There are words which we all thought that we understood to meaning of, roughly. The word ‘roughly’ is important. For example, the word ‘epidemic’ meant ‘widespread contagion of some disease’. That is, that a ‘disease’ spreads from person to person, or by some other means, and infects more and more people in an ever multiplying way. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, etc.
How then can ‘tobacco’, dried leaves, be described as an ‘epidemic’? It can only be so described if tobacco itself is a ‘disease’.
The chief distorters of our language are Zealots. But not the type of Zealot who caused Prohibition of alcohol in the USA around 19oo. At that time, the Zealots did not need to distort the meaning of words. They simply announced that alcohol was evil.
What seems to me to be happening immediately in the Trump era is that words are reverting to their original meanings. Thus, the word ‘immigrant’ describes a person who wishes to INVADE AND TAKE OVER another country.
Clearly, such ideas are not tenable in all cases, but might be so in some circumstances.
But what I see as very, very important is that we smokers, or anyone interested in ‘TRUTH’, must stop using Zealot language. There are no ‘nicotine addicts’, any more than there are ‘caffeine addicts’.
But, again, the recognised idea of ‘addiction’ had to be ‘redefined’ to exclude illnesses caused by withdrawal.
The terminology of ‘illnesses’ has been distorted exponentially to the extent that Governments DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE WORDS.
For example, the smoking ban in pubs and clubs was determine by the damage and danger likely to occur to bar staff. There was no reasonable evidence of such damage or danger. But Government misunderstood the meaning of the word ‘RISK’. Thus, our truly democratic Government has decided that ‘there is a ‘RISK’ that imports of the agricultural product, dried tobacco plant leaves, might be used to evade duty taxes.
None of those arguments matter at all. What is of THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE is the human right to be self-sufficient if possible.
These things become clear once you cut through the blathering words of TC.
Let us try to reverse the misleading use of words. There is no ‘epidemic’ or ‘pandemic’ of smoking. But there is ‘world-wide’ pleasure derived from the simple puffing on a cigarette