Saturday, 29 January 2011

WHO warns Spain to enforce smoking ban

Coordinator for the World Health Organisation's Tobacco-free Initiative Armanda Peruga (which produced the study behind this blog late last year) has addressed a conference in Spain. His message was that the authorities in Spain must be seen to enforce the smoking ban, and that ‘It is just as important that people believe the law is being complied with, as is actual compliance’.
He had some critical words for some of the media in Spain. ‘Reading the headlines,’ he said, ‘could make you think that the country is up in arms’. In Peruga’s view, compliance with the law is very good, with a marked contrast between what is reflected in the media and the reality of the situation.

This man understands why the media is so important to the government. Whether people observe an unpopular law depends in part on whether people think it is generally observed: whether it is in fact enforceable. This is certainly true of the smoking ban. The UK press told of the success stories and high compliance levels. Almost certainly the same degree of observance is not evident in Spain.

How symptomatic of our times that a World Health Organisation representative, an official of global governance, should address a national conference in Spain in such terms: that the law must be seen to be enforced. Only a law that is likely to be resented by large numbers of people would be discussed in such a manner.

We need to ask, what the need for a law that will clearly cause economic damage, and what the need for a WHO delegate (at whatever level in the hierarchy) to insist on the importance of enforcing such a law? The government of Spain is elected and can be blamed for the economic fallout of its policies. No one can touch anyone in the World Health Organisation.

And what is actually happening in Spain?  


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Anonymous said...

So just who do the World Health Organisation think they are? They are unelected, unnacountable with no legal standing to demand a sovereign nation do anything at all.

What are going to do fine Spain, Spain cannot afford to pay, Invade Spain? With what? Run to the UN and cry for sanctions, if they try that one of the big five will veto it after all if they are allowed do it to Spain what's to stop them trying it on with the big five?

Anonymous said...

Bring back the "SPANISH INQUISITION" and let the WHO face the rack, thumbscrews, red hot pokers and other sundry appliances which assist in telling the truth.

Anonymous said...

Strange how they put an emphasis on the "illusion of compliance", meaning the anti-smoking propaganda must be pervasive and constantly well funded, so typical of tyrannical narrow-minded undemocratic goals and from that comes the will of the people broken is what they are aiming for. WHO needs disbanded, leadership put on world trial.

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