I was catching up on my on-line reading last night when I had one of those laugh or cry moments.
As a lot of people are aware, Scotland has brought in that daft “ban on smoking in cars when there are kiddies” present lark. It is a stupid unenforceable law as has been proven in the rest of the UK and Ireland.
There are few sensible people around who really believe the crap put out by the Anti-Smokers that “this is a major step in preventing harm to children” or their farcical contention that opening a window increases the concentration of smoke in the car, but the ink is barely dry in Scotland before they reveal their true intent – to ban smoking in all cars.
The Anti-Smoker Industry has always used the salami slice technique – introduce restrictions a wee bit at a time using the “next logical step” argument. The car business is a perfect example. They knew all along that the current new law is unenforceable so “the next logical step” is to ban smoking in all vehicles. They knew they couldn’t introduce a complete ban immediately as there is no justification for it whatsoever. My car – my smoke – my business – fuck off and mind your own.
Simon Clark wrote about this yesterday and I had little to argue with in his post. However my What The Fuck moment happened when I read the letter he quoted.from an irate non-smoker and in particular the second paragraph –
I note from your comments on the Forest website that, in response to a doctor’s suggestion that smoking in cars should be banned regardless of whether there are children present, you reckon smoking in cars does no harm to others. I would beg to differ. Many are the occasions when I have been behind a car with a smoker and that foul smoke has penetrated my car.
Now one line bears repeating –
Many are the occasions when I have been behind a car with a smoker and that foul smoke has penetrated my car.
Somehow the smoke from a car in front is sucked out into the atmosphere and immediately makes a bee-line for his window? Is this bloke really serious? I note the word “penetrated” which conjures up an image of a stiletto knife piercing the steel bodywork of his vehicle. And he has not only been penetrated, but penetrated “many” times. I have come across some dimwits in my time but this bloke is seriously deluded, brainwashed and in dire need of a straightjacket.
But I have come across similar arguments before. I had a chap comment on this site taking me to task about smoking in apartment blocks and claiming that the smoke from the flat next door was somehow seeping through the walls and choking his daughter.
It really baffles me how people believe such shit. Believing in the Tooth Fairy is one thing but this brings gullibility to a scary new level.