An interesting thought, do you not think?
From time to time, I have been shocked, and I do mean shocked, when exchanging a few words with another smoker outside the pub.
Me: “It’s a damned nuisance having to come outside, don’t you think?”
Him/Her:”Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a good thing”
Me: “But don’t you think that the smoking ban has emptied the pubs?”
Him/Her: “Oh, I don’t think so”
He/She drops half-smoked cig on floor and squashes it, and disappears inside.
I find such above brief conversations incredibly sad. Such people have succumbed to the brainwashing. Why they are in pubs, drinking ‘alcoholic beverages’, and feeling guilty about enjoying a cig, but not feeling guilty about drinking ‘alcoholic beverages’, is beyond my comprehension.
The Zealots have demonised cigs and smokers, and now intend to demonise beer, wine, etc under the general heading of ‘alcohol’, and render drinkers of those beverages as ‘sinners’, just as smokers have been rendered.
What happens, over a period of time, is that drinkers accept that they are ‘sinners’.
The odd thing is that there is no middle ground. That is very odd. And it is totally unscientific. That lack of ‘compromise’ is based upon a form of superstition. “There is no safe level of second hand smoke” is superstition.
People enjoy inhaling pleasant substances. That fact must be known to ‘scientists’. We experience it every day. Every time that we experience the smell of freshly brewed coffee, we enjoy it because we inhale the molecules released by the cooking process. Even making a cup of tea is ‘cooking’ because it requires heat. Only drinking cold drinks and eating cold food is not ‘cooking’, but even those substances release molecules or smells, which are inhaled. It is hard to see how you can smell something and not inhale the substance which you have sniffed. In fact, has not TC, again and again, said, “If you can smell it, it is harming you”?
The problem is that ‘Regulation’ is always one way. It is, by definition, NEGATIVE! It can never be POSITIVE! It may be that the negative effects of regulation have benefits, but it is almost inevitable that there will be confusion.
Why do smokers not support each other? The simple answer is that smokers have been ‘brainwashed’, a bit at a time, for decades, to despise themselves. TO DESPISE THEMSELVES. Can you see the importance of that? What could be worse for a person’s ‘wellbeing” than to despise himself? “I enjoy tobacco, and therefore I am despicable”.
That is why smokers cannot support each other. They have been taught to despise each other. I step outside the pub to have a cig. You also step outside. I despise you because you are so weak.
It really is weird that there is only the token defence of smokers via ‘Forest’. Simon Clark tries his best. Imagine, however, if there was a million strong group of smokers who stated, without doubt, that they would STOP BUYING TAXED TOBACCO PRODUCTS. The mind boggles at the consequences.
For that is the only way ahead. We have learned that ‘The Industry’ does not give a shit about its customers. The Tobacco Industry has only tried to defend itself and its profits.
But there is another aspect.
At what point will the aggression against tobacco in any form become too expensive? We have seen this before in the USA, where tobacco and alcohol prohibition produced a free, but dangerous, market in alcohol and tobacco.
It is always the case that ‘brainwashing’ produces a violent response eventually. By ‘violent’, I mean ‘very strong’, which may or may not involve physical violence.
Whatever the intricacies, sooner or later, THE PEOPLE must dislodge the useless career politicians.