Tonight’s post is a bit whimsical.
There is something odd about the miraculous spread, all over the civilised world, and even the uncivilised world, of Tobacco Control. You would think that those parts of Africa which are plagued by disease and lousy living conditions, and poverty (as indicated by adverts on TV asking us to donate to whatever group of charlatans which is answerable to nobody, and which Government allows to lie and cheat to extract our money from us) would make their first priority, using their own wealth, such as it is, to provided clean water for their people. That has been a ‘sine qua non’ for all civilisations from time immemorial. Ancient Rome provided fountains of clean water, as best it could, for the populace, and water pumps. Real evidence comes from Pompeii, where there were notices saying that peeing in the vicinity of the water pumps was forbidden. Citizens would be fined and slaves would be whipped, is what the notices said.
Is it not weird that Politics did not slap down Tobacco Control at its inception?
Imagine that there was no such thing as tobacco and that coffee was the subject of multiple studies, and that the studies, paid for by Tea Companies, showed that coffee makes people happier. But, suppose that Tea Companies want to fight against coffee. Is it not really easy to claim that coffee is ‘mind-altering’ substance, and much more so than tea?
It is hard to be sure that one bullet to the head is as bad as ten bullets to the head. Or rather, it is hard to be sure that ten bullets to the head are worse than one bullet to the head. TC would have us believe that the enjoyment of tobacco leads, without exception, to the enjoyment of early death.
Scientifically, there is something massively wrong with the Doctors Study. It isn’t easy to locate the problem. At this time, I cannot locate the problem. All I can say, at this time, is that the lung cancer deaths of smokers in the Doctors Study make no sense. There are both not enough and too many. It makes no sense.
In a simple way, when you look at the graphs in the Doctors Study, massive numbers of smokers live to an old age, whilst massive numbers of non-smokers peg out.
But the important point is that only persons who are somewhat afflicted are at risk. Tobacco Control treats all as though they were all ‘standard human beings’. In fact, is that not a serious problem throughout the EU?
The curious thing about world-wide tobacco control is that it is doomed to fail. It ought to have been obvious that substitutes would emerge. Never, in the history on man, has authority overcome the wishes of the People, in due course. That is why the EU will collapse eventually.