“The Walk of Shame”

I think that I have probably written a post with that title in the past. But it is important to understand the implications.

I go to the pub and buy a pint. I drink about half of it and then extract a cig from my cig box and stick it between my lips. I take out my lighter and head for the door.

It is that walk to the door which was designed by TC to shame smokers. They have to do it in front of their friends and acquaintances. It was never about second-hand smoke danger. It was always about shaming smokers. “You are a disgusting, filthy, stinking smoker and must go out of the company of decent people to indulge in your filthy habit”.

Part of the problem is that a lot of the shame is subconscious. Few ordinary people are able to analyse their feelings.

Ad there lies the difference between the situation as regards pubs and the situation as regards aircraft. On an aircraft, everyone is equal. No one can be shamed into stepping outside for a cig. But the shaming is still there but more subtle. Everyone knows that smoking is banned on aircraft. Everyone knows. And yet aircraft operators STILL blather on about smoking not being permitted and the presence of smoke alarms in the loos. The announcements are sickeningly repetitive.

But what they do not say is that it is not permitted for a fat bastard to plonk himself into the seat next to you and pour his flab all over you. That happened to me on my holiday trip. (OK, I exaggerate slightly). Thankfully, for some reason or other, the window seat next to me remained empty when the doors of the aircraft were shut, so I shot over into that seat before fatso could.

Why are disgusting, filthy, stinking fat bastards allowed to drape their flab over into OUR space on aircraft? And they do so shamelessly. They do not say, “Do you mind if I overflow into your space?” Perhaps one should beckon the stewardess and tell her to instruct the culprit to flow his flab under the seat in front of him.

The wonderful thing, however, is that people are endlessly able to adjust. I do not mean ‘give in’. I mean ‘take evasive action’. For example, on holiday in Magalluf, I used to go into Chaplin’s disco bar, buy a pint and stay inside watching the antics of the yoof. It was all terribly amusing. When smoking was banned inside, I adjusted and moved outside. It took me a year or so to further adjust and start taking my electronic chess set with me and playing chess sitting outside the disco bar at 2 am. It is the best thing that I have done for years. It is warm, I can drink my beer, smoke, observe the antics of the yoof, and enjoy my game of chess. Usually, someone will challenge me and we have a good game regardless of the result.

Do you see where I am going? My adjustment in Magalluf produced a better outcome than existed before the ban.

There have been many such adjustments. I have learnt more about tobacco blends since the ban than I ever had any reason to bother about before the ban. I recently received a gift of fire-cured stuff from Indonesia. It is probably about the worst stuff that you can smoke from a tar point of view, but it had a wonderful aroma and taste when blended with Virginia.

For me, the ‘walk of shame’ has been an incentive to explore. I have benefited from it. But for many people, the ‘walk of shame’ has been disastrous. Their social lives have been destroyed and they have no reason or ability to find social company. They die before their time due to loneliness.

Ash et al, and in particular, Arnott, have caused those premature deaths. In just the same way that Ash et al, and in particular, Arnott, have caused deaths from freezing outside and falls from balconies and windows, to say nothing of riots in prisons and misery in mental hospitals.

But I come back again and again to my major premise: Why on earth are politicians so blind? Why do they think that it is OK for them to sit on the benches of Parliament, enjoying the risk-free fun of debate, and passing laws which persecute citizens whilst, at the same time, funding those who propose the persecution?

Nothing in Tobacco Control makes sense. Perhaps the fundamental problem is in the word ‘Control’. ‘Prohibition’ would make much more sense.

I care nothing about the rest of the world. I care only about the UK and specifically England. But I do not know what to do. No political party represents my view on life. Perhaps the only answer is to become a sort of ‘outlaw’.

In fact, I think that I already am a sort of outlaw. I go through the motions of being ‘law abiding’ but I take advantage of every possible ‘benefit’ that I can possibly claim, even if it involves telling fibs.

I did not used to be like that. But ‘the shame’ of being a smoker has driven me in that direction.

The ‘walk of shame’ will undoubtedly drive me to find further ‘adjustments’.


4 Responses to ““The Walk of Shame””

  1. Ripper Says:

    I repectfully disagree with a couple of points in your article. I no longer smoke, vaping took over naturally about 4 years ago, and I am very proud of the fact that it happened because I wanted to do that, no one forced me to do it and I still enjoy a cigarette now and again. So for me, when I did smoke, there was no shame in that, just contempt for those idiots in tobacco control and the few brainwashed members of the public who had lapped up their anti bullshit. If there was a walk of shame, then I can’t think why the pub would almost empty as everyone socialised outside. And you are right, on a lot of occasions being outside with everyone else was more enjoyable. No one felt ashamed, least of all me, the only emotions I had on the subject was anger at the thought of being forced to do something nonsensical by law and deep contempt for the lobbyists. Might I also add, that before and since the smoking ban, I have never met a fake cougher/hand waver. That tells me that the vast majority of non/never smokers just don’t care whether you smoke or not. The worst are the ex smokers, they always seem to gravitate to the anti side.

    Then you say:

    “Nothing in Tobacco Control makes sense. Perhaps the fundamental problem is in the word ‘Control’. ‘Prohibition’ would make much more sense.”

    It makes perfect sense to me. Its never been about health or control, or prohibition or even hatred of smokers. Prohibition and control are merely side effects. Money is the only incentive, the control freaks care about nothing else and they will lobby the government on any old bullshit, no matter how silly, if its going to keep them in the lifestyle they have become accustomed to and they will go to any length to protect their gravy train and keep it rolling. Its a bandwagon and there’s a lot of people on it. Dick Puddlecote has it spot on when he refers to them as tax thieves. So an appropriate name could be Tobacco Tax Spongers. That makes sense.

    Regarding the views of the brainwashed masses, a tune springs to mind. Listen to the lyrics of Greenday – You’re gonna go far kid, it describes Arnott et al and their tactics perfectly.

    And lastly, don’t take it out on the fat guy. He has the same right to eat what he likes as you do to smoke, and the fatties have all the same bandwagon bullshit yet to come.

    • junican Says:

      Thanks for a very interesting comment. I listened to the song, which is something that I rarely do because I can rarely hear the lyrics. The subtitles help, but the song is a bit of a mystery to me. Perhaps I should listen to it several more times.

      Anti-tobacco, anti-alcohol and anti-obesity all have the same root – eugenics. But note that eugenics is NOT entirely about physical matters. Do not be deceived. Black people from Africa, the slaves, were regarded as less well-developed intellectually. They could not comprehend complex intellectual matters. The important words are ‘could not’.

      We should look at the costs of TC and such from the other direction. Why are politicians permitting the expenditure? Are they not there precisely to prohibit such waste?

      Oh, and your decision to vape is neither to be applauded nor denigrated. You decide. Your decision. It is great that you enjoy vaping.

  2. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Us smokers are now the Resistance Junican.

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