Last night Claudia mailed me a lovely piece of whimsy.
Okay. I think I can see where this is going.
SMOKERS ARE TWICE as likely to develop mental health issues than those who don’t indulge, research from an Irish health study has found.
So smoking causes mental health issues? Prove it!
Dr Paul Kavanagh, Director of Public Health Medicine North East, Specialist in Public Health Medicine and Advisor to HSE Tobacco Free Ireland programme has been researching the links between nicotine consumption and poor mental health.
Well, I’m glad to see there is no conflict of interest here! Here’s the results lads, now let’s do the study.
As part of the Healthy Ireland report which surveys 7,500 Irish people above the age of 15 and from all social strata, Kavanagh, along with his research team, studied the chance of people developing mental health problems and linked that with their current smoking status.
There is a well known fact that people with mental problems tend to smoke more, but carry on……
The provisional results found that 14.5% of smokers have a probable mental health problem compared to 7.7% of smokers. The rate of those who quit smoking was 8.1%.
Hah! Some very shoddy proof reading here. Now I would point out at this stage that people are being quizzed about their mental health by a stranger. Is the victim going to give an honest answer? Indeed how does the victim even define mental health? Equally, they are being asked about smoking where they have been brainwashed into thinking smoking is bad – are they going to give an honest answer?
Kavanagh explained how nicotine consumption affects the user.
Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Kavanagh said: “Smoking and mental health problems share causes. There are biological factors and social factors. Some people’s mental health problems lead them to smoking.
I have no argument with this. People under stress are more likely to smoke. It calms and relaxes them. I would take issue with the sharing of causes though. It’s more a case of problems leading to stress leading in turn to smoking.
“We know that people who have mental health problems carry false beliefs that smoking reduces anxiety. It’s a false belief. They are self-medicating in cigarettes.”
Right. Here we score our first F minus. Why is the belief false? Because the good doctor says so? Nicotine is a known reliever of stress, and saying that is false does not make it so. And if the fag doesn’t work, why do people smoke it?
Kavanagh explained how smoking in and of itself can lead to mental health problems. He said that there are biological factors at play and that smoking can affect how your brain works.
At last we get to the good clear weapons grade bullshit. Mister Tobacco Free Ireland has used the old trick of cause and effect. How the fuck is smoking supposed to cause mental health problems? Having already admitted that people smoke to relieve their symptoms, he now reverses his argument and claims that smoking causes the symptoms. People feel stress and anxiety and smoke to relieve that stress and anxiety. Is he seriously claiming that a happy go lucky person takes up smoking and that causes the stress and anxiety?
“Smokers put their brains under a strenuous cycle of giving nicotine and then they enter a withdrawal cycle quite quickly,” he said.
So our brains suffer from metal fatigue? Wow!
But Kavanagh added that there were more than psychological issues with smoking at play.
He explained: “People who smoke can have problems with self-image and how they’re perceived. Social factors are also there. People who smoke carry significant financial strain.”
And whose fucking fault is that, Mister Tobacco Free Ireland? You have done your utmost in the past to stigmatise and denigrate smokers in an attempt to turn them into outcasts and third class citizens. You constantly demand price increases and then you worry about people being under a financial strain? That is mind boggling hypocrisy.
The message emanating from the studies is that the mental health benefits of quitting smoking are immense.
The message coming from the studies is that either you are a deluded moron who can’t see beyond your personal obsessions and religious fanaticism, Mister Tobacco Free Ireland, or else you think the rest of us are stupid.
Oh do fuck off.