Why Is The Tobacco Control Industry Not Regulated?

Tobacco Control is an international organisation, just like the Tobacco Industry. It has offices all over the place, headquarters here and there, groups of ‘company directors’, a huge marketing budget, and, perhaps more that anything, it is a monopoly. And it is an unregulated monopoly.

When you see that fact, you can begin to understand how it is that TC is getting away with murder. People who read Michael Siegel’s blog and Carl Philips’s blog will know how easily the interpretation of ecig studies by the Charlatans (like Glantz and Chapman) can be pulled to pieces. Both Siegel and Philips, by the way, are fully signed up to tobacco smoking harm, but, because they do not conform to the creed of TC, they have been excommunicated. The point which arises is: “If rogues like Glantz and Chapman are distorting statistics about ecigs to support their creed, why should we not assume that they have always distorted statistics to support their creed? Since TC is unregulated, and always has been, why should we not assume that these people have formed a cabal to plan their ‘studies’ to support greater and greater outrageous claims about the health effects of smoking tobacco?

In fact, I would go further. TC is blatantly protecting its monopoly from scrutiny: witness the exclusion of the press and others from COP6 in Moscow. We could go even further. We could say that the people who set up the FCTC knew full well that they were setting up a very lucrative Empire – a world wide Empire; that they would be unopposed by anyone with power; that they could use ‘guilt by association’ as a weapon against individual governments; that individual MPs (or equivalent) throughout the world could be ‘bought’ by promises of increase income (via tobacco taxes) and reduced costs (via health care savings) and increased votes (via public opinion polls); that tobacco companies were bloated cash cows, to be milked again and again, provided that they were not slaughtered. What is there not to like?

It also follows from the lack of regulation of the TC monopoly industry that laws such as PP can be passed with little or no evidence or discussion. MPs delude themselves (or are deliberately deluded) into believing that PP is aimed at ‘preventing’ youths from taking up smoking, when it is in fact an attack on tobacco companies. Or is it? Will not the effect be to concentrate the manufacture of tobacco products into the hands of a smaller and smaller group of enormously big tobacco companies world wide? Where are the monopoly laws which might prevent such a result? What makes thing even worse is that, within days of PP being passed, the Chairman of anti-smoker self-appointed, unofficial anti-smoker committee, Paul Burstow, more or less admitted that he did not expect PP to work in ‘preventing’ youths from smoking. Dick Puddlecote reveals all here:

http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/mascot-watch-31-ash-in-trough-edition.html

Burstow said:

The potential benefits to public health can be fully realised only if the levy is used to fund tobacco control action, which is designed to increase the rate of quitting tobacco use over and above what might otherwise be expected as a result of price rises.

If the programme of research proposed in this Bill were carried out, it would show that the recurring cost of tobacco control activity at every level – local, regional and national – could be met from the proceeds of the levy.

Burstow is stupid. He seems not to realise that a GENERAL levy on ALL tobacco products will inevitably result in the cost being passed on to smokers. But not all smokers. Only smokers in the UK will have prices increased. Thus, illicit imports will be guaranteed to increase.

Let us remind ourselves of what happened during Prohibition in the USA. ‘Bathtub gin’ was a common phenomenon. Quality Control disappeared. Thousands of people were poisoned. No one stopped drinking alcohol. It took a long time before Government realised that Prohibition was causing greater problems than legality.

Does the same apply to tobacco hatred today? I think so, but it is more subtle.

I am convinced that the reason that I smoke tobacco is because it is beneficial to me personally. It may not be beneficial to other people. For me, as I write this post, it allows me to pause and think. Whether or not it actually helps me to think clearly, I do not know. Perhaps smoking just calms the mind.

But there is a serious philosophical question which has not been seriously addressed as far as I know. Do tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, heroin, etc affect the mind? I doubt it. What they affect is emotions. Our emotions are animalistic. Cats and dogs have emotions, and so do we. Drugs affect our emotions, but not out minds. Emotions affect the way that we think, but indirectly. We have the power to dismiss emotions when we think about problems. Smoking helps us to do so.

