Banning Smoking in Mental Hospitals

by Stewart Cowan

Banning Smoking in Mental HospitalsFascism in the guise of healthcare.

Fascism in the guise of healthcare.

Via Frank Davis (Via Rose) I became aware of this piece in The Lancet, Helping smokers quit in secondary-care services.

It is not so much a matter of “helping”, rather fascist bully-boy tactics for both patients and staff and I’ll tell you why it disgusts me so much.

I was detoxed from booze as an outpatient in a large alcohol unit near Glasgow in 1998 (and never returned to the demon drink, with God’s grace). I probably saw around a hundred other patients coming and going and I used to watch who smoked and who didn’t. I only recall ever seeing about four who never smoked.

Even if there were only seventy or eighty people I shared the premises with, the smoking rate was still over 90%.

The unit is actually a wing of a mental hospital, Dykebar. You could stroll through the corridors of the main building and see the seriously and permanently mentally ill walking around, seemingly oblivious to everything, looking like they were never going to get out, while I was on my way to get the bus home.

Back then you could smoke in all the public rooms of the alcohol wing (two very large sitting rooms and a pool room). To ban smoking completely in these places would be an act of barbarity. We were expected to stay for at least four hours a day. Being detoxed is quite a nightmare anyway, as I’m sure are other mental conditions. The pain would be compounded massively for the majority with the implementation of a complete smoking ban – something which could only be thought up by people who have lost their humanity. If they ever had any.

The Lancet says that, “more than two thirds of those in psychiatric units smoke” so it could well put off many people going for treatment. Maybe that’s part of the plan: to save money. I wouldn’t be surprised if that pool room has since been refurbished and is now the office of some executive on £100,000+ salary. Perhaps some ‘compliance’ officer. Or maybe it’s a board room for the bigwigs to discuss new ideas on how to turn the hospital into more of a POW camp.

Although, to be fair, and as Dr Dunbar reminded me on Frank’s blog a few weeks ago, the profession is now at the mercy of the crazy stuff coming from the Dept of Health.

And they intend to treat their staff like scum too. To suggest that they are “offered pharmacotherapy or behavioural support” is typical of these sociopathic cultists who all too often manage to rise in the ranks of public ‘service’ yet neither understand nor are concerned with the public.

According to The Telegraph,

Individual trusts will be left to follow the guidance as they see fit, but Nice said staff who ignore hospital rules, for example by smoking in their uniform or “facilitating” patients smoking, could face disciplinary procedures.

These ‘experts’ either do not understand the human condition or are out and out sadistic headcases.

The acronym, “NICE”, of course, makes us think that their ‘clinical excellence’ is to benefit the patient. Judging by this, it is the opposite, like the ministries in Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Ministry of Peace is concerned with war, the Ministry of Truth with propaganda and perhaps most appropriate, the Ministry of Love which uses fear to ensure loyalty to Big Brother and contains Room 101, which for many mentally ill people is probably being locked up without cigarettes. No joking.

We’re almost there. Thirty years after Orwell predicted, although in a letter from Aldous Huxley to Orwell after receiving a free copy of ’1984′, he wrote,

Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.

As his brother, Julian, was a eugenicist and first director of UNESCO, Aldous would have had inside knowledge of things to come and we know schools now exist for infant conditioning and I suspect narco-hypnosis is achieved largely through television.

How else would they get away with all they have been?

4 responses to “Banning Smoking in Mental Hospitals

  1. It’s simply the pure, unadulterated vindictiveness that drives Temperance in general.

  2. I went through a similar experience to the author back in 1981, and I agree with every word he writes. One addiction at a time is more than enough to deal with.

  3. I came off the sauce in 1982 and I remember AA meetings where you could barely see the other side of the room for the smoke. Although I had stopped smoking a year and a half before I stopped drinking (wow!), it never bothered me in the slightest, and everyone outside the programme who knew me could always tell when I’d been to a meeting!

    In those days there were non-smoking meetings scattered around London but they were never particularly crowded; one could choose.

    I remember too, the furore at every meeting when we were told there would be no more smoking due to the church, council, company or whoever let us the rooms being forced to ban it.

    I don’t know how many recovering alcoholics were hurt by this, how many went back on the booze because of it, but I do know from what figures there were, AA reached a membership plateau around that time and has remained there ever since. Whether that’s connected I don’t know.

    The character of the meetings changed too; what had once been a collection of thriving little social units that carried the meeting they’d just been to out into coffee bars and cheap cafes, seemed to wither and people went their separate ways after their 60 or 90 minutes.

    I speak mainly of West London, though I’ve been almost everywhere inside the M25, and I made literally hundreds of friends, from newly released prisoners to peers of the realm. It was that group thing that kept me on the wagon.

    Now I just don’t go any more, it’s maybe three or four years since I last went, but it doesn’t do me any harm, I’m growing more solitary out of happy choice not necessity, but AA is, for ME (and I stress this is only me), no longer as welcoming a series of groups I could go to any day of the week and at almost any time of the day.

    I wonder if I would have been as successful if I had to start over today?

    • When I come to power as front man for a military coup, the health fascist leadership will be singled out for special treatment in the “preventive detention centres” that I set up. It will be Fray Bentos chicken slime pies every day for dinner. Before these are handed round, every inmate will be required to smoke five Lambert & Butlers. Ita feri ut se sentiat emori, as Caligula was fond of saying.