“Familiarity Breeds Contempt” – The Fallacy of ‘Hard-Hitting’ Campaigns

First, can I just say that seedlings are popping up all over the place now. Not worth a special post. I counted nineteen a couple of hours ago. Ain’t that nice? I suspect that there are still more to come.

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To the subject of this post.

I have before me a packet of cigs which I bought in Spain. Here is a pic of the front of the packet:

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Freely translated, the Spanish words mean: “To smoke, during the pregnancy, damages the health of your son” [One must assume that the Spanish language uses the masculine form (hijo, hija) to mean either male or female in circumstances of ‘either or’]

I have seen these pictures on fag packets so often now that I no longer see them at all. I had to force myself to actually bother looking because they mean no more to me than the cellophane wrapping on the packet.

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During the course of this evening, I have seen the new ‘hard-hitting’ TV anti-smoking advert twice. Even though I have a ‘technical’ interest, as a result of blogging, I could not give the advert more than passing attention – seen it, seen it. I think that this is a general effect on the population as whole. There is an immediate effect of a ‘hard-hitting’ advertising campaign, but that effect dissipates rapidly after the target audience has been exposed a couple of times.

There is something different about health adverts as compared with commercial adverts. I’m not quite sure what that difference is, but it seems likely to be connected to the message being sent. In the case of a commercial advert, the message is “BUY THIS PRODUCT”, even if the product is presented as a cure for some illness (like headache tablets, for example). In the case of health adverts, there is no such commercial imperative. They just say, “Behave as we tell you”. There is a massive difference between the two objectives – “Buy me” can be repeated ad inf and it might have an effect, but “Behave yourself” has a very limited life.

Do we see the point?

The point is that the Zealots have no alternative but to constantly increase the pressure. The pictures on fag packets have to become even more horrific and they have to cover even more of the surface. TV adverts have to become more and more divorced from reality. They have to exaggerate more and more, even to the extent of becoming lies.

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And so we see that the the Health Zealots HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE to ‘upping the anti’ as regards legislation. They can do no other. If they do not ‘up the anti’, then they become redundant.

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To some people, this idea might already be obvious, but I haven’t seen it spelt out. Tobacco Control’s demands are akin to the administration of torture – if the first wave of pain does not produce a confession, increase the pain. As we have seen elsewhere, this process is already being used. Patients in mental hospitals are being experimented upon – BLATANTLY; prisoners in jails are being experimented upon – BLATANTLY. Those experiments differ from Mengele’s experiment upon Jews in concentration camps only in degree – they are otherwise the same.

We see this FORCED  ‘mission creep’ especially in the EU. Let’s face it, banning menthol cigs will have no effect whatsoever on smoking. So why ban menthol? Banning menthol is an act of desperation. Why is snus still banned? It can only be because permitting snus is a reduction of the torture.

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One more thing tonight (I must to bed – have to get up early-ish tomorrow). This is just an outline.

The British Medical Journal decided that, in future, it would not publish any research, no matter how worthy, which has been funded by Tobacco Companies. At first sight, that seems to be remarkably silly, since tobacco companies might well fund research into matters which have nothing whatsoever to do with tobacco. But we know (or should know) just how cunning the Tobacco Control Industry is. I suspect that the BMJ is about to refuse publication of studies which are funded by ANY organisation other than “The Public Health Industry”. Thus, only research and studies funded by The Public Health Industry will see the light of day. But who will fund The Public Health Industry’s research and studies? Step forward the EUSSReich!

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In the same way that the TV adverts have to be constantly increased in horridness, so also has the ‘evidence’ of ‘tobacco danger’ to be increased in volume and intensity. But by gaining a monopoly on the research and studies, The Public Health Industry eliminates TRUTH. All becomes hype and propaganda.

And so to bed.

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5 Responses to ““Familiarity Breeds Contempt” – The Fallacy of ‘Hard-Hitting’ Campaigns”

  1. "Familiarity Breeds Contempt" - The F... Says:

    […] First, can I just say that seedlings are popping up all over the place now. Not worth a special post. I counted nineteen a couple of hours ago. Ain’t that nice? I suspect that there are still more to come.———-To the subject of this post.I have before me a packet of cigs which I bought in Spain. Here is a pic of the front of the packet:  […]

  2. Tiring Radical Says:

    Spanish cig warning “smoking can damage your foetus in the womb”where does that leave Abortion in the pecking order

    • Junican Says:

      It doesn’t figure at all, TR. The reason is that there is no easy target as there is with tobacco. In every respect, tobacco is an easy target – the industry is murderous, the consumers are disgusting, filthy, stinking addicts.Where is the easy target for abortion? There is none.

  3. beobrigitte Says:

    First, can I just say that seedlings are popping up all over the place now.

    I wish I had planted seeds – it looks like I won’t get around to doing that again….. and rely on friends visiting me.. *sigh*

    Freely translated, the Spanish words mean: “To smoke, during the pregnancy, damages the health of your son”
    My offspring proves otherwise. None of them full term due to their enormous size and me NOT having gestational diabetes. I guess it runs in my family. (I have a sister who beat the scale and therefore her birth weight is registered as >5Kg).

    I have seen these pictures on fag packets so often now that I no longer see them at all.
    That makes all of us. And we all know it’s a lie, anyway. Any pornography is a lie – what makes health pornography different?

    Tobacco Control’s demands are akin to the administration of torture – if the first wave of pain does not produce a confession, increase the pain.
    You are right! If nothing works give ’em pain!!!
    After all… ‘they want to make the world a better place’ – naturally only considering themselves!!!! Who cares about e.g. old people, anyway? Their pubs are not attractive to families with “the chiiiiiiildren, our FUTURE!!!!”
    And the fashionable pubs do not want to see old people there! They can’t shout loud enough to get make themselves heard with music playing they don’t like.
    The anti-smokers don’t want Bingo halls – after all, they HAVE to see old people IN THE STREETS!!!! Can’t have that!!!! The chiiiiiildren are the future!!!!!

    I believe a few e-cigarette “smokers” read this blog. This might be of interest to you: This weekend I am embarking on travelling and will hold (not use, after all airports are “smoke”-free!!!!) an e-cigarette I have bought for this purpose.
    I shall let you know what I encountered.

    • Junican Says:

      I think that an awful lot of organisations are not quite sure what to do with vapers. I suspect that some organisations have taken the easy way out and put up notices saying that using ecigs is not allowed. But I doubt that these organisations would ‘follow through’ if a person did use an ecig. For example, it seems that Greater Manchester Transport have “No Ecig” notices on their buses. I suspect that those notices were just put up, and that there has not been a ‘by-law’ actually passed. It is easy to put up a notice – you or I could have a few notices printed and stick them up anywhere! Think about it – quietly, for fun, get some notices printed which say, “No Reading Allowed” (a bit of a twist on “No Reading Aloud”) and surreptitiously stick them up in your local library! Another version could be “No Drugs Allowed” stuck up in Boots Chemists! “No Praying” in churches! “No Dogs” in the vet’s waiting room!
      What fun one could have…..!!

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