Our beloved Nanny State is off to a good start.
The paint is barely dry on the New Year and they are banging on about smoking again.
Apparently 5,500 smokers die every year according to our HSE.
This is actually correct.
You see, to the best of my knowledge around 28,000 people die here each year from all causes. And seeing as around 20% of them will be smokers then that represents 2,700 deaths which is near enough. It’s very strange that the HSE ignores the 22,300 non-smokers who die each year. Are they not worth a mention?
Also there is the claim that “One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco related illness”.
The problem with this line is that I don’t know what a smoking related illness is, and nor does the medical world. They ascribe just about anything to smoking , from cot-deaths and glue-ear through to nipples falling off. The result is that anyone who dies from any illness which is considered to be smoking related is counted a victim of smoking. Their problem is that they have never discovered a disease that is uniquely caused by smoking so they will never know if that person would have died anyway. It’s much more convenient to compare the actual cause of death against the long list of “smoking related” and if they find a match then bingo – another victim of the evil weed.
Of course I dispute the claim that one in every two smokers will die. The truth is that all smokers will die. And so will all non-smokers.
Death is a sad fact of life