No wonder ASH ET AL are demanding that the Gov publishes the ‘new’ tobacco control strategy. Until the Gov does so, ASH ET AL are in limbo. They have nothing to do. We must understand that the purpose of ASH is publicity. That is what it exists for, and nothing else. I have often seen it said that ASH originated some sort of scientific study concerning smoking, but ASH is not equipped to originate such studies. It is a publicity organisation and nothing else. Arnott does not have the skills to decide such things.
ASH is a tiny ‘shill’ cabal, acting as a cover for ‘Big Academia’.
Think about it.
If ASH is defunded, then the taxpayer will no longer pay for the publicity stunts which ASH dreams up via its connections with the MSM. When I say ‘dreams up’, I mean the clever interpretations of studies etc which are so phrased as not to be actually lies – even though they are.
What, for me, is odd is that tobacco companies do not seem to have questioned the veracity of the medical porn pics which they are obliged to cover their cig packets with. Maybe they are biding their time until ASH ET AL go too far. In my opinion, ASH ET AL have already gone way too far in the claims of tobacco harm as depicted on cig packets. But I can understand if tobacco companies want to wait until the claims as so outrageous that a legal challenge will be successful, and the whole edifice will collapse.
Is a pity that such an eventuality has not yet arisen regarding the smoking ban. An intelligent person can see that there are manifold ways for smokers, non-smokers and bar workers, or whoever, to be segregated to a reasonable extent.
How do these people get away with it? It can only be that the people who could call a halt are terrified of doing so – or that they just do not give a damn.
But, from time to time, the desperation of ASH ET AL surfaces. Until the new ‘strategy’ is published, ASH ET AL have nothing to do. They are a waste of time and money. They need the ‘strategy’ to be published before they can issue their prepared press releases. Until then, they are being paid for doing nothing at all.
Being paid for doing nothing at all seems to be normal in Academia. Or, even worse, Academics are paid by Big Industry to produce results favourable to that Industry. Big Pharma comes to mind.
Is it wrong for our Government to stop wasting tax monies on studies which produce minor variations of possibilities and probabilities?
It seems to me that Tobacco Control is quietly being down-graded. The Academics are squealing because they they lack an income stream. In the grand scheme of such pyramids, lack of funding in Academia translates into ‘nothing to do’ for ASH ET AL.
Only after ASH ET AL have ceased to exist will ‘common sense’ (supported by ‘true’ science) take back control. Sooner or later, the owners of a bar/pub will not stop people smoking, and the anti-smoking law will quietly fall into disuse. It has happened before, again and again. A law does not have to be repealed. It will be effectively repealed when it is ignored by everyone, including lawmakers.
At some point in the future, people will ask how a vast international organisation such as the UN got itself hung up about tobacco and other harmless but enjoyable substances. Sooner or later, a Government will realise that ‘one size fits all’ is causing its people great harm.
Thus, the UN will be seen to be a harmful organisation because it cannot function other than ‘one size fits all’. For it to do otherwise would bankrupt the nations which fund it.
So, it really is surprising that the FCTC has actually lasted, as a blueprint, for so long. Why has that happened? It is because most nations did not know what they were signing up for, and that Governments were too weak, and too dishonest to admit that they did not know what they were signing.
The same applies to Climate Control.
The fact is that we are seeing the quite downgrading of Tobacco Control along with other taxpayer funded ‘initiatives (aka ‘wastes of money’).
The sooner the downgrading has a major effect (closure), the better.