Drinking is the new smoking.

This paper was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2009 called “WHO Public Hearing on Harmful Use of Alcohol.”

Yes the way that they intend to deal with drinkers is exactly the way they have dealt with tobacco. Mine and your plight has only just begun.

“Governments and citizens around the world could: pursue a global health-based approach to alcohol control, including the adoption of a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control, modeled on the Tobacco Convention that came into force in 2005.”

Alcohol is just as bad as tobacco, its the WHO so they must be right.

“There is a growing recognition that alcohol is a global health issue. Alcohol has recently been identified as one of the world’s top ten health risks, accounting for about the same
amount of global burden of disease as tobacco. Alcohol consumption is causally related to more than 60 types of disease and injury, and is linked to a variety of social problems.

Global alcohol consumption has increased in recent decades, with most or all of the increase occurring in developing countries.”

Never mind democracy, written agreements and free trade.

“A global health-based approach to alcohol control outside the trade treaty realm, modeled on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which came into force in 2005,  is likely to prove more effective. A Framework Convention on Alcohol Control would provide an important means for governments and citizens around the word to avoid trade treaty interference in the vital task of reducing the global harm caused by alcohol.”

Can I ask drinkers and CAMRA to wake up and smell the coffee.

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7 Responses to Drinking is the new smoking.

  1. nisakiman says:

    Oh dear. Yes, we started on a very slippery slope when tobacco control started flexing its muscles. One wonders where it will all end – if it ever does. It’s odd, isn’t it, how there are so many people in this world who feel a moral imperative to impose their views on everyone else, regardless of the justification (or not) of imposing those views, or of the collateral damage caused by their zealous evangelism.

    I became so disenchanted with the way things were going in the UK (I could see clearly the writing on the wall) that I bailed out 8 years ago, and now live in a gloriously unreconstructed, slightly anarchic and definitely non-PC country. (Where despite attempts to introduce a smoking ban, the ashtrays remain firmly on the tables in most bars.)

    • JJ says:

      nisakiman – Where is this…and is there room for more of us persecuted souls?

      • GioP says:

        It could be Greece…:-)

      • nisakiman says:

        GioP below (no reply button on his post) could well be right. :¬))

        Plenty of room, but you need a particular mindset to cope with the culture here on a long-term basis. Personally, I revel in it.

      • nisakiman says:

        Ha! Bloody comments! That should obviously read “GioP above”!

  2. Heres a time line starting in 1900,dont be surprised to see the same thing playing out today nearly 100 years later.

    1901: REGULATION: Strong anti-cigarette activity in 43 of the 45 states. “Only Wyoming and Louisiana had paid no attention to the cigarette controversy, while the other forty-three states either already had anti-cigarette laws on the books or were considering new or tougher anti-cigarette laws, or were the scenes of heavy anti- cigarette activity” (Dillow, 1981:10).

    1904: New York: A judge sends a woman is sent to jail for 30 days for smoking in front of her children.

    1904: New York City. A woman is arrested for smoking a cigarette in an automobile. “You can’t do that on Fifth Avenue,” the arresting officer says.

    1907: Business owners are refusing to hire smokers. On August 8, the New York Times writes: “Business … is doing what all the anti-cigarette specialists could not do.”

    1917: SMOKEFREE: Tobacco control laws have fallen, including smoking bans in numerous cities, and the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho and Tennessee.

    It always ENDS!

  3. Rose says:

    WHO launches worldwide war on booze
    14 October 2009

    “HUMANITY’s relationship with alcohol has never been easy. Now it is about to undergo as great a change as our attitude to tobacco, which has seen smoking plummet from the height of cool to the lowest of unpleasant habits.

    That at least is the hope of the World Health Organization, which, between now and January, will be honing its draft of the first global strategy on reducing health damage from alcohol abuse, the fifth leading cause of premature death and disability worldwide.”

    Public ‘must be protected from passive drinking’
    16 Mar 2009

    “PEOPLE should be protected from “passive drinking” in the same way they are protected from second-hand smoke, Britain’s top doctor said today.

    Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England, called for society to recognise the consequences of one person’s drinking on another’s well-being – a phenomenon he labelled passive drinking.”

    He added: “I got a hard time when I proposed smoke-free places I don’t feel I have been slapped down.” Sir Liam also said that fewer bars and clubs should be allowed in areas where alcohol-related deaths are high.
    “We need a proper plan to combat this. It will upset people and it will ruffle feathers,” he said.”

    I have been watching this one coming for a while and did a little research, if anyone finds it useful.

    Theoretically, I get to sit this round out.

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