Smokers (and non smokers) do yourselves a favour! Read this….

My day was uplifted when I read this article on Sottnet. Though I think I have read it before, but forgot. I think it uplifted me then, as it does now. So I’m archiving it here, so I don’t forget again…..enjoy!

Oh! remember to read the comments Have fun. Feel good.

Nicotine – The Zombie Antidote


Nice links for smokers and vapers

Such skill and knowledge in the writings of these two men is worth sharing.

For smokers read this answer I found by Gustavo Guardiola on Quora – it’s great.

How is it fair that during work, smokers get to take a break to smoke but don’t have to make up the time they missed?

For vapers read Clive Bates on The Vaping Epidemic (in young people in the USA) (Long but worth the read)

The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?



I’m looking for a political party to join…

I used to be very interested in UKIP. Indeed I voted ‘Leave’. I liked Nigel Farage – a smoker and drinker – a sort of family guy.

I have come to the conclusion our political parties are dreadful. I’m not Conservative, nor Labour nor Lib Dem. They have all behaved disgustingly in the savaging of Brexit. I hold them all responsible. If ever we needed proof that politics is a grubby, dirty thing, we’ve seen it now.

The stomach turns.

One of the grubbiest laws to pass in Parliament was the 2007 full smoking ban which was pushed through by a trick at the last minute. It was put forward as a partial ban, but that was not what happened.

UKIP’S manifesto was the only manifesto that I have ever seen to mention smokers and smoking. But the new manifesto doesn’t mention it.

There are millions of smokers in the UK that deserve consideration. They are more numerous that LGBTQ! Yet not a soul mentions them. I have brought the smokers’ persecution up with my own MP, who replies by sending me Tobacco Control templates.

Smokers are vilely treated by a brainwashed society who have fallen for grubby and dodgy anti smoking tactics. I am not a smoker, but I used to be and my soul remembers the disgraceful behaviour of anti smokers towards me. I will always be a smoker at heart.

I would join UKIP if there was one mention of smokers in their manifesto. And I bet a million other smokers would too!

So I wrote to them….

I would like to know if your party would press the Government to re assess the smoking bans, or do anything for the section of the British public who feel they are a persecuted minority – the smokers? I’m not sure how many smokers there are – nine million or so. To these people, such an addition to your manifesto would be an important addition, which you used to have but have now removed for some reason! What a real pity. They have been sold out… I am not a smoker, but I used to be. No other section of the population is treated with such inconsideration, and I have been disappointed you have removed any mention of them now. This is not the UKIP I knew – the UKIP smokers would vote for.

I received a reply…

Thank you very much for your e-mail.

You are absolutely right – UKIP did have provision in earlier manifestos to allow smoking areas in pubs where the landlord or landlady so wished it. Quite why this has “evaporated” I do not know.

Thus I am forwarding your message and query to Gerard Batten MEP.

So we will see what we will see…..

I would join UKIP if they restored their original smoking policy. The original was not “to allow smoking areas in pubs where the landlord or landlady so wished it.”, it was for the smoking ban to be reassessed. Pubs aren’t the only victims of the smoking ban…..

Be clever UKIP. There are millions of voters out there, just waiting for a tiny piece of consolation.

Vaping – ignore the fearophobes

I am a vaper. I have been vaping for seven years. A friend has been vaping for ten years. We feel great! We think we feel better than if we’d stayed smoking.

I am absolutely sick of all the bullshit we keep hearing in the mainstream media quoting bad science to prove vaping is harmful. To find out if vaping is helpful for smokers we have the millions of anecdotal stories from delighted smokers themselves: such as stories from smokers like me, who smoked for fifty years, and who stopped (accidentally) seven years ago by taking up vaping and not had a cigarette since.

The press are doing smokers a terrible dis-service by putting fear into society about “the dangers of vaping”. First of all, they put the fear of god into the families of those smokers who try to switch from smoking to vaping; secondly, fearophobics stop smokers trying something to replace smoking – with vaping – which is SIGNIFICANTLY safer.

Please stop reading the fear stories about vaping. The fact that Australia has banned vaping has nothing to do with questioning the health benefits of vaping, but everything to do with the control the Anti Smoking Industry has got over the government there. The Anti Smoking Industry is an example of totalitarianism gone wild. It is criminal to withhold beneficial technological progress from the people because YOU disapprove.

Thank goodness, the United Kingdom has more common sense.

