I have just spent a happy while reading through the Tobacco Atlas which has just been published.
It is rich pickings for anyone who enjoys seeing distorted logic.
Take for example the section on Three New Ways Tobacco Companies Evade Packaging Regulations. Now I love the idea of the Origami pack. Not only ingenious, but fun for the children too! That aside though, they complain about stickers to cover the medi-porn. So? I assume these stickers aren’t even produced by the tobacco companies, yet they are all part of the “plot”. Equally what is wrong with providing cigarette tins? I take it that Tobacco Control want us to buy the pack and then sit staring at it, digesting all their beautifully posed and photoshopped images? They are complaining that we may just discard those images by either hiding them or throwing them away? Good luck with that! Incidentally, none of the three evades any law and there is fuck all Tobacco Control can do about that.
Another page that grabbed my attention was When Tobacco Crowds Out Rice, purely to see what they were waffling about. This was another beauty, claiming that people are starving because they prefer to buy cigarettes. They then go on to compare the cost of cigarettes with basic essentials, and just think how well fed they would be if they didn’t smoke.
Let’s just take a quick look at the chain of logic proposed by Tobacco Control…
The poorest in society smoke -> Smoking is highly addictive -> People are starving because of their addiction -> Raise the price of cigarettes.
Surely if they don’t want people to starve then they should campaign for massive reductions in the price of tobacco? Then the people could buy so much more rice? Using their logic, if I gave up food I could afford to live in absolute luxury and a couple of continental holidays a year.
What led me to all this was an article headlined Big Tobacco made €7,900 for every dead smoker in 2015, according to a new report.
This is just the kind of headline that Tobacco Control loves. It looks dramatic but is utterly trivial and pure nonsense. How much does Big Petrol, Big Bread, Big Milk and a host of other Bigs make from someone’s lifetime? I would warrant it’s a hell of a lot more.
Taking that figure and assuming that the average smoker lives for 40 years then that is a total profit of less than €200 per year. I pay far more than that just in car tax and get fuck all in return!
Incidentally, I note that their aim now is to ban smoking in all public places. This would mean the only place you could legally light up is in your own home.
Aren’t they lovely people?