Tag Archives: war

Playing Captain MainWaring

I’m trying to foment a revolt. A global revolt. A global revolt against smoking bans. And so a global revolt against Tobacco Control. The way I see it, there are 1,500 million smokers scattered all over the world. They make … Continue reading

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No Peace In Our Time

Breitbart: Katy Perry encouraged the citizens of Manchester to “choose love” instead of hate, “even when it’s difficult,” during her appearance at the #OneLoveManchester benefit concert on Sunday, before encouraging the audience to touch the person next to them and say, “I … Continue reading

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Smokers as POWs

I had the thought this morning that the circumstance in which smokers enduring smoking bans find themselves is much like that of POWs (prisoners of war) in wartime. Most of them accept their imprisonment. Others do not, and try to … Continue reading

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Meeting The Enemy

Independent: Donald Trump was like a “drunk tourist” on his first trip abroad, which saw awkward handshakes with the French President, shoving the Prime Minister of Montenegro and causing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to declare the end of the US … Continue reading

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Breaking Point

Here’s last night’s Smoking Section, which I spent disagreeing with Stephen Helfer: I think the difference between Stephen Helfer and me is that he wants to take the fight to the enemy, while I want to build an army. Because … Continue reading

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An Interesting Asymmetry

There’s a noteworthy asymmetry in the war between smokers and antismokers. And it’s that the smokers are almost all volunteers, and the antismokers are almost all mercenaries. Somebody like Deborah Arnott, the boss of ASH, is being paid a good … Continue reading

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A Successful Operation, and an Unsuccessful One

Here in the UK, we’re less than 2 months away from the tenth anniversary of the UK public smoking ban of 1 July 2007. And so it seems appropriate to begin to consider how successful it has been. Tobacco Control … Continue reading

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