As of the 1st October 2015 — UK legislation has been passed making it now “illegal” to smoke in cars with someone under 18 present. This is apparently to protect children from the dangers of second-hand smoke that the government and leading Cancer Charities claims kills up to 12,000 people a year…
Many will argue that this is a no-brainer. Why would you not want to protect children from those smelly cancer sticks that are causing so much suffering across the world?
Smokers have received a pretty rough ride over the last decade with ever-increasing restrictions, taxes and duties being added to their pack of L&B’s which now equates to over 77% of the recommended retail price.
To put that in some perspective; The total tax burden of a £7.98 packet of 20 cigarettes now amounts to £6.17 which generates around £12.3 billion annually to the governments coffers. It’s important to note that the overall health and economic cost of all forms of cancer is around £15 billion a year in the UK, to which lung cancer contributes “just” £2.4 billion…
So why do smokers get such a hard time? — The reality is that the NHS would crumble without smokers, but yet as a community we are constantly being targeted, restricted, taxed and ostracised by society — It simply does not make sense.
I have been a smoker since I was 16 and now smoke on average 10 cigarettes a day. Therefore —my personal contribution to the HMRC (just from enjoying the occasional puff) works out to £28,236 over the last 13 years (you’re welcome) — I should be getting high-fives from the anti-tobacco crusaders for my valuable efforts, not dirty looks and self-righteous arrogance when I ask for a lighter.
Having worked in the nightclub industry for several years, I am happy to admit that I much prefer a smoke free environment within a club, bar or restaurant — I actually quite enjoy popping outside during a meal to have a chat with my fellow fag-breathed friend.
What really irks me though are the lies used to justify these bans. It has since come to light that the very same study by the Environmental Protection Agency that was used as “evidence” to enforce the ban— has since revealed that there is “no association between environmental tobacco smoke and cancer”. The report was simply “cherry-picked” to suit their agenda.
The whole premise that second-hand smoke causes cancer is a myth — In-fact, I will go so far as to say it is nothing short of a blatant lie that is being peddled by the government to create more taxable revenue.
A study by the French environmental campaigning group Robin des Bois found that a typical two-hour barbecue can release the same level of dioxins as up to 220,000 cigarettes. Dioxins are a group of chemicals known to increase the likelihood of cancer. That’s pretty scary right…?
With this in mind — Why are the loony brainwashed anti-smoking nazis not campaigning for a ban on BBQ’s? It goes to show just how insignificant the actual dangers of second-hand tobacco smoke really is.
This car smoking ban is simply another way of clawing more money from the pockets of the public under the “guise” of looking out for everyone’s best interests. How typical is it of the Government to solve “problems” with a fine — Isn’t £12.3 billion you receive annually from us not enough?
If we are going to pretend that this law has been introduced to protect kids, then why not be more consistent across the board. Why not start by banning BBQ’s — Actually, let’s ban all TV advertising of grills, briquets, barbecue tools and barbecue sauces as we don’t want our little precious children being corrupted.
To further protect our little darlings, let’s introduce minimum age requirements for barbecuing “paraphernalia”, with yet more fines for any merchant selling to minors. That would generate more cash surely?
The reality is that the tactics of unscrupulous scare-mongers are gradually taking choices away from us little by little and, frankly, taking all the fun out of life. What makes it worse it that the government are gradually corrupting scientists with funds paid for producing the “correct” results to bolster their argument.
Frankly i’m sick to death of being told what I can and can’t do and having the government and the anti-smoking brigade poking their snobby noses into one of few remaining vices — so don’t expect any support from me when “they” come after yours…