A must-have resource on Smoking and Ethics – mentally, emotionally and morally scrumptious

If you are interested in smoking, vaping,  or The Tobacco Control Industry, as I am, here is a smashing resource offering information about everything you  have always felt was ‘never morally quite right’! You will find browsing here ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS!

Let’s knock ourselves out! Join me please……

Smoking – On Ethics

Smoking is controversial, eliciting strong views from many people. Investment in the tobacco industry can be equally controversial for some. The question is whether the “ethical” approach to investing in the sector is really ethical at all, or simply an expression of prejudice against smokers and the smell of tobacco smoke

About smoking

I enjoyed this article that I post quotes from. But I liked the comments too.

Why IS it smokers never rebel? Why are we not represented in parliament or government. We have no Lobby Groups. And no money!

No scientist questions facts about smoking. Once, people ‘loved’ the smell of fresh cigarette smoke – I admit stale smoke is not pleasant – even to me. But then, I am one of the generation that grew up marinated in second hand smoke – the longest living generation of all time. Just saying.

I think we have taken leave of our senses. Tobacco Control is not what it seems. It’s the first tentacle of totalitarianism – and no one fights it.

No smoker groups fight the laws except C.L.A.S.H in New York. There might be others that I have never heard of.

I am not a smoker. I’m a vaper. But the same tactics are being used about vaping that were used to terrify the population about Second Hand Smoke.

I object to that!

Here is a comment I found worth archiving, followed by quotes from the article – a breath of fresh air – yes, the article is a breath of FRESH air.

A comment

Smoking bans have never been about health; they’re about control.

On second hand smoke: The majority of studies—over 70 studies including the two most robust studies (Boffetta and Engstrom & Kabet showed no adverse effects under normal exposures). The second hand smoke ruse was developed to stigmatize and denormalize smoking and smokers.

See Boffetta, et al: Multicenter Case-Control Study of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Lung Cancer in Europe, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 90, No. 19, October 7, 1998: “public indoor settings did not represent an important source of ETS exposure.” (This case-control study used data from the IARC. The period of enrollment of case and control subjects was from 1988 to 1994–16 years; IARC=International Agency for Research on Cancer.}

This large study looked at 38 years worth of data: Enstrom, JE and Kabat, GC. Environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality in a prospective study of Californians, 1960-98 BMJ 2003; 326:1057.This study found “No significant associations were found for current or former exposure to environmental tobacco smoke before or after adjusting for seven confounders and before or after excluding participants with pre-existing disease.” (This prospective study used American Cancer Society dataset.)

Smoking bans and mirrors: Is it about health? Or control?

When I was in college, quite some time ago, I smoked in class.  You could smoke in airplanes, bars, restaurants, public parks, subways, hotel rooms, Grandma’s parlor.  Today?  Almost nowhere.  How is it that in those days, almost no one complained about the smell of burning tobacco, and now nearly everyone does?

The war on tobacco, breathlessly waged by liberals and others who yearn to command everyone and everything, is based on the hysteria that smoking and being around the reprobates who smoke, as the surgeon general has declared, kill us.  That countless others things do is dismissed as a distraction, not germane to the clear scientific facts.

A look at the clear scientific facts actually conveys quite a different conclusion.

According to nearly all the studies done, as opposed to the mere assertions, about 10 percent of lifelong cigarette-smokers contract any stripe of cancer.  Those who consume three or more packs a day have a 3- to 4-percent higher rate of lung cancer than the nonsmoking population.

And among that nonsmoking population, 10 to 15 percent are likely to get cancer of anything.  Thus, it would appear that in the absence of post hoc ergo propter hoc, you are more likely to be felled by cancer if you don’t smoke.

Read more:

Vapingpoint Liz


Thoughts on vaping


I started a video channel in 2011. I called it ‘Vaping for the over sixties’. Now I am in my seventies. Maybe I’ve just got old and crabby, but I am not going to make any more videos or write about vaping anymore. Firstly, there are wonderful videos on the internet about vaping and vaping products – or at the moment there are. The  disappointment in me is that videos by vapers promoting vaping might be shut down as the cage of hate about vaping constricts us and freedom of speech is closed down by those who control us.


So right now in June 2018, in England, we are free to spread the word that vaping is a good thing. In the UK, there seems to be a saner attitude to vaping. It is allowed by our controllers. You can buy devices freely and vaping is sanctioned as a helpful thing for smokers to “quit “ smoking.


