The Smokiest Country in the World

The war on smoking is a cultural war. It’s got nothing to do with health.

The war on obesity is also a cultural war. That’s got nothing to do with health either.

And the war on carbon dioxide is another cultural war. It’s really got nothing to do with global warming. That, like “health”, is an excuse and a deception.

The war on carbon dioxide is a war on engines and machines. It’s a war on industry. It’s a war on the industrial revolution. It’s a war on the entire modern world that has emerged over the past 500 years or so.

It is in fact a war against progress, being waged by people who like to call themselves “progressives” (while hating every kind of progress). It’s a war on liberal societies by people who like to call themselves “liberals” (while being utterly illiberal).

We’re in a global cultural war. It’s a cultural war that’s being fought in Europe. It’s a cultural war that’s being fought in the USA. It’s a cultural war that’s being fought everywhere.

And it’s a war between “progressive” cultural elites and ordinary conservative, traditionalist people.

And it’s a war that the globalist, “progressive” cultural elites have started to lose.

They’d been winning for a long time. They’d been winning for 30 or 40 years or more. But now they’ve started to lose.

And they started to lose for at least one very simple reason: they simply made themselves too many enemies.

For when you’ve declared war on smoking, you’ve declared war on smokers. And when you’ve declared war on obesity, you’ve declared war on fat people. And when you’ve declared war on carbon dioxide, you’ve declared war on motorists and commuters and tourists and industrialists.

If smokers are 20 – 30% of the population, that’s a lot of enemies you’ve made for yourself. And if fat people (or slightly chubby people) are another 20 – 30% of the population, that’s a lot more enemies you’ve just made for yourself. Add in the motorists, and you’ve a whole bunch more enemies.

In fact, you’ve made pretty much everybody your enemy. And if you’ve made fat, smoking motorists enemies, they’ll be three times enemies of yours, and they’ll hate you with a powerful vengeance.

So the arrogant, bullying, hectoring, globalist progressive elites have simply made themselves far too many enemies, and they’re facing a mounting nationalist, traditionalist, conservative, populist tide, made up of ordinary people who have had enough of the progressive elites for a multiplicity of different reasons.

And Emmanuel Macron is perhaps the personification of an arrogant, bullying, hectoring, globalist, progressive elitist.

No wonder that most French people can’t stand him. In the smokiest country in the world, the antismoker Macron wants to make French people stop smoking:

Tourists visiting France frequently cite smoking as the first culture shock they experience when they set foot on French soil, or perhaps simply when they step on a discarded cigarette butt.

A survey by travel website Tripadvisor revealed that users found that France was by far the “smokiest” country in the world.

Is it any wonder that the smokiest country in the world is in revolt against its arrogant, bullying, hectoring, globalist, progressivist, political elites.

The same revolt is breaking out everywhere. Because the elites have made themselves too many enemies everywhere. They’ve trampled on far too many people, and thereby created an overwhelming majority of opposition to them, and rendered themselves into a dwindling minority.

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24 Responses to The Smokiest Country in the World

  1. Rose says:

    Is it any wonder that the smokiest country in the world is in revolt against its arrogant, bullying, hectoring, globalist, progressivist, political elites

    No.

    In Britain, we have done all our political planning. and calculating in smoke filled rooms for four hundred years, it is interesting to see how the quality of thought has plummetted over the last 10 years, now there is no one left to gently point out where they are going wrong.
    Except amongst the public of course.

    Smoking Enhances Cognitive Capability

    “problems with cognitive functions such as memory, judgment, reason, and the ability to focus”
    https://news.yale.edu/2000/07/06/smoking-enhances-cognitive-capability-study-yale-researcher-shows-link-may-explain-why–

    Not to mention the newly discovered MAOI’s, so that you can keep calm and carry on.
    Do you really think Theresa May would have come out with that ridiculous plan to keep us half in and half out of the EU to try and please both sides, if she hadn’t given up smoking in 2007?

    I’m not sure about the whisky but I can understand why Churchill smoked all those cigars.

    Another thing is, parliamentarians and public broadcasters seem to have become extraordinarily gullible of late, regarding single issue fanatics and their campaigns, they seem incapable of seeing such things in context.

