Sunday, February 27, 2005

Nannying at the global level

The anti-rights activists - better known as the UN and the World Health Organization - have moved the fight against tobacco to the global stage. They will be coming for your salt and chips next. I wonder if Bono, the champion of developing countries, put his two cents in?

The first international treaty aimed at reducing smoking-related deaths and illness came into effect Sunday, the World Health Organization said.

Fifty-seven countries, including Canada, have ratified the treaty, formally known as WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Member countries promise to crack down on advertising, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products. The treaty also pushes for tougher tobacco labelling laws.

WHO says smoking is the world's second leading cause of preventable deaths. Hypertension is the first.

The UN body estimates nearly five million people die prematurely each year from tobacco-related diseases.

If current smoking trends are not reversed, WHO warns by 2020, tobacco will kill 10 million people, 70 per cent of them in developing countries.

WHO tobacco co-ordinator Douglas Bettcher says the treaty, if properly implemented, can curb the global tobacco epidemic.

The treaty contains provisions aimed at dissuading children from smoking and helping adults to kick the habit.

It recommends tax and price increases on tobacco products, a crackdown on smuggling and measures to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.
And here is the CBC's 'indepth' coverage on smoking. Be sure to check it out, assuming of course you haven't just eaten. It begins with this quote from the King James I, from 1604:
Smoking is a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembles the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.

James I
From which it follows that we weak-willed masses, us hopeless addicts, must be forced to act in our own best interests.

The CBC is a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the ear, harmful to the brain, dangerous to truth and logic, and in the red, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembles the horrible Stygian babble of the nanny pit that is bottomless.

1 Comment:

Publius said...

Interesting that the CBC choose to quote one of the leading statists of the seventeenth century to prove their point. We can all only hope that the Mandarins at the Mother Corp. remember what happened to James' son.