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Monday, August 15, 2005

Smoke'em if ya got'em

Okay, with all the lung cancer in the news these last couple of weeks, I would like to point out some issues I have with the coverage. First Peter Jennings, the man quit smoking over twenty years ago and only started up again after 9/11. Now, as Blaine will tell you, I am not a doctor, but to say he died of smoking, which they have been doing over and over again while showing 20+ year old footage of him smoking, is a bit of a stretch. If smoking was the cause of his lung cancer why did not strike him 20 years ago when he had been smoking most of his adult life? Did smoking give him lung cancer in the three years he had taken it up again, but not in the decades he had been smoking earlier?

By the way. Here is an anti-smoking groups using his death to push their agenda:

The death of ABC-TV news anchor Peter Jennings shows the tenacious nature of smoking, and its often terrible consequences to a man seemingly robust and with so much more to contribute, says Professor John Banzhaf, Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health, a national antismoking organization.
"With all of his knowledge of the deadly and addictive nature of cigarettes, and virtually unlimited resources and access to the best medical help in both trying to quit smoking and then in treating the resulting lung cancer, Peter Jennings was helpless and became one of tobacco's best known victims," says Banzhaf.

Here is the real tricky one. After Mr. Jennings gets his comeuppance for being a devil smoker, Dana Reeves is diagnosed with lung cancer. And the bitch had the nerve to never have smoked a day in her life. This is a major roadblock for anti-smoking Nazis. No problem. They just say that she is one of those rare cases of a non-smoker getting lung cancer(I heard this on three separate news stations). Rare! 20% of all woman who die of lung cancer are non-smokers (keep in mind that to the media and the Nazis anyone that EVER smoked is a smoker). Does 1 out of 5 really qualify as a "rare case".

The news only came out a few days ago and already we have people trying to link her cancer to secondhand smoke:

"Dr. Derek Raghavan, director of the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center, said that while smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, even people who have never smoked might been exposed to a significant amount of second-hand smoke.

Dana Reeve, a singer, does not smoke. Raghavan said singing in smoky venues is a risk factor."

Smoky venues? Now they are really reaching. She has not performed at least since her husband had his accident in 1995. Again I am no doctor, but that seems like a long time for the secondhand smoke to wait for an attack.

Has anyone else noticed the fanatical need by these people to make sure that any well known case of lung cancer is blamed on smoking?


Blogger Nicholas Woodrich said...

Granted I'm not a woman but if there's a 20% chance that I could get lung cancer sans smoking I'll take my chances with the cigarettes. Besides, it's worth the risk to look really cool and keep your weight in check. The one question I do have, what are the percentages of people who are smokers that never get lung cancer?

1:53 PM

Blogger handsome joe said...

what percentage of people smoke? if only 20 percent of people smoke and 80 percent of lung cancer victims smoke, well you're chances of cancer are notably higher. these people are radical idiots, but they are on to something.

2:23 PM

Blogger handsome joe said...

smoking anything that doesn't get you high is stupid anyway.

2:24 PM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

The question should be how many people have ever smoked. Since that is their definition of a smoker...And I bet it is actually pretty high. Besides I don't want to say that smoking does not contribute to cancer. I just want them to admit that, "Yes, smoking is one contributing factor to lung cancer." And, "Yes, it is possible for someone to get lung cancer without cigarettes having anything to do with it."

2:27 PM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

Yes, I don't know if the rest of you knew this, but Joe is a huge pothead, which would explain the laziness.

2:28 PM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

Smoking is a real health hazard, the problem is that the fanatics exaggerate it immensely. My Grandmother (a non-smoker) died from lung cancer and her exposure to secondhand smoke was insignificant. These people have no shame using other peoples' misfortune to push their agenda, when the two aren't related.

8:31 PM

Blogger handsome joe said...

anybody else hungry?

2:17 PM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

Yes, why do you ask?

2:18 PM

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