I’ve been reading All Quiet On The Western Front.
There’s lots of smoking in it. Of cigarettes and cigars. Even in the front line. It’s a big mistake to put your head above the parapet at night with a cigarette in your mouth: it’s an easy target for a sniper. This is one way that smoking really does kill.
It is perhaps the only way that smoking kills: in the trenches, careless smoking kills.
The war on smoking would make sense if smoking kills. But smoking doesn’t kill. The war on smoking is driven by an irrational hatred. What do they hate so much? Who knows? And who cares?
It’ll be the death of Tobacco Control and Public Health when people eventually realise that they’re driven by irrational hatred. They’re engaged in witch hunts against witches that don’t exist. Climate Change is another such witch. Asteroid impacts. Covid 19. All imaginary witches. Little things exaggerated into existential threats.