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alungI took my wife to the local NHS hospital for an ultrasound scan of her tummy region, which helped prove that the cyst detected by an earlier Cat-Scan was benign. Apart from the never-ending struggle to get parked close enough to the main entrance to achieve a smooth journey with a wheelchair, there were no problems for either my wife, or myself. No problems, that is, from the vituperation and verbal abuse aimed at my head by a group of four women standing some three yards away from the entrance doorways.

 

Due to the aforementioned parking problem, I had to leave my car on ‘double-yellows’ some 200 yards away after leaving my wife inside the hospital foyer, and was walking back to join her. Immediately above this group of women was a huge sign stating that the whole hospital was ‘Smoke-Free’, and all smoking was therefore banned. My lips must have twitched involuntarily as I passed these four people, all of whom were gripping a cigarette between their lips or fingers; none of whom I have ever seen before, but that small sign of my distaste for the practice was sufficient to unleash a storm of obscenities from all four, interspersed with the regular number of coughs and splutters which accompany such habits.

 

Now I will freely confess to have smoked in the dim and distant past, but thankfully have kicked this filthy, dangerous and disgusting habit, and hopefully have also leached out all the poisons which have inhabited my lungs; but also am Libertarian enough to accept that if some idiot wishes to consign him- or her -self to an early and painfilled death, that is indeed their prerogative. But the idea of standing outside a place which sees more than its share of the results of smoking, in the lung cancers and other diseases of the cardio-vascular system brought on by the combinations of the tarry poisons carried by that same addiction; standing directly underneath a warning against smoking which literally could not be missed: the only conclusion I could reach for their behaviour was that they simply could not read!

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32 thoughts on “There’s Us; and then there’s Them

  1. The Queen Elizabeth King’s Lynn (a miserable place; don’t go there) has the same problem.
    Correction. Had the same problem.
    They solved the problem by removing the No Smoking signs…

  2. “standing directly underneath a warning against smoking which literally could not be missed: the only conclusion I could reach for their behaviour was that they simply could not read!”

    Maybe thay just like a fag.

  3. Kateyo,

    Ever heard of ‘Disabled Parking Cards’, or of the ability for the holder of such a card to park on ‘double yellows’ for three hours? No? Thought not.

  4. Mike – glad to hear the Mrs. was ok as per the test.

    Could we have predicted something would irritate you on your visit, I think yes is the answer. A suggestion, to be disregarded at your leisure, become less predisposed to take offense in your encounters. It makes life easier.

  5. Good news.

    Reminds me of the Woody Allen comment:

    The most beautiful words a person of our time can hear are not “I love you” but “It’s benign”.

  6. Mike

    That is strange you feel that way about smoking and smokers, because I feel exactly the same disgust and contempt for anyone who drinks alcohol, I think the same as you do, they should be treated as lepers, and the NHS should refuse to treat anyone who has ever let the disgusting alcohol into their bodies ..

    And the same goes for anyone who takes Salt, or sugar, or has ever drank any fizzy drinks, anyone who is overwieght, let the fatties look after themselves, I find being fat as disgusting as you Mike do the smokers.

    I drank Alcohol one time, and took salt and sugar, I only hope that all that disgusting stuff is out of my system now.

    Mike, You can thanks your lucky stars that the NHS have not banned anyone with excess bile 😉

  7. Private health and life insurers always charge smokers higher rates, for obvious reasons. The NHS should do the same.

  8. Pete Moore, on March 12th, 2013 at 6:15 PM Said:
    The state already loots way more from smokers than the cost of treating them.

    And drinkers.

  9. “The state already loots way more from smokers than the cost of treating them.”
    And this justifies your defiance of the rules how??

  10. “Lower taxes for the rest then.”

    The taxes are already lower for the rest (the rest don’t buy cigarettes so they save on both the tax and the cost of the cigarettes as well).

    The money doesn’t really matter that much to smokers because it is an addiction (I’m a smoker myself at the mo). The world is full of smokers, again including myself, who once said something like “if the price hits £2 that’s it” (it’s now something like £7 or £8).

    It is helpful if you’ve decided to quit anyway (just noting how much you save is pretty impressive – it would probably buy a nice annual holiday, several gadgets, or even run a car for most people), but it’s not going to make anyone quit.

  11. Now I will freely confess to have smoked in the dim and distant past, but thankfully have kicked this filthy, dangerous and disgusting habit, and hopefully have also leached out all the poisons which have inhabited my lungs;

    Do you wear a mask over your mouth when walking down the street ?

