"SMOKING IS MY CHOICE"
from The Guardian website
June 1, 2004
say that Ireland's smoking experiment worked - "Look
no one smokes in the pubs anymore" - is naive. Most
people are law-abiding for good reason, and the fines involved
are out of all proportion to the offence.
The whole of the medical world might say smoking is a killer.
Yes, it's like life itself, a slow killer. How do your correspondents
(Letters, May 31) know that you save 5,000 lives a year?
I do not believe it's possible to know that.
want to hand over the tobacco industry to criminals, which
is what will happen if you "ban" smoking. In 1919,
the American government in its naivety handed over distribution
of alcohol to criminals, thereby robbing the citizens of
the benefits of taxing alcohol. There are people naive enough
to do the same thing with tobacco, leading as it will to
a more chaotic and criminal society.
real. You can no more stop people smoking than stop the
waves. The story of Canute seems to be forgotten. He was
not an old fool trying to stop the waves; he was demonstrating
to his over-keen aides that his power was limited, and not
as supreme as they suggested.
is a great pleasure. If it knocks some time off your life,
it's only at the end of it. So what!
admit people might not like smoky places, but you have to
accept the fact that some people don't mind them, it's a
price you pay for some excitement, but the dreary don't
want anybody near smoke. I loathe the view of life that
thinks some people have so much more knowledge of life that
their advice must be listened to. I'm the expert on my life,
not the doctor. He can advise, make suggestions, but ultimately
I decide what will give me the excitement I want from life.
take exercise. I walk in Holland Park, here in west London,
every morning. One morning I was watching a peacock strut
around with two rabbits scampering about, and then a black-and-white
bird arrived. The scene was magical to me. I smoked a cigarette.
girls came by, jogging. One looked at me, shaking her finger
and tut-tutting at me for smoking. OK, but they didn't see
the peacock or the rabbits or the bird - they were so obsessed
with their own bodies, and they thought their activity was
healthier than mine. I do not think it was, but I don't
want to ban jogging in Holland Park.
the medical profession give an explanation for Mrs Thatcher's
life? Her husband puffed away on Senior Service, and she
must have had some of it second-hand. He dies at 86, and
she is still going. Please explain.
address many of Mr Hockney's self-serving comments here.
Mr Hockney on Newsnight.