I came across a little item yesterday.
We have heard before about places going "smoke free" [but presumably not banning cars or cooking?] but this one is that little step further, pushing back the boundaries of freedom by another few yards.
Normally "smoke free" areas are around places like hospitals where they stick up little pompous signs and employ some pimply job seeker to strut aroundin a uniform, whinging at any smoker they can find.
Not so Aberdeen Council….
Advisory signage is in place and extensive work continues to ensure employees across all services and locations, as well as partners, tenants, visitors and residents understand and follow the policy. Individuals are accountable for monitoring implementation of the policy on-site and staff must report anyone not complying. Pocket-size prompt cards are available to help staff approach someone smoking on site in a non-confrontational way. For smokers, reusable pocket ashtrays are available and support to stop smoking has also been offered.
"Individuals are accountable for monitoring implementation of the policy on-site and staff must report anyone not complying"?? So the Council are now demanding that individuals and staff do their policing for them? Using staff is dispicable enough but individuals? In other words, tenants and others are now being ordered to dob their neighbours and friends in it? Someone has been reading up on Stasi tactics?
"Pocket-size prompt cards are available to help staff approach someone smoking on site in a non-confrontational way"? So someone who would normally be happy to mind their own business now has instructions on how to stick their noses into someone else's business? Or is it that when a smoker is about to tell them to mind their own fucking business, that a wave of the little card causes to smoker to become all meek and apologetic?
These evil little swamp-rats want to put smoking "out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion". They want to replace it with informers, distrust and enmity. By introducing such policies, not only are they bringing smoking to the forefront of people's minds but they are turning worker against worker and trying their best to breed a coterie of informers, busybodies and sneaks. Fucking wonderful!
Aberdeenshire Council is taking this positive step to show that smoking is now not the norm, hoping to reduce the appeal of smoking, especially to the younger generation, so that it becomes a thing of the past.
It's not about health.
It's about hatred and control.