Demonising The Competition

Dmitri draws our attention to third-hand smoke:

Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report.

In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with cigarette smoke — what is called “third-hand” smoke.

“We didn’t expect to see a nonsmoking environment having such a signature of tobacco smoke,” said lead researcher Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor of environmental engineering.

My response to articles like this is to wonder when Peter DeCarlo is going to be removed from his job as “associate professor”, and the “environmental engineering” department in which he works get closed down, and “Drexel University” demolished to make space for a car park or nature reserve or a maybe just a big round pond for kids to sail boats on.

What’s the point of any of them? Universities? Environmental engineering? Professors?

It doesn’t say who funded the study, but it’s a fair bet that Tobacco Control or Big Pharma is in there somewhere. These universities are prostituting themselves to produce “studies” showing whatever Tobacco Control wants them to show. And what TC wants is to ramp up the public fear of tobacco smoke beyond the panic levels that have already been achieved. If tobacco can be completely prohibited, the only antidepressants that anyone will be able to buy will be the ones that Big Pharma sells them, and in the case of nicotine it will be exactly the same drug re-branded and re-packaged.

You sell your product by demonising the competition’s product, and demonising the competition, and demonising the competition’s customers. So if ToyBoats™ sell toy sailing boats to children, you demonise their sailing boats as “potentially lethal” if not actually lethal, and you demonise ToyBoats™ managers and workers as corrupt, greedy, money-hungry swindlers preying on children, and you demonise the kids as “addicts” hooked on building sailing boats. And when you’ve driven them out of business, you sell the kids your own sailing boats, which capsize and sink with the first breath of wind.

And the same process can be applied to any industry. Drive the competition out of business, and step in with your own inferior and much more dangerous product. What’s been done with tobacco is now being done to alcohol, sugar, salt, fat, meat, chocolate. Soon they’ll start on tea and coffee. Pretty soon they’ll all be replaced by pharmaceutical tablets. People will just take tablets for everything. The tablets will contain the same stuff that was in the original, demonised product. So there’ll be nicotine tablets, and alcohol tablets, and sugar tablets, and fat tablets, and chocolate tablets. Any pleasure anyone ever took in smoking or drinking or eating will have gone.

It’s a world that I foresaw at age five, when I confidently told my father that one day everyone would just take tablets instead of eating food. Because for me eating was a chore. I had better things to do. Like build a three storey house for my cat. I was quite sure my cat would like to have a little house he could live in, just like us humans. Eating entailed sitting round a big table with plates and cutlery and glasses and have my Mum tell me to “eat up” and “finish it all” and “you’ve still got some potato hidden under your knife” and “you can’t get down until you’ve eaten all of it, including the celery” Eating sucked. It took far too long, and it entailed doing a lot of chewing. Wouldn’t it be so much quicker and simpler if you could just swallow a few tablets and be done with it?

But the trouble with tablets is that they’re actually more difficult to swallow than food. I always gag on tablets. The only way I can ever swallow them is to push them right to the back of my mouth, and perform an agonised gulp. And if they aren’t washed down with water I can feel them slowly descending towards my stomach like big, rusty, cannon balls. And they always taste weird.

But then tablets were never intended to be a form of fast food. They’re delivery systems for a variety of chemical compounds, most of which taste awful. They even taste awful when they’re sugar-coated, which most of them are.

Nobody’s invented the kind of fast food I wanted at age five, so I could get back to adding a fourth floor and staircase to my cat’s new house. What’s called “fast food” is just as slow to eat as ordinary food. It’s just that you can buy it quicker. You walk in and ask for a kebab or a burger and a minute or two later you’re handed one.

And that’s why my tablet food prediction was wrong. For if Sunday lunch came in the form of a jar of tablets, it would have been a far worse ordeal than it already was, and it would have taken far longer.

And that’s why Big Pharma plan to replace traditional foods with pharmaceutical tablets will never succeed. Because that won’t be an improvement. And people will go back to eating normally, because it’s easier, and it’s very enjoyable if the food is tasty and beautifully prepared.

