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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Turning Smokers Into Criminals ... Alan Caruba
Turning Smokers Into Criminals
filled with groups of people clamoring for their “rights” or claiming they are
being discriminated against. One group, however, has been successfully silenced
and, broadly speaking, turned into criminals. They are people who enjoy a
cigarette, a cigar, or a pipe. There is no one left to speak for them, so I
A bit of
background; my Father smoked a pipe as long as I knew him and, before him, his
father smoked cigarettes. Both died well into their 90s. My Mother did not smoke
but in the lingo of the attack on smokers, she presumably was a “victim” of
secondary-smoke. She died at age 98. I have smoked since my days in college,
some six decades. I became a cigar smoker while in the army and have thoroughly
enjoyed them ever since.
In 2010 I
received a book by Michael J. McFadden titled “Dissecting Antismoker’s Brains”,
a privately-published examination of the movement to ban smoking. He wrote at
the time “If by some chance they eventually succeeded in eliminating smoking
from the face of the earth there would be virtually no time lapse before they
sank their fangs into Big Auto, Big Meat, Big Soda, or whatever supposedly
idealistic cause was out there that would promise them Big Money and Big
prescient because we have all witnessed campaigns against meat and soda
consumption, all replete with “scientific studies” which, on close examination
are bogus. We have been through three decades of such studies regarding the
end-of-the-world claims regarding “global warming” only to learn in 2009 that
they represented a cabal of scientists in America and Great Britain who
colluded to produce the International Panel on Climate Change reports, based on
falsified “science” and manipulated, bogus computer models.
the IPCC’s latest assessment reluctantly admits that its claims have failed,
given a cooling cycle that began around 1998. Instead of shutting down and
disbanding, the IPCC continues its quest to control the use of energy sources,
oil, coal, and natural gas, denying it as much as possible to nations and
people who depend on them.
expanded on his earlier book with a new one, “TobakkoNacht: The Antismoking
Endgame.” (Aethna Press, $27.95, softcover) The title is a play on
Kristallnach, a 1938 event in Nazi Germany that revealed the depths of that
regime’s hatred of Jews, leading eventually to the Holocaust. Smokers are not
being rounded up and killed, but they are subjected to bans and meritless
increases in the cost of smoking; taxes that greatly benefit the states
imposing them while using the power of taxation to denigrate smokers.
who has a strong knowledge of statistics, examines how they have been used,
often falsely, to impose the agenda of the antismoking forces. “Statistics have
a real and valid use in science and public health,” he says, “but when it comes
to using social engineering techniques toward the end goal of creating a
smoke-free world, they have been destructively abused to create fear and
resentment far more than they have been constructively used to share
information and enlightenment.”
is filled with information and enlightenment; the kind that the antismoking
campaigners do not want the public to know. It is just over 500 pages long and,
as McFadden warns, “A democratic republic that allows its policies to be built
on the basis of lies, and a citizenry that accepts those lies as being the
norm, is a republic and citizenry in very deep and serious trouble.” It’s not
just lies about smoking, global warming, or what we should eat and drink. It is
the lies that assure us that the government is not reading our mail and
monitoring all our phone calls and Internet activity. It is the lies that lure
the nation into wars.
pouring out of the White House and repeated in the nation’s mainstream media
have achieved a mass that the President has called “phony scandals” and they
include the attack in Benghazi, the role of the National Security Agency, the
actions taken by the Internal Revenue Service against Tea Party and other
conservative groups, and the greatest fountain of lies, the Environmental
after relentless page, McFadden cites the facts that disprove the lies about
the connections between smoking and health. Yes, some smokers do develop lung
disease, but many people who do not smoke also fall victim. No, there is no
epidemic of heart attacks among smokers. The alleged links between “secondary”
smoke and health are non-existent. Many of the diseases cited have a genetic
component in which even people who do not smoke fall victim.
The war on
smokers depends on the same general ignorance of science that other comparable
campaigns use. They cite “amounts” of “toxic” substances, so let me end with a
short lesson in reality:
hucksters and frauds that tell you that 0.039% by volume of the carbon dioxide
in the Earth’s atmosphere poses a huge threat to all life and those claiming
that the presence of arsenic in tobacco smoke is a health threat are dependent
on public ignorance. What you are not told is that there is arsenic in potatoes
and in eggplants. What they are not telling you is that the earth’s active
volcanoes are natural sources of carbon dioxide, along with others, including
humans that exhale it.
anti-smoking campaign is about controlling people and, as far as Big Pharma is
concerned, making a ton of money selling nicotine patches and gum. The
“scientists” in universities will make their money generating false studies.
It’s a scam. It’s a fraud. It has falsely stigmatized everyone who wants to
light up and relax.
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