Stoptober – Octabber

Pat Nurse has kicked off #Octabber to counter the government’s Stoptober campaign.

Bloggers in general are invited to join this for October.   You can click either the badge or the link to see what this is about and are welcome, indeed encouraged, to run the badge on your blog.   Readers in general are invited to mention it in casual conversation in your corner of the world.

Seaside Sourpuss. at my place, has posted this piece of apoplectica on the government campaign:

I did write a long post about this, yesterday, but I fell asleep before I could finish it*. 

It really isn’t hard to understand why the Stop Smoking Nazi’s would suddenly unleash some kind of mass quit smoking month.

I reckon the whole ‘Lock the fags away and we will save lives’ failed. In fact I know it did. Just like every single smoker told them it would. So how do you make a much hyped and very expensive mistake into a resounding success, in less than 12 months?.

Well you could run a short, sharp government funded quit smoking program, for 4 weeks. You could register every idiot that signed up and then claim, 6 months down the line, that if they didn’t smoke for 28 days they’d quit, forever, and it was all down to the ‘doors’. Which would make the doors a winner, and plain packaging the next logical step.

In reality it would be a shit load of bollocks, but the Daily Mail would eat it right up, and the government funded puritanical arsewipes would gain another foothold in their quest to remove anything they didn’t approve of, from the lives of people that pay their wages.

*You can hunt out the new stories, I really can’t be arsed.

I would add this – my father died of emphyzema and my mother of asthma related to smoking – bronchitis has also now begun with me.  Therefore I should be a staunch anti-smoking campaigner.  However, the way this thing has been taken over and mishandled by the government and semi-governmental nazis is a disgrace and this national socialism needs to be opposed with great vigour.

Hence I’m supporting this campaign of #Octabber and will ask Longrider and Julia if we can run the badge in our sidebar.

7 comments for “Stoptober – Octabber

  1. Pat Nurse
    September 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks OoL for carrying this. As I said, it isn’t about encouraging non smokers to smoke, or stopping people from quitting who want to – but it is about making a statement on behalf of the millions who don’t want to quit and have simply had enough of this relentless nonsense from Govt and it’s tobacco control quangos.

    • September 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Up at mine, too.

  2. Tatty
    September 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Therefore I should be a staunch anti-smoking campaigner.

    Why “should” you ? You chose to indulge in a legal product…regardless of whether or not you knew the health risks…and could quit if you wanted to.

    You have every right to control of your own life but no right to interfere in the lives of others who also choose to indulge in a legal product. Neither does anyone else and certainly not to the extent that some are hell-bent on.

    *That’s* the Bottom Line here. 😐

    • September 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      I don’t smoke, Tatty. Rarely have.

      • Tatty
        September 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        I don’t think TPTB differentiate between you or any other smoker though, James and…though I’m not judging you either way…it only adds to the point I’m trying to make.

        Regardless of whether you smoke….you think that you should campaign against other people indulging in a perfectly legal activity.

        As a Libertarian you should ask yourself why that is and …purely ‘cos I’m curious… I wonder why that is, too 😉

  3. September 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    …and will ask Longrider and Julia if we can run the badge in our sidebar.

    Silly question, really 😉

    • September 11, 2012 at 5:49 am


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