Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Day after No Tobacco day.

I didn't even notice. Dick Puddlecote did.

Yesterday was No Tobacco day, and apparently millions tried to stop in honour of this Righteous religion of self-denial and fascist control.

Guess what I did yesterday?

I repotted my tobacco plants into 6-inch pots. I also smoked some rollups and tried some Condor for my pipe. Condor arrives just as I remember it. As little planks of compressed tobacco. Hmm, I could easily make that if I can get the initial processing right. I could use something based on a cheese-press design to make blocks and then cut that into planks. Blocks would be easy to store too.

I didn't know it was no-tobacco day in time to buy cigars. I'll get some tomorrow and have one in honour of the anitsmokers. Who, as pointed out by Kitler, really shouldn't be allowed to play with fire.

Note to ASH - Six percent success rate for the price you charge is nothing to crow about. There is only one successful stop-smoking method, one I have seen used many times and one which involves no withdrawal symptoms at all.

It involves the smoker thinking 'Nah, I don't want to do it any more' by a process that will be unimaginable to ASH. A process known as 'free will'.

This method not only has no withdrawal symptoms but does not turn the ex-smoker into a born-again non-smoker. It's no different to giving up trainspotting or stamp-collecting.

If you don't want to stop then either you won't, or you will accept being forced to and then spend the rest of your life raging against those who enjoy what you still want to enjoy but aren't allowed.

It's simple really.

I wish I had a cigar though.


Anonymous said...

I am popping this idea around the sites that I frequent. I am sorry if this post is not 'on topic'.

On 29th May 2011, the Independent published a blatant, propaganda attack on Tobacco Companies. I must say immediately that I have no personal involvement with Tobacco Companies whatsoever other than buying cigarettes.
In the article, it was stated that a study by the Office of National Stats shows that more people are going to pubs. In fact, the study shows nothing of the sort. It shows only that, of the people surveyed, some said that they THINK THAT they go to pubs more often. Also, the same survey showed that women especially feel inclined to go to pubs less, as a result of the smoking ban. It is very obvious, therefore, that the findings of this survey in no way justify the claim that more people are going to pubs, which is what Tobacco Control claimed. In any case, pub closures affect the people in the immediate neighbourhood of that pub. Even if it were true that more pubs are opening than are closing, it does not mean that the opportunities for people to meet together are not, in a large part of our country, being decimated by Tobacco Control. On this basis, I have complained to the Press Commission about the misuse of the Office of Nat Stats statistics in this article published by the Independent. I claim that the Independent should ensure that the facts stated in the article are correct.

When I found out about this article (via....sorry, I do not remember), I made various comments at the Independent - albeit rather late. But what is really important is that I decided to make a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission. I have done so. I have complained about the misuse of the ONS statistics. I have complained that the Independent should check that the ONS statistics are being correctly interpreted. I have complained that the Independent has not checked the facts stated in this article (an article which is promoted by the Independent) before publication.

This thought then popped into my mind: how much more likely to succeed is a complaint to the Press Commission as compared with a comment on a newspaper article in the newspaper's comments section? I asked this question elsewhere, and someone said, " Should we not also be applying this idea to the Charities Commission (words to that effect)?"

I agree.

We must ask ourselves about the efficacy of complaints to the Press Complaints Commission and the Charities Commission. I propose that 100 complaints to those organisations are worth 10 000 comments in newspaper articles. I am therefore proposing that we make as many complaints as possible to these bodies. But, of course, the complaints must be real and genuine and factual. Do not make make complains based upon emotions (stinks, for example).

I believe (with no evidence whatsoever except gut feeling!) that organisations such as the Press Complaints Commission and the Charities Commission are the Achilles Heel of Tobacco Control and Alcohol Concern and other such special interest groups. Complaints to MPs and to Newspapers do not instigate a process, whereas complaints to commissions do. One could also complain to the Health and Safety Executive, it you can figure out how to do it.

There are thousands of us. If we all complain to the appropriate COMMISSION, sensibly, about what ASH et al are causing to be published, then 'the authorities' will be forced to take note. We must complain as often as possible and upon every subject where 'freedom' is being eroded.

I commend this idea to everyone.

As I said, I am going to spread this idea around. I hope that people do not mind. I hope that it bears fruit.

Bill Sticker said...

Quit using the "I don't want to do this any more" technique over 20 years ago. Not as painless as it sounds. Does take a little willpower, but two weeks of relatively resistible cravings and that's it.

I've got a different problem now; I'd like the odd cigar, but I just can't enjoy it any more. In some ways I miss it.

George Speller said...

So you fill hundreds of balloons with hydrogen and then stab 'em with a blunt sword. Then they explode. And they worry about bacca?

Maddie said...

I was expecting a post about cucumbers today ...

penny_dreadful said...

I quit smoking in 2006. I did really well at it, didn't turn into a raging nutter, and was really amazed at how easy it was.

Then the smoking ban was brought in. Exactly a year to the day I had successfully quit, no less.

As soon as an evening at the pub became an evening outside the pub where all there was to do was smoke (due to no-drinks on the pavement laws) unless I wanted to sit alone looking after the coats and bags, I found myself getting back into the habit. Couple this with my attitude of 'I can't do that anymore, you say? Well fuck you, I'll do it twice as much', and I'd say I'll be a regular smoker for many more years.

Be sure to say hi when we're all evicted off to Smokers' Island...

Chalcedon said...

A really heavy and unpleasant cold or flu (the genuine sort) are also great opportunities to give up if you want to. That's how I did it, without any cravings as I was too ill

Single Acts of Tyranny said...

I'm the same on "earth day" Every fucking light I can find goes on, heating up, windows open, car left idling outside for a few minutes

Willy said...

I rolled my own for the first time in years, found it very enjoyable and relaxing.

James Higham said...

Damn - I should have bought a cigar and had a puff. Forgot.

Anonymous said...

I gave up for 7 years - now I'm on 'electro-fags' (or 'personal vaporizers, if you prefer).

ASH are a bunch of motherf***rs - worse yet, I used to work with Mr Dockrell on his last employment (Asthma UK) and he was a sanctimonious sh1t even then.

Anonymous said...

"Ash only supports methods that have been subject to a number of stringent, peer-reviewed studies..."

Yadda, yadda fucking yadda...

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

It's all a beautiful smokescreen. Our illustrious leaders focus on those things which aren't important, so they can ignore those which are.

Leg-iron said...

Maddie - plenty of time for the cucumbers. The Summer of the Herbicidal Maniacs is just beginning.

'Salad Days' is about to take on a whole new meaning ;)

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