But I have not used vaping to quit smoking, though, of course, I HAVE.  I smoked for fifty years. As the regulations against smoking seeped into society and smokers became the persecuted minority, I vowed I would NEVER give it up. The word “quit” is a word put about by Tobacco Control to give the idea that  stopping smoking is a flippant thing that anyone can do, like it is a simple thing. I don’t believe that.


People smoke for reasons other than  simply being hooked on nicotine. It has always been nicotine that has been blamed yet, with the advent of vaping, a lot of ideas should have been jettisoned about nicotine. Nicotine was the  bad boy in smoking that, we were told, addicted us, and killed us.


Tobacco Control, lied to themselves and the world by demonizing nicotine. There are still people who think that nicotine causes cancer. And that  IT is what enslaves us to smoking.


From my own experiences as an enslaved smoker, it is something else in burning tobacco, some combination of chemicals that my body topped up with every time I smoked a cigarette. As a vaper, now, I never get the frantic meltdown if I do not vape, that used to overcome me without a cigarette. There is some other factor in inhaled tobacco that creates the craving.


I vape about three mls of e liquid a day. I mix my own. The  amount of nicotine is at strengths between 1.1 and .6 percent. It doesn’t  seem to matter what strength of nicotine it is but flavour is important to me. I used to often vape pure vegetable glycerine without nicotine or favouring. It is pleasantly sweet. But currently I only have aqueous vegetable glycerine which is bland, uninteresting and tasteless.


I switched to vaping as a SUBSTITUTE for smoking. It was never my intention to, as they say, ‘quit’. Smoking is deeply rooted in my psyche. And I believe it is rooted that way many people. Smoking is a comfort for me. A way to fill a hole. A pleasurable  activity, meaningful. It is the marker of peak experiences, deep lows, celebrations, triumphs, a friend that accompanies me through my life. My best friend. How thoughtless it is for someone to tell me I must simply ‘quit’.


It is more realistic to consider the idea that many people, for whatever psychological reason, who smoke, do not simply quit, but abandon a friend. The depression that such people feel, the emptiness, the loneliness, the heavy hearts are because they are suffering grief. I could never face the grief.


So vaping, for me, was the substitution of one friend for another. I have been such a happy vaper.


I achieved what  Tobacco Control wanted. I stopped smoking.


But now, I see some kind of insanity in the world that has grown up around vaping. In some countries it is illegal. Even possessing vaping paraphernalia can get you in prison. Don’t think this is some primitive, backward society somewhere remote. It is happening in so called civilised countries. In some, nicotine is illegal. Nicotine!


Instead of the welcoming of a technology that could truly make people give up their best friends and discover a new friend, we have prohibition, false science, scare stories, and persecution. Those responsible are the same Tobacco Control that are on a mission to make the whole world smoke free and destroy the Tobacco Industry.


They are using the same tactics about vaping. In the UK, we already have restrictions on the size of our tanks, the strength of our e liquid and, the most frustrating thing of all, the tiny tiny 10ml bottles in which we have to buy e liquid. This for a disabled person, drives me nuts. Also, we now are producing and discarding millions of little bottles!


But, at least, in the UK, vaping is not illegal.


Since I have been vaping, vapers themselves have changed. The absolute joy and comradie of discovering vaping has evaporated.


There is my kind of vaper, the kind that still thinks of themselves as a smoker who now vapes, that has switched friends so to speak, and then there is the other kind of vaper who is a bitter anti smoker.


Anti smoking vapers are not doing any good. They simply alienate smokers. They regurgitate the anti smoking dogma that has poisoned them. They quit from fear and compliance.


I don’t care if people smoke or vape. Smokers have had enough persecution. They  must be the most discriminated group on earth in the West. There has been no consideration shown to smokers in the UK, though, some European countries have not been so terminally infected by anti smoking lobby groups. For me, watching how Tobacco Control has promoted themselves worldwide, frightens me. It is totalitarian at its clearest. It means, to me, that any ideology using the same tactics could gradually remove our right to be free.


The strongest tool that Tobacco Control used, by design, planned at their conference when they were first forming and on purpose, was that they could claim second hand smoke was affecting others, and that smokers were not only killing themselves, but everyone else too. They used that to drive their ideology.


As of now, how dangerous second hand smoke is, has not been proved. Couples in which one partner smokes and the other doesn’t have been studied over lifetimes without producing any proof of fatal dangers.


