“The world has turned the corner on tobacco. Now it must do the same for the ‘new tobacco’ – the toxic air that billions breathe every day,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general. “No one, rich or poor, can escape air pollution. It is a silent public health emergency.”
So it was air all along while the poor smoker took the blame?
Who’d a thunk it?
I can just foresee the future – blaring headlines stating that there is an epidemic of air worldwide and that something must be done.
Naturally they will start off by banning breathing in all bars, cafés, casinos and public buildings. This will inevitably be followed by a ban on breathing in open spaces too, on the grounds that “open air” is deadly to anyone who breathes it.
There will be Second Hand Air too – commonly known as halitosis – proven to kill people in their millions.
Of course the studies will start and will come up with ever more ludicrous claims – newborn infants start the breathing habit because their mother breathed during pregnancy? 100% of violent crimes are caused by breathers? Most shocking of all – 100% of deaths were caused by lifetime breathers. Quitting breathing can extend your lifetime by a minute or two.
The WHO has come up with some fairly remarkable headlines in its time, presumably to try to justify its existence, but this one will really take some beating.