That is not their intention. They do not, and never have, given a shit about health. They want to persecute smokers for no other reason than that they are small-minded bullies who think they have an easy mark to push around.
At first that was largely true. They hit all the smokers who believed in the ‘you will die’ hype and who had accepted the training to feel guilty about being who they were. They are fast running out of easy targets and are left with the nasty core who won’t be hit without hitting back. ASH are the only ones who don’t realise this.
So what is the real intention behind this new persecution?
It will operate just like everything else these days.
Businesses will be ‘asked’ and then ‘encouraged’ to give ASH money to ‘help their smoking staff quit’. It will not work. It is not intended to work. Businesses, especially in these short-of-money times, will not want to waste resources on someone else’s silly propaganda.
Then we will hear the cry we hear on so many fronts these days – ‘The voluntary approach is not working, we need legislation’.
Businesses will be legally obliged to pay ASH for their ludicrous nonsense that pretends to kelp smokers quit. The big boys will support this because they can afford it and their smaller competitors cannot. It will be one more thing to drive the small companies to the wall.
There is only one way for any buisiness to avoid paying this new ASH tax.
Employ no smokers. And there you have ASH Wales’ real motive.
If you are a smoker and you vote Tory or Labour or Lib Dem or SNP, you are voting to become unemployable. If you have a smoker among your friends and/or family and you vote for any antismoking party, you are voting to condemn them to a life on the streets. If you vote for any of those parties and you have any shred of conscience, consider that you are voting to make 20% of the people of this country into a poverty-stricken underclass. Can you live with that?
Some can. Some would delight in it.
Do you want to be like them?