“Why is the Tobacco Control Plan Being Delayed?”

ASH recently demanded that the latest version of the plan to increment the persecution of smokers should be implemented. ASH said that the latest version of the plan has been recommended for months, and nothing has happened.

ASH has a big problem. It has nothing to do when Government fails to obey instructions. All its press releases are on hold and it ‘experts’ unpaid. ASH is like a ‘hare-coursing’ club – it cannot wait for the its dogs to tear the hares apart.

It is reasonable to ask how ASH came to have such a bloated opinion of its own importance. I would say that the reason is that no politicians of any significance have ever dared to visibly defy it. The word ‘visibly’ is important.

You see, ASH is equivalent to the marketing department of any company that you might imagine. Its sole purpose is ‘sales’. To justify its existence and cost, it must ‘SELL’ the product.

ASH was created in the 1970s by the Royal College of Physicians. Well, perhaps that should read “The controllers of the RCP”. The same ‘Controllers’ created the FCTC in due course. Initially, the money came from the Rockefeller Foundation and other prohibitionist Gods, but was gradually transferred to taxpayers.

I must admit that I have come around to the conclusion that the rate of deaths of doctors in the Doll ‘Doctors Study’ was manipulated. You can only ask questions. It seems to me that too many doctors conveniently died in their mid-sixties.

But that is a subject for another post.

So what is ASH LONDON being paid for? How does it pay its staff? It admits that, unless its ‘strategy’ is published, it has no purpose. But who gave it the power to have ‘a strategy’?

The whole thing stinks.




3 Responses to ““Why is the Tobacco Control Plan Being Delayed?””

  1. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Totally agree Junican. I want these interfering bastards closed down.

  2. smokingscot Says:

    There is one thing that Hammond has done – and ASH / Bob Blackman were asking for – and that’s the new “floor price” for a packet of cigarettes.

    At first this article bamboozled but it did eventually make sense.


    However it all happens quite quietly on the 17th of May this year.

    It’s one of those things that also benefits the big tobacco companies, because they’re rather pissed off at small firms taking market share at the budget end of the market.

    Another thing ASH / Blackman wanted was a great deal of money – actually £500 million more to:

    “Provide expert support and encouragement to low and middle income countries to help implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its Guidelines.”

    Now that hasn’t happened, even Osborne understood that you do not tax British companies to finance anti-smoking policies in other countries.

    However you know Andrew Black agreed to hand over £3 million every year from 2016 to 2021 to the WHO for that purpose. (The infamous £15 million).

    Not a lot, but a start. I did mention elsewhere that Andrew Black did that in Delhi for a bit of grandstanding and possibly career progression.

    Now you may be aware that Ms Chan leaves the WHO on 30 June this year.

    And you may be aware that Andrew Black is currently on secondment to the WHO in Geneva (the UK pays his salary, the WHO is supposed to provide the accommodation).

    To me that means several possible scenarios:

    – Without Black working within the DoH, tobacco control in the UK doesn’t have the same high level clout.

    – I do not believe Black is being groomed to replace Chan, but he could be in with a shot at a high level position within the WHO.

    – By “seconding” Black to the WHO, the top people at the DoH may, just maybe, trying to get him “promoted” the hell out of the UK.

    Of course Tobacco Control wanted a very great deal more than simply a “floor price” that applies only to manufactured cigarettes.

    Should you have a few minutes, I immersed myself in their shenanigans last March (though I made sure I had a good long shower each night) and the whole sordid wish list is laid out there.


    • junican Says:

      The ‘floor price’ is much the same thing as ‘minimum pricing of alcohol’ is it not?
      But who cares? What does it matter to us?
      I am getting awfully sick of bothering about such things. I don’t give a shit.

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