This is important in considering how Tobacco Control is infecting the minds of society to also demonize vaping. What is our vapour doing to others? How frightened can they make society of US?


So, as I become more satisfied with devices we vapers can buy, they are getting better and better, I get more alarmed by how, this wonderful friend I have, is being demonized by anti smokers. To me, it is tragic how vaping has not been accepted for the pleasure it gives millions. Or, in my own experience, the ability to switch this devoted smoker, ME, to a substitute friend, to quit, to enthuse me to actually make videos for seven years, to write blogs, defend  and talk about vaping. If vaping did that to me, it can change millions of people. And of course, it has!


Unwittingly, my humble video channel ‘Vaping for the over sixties’, has encouraged hundreds of people to stop smoking. I know, because they write to me. I thank everyone for watching my videos which I am going to leave up as HISTORICAL. I will leave it all here till YouTube removes me for so called ‘promoting vaping’.


Younger people than me need to go on fighting the fight. A lot of you don’t remember the bad old days where people were free in an old fashioned world full of smokers. You cannot know the imagination, creativity, optimism of writers, artists, movie makers and society in general in those days. It seems to have disappeared now. A pall of depression has fallen over us. Society is being altered, dumbed, manicured. It has become a topiary where every stray shoot is being snipped off so that everyone conforms to the design of the controllers.


Everyone in the West is complaining their rights are violated by this, that or the other thing. Suicide rates have risen. The obsession with lifestyle has overtaken the spontaneity of enjoying a life.


No one smokes behind the shed in school any more. Or uses smoking as a rite of passage. They use much more dangerous stuff. Children are ashamed of their parents for smoking, drinking or being fat. School makes them so by telling children how dangerous to life smoking, drinking, and eating is. Their parents are killing themselves. How frightening that must feel about someone you love.


There are parents agonising about the behaviours of their children too. We are obsessed with vice but smoking is the greatest evil of all.


I wonder sometimes, in this time of war – the war on smoking, drugs, drink, food, thought, hate, men, bullying, and the many other wars of the modern age how the world would have been for young people had there been no wars, how life would be in a society where lobby groups were not allowed to partake in government, where drugs were legal and medically controlled, where the rite of passage was a cigarette, or sex was a thing you did rather than simply watched. And where people were free to NOT take offence.


It is politically incorrect to speak about many things that were once openly discussed, and, in the UK, in the twenty years I have lived here, the people i know have become more reticent, more tight lipped and more fearful of simply being themselves. We are being mentally sanitised in the West. Newspeak is the new speak. We have entered George Orwell’s 1984.


I ask young people listening to me, to investigate how the world has changed since the times we were free from excessive regulation. How, gradually, you are being muzzled, manipulated and brainwashed. Us oldies will not be here much longer. We have revealed a stunning truth that despite eating all wrong, smoking and drinking all wrong, being disciplined all wrong, being groped, flirted with, raped even, in a society run by men, we survived. We even flourished.


We are the longest living generation of all time.


Everyone nowadays has a better standard of living, better medical technology, better choices in food, clothing, and most material things than we had. And most people can read and write.


With all the wrong ways we were treated that in these times would be considered shocking, and all the wrong behaviours we practised in our lifestyle that are frowned on now, my generation developed true grit, produced wonderful music, comedy, literature, poetry, science and ideas that changed the world. And we did it in a smoking world.


Be aware of the danger of a world full of those promoting their own ideologies in the name of HEALTH or HAPPINESS. They are getting governments to legislate your every action.


Be sceptical of anything that regulates your thoughts. Be sceptical of so called science. Investigate the funding, the bias, the motive of the scientist doing the science. Believe nothing just because you are told to.


Health follows happiness. And happiness can develop when you are free.


If you smoke, smoke without guilt. Many smokers do NOT die from smoking. If you vape, vape without guilt. We are the big experiment that is worth it. Do not let the tight lipped disapprovers get you down. And to both smokers, vapers and those who are interested in liberty, resist totalitarianism of any kind.


If you haven’t, read, (or watch the films) the book George Orwell’s  1984.


Thank you for vaping with me. I wish you joy.

The Tobacco Control Industry and their venom

In my life, the most frightening thing that has seeped its way into the consciousness of culture, is the venomous thinking of Tobacco Control Industry. The idea of prohibition, the idea that Second Hand Smoke causes disease in those who inhale it, the idea that smoking is obnoxious, foul, repulsive, shameful and that smokers need eradicating from the face of the earth, is a terrifying creed – totalitarian. Currently, The Tobacco Control Industry is meeting in Cape Town.

