Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wales on verge of relaxing smoking ban for actors to puff on set

“We feel an exemption for performers from Wales’ flagship smoke free regulations will do nothing to contribute to this already well established industry or to the positive image of Wales as a nation that prides itself on promoting positive public health measures.
“Furthermore, this proposal goes against the Welsh Governments long standing – and oft-quoted – objectives for protecting and promoting the long-term health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.”
Ash Wales has said an exemption is not necessary as smoking can be added using computer-generated imagery techniques.

Of course,can't even look at someone smoking.
I have never seen such stupidity thrown out by people who have no idea what they're talking about.
One would imagine using CGI to have people mime smoking would be much more expensive than just allowing characters to smoke.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Anti-tobacco campaigner Vivek caught smoking

Actor Vivek Oberoi, who was among those present, asked the ACP to let him go stating that he had not consumed tobacco. When the police refused, he told them that the incident would tarnish his image as he was part of an anti-smoking campaign. The police then warned him against interfering in their investigations. 

Well that's not as shocking as I would think I guess.
One rule for the elite another for the normal folks.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Your Mail: Smoking ban burns her

Alexandria's ordinance that bans smoking in most places is ridiculous. I am not a smoker and do not like being around those who do smoke, but be realistic. Why would Alexandria pass an ordinance that they have no intention of enforcing?

Funny isn't it?

Put another way by somoene much smarter than I will ever be.

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921

Court rules balcony smoking OK in Helsinki

The municipality had banned smoking on balconies because it disturbed building residents, but a lower court overturned the ban. The city then appealed to the Supreme Court but lost.
Pertti Forss of the Helsinki environment centre says the ruling puts the city at odds with guidelines set by health watchdog Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.

Sounds great right?

The very next day....................................

The ministry is now looking to write the balcony smoking restrictions into law.
“I think that after this [decision] we will have to strongly consider it,” said Paaso. “We are finalising our tobacco strategy, and this proposal is already in the draft.”
Changes to the tobacco law should be presented by ministers to parliament.

I am sickened by outdoor smoking bans,indoor bans,car bans.bans in your own home.It's all insanity.
Someday it has to stop and the end of this stupidity can't come soon enough for me.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Why I hate (some) e-cigarette retailers (Not a reblog)

Why I hate (some) e-cigarette retailers

He said: "The cigarette break, just like the coffee break, has been part of office culture for more than a century and many employers and employees alike take them for granted. However, when you actually look at the amount of working hours wasted as staff make their way outside to smoking areas several times a day, it shows just how much they can effect productivity.
"The most prolific smokers we polled were found to waste around five hours per week on cigarette breaks, which is longer than taking every Friday afternoon off. Add that up throughout a typical employment year and this equates to five weeks or more than a full working month off, which is staggering.
"Another problem the breaks cause is the resentment which can often be harboured by non-smokers who feel they are doing more work than their smoker colleagues, which is never good for team spirit or morale."

The hardest part of reading this is knowing that it feeds prejudice and adds insult to injury for no good reason.
People who smoke have taken breaks when working very true but I have worked forever it seems and IMO people who don't smoke waste as much if not more time than smokers do.

This shows how much time the average worker wastes every single day doing things that are oddly somehow not smoke break related.

That little gem about smoker's being lazy can probably be attributed to an ASH press release  here (Linked to a doc stoc because I truly desire to give ASH as little press as possible.)

The best part of this was for me Pat Nurse's comment and I'm going to quote a bit from it.
"I'd also ask those vapers who see it the same way as we do to spread the message to those who haven't quite got it yet that smokers are every bit as good as vapers who too frequently look down their nose at us.
We stand together united or we fall separately. They will be coming for vapers once they've finished with us but the divide and rule tactics suit them for now."
Pat is right. Divide and conquer is the way of the anti. If we never come together cigarette smoker,snusser,pipe smoker,e cigarette smoker,cigar smoker then we will never stand a chance and all will be lost.