I'm bothered by these "truth" ads on TV, the ones, "I was diagnosed with cancer, my doctor said it was from cigarettes, but I never smoked..."
As far as I know, tumors don't come autographed, and I keep thinking back to this lesson we did in High School health class. We were supposed to number this list on what we thought was most to least risk factors for cancer. We most all thought smoking was #1, it was #5, commuting in congested traffic was number 1. (and that was SMOKING, not 2nd hand smoke! Although it was emphasized to us that of the list smoking was the enviromental factor we had the most control over.)
I can't help but to wonder... How much of these cancers are really from 2nd hand smoke, and how much are from other pollutants in the atmosphere? What are the rates of non-smoker's lung cancer in LA & Huston per capita compared to rural areas of high rainfall/low air pollution in Western WA & OR?
So, I do what I try to do with all incoming information... follow the money... I REALLY, REALLY, wish I knew where that information in health class came from, I don't but I still look at what I know without any reasearch at all... GW/GOP in white house... oil industry and other major polluters their best friends, auto industry (the CEOs, not the union workers) Republican-affiliated, correct? Tobacco, I don't know much about who it's paying off more, but it's grown in the south, which is historically considered Democratic (although don't know if that's still true in the Bible Belt, since the Republican's have "found Jesus"--or at least the conservative Christian vote). Even if it's not a partisan issue, who has more money to buy politicans--a handful of tobacco companies or oil & other major polluters?
Could it be possible that anti-smoking and anti-2nd hand smoke laws are more than just health-related? Does anything get that much press without having major funding pushed from somewhere? When was the last time you saw an ad on TV from the Health Dept encouraging people to eat healthy & exercise--isn't that a concern for a larger percentage of the population than the 25% who smoke, and isn't it running neck & neck with smoking for the number one preventable factor in cause of death?
Wacky conspiracy theory?
: Maybe, but I'd still like to know the answers to some of my questions before my city council votes for the next public smoking-ban. Anyone else have any information from independent sources? (And as non-vaxers and such, we all know how hard truly "independent" sources are to come by.)