Our great friends and mentors in ASH are at it again.
Strangely they don’t supply the source for this figure. I presume they mean that 6,000 people died from “smoking related diseases” which covers such a multitude these days that it must count for nearly every death in the country. They also omit to mention how old these people were but then if most were in their seventies, eighties and nineties then that would destroy the illusion of a deadly epidemic?
Dr Patrick Doorley, chairman of ASH Ireland, said: “The new year is a good time for people to consider quitting smoking and I encourage them to do so. Many people quit for good at this time each year.
“For most people they will make a number of attempts before finally quitting – so I would encourage those who have tried before to try again.”
Maybe they don’t want to quit? Maybe they enjoy smoking and derive benefit from it. Maybe ASH should quit? Now there’s an idea?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said close to 6 million people will die worldwide because of smoking this year, with 600,000 of those being victims of passive smoking.
This is gold dust! Passive smoking has never been proved to harm anyone but 600,000 are going to die from it? If those figure were to be correct it would be an incredible testament to the power of auto-suggestion. Or maybe they just need to playing around with their computer modelling?
ASH Ireland says a 20-a-day smoker spends just over 4,000 euro on cigarettes each year.
… most of which goes in taxes to generously subsidise the health service.
“As nicotine is addictive smokers must be determined to quit – and thousands of people manage to do so each year.”
So we are all craving to give up anything that’s supposed to be addictive? Anyone for coffee?
In Ireland, a law covering the plain packaging of tobacco products is due to be completed in the new year.
The campaign chief added: “It is vitally important that the Government then push ahead and get the plain packs on the shelves as a matter of urgency.”
I thought this “plain packs” lark was supposed to be to dissuade the kiddies from starting? Now it’s to “help” us overcome our unwillingness to quit something we enjoy?
Isn’t it funny how the goalposts keep changing?