Is it just me or is all of this new anti-tobacco legislation getting a bit beyond the pale?http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20110309/tuk-tobacco-display-ban-announced-dba1618.html
There is now official legislation banning the display of cigarettes in stores and the implementation of plain packaging is also under consideration. The plan stands to intergrate the new laws with large retail outlets such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda by April 2012 moving on to smaller shops by 2015. The British Retail Consortium later slammed our Overlord's decision to pass this saying,
"There’s no evidence that forcing shops to put cigarettes out of sight will make any difference."
"Its focus should be on tackling the influence friends and family members have over young people’s decisions and their access to tobacco."
I started smoking at a very young age. Was this because I saw packets in a shop and wanted them or because my social group had started? How likely is it that a person walks into a shop see's something they see every time they are in said shop and suddenly decides to buy a pack? The mere suggestion is ridiculous and one might state that people so easily influenced should remove themselves from the collective gene pool.
Let us look at a few of the implications of said legislation. In a time of financial downturn shopkeepers are being required to refit their stores appropriately, paying for parts and labour that they can't necessarily afford, and will be suffer from extended wait times as customers are being served, potentially costing losses of thousands of pounds. Of course they could stop selling the products and lose out on 25% of their annual revenue and after all, after banks have gnawed away at our rotting corpses, who needs more money anyway?
"So," I hear you cry, "What would you do in the face of pressure groups hassling you day in day out?"
Well I am so glad you asked. I wouldn't do anything. The practice is LEGAL. Each smoker pays, in tax, enough money for themselves and three other people to be treated on the NHS. It is a service industry supplying and affecting hundreds of thousands of people's occuption.
But I would settle for the following:
Making public knowledge that secondhand smoke is currently an unproven legend. A basic principle of Toxicology is that mere exposure does not equate to toxicity; it's the DOSE that makes the poison. Proof of this is in recent death records. If second hand smoke is so lethal to nonsmokers then where are all the dead bodies of cancer ridden socialisers from the 60's and 80's?
Enforcing laws that might actually make a difference starting with bringing the regulations of selling of tobacco products in line with those of alcohol. Currently it is not illegal for an underage person to attempt to purchase cigarettes nor an adult buying for the underaged. It seems to be that legislating those would go MUCH further to reducing the likelihood of the underaged becoming smokers.
Outlawing the hypocrisy of anti-smokers attacking us 'addicts' while they chuck gallons of coffee down their lying, hateful throats.
I am sick of being demonised. I am sick of being pitied. I am sick of being considered sick.
The denormalising of smokers has been going on for centuries but has only risen to prominence in the last twenty or so years. What was once considered a bit naive is now commonplace to swill alcohol and caffeine whilst railing against the puffers.
We are being refused service on the NHS even for non smoking-related illnesses, we are offered no proctection against being fired or refused a job position sue to smoking and now we are made to look like junkie scum whose needs are so distressing and distasteful that the law requires that the regular folk aren't exposed to their disgusting vice.
I only take solace in alcohol being the next target. It is bittersweet but solace nonetheless.
"They came for the Smokers, I said nothing...."