Stoptober

I did write a long post about this, yesterday, but I fell asleep before I could finish it*.

It really isn’t hard to understand why the Stop Smoking Nazi’s would suddenly unleash some kind of mass quit smoking month.

I reckon the whole ‘Lock the fags away and we will save lives’ failed. In fact I know it did. Just like every single smoker told them it would. So how do you make a much hyped and very expensive mistake into a resounding success, in less than 12 months?.

Well you could run a short, sharp government funded quit smoking program, for 4 weeks. You could register every idiot that signed up and then claim, 6 months down the line, that if they didn’t smoke for 28 days they’d quit, forever, and it was all down to the ‘doors’. Which would make the doors a winner, and plain packaging the next logical step.

In reality it would be a shit load of bollocks, but the Daily Mail would eat it right up, and the government funded puritanical arsewipes would gain another foothold in their quest to remove anything they didn’t approve of, from the lives of people that pay their wages.

*You can hunt out the new stories, I really can’t be arsed.

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JH adds: There is actually a campaign up now – click either the badge or HERE.  Bloggers in general hope you’ll join this for October.

5 comments for “Stoptober

  1. September 10, 2012 at 06:13

    I would add this – my father died of emphyzema and my mother of asthma related to smoking – bronchitis has also now begun with me. Therefore I should be a staunch anti-smoking campaigner. However, the way this thing has been taken over and mishandled by the government and semi-governmental nazis is a disgrace and this national socialism needs to be opposed with great vigour.

    Hence I’m supporting this campaign of #Octabber

  2. September 10, 2012 at 06:42

    Sorry to hear of your symptoms James.

    There is no incompatibility between doing what’s best for your own health, and campaigning against government interference in personal lifestyle choices.

  3. Rossa
    September 10, 2012 at 07:43

    This is just window dressing. Like the ‘war on drugs’ the quit smoking campaign won’t have any real effect on smokers.They don’t really want to stop smokers when they get so much revenue from them in taxation. And no child has ever started smoking just by seeing a packet of fags displayed on a shelf in a shop. Either their parents smoke or their mates do, so they copy others’ behaviour.

    Same with booze and cars on the road. They’ve lost the argument when it’s always to ‘save the children’ either from passive smoking, dangerous weapons that kill on the roads and abusive alcoholics in the home.

    Most people will do what they want, when they want and even with things like petrol costing over £6 a gallon, if you really want (or have to) to run a car you will and smoke or drink as much as you can. So this is just another dead end (pun intended)!

  4. JD
    September 10, 2012 at 10:39

    agree with Rossa – they need the tax money!

    best way to get people to stop is tell them they stink (which they do!) 🙂

  5. Amfortas
    September 10, 2012 at 14:42

    The Australian Gummunt has introduced many pieces of legislation against smoking including making it illegal to smoke in most public places and having ‘plain packaging’.

    The intent, they say (lie) is to cut out smoking altogether. But the taxation forward estimates do not show any expected decline in revenue. Presumably the ‘Last Smoker’ will bear the $4 billion all by herself. (probably from Child Benefit)

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