No room for reality either, Helen dear

Helen Clark has become an obstreperous cow of late. She is in the news all the time sticking her unwanted nose in all over the place.

Her latest utterance is about ending smoking by 2025: Quote:

Smoking rates among New Zealand’s youth have reached a record low, and more year 10 students than ever before are saying no to trying cigarettes.

Former prime minister Helen Clark hosted an event at Parliament on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of a survey that takes a snapshot of youth smoking rates across the country.

The 2017 survey, conducted by the independent organisation Action for Smokefree 2025 (Ash) shows daily smoking rates for year 10 students are at an all-time low of 2.1 per cent.

A record 82 per cent of year 10s say they have never had a puff of a cigarette.

Clark, who is a patron of Ash, said even though youth smoking was at a record low, the country could not get complacent.

“New Zealand only has seven years left to achieve the?Smokefree?2025 goal.”

To reach the target, national smoking levels must be below 5 per cent by 2025. End quote.

She is utterly dreaming if she thinks she will get rid of smoking by 2025. Quote:

Thirty-five per cent of M?ori adults still smoke, along with 24 per cent of Pacific adults, and there has been no meaningful change for adults aged 35 years and over since 2011-12.

No change, despite millions upon millions of dollars on smoking cessation programme and billions in taxation. If government were serious they could ban smoking overnight. But she didn’t do that when prime minister. Some journalists should ask her why, if she is so passionate about stopping smoking, why she didn’t make a captains call and ban it outright. End quote.

She will give all sorts of weasel excuses but the reality is that the government is addicted to the revenue from tobacco taxes and banning smoking would leave a rather large fiscal hole in the core government accounts.

I don’t like smoking, but my view is people want to voluntarily pay extra taxes and then die early so they don’t get their pension then all power to them. Anyone who voluntarily pays extra taxes is a hero in my book.

Meanwhile, maybe Helen should actually be called Cranky Old Aunty Helen from now on, who everyone wishes would take up knitting instead of pretending she is still important and relevant.