The oldest smokers in the world

I penned a wee piece last Monday about longevity.

Like all my previous posts it was unremarkable an instantly forgettable, but it did lead to some interesting comments.

Nisakiman pointed me in the direction of a page which was very difficult to read listing the World's oldest, and the inconvenient fact that they are smokers.  That page was originally taken from yet another page, which while a little easier to read is still full of errors.  We both agreed that the page should be tidied and given a new home here.

So since then I have been doing a little work.  I sanded down the page, repaired a couple of wobbly bits and gave it two coats of beeswax before giving it a final buff up and polish.  The new page has been very carefully inserted into this site [it took twp cranes and a team of Polish engineers] and is safely embedded on a fresh base of concrete.

World's oldest smokers

One of the big problems that I had was in replacing FORCES' links.  The old ones all pointed to a site which appears to be a bit wonky so I endeavoured to find alternative references to verify the claims.  In most cases I was successful but some still remain unsubstantiated.  If anyone can find references, I would be more than delighted to insert them.

And when I'm inserting them I'll try to tidy a few other typos I just spotted….

Thinking of the children

I read Fatso Reilly's speech yesterday.

I will lay to one side the fact that he seems to think he is Winston Churchill.

I will ignore the fact that he is deluded in his thinking that he has won anything except a major victory for the counterfeiters.

I will even overlook the fact that the little tyrant is just crawling up the backsides of his playmates in Tobacco Control and is preaching to the already converted at a back-slapping-fest.

I will concede however that I share in his desire to protect the cheeeldren.

[Is it my imagination or do children seem to figure unnaturally prominently in his thoughts and dreams?]

You see, he proposes to cover cigarette packs with large images of medical pornography – photographs of cadavers, hypodermic needles and grizzly growths that have fuck all to do with smoking.  I am concerned for my grandchildren's sake that they don't see these images. 

Do we really want to be giving them nightmares? 

Do we really want to fill their little brains with images of death and disease?

Do we honestly want to bring children up in a world where the grown ups will leave ghastly images lying around the house?

Of course we don't.

Fortunately there is a simple, elegant and cheap solution at hand.

Just buy a cover for those images.

While they give a large selection of images for their boxes, they also allow us to upload our own.

My simple plan is to choose an image which won't scare the kids; one that will make them fell happy and contented in the knowledge that their parents are protecting them; one that they will feel comfortable with.

I have selected a few that I think would be eminently suitable to adorn any cigarette packet.

Smarties Spongebob Frozen

I'm not particularly a fan of Spongebob, or Frozen but then I'm not a child.  I would tend to go for the Smarties cigarette box.

Which would you prefer?



All aboard the Gravy Train


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Don't miss out of the fabulous highlights…

James Fatso Reilly of Ireland being awarded Cunt of the Year for his work on plain packs.

Michael Bloomberg being awarded Tyrant of the Decade, for being.. well.. a tyrant.

Simon Chapman receiving his Mensa Award for the lowest recorded IQ in history.

Other highlights will be special training sessions for journalists to show them how to lie through their teeth without laughing, and for those who know sweet fuck all about Limited Liability there will be a hilarious discussion on suing company executives.

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The leading preventable cause of death

I have recently been delving into the murky waters of Iatrogenesis.

Iatrogenesis as you may [or may not] know is any consequence of medical treatment or advice to a patient.

The waters are indeed rather muddy as presumably the medical profession and Big Pharma aren't too proud of the facts, so figures are not that easy to come by.  The problem is not in finding figures [there are dozens/hundreds of sites out there all to happy to throw numbers around] but in finding accurate figures.

Just out of interest, I thought I would compare the number of Iatrogenic deaths with the number of deaths attributed to smoking.  I took two sites – One was a study entitled "Death by medicine" and the other site was our friends in the Centers for Disease Control.

According to the CDC, the number of deaths attributed to cigarettes is around 480,000.  This figure includes apparently 40,000 who died from second hand smoke.  As second hand smoke never killed anyone I think we can safely subtract this figure.  They also for some reason throw in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome [actual cause unknown], Influenza [a virus], Tuberculosis [a bacterial infection] and Pneumonia [caused by bacterial or viral infection].  Seeing as none of the viruses or bacteria that I know are smokers, I'm not quite sure why they included these.  We can also safely assume that a very high percentage of those deaths are attributed to smoking, where the person actually would have died anyway through sheer misfortune or genetic cause.  However, I will be extremely generous and allow them a figure of 400,000 deaths per annum from smoking.

Now we come to Iatrogenic deaths.  These deaths are actual deaths with known cataloged causes, and are not some airy fairy figures plucked out of the ether.  The figure given is 783,936.  Wow!  And that is a conservative figure.

So here we have the Tobacco Industry which is accused of all sorts of mass murder [the only industry which kills half its customers blah blah] and is so evil that anyone who has ever had anything to do with it is tarred with the same brush, possibly kills 400,000 a year while our so called "health system" kills twice as many.

Tobacco is the world's biggest preventable killer?

Think on.



Running the asylum

This has gone way beyond a joke.

That insane fool Fatso Reilly is now demanding that the gubmint sell all shares in Big Tobacco!

Listen, you overweight fuck!

1.  It is none of your fucking business.  You are Minister for Children and have fuck all to do with finance.  You were demoted from Health because you made a right bollix of the job.  Live with it.

2.  The pension fund managers are morally, if not legally compelled to get the best return on investment.  It's tough shit I know, but Big Tobacco happens to be a damn good investment and the only people you would be harming are those that rely on the pension fund.

3.  Big Tobacco doesn't give a flying shite if the gubmint sells every single share.  There are more than enough buyers out there who would be only too happy to purchase them.  You seem to think in that megalomaniac pea-brain of yours that you can single handedly bring down Big Tobacco by selling a few shares?  You really need a few basic lessons in company finance.

Will someone please commit this insane gobshite to some nice secure comfy padded spot preferably for life?