Legal disclaimer

The opinions expressed by the authors on this blog and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Freedom2Choose organisation or any member thereof. Freedom2Choose is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the blog Authors.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

An F2C Triblogology

(Part 1)
From Philanthropy to Propaganda

ASH (UK) has radically shifted since 1971 from being a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco (and that does) not attack smokers or condemn smoking”, to one that ditched its slogan "ASH - Action on Smoking and Health" and replaced it with "The Campaign for Freedom from Tobacco", issuing a press statement saying:

"We are relaunching ASH today with a pledge to devote ourselves to hound the tobacco industry out of business by every means at our disposal.”
They now employ cynical lobbying methods and spin to influence the political process. In their own words:
It is essential that campaigners create the impression of inevitable success. Campaigning of this kind is literally a confidence trick: the appearance of confidence both creates confidence and demoralises the opposition. The week before the free vote we made sure the government got the message that we "knew" we were going to win and it would be better for them to be on the winning side.
(Deborah Arnott and  Ian Willmore; July 2006)
Even when they acknowledge that they are out of touch with the views of the public, both smokers and non-smokers, they cynically see this as being only a problem in terms of fine-tuning their propaganda. Their own internal Strategic Plan 2008 - 2011, in which they examine their own weaknesses, says:

Lack of contact with the general public and smokers – this may lead to not understanding the public or what smokers think, which is essential to know if ASH is to affect social change. It is also important that ASH is not too far ahead of public opinion.
ASH (UK), although a UK registered charity, is also a significant player in global anti-tobacco organisations: for example, the Framework Convention Alliance and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP).

They have fully pledged themselves to promote and support the aims of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on tobacco control. The following are examples of what ASH have in mind for us all. This is what they have signed us up to and for which they will fight “with every means at our disposal”:
Taken from the WHO’s The Tobacco Atlas
  • Cigarettes only available on prescription in rich countries
  • The tobacco industry is fully regulated, with licensing of nicotine as an addictive drug, and manufacture, promotion and sale under strict regulatory control by government agencies.
  • Cigarette packets will be plain black and white and contain only brand name and explicit health warnings.
  • Doubts about new “less hazardous” products increases.
  • Tobacco control funded from a percentage of tobacco tax in many countries.
  • Vaccine produced to switch off nicotine receptors.
And they are proud of their propaganda machine.

Next Tuesday, 15th March, ASH Scotland are sharing their methods and approach with another branch of the New Temperance and Prohibition Movement - alcohol control, at a summit meeting in Edinburgh. ASH Scotland chief executive Sheila Duffy said ASH Scotland,

"are hosting this summit so we can listen to the experiences from each sector and learn lessons on where we can be effective in continuing to reduce the impact of alcohol and tobacco on Scotland's people.”

Give me absolute control
over every living soul
Get ready for the future: it is murder.
To be continued...

Contributors to this blog are:

Brenda Orsler
John Watson
Phil Johnson
Carol Cattell


Anonymous said...

Guess I'm on my way to becoming a pensioner junkie...

...and once tobacco is available only on prescription consumption will be regulated. The organised crims will then sell at grossly inflated prices.

I reckon that my hatred of ASH is worse for my health than smoking.


Anonymous said...

That is certainly an eye opener.
How can smokers be paying an organisation that is intent on removing theose very people from society.

Surely the real sinister objective of ASH is to increase the prevalence of smokers to perpetuate their very existence.

They are certainly doing their jobs by insisting on more 'bans' thus making sure of a new supply of young smokers who will defy any authority that 'bans' them doing something.

Illicit goods are very appealing to young people.

TheBigYin said...

Yes Jay, the longer you live is no longer respected by the 'experts' these days, you are classed as a junkie because you ehjoy the odd whiskey or three or maybe partake of a cigar or pipe.

You are a non person, despite your age, by the 'I hat your way of life' brigade.

I, as an older person, will not live by this, I wil fight back and not let my peccadillos!

S be a source of derision by these people!

Ok, on accessions I smoke more than I should, on accessions I drink more than I should but I am no fucking junkie...except when it comes to cream cakes, then I am an unrepented junkie...

...oh fuck, the anti Cholesterol police will be after me!

What you/we do is not the states business!

Anonymous said...

Anon: Smokers have no choice but ot pay for thier own demise, ASH is paid grants from the Dept of Health out of tax reciepts, no one smoker or non-smoker has a free choice on whether or not they donate to the Charity called ASH. it is done for you without your consent and possibly in most cases knowledge.


Anonymous said...

@anon 4.23 - I think that they realise that they'll never eradicate smoking and they'll find jobs either as 'drugs' counsellors or offer their expertise to denormalise the next thing - after all ASH Scotland have teamed up with the booze police.


Anonymous said...

Some "Imaginations from the other side" (of the Channel)...

in order to understand the ASH cartoon, it might be helpful top know the movie ARMY OF DARKNESS
(which might be a fitting sobriquet for ASH).

Best regards from Germany - Andy

opinions powered by


Related Posts with Thumbnails

Pages on this blog