Amor Vincit Omnia

I sometimes wonder whether they’ll ever stamp out smoking.

And the answer seems to be that they won’t. After all, they’ve been trying for over 100 years without success. Over 400 years if you go back to James I.

And their problem may be very simple. Smokers like smoking, and antismokers hate smoking. Antismokers are driven by hatred. They want to stop something. They want to control and restrict something. They don’t have a positive vision of some sort of better world. They have a negative vision of a world from which something has been subtracted.

“Smoke-free” means free of smoke, minus smoke. It doesn’t mean free in the sense of increased freedom of choice. It means free in the sense of absence of choice.

So they have an uphill battle as they try to prohibit something rather than encourage something.

The alcohol prohibitionists have the same problem. And that may be why Prohibition failed. Prohibition looked for a diminished world with a restricted range of choice.

And the prohibitionists always exaggerate the threat posed by whatever it is they’re trying to prohibit. Most smokers aren’t killed by smoking, and most drinkers aren’t killed by alcohol. Same is true of carbon dioxide.

Prohibitionists of whatever stripe are obsessed with evil. Theirs is a world in which they are fighting one satanic evil after another. And most of these evils are things that other people like or enjoy, that other people see as good.

So it comes down to a fight between good and evil, between love and hate.

Amor Vincit Omnia: love wins over everything.

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19 Responses to Amor Vincit Omnia

  1. Joe L. says:

    I sometimes wonder whether they’ll ever stamp out smoking.

    The bastards haven’t given up yet, unfortunately:

    Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes

    The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to lower the nicotine in all cigarettes sold in the U.S. to levels at which they are no longer addictive, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Administration officials are considering the policy as they approach a deadline for declaring the administration’s intentions on another tobacco question: whether or not to ban menthol cigarettes.

    The Food and Drug Administration must respond in court by April 29 to a citizens’ petition to ban menthols by disclosing whether the agency intends to pursue such a policy. The Biden administration is weighing whether to move forward on a menthol ban or a nicotine reduction in all cigarettes—or both, the people familiar with the matter said.

    The White House and the FDA didn’t immediately comment Monday.

    The nicotine-reduction policy under consideration would lower the chemical in cigarettes to nonaddictive or minimally addictive levels, aiming to push millions of smokers to either quit or switch to less harmful alternatives such as nicotine gums, lozenges or e-cigarettes. A menthol ban, meanwhile, would aim to curb smoking initiation among young people, many of whom start with menthols. Both policies would take years to implement and would likely face legal challenges.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Great post!

  3. Smoking Lamp says:

    Excellent post. Thy won’t win in the end, but we have not yet turned the tide on ending their assault of hate on liberty.

  4. Clicky says:

  5. Inspector Alleyne says:

    Oh yes, they will definitely succeed because nobody is doing anything to stop them. When I spoke to my MP I was astonished to be told that I was the only one to have ever written to her regarding the smoking ban. I just despair.

  6. RdM says:

    The company that patented the genetically engineered VLN tobacco are of course rubbing their hands with glee at projected windfall profits if this goes ahead.
    https://tobaccoreporter.com/2021/04/20/22nd-century-excited-about-talk-of-nicotine-reduction/

    Clive Bates even only late last year is perhaps naive to think that TC won’t keep trying…
    https://www.clivebates.com/twenty-reasons-to-be-sceptical-about-rules-lowering-nicotine-levels-in-cigarettes-and-what-to-do-instead/

    NZ TC is pushing for this and other ‘endgame’ policy proposals – see Clive Bates’ posts on the ‘endgame’ there as well.

  7. RdM says:

    https://tobaccoreporter.com/2021/04/16/new-zealand-mulls-radical-measures-to-achieve-smoke-free-society/

    At least they are opening up this for “consultation”, albeit the agenda is strong, as evidenced by the patsy suggested question answers even in the pdf.
    I certainly wouldn’t do the guided online submission, but I do intend to make a fulsome one.

    Do read the relevant documents. It could be coming to a country near you…
    https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/proposals-smokefree-aotearoa-2025-action-plan

  8. RdM says:

    The sickening sophistry of NZ TC zealots continues unabated.
    It’s all for your own population-wide good, you know …

    https://sciblogs.co.nz/public-health-expert/2021/04/16/progress-towards-a-smokefree-aotearoa-2025-action-plan-congratulations-to-the-government/

    https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/five-strategic-approaches-to-achieving-the-smokefree-aotearoa-2025-goal/

    It’s like the old East Germany under the Stasi just before the wall fall in 1989.
    Do we stay and fight it, or do we seek to go… somewhere else? Where?
    There is very little somewhere else under Covid governmental responses!

    Well at least some of the supporting references are easily enough busted.
    No, RYO (which they would like to ban) does not contain ‘more additives’.

    And the proposals dissected.

    Some say nicotine is not so bad, look at our pure pharma nicotine to help you get off smoking, it’s the combusted ‘toxins’ that are causing you ‘damage’ or ‘ill-health’ – and then you have these other idiots saying, nicotine is dangerously addictive, we will force you to be only able to buy (likely just as expensive) de-nicotinised cigarettes, take in all the ‘toxins’ (including the good stuff apart from nicotine, but they won’t admit to any benefit!) from those, and then get your nicotine from us – big pharma or vapes – ‘cos our nicotine isn’t addictive “like heroin or cocaine” – it’s medicinal! ;=})

    As far as I’m concerned, being reduced to vaping or other sole nicotine delivery mechanisms is like asking for a strong quality real coffee (with 1000 chemicals in it!!!) and being presented instead with a cup of hot water and a caffeine pill. Remember No-Doz?

    These people seem to have little or no sense of the pleasures of life extended to smokers, although they probably enjoy their coffee and alcohol as they plot to “stub out smoking”.