It seems to me that alcohol has a different affect. It reduces calmness and encourages ‘wildness’. ‘Wildness’ can be very amusing.

We could go into the ‘relative risks’ scenario of ‘wildness’ V ‘calming’ when a person drinks and smokes, but we are not academics and do not have funding, nor, in the funding environment is there any prospect of anyone being funded to find data which conflict with the MONOPOLY.

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There is an interesting idea. Suppose that tobacco companies produced adverts which did not promote smoking but extolled the purity of the ingredients? The reason that I mention this is that there seems to be no regulatory control over the quality of the tobacco in cigs. That is odd. It sort of looks like ‘bathtub gin’. What I am sure about is the use of ‘expanded tobacco’ in cigs. Remember that ‘weight’ is not a factor in the duty imposed upon cigs.

WHAT A MESS!!

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Is there an answer?

Well, of course there is. The most advantageous answer would have been smokers demonstrating in the streets to stop the rip-off of tobacco duty. Weird, is it not, that a few people, demonstrating in the streets, brought down the Poll Tax and brought down Thatcher, and yet millions of smokers are flagellating themselves rather than sticking up for themselves.

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I hope that I live long enough to see the day that our Universities are split from commerce and control. They are supposed to be seats of learning. They are not supposed to be political.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Why Is The Tobacco Control Industry Not Regulated?”

  1. The Blocked Dwarf Says:

    Returning to your recent posts about germination, a friend in NZ ,who grows, emailed me the other day and described his own germination process which I reproduce as it might be of interest:

    “I start the seeds off indoors during winter …….in a 75 mm wide jar lid that has 20 mm of worm castings (from my worm farm) as the growing medium.
    The 75 mm diameter lid will grow 150 seeds , yes , 150 , the seeds are like pin points and they are not transplanted until they stand 80 to 90 mm tall ……which is usually by early spring, at which time I transplant each one into 10 litre plastic paint buckets that I get from the local paint shop for free (have to wire brush the dried paint off before filling them with my soil and nutrient mix)……no garden required , use the pathway”

    • junican Says:

      Thanks for that, BD.
      Last year, as an experiment, I sprinkled seeds over the surface of compost in one of those containers which Chinese take-aways use. It was about 3 cm deep, 20 cm long and some 10 cm wide. the seeds germinated into a huge mass, something like watercress. It was an experiment. I had no use for the seedlings and so I chucked them.
      I am still struggling to get germination and I do not understand. I am using the Chinese take-away boxes. It is really weird. The propagator is heating the bottom of the boxes, and they feel warm at the bottom. However, the surface of the compost feels cold. It is as though the heat is not transferring upwards through the wet compost. Is the problem that the bottom of the compost gets warm and switches off the propagator before the heat gets to the surface?
      Time is beginning to shorten.
      Perhaps I need to abandon the propagator and put the container (another Chinese box) in the hot water cylinder cupboard where the heat source is constant-ish.
      It is all bloody annoying. I have not had this problem before. Just placing the ordinary (unheated) propagator on the shelf over the radiator in the kitchen worked fine. But, then again, that was when I was germinating in January.
      We shall see.

  2. moss hart Says:

    Junican, Just a couple of questions on your propagation problem. Have you kept your seed in the fridge before using it? And do you ‘firm-down’ after sowing your seed ? Both these questions/suggestions are well recommended. Firming-down is little more than placing a piece of ply-wood (just slightly less than your container over the surface of the compost) and applying a little pressure.
    Just saying.

    • junican Says:

      No I don’t keep them in the freezer. I keep them in pill boxes. The top is not quite sealed tight. They are in a drawer. They certainly seem not to have suffered. I know that seeds can be frozen. Perhaps that’s an idea for the future.
      What I have been trying to do is use the next generation of seeds as each year passes.

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