Concerning distilled spirits their frequent and excessive use is not only
unnecessary, but highly injurious; and has destroyed thousands; perhaps more
than pestilence, famine, or the sword. I need not, therefore, take much pains to
show their evil consequences, either in a medical, political, moral, or
religious point of view;Avoid the excessive use of hot drinks, such
as coffee, chocolate, and tea, particularly the last, in which the inhabitants
of this country indulge more than any other beverage he progress of habit in the
use of tobacco is exactly the same as in the use of spirituous liquors. The
slaves of it begin by using it only after dinner; then during the whole
afternoon and evening; afterwards, before dinner; then before breakfast; and,
finally, during the whole night.The oil of tobacco is of so active
and virulent a nature, a few drops of it have proven fatal.This
plant is possessed of narcotic properties, by which it produces, in those who
first begin to smoke it, giddiness, cold sweats, vomiting, purging;It is therefore, recommended to all in hot seasons and climates, to abstain
from much animal food.
Christopher BYes, it is called: MEANS OF PRESERVING HEALTH, AND
PREVENTING DISEASES, Dr. Shadrach Ricketson. Printed by Collins, Perkins, and
Co, New York, 1806. I ordered a copy on amazon.com so I could see it
for myself. It is the real deal. It is very interesting, especially since it was
published in New York!
Brahambull,Whats the book you speak of? I'dl like to look it
up. Very interesting what you say.
che1968The revelation you speak of called the word of wisdom was not
a revelation. Doctors since the early 1800's had been saying the same thing
that was 'revealed' to Joseph in 1833. Oddly enough, there was a book
written by a doctor in 1806.. that specifically mentions 'hot drinks'
and 'eat meat sparingly' word for word. Another interesting note: The
book was published in New York, where Joseph lived. Why would god reveal that to
Joseph when it was common advice at the time?
Diseases are a strange thing though. There are many who smoke and never have
anything and they live to be 90 plus years old. There are young people who get
cancer, and they are otherwise healthy. My mother had cancer, and she is mormon
and never drank or smoked a thing.
In a hundred years the ultimate cigarette warning may be possible. One of the
cigarettes will be the warning cigarette, where the customer upon smoking it
will be able to visualize their life as if they had never taken up the habit, in
the first part of their live dream, and in the second part they will see their
life played out if they continue the habit.
I would like to propose that all individuals who are born after the year 2000
are not covered by any health insurance carrier for smoking related diseases.
Everyone knows what smoking does to you but people still begin the habit. You
have to make it so personally financially destructive that anyone who does begin
to smoke,born after 2000, does so knowing that they will be denied
hospitalization and health services. This might seem extreme to some but if you
are serious about getting people to stop, this is a game changer.
The only desirable and logical goal is complete eradication? Is that possible?
Prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of tobacco? Worked well with Prohibition.
As long as human beings have freedom, or as Mormons say, "free agency,"
they will indulge in risky and dangerous behaviors. I think we should be very
happy that with education and campaigns, smoking has dropped from about half of
adult smokers to less than 20% and will likely drop even more in the future.
Realistically expecting eradication, like zero highway fatalities, is a
"pipe dream" (pun intended).
I want to have the right to chose my poison.
The Republican party is inextricably tied to tobacco money. If you don't
believe it, check out the main sponsors of ALEC. As a result, the more ciggies,
the happier the GOP. Very characteristic, isn't it?
Utah gets Millions of Dollars from taxes on tobacco. Where is all
that money spent? Per the link in the article, it is not on combating smoking
or dealing with the health consequences.
The warnings against the use of tobacco in any form, is more than 50 years.
February 17, 1833, the world was warned against its use, along with alchoholic
beverages of any kind, green and black leaf teas, and coffee, as well as any
unhealthy foods and other drinks. The world has never recognized the prophetic
The Government's War on Smoking is basically as successful as the War on
Poverty. And the general public has known since before The Great
Depression that cigarettes were bad for your health. That is why they were
referred to as "coffin nails".
Ironic that as we reduce the number of tobacco smokers, we will likely be faced
with trying to get or keep people from smoking the legal pot that is moving from
state to state as fast as same sex marriage.
It seems like there has been a lot of progress on the issue. Some people are
going to do what they want, and it will always be that way. But thank goodness
the government stepped in and restrained the private sector, or we would be much
I think a big issue is that most people that smoke know the risks bad effects
but they don't care. They smoke anyway. I have a relative that would tell
the clerk "give me some cancer sticks" For me i saw how bad of an
addiction it was for my own father I never wanted to start for fear I would be
addicted too. Funny thing was every time an anti smoking commercial would come
on tv it would have the opposite effect, my father would step out to smoke.
[A half-century of anti-smoking efforts has put the nation on track toward the
only logical and desirable outcome — the eventual eradication of the
practice.]What ever happened to individual agency?
In the old movies everyone smoked. The tobacco companies contributed to this.
I am not sure they are allowed to now. It is a pretty dumb habit, but
electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches have also helped. Having lost three
brother-in laws to tobacco diseases was sad.
This editorial on the need to spread awareness of the detrimental effects of
smoking doesn't give one example of smokings negative health outcomes. Do
you think this academic approach will scare off any young smokers?Don't you think that lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, pancreatic
cancer, etc. might find its way into such a discussion?Let me help
you guys out, my smoking brother died of lung cancer, and my smoking sister
suffered an aortic dissection!!DON'T SMOKE!