Saturday, March 15, 2014

From Namibia With Love

Dr. Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health and Social Services, would like to show the world how progressive he is by "cracking down" on the tobacco industry smokers:
WINDHOEK – The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi announced yesterday that the Tobacco Products Control Act No 1 of 2010 would be gazetted in April, after which it would be enforced, effectively banning people from smoking tobacco in public places.
Kamwi explained that there were consultations with stakeholders, some of whom opposed measures that were presented.
Oh stakeholders, smakeholders, don't you understand that your seat at the table is merely for political theatre? There is no such thing as a stakeholder in a despotic environment that is devoid of democratic checks and balances; this is tobacco control after all. Apparently, his ideas are so progressive that he has even managed to acquire unwavering support from the director of the WHO herself:
But he warned that government has the support of the director general of the World Health Organisation who assured him of her unwavering support, both financially and technically to challenge any industry that will consider challenging government against implementing the Act.
...and just what is it that the minister of the WHO is supporting, one has to wonder?
Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with regulations of the Act would be committing an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N$4 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment, the regulations under the Tobacco Regulations Control Act indicate. Fines payable upon breaking the law on smoking can go up to N$200 000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, according to the Act.
Oh, but maybe we should give her the benefit of the doubt. She may not be aware of the draconian nature of what is about to transpire, um because there were no representatives from the WHO in attendance when the law/act was being crafted, right?
Amongst those to attend the deliberations in March are the “top cops” of the country, added the minister. In addition, regional health inspectors, representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Cancer Association of Namibia and others will be part of the deliberations.
The justification for threatening to tear apart businesses, families, and the social fabric of an entire country is why, 2nd hand smoke of course!
“It’s not about me but it’s about your dear wife, the children, those are the people who suffer from second-hand smoking. If they want to die themselves let them go outside there,” a concerned Kamwi said.
I'm guessing that no one from the WHO has bothered to inform Mr. Kamwi of this rather large (and recent) study on 2nd hand smoke:
A large prospective cohort study of more than 76,000 women confirmed a strong association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer but found no link between the disease and secondhand smoke.
The lie becomes more insidious by the day, with the full support of the WHO apparently.

… smokers’ days are numbered

Public Smokers Face Jail


  1. I do not know if I am off topic here, but it looks more like the government needs money. Tax is increased on tobacco products, fines are given for smoking at the wrong places and this is supposedly done for health reasons. If it is really for health reasons, why not ban tobacco products entirely? Or will the government lose out (tax, fines)? Removing productive members because of smoking (jail) might also have a negative effect on society. But hey, I am not a smoker or in the government so what do I know?

    1. I don't think that your comment is off topic at all. Most events that take place in this world are tied to money, power/politics, & religion, either separately or in aggregate.

      This most definitely has something to do with it:

      .Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      It's always easier for a master to twist the arm of the serf when the serf is in need of money....Hence, I suspect that your assertion may have some validity to it.

      Follow the money.