I believe that smokers have been treated absolutely disgustingly. The science on Second Hand Smoke, has been perverted to make society feel smokers are the enemy to their health. Science has not yet found that SHS causes lung cancer. The millions of healthy smokers with healthy children give lie to the fear mongering. And the statistics offered to us by WHO are suspect science.
Smokers are, in the West, treated with no consideration and no compassion. We live in a socially engineered society – engineered by the industry of prohibition – an ideology. An ideology that has proved to be unbelievably profitable for the Anti Smoking Industry. I find that evil.
Here is the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION Roadmap of actions to strengthen implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the European Region 2015–2025: making tobacco a thing of the past
“This roadmap envisions a WHO European Region that is free of tobacco-related morbidity, mortality and addiction – in short, a Region where tobacco is a thing of the past. 2. We know how to achieve it. The means are described in the WHO Framework”
Focus area 3 – Reshaping social norms
53. Tobacco use is not standard and most people do not smoke. Changing the perception of the norm in a community, or reshaping the social norms, can influence current and potential tobacco users by creating a setting in which tobacco becomes less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible (20).
Providing enabling environments can protect against exposure to tobacco smoke, promote tobacco-free lifestyles, help tobacco users to quit and prevent other people from starting to use tobacco. For example, people with a high level of health literacy are more likely to quit, even when influenced by a socioeconomic group.
The implementation of strong tobacco control measures influences public opinion, thereby contributing to changes in social norms. Such a comprehensive approach involves members of the public (non-smokers and smokers) and the media (21).
Scotland, United Kingdom, has the goal of creating a generation of young people who do not want to smoke through smoking “denormalization” measures aimed at children, such as smoke-free laws in places where children gather, peer-based prevention programmes for adolescents, targeting parents for cessation and encouraging families to have smoke-free homes. 54.
Health professionals are key for reshaping social norms. They are drivers of behavioural change, serving as role models in society and pioneering progress in tobacco control, often based on organized health professionals advancing policy agenda. 55.
A key element of reshaping social norms is to protect public health from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry. In fully complying with the WHO FCTC, countries should, more than ever, make full use of Article 5.3 (1) and its Guidelines to protect public health policies from such interests of the tobacco industry.
And, may I add, absolutely no input of any kind from the people all these things affect – smokers.