Smoking is... good?

Hello H2O

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
I ran across this video on a pro-tobacco Facebook group. It's called 'Dave Chappelle Explained: Why Smart People Smoke'. It's about 10+ minutes and given all the anti-tobacco nonsense, it's refreshing to listen to something more objective:

He made an interesting point that it wasn't the billions spent on health awareness that dropped dramatically the number of smokers from the 1960's to the present. It was basically the banning of smoking just about everywhere, and the acute social stigma, (call it shaming), associated with it, that was the over riding factor.

That seems to be the same method they used to get high rates of vaccinations. People didn't get the jabs because they thought it was the best thing for their health. They did it because they didn't want the hassle, and possibly losing their jobs and being outcasts in their own social and family circles.

Seems to be a favorite tactic of theirs...
 

SlipNet

Dagobah Resident
Very interesting points made Meg, and H20, plus it also explains why I don't go to bars or cinemas any longer. I just stay at home where I can do as I please. I don't find it a big factor, I simply choose to spend my quality time in a place where I'm free to behave as I want. The theory that smoking aids cognition is an interesting one. I often procrastinate with a ciggie. It buys me some much needed thinking time. The longest I've gone without a smoke since starting is 25 hours, when I was in hospital in 2020. Practically the very first thing I did when I got home was spark up. And I was on morphine from the hospital visit, yikes! Not even that overtook my desire for a smoke. No doubt I'm addicted, but I do think moderation is the key.
 

Voyageur

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That seems to be the same method they used to get high rates of vaccinations. People didn't get the jabs because they thought it was the best thing for their health. They did it because they didn't want the hassle, and possibly losing their jobs and being outcasts in their own social and family circles.
As for the covid-pinprick schtick, would say that perhaps 'some' or 'many' actually did so because they indeed truly thought it best health-wise (due to their susceptibility of being repeatedly told by their peers in life that it is best - smoking included as is known), for the same reason they willing do so to their very own children without a second thought. Followers: the crowd.

A crowd is not merely impulsive and mobile. Like a savage, it is not prepared to admit that anything can come between its desire and the realisation of its desire.
-- Gustave Le Bon
The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.
-- Gustave Le Bon

You are correct, too, people's fears have accumulated at the thought of being shutout of their work, friends and family, the bar's and restaurants, the hockey arena and grandma's hearth (smoking before). The manipulation by enacting Orders was a stupendous step, knowing exactly where to hit those not willing to do it for their health reasons alone - shamed into doing it was a constant. If, and it probably will, they move people to a 2.0 future health 'order' system, many might then say "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me," and will dig in their heels because the manipulation in time has been well revealed in their minds. However, the power of the crowd does not go away, and they may or will submit again. The counter to any remaining 'hesitancy' seems also to be in the designed reality steps of a total QR-code financial system that limits opting out - keeps people from stepping out of line. Once done, health orders would no longer be required because you either are or you are not in financial compliance, period.

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I've this old insurance policy wherein it is coming up for renewal:
They keep calling me.
I'm blacklisted as a smoker.
The premiums are going to be exponential.
So, I asked, just be clear if I told you that I drank a 26're of Whiskey everyday, no problem, right? Yes, no problem. If told that I'm quadrupled vaxxed, eat Big Mac's everyday and never limit myself internally or externally to toxic environments (less smoking though), no problem, right? Yes, no problem at all - but smoking, ah, this is a deep problem, it must be verboten or else you pay... (rant).

I ran across this video on a pro-tobacco Facebook group. It's called 'Dave Chappelle Explained: Why Smart People Smoke'. It's about 10+ minutes and given all the anti-tobacco nonsense, it's refreshing to listen to something more objective:

That was fun. Thanks.
 

PopHistorian

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
He made an interesting point that it wasn't the billions spent on health awareness that dropped dramatically the number of smokers from the 1960's to the present. It was basically the banning of smoking just about everywhere, and the acute social stigma, (call it shaming), associated with it, that was the over riding factor.
And probably also the astounding (and continuously escalating) taxation of tobacco products.
 
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