    All their conferences and even the WHO FCTC itself sponsored by Big Pharma.
    It’s obviously been a commercial war for the recreational nicotine market for some time now.
    Money to be made, the gravy train of grants and studies to be pursued…

    Coercing people into forced abandonment is a world away from offering help if wished for.

    • Vlad says:

      ##As far as I’m concerned, being reduced to vaping or other sole nicotine delivery mechanisms is like asking for a strong quality real coffee (with 1000 chemicals in it!!!) and being presented instead with a cup of hot water and a caffeine pill.##

      That’s an excellent comparison, I’m going to keep it in mind.

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Well done and bravo RdM, I commented on the NZ smokers bullying hyper regulation before noticing you are all over it, like a rash.

  9. Roobeedoo2 says:

    One for Rose…

    I asked a question and Twitter replied ;)

    • Rose says:

      Thanks Roobee!

      Phil is very good, I’ve been reading his posts for a while.
      Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been on a self catering holiday on a hill in Cornwall, the weather was wall to wall sunshine but with frosts at night and a strong cold wind that just never gave up, so I have been testing my twiglet theory after 8 p.m. and keeping my nitric oxide well topped up by day.

      Nitric oxide dosed in short bursts at high concentrations may protect against Covid 19
      Oct 2020

      “The reluctance may be due to a general opposition to smoking and fear of using tobacco to prevent the ongoing pandemic [16,17].

      It is not generally known that mainstream smoke from cigarettes contains NO at peak concentrations of between about 250 ppm and 1350 ppm in each puff [18,19]. The wide variation depends primarily upon the brand. The very high NO concentration in cigarette smoke as compared to medicinal use of no more than 80 to a maximum of 160 ppm, is presumably tolerated only because it is present for a single puff and then followed by numerous breaths of fresh air before the next puff. NO given as a single burst provides a similar NO intake over time, as a lower dose given continuously, since for example, 1000 ppm given for 1 breath followed by 10 breaths of air between doses is equivalent to 100 ppm given continuously.

      Moreover, the diffusion of NO through the cell wall to reach the virus should be significantly more effective with bursts at the very high NO concentration in the smoke, according to classic laws of physics.”
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1089860320301610

      Nitric oxide diffusing through cell walls has always been my theory of why de-nicotinised cigarettes still register nicotine in the brain.

      From a true believer in the nicotine addiction theory.

      November 05, 2008
      “The new study found that even de-nicotinized cigarettes, which contain only a trace amount of nicotine, deliver a substantial dose of nicotine to the brain and that this level of nicotine is sufficient to occupy a substantial proportion of nicotine receptors in the brain (see: Brody AL, et al. Brain nicotinic acetylcholine receptor occupancy: effect of smoking a denicotinized cigarette.
      International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

      According to the article, the smoking of a de-nicotinized cigarette resulted in 26% of the nicotine receptors in the brain being occupied, compared to 79% with a low-nicotine cigarette and 88% with a regular cigarette.”
      http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2008/11/new-study-shows-that-de-nicotinized.html

      • Roobeedoo2 says:

        Glad you had a lovely, therapeutic time in Cornwall, Rose <3


        *Oh, Rose is definitely in it, Clicky… /lights up and smokes… *

        https://www.etymonline.com/word/therapeutic#etymonline_v_10736

        • Rose says:

          Roobee, it was indeed. : )

          Nobody needs to suffer just to please anti tobacco.

          “Twiglets were invented in 1929 by a French biscuit maker named J. Rondalin, a technical manager at Peek Freans’ Bermondsey factory, who added brewer’s yeast to a leftover batch of Vitawheat dough. They were first launched onto the consumer market in 1932 by Peek Freans. Today, Twiglets are manufactured in Aintree by United Biscuits subsidiary Jacob’s.”

          But be sure to buy “Original”

          Physiology of Taste
          Taste Receptor Cells, Taste Buds and Taste Nerves

          “The sense of taste is mediated by taste receptor cells which are bundled in clusters called taste buds. Taste receptor cells sample oral concentrations of a large number of small molecules and report a sensation of taste to centers in the brainstem. ”
          colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/pregastric/taste.html

          Sublingual and Buccal Medication Administration

          “Sublingual or buccal forms of drugs have their advantages. Because the medication absorbs quickly, these types of administration can be important during emergencies when you need the drug to work right away,”
          healthline.com/health/sublingual-and-buccal-medication-administration

          P. Lorillard Company
          Tobacco-Cigarettes-Cigars
          Middletown Branch
          OHIO

          Nicotinic acid – 1941 (p.2)
          “We find that the smoke from ordinary Ripple cigarettes contains the anti-pellagra vitamin or nicotinic acid in fairly substantial amounts.

          However, the quantity is probably too low for a man to rely upon this source alone for his nicotinic acid requirement. At least to do so he would find it necessary to smoke an unreasonable number”

          “You will recall that in our letter of March 11th we doubted that vitamins could be absorbed from tobacco smoke by the throat and lung tissues. However, we have now found that nicotinic acid is dissolved in the saliva of the smoker when smoking ordinary cigarettes,..”
          “Thus, the vitamin does not have to be absorbed thru the lungs, but will be swallowed in the approved manner. These conclusions are based on actual analysis of saliva, collected from a smoker while smoking.
          In other words, we analyzed the saliva, which would have otherwise been swallowed. No Nicotinic Acid occurred in the smoker’s saliva before smoking. We feel that we have made this report sufficiently long to cover the discoveries, which we regard as quite remarkable”
          https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/docs/#id=gywc0066

          Nicotinic Acid, Niacin, Pellagra-Preventive (P.P.) factor

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