Tuesday, 30 September 2014

#OCTABBER #WESMOKEVAPEWEVOTE



Here we are again. Now in it's third year, Stoptober, Nanny's do as we say October campaign is back again in a bid to force us all into the perfect size 10, non drinking, non smoking, tofu-eating, water-supping perfect human specimens to, presumably, ensure we can become 150 year old burdens on society. However, this year on Twitter, it seems to be targeting all sorts of undesirables from smokers, to drinkers to the overweight - and jumping on the bandwagon a month in advance is the long-running Movember and new Govember campaigns, for those who like to grow moustaches and goatee beards.

Nothing has changed for Tabbers and we are here again to say we love our tabs and we're not quitting despite the Govt repeating this campaign aimed at trying to force a change of behaviour via a community push in a sort of "You're either with us or against us" kind of way.

However, #Octabber is about much more than just a statement from informed adult consumers who want to be left alone in peace without harassment to enjoy a legal product of choice. We resent the waste of tax payers cash on such silly gimmicks which do not have the effect the professional healthists brag about. Thousands/millions (insert outrageous stat for effect) of smokers do not quit during the month and you only have to check out the #Stoptober hash tag to see that it's mostly health professionals, local authorities, alleged charities, and other tax funded, Big Pharma and corporate funded organisations that are getting excited about it. After all, their jobs depend on coming up with such propaganda and they are as dependant upon smokers for their living as the tobacco companies.

Despite the ever increasing hate campaign, marginalisation and stigmatisation of smokers, calls to ban them from outdoor public places, that they have every right to use, moves to remove yet more private property rights with car bans and home bans on the horizon, it seems we are still increasing in numbers with new figures that show one in five people still smoke.

The new paid for #Stoptober Twitter campaign was launched early and even after ploughing in cash that could be better used towards funding cancer drugs, for example, the subject still doesn't trend on the social networking site. More people were talking about the latest UKIP defection and former Tory MP Brooks Newmark's private parts than quitting or smoking. Most people couldn't care less about the issue but what is pitted against consumers each year with this campaign is the power of the state and corporate funded bodies flexing their muscles against the little people.

Perhaps the bottom line is that people don't like to be bullied and they will kick back. Smoking is now, more than ever, the torch of freedom and more of a contentious and divisive issue than its ever been between those that smoke and those who hate smokers. Non smokers, are generally tolerant people who would back inclusive moves to give tobacco consumers their own pubs and clubs. They believe that in truly fair, tolerant and inclusive societies, everybody's needs, wants, desires, and aspirations should be taken into account.

Until the Govt begins to listen to us, #Octabber will be back year on year.

We had hoped to launch the same sort of campaign as we did last year with Tabbers' Tales but we don't enjoy the same kind of resources as the anti-smoker industry. We could get one smoker per day for a year to tell their stories of why they're fed up at this unprecedented attack on their chosen and long lived lifestyle but sadly, we won't get the same time to blog this year so we'll leave over to you to say what you want in the comments. Moderation is on because paid anti-smoker astroturf trolls get sent in to be disruptive and this is not a place for them or the awful abuse that usually comes with them.

When we launched this campaign we stated that the anti-smoker propaganda that claims most smokers want to quit is untrue. Most of us love smoking and enjoy tobacco. We've never yet met a smoker who smoked because they wanted to quit. We support progressive moves in the industry to make the product less risky, either by the expansion, acceptance and encouragement of ecigs as a safer alternative to smoking (as long it isn't an enforcement on those of us who will always love the traditional culture of enjoyment of tobacco), and investment in the new generation of cigarettes which the Govt, if it really wanted to reduce harm caused by smoking, would eagerly embrace and promote. It should not now, or ever, support smokerphobia in the same way that it doesn't support any other kind of hate group like homophobics, xenophobics or Islamophobics

We are and remain totally against any bullying, coercion, community campaign, ban, junk science "study", or untrue propaganda , such as smokers cost everyone else more money. - we don't - which is aimed at making us quit through forced marginalisaton.

