In the BMJ today it’s argued that smokers should be denied operations unless they quit. And recently there have been cases of people being refused jobs or are being sacked just for being smokers even though they promise not to smoke at work. This is not what Action on Smoking and Health is fighting for – we are anti-smoking, yes, but not anti-smoker and in today’s climate we think that there is a very real danger that smokers are being marginalised in our society.
When the smoking ban comes into force in England in July smokers will be exiled to the outdoors. Ash campaigned for the new law because we now know that second-hand smoke is a killer and it is only right that smokers should not harm those around them.
The sentence that ends
smokers will be exiled to the outdoors.
is one that I have kept for many years in the right margin of my blog. And indeed that’s exactly what happened to them. I have been living that exile every day for the past 12 years. And that one sentence is proof that Deborah Arnott knew what she and her fellow antismoking zealots were doing. She knew what the effects of the UK smoking ban were going to be. And so she was fully culpable.
And this exile must have been something she wanted to happen. After all, if she knew what was going to happen (which she did), but she hadn’t wanted it, she would have acted to try to prevent it from happening.
So Deborah Arnott wanted smokers to be exiled to the outdoors. And therefore she also wanted smokers to be marginalised, because being exiled to the outdoors is just a way of being marginalised. And of course being denied operations, sacked, or refused jobs is also just another way of being marginalised. So she must have wanted that too.
No, it’s not the marginalisation of millions of smokers that she’s worried about. Her worry was that…
…we don’t want to see smokers marginalised, because there’s a danger that they’ll begin to see their habit as a badge of honour, a sign of individuality, something to be proud of.
And I think she was right to be worried. Because these days I see my smoking habit as exactly that: a badge of honour, a sign of individuality, something to be proud of. And when I see anyone light a cigarette (and I often do), I see them as honourable individuals, and I’m proud to be one of them. I’m proud to be one of them in much the same way that I’m proud to be one of the 17.41 million Britons who voted for Brexit.
She doesn’t elaborate any further on why there’s a danger of people becoming proud smokers. But it is perhaps that if people start feeling proud of their smoking habit, they’ll start to recognise each other, and associate with each other, and unite with each other in a World Union of Smokers. Which is precisely what I’m working to create. And which I think will emerge in coming decades.
But what I really want to draw attention to today is another sentence in this article. This one:
we now know that second-hand smoke is a killer
And this is quite simply a lie. We don’t know any such thing. In fact, what we all know, as a matter of ordinary everyday experience, is that secondhand smoke is not a killer. Or rather, if secondhand smoke is a killer, than so is absolutely everything else in the world, including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which I was writing about yesterday. After all, every time I heard it, in my annoyance I’d get an angry rush of blood to my head, and so could easily have died of apoplexy. If secondhand smoke is a killer, then Bohemian Rhapsody is a killer too. And so is any other piece of headbanging music that you may care to name.
The doctrine that secondhand smoke is a killer is a monstrous lie. It’s a absolutely colossal lie. But we now live in a world in which more and more of these colossal lies abound: Sugar kills. Salt kills. Butter kills. Soda kills.
They are all lies. Every single one of them. We are all being made to live these monstrous lies.
And what is the point of telling all these lies? What does it achieve? The only thing that I can see that it achieves is the marginalisation of very large numbers of people. It results in the fragmentation of what was once a cohesive, harmonious society. It sets everyone against everyone else. It creates the conditions needed for a civil war.
And so I think that’s what the antismokers are trying to achieve: civil war. A civil war in which society first becomes completely fragmented, so that it can then be reconstructed to form a completely new and utopian society. After all, there are people who wish to do exactly this. They’re usually called progressives or collectivists or socialists or communists. They all share the belief that, in some sort of glorious revolution, society can be dismantled and completely rebuilt, and rebuilt into absolutely anything they want it to be.
And that’s why everything is under attack. and not just tobacco and alcohol and sugar and salt and meat and butter. Everything is under attack. The nation state. Christianity. Families. Even the sexual difference between men and women. And it’s all done using an army of lies.
But I don’t think today’s new revolutionaries are ever going to get to build their new utopia. If nothing else, I think that the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump marked a turning point in their revolutionary war on everything. These two events were defeats for the globalist revolutionaries, and they were defeats because they were re-assertions of local or national identity over and above any sort of global identity. And the rise of nationalist populism all over Europe (and most likely all over the world) looks set to inflict further defeats on the globalist revolutionaries. And that’s why they’re so enraged at Brexit and Donald Trump. Everything looked like it was going their way.
And now it doesn’t look like that any more.