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Victoria Coren: attitude towards smoking has become hysterical

"Smoking while pregnant turns your baby into a criminal. That preposterous idea was actually published, last week, by a large number of British news organisations," writes Victoria Coren in the Observer today.

Why is this study being reported as proof that cigarettes breed criminals? Because the attitude towards smoking has become hysterical, ridiculous and as sour-tasting as an old butt in a damp ashtray. The British press could report that smoking causes rape or genocide and people would just nod and say: "Stands to reason."

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Reader Comments (11)

How many rich kids are criminals because their mothers smoked when they were pregnant?

November 21, 2010 at 8:06 | Unregistered Commenterchas

Her two words nicely sum up everything about the present 'official' attitude to smoking. Ridiculous and Hysterical.

When, oh, when, are those turds in Parliament going to realise it?

November 21, 2010 at 13:13 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I' ve always liked Victoria.

November 21, 2010 at 16:57 | Unregistered CommenterMark Butcher

My own sister died of lung cancer due to this shit of tobacco at the age of 53 .
You would be ready to kill relatives for you fucking lobbying pro-tobacco .
People like you are the dregs of society .
Fortunately people get clever with the use of new technologies and cranks of your kind are more and more being thank for evil puppets .

November 21, 2010 at 17:13 | Unregistered CommenterJasper

Bigots usually are the least intellectual.

November 21, 2010 at 17:38 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Yes, Pat, it's nice to see a well presented and balanced argument, taking everything into account, from the other side. It's such a pleasant surprise when we see it.

And there was me thinking they were such div brains.

November 21, 2010 at 18:16 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Nice language too...

November 21, 2010 at 18:32 | Unregistered CommenterBill

I think SMOKERPHOPIA should now go into the Oxford english dictionary as a word.
I think some anti smokers should definately obtain themselves a copy.
hmm hmmm !

November 21, 2010 at 20:10 | Unregistered CommenterCW

Something like this I think.


smokerphobia noun, smoke-,-er,=phobia

a very strongfear of people who smoke

November 21, 2010 at 21:09 | Unregistered CommenterCW

Smokerphobia = hysterical and irrational fear of people who smoke

November 21, 2010 at 22:27 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Smokerphobia = idiots who cannot think for themselves and believe anything and everything fed to them by some fraudulent charity that feeds off their hard earned taxes!

November 23, 2010 at 10:18 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

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