Some people are just never happy

Some people are just never happy, even when they are being rewarded.

Let’s face it, only the congenitally stupid now smoke, after all the years of advertising bans, public health messages, documentaries, increased tobacco taxes and every conceivable strategy short of an outright ban people are either retarded or wilfully choosing to smoke.

The country has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on smoking cessation programmes for no discernible reduction in smoking. Sure the smoking rate is dropping, but that is because the number of smokers is remaining static and the population is increasing.

Witness yet another trougher organisation using taxpayer money to ‘reward’ people for stopping smoking.

The people getting the rewards however are unhappy…its not enough they say…as if the chance of getting all sorts of nasty cancers being drmatically reduced by stopping smoking isn’t enough of a reward by itself, they still want more.

A $13,000 programme enticing expectant Maori and Pasifika mothers with jewellery and gift vouchers to stop smoking has been slammed as insulting and undignified by critics.

But a doctor behind the scheme has defended it, saying two in five Maori women smoke in pregnancy which she described as a “public health emergency”.

The Waikato District Health Board incentive programme is offered to mostly Maori and Pasifika mothers who are less than 28 weeks pregnant.

A total of $13,000 of DHB money has been specifically allocated to the project.  

As part of the programme, vouchers worth $250 will be given out in intervals after a woman has stopped smoking.

The vouchers could be used for groceries, petrol and at The Warehouse but the DHB said they could not be used for cash, cigarettes or alcohol.

In addition, local Maori artist Nichola Te Kiri has designed earrings specifically for women who successfully quit.

Hamilton social commentator and Waikato Times columnist Peter Dornauf said the incentive treated adults like children.

“I think it’s just undignified and well, it’s insulting . . . Here’s some money and you stop doing the bad thing.”

Frankly these people are actually acting like retarded children. The proverbial village idiots.

They also ignore the savings of not having to buy fags anymore.

But no the bludger mentaility is strong in these stupid people…they simply want more…or…yeah you’ve guessed it…they will keep smoking.

Frankly they should keep smoking and when they die hopefully it will be without having bred more stupid people.

Smoking is a tax on stupidity…like gambling.

While I am raging, this programme should be abandoned in anycase as it is based on race…if there were rewards for white people only imagine the howls of outrage from everyone to get access to the trough, and the cries of racism that would result.

 

– Fiarfax


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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