The Satanic Cult of Tobacco Control

The ever-thoughtful Junican wrote yesterday:

I must admit that the constant battle against TC is depressing  …by ‘depressing’ I mean disheartening. It is very hard to keep on fighting for liberty when there are such enormous forces arraigned on the opposite side.

I don’t find the constant battle (which I’m fighting too, of course) in the least bit depressing. It just makes me angry. And I far prefer anger to depression. There’s something rather hot and clean and pure and outgoing about anger.

The anger came on 1 July 2007, and has never left me. Pure anger is what powers this blog. I don’t need to be paid to write. I don’t need to be asked to write. I write anyway.

In the beginning the anger was so great that I worried that I might have an apoplectic fit. Too much anger is a dangerous thing. So now I keep my anger on a leash. I regard it as something useful.

As for the constant battle, well, I regard myself as a foot-soldier in a war. And I probably think in the same way that most soldiers think. No, we don’t want to fight the war. But it’s something that needs to be done, so we just get on with it. And so I get up every day, and step up to the firing plate above my trench, and fire off another shot at the enemy: which is Tobacco Control. One day maybe the war will be over, but I don’t see any end to it at the moment.

And it’s a war of words rather than bullets. It’s a war of ideas. It’s a war of one way of thinking against another way of thinking. And that’s exactly what all wars are: wars of ideas.

The people in Tobacco Control want a “smoke-free” world. And I want a smoke-filled world. I like smoke. Like anger, too much of it is a bad thing. But too little is an equally bad thing. I like the world to be delicately scented with an infinite number of exquisite aromas. And the odour of tobacco is another one those exquisite fragrances.

The war with Tobacco Control goes far deeper than just tobacco. It’s a war about control. Tobacco Control wants control. And the people in Tobacco Control are controlling people. They want everything under control. And I don’t want to control anyone or any thing. I always look for ways to work with people rather than against them. But in the case of Tobacco Control this is impossible, because they never compromise. And now I have no interest in compromising with them: Tobacco Control must be destroyed.

And I’m always thinking up ways to destroy them. For I’ve gotten interested in the war. I’ve become fully engaged in it. I don’t think that Tobacco Control is invincible. I think that they’re much weaker than most people think.

They’re all mercenaries, for a start. They’re all being paid to fight. It’s a job they do. Deborah Arnott get £160,000 a year. And I get paid absolutely nothing. But I’ve got my burning anger, and that’s worth at least £160,000 a year.

And I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a few of them. Dr W, in whose house I once lived, was the first one I ever encountered in my life. And he was closely connected to the BMA and the WHO. So he was almost certainly a mercenary.

The other one I knew was a close personal friend. I only found out she was an antismoker when she told me that she’d been working in Tobacco Control (or “Smoking Cessation”, as she called it) for some 25 years. It was a bit like finding out that she’d been a guard in a concentration camp. Anyway, she was another mercenary. But when I first met her she had just left some weird cult in the south of France. Quite a few people I’ve known have got caught up in weird cults of one sort or other, and she was one. And I think that Tobacco Control is actually also a cult, a bit like the ones with the Maharishi, or Subud, or the Bhagwan, or (my favourite) the Emissaries of the Divine Light. I’m rather surprised that I didn’t get caught up as well, given I’ve known so many who did.

What’s interesting about the religious cult of Tobacco Control is that it has no God that it worships, but only a Devil. Tobacco Control is a form of devil-worship or Satanism. It has no Supreme Good, but only a Supreme Evil. And the Supreme Evil is Tobacco. And the agents of this supreme evil are the tobacco companies. These days smokers themselves are also included among the addicted captive agents of the Supreme Evil.

The equally religious cult of Climate Control also identifies a Supreme Evil: carbon dioxide.

I think it’s a profound weakness of both Tobacco Control and Climate Control that they identify some Supreme Evil as the central or primary force in the world,  rather than a Supreme Good. If it existed, the Sistine Chapel of Tobacco Control would be covered in Hieronymus Bosch demons and devils. As a vision of evil, Tobacco Control is a form of demonic possession. Tobacco Control is one-sided and unbalanced. And that, I suspect, will be the death of it.

