- increased taxes
- pub and car bans
- a policy of denormalisation (no really - I'm not making that up!)
Imprisoning smokers[caption id="attachment_3256" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Prison at the time of the inquisition was no joke.[/caption]The first person to smoke in Europe, Rodrigo de Jerez, also became the first victim of the anti-smoking lobby, jailed for several years by the inquisition.
Torturing Smokers[caption id="attachment_3258" align="aligncenter" width="336"] Only masochist smokers enjoyed this era.[/caption]Czar Alexander whipped smokers and slit their noses.
Killing Smokers[caption id="attachment_3259" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The anti-smokers of the past used methods today's zealots can only dream of.[/caption]Shah Shefi poured hot lead down the throats of tobacco sellers, while the Czar Alexander decapitated repeat offenders. Turkey, Persia and India also killed nicotine users. (More recently, Banzhaf of Action on Smoking and Health argued smokers should be treated as murderers, making them liable to capital punishment in some states.)
Sending Smokers to Hell[caption id="attachment_3260" align="aligncenter" width="402"] In the Middle Ages many people thought excommunication meant going to hell.[/caption]His Holiness Pope Clement VIII threatened excommunication to anyone who smoked in a holy place.
FailureWhatever authorities tried, people still smoked.
So perhaps it's not surprising that the smoking rate in Scotland has risen, not fallen, since the smoking ban was introduced.
Maybe it's also now time to tell smokers who can't give up nicotine, but would like to be healthier, about low risk but very enjoyable alternatives such as e-cigarettes and snus.
What do you think?
Will tax rises, graphic warnings and smoking bans succeed where prison, pain, torture, death and the threat of the hell have failed? Or will we continue our vices, no matter how much the fun police tries to stop us?