The smoking ban ten years on — 7 Comments

  1. Grandad,   The numbers game the anti's play is interesting too.  

    In 2005, a year after the ban was introduced, the Office of Tobacco Control reported joyfully that the rate of smoking was down to 23.5 per cent.  

    Then the SLAN survey in 2007 said that it was 27 per cent and in 2009 SLAN again reported and this time it was 29 per cent.  

    In 2010, Eurostat said the rate for Ireland had gone up to 31 per cent and all during last year, Fatso Reilly chose to use the lower 29 per cent figure in all of his public utterances.  

    At the end of 2011, the OTC was subsumed into the HSE, renamed the National Office of Tobacco Control, changed their method of collecting the data and 'voila', the figure magically falls to 21 per cent to coincide with the tenth anniversary.  

    It's good to be the King !

    • Another claim they made was that heart attacks reduced dramatically immediately after the ban.  I saw a graph of the figures they used and there is a decline in heart attacks through the decade, but it is obviously a steady decline with no sign whatsoever of any change in 2004.  The graph did show large seasonal fluctuations so there you go – take the Summer 2003 figures and compare them to the Winter 2004 figures and you have your massive decline.  Unfortunately I can't remember now where I saw the graph!

      • As importantly, over a ten year period you might expect improved treatments, earlier detections and better medicines, all of which would explain any drops in incidences. 

        But announcements such as these are 'propaganda soundbites,' and are not aimed at being accurate nor even truthful. They are based on the assumption that we are all stupid and will believe anything a 'white coat' tells us.

        • I wonder how many more lives they might have saved if they had ploughed all that money into proper research instead of pure propaganda?

  2. These bans and anti-smoking activities have nothing to do with cancer rates, heart attack propensities or second hand smoke.  They simply don't like us smoking.  It's the act of retrieving a cigarette from it's pack putting it to your mouth and lighting it.  Then puffing away in relaxation.  It's the act they don't like!  Why else would they be thinking of banning e-cigarettes?


    • They are really showing their true colours now with their move against e-cigarettes.  If they were in any way concerned about health they would be jumping for joy and promoting e-cigarettes like mad, but a) e-cigs look like cigarettes and b) there are no profits for Big Pharma.

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