    Exhaust fumes from vehicles are far more dangerous than any cigarette smoke, and those fumes are carcinogenic which you can not ‘purge’ from your lungs .. should we ban all vehicles now then?

    If you listen to the anti-smoking hate filled drones they even think second hand and now third hand smoke ‘Kills’ and they have plenty of tractor stats to prove it .. yet the drones are more than happy to walk past vehicles in the street unprotected sucking in all those carcinogenic particles.

    Apparently millions die from second hand and third hand smoke .. really, I bet they could not name even three !

  12. Pete,
    Smokers pay tax on their cigs as viewers pay a licence fee for receiving programmes.
    “The state already loots way more from smokers than the cost of treating them.”
    You don’t know that, but it does provide a kind of smokescreen for your refusal to pay your licence fee.

  13. First we had the nanny state, now we have the nanny Mike Cunningham.

    Insidently, Japan has amongst the lowest lung cancer rates in the developed world, yet per capita smokes over a third more than the USA, which has the highest rate.

    Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

  14. Bernard

    Be careful with facts, the Anti-smoking, anti-hate everything if they don’t do it drones will be fainting in droves .. let them wallow in their made up tractor stats.

    I take it some of those drones drive vehicles .. can’t they think of the children, they are slowly killing them.

    ASH .. another fake charity.

    Run by the Pharma druid ‘Dreadfull Deborah Arnott. Liar in chief to all the other drones.

    Agit

    We are in the 21st Century, disable the signal for any BBC channel .. and let the people decide if they wish to pay to watch a ‘Socialist’ TV station, they can stand or fall with the rest of them.

  15. … continued

    Treatment costs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8086142.stm

    I imagine the calculation is very difficult. Did smoking cause a fatal disease? Was a condition exacerbated by smoking? Maybe only rough estimates can be arrived at.

    Apparently smokers die earlier than non-smokers. Given that most health costs are racked up late in life, maybe non-smoking pensioners should be severely looted to cover the costs of treating them. Yes?

    Or are we now not so keen, all of a sudden, to direct the costs onto those who cause them?

    Although I fail to see what the smokescreen is you’re talkng about, I certainly think that British smokers should take every opportunity to buy cheaper foreign cigarettes in order to starve the beast.

  16. Pete,
    “I certainly think that British smokers should take every opportunity to buy cheaper foreign cigarettes in order to starve the beast.”

    What is it with you?!
    I smoked for quite a few years before I (reluctantly) accepted the damage it was doing to me as an asthmatic.
    I fully accept that my selfishness and stubbornness has meant that I now need expensive medication to afford me a reasonable quality of life. Why should others have to contribute towards that?
    Because that is how our society functions. But it is quite right that our government should try to dissuade us from in this case smoking, because it is harmful and causes cancer.
    Buying cheaper foreign cigarettes isn’t going to stop that.

  17. Entirely agree Harri.
    I read a report (many years ago now, but I doubt if things have changed) that lung cancer in South Africa, (where they grown the darn stuff) was half the rate of NON smokers who lived in London.
    Clearly, air quality was a crucial element in this disparity.

  18. “Simple, I’m anti-state.”

    So the fact that you continue to live in a state makes you a hypocrite and a parasite.
    Is it Irish ancestry or Roma, Pete?

  19. Stop smoking …. the drones demand it.

    And wear patches .. and put pure nicotine straight into your blood stream.

    Watch the drones try and ‘control’ electrofags next, they will not stop .. the righteous never do.

  20. BTW

    They will be coming for the drinkers next, the smokers will not care, Pubs don’t want them anyway, and the smokers have been dehumanised by the righteous, it’s the drinkers turn now to be turned into social lepers.

    The NHS will end up not wanting to treat anyone .. smokers, drinkers, salt abusers, sugar addicts, druggies, the overwieght, those with the incorrect State approved BMI, the Old, those that do not carry out state approved excercise .. the list will get longer.

    You might be on that list sooner than you think.

    And the smokers will just sit back, watch the fun .. and laugh.

  21. Agit8ed –

    I don’t live in a state. I live in a land occupied by a state hostile to its inhabitants.

  22. Mike a disabled blue badger holder cannot park on a double yellow, it’s an offence, you can park on a single yellow line but not a double, check it out.

  23. Mike a disabled blue badger holder cannot park on a double yellow, it’s an offence, you can park on a single yellow line but not a double, check it out.

  24. At least I hope all you good Catholics exhale only black cigarette smoke until the next Pope is elected.

    Frank?

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