In the course of my travels yesterday I came across a video.
Quite a few had spotted it but in case you missed it …….
What we see here is the Tobacco Control Industry's dream target – smokers being treated like filth on the streets.
That woman was doing no harm to anybody. She was minding her own business when she is verbally accosted and yelled at in a very uncouth and intimidating manner. Whether there is a law banning smoking in that area or not, our gentleman hero seems to think it is perfectly acceptable to bully, abuse and terrify a woman – a complete stranger – half his size in the street.
This is the ugly face of "denormalisation". This is precisely what the Tobacco Control Industry wants. They want smokers driven to hide in back alleyways to drag a quick surreptitious puff hoping that no one will notice them. They want smokers to be harassed and bullied in the streets and actively encourage it. They want smokers to be treated like some contemptible underclass who don't deserve to be treated with any respect.
This is also why they are against e-cigarettes. The tell-tale puff of smoke gives them a target and a puff of vapour will confuse things. They want their targets as clearly defined as if they had a Star of David sewed to their coats. Hence their call that e-cigs will "renormalise" things.
Shouting at, bullying or harassing someone in the street is unacceptable. Shouting at, bullying or harassing a complete stranger in the street should not be tolerated in any decent society and is beneath contempt.
Those who in any way support any of the anti-smoker groups such as ASH are by default complicit in this disgusting behaviour. This is not an isolated incident – it goes on all the time but is not normally captured on camera. In fact the number of deaths caused by anti-smoker behaviour far exceeds the number of deaths from passive smoking [which to date stands at zero].
Why do I keep thinking of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia?