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Yes - smoking has halved since the 1960s. It halved during a time period when public health and the government shared certain information with the
public associating smoking with specific diseases. Every individual smoker made a decision to quit for themselves and 50 million of them did it on
their own, cold-turkey with no fuss. (Despite the fact the anti-tobacco has now decided that an addiction to smoking is "worse" than an addiction
During the same time period - reasonable smoking bans were brought into play. Smoking was banned in public places where people had to go to conduct
the ordinary business of their lives. But there was still a great deal of tolerance and compromise on both sides.
Then BIG PHARMA invented "quit-aids" like the patch and gums and needed to sell them. Big PHARMA funded anti-tobacco. This was in the late
Suddenly the goal was not to provide accurate information. It was to de-normalize smoking and render smokers into lepers.
All of a sudden - science did not matter anymore. Smoking became the root cause, not only of every disease that is suffered by a smoker but a large
proportion of every disease that is suffered by never-smokers. The disinformation became hysterical and out of any proportion of common sense.
Smoking bans were now passed for private property where no one needed to go if they didn't want to.
Smokers are being de-humanized. Denied jobs, denied opportunities for housing and taxed beyond any reasonable percentage.
Now the smoking rates are rising again - particularly among the young.
And there is a 400 year history of the exact same thing happening over and over again. Smoking, like most life-style issues are a fad. When it is
popular, the puritans (aka Anti-tobacco) stay still and quiet. When it passes out of fashion and the smoking rate falls to a certain level, the
puritans pounce and try to eradicate smoking. Of couse, they always over-reach to hysteria and their true motives are always revealed. As the young
take up smoking again, the puritans must again keep quite.
This happens about every 70 or 80 years and lasts just about 10 years or so from its peak.
The last cycle occurred in the 1920s, concurrent with alcohol prohibition. A puritan crusader by the name of Lucille Page Gaston made it her lifelong
work to eradicate smoking. She founded the anti-cigarette league in 1899. Her campaign went so far as to manage to get the sale of tobacco banned in
17 states in the 1920s. She ultimately tried to run for president. Lucille, ironically, died of throat cancer but she lived long enough to see
tobacco prohibition overturned.
Now lets see where anti-tobacco is today:
Because of excessive taxation, there is a thriving black market for tobacco. The black market is unregulated and sells to children as much as to
adults. Instead of narrowing the tobacco market with regulation, it is the wild wild west out there and tobacco is more freely available than ever
(and at cheaper prices than I seen since the 1970s.
The economy is being affected by smoking bans and private businesses are suffering.
Big Tobacco is thriving with stock prices higher than they have ever been. Even in the economic downturn, tobacco stocks have remained stable.
In every region of the world where anti-tobacco has taken root, for the last 10 years, the decrease in smoking in the population has either stalled or
risen. Although its hard to keep track anymore, what with people buying black market tobacco.
Smokers are becoming angry and rebellious to the point of telling Anti-tobacco to "piss off".
Anti-tobacco funding is being choked off at every turn. Anti-tobacco phase is now waning as Big Pharma jumps on the anti-obesity campaign.
And those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.
TIRED OFCONTROL FREAKS