(It’ll be quick visits this week. I have drawn morning shifts and mornings are bad for me. They mean I have to sleep when other people do and that’s just not right. Next week I have late shifts, which suit my nocturnal nature)
Well, finally even the Daily Mail has realised that a single car produces far more air pollution than several Wenbley Stadiums full of smokers. Okay, not quite. Their headline suggests they are shocked to find that car exhausts are even more dangerous than smoking.
Smoking is now so dangerous that the ferry-boat over the river Styx has ‘no smoking’ signs all over it. Finding something even more dangerous must be like finding something Death himself would be scared of.
Picture the scene:
Death: “It is time, horrible little man, to meet your Maker.”
Corpse: “About time too. I have a few words to say about the quality control processes in his construction shop.”
Death: “Um, well, you’ll have to take that up with the management.”
Corpse: “Fine. Time for one last smoke before we go?”
Death (recoils): “A smoker? Oh, wait, maybe I can come back another time.”
Anyway, back to that article. It’s something anyone with any sense realised a long, long time ago but the drones didn’t want to hear. What’s interesting is the comments.
Even if you click on ‘worst rated’, there is not one antismoker to be seen. Not one.
In order to refute this, they will have to claim that sucking on an exhaust pipe is actually less dangerous than smoking a cigarette. That could break the resolve of all but the most lunatic of their drones. One of them is then going to have to try it, just to prove to a nearby smoker that it’s safer.
Someone is going to barrel up to a smoker, muster both digits of their IQ and insist that inhaling the exhaust of the chugging 4×4 beside them is safer than a cigarette.
Some smokers (no names here) might say “I bet you wouldn’t do it. I bet you wouldn’t hold your mouth to that exhaust pipe for the length of time it takes me to smoke just one.” Then some smokers might be inclined to roll up a really big fat one and take their time.
One dead drone as a result of ‘studies have shown’ propaganda and ASH are in deep trouble.
I think they’re just hoping it’ll go away. It won’t.
Or maybe they’re busy with applying the opening salvo of the tobacco termplate to meat. So far, it’s a suggestion, developing into a recommendation and fast becoming a ‘we must do something’.
I give it ten years before there are warning labels, taxes and plain packaging on meat.
Anyway, early night again. Bah. The really fierce nightmares don’t turn up till much later, and those are the ones that inspire the stories. Well, those and the Daily Mail…