It’s the same with environmentalism. They’re driving the competition out of business, by demonising them, and they’re replacing their products with inferior ones. For example they’ve replaced perfectly good incandescent light bulbs with inferior, dim, flickering ones. Next they’ll be selling us candles or oil lamps.

We’re living in a world where bad products are driving out good ones. And we’re all suffering as a result. We’re all getting poorer.

And if they’re not demonising the competition, they’re regulating them out of existence. What simpler way to drive someone out of business than stack the law against them? What simpler way to get people to buy NRT products than to make smoking illegal?

One day the demonisers will be demonised in their turn. One day someone will start saying that Big Pharma is a satanic industry selling poison. One day someone will figure out how many people they’ve killed, and they’re still killing. It will run to millions, and more likely hundreds of millions.

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14 Responses to Demonising The Competition

  1. Rose says:

    We’re living in a world where bad products are driving out good ones. And we’re all suffering as a result

    It seems to have started very early.

    The Surprising Reason Why Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Invented Corn Flakes
    2016

    “Cereal would create fortunes and create multinational companies that we still know today. But Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of corn flakes, did not care about profits. For him, cereal was not just a health food because it would improve Americans digestion. He believed a diet centered on bland foods like cereal would lead Americans away from sin. One very specific sin: masturbation.”

    “Unlike today’s food trends, he also believed that man’s modern diets led them to carnal sins. “Highly seasoned [meats], stimulating sauces… and dainty tidbits in endless variety,” Kellogg wrote, “irritate [the] nerves and… react upon the sexual organs.” Dr. Kellogg wrote as much about the dangers of sex and masturbation as he did about healthy living. Cereal was the bridge; the dietetic remedy to keep Americans’ diets from leading them to sin.”
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/priceonomics/2016/05/17/the-surprising-reason-why-dr-john-harvey-kellogg-invented-corn-flakes/4/#4319c65a7086

    But if you’ve gone to all the trouble of making a synthetic, poor immitation of a natural food, you’ve got to sell it to someone and who better than the poor and the guillible in the name of health?

    I have no intention of giving up sugar for aspartame, just like I was not persuaded by any amount of advertising to give up butter for margarine.
    No matter how dire the predictions.

    Ban butter to save our hearts, says doctor
    2010

    “Butter should be banned in a bid to save thousands from heart disease, a leading heart surgeon claims.
    2010
    “Dr Shyam Kolvekar said that he is “increasingly concerned” about the nation’s eating habits as he is seeing patients as young as 30 in need of heart bypass surgery due to a diet “overloaded” with saturated fat.
    According to a national diet survey, nine out of 10 of children, 88 per cent of men and 83 per cent of women in Britain eat too much saturated fat, consuming a fifth too much each day.”

    “It is estimated that by reducing saturated fat intake in line with government recommendations could prevent at least 3,500 deaths per year.
    Experts say that over time a diet too high in saturated fats can lead to raised blood cholesterol and a build up of fatty deposits in the arteries that supply the heart.

    This increases the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 198,000 deaths a year and costs the economy £7.9 billion a year”
    “By adjusting your diet by replacing butter with a healthy spread or margarine is a very simple thing to do and makes a whole world of difference.”
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7010677/Ban-butter-to-save-our-hearts-says-doctor.html

    “Mr Kolvekar’s comments were issued by KTB, a public relations company that works for Unilever, the maker of Flora margarine.
    However, a KTB spokesman said there were no financial ties between the consultant and Unilever and he was not receiving any payment. ‘These are his views,’ added the spokesman.

    The surgeon timed his comments to coincide with the Food Standards Agency’s campaign to promote the virtues of low-fat milk.”
    http: //www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-1244048/Ban-butter-save-thousands-lives-says-heart-surgeon.html

    Of course, those articles were published before Ancel Keyes’ original fat scam was widely debunked.

    I shall just do what I have always done and resign myself to paying more for the things I consider both pleasant and beneficial.

    I’m betting that your cat wasn’t impressed by your three storey house either.

