It’s an interesting concept.

An organisation whose primary aim is supposed to be the health and welfare of the nation is forcing smokers not just to leave hospital buildings but is now forcing them out onto the road.

There is no logic behind this move, as even those who believe in the myth of Environmental Tobacco Smoke will have to admit that smoke outdoors poses no health risk whatsoever?  Those same people will have to admit that standing by the side of a road in one’s pyjamas on a cold winter’s day is not exactly the healthiest of actions?  Even some of the more enlightened members of the medical profession can see that.

I am no expert on the individual hospitals around the country, but amongst the hospitals I am familiar with, leaving the hospital grounds will bring you out to a very busy main road, or else there is one hell of a long walk to get to the perimeter of the grounds.  Forcing either option is nothing short of dangerous and spiteful.

Of course, reading the first article above we find some telling pointers.

“The HSE’s director of public health policy, Dr Fenton Howell, who is a former chairman of Ash, the anti-smoking lobby group, …….”

So here we have The Righteous in plain view again.  This is not about health – it is about a single minded obsession with beating down and humiliating smokers at every opportunity.

“He added: ‘We need to recognise that there is almost a sense that cigarettes are not as dangerous as they are. Five and a half thousand people die from tobacco every year, and there are thousands admitted to hospital beds because of their addiction.’”

At least he is beginning to get the message.  Cigarettes are not the equivalent of a loaded gun.  What he is really saying here is that people are starting to think that cigarettes are not as dangerous as ASH claim they are.  And then he plays ASH’s favourite game of plucking figures out of the air. There is nothing like a spot of emotive figure-juggling!

“We can’t manage patients by letting them continue the thing that brought them into hospital in the first place.”

OK.  Apply that to the few cases where you genuinely think that smoking may have contributed to the problem, but then you also have to force all victims of sports injuries to renounce sport for life.  All road accident injuries must have their driving licence immediately revoked, or they must be banned from the pavements.  Patent rubbish.

Probably the most telling statement in the article is near the top –

“The introduction of the smoking ban is being staggered so professionals within the hospital can get sufficient training in smoking cessation therapies such as nicotine patches and gum.”

There couldn’t possibly be a connection between between the fact that the anti-smoking lobby are so heavily funded by Pharma, and the promotion of Pharma products that have been proven to be useless?

Could there?

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Sheer spite — 15 Comments

  1. I pretty much agree with you other than “forcing them out into the road.” There is a choice. They are not forced. They could just refrain from smoking whilst they are in hospital.

  2. TT – I had a feeling that would come up.  Many people, if forced to unwillingly quit smoking get rather agitated, and to put it mildly, unhappy.  If a patient is supposed to be relaxing after treatment, is this a good state of mind to be in?  I might also add that smokers contribute around a billion to the Irish exchequer each year, which easily overpays their hospital treatment, yet they get treated worse than pigs in a sty.

    Not Green – One of the appalling things about the whole tobacco argument is that researchers are so determined to prove that all cancers are “smoking related” that they have ceased research into the real causes.  How many people have to die while researchers look in the wrong place?

  3. They (we) get agitated and unhappy because of our nicotine addiction. Still I remember as a young man being in a hospital bed for a few weeks with some broken bones quite happily puffing away, drinking beer overnight while shagging a young nurse behind the screens.

  4. Do you not know that it is considered to be very bad form to smoke and drink while shagging someone?  Whatever happened to undivided attention?

  5. They are obviously trying to create a master race of 100% healthy aryan beings. One of them will call a press conference one of these days and simply scream “This- IS- SPARTA!” into a microphone and loads of health professionals will jump to their feet screaming ‘Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!’ …..
    and there will be a picture of Mary Harney in two SS uniforms on the wall.

  6. Patrick – It is getting very hard to differentiate between all these articles.  The comments are worth a chuckle though…..  “anyone who maintains they have smoked for MANY years and have no problems are,in my opinion, blatant liars.”.  Fucking great!  They know more about my health that I do!!!

    Con – Are you not attending your compulsory German lessons yet?

    Prog – I got as far as Question 8, managing to score 0 on every one.  I had to stop at eight though as they give a list of cancers and ask which are caused by smoking.  They didn’t have a “none of the above” so I couldn’t continue without deliberately lying.

  7. Hand on my heart – it hasn’t [so far].  The only time I had a lot of chest complaints was when I worked in an office in the city centre that was surrounded by bus termini.  The air was constantly thick with diesel fumes.  Withing days of moving out of that hell hole all chest infections cleared.  I also had a long bout of sinus trouble, but that started when I moved to a “sick building” and stopped as soon as I moved out.

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