Tuesday, March 24, 2009

10 Reasons Why People Who Smoke Could Be Classified As Being Out Of Their Minds

Now there are those who would try to convince you that their tobacco habit is a sign of a free and artistic temperament. Or that by smoking they are showing a special kinship with America's military heroes of the past and those who sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms. Or even that cigarette consumption helps you to perceive in this world a literary complexity that most cannot even begin to comprehend. Or that they're cowboys.

And if you've never faced the inconvenience of having to eventually grow up, you could probably still believe that such things apply to you as well.

But for the rest of us, I would like to present 10 Reasons Why People Who Smoke Could Be Classified As Being Out Of Their Minds.

1) Tobacco use kills 5.4 million people a year - an average of one person every six seconds - and accounts for one in ten deaths worldwide.
2) Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, with 90 percent of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths among women attributed to smoking.  
3) Ambergris, otherwise known as whale vomit, is one of the hundreds of additives used in manufactured cigarettes.
4) Hydrogen cyanide, a toxic byproduct present in cigarette smoke, was used as a genocidal chemical agent during World War II.
5) Radioactive lead and polonium are both present in cigarette smoke.
6) Smoking also increases the risk of many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix.
7) Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemical compounds, 11 of which are known to be Group 1 carcinogens..
8) Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute, 15 billion are sold each day, and upwards of five trillion are produced and used on an annual basis. So much for smoking being a sign of one's individuality.
9) Five trillion cigarette filters weigh approximately 2 billion pounds. And it is estimated that trillions of filters, filled with toxic chemicals from tobacco smoke, make their way into our environment as discarded waste each year.
10) 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 2oth century. And if certain trends hold, tobacco use is expected to claim one billion lives this century.

See you at the City Council meeting tonight!


  1. Just the facts mamMarch 24, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    A Word About Secondhand Smoke

    Also known as environmental tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke is a term used to describe cigarette smoke that comes from two sources: Smoke that is exhaled by the smoker (mainstream smoke) and smoke produced by a smouldering cigarette (sidestream smoke). Secondhand smoke is known to contain at least 250 toxic chemicals, including 50 cancer-causing chemicals. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. That means if you can smell cigarette smoke in the air, it could be harming your health.

  2. What's really sad is how addictive the habit is. I'd like to know if these young folks have tried or even wanted to quit. I would bet that 10 years from now not one of them will be smoking. Maybe it will be a spouse, child, parent, friend grandparent..someone or something will force them to give it up - if their lucky.

  3. I thought thats what that was, I wasn't sure, it tastes very similar to chromium cyanide, cheers!

  4. "Stroller Moms" are trying to save kids, even these unfortunate smokers.
    I'm anxious to see and hear the "adults" who get up and promote this smoking in dining areas. You know the ones who think this will hurt their business establishments if the restriction goes into effect? WRONG......
    The "Stroller Mom" speakers will tell all of you the cold hard facts, including why this will NOT hurt your business.
    What bothers me is that some of you dirts would rather exploit these unfortunates for political/greed reasons.
    Never mind "whale vomit" you DIRTS are "whale poop".

  5. "whale poop"?
    gosh, can you get lower than that?

  6. I have heard that kissing a smokers is like kissing an ash tray. Yuck!

  7. 6:59 is right - nicotine is way up there in addiction power. You don't want to know about the lab tests, but nicotine actually competes with, maybe beats, heroin & cocaine.

  8. Old Kentucky- Can't you post without insulting anybody. it would be a nice change and help your

  9. I find the comparison to dirts most offensive.

  10. Like millions of former users of illegal substances, Richardson, a Marine machine gunner with two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, simply doesn't have the brawn to give up cigarettes. The drug he now craves is nicotine.

    It's no secret. On May 17, 1988, nearly 19 years ago, Surgeon General C. Edward Koop issued a 618- page report on addictions in which he said cigarettes are as addictive as heroin and cocaine.

    "The pharmacologic and behavioral processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine," the report concluded.

  11. 9:59
    Point well taken. I apologize.

  12. That this topic has even come up is proof of the endless capacity of human beings to delude themselves. Hopefully restrictions are unanimously approved tonight and we can put this nonsense behind us.

  13. Bill Coburn on his 'Sierra Madre News Net' site today has published a letter from a J. Sidney Sullibvan of La Mesa comparing the Stroller Mom campaign against dining area smoking to Nazi hate mongering directed against Jews in 1930s Germany.

  14. Sierra Madre business ownerMarch 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    George, great comment.
    However, never underestimate the abilities of Buchanan & Mosca to drag things out endlessly. Watch out when Buchanan sighs, takes off his glasses and says, "I don't really have a position here one way or the other..." and 20 minutes later takes an implacable position. Seconded by Joe, after he thanks everyone. Joe's many,"First I want to thank..." are going to take up a lot of time.
    Long meeting ahead.

  15. Old Kentucky we need you to keep getting right to the point as some people need an old "right in the face" attitude. Too many brain dead people are too stubborn and only "get it" when it is Direct and to the point. Thanks Kentucky for your spicey comments.

  16. The point about ambergris isn't really relevent as it was also used in perfumes so people used to spray this stuff on their skin (some perfumes still use it). It was also used as a flavouring for food so people ate it as well.
    I don't see what the deal about having ambergris in cigarettes is when people eat animal tesicles etc.
    People know the dangers of smoking, it's their choice whether to smoke or not.

  17. wow. it would be so cool if all you people would stop telling other people what to do and stop judging how well the other people around you fit neatly into your lives. THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU. Why is your comfort more important than mine? I'll stop smoking when you stop bringing your annoying, screaming, spoiled children out in public. That drives me nuts and makes me want to end it that much sooner. FREEDOM means freedom for you and freedom for me. You are the people who are destroying this nation's concept of freedom for all. You are the reason why no one is really free. You are more free to beech than I am to just live. I am sure you'd be very happy if everyone on the planet did exactly what you wanted them to do even if it meant they were all miserable for their entire lives. C'mon. If a smoker is considerate (which we all feel forced to be by now even though you obviously don't) then they won't smoke around you and if they pass by outside and you smell their smoke then you have been inconvenienced by another human being for what? 30 seconds? If that is all it takes to get a law passed then why do we still have traffic jams and accidents? If I am annoyed even slightly by someone cutting me off then there should be a law and there should be police posted everywhere to enforce it. (slams fist on table)If that is why we are MAKING LAWS on decency and behavior how's about we make sure any law that comes up isn't concocted by a bunch of hoity-toity richies who think everyone in the world should bow to their will. I would never smoke around a child. Most smokers (above the age of 20) wouldn't. Please, sit back for one moment and think about a better way to spend your time than bossing around people you don't even know. If you want to make a difference, work on your own life and stop making and supporting stupid laws that are aristocratic dribble and a huge waste of time and money. Are't their charities that need to be funded or somewhere you could volunteer to help someone rather than just sitting back and judging people who you would never speak to except to look down on them and them how to live like you?

    Oh, and the whale vomit cigarettes, yeah, if someone isn't smart enough to know what they are smoking then maybe they deserve that. I say if you are going to smoke, don't do it in vain. Enjoy it, respect yourself and the people around you and everything in moderation.

    I wish you all the best. In California, I certainly expected the health nuttiness but the closed-mindedness and nastiness is coming as a shock. Well, it is shocking for Sierra Madre. To me, at least.