A phrase that is quite common these days is “there is no safe level of” followed by the target of the day.
Of course anyone with a modicum of sense will realise that this is bilge and that the dose makes the poison.
Tobacco Control have however managed to plumb new depths and are now claiming that a “social smoker” who may smoke three or four cigarettes a week runs the same risks as someone who gets through twenty or more a day.
Of course heavy smokers who are concerned about their health can take great solace from this – even if they cut back to one a day, they are running the same risks, therefore they may as well stick with the thirty or forty?
The article makes some rather strange claims and assumptions though – “To eliminate risks of cardiovascular disease, the only answer is not to ever start smoking or stop it completely.” So smoking is the sole cause of cardiovascular disease? Quitting smoking doesn’t reduce risks but eliminates them? I don’t think there is a single doctor on the face of the planet who would agree with that? [Unless of course they are a Tobacco Control fanatic].
One factor which the authors of this “study” seem to overlook is in the very title that they themselves apply to their
victims subjects – social smokers. I think most people would agree that social smokers are those who normally don’t partake unless they are socialising with friends at the pub or a party? In fact there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that some have taken to having a cigarette or two outside a pub where the craic is, rather than stay inside with the dullards. So these are people who are enjoying a relaxed atmosphere with friends, which is surely a good thing. In fact the benefits of socialising far outweigh any imaginary harm from a cigarette or two.
One of the stated aims of Tobacco Control was to “exile smokers to the outdoors”. In practice, all they succeeded in doing was to move smokers and their friends from indoors to outdoors, where naturally a few of the “non-smokers” became social smokers, because smoking became part of a social identity to which they wanted to belong.
Now Tobacco Control wants to stamp out even these occasional smokers by claiming that they are doing as much damage to themselves as “real” smokers. This is not about truth or concern for people’s welfare: this is about control and a fanatical pursuit of a religious goal.
It’s certainly not about health.