14 February 2006
Parliament has voted for a TOTAL BAN on smoking in enclosed public spaces, with NO EXCEPTIONS! This one piece of legislation has done more for the public health of English people than all the other legislation enacted since Labour came to power in 1997 - and long before then.
BBC News | The Guardian | How each MP voted
17 October 2005
British American Tobacco (BAT) is operating a factory in one of the most oppressive states in the world, North Korea, it has been revealed. The Guardian.
Yes, that's the same BAT whose employees include Conservative MP Ken Clarke.
Northern Ireland to ban smoking in work places, including pubs and clubs. The Guardian.
Someone sent me this link :o)
10 October 2005
The British Government has announced it is considering toughening up its previously weak and ill-conceived plans for a partial smoking ban.
Instead, it is proposed that smoking will be banned in all confined, public spaces, excluding specifically sectioned rooms. BBC News.
28 September 2005
Pop-artist David Hockney, the inspiration for this website, and poster boy for pro-smoking lobby group "Forest", has marched on the Labour Party's annual conference.
Apparently those who propose a ban on smoking are "dreary" and "bossy". We are not, however, responsible for the deaths of 11,000 NON-smokers in the UK, every year - they're the price for smokers' choice.
6 September 2005
Smokers are twice as likely to suffer blindness in old age compared to non-smokers, BBC News reports.
1 June 2005
Sweden bans smoking in pubs and restaurants, reports the BBC.
27 April 2005
Opponents of a smoking ban are "peddling myths" to prevent its introduction, doctors say. BBC News.
3 March 2005
See my new STATISTICS page.
"Passive smoking kills more than 11,000 a year in the UK". This is a startling and, quite frankly, shocking figure, as reported by the BBC.
26 December 2004
"Anti smoking ads to shock parents", the BBC reports. The slant appears to be 'You'll die prematurely and leave your kids without their mummy and/or daddy". The ads are described as "hard-hitting".
How about a campaign showing the kids choking on their parents' second hand smoke?
From the article:
Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group FOREST, said: "This campaign should carry a government health warning because smokers and their families are in serious danger of being scared to death.
Does Simon feel the same way about drink-driving campaigns too?
"Everyone knows there are risks associated with smoking" - although not everyone has the freedom to chose NOT to take that risk - "but these advertisements stigmatise all smokers irrespective of whether they are long-term heavy smokers or moderate smokers who keep fit and enjoy a healthy diet."
What's wrong with stigmatising those who place the health of innocent bystanders at risk?
25 December 2004
Another letter expressing disappointment in my attitude:
"Hi, i have recently viewed your page on smoking, and i am disgusted in the way you confront the smokers and put them down. If they are trying to stop, you have now put a burden on their backs because they feel like they have to quit for your benefit. I am against smoking but i don't put people down like you. Next time please think about what your saying. Yours sincerely Miss Mia Holt."
I have thought about what I have said. Quitting smoking for the benefit of those around you is, perhaps, the best reason of all. If another person's poisonous habit didn't cause me any harm, then why would I object to it?
Merry Christmas, everyone!
In response to today's news, a
friend wrote this.
Smoking ban proposed for England. BBC
News. But it's not an outright ban and wont
come in to effect for a few years. Meanwhile, in
Bhutan, the government has banned smoking and made
the purchase and sale of cigarettes an offence,
and the importation of cigarettes a smuggling offence.
letter I received today has suggested that the language
and "personal abuse" expressed on this
site might serve to undermine its credibility.
reply was as follows:
have said the same and have had a valid point.
my opinion is that, in a rational analysis of the
facts, the arguments are as valid with or without
site was written in a very short space of time and
the site captures my mood, at that time. If I change
the way it was written, the passion with which I
expressed myself at that moment, would
is an issue which I feel strongly about and I am
willing to accept the fact that some people wont
look passed my anger to the points I make - even
if they wont see my point of view, I will still
have gotten the smoke off of my chest."
A couple of cheeky spammers have been trolling the
forum. From today onwards, all most register
as members prior to posting.
Scottish publicans will fight smoking ban,
warns purveyor of alcohol. BBC
Liverpool votes to ban smoking in public.
News. "Liverpool has become the first city
in the UK to ban smoking in public places following
a decision by councilors". Follow up - "Liverpool
smoke ban bid welcomed".
Passive smoking threat underlined. BBC
News. "Demands for government action have
to be balanced against the rights and responsibilities
of individuals" - for we must not impede on a
smoker's right to poison those breathing the same
Google have suspended my adwords account for this
"Thank you for advertising with Google AdWords.
After reviewing your account, I have found that one
or more of your ads or keywords does not meet our
guidelines. The results are outlined in the report
taken: Suspended - Pending Revision
Issue(s): Unacceptable Content
Content: At this time, Google policy does not permit
ad text that advocates against an individual, group,
or organization. In addition, this policy does not
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against a group protected by law. As noted in our
advertising terms and conditions, we reserve the right
to exercise editorial discretion when it comes to
the advertising we accept on our site. Please note
that both your ad and keywords have been suspended
at this time."
I'm trying out Google Adwords to drum up some interest
in the site. The first forum member, "yousuckass" has signed up. I'd
rather suck ass than cigarette smoke.
Smoking ban could save £billions (not to mention
many lives). BBC
Speculation of a UK ban on smoking in public places
Passive smoking risk worse than thought. MSNBC.
John Reid has declared smoking to be one of the few
working class pleasures. John Reid is the British
Health Secretary for the Labour Party. BBC
News and BBC
After reading of and listening to artist
David Hockney trot out a load of old bollocky excuses
in defence of his foul smoking habit, I built