This may seem like a silly question at first glance, but think about it.
Why is there a campaign against smoking?
Most people seem to think that it has something to do with health, but there are too many arguments against that.
If health is the concern, then why isn’t there a campaign against fatty food, alcohol, exhaust fumes, and a million and one other far more dangerous facets of modern life. I know there is talk about them, but you must admit it is not in the same league. There is also the simple fact that smoking is not unhealthy, nor is tobacco smoke. People have been fed the lie for so long now that it is taken as unquestioned fact. Are you aware that Richard Doll [whose studies are used as the basis for all the modern campaign] and the WHO have both found that smoking up to ten cigarettes a day prolongs life and promotes a healthier life. That category of smoker is statistically healthier than a non smoker. But because of this strange campaign, both studies were buried as they didn’t fit in with the required results.
If you are still concerned about the health issue, I would ask you if you enjoy a barbecue? Do you burn wood in your fireplace? Do you enjoy a flame grilled steak? If so, you are ingesting all the carcinogens attributed to tobacco but in a greater quantity by a factor of many thousand. Are you aware that eating a simple portion of mashed potato gives you as much nicotine as spending four hours in a smoke filled bar? You didn’t know that, did you?
So if health is not the issue, then what is?
Is the the smell of tobacco smoke? If smell is the issue, why is there not a campaign against perfumes, bad hygiene and farting?
Is it the sight of cigarettes? That would be a strange reason for such a massive international campaign? They would be legislating against soother/pacifiers then? Or sticking a biro in one’s mouth?
Logically, there can be only one reason. There is only one group to benefit from the bans and that is the pharmaceutical industry with its patches and gums. Is it a coincidence that the vast amount [if not all] of the research into ‘the dangers of smoking’ is funded by that industry?
Next time you see some poor sod standing freezing outside a pub or office having a quick smoke, just think about it.
Why should he or she be a victim?