The weird, the wonderful, and the just plain horrifying! (II) — The Great Cigarette Conspiracy (and that’s exactly what it is)

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Official! Cigarettes are safe!

I said that just to get your attention.

Actually, cigarettes are lethal.

The video below is a shocking indictment of the of Big Tobacco, the tobacco industry.

Yes, you’ve heard it  and seen it all before.

SmokeSmoke2But when you watch a woman cigarette addict  who’s had a voicebox removed  because of cancer, hungrily sucking in her fix  through a   surgically created tracheostomy hole  in her throat and then exhaling the smoke  through the same hole,  you get a real feel for just how lethally addictive cigarettes are  and, by default how  truly evil  cigarette manufacturers really are.

I started smoking when I was 13  because my mother smoked.  Then I had the pleasure of watching her  die  slowly of lung cancer.

You know what  she said right at the end?

“I guess it won’t hurt now if I have one  more cigarette.”

And that’s the truth

Cigarettes are lethal.

I watched my mother die a slow and horrible death from cancer and there’s not a shadow of doubt in my mind that she contracted the disease because she was a smoker.

The medical profession did the best it could for her according to its lights, but the treatment was almost as bad as the condition.

She was desperately sick all the time and hated every minute of it. But she stuck it out until she was prescribed the infamous Bromptom Cocktail, a mixture of narcotics and alcohol given to terminally-ill people to “relieve pain and promote sociability near death”, as the Wikipedia puts it.

She died very shortly afterwards, a frail, wasted skeleton.

Meanwhile, make no mistake. Smoking isn’t merely a habit. It’s a hard-core addiction, and it’s quite possibly the hardest of all of the addictions to stop.

I know. I’m a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who quit smoking, finally, 10 or so years ago. It took me decades and I finally made it primarily because I didn’t want my then new daughter to see me lighting up and think it was OK.

You do what?

Does second-hand smoke cause problems? I believe it does. There’s a ton of bad stuff in every smoke and IMHO there are only two ways to look at it:

  1. Either a smoker’s lungs suck every last bit of poison out of the smoke when s/he inhales the stuff, in which case it’s obviously very bad news for the smoker.
  2. Or s/he doesn’t, in which case, clearly, whatever’s left of the poisons is exhaled to be re-breathed by whoever’s near-by.

Smokers are addicts and whenever I hear someone who smokes declaring ‘I only smoke because I like smoking’ I say ‘bullshit’.

I used to say the same thing myself.

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pipeAmerican comedian Bob Newhart talks to Sir Walter Raleigh, Big Tobacco’s greatest son »»»

Let me get this straight, Walt, you’ve bought eighty tonnes of leaves? This may come as a kind of a surprise to you Walt but come fall in England, we’re kinda up to our…It isn’t that kind of leaf, huh?…Oh!, what kind is it then… some special kind of food?…Not exactly?…

Oh, it has a lot of different uses, like, what are some of the uses, Walt?…
Are you saying ’snuff’, Walt?…
What’s snuff?…
You take a pinch of tobacco, ha! ha! ha!…
And you shove it up your nose. ha! ha! ha!…
and it makes you sneeze? ha! ha! ha!…
Yeh, I imagine it would, Walt! Hey, Goldenrod seems to do it pretty well over here!
It has other uses though, huh?…
You can chew it!…
Or put it in a pipe!…
Or you can shred it up…
And put it in a piece of paper. ha! ha! ha!…
And roll it up. ha ha ha…
Don’t tell me, Walt, don’t tell me. ha! ha! ha! you stick it in your ear, right? ha! ha! ha!…
Oh! between your lips!…
Then what do you do, Walt? ha! ha! ha!…
You set fire to it! ha! ha! ha!…
Then what do you do, Walt?…
Ha! ha! ha! You inhale the smoke, huh! ha! ha! ha!…

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