Het bericht dat het Royal Victoria ziekenhuis bezig is met het creëren van rookruimtes voor personeel, patiënten en bezoekers, heeft tot een uitbarsting van hysterie onder anti-rokers geleid. Niet verwonderlijk, want vele anti-rokers verdienen een best belegde boterham aan het aan de kaak stellen van elke situatie die maar iets met tabak te maken kan hebben.
Het meest opmerkelijke was nog wel dat men deze keer niet met de leugens over zogenaamde schade door meeroken kwam, maar dat het idee alleen al dat rokers onderdak krijgen, toch te absurd voor woorden zou zijn.
Joining the chorus is one Thomas Novotny from California. There is not a chance in hell that Novotny will come within miles of the Royal Victoria Hospital yet the sinfulness exhibited there has him in such a snit that he is demanding that the trustees of the hospital reconsider their wrong-headed decision to make comfortable the people who, after all, finance the hospital through their taxes. Novotny gets ink because he was once a US Assistant Surgeon General. That post actually makes him less credible than any Tom, Dick and Harry who has an opinion on smoking rooms.
Not long ago there was a proposal, unfortunately defeated, to eliminate the position of Surgeon General from the federal government. Many felt that the position was irrelevant and, after the embarrassing conduct of the most recent incumbents, provided too much of a soapbox for mediocrities pushing batty agendas. The conga line of Surgeon Generals range from C. Everett Koop who rewrote the definition of addiction to include nicotine then moved on to cash in on his fame to become the poster boy for dot com hype and corruption to Jocelyn Elders, high priestess of onanism, who advocated masturbation lessons for the nation’s school children, followed by David Satcher who brought us the war on fat. The current Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, has proposed giving tax breaks to people who exercise and quit smoking.
Thomas Novotny, a yes man for Satcher, was also an operative for the Clinton administration during its divisive and wasteful war on tobacco. He now has a cushy job with the University of California pontificating, and agitating, on behalf of ‘global health’ issues. In short he is a stooge whose opinions and objections to how a hospital operates in another country are irrelevant.
Zie American Anti slams Northern Ireland Smoking Policies voor nadere info.