The Tasmanian zealots

December 30th, 2010 at 10:59 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Despite the island’s clean, green image, one person in four lights up each day, compared with a national average of 17 per cent.

Those smokers are becoming increasingly marginalised: the state capital, Hobart, banned cigarettes from the city centre four months ago, and the second-biggest city, Launceston, recently decided to do the same.

Other councils are considering following suit, and there are also calls for smoking to be prohibited on the island’s beaches. But if Burnie City Council gets its way, the sale, possession and consumption of tobacco would be outlawed state-wide. Even back gardens would be smoke-free.

Smokers would be forced to go cold turkey – or perhaps emigrate to the mainland.

Forced emigration is so 1930s. I am sure the Burnie City Council could be far more efficient and just proscribe anyone caught smoking – making it legal for them to be killed by vigilantes.

Or they could do the Iranian way. Chop their hands off. Damn hard to smoke without hands.

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28 Responses to “The Tasmanian zealots”

  1. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    Doesn’t Susan Bradford smoke?

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  2. cha (3,547 comments) says:

    Time, gentlemen: An elegy on the British pub by the Economists obituaries editor.

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  3. bc (1,252 comments) says:

    Keep up the good work Tasmania I say. I can’t stand cigarette smoke, and before the smokers go on a tirade about how their smoking has no impact on me, well yes actually it does.

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  4. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    I don’t like smoking either but cannot remember the last time a smoker actually bothered me with their smoke. Leave the poor bastards alone.

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  5. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    When they are finished kicking smokers could they please do something about that accent.Words such as pool and school completely lose their meanings when savaged by that Aussie twang. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is a leading practioner of this simply awful twang and should be banned from national t.v. till she learns to speak english.

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  6. wat dabney (3,473 comments) says:

    bc,

    Your vehicle emissions bother me equally. And your barbecue smoke. And your fascism.

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  7. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Yeah but it’s Tasmania, is it really that more people smoke or did some say “my mum and my sister smoke” and counted the same person twice

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  8. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    Are they Greens?

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  9. scrubone (2,972 comments) says:

    I’m sure soon we’ll be having medicinal tobacco, prescribed to anyone who’s ever had slightly depressing thought.

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  10. CHFR (195 comments) says:

    First they came for the smokers…..

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  11. bc (1,252 comments) says:

    I didn’t realise you were such a greenie wat dabney to be so worried about my vehicle emissions. The thing is you see a car is pretty much a necessity (unless you have a great public transport option). Smoking clearly is not a necessity. Simple really.

    And my barbeque skills are superb – you don’t see a lot of smoke billowing out from my bbq thank you very much! (eating is a necessity also by the way).

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  12. bc (1,252 comments) says:

    CHFR: First they came for the smokers…..

    Great place to start :)

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  13. ZenTiger (421 comments) says:

    Not like cultured and democratic New Zealand that steadily increases taxes on smokes to a metaphorical hand chopping amount.

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  14. francis (712 comments) says:

    Well, they certainly don’t have much to lose in the way of international travelers but I don’t understand why any Western country would want to become the Saudi Arabia of tobacco, accessible only to those who share a particular “puritanical” prohibitionist viewpoint.

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  15. AlphaKiwi (684 comments) says:

    Ban cigarettes and alcohol and legalise marijuana. It would be a better world.

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  16. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Smoking would be a good way to filter some morons out of the gene pool if it killed them sooner, but unfortunately they usually breed before the cancer gets them.

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  17. Pete George (21,831 comments) says:

    Impregnate tobacco with male birth control? If it was a testosterone suppressant it would kill two stones with one bird.

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  18. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,685 comments) says:

    Why don’t they handle smokers like they handled the Abos? Just shoot all the bastards.

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  19. CHFR (195 comments) says:

    I take it all of you who are so vehement in your anti smoking have no vices that anyone would object to.

    As I see it if a smoker can be considerate to you in what is still a legal pleasure (for some of us) then what gives you the right to object. I am amazed that so called right wingers can just let that go when it is something they object to and become as nausiating as the most rabid lefty.

