|Members of the Occupy Melbourne movement|
Over the weekend I was in the city and saw a small group of Occupy activists holding court in the City Square. I noticed that one of them was smoking a cigarette. Presumably he was smoking tobacco, which strikes me as somewhat ironic. After all, the worldwide tobacco industry strikes me as being especially amoral.
Despite a wealth of scientific evidence, for years the industry denied that tobacco consumption was hazardous to health. It lied, and despite the lawsuits brought against it many countries, it has never been brought to account for its activities. Every Australian taxpayer has to bear the burden that tobacco related illnesses place upon the public health system. Then it deviously campaigned against the federal government's plain cigarette packaging legislation by feigning concern about the threat it posed to personal liberties.
If I was one of these activists, I would have thought having a smoking habit and thereby contributing to the revenue of a multinational tobacco company would be against my principles.