Complete Contempt

Something Rose drew attention to:


Read that again:To help smokers quit.

They do it to help smokers quit. That’s their moral justification. They’re helping people. They’re helping people do something they want to do. What can be better than that?

This is how you sleep peacefully at night if you work in Tobacco Control: You tell yourself that you’re helping people.

Except it’s a lie. It’s a lie they’re telling themselves.

What they’re actually doing is forcing people to do something that they don’t want to do. If they wanted to do it, they’d have just done it. Lots of people have done it. Lots of people have given up smoking. It’s not that difficult if you want to do it. It’s only difficult if you don’t want to do it. And if people don’t quit smoking it’s really because they don’t want to quit smoking.

So how do you sleep at night if you’re trying to force people to do something they don’t want to do? Here’s where another reason is wheeled in: they don’t want to quit smoking because they’re addicts. Smokers don’t just enjoy smoking: they’re hooked on it. And so it’s not a free choice they’re making. Smokers are incapable of free choice. If they were capable of free choice they’d choose to quit smoking. But they’re incapable of this, so us folks in Tobacco Control have to intervene to overrule their non-functioning freedom of choice, and decide on their behalf. We know better than they do what’s good for them.

And once this new line of reasoning has been introduced, it becomes possible – in fact it becomes necessary – to ignore what smokers think or say. There’s no need to ask them (and they never do). We know what’s good for them. We have to make these stupid people’s choices for them.

And the same line of reasoning can be extended to anything else: they’re addicts, and we need to help them overcome their addiction. Alcohol is as addictive as tobacco. Fast food is as addictive as tobacco. Fossil fuels are as addictive as tobacco. And so on. It’s why they’re forever finding things which are “the new tobacco.” For example:

We must accept that junk food is the new tobacco

There are more and more things that we’re regarded as being addicted to. So there are more and more things that demand that somebody intervene to prevent it happening.

In the end, everyone has to have everything decided for them. It’s a complete tyranny. It’s also a global tyranny. Wherever smoking is banned, there tyranny has arrived.

Smokers are simply among the first people to experience this tyranny. But everyone else is gradually experiencing it as well. The current coronavirus pandemic is an example, with people being instructed to wear masks, or distance themselves from other people. They’re being told what to do. They can’t make their own choices. They’re expected to do what a class of self-appointed guardians tell them to do.

But it seems they’re increasingly not doing what they’re told to do..

In fact, they’re increasingly doing the opposite.

Huge crowds flock to UK beaches for third straight day as warnings ignored again

It’s one reason why the mainstream media – the source of authoritative opinion – are increasingly ignored. Fewer and fewer people are listening to them. Why should they, when nobody listens to them?

The experts and the pundits and the authorities are increasingly being ignored. And they’re being ignored because these experts and pundits and authorities themselves ignore  people that they think are incapable of making free choices (because in this case they’re addicted to beaches)

And this is inevitable. If people are ignored, they’ll ignore the people who are ignoring them. They’ll both ignore each other. So it’s only natural that self-appointed experts and pundits and authorities are increasingly being ignored. Not just with tobacco, but with everything else as well.

In the end the self-appointed experts and pundits and authorities will be swept away, as belief and trust in them vanishes, and nobody listens to them and nobody cares what happens to them. The WHO and the pharmaceutical companies and Public Health and Tobacco Control are all going to be swept away. They have complete contempt for us, and we have complete contempt for them.

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12 Responses to Complete Contempt

  1. simplex says:

    Good thing somebody archived that one, it’s wiped from their site now.

  2. Igrowmyown says:

    Did readers miss the story last week on the jailing of a Stop Smoking Counsellor for fraud who claimed the highest success rate in the country ( clients have to stop smoking for a minimum of four weeks) at £45 a client,the judge was particularly scathing about this scheme in Kensington.I think he managed to pocket £90,000 before being rumbled. Another story last week concerned 4 chemists being investigated for the same fraud,now multiply that across the country.

  3. Claudia says:

    Ahem. The original article is from 1999? Derek Yach was still with the WHO.