In fact, since the devil has always been depicted as residing in the fires of hell, it may well be that their shared hatred of smoke of any kind whatsoever grows from the primacy of a smoky inferno in their thinking. They are like Christians who were only ever taught about hell, and never about heaven. And in tobacco smoke and carbon dioxide they see the fires of hell.

Speaking of control, I got censored by Facebook a couple of days back. My post reporting Alex Jones Banned was removed. I wasn’t notified of its removal. And no reason was given for its removal. I’d guess that it was removed because it reported Alex Jones’ being censored by, among other outlets, Facebook. Perhaps they’re banning all mention of Alex Jones? Perhaps he’s become an unperson?

I only found out about it when George Speller asked me why I hadn’t posted it on Facebook. As it happens, WordPress has stopped automatically reposting stuff on Facebook, and I haven’t figured out how to get it to do so again, but in this case I had gone and posted the link to my Alex Jones piece.

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26 Responses to The Satanic Cult of Tobacco Control

  1. Frank Davis says:

    I’ve just posted a link to the above article on Facebook. Since I mention Facebook and Alex Jones again, it’ll be interesting to see whether it gets deleted.

    So far, at 11:10 am BST, it’s been there for 3 minutes without vanishing.

  2. Rose says:

    I wasn’t depressed, but I was very shocked and lost my self confidence for quite a while, the Smoking Ban was the most unBritish thing I’d ever heard of, particularly when their plant science was virtually non existant.

    Mind you, isn’t that what these people do, get rid of the old certainties and capitalise on the ensuing confusion?

    “The Italian Fascists renewed the anti-pasta propaganda. Amid furious public protest, including telegrams from America lobbying for pasta, Mussolini considered banning its consumption throughout Italy.

    In the 1930s, Marinetti, the Italian futurist poet and social reformer, embarked on a well-publicized crusade to change the Italian diet, specifically the centuries-old “addition” to pasta. “It is necessary, once and for all, to annihilate pasta. . . . Pastasciutta , however grateful to the palate, is an obsolete food; it is heavy, brutalizing, and gross; its nutritive qualities are deceptive; it induces sloth, skepticism, and pessimism.” There was speculation that heavy pasta eaters were slow and placid, while meat eaters were aggressive and purposeful. In a country on the threshold of war, Marinetti’s charge, “Spaghetti is no food for fighters!” did not fall on deaf ears. From the quarters of government, medicine, science and academia, the guardians of power and public conscience wondered if in embracing pasta as a national food, the Italians had not also forfeited their predatory and virile instincts, and dimmed their intellectual capacities.

    • Frank Davis says:

      How interesting! I’d never heard of that before. Now, of course, the ‘Mediterranean diet’ is contrasted with ‘junk food’.

    • Emily says:

      This has enthralled me today- so interesting! Thank you Rose.

      • Rose says:

        There are lots of articles about the Fascist’s denormalisation of pasta but not so much on the earlier Spanish total ban on growing Quinoa.

        ” Incredibly, prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s the Incas were cultivating an area of around one million hectares of crops which fed their vast empire. Quinoa was sacred to the Incas who considered it a gift from the gods and referred to it as “Chisaya Mama” meaning “Mother of All Grains”.

        When the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his 158 men reached the Andes mountains in 1532, the Incan civilization was changed forever. Within the space of one year the Incan emperor was killed and people were forced into submission, religious ceremonies were forbidden, and all quinoa fields were destroyed with future cultivation banned. Instead, the fields were planted with wheat. Only high in the Andes mountains hidden away from the conquistadores did the native people continue to cultivate quinoa on small plantations.

        It was not until 2013 which was declared the “International Year of Quinoa” that world wide recognition of this ancient grain and the Andean peoples’ ancestral practices of preserving its integrity were brought forward.

        “After the Spanish conquest of Peru and destruction of Incan civilization in the 16th century, the conquistadores banned the cultivation of quinoa. “For us, there was a long story of not being free,” says Gaston Acurio, Peru’s most famous chef. “Spaniards didn’t like our food, history and architecture, and tried to wipe it out. But small farmers in the Andes kept growing quinoa, waiting for the right time. Now is the time — Peruvians have rediscovered quinoa.”

