Here we fucking go again.
The Irish Cancer Society want the government to invest more in anti smoking campaigns.
Why are these people so hell bent on criminalising smokers?
There is only one proven cause of cancer, and that is radiation. Why are the ICS not screaming from the rooftops about Sellafield? Why are they not campaigning vigorously against nuclear power? Why are they totally ignoring radon gas which is at dangerously high levels in many parts of the country? Why this obsession with smoking?
Smoking has never been proven to be a cause of cancer. They have tried in numerous laboratory experiments to create tumours by forcing animals to smoke, and they have never succeeded. In fact, they found that the smoking subject developed less cancers than the non-smoking.
And why are the ICS the self appointed guardians of the nation’s health? Are they going to claim that smokers cost the state billions in health care? That is another lie that the Antis love to shout. If you add up the cost to the nation of the number of people who have been hospitalised because of illnesses directly caused by smoking, then I could probably pay for it out of my pension. You see, once you remove the people who have broken legs, who happen to smoke, or people with chest complaints caused by other reasons who happen to smoke then you are left with nothing. Why? Because there are no complaints that are directly and solely caused by smoking, unless you count the people who suffer from burns when they set their homes on fire. Yet smokers contribute hundreds of millions, if not billions to the government coffers in taxes and excise, but that is conveniently forgotten.
Ireland has one of the toughest regimes in Europe when it comes to picking on the unfortunate smoker. Yet since the ban was introduced, smoking rates have increased here, as they have in the U.K. and France. What does that tell you? It tells you that all the cash squandered on covering up tobacco displays, creating laws, employing smoking control officers and putting God knows how many pubs out of business has achieved sweet fuck all. It has all been a massive waste of time, jobs and money. The only thing it has achieved is to alienate a significant sector of society and to promote an atmosphere of divisiveness and apartheid.
The ICS say that 70% of smokers want to quit. So fucking what? If they are that keen on people quitting, why don’t they provide free nicotine patches? Why don’t they promote the use of e-cigarettes? Why don’t they help those who want to quit instead of forcing everyone into the underworld with their draconian measures?
That figure of 70% is a load of bollox anyway. If someone asked me if I wanted to quit, I would probably yes simply because it is the answer expected of me, as would most [70%] of people. What I would like to know is the actual number of people who, at this moment, are actively trying to quit. I can guarantee that it is a lot less than their fucking 70%. And even assuming the figures are correct, what about the other 30%? They don’t want to quit, as is their legitimate right, yet the ICS want to impose their will on that 30%? Is that just? Is that democratic?
My message to the Irish Cancer Society is simple.
MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS.
Concentrate on finding a cure for cancer. Concentrate on things that are positive.
And stop funding that shower of interfering, holier than thou wankers in ASH.