I do mean what the title says, make tobacco illegal.
Scotland is praised for being the first in the UK to ban smoking in public places. It came into being under a Westminster labour government and the Scottish government at the time, a labour/libdem, pushed it through. Why hasn't that act been compared with Margaret Thatcher's use of the Scots for her poll tax? Scotland was used as guinea pigs then but because it did not affect those who smoke or drink or even don't pay the absurd fee to the BBC, it has been ignored. It was used in exactly the same manner for the smoking ban but of course nobody noticed because it affected less of the population. It was a 'pilot' scheme using Scotland in the same manner Mrs Thatcher used Scotland for the poll tax.
The Scots are the pilot scheme of such Westminster ideas.
Today, a medic has proposed that smoking should be banned in cars. He goes on to say:
- One in five of all Sudden Infant Deaths (cot death) – 40 per year
- Over 20,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infection
- 120,000 cases of middle ear disease
- At least 22,000 new cases of wheeze and asthma
- 200 cases of bacterial meningitis
This is why I suggest that tobacco should be illegal. Let's call their bluff. Yes I smoke but I smoke responsibly along with millions in this country.
To imply that 40 babies a year die because of passive smoking puts hundreds of parents and families into the most serious state of guilt that they'll ever experience along with the other statistics quoted. I'm furious that such implications have been made without detailed evidence being available. It's appalling that a medic can make such a statement without serious evidence which has never been available to the public.
So many parents who have never smoked or who have had the sense to smoke away from their babies and who have experienced a cot death in the past 50 years or so will now be racked with guilt. How dreadful when these folk had to experience finding their baby dead when it was loved and cared for to bits. Many who never smoked will be thinking who entered their home and smoked. The distress for parents who have had 'cot death' babies must be unbearable today. The whole scenario doesn't bear thinking about because I'm sure, if tobacco was banned, the numbers would be similar to what they are today - that is if the statistics were based on similar evidence.
How are these statistics compiled?
No responsible parent these days smokes cigarettes in the same room as a baby or even young child. I will expand that to an elderly member of the family who, as is medically proven, has reduced lung capacity.
If smoking was to be made illegal then the figures above would disappear. The government would be far richer with taxes from fines of people like myself, who seldom has passengers in my own vehicle, yet I'll be easy meat for the 'car smoking' lobby.
It is not my intention to stop smoking in my car should I wish to do so. On the occasions when I have passengers I refrain. Fine me. Next it will be parents who 'allow' their children to become overweight. Don't think it will stop there because it won't. The parents of children who are classed underweight will also be fined.
So let's just ban tobacco altogether. Let's see how the government's coffers survive. Presently, the production costs in a packet of my preferred cigarettes is 41p, yet in supermarkets I pay well above £5.
I'm truly angry with the double standard of governments and also some of the people who don't realise how much of their freedoms are being withdrawn just because they believe that smokers are evil. Believe me smoking was an easy target - it had only around 40% of the population who indulged. Now particularly the Scottish government are insisting the cost of alcohol should increase yet they continue to support the habit of drunks being sent to jam up A & Es and not stuck in cells and fined for their breach of the piece behaviour.
Make tobacco illegal. Then let us see the statistics of cot deaths reduce by 40%, plus of course all the other statistics reduced by the figures quoted. I have no doubt that these numbers will stay much the same.
It won't happen. We know that. Yet people will believe these numbers, parents of cot death babies will be further haunted by their 'mistakes' and tobacco will continue to be legal because, on a packet of 20 cigarettes, £4 goes towards the treasury. Of course there's less taxation from obesity but the Righteous continue on their pilgrimage. These people must show the proof of their allegations before declaring such figures.
We must call their bluff and the only way to do that is make tobacco illegal. If this doesn't happen then the Righteous will take over the lives of all of us. Believe me it will happen and not just to do with smoking; that's only the beginning.
Editor's note: Apologies for the spelling error in the title. It has now been corrected. I must have had my head in Spain where outlets are called Tabac. That's my excuse!