    • garyk30 says:

      Sir Winston is said to have drunk at least a bottle of fine Champagne every day.
      A very smart man; as, there is always a discount in volume buying.

  2. garyk30 says:

    Thru ‘intersectionality’, the perpetually aggrieved give out points for the number of ways that they are seemingly discriminated against.

    I am a white male meat eating smoker that drinks a lot of alcohol and is overweight.
    Surely, I am more put upon than, and get more points, than someone who is just a black female homosexual.

    I must not forget that I am a Christian and a Pres.Trump supporter and a gun owner and a firm believer in the sanctity of married life.

    Wow, I have more ‘persecution points’ than I can keep track of !!!!

    I wonder, do I qualify as an endangered species ?

  3. Timothy Goodacre says:

    To see how the illiberal lunatics have taken over the British asylum just read ‘The Times’ today on charging people to park at work. What planet do these twats live on ?

  4. Joe Jackson says:

    Don’t disagree with the sentiments, but France is nowhere near the smokiest country in the world. It’s smokier than the UK, but those TripAdvisor commenters must all be Americans who haven’t gotten any further. In Europe, Spain, Portugal, and especially Greece and Austria, are much smokier. As are all the former ‘Eastern bloc’ countries, especially Bulgaria. Globally, Russia and China are super-smoky in spite of smoking ‘bans’ which aren’t enforced. Japan is super-smoky and has no ban. (They’re also clean, modern, and have superb air filtration systems and low incidence of ‘smoking-related’ disease. That’s why the antismokers never talk about Japan). Anyway I think tourists are holding France to some kind of ‘higher’ standard. Or they’re just plain ignorant.

    • garyk30 says:

      Maybe it is because France has better eating and wine?

    • Frank Davis says:

      TripAdvisor headquarters is in Needham, Massachusetts, United States. So it is indeed American.

      And pretty much anywhere they went in the world would have been a “culture shock”.

      Imagine seeing ashtrays full of cigarette butts. Or people smoking in bars and restaurants. The horror!

      Yet America is the place that gave the world tobacco. How come so many Americans have become anti-American?

      • Rose says:

        Because they still believe in myths originally created by Europeans about plants brought from the New World
        Could have been worse though.

        Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years

        “But what really did the tomato in, according to Smith’s research, was John Gerard’s publication of Herball in 1597 which drew heavily from the agricultural works of Dodoens and l’Ecluse (1553). According to Smith, most of the information (which was inaccurate to begin with) was plagiarized by Gerard, a barber-surgeon who misspelled words like Lycoperticum in the collection’s rushed final product. Smith quotes Gerard:

        Gerard considered ‘the whole plant’ to be ‘of ranke and stinking savour.’… The fruit was corrupt which he left to every man’s censure. While the leaves and stalk of the tomato plant are toxic, the fruit is not.
        Gerard’s opinion of the tomato, though based on a fallacy, prevailed in Britain and in the British North American colonies for over 200 years.”
        https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-the-tomato-was-feared-in-europe-for-more-than-200-years-863735/

        Mind you, as far as I know tomatoes were never attacked by religious prohibitionists like tobacco was for being a heathen practice.

  5. slugbop007 says:

    I was just at the local supermarket in eastend Montreal and spied Quebec’s version of Actualities, titled L’Actualité. The headline was about the coming attack of Vegans against meat and its consumers. So watch out. No more Steak & Kidney, Cornish pasty, Pork Pie, or, you name it, for you. I bet that most of them are Nico Nazis as well.

    slugbop007

    • Frank Davis says:

      VGIF

      How much less meat do these people think we should be eating? Much, much less. Less than a sausage a week would be the pork ration in their brave new world.

      Inevitably, the authors of the EAT-Lancet report call for tough government action to get the plebs to eat a peasant diet.

      • Vlad says:

        I think ‘the elites’ for lack of a better word are trying to do the same with meat (primarily) and the rest of animal food products as it has been done with smoking. The ‘studies’ are already brainwashing people to turn vegan for their health and to save the planet. Of course, the brainwashing won’t work as fast or as wide as they want to, it will have to come to bans and taxation…hopefully people will be able to see through the manipulation and fight back this time.

