The Massively Enormous Octopus of Tobacco Control

Imagine, around 1935, a despotic regime such as the National Socialists in Germany. I wish that I did not have to use that example, but it is the most obvious. It develops an entity akin to an octopus. The ‘entity’ is Tobacco Control. To start with, the octopus is a small thing, but it has tentacles touching all sorts of institutions –  just ‘touching’ them. But, little by little, the tentacles start to get a grip of those institutions. The octopus feeds on those institutions. Over a long period of time, the octopus fills an enormous building, such as the UN headquarters in New York, or it might have its own building in Geneva. It is obese beyond measure. Its tentacles have spread throughout the world. It feeds through its tentacles. At the same time, it destroys what it feeds from. For example, it feeds off tobacco companies by sucking on their profits, whilst trying to strangle them. Another tentacle draws on taxpayers’ blood, and the taxpayers willing give their blood, because the octopus has tranquillised them.

And then the Octopus expands. It inserts its tentacles into booze, drinks, food, etc. It multiplies its tentacles.

Meanwhile, States such as the USA, UK, France, Russia, China, etc, have nuclear weapons which could reduce all the cities of the world to rubble. But they do not have weapons to destroy the octopus. Nay! They feed it!

Has anyone over the last decade or longer, ever seen a demand from a politician in the House of Commons for a justification of contributions to the UN? It is as though the UN is a sacred church.

And that is why I detest people like Cameron. He was not a REAL person. He was a caricature. A comic. A tentacle of the octopus. Why else would he approve of and enact PP? The same apples to Blair. He too was a tentacle of the octopus. He permitted the smoking ban.

Perhaps May’s constructors of the Tory manifesto miscalculated. Perhaps they believed that the ‘Alzheimer capital expropriation’ would not matter since victory was assured.

What idiots!

But perhaps we are all idiots.

What Brexit plan did May put forward? There was none, nor was their a Labour Brexit plan.

Trump has at least the vestige of a plan. He seems to be saying that the WHO, and the UN in general, are going to have to justify their costs.

Erm…. Why has the UK been forking out vast sums of money, paying for a corrupt and useless organisation for decades?

Where is the seat of the octopus?

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5 Responses to “The Massively Enormous Octopus of Tobacco Control”

  1. Rose Says:

    WHO targets non-communicable ‘lifestyle’ diseases
    2011

    “The World Health Organization has set out a plan to tackle non-communicable diseases like heart disease, which now pose a greater global burden than infectious diseases.

    “Lifestyle-related” diseases are now the leading cause of death worldwide, killing 36 million people a year.
    Much of the toll is in low and middle-income countries and this is where efforts must be focused, says WHO.

    It suggests affordable steps governments should take.

    The list includes measures that target the population as a whole, such as excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, smoke-free indoor workplaces and public places, as well as campaigns to reduce salt and dangerous fats in foods.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14970547

    Noncommunicable diseases

    Fact sheet
    Updated June 2017

    Who is at risk of such diseases?

    “People of all age groups, regions and countries are affected by NCDs. These conditions are often associated with older age groups, but evidence shows that 15 million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occur between the ages of 30 and 69 years. Of these “premature” deaths, over 80% are estimated to occur in low- and middle-income countries. Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors contributing to NCDs, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the harmful use of alcohol.

    These diseases are driven by forces that include rapid unplanned urbanization, globalization of unhealthy lifestyles and population ageing. Unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity may show up in people as raised blood pressure, increased blood glucose, elevated blood lipids and obesity. These are called metabolic risk factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease, the leading NCD in terms of premature deaths.”
    http: //www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/

    “Fatty arteries may not just be a curse of modern unhealthy lifestyles, say researchers who used scans to look at the heart health of mummies.
    A study in The Lancet of 137 mummies up to 4,000 years old found a third had signs of atherosclerosis.
    Most people associate the disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes, with modern lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity.
    But the findings may suggest a more basic human pre-disposition.”

    “Study leader Professor Randall Thompson, of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, said: “The fact that we found similar levels of atherosclerosis in all of the different cultures we studied, all of whom had very different lifestyles and diets, suggests that atherosclerosis may have been far more common in the ancient world than previously thought.”

    He said it is commonly thought that if modern humans could emulate pre-industrial or even pre-agricultural lifestyles, that atherosclerosis would be avoided

    “Our findings seem to cast doubt on that assumption, and at the very least, we think they suggest that our understanding of the causes of atherosclerosis is incomplete, and that it might be somehow inherent to the process of human ageing.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21739193

    If the WHO’s intention is to send us back to the stone age in a fruitless attempt to foil fate, defunding them for anything but their original purpose would seem more of a defensive action.

    • junican Says:

      Indeed, Rose. But why have our politicians been blind to the mission creep for decades? I think that it is because they know bugger all about health. Why should they? But if a chancellor of the exchequer wants to bring in more tax income, what is easier than to ride on the back of health? The fact that they are persecuting sections of the community would never occur to them.

  2. beobrigitte Says:

    Meanwhile, States such as the USA, UK, France, Russia, China, etc, have nuclear weapons which could reduce all the cities of the world to rubble. But they do not have weapons to destroy the octopus. Nay! They feed it!
    States disappear when fear is being peddled world wide. What fear is greater than that of their own death?
    All of a sudden and all over the world people are getting paranoid with worry about their health. Is there anybody out there laughing and living without any worry?

    Quoting from Rose’s comment above:
    “Lifestyle-related” diseases are now the leading cause of death worldwide, killing 36 million people a year.
    Much of the toll is in low and middle-income countries and this is where efforts must be focused, says WHO.

    It suggests affordable steps governments should take.

    The list includes measures that target the population as a whole, such as excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, smoke-free indoor workplaces and public places, as well as campaigns to reduce salt and dangerous fats in foods.”
    The WHO isn’t aware that fats in food do have a vital role in vitamin A,D,K and E uptake? “Dangerous” fats in foods? Rhetoric to keep the fears rolling?

    Trump has at least the vestige of a plan. He seems to be saying that the WHO, and the UN in general, are going to have to justify their costs.
    Now, that will be interesting. Will the Ebola epidemic in 2014 be enough? The WHO played it down when MSF cried for help with it in March 2014; the WHO had better things to do – like attending a journalist-free
    http://www.who.int/fctc/cop/sessions/cop6/en/

    Or, going further back, What about the exaggeration of swine flu in Britain? How much vaccine did the NHS put to waste at what cost?

    At this point in time the WHO is rather quiet about the latest bird flu strains.
    And if they’d sound the vaccination trumpet again I’d ignore it like I did the 2009 one. I don’t believe anything from anyone infected with Tobacco Control&friends.

    Can we vote the WHO and all other leeches out of our lives?

    • junican Says:

      “Can we vote the WHO and all other leeches out of our lives?”
      No, we cannot, and such questions never come up in general elections or any other elections. Smoking is said to cost the NHS billions, but what are the costs of the UN, WHO, IPCC and all their ‘intended consequences’?

  3. Smoking Lamp Says:

    The WHO and FCTC are corrupt organs that need to be de-funded and/or reformed. This ‘reality’ is generally avoided in most political exchanges (but not at this Blog), but that may be changing. The “National Review’ recently published an article on corruption in the WHO and FCTC. See: “Stop Funding WHO Until It Cleans Up Its Act” at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448617/world-health-organization-corrupt-and-wasteful-it-needs-reform

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