Ciggy’s £1.50 each. I smell an opportunity

Smokers face Nanny State Naziism (picture source)

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.

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Passive Smoking Causes Junk Science And Research Grant Phishing

Spotted a blog on the latest science scam to be exposed as a steaming pile of bullshit, passive smoking, by James Delingpole in The Daily Telegraph today. I didn’t read a lot of the article being aware that the whole “passive smoking” scare was based on junk science, a single study run by doctors who were anti – smoking activists.

The comment thread was entertaining however.

(I point out here that because the “passive smoking causes lung cancer scare” is a fraud, that does not mean smoking is not harmful in many other ways – make your own choices but be fully aware of the risks.)

Best comment in the whole thread and the one I just have to share was this from someone who truly deserves the name ace.

ace55 (approx 1 pm – 13 December, 2013)
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“The dangers of passive smoking will only be statistically proven when someone does a single, large study of population groups from similar backgrounds, living in similar environments, with similar lifestyles, levels of wealth, healthcare provision, diets etc. [ … ] There is another way, of course. Take two identical twins, lock them both up for life, expose one of them to passive smoking and the other to fresh air, and see which one dies first. It could be the only useful thing Jedward ever did.”

Love it.

Why Don’t Euronazis Understand "No".

The limited vocabulary of those who run the European Union is something I noticed many years ago. Now I may be a more diligent guardian against Euronaziism than most bloggers but I think everybody became aware after the debacle of the Irish referendum on the transfer of sovereign powers from the elected parliament to the unelected paper shufflers and bean counters of Brussels, that when they EU gives us a choice and we choose the wrong option, they just ask us to choose again … and again … and again. (Europe says F U to democracy)

Now the Naziism in Brussels has trickled down from sovereign powers to more mundane matters, for example, who should be making the laws that govern us, or elected Parliaments or American based global corporations of the Big Pharma, Big Ag, Big Food, Big Media or Big War cartels. yes, government by lobbying has arrived.

My, haven’t those pharma lobbyists been busy!

I learn from the excellent Dick Puddlecote blog that the Eurotwats in Brussels are trying to sidestep October’s decision by the EU parliament and bring in medicalisation of e-ciggies anyway. Now e – ciggies are a harmless substitute for smokers who recognise the health hazards of nicotine but like the warm secure feeling a ciggy gives, almost as if they are still at their mother’s tit. But enough of my sarcasm, people should be free to make their own choices no matter what a bunch of smooth faced limpdicks in the EU think.

A document has been leaked which lays out dozens of clauses which the Big Pharma have sold to the EU to be inserted into the tobacco products directive.

Smokers rights campaigner Bates describes the trust of the document like this:

Basically, the Commission has tried to smuggle in as much medicine-style regulation as possible, and then added the most restrictive commercial aspects of tobacco regulation on top – thus imposing the worst of both worlds for this most promising product. There are one or two acceptable things in the new draft, of course, but the very bad things listed hugely outweigh them all.

Bearing in mind that a PhD in incompetence is the essential qualification for reaching the upper echelons of any bureaucracy we predict this will backfire. Conservative estimates already reckon one in four cigarettes sold in the UK are brought in illegally (realistic estimates put the figure as high as one in two) and with the latest attack on smokers’ rights, which had focused on plain packaging (because as the ‘science’ clearly does not show though the bansturbators insist it does, people only smoke because the packets are such pretty colours) has now opened a second front against substitute ciggies that carry no health risk.

It is obviously not the health of smokers that concerns the bansturbators of the authoritarian left, but the fact that people are enjoying something. There can be not other reason why the unelected bureaucrats have not sent away Big Pharma lobbyists, telling them “No, we are not doing this, the elected body voted against making nicotine substitute a prescription only drug that your bosses can profit from.”

Global Warming Linked To Cigarette Smoking

Former government minister Lord Deben, chairman of the Committee on Climate Change and the money grubbing hypocrite formerly known as John Selwyn Gummer, has condemned the media for seeking to balance climate change Warmageddon fearmongers with sceptics.

His Lordship warned that climate sceptics were given too much coverage, and said the media should recognise that a balanced report should recognise that he and his trougher mate Tim Yeo hope to make shitloads of money from their investments in renewables companies.

Evidence in favour of climate change is so strong, said the man who in the 1990s addled his brain eating too many burgers made from BSE infected cows, that it could be compared to evidence linking smoking to cancer (Scottish court rules smoking does not cause cancer) or evidence that the Moon Landing was not staged.

Well there is evidence that the moon landings were staged HERE, HERE, and HERE … and also plenty of counter evidence they weren’t. What I want to know is if those guys really did walk on the moon how come they never talked about meeting The Clangers? As with God, you believe what you choose, personally I don’t give a shit. Man’s greatest achievement? Eff off, assuming it is genuine we spent all that money to learn the moon is made of rocks and dust rather than cheese.

