And yet, not such a long time from then, smoking is illegal almost everywhere.
This change has come so swiftly it is unbelievable.
I want my position on smoking to be clear. Inhaling smoke day after day is logically not a healthy thing to do. But having smoked for 50 years, I have been one of the lucky ones to escape obvious health effects. I think there are a lot of people like me, healthy smokers. Smokers should not be made criminals.
Second Hand Smoke dangers have been a lie - don't believe me? Read THIS. Edit - if that link doesn't work read HERE
THE world's leading health organisation has withheld from publication a study which shows that not only might there be no link between passive smoking and lung cancer but that it could even have a protective effect.
The astounding results are set to throw wide open the debate on passive smoking health risks. The World Health Organisation, which commissioned the 12-centre, seven-country European study has failed to make the findings public, and has instead produced only a summary of the results in an internal report.
Despite repeated approaches, nobody at the WHO headquarters in Geneva would comment on the findings last week. At its International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, which coordinated the study, a spokesman would say only that the full report had been submitted to a science journal and no publication date had been set.
The findings are certain to be an embarrassment to the WHO, which has spent years and vast sums on anti-smoking and anti-tobacco campaigns. The study is one of the largest ever to look at the link between passive smoking - or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) - and lung cancer, and had been eagerly awaited by medical experts and campaigning groups.
Yet the scientists have found that there was no statistical evidence that passive smoking caused lung cancer.End Quote
It would have been perfectly possible, seeing we live in a technologically clever age, for smokers to have carried on using smoking rooms everywhere - especially in pubs, hotels and the hospitality industries. And smoking outside is a no harm no brainer. Smokers should not be made criminals. The hospitality industry that harbour smokers have been made criminals too. And smokers that dare to show children what smoking looks like.
We have been fed inaccurate science about smoking by those against it. There is no doubt about that. (Please read this comment - it is most illuminating) We see noxious tactics in how electronic cigarettes are being demonised now. If I ever wanted confirmation that the anti smoking crowd have simply pushed their agenda on trusting people in dubious fashion - it is crystal clear.
The World Health Organisation and their Tobacco Control Directive, have made criminals of millions of smokers worldwide instead of co-operating to make smoking safer for those who do it. How could they have done that, you ask? Well by demanding that tobacco in cigarettes be additive free for a start. They have vainly tried to eradicate smoking by persecuting individual smokers by law. Smokers should not be made criminals.
No matter WHAT arguments are raised about smoking, there is one fact that cannot be argued against. Smokers smoke because it is PLEASURABLE. It is a social pleasure. It is shameful that smokers have to hang out together in the streets, when they could be affirmed as a cohesive group of people by having places to practise their pleasure in comfort. Smokers should not be made criminals.
The World Health Organisation has now pronounced against electronic cigarettes. The ripple from that will go on like a huge wave in the media unstopped, and unstoppable. Watch how all the anti-tobacco propaganda will be rolled into place against vaping - almost like a
Many vapers believe the anti-smoking blurb they have been bombarded with and feel the guilt and pain of smoking. That feeling of guilt was put in your heart with malice aforethought, by a carefully crafted strategic plan. That is your response to a brainwashing process called social engineering practised by Tobacco Control. No doubt those same vapers will now be questioning vaping. Some of the pleasure of vaping will be replaced with pain. Maybe you will stop vaping. Maybe you will go back to smoking - if you do, use natural tobacco. But most of all, understand that vapers are not criminals. Vapers should not be made criminals.
Smokers, smoke if you want to - I wish you were given some rights to pursue YOUR pleasure in a civilised fashion. Smokers should not be made criminals.
Vapers, vape if you want to - I hope we are given some rights to pursue OUR pleasure. Vapers are not criminals. But the track record of how smokers have been treated, when science has been perverted and solutions COULD have been found for smokers, does not bode well for us vapers.
It is shocking that we have to beg for something that not long ago was a personal choice. How the world has turned. How much more restriction can we take? Smokers are not criminals, but we folded under allegations that Second Hand Smoke harmed others. Vapers are not criminals and we might fold under the same accusations.
Do we have to grovel and beg to our masters crying "Let your people vape!"?