Having a bit of fun

Thanks to Jay (Nannying Tyrants) for the link to SmokefreeAction (http://www.smokefreeaction.org.uk), I had a look at their website today. I shouldn’t have been surprised, it’s the usual guff. What caught my eye was the following ‘ tobacco continues to cause over 100,000 deaths per year.’. So in the spirit of inquiry, I sent them the following email:

Subject: Death from Smoking
Dear Smokefreeaction

on your website you quote ‘ tobacco continues to cause over 100,000 deaths per year.’ I would be interested where you get this information from. Even the NHS only quote this figure under the guise of ‘smoking-related deaths’ which can be any death which could be, but not necessarily related to, smoking tobacco. Your quote, on the other hand, makes it clear that 100,000 deaths are DIRECTLY attributable to tobacco. Not even smoking tobacco, just tobacco.

Perhaps you could be so kind as to clarify this for me.

Kind regards


On checking my email tonight, on the off-chance I may have received a reply, I see the following:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:


Technical details of permanent failure:
Message rejected.

Hmmm… ‘Message rejected’??? Seems to me they don’t want to field a perfectly legit question.

So I thought the NHS may be more forthcoming, so sent this today to the NHS site:

On your website you have the following info:
‘Secondhand smoke comes from the tip of a lit cigarette and is the smoke that the smoker breathes out.
People who breathe in secondhand smoke are at risk of the same health conditions as smokers, particularly lung cancer and heart disease. For example, breathing in secondhand smoke increases a non-smoker’s risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%.’
Would you be able to let me know which report or research this information was taken from.
Many thanks
 As yet no reply but they do say it may take 24 hours.
What interested me the most about the website is the tagline with logo:

“Your health, your choices”. Yes NHS, it is MY health and it is MY CHOICE to smoke. So stop wasting MY MONEY on advertising and meaningless statistical analysis, and concentrate on the important things like treating people as grown up human adults when they visit hospital and stick to the mantra ‘ Do no Harm’