and the New
One of the most definitive works to expose the truth behind this battle between personal freedom and the
antismoker crusade, is the fact based book titled Dissecting Antismokers'
Brains by Michael J. McFadden and is available through
www.antibrains.com . Unless otherwise referenced, the quotes,
statistics, and facts used for this Freedom-of-Choice section are from
this work (with permission). So join me in raising the curtain on what is
really happening in he battle between the antismokers and individual
Who are the Antismokers?
The antismokers are small group of nonsmokers who have developed a voice and influence way out of proportion to their numbers. They portray themselves
as representing society at large but nothing could be further from the truth.
There are various types of people who get involved with the antismoking
crusade who buy into the propaganda and lies either out of ignorance
(believe what they are told) or greed (power or money). They can be
classified into the following nine groups:
The Controllers: These are the pathetic
"little" people who are insecure and otherwise insignificant, who try to
make themselves feel important by controlling others. Examples include
the person who demands that someone stop smoking even though they are
outdoors, or the person who heads up a city-wide smoking ban. These
people are basically bullies.
The Greedy: These are the lawyers, politicians,
antismoking organization executives, lobbyists, and others who are in it for
The Ex-Smokers: not all ex-smokers become antismokers
but there is a small percentage who sublimate their loss/denial of pleasure
into antismoking fervor.
The Neurotics: those who have an irrational fear about smoking. Some of these
people will verbally and sometimes physically assault a smoker. One
Internet activist even outlined the method for injecting anthrax into
cigarette packs (alt.current-events.wtc-explosion, 10/21/01). The antismoking campaigns only feed the fears of
The Innocents: those who due to the mass media campaigns
have come to believe that smoking has or will endanger themselves and those
The Bereaved: those who have lost someone often ask
"Why?" and try to find a reason. Cigarettes are an easy scapegoat.
These people turn their grief into antismoking anger/revenge.
The Truly Affected: there is a small percentage of
people who for medical reasons should avoid close contact with cigarette
smoke (less than a couple %), most just don't like the smell.
The Idealists: this is a small subgroup of
antismokers. Unfortunately, they don't have the will, desire, or time to
research what the truth is.
The Moralists: They believe that smoking is just wrong.
They can be found in any of the other categories...except of course the
Most of the AntiSmoking crusaders desire to make society in their image.
Smoking is but the tip of the iceberg. These groups also want to get
rid of everything they deem as being "bad for you" from guns and SUVs to
fast-food. They have already gotten the media to change the language
so that hating these things is acceptable (see Political Correctness).
For instance, a criminal doesn't kill
someone, the gun does. Or an SUV kills someone, not
the driver. When was the last time you heard of a Volvo or Escort
killing someone, even though they are also involved in fatal accidents...no it's only those evil SUVs that kill people, like no one
in other types of vehicles ever kill anyone. Even the "Smoke-Nazis"
are now called "Clean-Air Advocates" by the media. Changing the
language is a way to change people's thought patterns (George Orwell's 1984
Smoking is an easy target. Most of us don't like cigarettes and
therefore we don't care too much about smoking bans. But these bans
take away our freedoms. Just because we don't use a particular freedom
doesn't mean that we should allow it to be taken away. It first
started with the government banning smoking in public buildings and ostracizing smokers to
small portions of private property such as restaurants. Then private
property owners such as restaurants were required to install new ventilation
systems so that smoke could not creep into the nonsmoking section of such
places. Now cities large and small, from Chicago to Oshkosh, are trying to institute
total bans the likes of New York City.
Even cigar bars, whose only
business is selling and smoking cigars, can't allow smoking in their own
establishments in California. Also there aren't any outdoor
stadiums that still allow smoking. Now golf courses are one of the few
remaining bastions where someone can enjoy a fine cigar.
To make matters worse there is
discrimination among those places that allow smoking. This makes no
sense but you can smoke a ten cent cigarette but not a fifty dollar cigar.
Cigars are like a fine wine with art and talent involved in the creation of
each, while a cigarette is mass produced by chemists and machines. The
aroma from a cigar enhances the environment while a cigarette more often
than not diminish it. So why some places that allow smoking (that
aren't yet banned from doing so) don't allow cigars, makes no sense and such
owners should rethink their policy (you'll get a much more affluent