  4. RdM says:

    “Those who crusade not for God in themselves but against the devil in others, never succeed in leaving the world better, but leave it as it was or sometimes even perceptibly worse than it was before the crusade began.”
    ― Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun

  5. jaxthefirst says:

    With a sideways look at the “all addicts” theory (with which I don’t happen to agree, but let’s for a moment say that might be correct), why does it never occur to these people that people only ever get “addicted” to things precisely because they are enjoyable – not the other way around. Alcoholics get addicted to alcohol not simply because it is alcohol, but because they prefer the feeling of being drunk to the feelings of being sober. Just because there are some people who prefer feeling sober to feeling drunk doesn’t therefore mean that the drunk people’s enjoyment isn’t happening! Indeed, it’s precisely because it is happening that they are doing it.

    Ditto with salty, sweet or rich foods. People don’t stuff sweets and pies down their necks because they are addicted to the sweet or fatty stuff – they may be addicted, but they’re addicted to the nice, full satisfied feeling that they get after eating it. It’s one of the reasons why foods that contain, for example, artificial sweetener instead of sugar end up making people obese. They’ll eat a whole pack of artificially sweetened biscuits with all the carbs and fat that those contain, because they simply don’t satisfy the desire for real sweetness, whereas probably just one or two biscuits sweetened with sugar would be enough. Where obesity is concerned, it’s probably the replacement of sugar with artificial sweetener which is causing the problems – not the demonised sugar that the anti-obesity crew are so keen to tax and/or ban.

    Heroin is supposed to be the most addictive drug on the planet (the nicotine connection having long been discarded even by the antis as it was so laughable). Why? Well, from what I’ve been told, because it makes you feel sooooo gooooood. I once heard it described by an ex-Heroin user that it “takes away all pain – physical, mental and spiritual – totally and completely.” How could anyone not enjoy that feeling? The cravings that Heroin addicts suffer when they can’t get a fix isn’t for the Heroin itself – it’s for the good feelings that the Heroin gives them. If you gave them anything else that made them feel equally good, they’d happily use that instead. The trouble is (again, so I am told), there isn’t anything else available that makes them feel that good! Methadone, apparently, is a bit like replacing tobacco with e-cigarettes – it’s OK and keeps the worst of the cravings off, but it’s not really enjoyable in the same way. A bit of a poor substitute, really. It’s also why not all alcoholics are smokers and not all smokers are alcoholics – we all enjoy different things.

    In fact, anyone who enjoys anything could be said to be “addicted” to it. Dangerous sports? Meet the adrenaline junkies of this world. Do they like motorbike racing or rock-climbing simply because they are what they are? Of course not! They like them for the buzz they get. Which is why adrenaline junkies have their own specific “chosen” dangerous sport. Not all bunjee-jumpers want to climb rocks or vice-versa, and not all cliff-divers want to become bobsleighers, or vice versa.

    And of course some people are addicted to control. Like anti-smokers. Most of them have very little interest in smoking per se – it’s just that being a part of the anti-smoking mob is currently the easiest route to being able to boss about and order other people to bend to their will. Which, for them, is very stimulating. As the anti-alcohol and the anti-obesity campaigns start to take over (bigger fish to fry, more funding available, more people to demonise and assert themselves over etc), they’ll simply move to whatever the current biggest “anti” movement is and their devotion to tormenting the few remaining smokers will be left behind as past history. They really, genuinely won’t care that there are still a few people who smoke, because they’ll have moved on to much more profitable and enjoyable new pastures. Just like any drug addict, they’ll move onto whatever gives them bigger, faster and more pleasurable highs. As all the manuals say, one of the symptoms of addiction is the need for more and more of one’s chosen “thing” in order to achieve the same effect. With anti-obesity fast becoming, as you say, Frank, “the new tobacco” I expect to see many of the same old faces in the spotlight as we saw in the anti-smoking movement’s heyday (and, probably, many of the same old commenters on blogs, forums, and social media parroting exactly the same anti-obesity rhetoric as they did in their support of the anti-smoking movement “I used to weigh 20 stone but I’ve lost 10 stone and I feel wonderful and I now despise fat people who won’t bother to lose weight” “I wonder if obese people realise how hideous they look from the back” “I shouldn’t have to squeeze next to a sweaty overweight person on the bus” etc etc)

    Oh, and just as an aside, a little bit of good news that PHE could be coming in for a pasting in terms of over-reporting of Covid deaths here: Uncannily, no mention of this on either the TV or radio news so far … now, I wonder why that is?

