So Forest – the smokers’ rights defender – has gone EU wide.
Forgive me Forest if I dance the dance of the distinctly underwhelmed.
Now the people of Forest do a great job and I admire them for that, but in my book the problem lies in their doing the wrong job. Their own tag-line illustrates one of their biggest problems – they defend the rights of smokers. While the Anti-Smokers always offend, they defend. They are reactive rather than proactive. They rarely come out on the offensive to attack the Antis on anything. The only two examples I can think of were the Welsh Poll and the Smokers Poll conducted last year, and there should be further studies both into the damage done by the Anti-Smoker crusade and its complete and abject failure to achieve anything.
My bigest problem with Forest however is that they never ask The Question.
No one seems to ask The Question these days as we all succumb to bullying and hectoring from the Nanny State. What right does anyone have to dictate how we enjoy ourselves?
The laws and penalties applied by the Nanny State are purportedly to help us live healthier lives, but what right have they to decide what is healthy or not? What right have they to “protect” me from myself? They will claim of course that I am harming others, but this claim is fallacious in that it is based on false science, distorted analysis and blatant lies. Any harm I might do to others pales into insignificance when measured against other factors in life.
I might add that the “second hand smoke” argument was initially used to implement the first bans, but was soon forgotten about as they moved on to open air bans, punitive taxations and all the rest. It has served its purpose and we rarely hear of it now.
So putting the “second hand smoke” argument to one side, there is no legitimate, moral or ethical reason why anyone has the right to punish me for my own personal choices. This is a punishment inflicted purely to satisfy the pathological hatred that others have against something of which they disapprove.
When we enter the world of the Vaper, things are even more insane. Here there is no justification whatsoever for any bans whatsoever. They can’t scream “second hand vapour” as it doesn’t exist so their entire justification is that they are “protecting” the individual against “unforseen” and mythical dangers.
So my message is simple.
Don’t argue with them. Don’t try to justify what you want to do.
Just tell them to fuck off as it’s none of their business.