Twee jaar geleden stond het met grote letters in de Italiaanse kranten: eindelijk was een werkgever wettelijk aansprakelijk gesteld voor de dood van een medewerkster door meeroken. De wetgever had onvoldoende inspanningen verricht om de werkneemster tegen het onheil van omgevingsrook te beschermen en daarom werden twee managers tot drie maanden gevangenisstraf veroordeeld.
Afgelopen zaterdag werd dit vonnis echter in hoger beroep, na raadpleging van experts, nietig verklaard. De hogere rechtbank hechtte wél geloof aan het verhaal van de moeder van de vrouw dat haar dochter overleden was aan een allergische reactie op voedsel.
Het commentaar in een Italiaanse krant:
|MILAN – “An irreversible and acute asthma attack was the cause of death, while there is neither a proven, nor fundamentally conceivable connection between the death and passive smoke exposure in the workplace”. Professors, Cicero, Schroeder, and Mangili, the authors of the expert testimony were, of course, investigated thoroughly for any connection with the tobacco industry (they turned out to have none) while, of course, no investigation whatsoever of pharmaceutical industry connections was carried out for the authors of the previous expert testimony for the lower court – but this is quite normal where antitobacco corruption is involved. (source: Il Resto del Carlino, February 8, 2004)
Forces Italië hierover:
The first expert testimony, which asserted that “there was no doubt” that passive smoke was the cause of death was obviously a scam, repeated endlessly thereinafter by the mouths of the former minister of “health” Veronesi and the current one, Sirchia. But one has to be careful when chewing on fire crackers: one may end up being toothless.
It goes without say that this is a severe blow for Italian “public health” – starting from the ministry of health all the way down the scam chain to the Italian League against Cancer and their media lackeys which daily misinform Italians on the dangers of smoking.
It is also unnecessary to report that there were no big headlines on newspapers this time – just a few short five-liners here and there — because the mass-media in Italy and in the world must suck up to professional scammers with too much power and to their Big Pharma masters. And THIS is the big problem that media create: acts of faith. If a big-name doctor says that passive (or primary) smoke “kills”, for the media that becomes “big”, credible news – while, in reality, they are talking about a big con – and, without realising it, underline the gravity and the extent of this international social problem, and the desperate need to intervene with whatever force and means are necessary to get rid of it. In the meantime, go ahead and smoke – for if you smoke, you kill no one.
Bron: Forces Italië