Long ago, all the smoky blogs pointed out that if people can be terrified of one smell (smoke) then they can be induced to be terrified of any smell. We suggested there might be bans on perfume and air fresheners, incense and candles, and that all these things and more would soon cause all the same diseases that were blamed on smoking.
Well, now that smoking is banned in all public places and those diseases continue to rise, guess what?
The comments are eye-wateringly hilarious, but possibly only really funny to a smoker. Especially the ones who now blame their asthma on perfumes, because there are no smokers around to blame it on any more. Find the real cause and cure it? Nah, just blame a convenient smell. The Righteous will never allow asthma to be properly investigated and cured. It’s far too useful in their fight against pretty much everything.
Nobody seems to have noticed the traffic fumes yet. They are more scared of some plug-in stink bomb thing than of the trucks roaring past them in the street. Some won’t go into their friends’ houses if they have air fresheners.
But (hahaha) there is no (hooha) slippery slope (fnarr). The tobacco terror will never be extended into other areas. People refusing to visit friends and family or calling for a public-place ban because they don’t like the smell, well, that has no parallel at all with the antismoking brainwashing.
Even the Joker can’t laugh loud enough at this one.
Coming soon: the scent of cooking burgers will make you fat, the merest whiff of bread will give you wheat allergy and looking at a cow will make you lactose intolerant.
Too bizarre? Wait and see. Only a few years ago, the idea that scents other than tobacco could cause real illness was roundly scoffed at, and here it is. Fully accepted into the hive mind and the drones are dutifully getting sick to order.
I think I might give them some new ideas. Perhaps something along the lines of ‘if you’re worried about radiation from your screen, open the window and the breeze will blow it away’.
Time for some new drone fun.