Because this one needs a much stronger phrase than ‘jumping the shark’.
Rose has pointed out, often, that nicotine is not a tobacco-exclusive compound. Lots of plants produce it, including some we routinely eat. Tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines… all contain nicotine. Not a lot, but it’s there.
Then there is nicotine itself. It is, unless concentrated and swallowed, harmless. It is in fact a precursor to vitamin B3, nicotinic acid, renamed as niacin to pretend it has nothing to do with nicotine. Those tiny amounts in your chips are not harming you. They are helping you to not get pellagra. For any passing drones, look at your food labels. Niacin – nicotinic acid – is the reason you are addicted to food. Now you know.
The medical profession has totally lost sight of what nicotine really is and now pretends that it is a carcinogen (it is not) and a deadly poison (it is not). This is the medical profession that admits patients suffering salt deprivation to hospital and then puts them on a low-salt diet. The same medical profession that furrows its brow at anorexic children, wondering why they aren’t eating, and then sends perfectly normal children home from school with a note saying they are obese.
We really would be better off with a guy in a wooden mask shaking a gourd at us and saying ‘Wooga-wooga’, you know.
Especially since the medics now believe that eating certain vegetables is the same as experiencing second hand smoke. (thanks to @anjaffm on Twitter).
Second hand smoke is already total bollocks, of course. This has been extended to claim second hand smoke from Electrofag which produces no smoke at all, and now the drones will believe they can get second hand smoke from eating something that isn’t burned or vapourised or inhaled and which contains nothing toxic at all. They will literally die of nothing.
Why are the antismokers so keen to get rid of harmless food crops? Mostly because they are totally batshit crazy, of course, but if they are to find us smokers with a urine test, they will want to remove anything that could confound their test. Although I suspect the latter reason is unlikely. They really aren’t that smart.
“The correlation between a commonly grown vegetable in India and passive smoking is among several exciting research papers that will come up for deliberations at the Congress,”
Exciting? Eating vegetables is the same as passive smoking and they call that stupidity exciting? That one line tells me that the ‘congress’ is going to be beyond parody. This is not a congress any serious scientist wants on his CV. In a very few years, having that on your CV would be more toxic to your career than turning up for interview dressed in a Halloween costume depicting a clubbed seal. (hmm… makes note for next year)
Oh well. We can use it to scare drones and point them to ‘real’ research to back up our ludicrous claim.
Might as well get some fun out of it all before they round us up for extermination.
I wonder if they’d dare to burn us?