        They weren’t overly keen on potatoes either and throughout Europe tomatoes were greeted with fear, they both have similar flowers to deadly nightshade.

    • RdM says:

      Thanks for that really interesting link, Rose.

      I’d initially wondered if addition was a typo for addiction, reading (is that a bias? ;-)
      “addition” to pasta. “It is necessary, once and for all, to annihilate pasta. . .
      but on reading the top paragraph in that page, it was made clear what additions were.

      In the 15th Century, the religious fanatic Girolamo Savonarola condemned such worldly pleasures as good eating as obstacles to everlasting salvation. In an attempt to wrench the Italians from their luxurious pasta habit, the Florentine monk shouted from the pulpit: “It’s not enough for you to eat your pasta fried. No! You think you have to add garlic to it, and when you eat ravioli, it’s not enough to boil it in a pot and eat it in its juice, you have to fry it in another pan and cover it with cheese!”

      And so I had to go back and read the whole article from page 1.

      I’m still happy with organic no additives RYO tobacco though.

      • Rose says:

        Religion, eh?

        James 1st was worried about Christians taking up heathen practices and tried to justify his views with science he invented himself, very loosely based on the ancient greek medical theory of the Humours

        And there are always people in authority who will happily cast away all natural scepticism and follow.

        “From the quarters of government, medicine, science and academia, the guardians of power and public conscience wondered if in embracing pasta as a national food, the Italians had not also forfeited their predatory and virile instincts, and dimmed their intellectual capacities.”

        “The consumption of alcohol was also strongly campaigned against. Fruit and vegetable consumption was encouraged, as was the use of wholemeal bread and the avoidance of fat.
        A key figure in Nazi medicine, Erwin Liek, predicted that cancer would come to be seen as a product of diet. The consumption of whipped cream seems to have been a particular target of disapproval. The official newspaper of the SS, Das Schwarzes Korps, reported on German tourists in Austrian coffee houses and said that anyone would “think Greater Germany was only created so that this raving Philistine rabble can wolf whipped cream.” A prominent promilitarist slogan read, “Fighting power or whipped cream?”

        And round and round we go.

  3. Dmitry Kosyrev says:

    That’s nice, Frank, but how about Health? Is that not their God of sorts? You yourself wrote many times about that. Health as an alternative deity, if not Immortality. That idea was very popular in the 1990-s, try Fukuyama: End of History – and what else? …and The Last Man!!! Fukuyama’s idea was that very soon, with transplantology and the rest, there’ll be no more humans as we know them, hence we are the last real people. The limbs, and maybe the head, could be changed many times, and people will live forever, just give them the proper drugs and hook them to a computer monitoring their function. Medics will be God’s strict angels, all-powerful. It’s from there the medical lobby got its boldness in changing our lifestyles. And it’s not only Fukuyama, by far.
    The craze is almost over by now, although – just look at the latest Dan Brown, he still clings to the same idea. And the TC craze is also down, not like in the 1990-s at least, which is undoubtedly their weakness.
    So Health as an ultimate goal and justification for dehumanising humans – it looks very much like like God, or maybe Communism, which, as we know, treated religion as a terrible competitor.

    • Frank Davis says:

      how about Health?

      A lot of people (including me) have been saying that Tobacco Control “isn’t about health”. And manifestly it isn’t: Who could exile people to the outdoors, and claim it was to benefit their health?

      So I’m inclined to think that health is the cover story for these wolves in sheep’s clothing. Although sometimes I’ll consider health as something to value.

      I’m always exploring new ways of thinking about all this. And today’s essay was another variant idea. It’s one I liked because TC comes out of it very, very badly.

      • Frank Davis says:

        Following on further with today’s essay, the very idea of a “smoke-free” environment is one in which something evil has been removed (or exorcised), rather than something good added. The focus is on evil. They could have called for “clean fresh air”, but they never do. And they never do because they’re not interested in fresh air: they only want “smoke-free” air, which is something different.

