Headlines: Smokers Face Street Ban
New Zealand Herald on Thursday July 14th 2011 used almost the whole page to cover the issue on smoking: Many people have complained that, since smokers are not allowed to smoke inside the buildings where they work anymore, many smokers can be seen on the streets now, outside public places such as the Auckland City central hospital, council chambers, and other places of influence.
The Auckland City Council is considering placing a ban on smoking in the inner city area, and at bus stops. The Auckland District Health Board is considering not employing anyone who smokes.
This is really over the top, in my opinion. I am a reformed smoker myself, and I had to stop for my health’s sake, not to mention the budget. But smoker’s are being unfairly targeted here.
Agricultural Chemicals Are A Worse Threat to Our Health: Smoking is easy to target, because smokers can be seen. And targeting smokers is what is known as a smoke-screen, because there are far worse UNSEEN dangers in our environment, which pose far greater risks to the public than breathing in a bit of second hand smoke on a side-walk. The worst things for our health, especially for the health of growing children, and pregnant mothers, are the toxic chemicals which are used in food production, and which are still used around the city streets where we all walk. The willy-nilly use of highly toxic herbicides and pesticides which are poured onto our parks and pavement, or side-walk verges, by councils all over the country, is surely a far greater danger to people’s health than any second hand cigarette smoke, or even first hand cigarette smoke.
These toxic herbicides and pesticides are KNOWN to effect the immune and nervous systems, and to cause cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, and many other terrible degenerative diseases. They are KNOWN to cause birth defects. They are KNOWN to cause a myriad of mysterious untreatable health conditions. Yet councils turn a blind eye to the fact, as do the rest of the community, resulting in farmers, householders, and councils continuing to spray and pollute the earth, its human, animal and insect life, and its atmosphere.
And what about alcohol? Alcohol drinking has far more negative impact on families and communities than smoking does. Alcohol is also very destructive to the individual drinking it. Alcohol causes road death, suicide, and family violence. Alcohol, which is immensely destructive to family, friends and community, is not given so much publicity as smoking, although smoking is not likely to cause some sudden violent and emotional upset amongst your friends and family. But as long as we don’t SEE people drinking alcohol, all is well, apparently.
The targeting of smokers, I believe, is a diversion against the more important issues: Alcohol abuse and toxic herbicides and pesticides. The pouring of 30 tonnes of the poison Brodifacoum on our lovely Shakespear Park at Whangaparaoa Peninsula in New Zealand has begun. This poison is very toxic, and will affect the health of all people and animals and bird life in the area. It is used in rat poison, and works by causing haemorrhage. In people, this poison will affect heart and circulation and possibly will cause strokes, because it is an anticoagulant. I believe that people who are already on medication which thins the blood, will be more at risk of having a stroke and suffering heart and circulation problems if they are exposed to even a trace of this Brodifacoum poison. As homeopathic medicine proves, even a minimum dose of such substances can have an effect on the body.
Research with bees also shows that bees become sick even when exposed to minute amounts of certain toxins: Research showed that their immune systems are severely affected even when the original substance, which the research scientists knew the bees had been exposed to, was so small it could not be identified in the bee at all. This is thought to be the cause of ‘colony collapse disorder’, a so-called mysterious disease which kills off whole hives at a time. Not so mysterious after all: The reason for bee colony collapse disorder is the microscopic amounts of poison which the bees have ingested as they go about the land searching for their honey. Again, we have the proof of the power of the minimum dose, which opponents of homeopathy are desperately trying to refute: Now, research scientists, in studying bees, have proven this very phenomenon.
Yet the health issues concerning Brodifacoum use, supported by evidence from overseas, are being blithely ignored by the Auckland City Council, who have chosen to blindly proceed with their aerial droppings of Brodifacoum pesticide. They intend to do 6 drops of 5 tonnes per drop. This is outrageous: so far, we have been able to do anything at all about getting this stopped, as the council has deaf ears.
Meanwhile, the Auckland City Council targets smokers in the streets, and the Auckland Hospital, who most likely will have to deal with people suffering side effects from Brodifacoum and other toxic agricultural chemicals later down the track, plan to oust all the smokers from their employment.
The Maori channel had a discussion on telly the other night, which I caught a little of. The reporter on Maori Television was saying that there are around 3000 Maori (and Pacific Island?) nurses. Of that number, roughly a third of those smoke. That will mean 1000 Maori and Pacific Island nurses who smoke will be out of a job. This is surely discriminatory.
We need those nurses in our hospitals more than we need to punish them for smoking.