I’m naming this after the lead in Thank You For Smoking. I couldn’t find reference to this particular phenomenom anywhere.
I saw it twice in one day.
Here. An ad for the hippie doco Food Inc. in reference to the processed foods/factory farming industry.
And Here. A passing reference to anti-alcohol campaigns on a Radio National show.
I also here it plenty of times from the anti-vax crowd.
The law is:
As a discussion on the health effects of a product for human consumption progresses, the probability that one side will bring up a comparison to the tobacco industry approaches 100%.
Should this be grounds for forfeture of the debate?
I can definitely see myself comparing the alcohol lobby to the cigarette lobby. A “cool”, addictive, mind-altering substance associated with a myriad of ill-health effects – hell, they even have the same occasional claims of health benefit (red wine for heart disease). I suppose the main difference is there isn’t such a thing as passive drinking (is there?)