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  3. Clicky says:

  4. beobrigitte says:

    My response to articles like this is to wonder when Peter DeCarlo is going to be removed from his job as “associate professor”, and the “environmental engineering” department in which he works get closed down, and “Drexel University” demolished to make space for a car park or nature reserve or a maybe just a big round pond for kids to sail boats on.
    I agree, this guy needs to be brought back to reality. People who meet me in the SD bar KNOW how much I smoke. If this “Professor” does not check realitiy it’s his problem. Don’t bother me or the world with anti-smoking idiocy.
    Btw, I did spend Monday and Tuesday up a huge ladder, fixing cladding and painting + walking today 9.8 km for fun with friends.
    Having lived nearly 49 years as A SMOKER (not counting the years growing up with a smoker in the family and *shock-horror* idiotic-hand smoking) this De Carlo person has some explaining to do. And he better does. Because anti-smoker-dimwit-hand smoking propaganda may seriously impair your career, never mind what they tell you to say.
    I am LIVING proof.

    • Dmitry Kosyrev says:

      But how can that Carlo fellow be brought back to reality, when he is discovering smoke “particles” in a place where nobody smoked for 20 years, in the room itself or near it? Look at that “science”: it’s a fact that there was no smoke there. But the professor finds his “particles” in that place, and is not even remotely worried.
      The most obvious conclusion from his tests are: the particles discovered have nothing to do with smoking. In this or any other “research”. The Carlo fellow has proven it, thank you so much. But that doesn’t strike his as obvious. He’ll accept any explanation to the phenomenon, but the most obvious one. Hopeless.

  5. smokingscot says:

    I certainly agree with you about the modern light bulb. The claim is they last forever and ever and don’t consume much energy. However they cost a great deal more to buy and in my experience certainly don’t last anywhere near as long as is claimed.

    Also they’re not at all good in places like corridors. They take too long to get up to temperature and really don’t like being switched on and off quickly.

    It’s a similar story with paint stripper. The old stuff did stink and it may well have given off all kinds of nasties, but strip paint they did. Now it’s a case on a long, painfully slow process to even soften the stuff, with multiple applications to ensure it doesn’t dry out. I use twice as much and easily twice as long to achieve a spotless finish.

    You have an Aygo and it’s very likely the clearcoat on your bumpers will have started to look like sunburned skin flaking off. That’s because they use water based paints and finishes.

    And restricting the power consumption of vacuum cleaners. Similar story, multiple runs to do the same job the old ones did in a fraction of the time. I believe they’re trying the same trick with stacks of household appliances. Sounds great…. on paper; reality is it does indeed make life far more difficult.

    And they’ve banned creosote. The real stuff that actually protected wood and insects didn’t like. Now it’s pissy fart water based junk that does neither nor. Myself I just go to a mate who’s a mechanic and get 5 litres of heavily used oil that he’d have to chuck away. The older, the blacker, the better. Slap that on to exterior timber and it’s a pretty good wood preservative, and costs zero.

    And they’ve effectively killed the 2 stroke engine. Hey we’re talking about the itsy bitsy ones they have on little motorbikes and scooters. They get used to zip around town, not to run for hours on a motorway.

    Yup, I do honestly feel that with many advances we’re taking several steps backwards.

  6. Rose says:

    In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with cigarette smoke — what is called “third-hand” smoke.

    “We didn’t expect to see a nonsmoking environment having such a signature of tobacco smoke,” said lead researcher Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor of environmental engineering.

    Well they should have done.

    The phenomenon had already been accidentally demonstrated by no less a personage than “Tornado” Repace in a non-smoking courtroom during a secondhand smoke case in 2010.

    Witness Testimony Ends in Secondhand Smoke Trial
    2011

    “James Repace, the secondhand smoke scientist and plaintiff’s expert witness, took the stand to clarify some earlier points and rebut the testimony of the defense’s expert witness, Dr. Ronald Gots.
    He reiterated his belief that that the doubling of particulates recorded by the monitor inside Schuman’s unit while Darko Popovic was smoking outside — proved that smoke was entering the residence.

