P-D 9/2/2010: Matson Cartoon “No Smoking Clayton Parks”

I couldn’t find any associated story to prompt this cartoon. It shows a cardinal and sickly-looking squirrel smoking dejectedly on the sidewalk alongside a Clayton park with prominent “No Smoking” signs plastered on every tree. In the distance is a Clayton policeman writing on a pad and evidently noting details of a miscreant in a tree, judging by the swirl of smoke coming from just above his head.

I think this is one case where, in reality, animals exhibit more intelligence than humans. Very few of them smoke, to my knowledge, and those that do have probably been introduced to the addiction by humans.

R.J. Matson rjmatson@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8381

After posting the above I was alerted to a Riverfront Times article providing some background and taking issue with this new Clayton ordinance. I have to disagree but here’s the article FYI:

Smoking Bans
Clayton Approves Draconian Smoking Ban: No Cigarettes in Parks

By Chad Garrison, Wed., Aug. 25 2010 @ 8:54AM Comments (25)
Categories: Smoking Bans

Mickey Mantle shilling for Viceroy cigarettes

RFT photo caption: Mickey will have to stub out that cig if he wants to play softball at Shaw Park.

​We here at Daily RFT have (for the most part) championed the many smoking bans voted in last year by various city councils and voters in St. Louis, Kirkwood, St. Louis County and other municipalities.

But the enhanced ban that Clayton’s board of aldermen approved last night goes a little too far — in our humble opinion. The law bans smoking in city parks as well as all city-owned outdoor properties, such as parking lots.

Last year Clayton became one of the first area suburbs to approve a smoking ban. The ban went into effect this past July and is generally more restrictive than the ones passed in St. Louis and St. Louis County that exempt certain bars due to size or liquor sales.

Last summer one Clayton alderman held out for a smoking ban that would include public parks, but his measure was defeated only to resurface in last night’s 6-0 vote.

The ban on smoking in parks and other outdoor areas begins January 1. Smoking will still be permitted outdoors at privately-owned properties, such as patios at restaurants and bars. Oh, and the new ordinance also exempts sidewalks. So, no, you won’t get cuffed and stuffed for enjoying a puff on the curb.

4 responses to “P-D 9/2/2010: Matson Cartoon “No Smoking Clayton Parks”

  1. Marlene Bakken (aka marbee)

    Now there are ads on TV sayins smoking is a “treatable condition”! So I googled smoking treatable condition and found this! This about says it all!


    Some forms of “medicalisation” may now be better described as “disease mongering” — extending the boundaries of treatable illness to expand markets for new products.

    Alliances of pharmaceutical manufacturers, doctors, and patients groups use the media to frame conditions as being widespread and severe.

    Disease mongering can include turning ordinary ailments into medical problems, seeing mild symptoms as serious, treating personal problems as medical, seeing risks as diseases, and framing prevalence estimates to maximise potential markets.

    Corporate funded information about disease should be replaced by independent information.

    Disease Mongering
    Widening the Boundaries of Treatable Disease

    This page presents a collection of articles, excerpts and resources on the subject of disease mongering, or “widening the boundaries of treatable illness in order to expand markets for those who sell and deliver treatments”.1 The medicalization of everyday life, making medical issues of behaviors and characteristics (such as we see in the evolution and broad acceptance of theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)2, may be seen to predicate disease mongering. If anxiety or shyness are identified as medical issues, for instance, and cast as problems of neurochemical imbalance that can be treated effectively with medication, the consumer may actively seek treatment, and the provider may prescribe it, believing that it will help achieve improved health and well-being. Those objectives are emotionally charged desire- or need-based attractors. Big drug companies make use of such attractors in the development and marketing of pharmaceuticals. Memetic engineering3,4 is employed to influence the behavior of others through derived (spliced, synthesized) memes which, when propagated and acted upon, promise to satisfy the desire or need. Messages are framed or spin-doctored in a sociocultural context using, e.g., scientific terms we trust, transhumanist themes we accept, or appeals to instinct, atavistic fears and unconscious bias. We are vulnerable to these memes, we internalize and transmit these idea viruses, to the extent that we remain uninformed and passive.
    What is “disease mongering”?

    Disease-mongering — trying to convince essentially well people that they are sick, or slightly sick people that they are very ill — is big business… Since disease is such a fluid and political concept, the providers can essentially create their own demand by broadening the definitions of diseases in such a way as to include the greatest number of people, and by spinning out new diseases… Disease mongering is the most insidious of the various forms that medical advertising, so-called medical education, and information and medical diagnosis can take.
    Source: Disease-Mongers: How Doctors, Drug Companies, and Insurers are Making You Feel Sick Lynn Payer, John Wiley & Sons (February 1994)
    Disease mongering is the selling of sickness that widens the boundaries of illness in order to grow markets for those who sell and deliver treatments. It is a process that turns healthy people into patients, causes iatrogenic harm, and wastes precious resources. Disease mongering is the contemporary form of “medicalisation.” It is a process now driven by both corporate and professional interests, and it has become part of the global debate about health care. International consumer groups now target drug company–backed disease mongering as a wasteful threat to public health, while the global pharmaceutical industry has been forced to defend its promotion of “lifestyle” medicines for problems like slimming and sexual difficulties.
    Source: Disease Mongering Is Now Part of the Global Health Debate
    Moynihan R., Doran E., Henry D.
    PLoS Medicine Vol. 5, No. 5, e106 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050106 (27 May 2008)

  2. John Erkle
    Disease mongering describes the second hand smoke list of fraudulent health causes to a TTTTTT!…

    As far as the cartoon,its depiction fits just how looney the smoking bans are.I highly doubt the bans will last when political cartoons like this are popping up. Its basically making fun of tobacco control and their insanity!

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