|Will they blame Mandela’s death on smoking? No, I don't think so.|
About one third of South Africans smoke cigarettes, according to a media report published on IOL News. The report mentions a 2012 Health24 Smoking Survey which established that more than 50 percent of smokers puff between 11 and 30 cigarettes a day. It comes as no surprise that this specific survey (and many others of this sort) was sponsored by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, because pharmaceutical companies profit mega bucks from fearful guilt-ridden people looking for an alternative, more socially acceptable, means of satisfying their craving for nicotine.
Now - before I say another word on this contentious issue, there’s one specific point I need to make quite clear… Smoking IS bad for you – full stop!
With that said it would seem rather pointless to publish an article that defends the rights of smokers. However, this article is not about the rights and wrongs of smoking. This article focuses more on the psychological warfare that is currently being waged on smokers and non-smokers alike, in other words, all of us.
Above and beyond all the stigmatization, the maze of tobacco legislation and stringent fines that can be imposed on perpetrators, as high as R100,000-00, the countless lies that are being promulgated by our governments and antismoking campaigners are turning smokers into guilt-ridden criminals. I cannot see any good evolving from this, particularly in the light of the fact that there is probably far more than one third of South Africa’s population addicted to nicotine.
The antismoking campaign focuses primarily on creating awareness of the public health impact, but do you for one moment think the ANC government really cares about your health? If they really cared about your health, and also the high rate of violent crimes and vehicle accidents in South Africa, there would have been a total ban on alcohol ages ago… No, governments only pretend to be concerned about your health! The recently approved draft Bill banning alcohol advertising is thus mere smoke and mirrors (election tricks). Nothing will come of it – mark my words!
The truth of the matter is that alcohol and tobacco are both addictive substances that many people cannot give up easily – no matter how hard they try. Many poor South Africans would rather buy a pack of cheap cigarettes than a loaf of bread, because smoking lifts their depression and dampens their hunger pangs. Governments worldwide have, for years, exploited this human flaw to the max by using the power of taxation and unjustifiable price increases, knowing full well that an addicted population will find the money to pay for their habit – come beg, steal, or borrow.
In South Africa stricter legislation has not done much to discourage people from smoking, yet Zuma’s government will often falsely claim that it has… They conveniently cock-up their stats (like they do with the crime stats) by not taking into consideration the millions who purchase illegal cigarette packs on the black market.
For interest’s sake … Last year (2012) South Africans smoked about 1.12 billion legal packs of cigarettes. The excise taxes of 52% added up to R11.4 billion. This year it is expected to reach R12.5 billion – (source).
A spanking new publication (Oct. 2013) TobakkoNacht - The Antismoking Endgame, written by Michael J. McFadden - trained in statistics and propaganda analysis at Pennsylvania's Wharton School, "dissects" the scary antismoking studies that have made headlines over the past ten years. He shows clearly in each case how the data and language have been juggled to reach and promote the conclusions of those handing out the grant money and backs up his arguments with solid science clearly explained at a level that will satisfy both laymen and professionals.
“Statistics have a real and valid use in science and public health,” McFadden 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.”
McFadden cites pages of hard-hitting facts that disprove the lies about the connections between smoking and health. There is no epidemic of heart attacks among smokers, as the mainstream media so often claims. 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.
I have personally witnessed how smokers have been shown the door in homes that were filled with the stench of smoke coming from indoor wood stoves and fireplaces. This tells me that the global antismoking forces have successfully used propaganda to manipulate people’s minds. It was never like this twenty-odd years ago, in the days when cigarette advertising was still legal. Remember the old Paul Revere commercial screened in South Africa in the early 1980s? -- “… the reward of the great outdoors, that feeling of freedom…” Click here to view on YouTube.
Today, people are so brainwashed from what they read and hear in the media that they’ll instinctively start coughing the moment they lay eyes on a smoker.
I’m thus quite convinced that if a global anti-PINK campaign is fashioned by the mainstream media, in the same frenzied manner they’re now doing with smoking, then in a few years from now millions of people will find the colour PINK repugnant.
This article was inspired by an article I read on Alan Caruba’s blog Warning Signs titled “Turning Smokers Into Criminals”.
TobakkoNacht - The Antismoking Endgame is also available at Kalahari.com
TobakkoNacht website: http://tobakkonacht.com