Chapter 6: Passive Smoking

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Without doubt the single biggest weapon in the anti-smoking campaign, and resulting in the massive attention on public health, is passive smoking, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).  Given that being told smoking was harmful did little to stop people smoking, we were told that smokers are damaging the health of other people too.  This has obvious implications: throughout history, and to this day, people can defend their actions by saying it is their body, their right, and ultimately does not affect anyone else.  So, of course, being told that, actually, smoking tobacco will harm, and possibly kill, those around that person means that suddenly smoking is not just an inconvenience to non-smokers, but a threat to their health.  At first most people did not pay much attention to the warnings and shrugged it off, but in recent years the ETS campaign has grown with alarming speed, to the point where some people now claim smokers should be prosecuted for attempted murder. 

There are, naturally, scary figures to accompany the scare; how else would we be convinced?  Of course, it does not matter in the least to those creating the figures and the hype that no such danger really exists - this is all for the bigger picture: demonising smoking, at any cost.

I have already explained how, given the amount of people who smoke, it appears smoking cannot be killing as many people as we are led to believe this can be determined without looking at studies, mere population statistics tell this.  The fact the studies do not prove what they set out to also speaks volumes.  But, if second-hand smoke is killing as well, then there would hardly be anyone left in the world today; if 80% smoked, 100% would be exposed to the smoke, meaning that, if we believe the official line, 50% of those active smokers would be dead, plus however many people passive smoke is supposedly killing (it is hard to say, given the figures change with rapid regularity). 

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