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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Promoting Violence Against Smokers Is Cool

I posted this on Twitter and Facebook last night, but it's worth preserving it here.  If the Guardian had any integrity whatsoever, it would write an article about how anti-smoker nutjobs would like to shoot us in the face.  To wit, we have this gem from a blog called Smoking Blows:

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It's run by an anti-smoker health professional named Cole Durkee, who is on a mission to stop you from smoking.  Let us see his own words on the subject (emphasis in original):
I'm also a healthcare professional, someone who's often seen the devastating terminal effects of nicotine addiction first hand, and someone who's also sick and tired of being exposed to secondhand smoke. I want the world to fully realize the terrible consequences of this easily preventable affliction, and I'm doing something about it.

While it's been said that using non-judgmental, non-confrontational, and other namby-pamby, ball-stroking actions helps better convince smokers to attempt quitting, those actions could also be considered enabling. Nothing is worse than enabling an addict.

I believe that what's sometimes needed in order to convince smokers to attempt quitting is a slap in the face, a wake-up call, and simple stark reality. Fear and anger are both powerful emotional motivations for change, and smokers need to be motivated in order to quit.
Here is another from his blog:

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And here is a tweet he made in response to this article reporting on a woman who was assaulted and robbed by a 16-year-old boy who asked the woman for a cigarette:

Karma. Well, isn't that pleasant. Cole Durkee clearly supports violence against those who smoke or would give a cigarette to a teen boy who probably looked older, or perhaps the woman was frightened and didn't want a confrontation with the kid. In any case, she gets smacked and robbed and that's perfectly acceptable in Cole's world.

So even though Cole Durkee has seemingly good intentions to help people quit smoking, he seems to lack a moral compass. Vile dickhead?  You decide. The Guardian sure as hell won't bother telling you this.