Friday, 4 November 2011


Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.  C. S. Lewis

Excerpts from an article that appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press. 

‘’ She wanted a smoke.
An hour later, she was found comatose in a snowbank. The woman had suffered hypothermia and frostbite to her hands and feet. Four fingers on her right hand had to be amputated. She was left with limited mobility in her left hand.’’

‘’ The woman successfully sued Seven Oaks Hospital and the nurses. The hospital secured a confidentiality agreement.’’

‘’ Dr. Michael Routledge, in charge of population and public health at the WRHA, said city hospitals are proud of their smoking bans. Security guards enforce them by asking patients who smoke to move away from hospital entrances.

"We try to create a smoke-free atmosphere," Routledge said. "And this is about making sure everybody knows we have a policy."

Did the ''omnipotent busy body'', Routledge,  ever question Health Canada why they have nixed electronic cigarettes which is a perfect solution to the predicament that anti-smoker zealots and their pimps at Big Pharma created not only for patients in hospitals but for old age people, prisoners, and even common citizens who just want to get their social and family life back?

For those who still don't know what e-cigarettes are, look them up in this blog or elsewhere. In summary they are nicotine delivery devices that mimic the act of smoking without the smoke and the smell. They have been shown to be a) not any more harmful to the user than overpriced pharmaceutical inhalers  b) harmless and odorless to by-standers c) satisfying for the cigarette craving when it's just not possible to smoke. d) some people have quit smoking altogether thanks to e-cigarettes. In fact the quit success rate is magnitudes higher than NRT.

Why did Health Canada ban them? From all looks of it they want to protect both  the pharmaceutical industry that peddle ineffective NRT, and perhaps even Big Tobacco, not to mention their own tax revenue. ( ) Meanwhile sick and frail patients and old people will continue suffering injuries, or dying from hypothermia or frost bite. Shame on our medical authorities, shame on Health Canada, double shame on all those passive aggressive citizens that find it all perfectly normal because it is only smokers who have brought it upon themselves after all!
And does this study Smoking bans backfiring at some hospitals  that appeared in newspapers across Canada at the same time, have anything to do with compassion and attempting to find real solutions to a problem they have created or is it another marketing ploy for the nico/gummy/patchy partners of the medical community?  Label us cynical, but we believe it’s the latter.  

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is soliciting the citizens’ opinion here.  Please take a few moments to let them know how you feel even if this does not touch you personally because you don’t smoke.  Today it’s the smokers, tomorrow it might be you.  


James said...

What fascists!

Incidentally, the situation is very different here in the UK. One vaper told us how the nurses called the police when he used his e-cig. But when the police came they told the nurses he was quite in his rights to use the electronic cigarette.

Mopar said...

It is time for us to understand as long as people suffer from Nicotine addiction. Which studies have proven is harder then heroine to quit. We need to address this as such and not treat people less then human because they have this addiction. We need to offer alternative tobacco like electronic cigarettes that can be smoked safely in hospital like environments without causing the problems associated with second hand smoke because there isn't any!

C.A.G.E. said...

Thanks for your comment Mopar but I would strongly suggest that you educate yourself into the passive smoking fraud that they have sold to us in billions of dollars. You will find plenty of literature on how they manufactured the second hand smoke hysteria to force recalcitrant smokers to quit. It got a big boost from pharmaceutical money in the 80's for obvious reasons. It is the same pharma interests that are now blocking the marketing of the electronic cigarettes and they don't care who they sacrifice in the process. Start by reading here:


C.A.G.E. said...

At least some authorities have decency and common sense:

Ban on Smoking To be Lifted From WA Hospitals

Excerpt: "Country Health CEO Ian Smith stated that smoking ban was levied so patients' health could be improved but if loss outweighs the benefit then there is no use of such ban."

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