    Despite the monitor having previously recorded the same amount of possible carcinogenic particulates in the air in the smoke-free courthouse as it had in Schuman’s unit, Repace stuck with his claim. He said the air in the courthouse may have been polluted by a number of diesel buses operating outside.”
    https://patch.com/maryland/greenbelt/witness-testimony-ends-in-secondhand-smoke-trial

    SCHUMAN v. GREENBELT HOMES INC
    https://caselaw.findlaw.com/md-court-of-special-appeals/1636804.html

    In fact, I strongly suspect that those “scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia” already knew that they could replicate Repace’s accidental findings in that “empty, nonsmoking classroom”

    I believe that SCHUMAN v. GREENBELT HOMES INC is one of MJM’s favourite cases and he can tell you all about it.

    Schuman to Pay for the Fight Against His Secondhand Smoke Case
    2011

    “A Greenbelt man who sued his housing cooperative in a secondhand smoke case and lost will now have to help the cooperative pay its legal bills.”
    https: //patch.com/maryland/greenbelt/schuman-s-to-pay-fees-used-to-fight-against-his-secon9a952d2ffc

    • waltc says:

      Sure. But now Repace can claim it wasn’t the busses after all but cigarettes smoked in that courtroom in 1942. .

      Jax, what makes it “thirdhand” is that it was quiescent for years, buried (as it were) in the woodwork but if you work hard to tease it out you can resurrect it and pull it into the air. The woodwork is the third hand. And cigarette residue clearly has a half life of 50,000 years so earth, let alone classrooms, won’t be fit for human habitation til the 125th century.

  7. jaxthefirst says:

    But if these “tiny particles” are found “floating in the air” in rooms … surely that makes them second-hand smoke, doesn’t it? Isn’t second-hand smoke the stuff that they say – err – “floats around in the air?” How can it be third-hand smoke when it’s doing exactly the same thing as the dreaded second-hand stuff is supposed to be doing? And if these “particles” are “third hand” smoke, then what, pray tell, is the second-hand stuff comprised of? Or do the two co-exist? Does first-hand smoke somehow split itself into two completely separate “entities” and waft about the place side by side? Surely even the most dyed-in-the-wool anti will be able to see that what this twit is describing is the very “second hand” stuff that they’re so obsessed with, not something else.

    Sounds like a member of the anti-smoking community desperate to invent a new fear to make a name for himself, but, because there isn’t anything left to “discover” he’s simply taken the last big scare and re-named it!

    • Joe L. says:

      How can it be third-hand smoke when it’s doing exactly the same thing as the dreaded second-hand stuff is supposed to be doing?

      Tobacco Control has gotten increasingly cocky and sloppy. They have now clearly “jumped the shark.”

      • Rose says:

        Case in point.

        They freely admit that they weren’t even measuring tobacco smoke, just particulate matter from any source.

        Second-hand smoke in four English prisons: an air
        quality monitoring study
        2016

        “We used PM 2.5 concentration as a marker for SHS, since direct measurement of tobacco-specific toxins in the atmosphere is expensive and sampling methods would be impractical in prison settings.”

        “We carried out much of our sampling during the summer months when natural ventilation to the wings and cells through open windows and doors would have been greater than during the winter months,
        potentially causing our findings to underestimate average pollution levels over the longer term.”
        http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/42791/1/Jayes%202016%20BMC%20Public%20Health.pdf

  8. Lepercolonist says:

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    AERx Pure Nicotine Inhaler

    Our AERx inhaler was tested in current smokers with pure nicotine dissolved in water. A single breath from this elegant inhaler that requires no electric power, caused an immediate profound reduction of craving for cigarettes that lasted for several hours. We have multiple issued patents and patent applications in the area of nicotine delivery and smoking cessation. This product is available for partnering or as an investment opportunity.

    http://www.aradigm.com/products_1700.html

    Money to be made…

    • waltc says:

      But what if some of that nicotine escapes into ambient air and kills innocent children in a house down the block? I say, ban it!

  9. Joe L. says:

    We’re living in a world where bad products are driving out good ones. And we’re all suffering as a result. We’re all getting poorer.

    I completely agree and have held this belief for a while now, as I have mentioned in earlier comments.

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