It's funny how one thing leads to another.
I was scanning around all the articles about Finian McGrath and his call for a drop of tolerance and reason in a world gone crazy over health.
One fascinating fact that emerged from all my reading was that according to the Irish Cancer Society, 4,000 lives have been "saved" since 2004. Now this figure rang a little bell of familiarity so I delved into history. Sure enough I discovered that back in 2013, 3,726 lives had been saved since 2004. A remarkably close match? So either the smoking ban no longer works, or else they are making up the figures? That couldn't possibly be the case, could it?
I started researching this interesting phenomenon and accidentally put the wrong search terms into the Google thingy and it gushed forth the figures for the numbers killed by passive smoking. According to the sites I found, 3000 seems to be the favourite figure, be it the old U S of A, France or Czechoslovakia. I can only assume we are killing 3000 a year here also?
Anyhows, back to McGrath.
The comments naturally were mostly of the "I wish all smokers would burn in hell" type as they a egged each other into a frenzy of smoker hating. A poll in The Journal says that three quarters of respondents are against ant easing which I suppose is to be expected [I wonder how many of them frequent their pub?].
I have to [almost] admire the Anti-Smokers for their invention of Second Hand Smoke. It is a stroke of mad genius to be able to turn three quarters of society against the minority on the basis of an imaginary threat? And the "lives saved" line is equally ingenious as no one can disprove it. It's akin to my saying I haven't killed ten people today – utterly meaningless but with an underlying hint that I kill ten people every other day?
One of these days [though I doubt it will be in my lifetime alas], people are going to wake up to the scam. And when they do, the entire house of cards will come crashing down. If secondary smoke is harmless then the only argument for the ban is to make people's clothes smell better.
As soon as I heard about it, I knew McGrath's quest for a modicum of tolerance was a waste of breath. The Anti-Smokers have turned normally rational people into a rabid mob who see smoking as the greatest threat to their precious lives. They have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hatred and that isn't going to end any time soon, so McGrath might as well save his breath.
But at least he gave me something to write about?