This piece was inspired by our blogmate The Long Rider as he rightly fires a broadside at no-mark Katie Hopkins. Who, incidentally, is another moron in a long line of morons spouting shite.
I know pretty much everything there is to know about tobacco. From seed to smoke. I wish I didn't, but there you go. I spent many years reading study after study and I have yet to lose the scientific argument. With anyone. I know that almost everything you read about smoking/second hand smoke in the MSM is a lie. The lies are sponsored by Big Pharma and they are repeated, endlessly, by those with a vested interest or by those who have the IQ of a chair leg. Like I said, morons.
How about some actual facts?
Read these facts, and be amazed:
Lifetime healthcare costs for the "healthy"-£225,000
Lifetime healthcare costs for the obese-£201,000
Lifetime healthcare costs for smokers-£177,000
So there you have it.
2. Science Daily
Some more numbers:
- Consumer spending on tobacco products in 2010 amounted to an estimated £14 billion, around 90% of this on cigarettes.
- Tax revenue from tobacco in 2011/12 amounted to £12.1 billion – £9.5 billion in excise duty plus £2.6 billion in VAT.
- The total tax burden (excise duty plus VAT) accounts for 88% of the price of the cheapest cigarettes on sale in the UK.
Tobacco Manufacturers Association
And before you shout "Tobacco shill!", know this: both sides lie. Big Tobacco tells lies. Big Pharma tells lies. Those in the pay of Big Pharma tell the most spectacular lies. I do not know anyone in the pay of Big Tobacco and believe me, I've looked.
Consider these facts as well:
Tobacco has been in continual use for over 8,000 years. Traces of tobacco (and cocaine) have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back 6,000 years before the birth of Christ. Tobacco is well known for it's medicinal qualities, and it even protects against many cancers.
Nicotine protects YOU every day from a nasty lung disease called Pellagra. A great many foodstuffs contain Niacin and this prevents the disease. Look at the ingredients in bread, in your morning cereal and even in marmite. Naturally, the puritans did not like people to know that they were eating foods containing nicotine so they changed the name to nicotinic acid, but it was still too close to the truth so they called it Niacin. It still bothered some so they called it Vitamin B-3. Now respectable, it is added to everyone's daily diet.
Need a source or two?
Lung cancer was a rarity until 1910-1930. It was almost unheard of. But oddly, with the arrival of the mass produced internal combustion engine-also around 1910-1930-lung disease began to spring up in huge numbers wherever these motor vehicles were sold in large numbers. I know, I know. Never confuse correlation with causation. But it is mighty fucking coincidental, is it not?
For decades tobacco has been the bad guy. It is blamed for countless deaths around the world and in the meantime my own industry, Big Oil, got away scot free. They must have been cock-a-hoop for the last hundred years or so as bent scientists and lazy journalists looked the other way.
If you doubt anything I say here, forget the science, forget the morality, forget the games these industries play and simply follow the money. If you dig a little and you are not amazed, dig deeper.
But whatever you do, do not blindly believe everything you read in the MSM.