Surrounded by almost TTIP levels of security, the World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting its biennial Conference of the Parties in Moscow between 13th to the 18th October.
Attended by most signatory nations to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the aim of the convention is to
make tobacco as profitable as heroin restrict and control people who smoke tobacco, “vape electronic cigarettes, nicotine mouth stimulant, snus, and use Shisha pipes. It has 179 members who are mostly sovereign states plus the European Union.
The giveaway that reveals the convention is really about bureaucratic control freakery lies in the clause about controlling electronic cigarettes. While users get their nicotine hit, the vapour does not have the same impact on health because the vapour is free of tar. But people enjoy it and so Nanny State and her Thought Police thugs must try to ban it.
But things are not proceeding to plan for the control freaks. running The conference has been boycotted by USA and Canada over President Putin’s involvement in the Ukraine while Director General Dr. Margaret Chan has been criticized for cozying up to Putin and praising Russia’s recent tobacco control measures.
Meanwhile in the Philippines, Ian Smith, the Executive Director of the Director-General’s Office is talking to the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific about the Ebola outbreak. He says, “The Director-General sends you her best wishes for a productive session (on stopping the spread of Ebola). Unfortunately she is fully occupied with coordinating the international response to what is unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times.
Yes, fully occupied in Moscow talking tobacco in preference to what many would believe is the far more pressing problem of the Ebola outbreak. Is Dr. Chan suffering from something of an obsession? You may say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.
What has really created dissent is the secret nature of the Moscow event. No media is allowed, and the votes taking place including the one to back a “global tobacco tax”, which is said to have passed are not being formally recorded. Its as open and accountable as the Bilderberg Group or the TTIP negotiations.
Journalists and the public have been entirely excluded frm the conference sessions. Mohamed Daganee, Libya’s former Health Information Director said, “We don’t know who [the public] are, while a Ugandan representative proclaimed: “We don’t need the public here!
One item of leaked news from inside the conference is that a statement of intent to raise the cost of a pack of cigarettes to £33 ($50) through taxation.
So as no politician will oppose the war on enjoyment, I’m off to liduidise £100,000 of assets and invest it in contraband ciggies. After all Al Capone did well out of alcohol when they banned that.