It's official at last. Champix is the final solution for smokers.
The doctors who finally worked this out now say that the drug should be used only as a last resort. Presumably that's the one after 'lethal injection'. The option 'leave smokers alone' is not on anyone's table.
They'd like to see it banned, they say, but know full well that the vicious, spite-filled filth of the antismoker industry will not allow it. To them, a dead smoker is an ex-smoker and that's all that matters.
In light of this knowledge, will doctors still prescribe it? Yes, they will. They will continue to deny any risk, or claim that the risk of maybe dying of smoking in old age is higher than the risk of sticking your head in a gas oven tomorrow. We're statistics. One more tick on the non-smoker list, and if they have to kill us to achieve it, they will. Just look into the dead, malign eyes of the Dreadful Arnott and see the hate in there. How do they get away with it? Hold David Cameron's or Nick Clegg's head up to the light and watch it shine through their ears.
Oh, I know there are antismokers salivating at the prospect of smokers driving off cliffs or lying on railway tracks. It's what that kind of mind thrives on. They'll grab themselves a case of beer and some hamburgers and settle down to watch.
They don't believe it will ever be their turn.
When it comes, they'll try to find a compromise. They'll give a little ground in the hope that will be enough.
Smokers tried that. Look at where we are now. One step from the gas chambers and there are plenty who will be willing to pull the lever. There can be no compromise.
But let them try. Let them find out for themselves. Let them suffer public humiliation, let them face ridicule and abuse, let them experience exclusion from public life, let them hear the latest healthy orders from their indoctrinated children, let them take the latest anti-drink or anti-fat or anti-salt pill that will kill them and then let them come to the smokers and say 'You've been through all this. Help us.'
Then we'll light one up and say 'No'.