License to Smoke

November 14, 2012 12 Comments
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This dreadful idea has been burbling about for a while. It has been resurrected by Simon Chapman.

If you’re a smoker, could you imagine having to apply and pay for a licence to buy tobacco?

The application process might even include a test to find out if you understood the risks of smoking, and your swipe card licence would limit your tobacco purchases – perhaps to 50 cigarettes per day or less.

It might sound extreme, even social engineering, but this is the proposal of a public health expert in Australia, who suggests that it could provide a practical “disincentive” for smokers.

It’s difficult to know just where to start with such an awful, authoritarian scheme. The puritans really have taken hold of Australia –  a place that once had a reputation for being somewhat free and easy. Not any more, it seems. It makes our despotic anti-smokers seem tame in comparison, although they are doubtless watching with interest and this very scheme was mooted here by Julian LeGrand a couple of years back. That cretin labelled it paternal libertarianism and in so doing completely twisted the term libertarianism beyond all comprehension. My dictionary exploded. I’m still picking up pieces of shrapnel all this time later.

It is up to the individual to decide what they will take into their body –  not the government, not some jumped up fake charity and not Simon Chapman. No one forces Chapman to smoke and that is where his interest in the subject should begin and end. What others do with their bodies is none of his concern and it is not his place to decide what they imbibe or how much.

Of course, in the UK, there is a simple workaround –  the cross Channel ferries and the booze ‘n’ fags run. Tobacco can be bought perfectly legally at lower rates of taxation on the Continent and brought home for personal consumption. No licence necessary.

While bans on smoking in public places have been broadly accepted as “liberal measures rather than authoritarian intrusions on personal freedom”, said Prof Collin, a smoking licence would be vulnerable to attack by the industry, which would deem it “health fascism”.

Er… The ban on smoking in public places may have been accepted, but to call it liberal is akin to slavery is freedom. It is extremely authoritarian and no one should pretend otherwise. All of the measures these nasty killjoys indulge in can be collected together under the banner of health fascism. None of it, not one jot is even remotely liberal and they demean the word by conscripting it.

These people are evil and it is our sacred duty to do all we can to undermine their nasty little schemes wherever and whenever we can.

Scum; the lot of them. Evil scum.

12 Responses to License to Smoke

  1. johnd2008
    November 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Do these stupid people never stop to think? If you cannot get what you want one way, then you try another. Have they forgotten the lessons of prohibition?

    • November 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      johnd2008; forgotten the lessons of prohibition? They never ever learned them.

  2. November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Such a crappy idea would make a lot of criminals from the law abiding.
    Growing your own would have to be outlawed, and those that do would be hunted down like dogs, just like those who grow canabis.

    Just what we need. A massive ramping up of the war on drugs and all the crap that comes with it. :twisted:

  3. ivan
    November 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Quite some time ago I read a short story in one of the SF magazines, could have been Galaxy, set in the future where smoking had been banned. This guy gets caught and is sentenced to death. He pleads to be put to death by smoking since it is said to kill you. Now 60 years later he is still in prison smoking his assigned 20 a day while those that put him there are long dead. Prophetic? Maybe.

    There is also the law of unintended consequences likely to come into play should anything like this ever reach the statute books – the non smokers that see getting a license as a way of getting some extra cash, buy the goods and sell them on for an extra percentage.

  4. Paul
    November 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Longrider: Of course, in the UK, there is a simple workaround – the cross Channel ferries and the booze ‘n’ fags run. Tobacco can be bought perfectly legally at lower rates of taxation on the Continent and brought home for personal consumption. No licence necessary.

    If you live within easy reach of South East England, that’s an easy possibility although it’s not quite as promising for those that, say, live in Northern England, Scotland or Northern Ireland it’s not really quite so appealing.

    • November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Oh, I dunno. A trip made as a holiday and buy six months worth at a time. It’s doable and certainly this would make it worthwhile.

  5. November 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

    “It might sound extreme, even social engineering…”

    It DOES sound extreme, and it IS social engineering.

  6. November 15, 2012 at 7:46 am

    The good news is this seems not to be representative of Aussie in general, even non smokers, judging by a radio poll here this morning which had over 80% opposed to the idea. The bad news is that pricks like Chapman have the ear of governments and policy makers in whatever country they’re in.

  7. Tatty
    November 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve not the brain for trawling twaddle today…and the above article in no way resembles that remark either….but wonder if anyone would be so kind as to enlighten me from sourced evidence.

    Is there any mention of penalties for failure to procure such a licence ? Just how far did they want to go with this abomination ?

    • November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Oh yes, Chapman wants severe penalties.

  8. November 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    The puritans really have taken hold of Australia – a place that once had a reputation for being somewhat free and easy.

    And it seems a particularly virulent type of it too.

    • November 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

      A bit like some of their spiders :twisted:

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