Experts have Said and Studies have Shown that rollies aren’t safer than readymade smokes.
This worries those who like to believe that anyone gives a shit what they think because –
In the UK, use of the cigarettes has increased from two per cent to 23 per cent among women and from 18 per cent to 39 per cent among men between 1990 and 2010.
Entirely attributable to the relative cost of rollies vs. readymades. Absolutely no other explanation required. You don’t want people to smoke rollies? Stop making the readies unaffordable. Current prices are, I am told, around £8 a pack – more than the hourly wage of 90% of Local Shop’s staff. Including me.
It’s not about health, of course. There is less tax to be had from loose baccy than from readymade cigarettes. It makes no difference to the tobacco companies profits, only to the tax take. It’s even cheaper to buy boxes of tubing baccy than to buy the equivalent in readies. Last time I did it, it was about £13 for a box of baccy to make 80 smokes and another pound for 100 tubes. That worked out at £3.25 per 20. Around half the price of buying readies. And I made 83 out of that box.
This is a precursor to raising the tax on loose baccy, nothing more. You can tell because the lies are blatant –
Professor Edwards explained that in New Zealand the ‘concentration of additives is higher in loose tobacco at about 18 per cent, compared with 0.5 per cent for factory-made cigarettes’.
If there was 18 percent additives in that tobacco, you could bloody well see it! The figure of 0.5% is believable, that’s where those ‘600 chemicals’ are. They are each 1/600th of 0.5%, or 0.0008% of the tobacco. Around 0.05mg per cigarette at a rough guess tempered by a bit of Lochlan. Not enough to shut me up but enough to make me not bother reaching for the calculator.
Nearly one-fifth of the tobacco is additives? And nobody noticed even though they had it in their hands and were looking at it as they rolled? You could hide all sorts of things in a readymade but in loose tobacco the end-user sees the product. If 18% was chemical additives there’d be dirty great crystals in there! Especially when it dried out.
There are no additives in my tobacco. None. I know this for a fact because I’m smoking pure leaf now. I still have that leaf I tried curing in an anaerobic jar and I still have some from two years ago that I left in a sealed jar with a dash of brandy. Still waiting. I am amazed at my own patience here. It’s nearly time to start the seeds again. I believe Junican has started already but this far north, the frosts continue until later in the year. I don’t want my plants getting pot-bound while I wait until it’s safe to put them out.
So if the Expert is now saying that it’s the additives that do the harm, and I don’t have any, where does that leave all the ‘nicotine is deadly’ claims and all the ‘tobacco is deadly’ hype?
Now it’s all about the additives. So the solution is simple. Don’t add any.
Then we can forget all this smoking ban nonsense and get back to listening to people who actually have some idea what they are talking about.
Oh wait… we made them all redundant, years ago.