Deben (hang on, isn’t that the name of the guy in Naked Gun films too) said: “When you’re discussing the science of climate change, you really shouldn’t go off to Australia because you couldn’t find another person who had some scientific credentials to appear because you feel you’ve got to have that balance.

“I just think you’ve got to recognise that balance has to have some rationality within it.”

And we think you have to recognise that Lord Deben is not the right man to talk about rationality and balance.

One In The Teeth For The Bansturbators

Having analyzed the experience of 27 countries for more than a decade, the nice people at Delloitte came to the conclusion that the use of horrifying visual images on packaging does not have any significant impact on smokers’ addiction.

“There are countries where there is a decreasing trend of smoking, but there is, and vice versa,” – experts say. That is, the graphic images have the same impact as the warnings about the dangers of smoking – some give up, and some do not.

As an example, experts compared Canada and the United States. For example, in Canada, where the frightening images appeared in 2000, six years later the number of smokers had decreased by 2.5%. This figure is in the U.S., where graphic images on cigarette packs are not used and warning labels are located on the side of the plain packs the decrease during the study period was 3%.

Suck on that, you bansturbators.

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Stub Out That Demon Ciggy And Enjoy A Politically Correct Spliff

No matter what your feelings about the evils of smoking may be, if you love liberty and democracy it is still worth keeping an eye on how, where and when the government regulates smoking to protect the terminally fearful from hazards like second hand and even third hand smoke. Smoking has already been banned in public buildings, offices and shopping malls by control freak local government officers. When it comes to the great outdoors, however, their reach seems to exceed their grasp.

Mayor Bloomberg of New York has led the way in implementing anti – smoking laws that are impossible to police and has even talked of stopping people from smoking in their own homes. Bloomberg seems quite unperturbed by the fact that to enforce such a law would require power similar to those exercised by the Thought Police in George Orwell’s novel “1984”.

But the city of San Francisco in California, the US State where stupidity havs become contagious appears poised to follow Bloomberg’s fascistic example..

Supervisor Eric Mar said he introduced a proposal to ban ssmoking in streets, parks and on beaches because of the health impacts of secondhand smoke when people light up in public.

“It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 73,000 deaths among non-smokers each year in the United States, and there is no safe level of exposure,” he said.

Like Alameda and several other Californian cities, San Francisco already restricts smoking in outdoor seating areas of cafes and restaurants, as well as near building entrances and vents. San Jose has similar smoking restrictions.

But even if they do it, they won’t ban all smoking. The exceptions as you might expect are related to political correctness.

“It’s carefully crafted also to exclude smaller, neighborhood organized events such as block parties. And also, importantly, it does not prohibit the use of medical cannabis,” Mar said. Medicinal? As in, “I only use it to relieve stress”? Well haven’t we all?

Obviously you’d make the important exemption for people smoking pot. These interfering lefties might be very keen to stop Joe the Schlepper from enjoying his drug of choice because the government knows best how he should live his life , so they will tell him not to light up a Lucky Strike or open a beer, but they would not try to curtail the freedoms of enlightened people who have politicallly correct values. So they are not going to try to stop right on people from enjoying a spliff as that would be undemocratic. The San Francisco city authorities are not Nazis FFS.

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Boris And The Fizzy Drink Fascists

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York is rapidly acquiring a reputation as one of the world’s leading politically correct fascists. He introduced the Orwellian offence of Thought Crime to the New York City statute book when he passed a law that made it illegal to carry doughnuts into a children’s playground because people in possession of doughnuts might think about eating a doughnut in front of the precious little darlings thus encouraging them to think eating a doughnut is OK and setting them on the slippery slope to junk food addiction and early death.

Bloomberg did not stop there however. So obessive is his control freakery that not only did he ban smoking in al public spaces he also tried to ban New Yorkers for smoking in their own homes. Why not just ban the sale of cigarettes? you might well ask. Actually that would be unconstitutional.

New Yorkers have been under attack from Bloomberg’s Thought Police for a long time now but at last they have a champion, a man willing to defend their right to eat kak, smoke poisonous weed and drink fizzy da – glo coloured drinks against the dark forces of political correctness. Not Superman, not Batman, but London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson who has been in New York to promote his new book on London, was appearing on The Daily Show when he was asked by host Jon Stewart about Mayor Bloomberg’s plans to ban the sale of sweetened fizzy drinks larger than sixteen ounces at restaurants, cinemas and sports venues.

Mr Johnson said: “What I will say is that refugees from the soda tyranny of New York City will have sanctuary in London.”

