Armstrong takes on big tobacco

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 2, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Re: AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    "A cause filled with futile hysteria of hate and misinformation"

    Like 'metamoracoug' I am forced to assume that you are kidding. Any surgeon who has removed a lung from a smoker can testify as to the damage smoking does. There isn't a shred of doubt in the medical world that smoking isn't harmful.

    Besides, smokers are addicted slaves who usually can't stop smoking even if they wanted to.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    June 2, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    AmPat: I hope you are speaking tongue in cheek.

    Here's some facts:

    The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women. An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.

    Compared with nonsmokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times and stroke by 2 to 4 times.

    Smoking has many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects, including increased risk for infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome.

    The only health risk facing Americans that may have greater impact on them than smoking is obesity. And I would be in favor of taxing fast food, high sugar/fat items, at the same rate as tobacco.

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    June 2, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    A cause filled with futile hysteria of hate and misinformation. Not one single bit of evidence to prove any of these accusations and blame disease and cancer on tobacco. Sure it may be a little addictive but that is the only proof or truth in these accusations that has ever been produced to public or private factions.

    Its time they bring out the scientific evidence and not just whine and complain about having a normal health issue and illness. Sure they all had or have cancer of unknown source with lots of mass hysteria.

    Doesn't anyone consider that if there was any proof of their accusations that the tobacco industry would be shut down by the FDA or USDA? If there was any truth or proof of evidence their pitiful misinformation and lies would be cause to act? Health care and its hysteria are making trillions of dollars by making accusation to promote cancer than cure it.

    The errors in lies are strictly to reserve persecution tax that is both illegal and defensible if our legislators and health care were not allowed to lie to and create mass hysteria and hate for a criminal cause to tax and persecute.