The Latest Wheeze in Tobacco Control

Cancer Research UK, bless their cotton socks, wants Big Tobacco to be obliged to ‘cough up’ to the tune of £500m, the equivalent of one penny per cigarette sold in the UK. The intention is to make up the current government deficit in health funding and would be used in public health services to help people stop smoking.

This is according to a lady on their website called Moderator Kirsty. She also says ‘We know that Stop Smoking Services are the most effective way for smokers to quit, for good.’

Not so fast, BATwoman. Are Stop Smoking Services really the most effective way for smokers to quit? What about this study which showed that 54% to 69% of ex-smokers quit unassisted?

That apart, the tobacco companies, not unreasonably, might object that they are being asked to pay to dissuade people from buying their poisonous – but legal – products.

Therein lies the clue to ‘help people kick this deadly habit’.

Tobacco doesn’t need to be controlled; it needs to be banned.

In the meantime, as the scientific paper quoted above shows, the best way to quit smoking is – just quit!

For those who find this difficult, take a look at my books or one-to-one stop smoking sessions on this site.

© Gabriel Symonds

Gabriel Symonds

Dr Gabriel Symonds is a British medical doctor living in Japan who has developed a unique interactive stop smoking method. It involves no nicotine, drugs, hypnosis, or gimmicks but consists in helping smokers to demonstrate to themselves why they really smoke and why it seems so hard to stop doing it. Then most people find they can quit straightaway and without a struggle. He has used this approach successfully with hundreds of smokers; it works equally well for vapers. Dr Symonds also writes about transgenderism and other controversial medical matters. See

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