Enjoy #Octabber this year as last and the year before that. Have your say, and tell the Govt what you think. If you tweet, you could promote the #Octabber hashtag or be sure to also tell those parties currently losing political support hand over fist because of laws and regulations that treat adult consumers as children that #WeSmokeVapeWeVote

We're off to enjoy a nice home grown tab and a cup of tea with a homemade piece of cake. It doesn't get more organic than that. Meanwhile, there are plenty of blogs for smokers/vapers and tobacco lovers to enjoy throughout this month and we list some of them here.

Frank Davis

Dick Puddlecote

Christopher Snowden

LegIron

Simon Clark

Vaping Liz

There are a lot more free-choice and anti-Nanny State bloggers with a passion for both smokers' and vapers' rights out there and all of the blogs linked above carry links to them. Blogging and dropping in for a chat while having a drink and smoke has, for many of us, become the new, if virtual, pub. So few of us have been at a real bar since the spiteful, exclusive, and politically motivated blanket smoking ban hit us on July 1, 2007.


9 comments:

  1. reblogging at http://schoolofdolphins.wordpress.com/

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  2. It's great to see this blog is back Pat. Smokers are persecuted in the Uk; the smoking ban means we are not made welcome inside any pub or club. We face discrimination from every angle from employment through to housing and to top it all off we get Stoptober, is this some sort of smoker witch hunt funded by the NHS each year? Sadly all this fuels real hatred towards smokers; now excluded from society in this sad country much as gays and lesbians were fifty or so years ago. I now take great pleasure in spending as much time away from here as possible each year.Please keep up the fight xx

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  3. Thanks Miles. If anyone wants to add their blog link here then feel free but it must be one that fights for the rights of tobacco and ecig consumers.

    Thanks also anon @03.21. That's the problem with Stoptober. It encourages nasty extremist smokerphobics and bullies who think they have the right to nag family members and friends into doing as they demand. Thankfully, although we're only on day 1, it doesn't seem to be as much in my face as the last two years although they have employed comedians to poke us this time and one told me to "grow up" after I expressed surprise at his backing a campaign like this against the background of smoker persecution, bullying and marginalisation.

    Perhaps they stole the idea of tobacco and comedy from Forest which often puts on comedians at their events.

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  4. Great to see this! Keep up the good fight, Pat! Happy Octabber!

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  5. Hello from the USA and glad to see Octabber is back again this year. Last year I enjoyed the Tabbers Tales enormously. Here in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts we are fighting yet another park/terrace ban as well as a bid to change the legal age of tobacco purchase to 21. Checkout our blog and Facebook pages:

    http://ccsr.org/
    https://www.facebook.com/ccsr.org

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  6. Hello, Pat! Hope you are well.

    Thanks for resuming the campaign. My first post appears tonight. Not all of my October posts will concern smoking, however, they will address public health policy, drugs and related topics.

    Best wishes
    Churchmouse

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  7. Arrgghhh - VAPING POINT LIZ left this comment which came to my inbox but got deleted by accident. Sorry Liz :(

    Sidgwick's "Praise of tobacco"
    A Song In Praise
    Of Tobacco
    Tobacco is a great miracle
    The chief gleaning of maturity
    An herb blessed by every cleric
    And by Father Seumus Ó Fíonacht.
    It makes heavenly peace
    Among the urbane clan of Lobus
    Sweeter than the taste of bilberry
    Is the smell of snuff.
    “It is a medicinal herb”, says the nun,
    “That is good for the chest,
    It gives sight to the eyes
    And it takes away toothache.”
    A night-time pipe is good
    Very good is snuff in the morning
    Without doubt a (tobacco) leaf is good
    Chewed regularly under the gum.
    A blanket puff is healthy
    For sufferers of asthma and catarrh
    And the morning puff is healthy
    For the sad and depressed

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    1. Dear Beleaguered Consumer (apt name!)
      Don't worry one bit for deleting my post...I don't actually know who wrote the "Praise" - but it was a long time ago! I wish our Clerics and Nuns were so enlightened nowadays!
      My name is vapingpoint actually but Google made me have a surname! So my surname is "Liz" Puddlecoat calls me "vaping Liz" - but that sounds as if I'm gormless! Maybe I am...

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  8. Hah - I clicked the right button this time. I'm out of practice with this blogging malarky x

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