  6. slugbop007 says:

    I was watching a National Football League last Sunday from New Orlean’s Superdome. Just to the left of one of the uprights was a giant banner that spelled out Peoples Health with no apostrophe. In years gone by that section of the stadium had a passage from the Bible, like John 3:16. Or something like that. How times have changed. I watch a lot of National Hockey League games as well and many of the rinks now have health organizations logos plastered along the boards. They are everywhere now, thanks to Robert Woods Johnson and many other sponsors. Scary. There was one in Montreal last week, just behind the goaltender’s net that advertised Prizer’s latest anti-smoking kit Nic Hit. I want to add an S with a dollar sign at the beginning of Hit. I might take a photo at a pharmacy and then add the $ myself, then send it off to them. 

    slugbop007

  7. slugbop007 says:

    I have been thinking about Michael Moore’s clarion call to shun smokers. I was thinking of sending him photos of famous people who smoked. Real hardcore Americans, like John Wayne. He smoked 6 to 8 packs of unfiltered Camels every day.  Naughty John. Anyway, I was thinking of suggesting to him that we ban all of John Wayne’s films, the books of writers who smoked, you get the picture. Let’s ban all of them and see what we might have left in the way of cultural history, literature, science, etc. Mr. Moore has the mental capacity of a five year old child. Maybe we should send him some lollipops. Or suggest to him that he go back to grammar school.

    slugbop007

    • Frank Davis says:

      https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/11/24/michael-moore-we-must-shun-trump-supporters-like-we-shunned-smokers-696354

      “You can’t build a bridge to a racist or a misogynist. They have to be shunned and treated like we treated smokers 20 years ago.”

      They still are treated that way.

      • Joe L. says:

        I wasn’t aware of that disgusting quote from Michael Moore. I wonder how he–still a very large man even after supposedly losing 70 pounds–feels about the obese being “shunned and treated like smokers”?

    • RdM says:

      Maybe we should send him some lollipops.
      Apart from that pathetic premise of the mental capacity of a five year old, re Lollipops!

      Yes, I think we should ban them. High in fructose or sucrose besides, they typically come with a white stalk, stick, as a holder … and when they (5-10 yr olds) are sucking them, it looks as though they have a miniature cigarette sticking out of their tiny mouths!

      And in cold weather, as now approaching Europe and North America, with their exhaled breaths (3500 identified exhaled chemicals!) they could appear as if smoking!

      In clear air!!!!

      Clearly a bad visual signal,

      Smokers could get triggered!

      :=}))

  8. Attacker of the KIlljoy says:

    I thought some blogger said Belgrade or some post conflict country.

  9. Smoking Lamp says:

    The war on smokers is indeed a cultural war, but it isn’t really about culture. It’s designed to divide and conquer and seize power. The war on smokers is a deliberately orchestrated persecution of a significant group to forge division. And as already noted, once the ‘witch hunt’ grabs hold and the hysteria becomes contagious it’s time to shift the goalposts and add more ‘outsiders’ into the mix. Vegans are therefore now starting to attack those that eat meat. Vapers beware! You’re next. The power grab must be stopped. A good first step would be to end the persecution of smokers and exposing the antismoker lies.

    • waltc says:

      The lies HAVE been exposed and nobody cares. The hatred and fear have been baked in. ….Yes, it’s about power, the Hitlerian idea that the state owns your body and has the right to limit what you can do with it –because if your medical care is socialized, so are you.

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        Yes and no–the lies are only know to those that know where too look. Few in the public know since the media rarely covers the actual research, the tobacco control zealots suppress all dissent and deluge the masses with relentless propaganda. Even if the public at large happens upon dissenting research numeracy and scientific illiteracy obscure the results.

    • Joe L. says:

      Vapers beware! You’re next.

      Speak of the devil. From today’s news:

      FDA chief threatens to take e-cigarettes off the market

      Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made his most direct threat yet against e-cigarette companies Friday, saying they face an “existential threat” if they don’t stop marketing to youth.

      Vapers, it’s now your turn to think of the chiiiildren.

  10. RdM says:

    Just a note re that link
    In the smokiest country in the world,
    https://www.thelocal.fr/20170502/smoking-france-cigarettes-do-french-really-smoke-

    At the very end (and it had quoted 2013 studies) it has:

    This article was originally published in 2014.

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