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New York And The Anti-Smoking Hype!

Posted in Britain, Europe, Health, Modern World, Spain, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 25/05/2011 by floroy1942

New York is once again to take a stab at smokers by banning smoking in OUTDOOR places like parks, beaches and tourist locations  like Times Square. So it seems that smokers are now killing people outside in the fresh air as well as in crowded bars, restaurants and disco’s. I wonder who came up with that gem of knowledge?????

Never Mind The Car Fumes -NO Smoking!

This unprecedented step has been taken by Mayor Bloombergs office who are quick to cite some report or other that “suggests” anyone within three feet of a smoker OUTSIDE runs the same risk from passive smoke as someone indoors! Where do they get these idiots from? “Hey Buddy, this hurricane ain’t gonna save ya. Better stay upwind while I smoke”!!!

Probably another jumped up researcher trying to get his name in the papers based on very dodgy results. It’s happened before! Remember the idiot who tried to convince everyone that obesity was caused by a virus!!!!!!

This time however, even Martin Dockrell, director of research and policy at the campaign group Action on Smoking and Health (A.S.H), has stated “there is no clear evidence of a significant harm to health from second-hand outdoor tobacco smoke” I repeat: No clear evidence of significant harm!!! If A.S.H say that you bet your life savings on it being true!!

The big question on everyone’s mind is: Will the rest of the world follow New Yorks lead again? The answer is, quite probably, if they see New York getting away with it. 

Pot? Never Tried It - More Of A Traditionalist Myself.

In the past, both the Island of Jersey in the UK and Holland tried to ban smoking in vehicles, but that fell flat when the European Law Courts stated it was illegal, because the inside of a persons car is as much their private space as the home.

The anti-smoking lobby have gained much ground in recent years and they can’t wait to cite the latest figures for the number of people who have given up smoking. This is mainly because they can’t afford it any more due to the tax increases, not because they want to. One year after the legislation hit Britain apparently 400,000 people gave up ‘the weed’ according to researchers at UCL.

Comments on the news article show clearly that people consider the New York measure ‘over the top’, and quite rightly point out that people are at far greater risk from the countless cars and trucks passing day and night, but of course they are absolutely necessary while a smoker is not.

As a smoker, you walk around with a great big target attached to your back and everyone wants to have a go at you. Many are miserable people who look for any chance to complain, many are the sanctimonious ‘holier than thou’ crowd, and the rest are the ex-smokers who begrudge their brethren the pleasure because they were forced to give it up themselves. Either way, its more to do with personalities than a social health problem.

Non-Smokers Dream?

Here in Spain I have watched the transition after the government introduced it’s anti-tobacco laws on January 1st. Inside the cafe’s and bars there were few people, but outside on the terraces, wrapped up against the cold, were the smokers who were more numerous. There were occasional smirks aimed in their direction from some non-smokers.

Now the warmer weather is here, and the smokers are still outside on the terraces (minus jackets and jumpers), but would you believe some non-smokers are now complaining they have to sit inside because the outside tables are taken by smokers??????? Perhaps they would like to see all the smokers move back inside just for the summer? No, but wait, we can’t do that because the non-smokers banned us from smoking inside, right? Oh well! I guess they’ll just have to learn to live with the results of their complaining. Some people are just never satisfied and will keep complaining until their victim is dead and buried!

Please don’t imagine that I paint all non-smokers with the same brush so to speak. I know there is a lot of tolerance out there on both sides, and not everyone is ready to chop off the head of every smoker they see. The tolerance has to be there, and each side can repect the other without knives drawn. Smokers would react much more to a kind request than to a mouthful of vitriolic poison aimed at them at high volume, as has happened to me in the past.

I admit freely, I have been smoking for more than fifty years and enjoyed every minute of it, and when I look back at the times when every bar, cinema and restaurant was hazy with tobacco smoke, non-smokers must have died at the age of three from all the second-hand smoke they inhaled; I’m amazed to remember, it wasn’t so!

Time For A Quick Drag?

But how can that be? All the researchers today claim that second-hand smoke is a deadly killer and non-smokers are dying like flies! According to the pundits, smokers are dying too from a variety of cancers but that’s their own fault and they deserve no sympathy!

When I was very young there were no hospitals filled to capacity with smokers dying of cancer as research today suggests there should have been.

Yes people died, and yes some died of smoking related sickness, sometimes, but if you put credence in today’s “research”, three quarters of the population would have died from smoking related sickness in the forties and fifties because 90% of the population smoked! But they didn’t did they!!!!!

I’m sorry, I will be the first to admit that smoking is bad for you, and yes, it does cause cancer in some patients, but I’ll be darned if I’ll admit that it is the great satan its made out to be! And no, I am not in denial because I smoke!

I am not alone in my belief that the information spouted by many scientists and researchers today is less than a tad reliable, for each have their own agenda and the competition for funding is tough. As I see it, smoking is without doubt a contributor, but by no means the catalyst, for that we have to look elsewhere, like the pollutants in the air and in our food.

More Of A Culprit Than Tobacco Perhaps?

In those far-off times, people were not breathing in sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the huge quantities we do today, or the particles from our road transport and factories that float in the air ready to be scooped up by the first pair of lungs that comes along. Airborne particles from  e.g. car exhausts, account for a large proportion of lung cancer deaths in modern society each year, especially among city people, but guess what, its smoking that gets the blame, directly or indirectly!

What people have to realise is that humans have been smoking tobacco for many hundreds of years, although it only caught on in Europe in the 1600’s after Sir Walter Raleigh brought it back from the America’s.

History does not recall moments when non-smokers cried out in anguish: “You’re killing me with your smoke – Aaaarrrggghh”!

Nowadays’ some people are approaching paranoia when they see a smoker: Off with his head!

These feelings have been stoked by short-sighted research projects and, as often happens these days, massaged results! The ‘experts’ among us are so full of spouting  bullshit data like; “3,000 people a day die from smoking related disease”, but in truth they have no idea where this information came from or how it was obtained!!!

Non-Smoking Lab Rat

I once saw a TV documentary about research being done on mice and rats with the intention of proving a link between smoking and lung cancer. The creatures were in glass cases small enough to prevent any major movement, and cigarette smoke was continuously pumped through for them to breathe. The smoke was so thick they could only be seen where they touched the inside of the glass, and they were breathing only this until they died. The researcher’s excuse for causing a rat to breath only pure cigarette smoke, was; “it was an accelerated test to simulate many years smoking”. Yes, OK, but really, was that an objective test? On this side of Hell it wasn’t. No-one breathes pure cigarette smoke twenty-four hours a day do they, and as for ‘second-hand’ smoke…?

No, I am of the opinion that far more research needs to be aimed at pollutants in our atmosphere, many of which are already known to cause cancers, before we conveniently hang every smoker from the nearest tree. If my plea for more common sense is ignored, rest assured I have my tree already picked out!

Roy.

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