There is always a Butt

This really is the gift that keeps on giving!

Grandmother praises UK's first outdoor smoking ban in Bristol.

This is the best headline they could come up with?  No "widespread praise", just one granny?

So Granny smoked 70 cigarettes a day for 58 years and is now a Reformed Person.  There really is nothing so devout as a fucking convert.

If only people realise you're here to help them, not trying to stop their lifestyle," Ms Butt said. "Help is out there and people can become nicotine free, like me.

Right, Granny!  This is where you can go and royally fuck yourself.  If I want help I will ask for it.  I do not need anyone telling me I need help and then trying to ram their fucking condescending "help" down my throat.  You kicked the cigarettes into touch and fair play, but do not assume that the rest of us want to follow. 

Kirsty Vass, 33, inspired the voluntary ban in Bristol after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) a year ago when one of her lungs collapsed.

Oh Christ!  Another one!  I'm sorry for your troubles, Ms Vass but you can royally fuck off too.  Getting COPD is bad luck but it is no fucking reason to go on a fucking crusade to "save" the rest of us.

Fiona Andrews, director of Smokefree South West, said the voluntary pilot would police itself.

This is an interesting one.  Are the signposts going to tut-tut at people if they light up?  Or could it possibly be that Ms Andrews is giving carte blanche to every fly-swatting prod-nosed busybody to approach smokers and insult them? Nothing like a bit of rabble rousing incitement against a minority?

From the comments –

I for one would like this policy adopted in the whole country. You smokers have no idea what it is like to go to a town, city, park, popular places, and have trouble breathing because of the amount of smoke. It DOES travel in the open air, it can travel up to 30 feet away and yes, second hand smoke does harm people, even in the open air.

Good Grief!  Smoke harms people in the open air thirty feet away?  I never knew that.  Maybe someone should tell Granny who smoked seventy a day [from zero feet away, indoors] who despite 58 years of heavy smoking still seems fit enough at 69 to "help" us all?  According to the Anti-Smokers she should have been dead many many years ago?  I would suggest that "Cathy Ball" should go and see a doctor immediately – get some happy pills to cure her of her neurosis.  Either that or "Cathy Ball" works for Smokefree Bristol?

Many of the comments point out that the two squares involved are surrounded by traffic filled streets.  That, in my book is a fair point.  I also notice that Millennium Square seems to be built over an underground car park, which presumably vents its fumes into the square?  Maybe the cars self-police themselves and don't emit fumes in the vicinity?

It is many years since I was in Bristol.  I found it to be a beautiful friendly city and had plans to return some time in the future.

I think I'll give it a miss though.

I hate intolerance.

Ashtray


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There is always a Butt — 22 Comments

  1. This is where you can go and royally fuck yourself.  If I want help I will ask for it.  I do not need anyone telling me I need help and then trying to ram their fucking condescending "help" down my throat.

    Bravo! Hear hear! (Applause applause!) A succinct summing up of the way a lot of us feel.

    Love the pic of the ashtray – I'm going to nick that one for future deployment. In fact, I'd really like to get one. Any idea where they sell them? It's beyond parody! 🙂

  2.  

    I'm an ex-drinker.  I couldn't care less if someone wants to drink.  Everyman has his poison.  I'm also on my way to being an ex-smoker.  I love the smell of cigarette smoke.  Smoke 'em up.  I don't understand the mentality of the prohibitionist.

    Live and let live!

     

     

    • I couldn't agree more.  There are many thinks that irritate me, and some that I think are downright dangerous but it is not my place to impose my ideals on others.

      "I don't understand the mentality of the prohibitionist."  – There is big money to be made!!!!

  3. It came as a bit of a surprise to me to discover that NHS guidelines allow for the transplanting of lungs from 20/day smokers.  Rather undermines the whiff of smoke 30ft away fears…

  4. The best bit about her story (which was written by Smokefree South West) was in the press release sent out by … Smokefree South West. It didn't make any of the news outlets but is rather telling.

    "She began smoking e-cigarettes to curb her addiction to tobacco but became addicted to these"

    It's almost a little sign post as to what is next on their agenda, isn't it? 

  5. On a pedantic point of Theology – the correct inscription on that religious plate should read: JESUS LOVES SMOKERS & NONSMOKERS ALIKE.  He will judge what is in your heart, not what is in your lungs.  Put the FUN back into fundamentalism, youse semi-literate Bible thumpers.

  6. I was at our local hospital yesterday and, as usual, lots of people were happily smoking outside. I think people will just ignore it. I was only ever approached by a fanatical busybody once and you never saw anyone move so fast when I told her the weight she was carrying would kill her first. They always run when you stand up to them. I enjoy smoking, have no wish to stop, of course after 50 years of it I should be dead but still here.

    • Strangely, I have never been approached [I'm still eagerly waiting] though I have had a couple of fly swatters and people muttering behind my back.  Maybe it's my appearance?  Maybe it's the viscous looking dog or the viscous looking wife?  Leastwise I look forward to the day……

  7. I see that at least 50% of the UKs population is going to die of a 'smoking related disease', whether they smoke or not. Add in heart attacks, strokes, and a few other complaints and it's probably up to 80%? I guess the remaining will get run over by a bus, get on the wrong plane, or be victim to some other inconvenient event that closes their chapter!

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/one-in-two-people-born-in-uk-will-be-diagnosed-with-cancer-1.2091065

    However, if you move to Bristol, you'll live forever!

    • Seeing as every known [and unknown] disease and ailment is caused by smoking, it's a fair bet that we will all die from a smoking related disease.  Unless we are hit by a bus.  Unless we are hit by a bus where the driver isn't smoking.

  8. Okay so, granny smoked up to 58 cigarettes a day.

    And her name is butt?

    And ash trays (probably made in China) are speaking for Jesus?

    Christ! You couldn't make this stuff up.

    • I thought her name was appropriate all right! 

      Jesus loves us all [except smokers].  Just as well the Prodigal Son didn't enjoy a fag?

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