Friday, April 1, 2011

Speed Kills, Smoking does not

According to government propaganda (TV advertisements) speeding kills an alarming number of people on Australian roads.

From what we are told officially, by the same source (government) reality actually could not be further from the truth.

The advertisements are aimed at justifying the speed cameras existence on freeways (where there are NO fatalities), and the huge amount of (police) resources used to catch speeding motorists rather than fighting crime.

In the above illustration, in 2011, on a packet of cigarettes sold in Australia, the Australian public are treated to information dating back some 13 years from the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

It states that:

Causes of death in Australia:

19,019 - Tobacco
2,831 - Alcohol
1,731 - Motor Vehicle Accidents
831 - Illegal Drugs
203 - Murders

From the above information there is a ratio of 10 to 1 of Tobacco related deaths to Motor Vehicle Accident related deaths.

  • If the government was REALLY serious about preventing its citizens from dying, then it would address the sale of tobacco and ban it.

At the end of the day it is about the money the government MAKES from tobacco, and NOT the dollars it saves in health care.

According to in 1998 $2.746 billion has been raised from tobacco taxes.

see article : 13.6 Revenue from tobacco taxes in Australia

When it come to drugs:
  • Marijuana causes impairment, and it is illegal,
  • Alcohol causes impairment and kills 60% more people than speeding, but is legal for sale,
  • Tobacco kills 10 times more people per year than speeding, but is legal for sale.

It is not about the well being of the masses but rather how much money is made by the multinationals from the peasants.

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