        I explore this idea because I’m interested in pushing TC off the moral high ground they occupy. What is their moral claim? That they are fighting evil. They are – or claim to be – good because they are fighting evil. But is “being good” the same as “fighting evil”? I don’t think it is. Particularly when TC uses lies and propaganda to fight their war on evil. Haven’t they become as evil as the enemy they fight once they stoop to deceit and fraud?

        Why does TC occupy the moral high ground when smoking bans exile people into cold and darkness, when the sin taxes on tobacco amount to outright theft, and when antismoking warnings on tobacco products are mendacious and insulting? How long can TC continue to justify the tremendous evil they do on the grounds that they are “fighting evil” in the form of tobacco and tobacco companies.

        • waltc says:

          Well, the Nazis had a good run at doing the same thing to the Jews, and anti-semitism is resurgent, proving some vampires, even when staked, never quite die. Then, too, anti-tobacco and anti-alcohol each had effective hey days in the past and here they pop up again. Something about human nature that craves a scapegoat and, lacking imagination, periodically pulls the same goats out of their crypts to flog anew, merely updating the rationale.

  4. Smoking Lamp says:

    Tobacco control indeed fits the definition of a ‘Satanic’ cult. It seeks societal division, persecutes individuals and groups toward its end, suppresses all dissents, and seeks power and profit through manipulation and lies. Finally, it is prideful and seeks veneration for its deeds fin nurturing the narcissistic worship of the false ‘gods’ of self, and health. Remember, Satan is the ‘Father of Lies’.

    The deception used to further tobacco control’s agenda evokes memory of ‘The Screwtape Letters’. After all, tobacco control, like Screwtape, values selfish gain and power and denies choice since it considers humans as ‘cattle’ to be exploited. Tobacco control is evil and must be destroyed.

    • Joe L. says:

      I also agree that Tobacco Control (a subset of the cult of Healthism) fits the definition of a Satanic cult. In fact, I said as much right here in a response to Rose last year:

      Healthism is selfish, materialistic and hedonistic. It very much resembles Satanism. There is no altruistic goal. Anything that resembles altruism is a lie and an excuse to control others for one’s personal benefit.

  5. Dmitry Kosyrev says:

    Probably I was wrong is associating aggressive health freaks with TC. It’s not EXACTLY one and the same bunch. But they are close, anyway.
    In any case, you have touched upon a good subject. What’s the ideal world (and lifestyle) for those who are willing to force us into abandoning sugar-salt-fat-smoke-the rest? Your hell, opposed to your paradise of idleness? Why don’t they paint their Utopia in every detail, to let us laugh and ignore them ever since?

    • Frank Davis says:

      I don’t think they have a positive utopia of any sort. It’s a negative one. It’s smoke-free, alcohol-free, fat-free, sugar-free, salt-free, and so on. It’s a reduced world.

    • RdM says:

      “Why don’t they paint their Utopia in every detail, to let us laugh and ignore them ever since?”

      I may have mentioned this book before, but worthwhile I think to do again – and in particular a few lines from the foreword by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn seem relevant:

      World socialism as a whole, and all the figures associated with it, are shrouded in legend; its contradictions are forgotten or concealed; it does not respond to arguments but continually ignores them–all this stems from the mist of irrationality that surrounds socialism and from its instinctive aversion to scientific analysis, features which the author of this volume points out repeatedly and in many contexts. The doctrines of socialism seethe with contradictions, its theories are at constant odds with its practice, yet due to a powerful instinct–also laid bare by Shafarevich–these contradictions do not in the least hinder the unending propaganda of socialism. Indeed, no precise, distinct socialism even exists; instead there is only a vague, rosy notion of something noble and good, of equality, communal ownership, and justice: the advent of these things will bring instant euphoria and a social order beyond reproach.

      Substitute “tobacco control” for socialism … imagine your own emphases.

