Hat tip Joe L for this report:
The FDA plan is two-fold: drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are essentially non-addictive. For those who can’t or won’t quit, allow lower-risk products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of traditional cigarettes.
I’m getting really so, so sick of all these arrogant, controlling, manipulative people who think they know what’s good for everybody, and who act to take away the choices that people have made, and replace them with their own choices.
I don’t want their “lower-risk nicotine delivery products.” I like traditional cigarettes, and traditional smoke. And also I don’t believe that traditional cigarettes are in the least bit “deadly”. I’ve been smoking them all my life without suffering any harm. In a few weeks I’ll be turning 70 years old. And that’s plenty enough for me.
Just because some little shit in a government department or a government agency or a university thinks he knows what’s good for me does mean that I have to believe him. Why should I? And increasingly I don’t believe these people. I believe them less and less. Faith and trust is trickling away. Soon it will be gushing away.
There was a time, not long ago, that tobacco companies simply sold tobacco to people who wanted to buy it and smoke it. Now it seems the tobacco companies are taking it upon themselves to reform their customers, by producing new products for them.
That’s a bit like a chocolate chip cookie manufacturer deciding to sell its customers tofu cakes in order to avoid the well-known deadly effects of chocolate. But what if the customers don’t like the tofu cakes? What if they just want the traditional, lethal, chocolate chip cookies? Or do they think that if they advertise them aggressively enough, people will just eat them instead? Maybe they do think that’s exactly what they can do.
In fact, as far as I know, more and more products are being subjected to the same process of officious manipulation by arrogant, controlling busybodies, as manufacturers are forced to reduce the amount of sugar or fat or salt in their products. We are increasingly being required to eat and drink and smoke what these busybodies want us to consume, not what we want to.
I think it’s going to the lead to huge black markets in everything. Not just real cigarettes, but real beer, and real chocolate chip cookies. And it’ll result in the bankruptcy of thousands of perfectly good businesses which used to be able to just sell people what they wanted. There’ll be the officially approved products, which nobody will like. And there’ll be the black market in all the products that people really do like.
For anti-smoking activists these new products may mean surrendering hopes of a knockout blow to the industry.
Tobacco Control seems now to be all about destroying an industry. They’re destroying it by making it sell something else instead of what it used to sell. They’re destroying it by making it stop selling anything at all.
But these busybodies don’t hate just the tobacco industry. They hate all industry. They hate not only the tobacco industry, but also the alcohol industry, every kind of food industry, and car industry. Name the industry, and they’ll want to close it down.
And above all, the controlling, manipulative busybodies hate humanity. They hate dirty, grubby humanity.
And there will be a revolt against them. It’s not just going to be a revolt by smokers. It’ll be a revolt by everybody against these lying, arrogant, conceited, controlling, manipulative, self-important, self-appointed elites. And they’ll all be blown away in a colossal explosion.
These self-styled elites are going to find one day that public trust in them has completely evaporated. And no amount of advertising or campaigning or “education” will ever restore that lost trust.