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Turning "Smoke ban" thing into ANTI-DIOXIN movement

John Jonik • 20 October 2005


Who would be the right persons to contact with information and materials that could be used to stop, or certainly delay, any smoking bans?

The point is that the wording of laws and the "science" used to justify such laws is routinely either patently untrue or is based on unsound, sometimes famously discredited studies. Publicans, and customers who smoke, are being scapegoated to protect the interests that made most cigarettes excessively addictive and excessively, inevitably dangerous.

Please note that I am NOT making pleas for "rights to smoke". My point is about EVERYONE's right to not be secretly poisoned by product adulterants. I contend that there must be a ban on ANY untested and known harmful non-tobacco substances in cigarettes.

The bans, ironically, BENEFIT cigarette makers by casting blame and burdens of law onto OTHERS and onto a grossly under-studied natural plant. To my knowledge, no study of plain tobacco or smoke from plain tobacco has been presented in court or legislatures or elsewhere. Tobacco is being condemned and banned without a trial...often for diseases that are impossible to be caused by tobacco or any plant. If they say that "tobacco", by itself w/out adulterants, does this or that harm, simply ask for the studies that show this. One might point out that dioxin, in cigarette smoke from the pesticide residues and bleached paper, is ALREADY known to cause those diseases. Dioxin cannot suddenly be SAFE in cigarette smoke. I believe N. Ireland signed the POPs treaty to phase dioxin off the earth. Officials cannot now say that dioxin is of no concern.

Cigarettes are not defined for content that may include some of the most toxic, carcinogenic NON-Tobacco substances on earth...including dioxins and radiation. Tobacco is not defined or described to include, importantly, all the pesticide residues and hundreds of other adulterants. Smoke is not defined or described to differentiate it from an infinite number of other forms of smoke. Smoke from a singed marshmallow is quite different from smoke from a trash incinerator. Smokers are VICTIMS of what is nothing less than Secret Poisoning. No Informed Consent is sought or given so that smokers know what they are actually using...and it is NOT just tobacco by a long stretch.

Many of those who push for Smoke Bans are part of the cigarette cartel via pesticides, other chemicals and cigarette additives...and even insurance of and investment IN cigarette manufacturing. Their motive is to save the cigarette manufacturing and supply firms from indictments and liabilities for what they DID to the tobacco and the cigarettes...and the Guinea pigged consumers. If any witnesses are given credence to speak against "smoking", they MUST be scrutinized for any links to the so-far unpublicized parts of the cigarette industry. They MUST be asked, in public, preferably under oath, if they are referring to TOBACCO smoke, or to smoke from multi-ingredient, pesticide-contaminated, radiation-contaminated tobacco smoke. If they claim not to know, their expertise is shattered.

In the USA, there are many so-called "tobacco products" that many contain absolutely NO tobacco, but instead "tobacco substitute material" made in Patented processes to "simulate" tobacco. That is...this stuff is a lie by its camouflaged appearance, smell and taste. You cannot GET tobacco smoke from such products. I don't know if fake tobacco is legal in N. Ireland.

This is to say that Publicans, possibly also victims of dioxin/radiation contaminated smoke, must NOT be made to bear burdens of law for something for which they were not responsible. This is doubly true when one notices NO bans on untested and known deadly non-tobacco substances in typical cigarettes.

Please note that the ban promoters want it both ways: They say that "business improves" one day, then the next day they want to impose bans in neighboring jurisdictions so that customers do not flock to the ban-free locations.

If any official uses the term "tobacco" or "tobacco smoke" they must be required to DEFINE it for content.

I have a blog with references to the above and more. See: It's not perfect but it's a start.

Publicans ought be outraged at being cast as villains for tolerating smoking, and for having to adjust any business policies for the benefit of those who've made most cigarettes so dangerous. It may be that Publicans have been on the receiving end of libelous statements. The officials who now don the halo of "wholesomeness" and "health" are the very ones who've allowed the toxic/carcinogenic adulterants to be in the products and who've never once warned consumers about the non-tobacco dangers. This halo can be removed from them by simply making it clear what typical cigarettes actually are...and they are not just tobacco. This will put the ban promoters on the ropes, deservedly so.











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