      Igor Shafarevich
      The Socialist Phenomenon
      Translated from the Russian BY William Tjalsma
      Foreword by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn


  6. I was entertaining a little thought experiment the other day about how Tobacco Control could be destroyed in fairly short order. To make it work, it would require a grassroots effort of getting the vast majority of smokers to stock up with enough tobacco and smoking materials to last about a year. And then it would entail, that vast majority simply not buy any tobacco at all for about a year. Basically it would choke off the majority of their funding (from tobacco taxes). Imagine cigarette companies scrambling to figure out why no one was buying any cigarettes at all, defaulting on their payments to the MSA. For months and months and months. Imagine governments trying to figure out where all of their tax money was… It would be absolute chaos and the whole point of Tobacco Control would be moot, ‘mission accomplished’. It would likely change the entire landscape of tobacco, and how it is distributed. Maybe major companies would get out of the business altogether. I think that part of destroying tobacco control is destroying or injuring the tobacco companies who sold out smokers long ago and hopped into bed with tobacco control. Just a random thought.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Wouldn’t all the taxes received from the smokers stocking up in a short period of time offset the taxes not received over the rest of the year?

    • jaxthefirst says:

      That’s a really good idea, SoT, and no, Frank, the increase in taxes in the year prior to the “smokers’ strike” wouldn’t offset the effects, because – not knowing that the “strike” was coming – our idiot politicians would simply rub their hands in glee and spend it all on daft vanity projects the moment they got it. And they wouldn’t dare mention this little windfall because admitting that their tobacco take was “up” would be tantamount to admitting that the number of smokers was up, too (they wouldn’t know any different) – and they’d never admit that in a million years after all their bragging about how successful their anti-smoking tactics have been in bringing smoker numbers down. Not to mention the fact that of course it wouldn’t come in all of a sudden, would it? No-one’s going to go out and buy a year’s worth of tobacco in one hit – very few shops actually stock that much anyway. It’d be a couple of extra packs here, and a couple of extra packs there, done over a period of time.

      The biggest problem would be in motivating all smokers to do it (because we’d need lots to make an impact – just a small handful of us would be a drop in the ocean) because, as we know only too well, there are many, many smoker-apologists in the UK who either don’t believe that it’s worth fighting any more and some who are so broken and cowed that they actually believe that they somehow deserve all the punishment that’s meted out to them. Some even say that they like the ban, which is nothing more than a feeble lie designed to try and protect the tiny shred of dignity that they still have left (none of those ban-fans would continue to smoke outside if it were relaxed, for example). But if we could find a way to motivate them, or, as Dmitry suggested recently in one of his posts, find another (non-smoking) group – perhaps one of the new targets such as drinkers or sugar-consumers – to join forces with (by asking them to get duty frees for us on their hols etc) then it could be the start of a plan …

  7. Smoking Lamp says:

    Evidence of tobacco control lies regarding outdoor smoking bans from BMJ…

    “We recognise that smoking in the open air isn’t a threat to anyone else’s health, but it nevertheless gives the wrong impression of hospitals as promoters of a healthy lifestyle. When our new hospital in Dumfries opened last year we were worried that smokers would soon congregate around the front entrance.” McAllen S., McClymont P., Isles C. How do we stop people smoking at the front doors of our hospitals? BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (BMJ is British Medical Journal the article is behind paywall but the relevant quote is on the entry page.)

    Here we have a letter to the BMJ acknowledging that second hand smoke outdoors isn’t a threat to anyones’s health. Nevertheless the prospect of that same non-existent threat has been the explicitly stated basis for tobacco control inspired outdoor smoking bans worldwide.

  8. waltc says:

    OT: somebody here mentioned Jordan Peterson and I looked into one of his youtube lectures. Interesting stuff. OT 2: odd that your govt investigates Boris for a joke they label hate, but is silent on Labour’s blatant antisemitism

  9. I know, fat seems to have got (have gotten for US readers) a clean bill of health from the MSM lately, while carbs (stands for carbohydrates: sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products; that includes rice, bread, potatoes, butter, pasta, semolina, and the like, IOW staples of human nutrition worldwide), have become the new candidates as ‘usual suspects’ for countless diseases and life-threatening conditions, practically on a par with that dreaded tobacco smoke… Unless I’m seriously mistaken, this whole notion of ‘responsibility in maintaining a healthy lifestyle’ business is all over the place, and needs to be reined in, or, more appositely, done away with altogether!

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