Smoking – The more you look, the worse it gets

by Dr. S. Russell Vester, MD 17. May 2014 15:43

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Every year the office of Surgeon General of the United States produces an annual report on smoking. As the studies of the effects of cigarette smoke become more and more exhaustively complete, the news about smoke exposure just keeps getting worse.

As Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, says,” There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.”

Want an example? Babies exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome.

Every day 4000 Americans under age 18 try their first cigarette. One quarter of these will become long-term smokers. Every year more than 400,000 people die of tobacco-related causes.

The irony here is that in the medical world any kind of drug that would that kind of carnage would have been yanked by the FDA long before the numbers got so absurdly high.  The public outcry for “justice” would be deafening. The company that would have made such a drug would have been the subject of a class action lawsuit that no doubt would have ended its miserable existence here on Earth.

And yet, conveniently, pretty much everywhere we can buy food or gasoline, you can buy a pack of cigarettes.

If we as a society tolerate this with such blithe indifference, I’m not interested in hearing complaints about the high cost of health care.

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