Who?

Smoking bans have long-lasting effects on millions of people. Yet the people who enact these bans would seem to suffer no consequences whatsoever. In fact, for the most part, they remain nameless and faceless.

Take for example hospital smoking bans, which must have severe impacts on those smokers who must trudge, on crutches, carrying catheters and drips, to the gates of the hospital precinct to have a smoke. Who was it who proposed such a draconian ban? Who was it who signed the edict into force? Was it something that was discussed in numerous committees, or was it an edict from on high?

In the case of hospital smoking bans I somehow have the impression that these bans do not originate with either the doctors or nurses who work in these hospitals. They are primarily concerned with the care of patients in the hospital, and not with the administration of the hospital, and hospital smoking bans are an administrative measure, much like parking regulations. So most likely they originate somewhere in the hospital administration. Or maybe, given that lots of hospitals have introduced these draconian bans, they originate in some central government department.

And if they originate in one single government department, would that not suggest that they originate from a single individual.

If so, who is he? Or who is she? What is their name? What is their job description? Who was it who, with a single stroke of their pen, forced thousands of hospital invalids to hobble to the hospital gates for a cigarette? Ought we not to know the name of this particular bureaucrat? Ought we not to see his face? Ought he not be publicly questioned about his activities?

Whoever it is, it’s not somebody who is a public advocate of smoking bans. It’s probably not, for example, ASH’s Deborah Arnott. No, it’ll be some shadowy figure, working invisibly inside government.

I think that when the Brexit farce is over (if it is ever over), and he has recovered, I’m going to write to my Westminster MP and ask him firstly whether hospital smoking bans originate in the hospitals themselves, or in some central government department. And if they originate (as I suspect they do), from central government, ask where in government was it. And once this has been ascertained, ask who it was in government that promoted the draconian policy.

I suspect that I won’t get an answer. I won’t be given a name. I suspect that civil servants in government are very glad of their anonymity, and more than happy to leave it to politicians to be the public face of government. But isn’t it precisely such anonymity that allows the worst atrocities to be committed by nameless, faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats?

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7 Responses to Who?

  1. smokingscot says:

    Exactly the same problem Junican up against when he tried to find out who signed on behalf of the UK to adopt the FCTC treaty.

    Wall of silence.

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  3. Clicky says:

  4. Rose says:

    Take for example hospital smoking bans, which must have severe impacts on those smokers who must trudge, on crutches, carrying catheters and drips, to the gates of the hospital precinct to have a smoke. Who was it who proposed such a draconian ban? Who was it who signed the edict into force? Was it something that was discussed in numerous committees, or was it an edict from on high

    NICE one of Tony Blair’s innovations, by strange coincidence created in the same year The WHO set up the Partnership Project with 3 drugs companies to “help” smokers quit.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20030211043229/http://www.who.int/inf-pr-1999/en/pr99-04.html
    and only ten years after the EU passed it’s Resolution to ban smoking more or less everywhere.

    As Dan Hannan put so well on another matter in 2010.

    “When the EU does something truly unpopular, it usually builds in a delay. Eurocrats know that national ministers are likelier to agree to measures which will blow up in the laps of their successors.”
    http : //web.archive.org/web/20160307175719/blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100070000/eu-bans-herbal-remedies-another-victory-for-corporate-interests-over-the-consumer/

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

    “It was set up as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in 1999, and on 1 April 2005 joined with the Health Development Agency to become the new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (still abbreviated as NICE)
    https : //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Institute_for_Health_and_Care_Excellence

    Presumably horrified by the visual effects of what it had already done it tried to cover up the evidence, only making it look even worse.

    NICE calls for ban on smoking in hospitals
    27 November, 2013

    “NHS hospitals should ban smoking on their premises and staff should be told not to help patients who want to smoke, according to new guidance.
    Measures are needed to help patients stop smoking while they receive care and “preferably help them to stop for good”, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said.

    While individual NHS trusts will have the final say, staff and people using NHS services, including clinics, should be told not to smoke on the hospital grounds, Nice said.
    All hospitals should have an on-site stop-smoking service and staff will be told not to help or “facilitate” patients who want to smoke.

    Trusts should ensure “there are no designated smoking areas, no exceptions for particular groups and no staff-supervised or staff-facilitated smoking breaks for people using secondary care services”.

    “Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, said: “The idea behind this is not to create a penal culture but it is about a culture shift. It’s clearly absurd that the most lethal set of toxins to the human body are being passively encouraged in hospitals.”

    “We need to end the terrible spectacle of people on drips in hospital gowns smoking outside hospital entrances.”
    https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/smoking-cessation/nice-calls-for-ban-on-smoking-in-hospitals/5065833.article

  5. Clicky says:

  6. Smoking Lamp says:

    The anonymous bureaucrats that further smoking and ae cowards. They hide from public view and impose draconian bans to sate their personal bias or garner bureaucratic power by pursuing the current ‘flavor of the day’.

    These bureaucrats exist in government (such as the politicians that forced the New Orleans smoking ban while hiding dissent and public opposition), the media (such as the Japan Times and myriad newspapers ranging from The Time to the Toronto Star that campion smoking bans while suppressing dissent, to private companies like hotels (Marriott was an early smoking ban adopter), Starbucks, banning smoking on patios, and now Disney eliminating its designated smoking areas.

    The decision-makers are hidden, but their policies exude global co-ordination. Their attack of smokers exemplifies the ‘banality of evil’ just as aptly as the acts of another once-hidden bureaucrat Adolph Eichmann. But that should be no surprise, the petty bureaucrat that oversaw the logistics of genocide learned his craft in a regime founded on the base of eugenics and persecution. And a regime that integrated the persecution of smokers into their ultimate power grab…

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