A molecule of desperation

I came across a little article today which cheered me up immensely.

They have done a "study" into third hand smoke.

Naturally they have discovered that it is the most lethal stuff imaginable and causes more deaths than the Hiroshima bomb.

When you are setting out to find something that you have already convinced yourself is there, then it is a simple enough process to find it.  These "scientists" did so by rolling out a gas chromatograph which, by my understanding of these matters is an extremely sensitive machine and is generally used to search for specific elements.  For example, you don't ask the device to itemise the colours in a photograph, you ask it if the colour green is present.  So these "scientists" set out to specifically search for certain compounds, and of course they found them.  I lay very heavy odds that if they set out top find Plutonium in my sitting room that they would find a molecule or two?

So having proved their preconceived notions they announce that people's home are full of deadly chemicals which they attribute to "third hand smoke".  What I would like to know is how they know that tobacco smoking caused those elements to be present.  I know for a fact that my home is brim-full of highly toxic materials, from radioactive gas, through lead, up to arsenic and beyond.  How do I know?  Because if you look hard enough, you'll find these things everywhere – in the air we breath, in the soil we grow our food in and on every surface we touch.  The world is full of toxins caused by pollution, chemicals, nuclear tests and by the earth itself.

I have a suggestion and a question for these so called "experts".

My question is the old one I have asked so many times in the past and yet no one has answered – if the residue from smoking is so damned dangerous how come people who lived in the last century are still alive?  Smoking was rampant, so called second hand smoke was everywhere and the residue must have lain thick on every surface, so according to all these recent "studies" we should all be dead by now from cancer and heart attacks?  Yet those generations are living longer than any previous generations?

My suggestion is that before they start involving themselves in the myth of third hand smoke, that they try and prove there is any danger in second hand smoke.  This is something they have singularly failed to do, relying of cherry-picked statistics which to date have suggested that second hand smoke is less carcinogenic than tap water.

They really are getting desperate.

A point to ponder

Whenever we have a bit of a heatwave here, people go mad.

They strip off semi-naked and drape themselves around beaches, parks and just about any open spaces they can find.

They do just about anything to get a tan.

Fair enough.

These people have been warned about the risks of UV radiation and the chances of Melanomas and skin cancers but that doesn't seem to bother them.

Again, fair enough.

Yet these same people go into hysterics if someone lights a cigarette within half a mile of them and their little brats.

Just sayin'…..

Inside the mind of a Professional Anti

I recorded a television programme last night.

The Consumer Show is not on my regular list of viewables but last night they were to talk about electronic cigarettes.

The programme was much as I expected.  There was the usual confusing statements about e-cigarettes producing "smoke" and referring to the devices as if they were just another type of cigarette.  There were a few of the regular objections, such as the cheeeeldren being poisoned by e-liquid which was neatly countered with the obvious reply that houses are full of stuff that is toxic and that they all have child-proof caps.

What struck me most about the programme were the two Antis.

There was Chris Luke who seemed to be more confused than anti, and makes the strange statement that e-cigarettes are dangerous as they contain the "highly addictive nicotine" while overlooking that the patches, gum and inhalers he doubtless recommends are also nicotine delivery systems.  He also quotes a mysterious "study" that showed that e-cigarettes are a "gateway" to real cigarettes, which he was lucky to get away with.

A professional anti-smoker

A professional anti-smoker

Then there was our old dear friend Luke Clancy, the man who has single handedly saved the Irish nation from itself – in other words a full time professional Anti-Smoker.

He is of course violently anti electronic cigarettes partly on the grounds that they "re-normalise" smoking, but his main objection to them seems to be that Big Tobacco are showing a financial interest in the e-cigarette business.

It strikes me as a sensible bit of diversion for the tobacco industry – as cigarette sales threaten to decline, then invest in a similar business that is flourishing.  However Clancy reckons this logic "is what they would have us think" as if there were some deep dark conspiracy where Big Tobacco is somehow going to poison the world with vapours.  This, to me is a perfect example of the pathological mindless obsession that drives the Antis.  If it has any connection with the tobacco industry then by definition it must be evil personified.  It never seems to occur to them that any business, whether it's Big Tobacco or Big Pharma is there to make profit and little else.

It's worth taking a look at the programme excerpt just to see Clancy in action.

The Persecution League

Is there anyone out there who still believes that Tobacco Control cares about your health?

Their latest move here in Ireland is to ban electronic cigarettes from all hospital properties.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that electronic cigarettes are by far the most effective way for people to quit smoking, so the logical step would be to encourage their use.  However the HSE claims that "there currently was 'no conclusive evidence' that e- cigarettes are safe for long-term use" and this is their excuse for the ban.  This is rubbish and they know it.  The only ingredient that could possibly have long term consequences is the nicotine and there is little that isn't known about that.

To date, none of their measures have had any effect whatsoever on smoking rates.  Indeed anecdotal evidence suggests that the Draconian measures have had an opposite effect by increasing awareness of smoking and also the "forbidden fruit" effect.

Tobacco Control actually has a league table whereby countries are scored, not on smoking cessation but on the levels of prohibition they have introduced.  The more a country persecutes smokers, the higher that country scores.   One would assume that higher persecution rates would correspond with lower smoking rates?  In fact, as Christopher Snowdon nicely illustrated, there is no correlation whatsoever.

Tobacco Control League Table

So here we have Ireland, second in the league, yet with one of the highest levels of smoking?  And they are congratulating themselves?  This alone shows clearly that they are not interested in health but merely in the persecution of smokers.

The exclusive club of Tobacco Control is interested in one thing only and that is the lining of their pockets through fat salaries and backhanders from their lords and paymasters in Big Pharma.

Why else would nicotine be a lethally addictive poison in e-cigarettes but actually good for the health in patches and gum as supplied by Big Pharma?

Think about it.

Time gentlemen please

A BAN on the sale of cigarettes in pubs and clubs has been proposed in a report by the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.

Why?

Are they scared that all those kiddies who frequent the pubs and clubs will buy their fags there instead of in the corner shop?

It just means that those smokers who do frequent pubs and clubs will have to buy their supplies before going to the pub or club.  Mind you, any smoker who frequents a non-smoking pub deserves to be discommoded – the publicans didn't lift a finger to stop the ban so they deserve the crap trade and loss of business.

They also want to restrict the sale of fags so they can't be bought between 7am and 9am and between 6pm and they-don't-say-when.

Presumably this is to prevent the cheeeeelren buying fags?  If so they have a lot to learn as the kids will just carry on getting them from where they usually get 'em – bumming/borrowing/stealing from their parents/big brother/big sister, or far more likely, from the nice Man with a Van who doesn't give a shite about opening hours or age restrictions.

I suppose it will affect the honest worker who is law abiding [are there any of those these days?] who won't be able to buy his Silk Cut on the way to work any more?  Next we'll have employers complaining that workers are taking "shopping breaks" as well as "smoking breaks" and blaming the smoker when it's really the Anti-Smokers who are at fault?

Let's be clear about one thing – this is not about health.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with health.  It was never about health.  It is solely about making life as awkward as possible for the smoker, and they are doing it just because they can.

I bet they spend their evenings pulling the wings off flies.