Clive Bates sums up the insanity of The Tobacco Control Industry HERE and HERE

Clive Bates is part of The Tobacco Control Industry. I wish the scales would fall from his eyes and he would see the whole evil picture of it.

Here is their future battle plan against The Tobacco Industry. But actually everything they do is against individual smokers – smoker genocide – ridding the world of smokers.

This is ‘The Plan’

The Tobacco Industry has a grip on Government? That is the pot calling the kettle black indeed. The Tobacco Control Industry has a grip on every government in the world. Their product is hatred.

I think the words Tobacco Industry in ‘the plan’ should be changed to Tobacco Control Industry. THAT would be a good ‘plan’, and the whole world would be better off!

Break tobacco CONTROLcontrol og govt


‘The Disease of Public Health’ – excellent article

‘The Disease of Public Health’ – is an excellent article in Spiked, by Chris Snowdon published in 2013.

It still applies.

In fact, it is even MORE applicable in 2017.

As the definition of ‘health’ has been changed, so too has the meaning of ‘public health’. It once meant vaccinations, sanitation and education. It was ‘public’ only in the sense that it protected people from contagious diseases carried by others. Today, it means protecting people from themselves. The word ‘epidemic’ has also been divorced from its meaning – an outbreak of infectious disease – and is instead used to describe endemic behaviour such as drinking, or non-contagious diseases such as cancer, or physical conditions such as obesity which are neither diseases nor activities. This switch from literal meanings to poetic metaphors helps to maintain the conceit that governments have the same rights and responsibility to police the habits of its citizens as they do to ensure that drinking water is uncontaminated. It masks the hard reality that ‘public health’ is increasingly concerned with regulating private behaviour or private property.

The anti-smoking campaign is where the severe new public-health crusade began, but it is not where it ends. Libertarians warned that the campaign against tobacco would morph into an anti-booze and anti-fat campaign of similar intensity. They were derided; ridiculed for making fallacious ‘slippery slope’ arguments. In retrospect, their greatest failing was not that they were too hysterical in their warnings but that they lacked the imagination to foresee policies as absurd as plain packaging or bans on large servings of lemonade, even as satire.

The slippery slope was both predictable and predicted. The only surprise is how little time it took for the British public to taken in, when only a few years earlier they would have scoffed at the idea of drinkers and salad-dodgers being next in line. Once again, all it took was a change in terminology. A ‘binge-drinker’ had traditionally been someone who went on a session lasting several days. Now it means anyone who consumes more than three drinks in an evening. Similarly, the crude and arbitrary nineteenth century measure of body mass index (BMI) has been used to categorise the chubby as ‘obese’ and the fat as ‘morbidly obese’.  Sugar is ‘addictive’ now – and ‘toxic’. ‘Big Food’ is the new ‘Big Tobacco’. The anti-smoking blueprint of advertising bans, tax rises and ‘denormalisation’ provides the roadmap for action. At this stage, there is nothing to be gained from saying we told you this would happen, but we told you this would happen.

Today, if you are gripped by an urge to eradicate some bad habit or other, you no longer have to make a nuisance of yourself knocking door-to-door or waving a placard in some dismal town square. You can instead find yourself a job in the vast network of publicly funded health groups and transform yourself from crank to ‘advocate’.

No wonder, then, that everything – from gambling and climate change to gay-rights and international finance – is now pitched as a ‘public health issue’. No wonder, also, that a swarm of political activists and belligerent academics have transformed themselves into ‘public health professionals’ as a way to win power without winning votes. Although ‘public health’ is still popularly viewed as a wing of the medical profession, its enormous funding and prestige has attracted countless individuals whose lack of medical qualifications is compensated by their thirst for social change. The movement is dominated by sociologists, engineers, psychologists, lawyers, epidemiologists and other academics whose contempt for consumer capitalism is often more conspicuous than their concern for people’s health and wellbeing. Whether it is attacking multinational corporations or campaigning against ‘health inequalities’ (which are invariably a proxy for income inequalities), the endlessly accommodating field of ‘public health’ is a magnet for unelectable social scientists and moral entrepreneurs.

Do read the whole article of which there is much more thought provoking stuff – and the comments at the end.

I am archiving it here for my own interest. It’s a reason why I feel I’m living on an alien planet.