking in a giant eff you to their former oppressors.
“Yesterday, my team made it to the furthest point I’ve gone northwest of Mosul to the locality of Badoosh, where we interviewed residents,” Callimachi tweeted in April. “I noticed that everywhere we went in Badoosh, residents were ‘wearing’ packs of cigarettes.”
She added in a tweet:
Let me just say that I’m a California girl through & through & I hate 2nd hand smoke but it was obvious that smoking for this man=freedom
Smoking has always been an expression of freedom. It’s as much a symbol of freedom to me as it is to anyone living in or around Mosul. And it always will be.
But the killer came in the last paragraph of the report:
Today, the people of Badoosh are free. But alas, smokers in America’s largest cities still face the tyranny of nanny state mayors. In recognition of their bravery in the face of Islamic extremists and their inspiration to those of us still living under the yoke of oppression, Mohamed and his friends are all Washington Free Beacon Men of the Year.
Here someone in Washington can see the identity between the antismoking thugs in ISIS and the antismoking thugs in the USA. For perhaps one good thing that ISIS has done has been to reveal the true face of antismoking: in the USA and UK antismokers need to at least pretend to be “helping” smokers, but ISIS never made any pretence of “helping” them at all as it casually beat them and murdered them.
And speaking of murder, Chris Snowdon reports:
Britons are being urged to cut their meals to just 1,600 calories a day and 200 calories for snacks in tough new health guidelines.
They will be told they should limit themselves to 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner.
This comes to 1,600 calories, well below the current recommended daily intake of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men.
I was writing only a day or two back about the Murderous Intent of Tobacco Control, and this new recommendation by Public Health seemed to fit perfectly with that: now they want to starve everybody.
At least smokers aren’t being singled out this time: everybody must starve.
I suppose this doesn’t really count as good news, except that it goes to show how thoroughly nasty these people are.