Let's take a trip into the future.
Say, oh, seventy years into the future. There's a care home for the elderly. Inside there sits a lonely ninety-year-old woman. She stares at the wall and speaks to nobody. There are no visitors, ever. Her marriage broke up in her twenties and she has not been able to face her family since. On her wrists are the scars of five failed suicide attempts. She just stares, stares at that wall all day long, reliving that one moment in her twenties when she found her baby dead in its cot.
A sudden infant death, she was told. Science has no explanation, she was told, but she knows the truth. She read it in the Independent.
Passive smoking, meanwhile, can cause asthma, cot death, heart attack. This is cold, hard, Royal College of Physicians-endorsed fact. Not that some smokers will ever accept it.
"There is a lot of cognitive dissonance going on," says Ash's Martin Dockrell. "To accept that smoking can be a major cause of, say, cot death would be to suggest that smokers might just play a role in that death and so they deny it; they ignore all the evidence and never accept it. But the science is there."
The causes of sudden infant death are unknown. That is the real truth. Unknown. There is no science at all to link any aspect of smoking to cot death. None at all. Yet lives and relationships are being permanently ruined, people are condemned to a lifetime of guilt and despair and for what?
So that Martin Dockrell can feel smug and superior. So that Nick Duerden can tell us how terrible smokers are. So that the Royal College of Witchdoctors can continue their science-free eugenics programme. To satisfy the personal addiction of these vile scum to some imagined superiority, parents will be doomed to spend the rest of their lives staring at a wall, reliving the day their child died and believing they were responsible. And all because, antismokers, all because you don't like the smell. For the sake of your precious little nose, the future will be full of pensioners like the one I've described. And you delight in it. Look in a mirror and smile at the monster, antismoker. Watch it smile back.
To think, these people refer to smokers as 'disgusting'. I wonder what word they apply to themselves?
Oh, and smoking has never caused a single case of asthma either, but that's trivial compared to the vicious evil these 'people' are willing to throw at bereaved parents. I really don't think a suitable word has ever been invented to describe them.