Never has the world been more concern about human’s health than in this new millennium. With the advent of the Internet, people have awaken (no thanks to governments) to the health hazards in their intake of food and drinks, air pollution and the environment as a whole.
We can see the hospitals are overcrowded and the long waiting-list at the clinics surely is alarming. Health freaks are mushrooming in numbers and the parks are full of joggers and walkers who think that exercise alone will optimize their well-being. Foodies have turned vegetarians and worse – vegans. Its a fast growing cult. Running a gym is now a viable profitable business.
Is that all it takes to be healthy?
Can one remain healthy with pollution in the air, rivers, and seas? These are global issues and this’ where the governments come in.
I am not going to delve with these issues especially when the hyped Global Warming and Climate Change are a big farce. Nuff said.
Let’s look at Malaysia now as the (new) government is geared on a national no-smoking campaign.
No smoking at open-air eateries
The ministry is pushing to gazette all open-air restaurants as no-smoking areas, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye. [The Star]
Lol! This’ rather humorous:
MP among 8 issued compound after smoking ban takes effect in Parliament
An MP was among eight people who received a compound notice for smoking in the Parliament building, says the Health Ministry.
The fine was given out to the offenders after the Ministry sent out enforcers to check on smoking hot spots in Parliament on Monday (Oct 15) after the smoking ban took effect in Parliament. [The Star]
Yes, I smoke and yes I know about the related health issues, but I practice good social etiquette when I do it and I surely respect the rights of non-smokers and so I smoke in the open air, far… far from the health-freaks mostly to avoid their patronizing holier-healthier-than-thou attitudes and their cringed faces .
Long before the fake news hype, the people have been engulfed by fake-science. Tobacco has taken a beating by the so called passive smoking and the second-hand smoke myth.
“When we connect the dots through medicine, science, history, psychology and sociology, the truth emerges plain as day: the all-out global propaganda campaign against tobacco is part of the same push for ‘full-spectrum dominance’ over humanity in all other spheres. The targets and victims of the fake ‘War on Terror’ are the same targets of the war against tobacco. We are expected to believe that our wonderful ‘leaders’ encourage us to eat poisonous GMO food yet are oh, so concerned about the alleged health effects from smoking? Give us a break!” – PTM
If the governments are serious, truthful and sincere about the hazards and dangers of smoking, then they should totally ban it, instead of making a daily big fuss and continuing with money wasting non-stop campaigns.
Why not ban tobacco? I will not answer what the governments won’t.
There is a more serious and dangerous human activity, which the governments are not (adequately) addressing – vehicle emissions.
Read here for Car Emissions For Testing Facts
Some governments do take it seriously and have taken actions against car manufacturers like Volkswagen and Audi, and even arrested a CEO.
VW’s Audi Unit Settles Munich Diesel Probe for $926 Million
Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit agreed to pay an 800 million-euro ($926 million) fine for its role in the diesel-cheating scandal that has disrupted the car industry for more than three years and landed Audi’s longtime leader in jail. – Bloomberg
The problem in Malaysia is that smoking as a health issue is under the purview of the Ministry of Health. They aren’t bothered about emission issues because that comes under the purview of the Ministry of Transport. These two ministries are using separate and different algorithms in dealing with two (unrelated) things – tobacco and vehicles.
Hence, vehicle emission is never a health issue rather than a traffic nuisance and therefore car-owners (most are health-freaks too) do not see and care about the hazardous smoke their shining Bimmers, Mercks and SUVs billow into the atmosphere. At the same time these same hypocrites join in the anti-smoking campaign with vigor like their lives depended on it.
Then there is this haze thingy…well, this is a foreign diplomatic issue and a sensitive one at that.
What about them thick black smoke from refineries and factories…?