Only one ‘main cause’ of anything.
The WHO, bastions of recycling (of their only idea) and with imaginations that would embarrass a lizard, have decided to claim that air pollution is now the number one cause of lung cancer.
It still isn’t quite true but they are closer. However, they cannot make this claim. As one commenter points out –
R A Browne, Liverpool, United Kingdom, – Sorry WHO but the anti smoking lobby have already claimed smoking is the number one killer, you will have to be number two, not so important I’m afraid. Unless of course the anti smoking lobby lied…. naah would never happen.
You cannot claim more than one primary cause so the War on Cars is going to come up against the army of antismoking drones they have already created. Frankenstein’s monster indeed. WHO didn’t see that coming.
They have blamed everything from asthma to zoonoses on smoking now. There is no other cause of anything. Nonsmokers with cancer get turned away from surgeries every day. Smoking causes everything so nothing else can be blamed. The next gravy train is stalled at the station before the avaricious embark. When they let the antismoking gravy train go first, they didn’t realise it would scuttle all the other engines on the way out.
The War on Smokers continues but it has scuppered all the other Wars on Things. Alcohol cannot be the leading cause of throat cancer because smoking already is. Pollution cannot be the leading cause of lung cancer because smoking already is. In fact, any cancer you care to name has been pinned as a smoking-related cancer now. As have most other illnesses and disorders, including dandruff.
We have a new baker at work. Very nice woman, younger than me but not too much younger, we get along well. She has been there about three months. As she left today I was outside for a smoke. She said ‘I didn’t think you were a smoker?’ She is not an antismoker, just a normal nonsmoker. She is not the first by a long way to assume I don’t smoke – and I was once asked by someone who knew I smoked ‘Why don’t you smell of smoke?’ It’s because I wash regularly and don’t stand in fires.
So. We all smell, we all look haggard, we all have yellow fingers (that has more to do with what/how you smoke than how much) and yet in three months, this woman has not identified me as a smoker? I am there six days a week, sometimes seven. And yet I am invisible to nonsmokers unless they see me in the act of smoking. How can this be? Have the drones been lied to? Have they been duped? I don’t think any answer is necessary.
One good thing – their fear of second hand smoke stops them burning down tobacconists.
Oh, and why did lung cancer take off in the 1950s? The answer is here, from a long-ago Captain Ranty post I can’t find now. This is the death that dare not speak its name. The total is tallied in the bottom right of the image and it only goes up to the end of 1998. Two thousand and fifty three nuclear bombs were fired up to fifteen years ago. There have been more since.
And the drones are scared of breathing the smoke from half a gram of burning leaf.
In a statement released after reviewing the literature, the Lyon-based agency said both air pollution and particulate matter – a major component of it – would now be classified among its Group 1 human carcinogens.
That ranks them alongside more than 100 other known cancer-causing substances in IARC’s Group 1, including asbestos, plutonium, silica dust, ultraviolet radiation and tobacco smoke.
They just can’t let it go, can they? Tobacco smoke is as bad as plutonium. The drones will believe it and I will refer them to this article when telling them that smokers glow in the dark.
Sadly, when it comes to letting go of indoctrination, neither can the most wonderul woman in the world. She, too, equates tobacco smoke with nuclear fallout. Even though when most people smoked and there was no fallout… but let’s allow the drones to pretend they are right.
It’s more fun that way.
One day I will kill someone with words. The antismokers bring that day closer and it will be one of theirs that succumbs.
It won’t be anyone worth keeping.