Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
"We are all 'addicts', Ted, because we are behavioural. And behaviour is something learned by biochemical reinforcement."

This is a bit like saying we're all religious dogmatists because we all have beliefs.

It's a good idea not always to try to connect everything with everything else and conclude that it's all ONE - some distinctions are important.  This is not about a little recreational fun being suppressed by some "puritans" it's about ruthless capitalist companies killing for profit:

    "The tobacco industry is the greatest killing organization in the world. The harm done by all the armies in the world combined, will not begin to equal the damage inflicted upon the human race by the combined activity of the cultivators, manufacturers, and distributors of tobacco." Dr. Jesse M. Gehman, Smoke Over America (East Aurora, N.Y: The Roycrofters, 1943), p 216.

"For decades tobacco companies have killed more Americans than all the armies, terrorists, and criminals combined." Ronald H. Numbers, Hilldale Prof. of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin, cited at frontispiece, The Cigarette Century, by Prof. Allan M. Brand (New York: Perseus Books, 2007).

    Smokers are killed, prematurely killed, dying commonly years before nonsmokers. Male smokers lost an average of 13.2 years of life. Female smokers lose 14.5 years of life. NVSR 49, No. 3, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (6-26-2001).

    "Tobacco companies used to deny that cigarettes killed people. Now [in 2001] they brag about it," says Ellen Goodman, 31 ASH Smkg & Hlth Rev (#4) p 4 (July-August 2001).

    Showing "unsurpassed arrogance and immorality," says Albert R. Hunt, in "Going into the Tank for Tobacco," Wall Street Journal, p A15 (2 Aug 2001), pushers at Philip Morris premeditated and said, "Cigarettes kill people, and, if they're dead, the government doesn't have to spend money on health care, housing and pensions." "Premeditation" means "thought of beforehand for any length of time, however short." See Black's Law Dictionary, 6th ed (1990), p 1180. Case law establishes that a timeframe as short as several seconds establishes premeditation. See, e.g., People v Wells, 10 Cal.2d 610, 625; 76 P.2d 493; 1938 Cal. LEXIS 239 (1938).

    The view is that smokers' being killed, "saves us [the U.S.] substantial sums in care and support for the elderly and retired population," says William Kloepfer (Senior Vice President of the Tobacco Institute) in a 31 Oct 1978 Letter (and see full text).


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Thu Nov 20th, 2008 at 07:28:56 PM EST
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