I got a reply telling me Mrs May was a bit busy (!), but my letter would be passed to her. But actually Mrs May is still busy. She's trying to save her political life. The letter was a real paper letter - and the next one will be too. But next time, I'll address it to 'The Prime Minister'.
But what THIS post is about is why I defend smokers, when I myself have not smoked a cigarette since 2011.
My letter only concerned smokers - not vapers.
Why am I not concerned about vapers?
Well I AM concerned about vapers and that's why I defend smokers.
Tobacco Control in all its forms, harm reduction activists, charities, lobby groups, World Health Organisation, The European Union Tobacco Control Directive and all anti-smokers are working at the Endgame.
zero or close to zero prevalence of tobacco use), complete (or close to) ending of commercial sale of tobacco and tobacco use being fully denormalised in society, with virtually nil exposure of children to tobacco useI repeat -
Tobacco use being fully denormalised in society, with virtually nil exposure of children to tobacco use.
To me, this is something that is completely offensive, in every way - morally, ethically, spiritually, ideologically, politically. Smoking is a lifestyle choice, not a mosquito, or bacterial infection that needs stamping out. It is not an epidemic in the way of Polio or Ebola. It is not even genital mutilation.
I find it astonishing that smokers are given no consideration even though most smokers do not die from smoking. Well - in the 1960s it was reportedly 1 in 5. In the 1990s it was 1 in 3. And lately, it is " up to half of all smokers" die from smoking. So you can see that Tobacco Control nocebos of medical porn on packets of cigarettes are making smokers die even more quickly than they did before! (no joke actually)
Smoking is a pleasurable activity. Vapers substitute vaping for smoking. Smoking and vaping are inseparable.
Whatever is said and done to smokers is being done to us. The same regulations will apply.
And they already are being - Where can you still Vape?
Where can you smoke?
I have heard vapers say "Don't vape where you can't smoke". The Smoking Bans are the problem because smoking and vaping are perceived as the SAME.
That's why we need to demand consideration for smokers. We need to demand an end to their persecution. Without legal consideration for smokers, there will be no respite for vapers either.
There needs to be a change in attitude to how smokers are treated.The torture screw needs to stop turning on them in the Tobacco Control attempt to reach The End Game. If vapers just chill out thinking they don't have to defend smokers because they don't smoke, THEY are going to be crushed in the torture screw too. And it won't make the least little difference on how 'harm reducing' vaping is compared to smoking. It won't make one jot of difference!
Defending smokers, which we so recently were, is a vaper's duty. Vapers are simply smokers that vape instead of smoking.
Vapers AND smokers need to stand together against The End Game. It's a most evil totalitarian ideology to which controlling the people by legislation is being attached. It is vile in its guise of being about our 'health'!