  6. Twisted Root says:

    I rejoice in the current situation. Lock downs, restrictions and absurd rituals to fight a wildly overblown health scare.
    Many on this blog and others said it won’t stop with smokers and there is a grim satisfaction that the passive, smug supporters of the smoking ban have had this foisted on them. They were content that the ban suited them and fuck everyone else. No sympathy, no accommodation (eg separate smoking room in pubs), nothing.
    Now no one can meaningfully enjoy a night out or a drink at the pub without great inconvenience and and a plethora of rules to follow. No sport being played, no exercise venues, no gathering in groups, no joy to be had anywhere. Good. Long may it continue.
    I rejoice (but take no pleasure) not because we were right but because the waiting is over. This situation was cast in stone on 31st July 2007.
    I rejoice not because anyone will see the error of their ways, but because it is only going to get a lot worse and I welcome it. This is what they want even though they don’t know it like the smokers who thought the ban ‘helped’ them.
    Smokers have 13 more years experience of dealing with this situation and that is a huge advantage.

    • Rose says:

      You have to wonder what these people thought they were voting for.

      The late Charles Kennedy

      Charles Kennedy ticked off by police for smoking on train
      07 July 2007

      “When the plan to ban smoking in enclosed public places was announced, Charles Kennedy was quick to give his support.
      But he obviously didn’t read the fine print.
      Despite being told to put out the cigarette he was smoking on a train, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats kept puffing throughout the three-hour trip.

      And his excuse, when approached by police at the end of the journey? He thought it was still perfectly legal – because he was leaning out the window.
      This did not cut much ice with the British Transport Police officers however. Though the smoking ban came in only last Sunday, they pointed out, lighting up on trains has actually been outlawed for years.

      Luckily for the former Liberal Democrat leader, the officers decided not to give him a £50 fine, and left it at a stern talking-to.

      A spokesman from the British Transport Police confirmed: “A gentleman was given a talking-to after refusing to stop smoking on the 11.05am train from Paddington to Plymouth.

      “He was met by two officers who dealt with the situation at the time. This gentleman believed that he was able to smoke on public transport if he was smoking out of the window.”
      Great Western had no option but to act as businesses which allow smoking on their premises or in their vehicles can face a £2,500 fine.

      Leaning out a window is also a serious safety risk.

      One of his fellow commuters said: “We’re all aware that a ban has been in place for the past couple of years on the trains
      “It was slightly embarrassing to see a politician hanging out of a train window to have a puff.”

      Mr Kennedy was on his way to several official engagements – but failed to turn up to the Queen’s Hotel in Penzance for a 3.45pm meeting.

      At the time Labour announced the smoking ban, he said: “I do think that the way the world is moving quite frankly, in terms of people’s awareness, perception, concern about health and all the rest of it . . . I think it is inevitable that is the way it is going to go.

      “And it is something I personally would support.”

  7. Rose says:


    Beyond Air Publishes New Data on Nitric Oxide to Treat M. Abscessus in the Peer-Reviewed Journal Access Microbiology
    August 10

    “GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Beyond Air, Inc. (NASDAQ: XAIR), a clinical-stage medical device and biopharmaceutical company focused on developing inhaled nitric oxide (NO) for the treatment of patients with respiratory conditions, including serious lung infections and pulmonary hypertension, and gaseous NO for the treatment of solid tumors, today announced that the results from a compassionate use patient case study using NO to treat pulmonary Mycobacterium abscessus disease (M. abscessus disease) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, was published in a scientific article, “Antibacterial Activity of High-dose Nitric Oxide against Pulmonary Mycobacterium abscessus Disease” in the August 2020 edition of Access Microbiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Microbiology Society

    The study evaluated the effect of inhaled NO therapy delivered via the LungFit™ System, with inhaled NO doses titrated up to 240ppm, as compassionate treatment in a 24-year-old, female cystic fibrosis (CF) patient with chronic and progressive pulmonary M”

    Mycobacterium abscessus

    Mycobacterium abscessus complex is a group of rapidly growing, multidrug-resistant non-tuberculous mycobacteria species that are common soil and water contaminants. Wikipedia

    ASH really have been trying to talk us out of access to some valuable things., no wonder they used to call Tobacco Herba Panacea, just not necessarily for the right reasons.

  8. RdM says:

    OT but so now suddenly Auckland is going going gone into lockdown again.
    Over 4 new cases.

    An election here on September 19th.

    Will we be rid of this socialist proto-communist green-influenced coalition government then?

    Chuckles or despair or nonchalant impervious carrying on … or a backlash revolution?

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