Hat tip to Smoking Lamp for finding this piece of unexpected honesty from Dr Marewa Glover, an NZ Auckland-based tobacco researcher, during videoed submissions on a proposed law to ban smoking in cars:
“In tobacco control over 35 years, we have exaggerated the effects deliberately to scare people off smoking,” she told the Health Select Committee on Wednesday.
“What we didn’t realise, was that years down the track, we’d be in this situation where everyone believed what we said and are now taking these extreme, punitive measures, when the evidence does not support the need for it.”
This is an astonishingly candid admission that Tobacco Control has been lying for a very long time about the dangers associated with smoking. It’s also an admission that antismoking measures that are being taken are both extreme and punitive.
She’s saying that people in Tobacco Control are surprised that everyone still believes the lies they’ve been telling. What the hell else did they expect?
She’s a truth-telling whistleblower from within Tobacco Control. If she hasn’t been already, she’ll probably be fired, de-funded, and denounced by colleagues in Tobacco Control.
She’s Tobacco Control’s Edward Snowden. Or she’s Tobacco Control’s Judith Curry, the global warming alarmist who became a sceptic.
I suppose it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that there is at least one honest person in Tobacco Control. But from the way she’s talking, it sounds like she’s not the only one, and some of her colleagues share her views. Who else was she referring to when she said “what we didn’t realise”? If it was simply her own opinion, wouldn’t she have said “what I didn’t realise”? So it would appear that there is a body of opinion inside Tobacco Control that believes that Tobacco Control has been exaggerating the health threats of tobacco, and that many antismoking measures are both extreme and punitive, and they’re surprised that everyone still believes the lies they’ve been telling them.
But why is it only now, after 35 years in Tobacco Control, that she’s chosen to speak up in front of incredulous NZ MPs? A bit more about her:
Marewa Glover is a New Zealand public health academic specialising in smoking cessation. She is Māori, of Ngā Puhi descent and is a full professor at Massey University.
Glover is long time smoking-reduction researcher, who switched from supporting tobacco taxes to opposing them for hurting the most vulnerable.
Glover’s research has been widely covered in the press.
In 2017 she was a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.
So it would seem that she’s not only a well-known and influential figure in Tobacco Control, but someone who actually talks to smokers (or at least vapers). Maybe that’s how she’s come to recognise that many antismoking measures are both extreme and punitive?
What she doesn’t seem to have yet realised is what colossal and irreparable social damage Tobacco Control has done over the past 40 years, leaving shattered communities everywhere, friends set against friends, husbands against wives, fathers against sons.