I often wonder whether top-down state-sponsored prohibition like the current smoking ban can ever succeed in the long term.
One simple fact is that after 14 years of the prohibition in the UK, I’m still smoking. I’m never going to give up smoking. To do so would be to surrender to the bullies in Public Health. So even if I come to hate smoking, I’m not going to stop. I’ve dug in my heels.
But anyway smoking is one of life’s pleasures. Who wants to give up one of life’s pleasures?
Furthermore, I no longer believe anything that Public Health says about anything. Covid-19 scaremongering is a good example. It’s been a complete loss of faith. Am I unusual? I don’t think I am, except in being vocal about it.
Smoking is never going to be eradicated. The rise of vaping is an interesting example; it’s smoking without tobacco smoke. It looks just like smoking. And that’s why Public Health wants to eradicate vaping as well.
The truth is that Public Health is entirely concerned with appearances.
Public Health obviously wants to ban alcohol as well. They’re prohibitionists who want to prohibit things. They have no positive vision of adding anything to the world. They just want to subtract things. They don’t want a fuller life: they want a diminished life, a minimal life. They want a prison world.
I think that if they’d been successful at prohibiting smoking they would have started prohibiting alcohol as well. And then they’d have moved on to prohibit sugar and meat and fast food. But they didn’t succeed.
I don’t think they can ever succeed.
I think they’ll just fade away.
And then after a while they’ll be back again, trying to prohibit something else.