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  20. simfarmer (2 comments) says:

    I currently have the misfortune of serving a 12 month contract (sentence) somewhere very close to Burnie. I can assure you everything that is said about Tasmania is true. It’s very difficult to comprehend that you can fly to melbourne in about an hour for very little cost and yet the north-west coast of Tassie is like some distant backwater of religious fevor. Im in a farming community and there is no local pub – apparently everytime someone applies for a license the numerous local churches (I pass at least 7 on the way to Burnie) kick up such a stink that no-one gets a license. The cricket club has a limited license (training nights and game nights) so its very amusing to see all the old-guys standing on the boundary training so they can qualify to have a drink in a social setting afterwards. I cannot wait to get back to the mainland.

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  21. Pete George (21,831 comments) says:

    Just having a mild break from Goff and Muslim bashing CHFR.

    I think the balance is about right in NZ now, smoking rarely intrudes in my life any more. One place it has been very annoying though is at sports events, especially when you’re allocated a seat downwind from a chain smoker. The new indoor stadium in Dunedin will hopefully have indoor non-smoking rules.

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  22. Manolo (12,644 comments) says:

    ASH and some Maori fanatics want to achieve the same here. Lunacy unbound.

    bc, I’ll chip in a few bucks to buy you a one-way ticket to North Korea, the home of totalitarians like yourself. Get lost.

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  23. Rex Widerstrom (5,130 comments) says:

    At the risk of starting off a “Four Yorkshiremen” fest, the Tasmanians are bloody lucky. There’s nowt so puritanical as WA. You might not be able to smoke on Tasmanian beaches but at least you can still fly a kite, or use an “oversized” sun umbrella, jump off the pylon (if there is one) into the water, use a “toy vehicle” such as the radio controlled boat your kids got for Christmas or dig a hole in the sand such as when making a sandcastle.

    These are amongst the more than 100 verboten activities on Perth’s main beach, Cottesloe, introduced by the local Council.

    Increasingly, local authorities are an outlet for the sort of chip-on-the-shoulder power crazed protofascist who wouldn’t make it through even the incredibly slack preselection processes of a political party. Their powers could, however, be strictly limited by statute, but our “representatives” in Parliaments don’t act. Could it be that they find it useful to have a group of people even less mindful of rights and freedoms than themselves, against whom they might compare favourably?

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  24. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    Remember this is a state which committed genocide upon its entire Aboriginal population, and only legalised homosexuality in 1997!

    BC, your fascism is bad for my health. Maybe you should be banned, and possibly suffer the same fate as the Tasmanian Aboriginals?

    (I am a non smoker who enjoys the odd cigar as a treat, by the way)

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  25. Dazzaman (1,114 comments) says:

    Remember this is a state which committed genocide upon its entire Aboriginal population, and only legalised homosexuality in 1997!

    Two wrongs don’t make a right….

    Anyhoo, isn’t Ponting from Tassie? He could do with a good smoke about now.

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  26. eszett (2,272 comments) says:

    Change a few words and it all looks far more reasonable. Or not. ;-)

    Despite the island’s clean, green image, one person in four lights up, compared with a national average of 17 per cent.

    Those pot smokers are becoming increasingly marginalised: the state capital, Hobart, banned joints from the city centre four months ago, and the second-biggest city, Launceston, recently decided to do the same.

    Other councils are considering following suit, and there are also calls for smoking marijuana to be prohibited on the island’s beaches. But if Burnie City Council gets its way, the sale, possession and consumption of cannabis would be outlawed state-wide. Even back gardens would be smoke-free.

    Pot smokers would be forced to go cold turkey – or perhaps emigrate to the Netherlands.

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  27. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    The Tasmanian genocide is a fabrication. See the following

    http://www.sydneyline.com/Manne%20debate%20Quadrant.htm

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  28. Jeff83 (765 comments) says:

    Kowtow its hardly a fabrication, but rather a rigurously debated point. Most of which all boils down to (by my reading) whether genocide is only where there are deliberate mass killings of Aborigines by European settlers, or where it might also apply to instances in which many Aboriginal people were killed by the reckless or unintended actions and omissions of settlers

    Either way when you are debating such semantics you can generally say Tazmania as a state is hardly a glowing lightin native rights.

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