What a stupid thing to say. The point is it's unlikely to happen. We as a society should not react to something that kills 1 in a million. We should concentrate our resources on things that kill 1 in a 1000.
Archimedes principle: When a body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
In this case, using your example, if some of that 200 people killed by
a speeding car were smokers, they would say it was the smoking that
killed them. That is how they can pile up the huge statistics they
use. When a smoker dies of a heart attack, it is always chalked up to
smoking, even if the smoking was the most physical activity this guy
had, he weighs 350 pounds and eats bacon at every meal.
I know it may just be anecdotal but my father, mother, sister and very
soon my brother in law are dead from smoking related disease. I do
have some personal experience here. My grandfather did live to be 100
and he didn't smoke, but he was around smokers all his life.
On 30/05/2016 04:12, email@example.com wrote:
Indeed. Then we see anecdotal facts like the oldest woman who ever
lived actually smoked all of her life and died naturally at the age of
122. Maybe the Scientists should study why some people seem immune from
smoking related problems.
Call me a cynic, but I think that what is behind at least 80 percent of
the "Second-Hand Smoke" thing is that people just can't deal with the
stink.... and it's not cool to complain about the smell, so they revert
to more PC issues.
The people who are the most fervent are the ex-smokers and I suspect
that is because they fear starting up again if they smell the smoke
and see others smoking. Everyone I know who falls off the wagon, does
it because they are around other smokers and decide to "just have
one". It is like recovering alcoholics who want to shut down all the
bars and ban drinking.
People call things addictions when they enjoy them and want to do them again. That's not an addiction. Addictive things actually fuck about with your brain's chemistry so you need them and if you don't get them you get withdrawal symptoms.
If one of the questions in a GCSE exam was "express 4.8% as a fraction", most would write "low battery".
You're talking bullshit about cigarettes and alcohol *not* being addictive.
I get withdrawal symptoms from a lack of a cigarette. I gave up once for
3 weeks and it changed my character from being laid back to an angry
animal. So much so that my missus told me to start again.
When I smoked it was a full pack in the evening - along with about a
gallon of wine coolers.
One morning, I was riding to class with this bad taste in my mouth and I
said to myself "I don't want to do this anymore".... and quit cold
turkey with no problems. No will power either... my self-denial will
power is close to Nil as evidenced by my inability to cut back on
But, coincidentally, I quit going to the college bar where I smoked the
cigarettes and drank the wine coolers.
All I can think of is that my addiction was somehow state-dependent -
like when they put alcohol in the water and teach goldfish to navigate a
maze.... and the fish lose the ability to navigate the maze when there
is no alcohol in the water.
There's a book called "Licit & Illicit Drugs" by Edward M. Brecher and
the Editors of Consumer Reports (Little, Brown and Company - Boston -
Toronto, 1972) in which they recount an episode where the members of a
New York Synanon group decided they were spending too much money on
cigarettes and quit cold turkey for purely-economic reasons..... and the
consensus among those addicts was that quitting cigarettes was harder
than quitting heroin.
Not according to the book cited.
In fact, they say that heroin addicts quit "Cold Turkey" on somewhat of
a regular basis for economic reasons - when their tolerance/required
doses for the desired effect get too high.
They quit, tolerance drops, habit gets cheaper, and then they resume.
That's per the book - I have never known anybody who was a heroin
What's the drug you see on TV/films where people look like they're about to die and the hospital has to administer something else to keep them alive?
A juggler, driving to his next performance, is stopped by the police. "What are these matches and lighter fluid doing in your car?" asks the cop.
"I'm a juggler and I juggle flaming torches in my act."
Nah, it was real aswell, on the news or something.
Ireland's worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.
I think of TV network news as entertainment rather than actual news.
They get some of it right, but there is so much really-moronic content
and gross exaggeration that I discount it as a useful source of
On Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:02:15 PM UTC-4, (PeteCresswell) wrote:
My GF works at a drug / alcohol treatment center. she reports going cold turkey on heroin is very dangerous. i know a heroin addict who is dying she has that wasted look. plusa heavy smoker she has COPD too.
nearly all drug addicts are smokers too
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