Selling smoke during the campaign

Selling smoke during the campaign

Madrid : Spain | Nov 24, 2011 at 3:39 AM PST
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Mariano Rajoy talks to the press after casting his vote

It was one of the few surprises of the recent election campaign. The PP candidate, Mariano Rajoy, confessed smoker, said he liked most "first law" smoking [of 2005, which allowed smoke to leave spaces in the hotel]. "I know most people are against this law that prohibits smoking in any place," and even states that "no [place] for smokers," said who will be the next president of the Government. "But I think we can devise a formula on a base: the non-smoker can not be hurt, so I am totally and absolutely agree." This idea of ​​"devise a formula" was interpreted, in how difficult it has been until now venturing Rajoy's true intentions, as an idea to review the statements out of program ley.Aquellas aroused concern among those who had fought it out over below the norm, and even skepticism of those most opposed to it. The suggestion-do not promise, was considered more an impromptu exit or, at most, a statement of principles that a clear proposal for reform.

It is difficult to clarify what was behind the words of Rajoy, apart from an attempt to ingratiate himself with the sectors that protested when the law was passed. Or a release of a person who is admitted and who may resent smoker who has deployed a hindrance to give cigars as you like. In the PP's electoral program there is no mention of changing the law. And caught statements even changed over to the Secretary of Social Policies and former Minister of Health of the PP, Ana Pastor, who was forced to defend his boss without engaging in anything. "I totally agree with Mariano Rajoy, preserve health is fundamental to us and not tease people's life" was as far as he dared to go.

Shepherd does not disprove that Rajoy was expected, but that the tagline was "no hump" people left the doors open.

The proposal caught everyone by surprise, including members of his own party in Congress had voted, including Rajoy, the rule became effective on January 2 this year. During the debate the PP maintained that it will indemnify the premises they had done previous work with the law, and argued that smokers had cubicles for any premises he wanted. Last Tuesday, and after the elections, the official in Geneva, headquarters of the PP, was still referring to those statements Rajoy.

Reactions to Rajoy's words have been immediate. And, most opposed. Most doctors have been clear for whom the current law, with its almost absolute safeguard the health of nonsmokers is a decision about which there is no turning back.

"The income of asthmatic children are down 15% in La Paz hospital in Madrid and in the center, we expect a reduction in income due to myocardial infarction (between 1,400 and 3,000), and the heart to recover before the lungs of the impact of snuff, "said Rodrigo Córdoba, vice president of the National Committee for Smoking Prevention, an organization of medical associations has been the leading advocate of the law. "The standard has paid off and the population has embraced willingly. Except some strange story, there has been none of the cataclysms that advocated the hospitality industry," said Francisco Rodriguez, president of the same organism.

The president of the Medical College (WTO), Juan Jose Rodriguez Sendin, has gone further. "I do not think that the future president is going to do anything. I appreciate your statements to the effect that said he liked the old law because it prohibits more, but it is not a matter of taste. From what it is to save lives and health problems and health expenditure, "he says in reference to the more than 50,000 deaths that occur annually in Spain associated with smoking, of which about 3,000 are found in passive smokers, 1,000 of them among hospitality workers.

"A Rajoy came out because it does not belong to the health sector. What is clear is that no one is identified with the problem [of cancer caused by passive smoking] until you have in the family," adds Rodriguez Sendin, who insists that "people still believe that these are scientific issues, and not see it as something that affects them." But "the health objectives can not be changed or money or anything," he stresses. "Freedom is fully responsible for one in which, with your decisions, not an attack on freedom and health of others," insists the doctor.

In fact, the president of the WTO believes that the current standard is insufficient, and points to an issue already discussed in the Basque Country in February and has been recently put on the table by the British Medical Association. "Nobody dared to regulate it, but you have to do something with the protection of children in cars. As it is not allowed to hit a child, the child who is exposed on a journey of four hours to smoke from cigarettes of parent is being abused, "he says flatly. "It is clear that damage is not intentional, but in the same way that the traffic code punishes anyone who throws a cigarette out of the car because you have to care for the environment, there damage is occurring."

But beyond any progress, Rajoy's statements are not even taken into account by Smokers for Tolerance, the most active organization has spoken out against anti-smoking laws, both current and the previous one. "A political campaign is no less a political campaign," says his spokesman, Javier Blanco, who admits that this back and forth statements of intent and is "a sickness". "However, if you really think about it, now you will have easy, but so far only Gorka Maneiro, UPyD has been clear."

Maneiro, in a speech in February in the Basque parliament, while discussing the regional anti-smoking law, called the law, and the Basque Government "unduly restrictive". "They do not respect the individual freedom of those who would have a place to smoke."

Those five minutes of speech may be the summary of the arguments of those who believe that the law came into force in January was too far. Maneiro described the national and Basque Governments hypocritical for allowing the sale of a product that is harmful, and said that it was better for a ban on the sale. He called the state "authoritarian, paternalistic and interventionist" and said something that even the most fiercely medical associations fought to toughen anti-smoking legislation supported: the old law, less stringent because it included that could have smoking areas in hospitality venues could have served. "Only to be fulfilled and missing were enforced, which was not done."

White, who appreciates these manifestations, believes it is possible to reverse some aspects of the new law. "For example, now that I'm in an airport," says the phone-"grateful that there was a decent place for smokers, with a table and chairs to sit and read the newspaper without bothering anyone." Other issues he is doubtful in the current law are limited to smoke outdoors, "where there is no health risk." "It is true that in the playground the children will see their parents smoking, and perhaps not the best example, but these must be those who educate," he says. In the same line you think should be allowed to have smoking areas in entertainment.

Smoking spokesman for Tolerance supports an aspect that has been instrumental to snuff consumers have lost public support on the scope of the limits to snuff. "Another thing is that there piggy that pull the butts on the ground in the arena left in parks or beaches, or who smoke without asking whether others are bothered, but that is solved with campaigns, not prohibitions" he insists.

Smokers for Tolerance, which has eliminated the word club name to dissociate themselves from potential smoking clubs, believes that such establishments have not succeeded as expected. "I have no data, but it is true that at first there was a boom, and then has gone far. Of course, is that the law does not put anything easy," says White.

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Shaziakhan is based in Kahror Pakka, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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