Smokers are the pariahs of society. What was once frowned upon – the treatment of people as “the other”, lesser beings, second class citizens, what have you, because of their colour of their skin, genetic makeup, religious belief or whatever, is okay when practised upon those who choose to breathe the fumes of burning leaves.
We see the usual tobacco control nonsense trotted out again today – completely unchallenged by the BBC.
Smokers who light up outside three hospitals in north Wales will trigger an alarm and loudspeaker message telling them to stop.
The warnings have been installed at the main entrances and maternity units of Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor.
Even lighting a match will set-off the bilingual message.
Never mind that people who are in hospital – or even visiting, might be under extreme stress and have a need for the calming effect of that cigarette. No, tobacco control must out and we are treated to the usual horrific figures telling us how lethal it is:
He added: “It is estimated that around 1,300 deaths are caused every year across north Wales by smoking and it is the number one cause of avoidable premature death and ill health in Wales.
Estimated – i.e. guessed, made up, fabricated, not real. These are not actual verifiable figures associating death directly to the burning of tobacco. Indeed, the way that the NHS divvies up its figures is criminal. And, again, I remark that the BBC simply publishes this propaganda without a hint of gainsay, without a microbe of challenge.
So, now, those who smoke are to be publicly humiliated by hectoring electronic voices. George Orwell tried to warn us, but the warnings went unheeded. We now have the NuPuritans seeking to run our lives for us and to decide whether we should have the healthcare we have paid for denied because we do not conform to the decreed lifestyle diktats:
We are committed to our comprehensive tobacco strategy and action plan which includes smoking cessation support for pre-operative patients, pregnant women and their partners and for people with mental health needs or chronic health conditions.
Yup, that’s right, smoking cessation before you get your operation. That the ailment has nothing whatever to do with smoking is neither here nor there, you must stop before you go under the knife.
All health boards in Wales have been asked by the Welsh government to reduce the number of people who smoke from 24% to 16% by 2020, therefore it is clear to see why reducing the number of smokers is one of our top priorities.
Or in English; to interfere in the private lives and lifestyle decisions of the people they serve.
Once again we see the use of the term “unacceptable” being rolled out. These people always use that word to describe something of which they disapprove. What is unacceptable is the constant interfering in our lifestyle choices by self-appointed busybodies who are paid to provide a healthcare system, not to lecture us and not to deny surgery on the basis of junk science and the temperance agenda.