In a way, this follows on from yesterday's little rant.
This isn't so much a rant though as a question.
Why is there this sudden obsession with preventative health? Why is it actually anyone's business?
Back in the Good Old Days health services were there to treat you if you had an accident or fell seriously ill. OK, there were vaccinations to prevent the spread of various nasties such as Polio and TB and as a result those diseases are now a rarity, but that was all there was to it. You live your life as you want to and we'll fix you up if you fall ill. That was a good sound philosophy and in the main it worked well.
But now suddenly they are frantically trying to prevent people from falling ill, which is about as optimistic as King Canute ranting at the tide. Even worse, they are trying to prevent people catching a nasty when there is only a small chance that the nasty will strike anyway.
Take for example lung cancer. Apparently there is a one in sixteen chance of dying from that. So out of a group of sixteen, there is a statistical chance that one may die. Naturally they don't know which one of the sixteen is the unfortunate one so their answer is to impose massive restrictions [and gross interference in personal choice] on all sixteen. Even worse, those restrictions guarantee nothing, as the person is just as likely to die from cancer anyway. If there was a one in sixteen chance of dying in a car accident would they ban all cars?
And why do they care anyway? People have to die sooner or later, some in horrible accidents, some of a painful disease and some peacefully in their beds and there is no way of preventing that. The healthists apparently all want us to live longer, thereby vastly increasing our chances of developing cancer or some insidious form of dementia, but why do they care? They come up with ridiculous figures that X costs the health service Y billion a year but that means precisely nothing. The health services are there to help us, not cut imaginary costs.
My personal theory is that Tobacco Control was some kind of test case. Let's see how easily we can control people's lives, and if it's deemed a success we can use the template and apply it to anything else we put our minds to, with the express purpose of moulding society into good little obedient healthy workers that don't cause any trouble.
That little theory would explain one of the great current mysteries – why they are so viciously opposed to vaping. They don't give a shit about vapers [or for that matter, smokers, the obese, alcoholics or whatever your choice of pleasure is]. What they are concerned about is power and control, and the idea that vapers are standing up to them infuriates them. So my advice to vapers everywhere is to stop chanting their own propaganda back at them [that vaping has saved soooo many lives and therefore has to be good]. They don't give a shit how many lives are lost or saved: all they care about is obedience. They don't give a shit about you or me.
They just want us to be good obedient little slaves.