Every now and then a story comes to light which triggers a "what the fuck" moment.

Such a story came to light while browsing the Interwebs yesterday –


Now I have no way of knowing the veracity of this article.  It could have been written up by a bored journalist who just likes a bit of shit stirring or it could be true.  I have no way of knowing, but somehow it does reek of the kind of despicable depths to which the Anti-Smokers have sunk.

Assuming the story is true, let's just look at it in a little more detail.

Smoking may have risks attached.  I say 'may' because to be honest I am very dubious about any of the science involved, and any so called risks have been exaggerated to the point of farce.  Second hand smoke has never been proved to cause any harm whatsoever except to annoy the Antis and their bovine followers.  Vapour is just that – vapour and is about as dangerous as inhaling steam from a kettle [though in fact inhaling steam could cause scalding].  It is about as dangerous as rubbing Vicks on a child's chest to ease a cough

So a bloke decides to vape in his own home.  He is doing no harm to anyone including himself.  Yet the police at the behest of Tobacco Control can force their way in and arrest him.  He now potentially faces a period in prison for the heinous crime of not causing himself any harm.

Anyone who doesn't condemn this outright condones it.  And anyone who condones it allies themselves with Gestapo tactics. 

Just look to the future here.  How long before smoking or vaping is banned in private homes here?  How long before our doors are broken down and our houses ransacked in the name of "Public Health"?

We didn't mutter when smoking was banned in some train carriages, and look where we are now?

This is nothing to do with health and all to do with control, power and of course money.


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A touch of the vapours — 19 Comments

  1. From the second paragraph on that story

    > As many of the veteran vapers may know, vaping is illegal in Singapore

    From December last year: http://singapore.coconuts.co/2015/12/15/vaping-officially-and-totally-outlawed-singapore-starting-today

    And even *patches* are included in the ban:

    > Anyone possessing e-cigarettes, nicotine patches as well as any solutions with nicotine meant to be used for vaping will face the full wrath of the law in a blanket ban that’s kicking in today.

    This is the government being retarded, not anti-smoking groups.

    • Welcome PJH and thanks for the update.

      All I can say is that this has become an idealistic crusade over there backed by nothing more than fanaticism.  Jack boot tactics "for the health of the people".

      So they have two choices – carry on with cigarettes or go cold turkey.  The tobacco companies must be deliriously happy anyway?

    • This crusade is getting out of hand altogether.  This is oppression of free choice on a massive scale, using tactics long decried in the history books.

      • I was turning the compost heap when it occurred to me that there could be a silver lining to this cloud of oppressive shit that seems to be getting worse. Shit can be stacked only so high before the pile becomes unstable and collapses under its own weight. My theory (hope) is that the bigger and faster the puritan control freaks build their pile of oppression the sooner it will collapse.  

  2. Yup. I can add to that. Thailand has been on the anti-smoking bandwagon for years, and this is their latest contribution to freedom of choice:

    BANGKOK: — A popular online police page has confirmed penalties for the possession of E-cigarettes. Users could be jailed for five years and producers face 10 years inside for flouting the law.


    And for those who read Thai, the original story:


  3. What is the legal position on vaping here? I was in  a pub in West Cork some weeks ago – I won't say where – and a friend was vaping without getting any hassle 

    • So far as I am aware, it's up to the bar/cafe/whatever owner to set the rules which in my book, is the right way to be.  If they own the place they have the right to allow or ban whoever or whatever they like. It's not up to the gubmint to dictate how a proprietor runs his or her business.

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