“I don’t want to sound jingoistic, but if you do wish to come and drink soda from a 16 ounce pot, come to London. Bring your huddled masses yearning to break free.”

We’re not sure what Madam Liberty, standing sential over New York harbour, the portal to the Land Of The Free would have though of the quotation but she is French so she was probably puffing on a Gauloise and drinking wine as she waited between courses of saturated fat laden food.

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Boris And The Fizzy Drink Fascists

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York is rapidly acquiring a reputation as one of the world’s leading politically correct fascists. He introduced the Orwellian offence of Thought Crime to the New York City statute book when he passed a law that made it illegal to carry doughnuts into a children’s playground because people in possession of doughnuts might think about eating a doughnut in front of the precious little darlings thus encouraging them to think eating a doughnut is OK and setting them on the slippery slope to junk food addiction and early death.

Bloomberg did not stop there however. So obessive is his control freakery that not only did he ban smoking in al public spaces he also tried to ban New Yorkers for smoking in their own homes. Why not just ban the sale of cigarettes? you might well ask. Actually that would be unconstitutional.

New Yorkers have been under attack from Bloomberg’s Thought Police for a long time now but at last they have a champion, a man willing to defend their right to eat kak, smoke poisonous weed and drink fizzy da – glo coloured drinks against the dark forces of political correctness. Not Superman, not Batman, but London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson who has been in New York to promote his new book on London, was appearing on The Daily Show when he was asked by host Jon Stewart about Mayor Bloomberg’s plans to ban the sale of sweetened fizzy drinks larger than sixteen ounces at restaurants, cinemas and sports venues.

Mr Johnson said: “What I will say is that refugees from the soda tyranny of New York City will have sanctuary in London.”

“I don’t want to sound jingoistic, but if you do wish to come and drink soda from a 16 ounce pot, come to London. Bring your huddled masses yearning to break free.”

We’re not sure what Madam Liberty, standing sential over New York harbour, the portal to the Land Of The Free would have though of the quotation but she is French so she was probably puffing on a Gauloise and drinking wine as she waited between courses of saturated fat laden food.

See video of Boris on The Daily Show

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The Islamic Republic Of East London

There’s troble brewing in Sharia Hamets where Lufther Rahman, leader of the Islamic Republic of East London is encouraging his supporters to get a bit above themselves.

The excellent Dick Puddlecote posted this yesterday:

It is understood posters (like the one below) were found last Thursday morning at council-managed housing blocks in Shadwell, next to the DLR and Overground station.

shariah-zone


They state: “You are entering a Shariah controlled zone. Islamic rules enforced.”

Underneath, images declare that smoking, alcohol, music, drugs, prostitution and porn are forbidden.

[Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary] said: “This will mean this is an area where the Muslim community will not tolerate drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, usury, free mixing between the sexes – the fruits if you like of Western civilisation.

“This will be a very heavy leafleting campaign aimed at both the Muslim and non-Muslim community in terms of what the Sharia means economically, socially and politically.”

Earlier this year, he claimed he had “thousands” of people willing to patrol streets up and down the UK to dissuade people from anti-Islamic behaviour.Porn?!? From my cold, dead hands, sunshine!

A police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of a limit [sic] number of posters appearing in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

“Officers are working closely with the local authority to have the posters removed as soon as possible.”Why bother? Street prostitution is already illegal, as is drug use in public; alcohol-free zones are in abundance around the country; ASH have openly advocated outdoor smoking bans; noise nuisance bylaws are commonplace to prohibit music; and they’ll be getting round to porn and gambling soon enough, if not already.

Though I usually broadly agree with Dick on most things my comment was:

On this occasion Dick I have to disagree with you. If this Sharia business means Hattie Harperson, Jaqui Smith, Hazel Blears, ‘Baroness Ashton and all those other sour faced champions of political correctness in the Labour Party have to go around with bags over their heads it could turn out to be a good thing.

If however anyone should slap a “No sarcasm” notice on blog.co.uk they can expect trouble from Boggart Blog.

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Have A Drink And A Ciggy And Save The Country Some Money

If you are as sick as I am of special branch agents of Nanny States Politically CorrectThought Police wagging their fingers and telling you how much money your irresponsible self indulgence costs the country you’ll be please to hear they’re lying.

Get a few cans in or a bottle of wine, a packet of ciggies (preferable contraband because that realy pisses Nanny off) and order pies or burgers or a KFC Bucket o’Shite for supper.

Financially it’s OK to have a few drinks, enjoy a smoke and eat some tasty food. These things done to excess might be bad for you personally but that’s your business. Nanny has been lying about how much they cost the country.

In fact as this post from points out, The Adam Smith Institute smokers and people who drink and eat heartily are saving the country money

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