It is a known medical fact that all diseases are "smoking related".
Everything from Athlete's Foot through to Yellow Fever is on the list and it makes life a lot easier for the Anti Nazis. If your death is non-accidental then it has to have been a smoking related disease which is all good for business and even better for propaganda. Even if you have never smoked but die from Bubonic Plague then you must have been in contact with cigarette smoke at some stage in your life [two seconds is enough, as we all know there is no safe level yada yada yada].
I recently was doing a little research into Parkinson's Disease. Naturally I expected smoking to be listed under the causes but it wasn't. Something strange going on?
I checked through some of the more reliable sources including the Mayo Clinic, WebMD and our own glorious HSE [which I won’t bother linking to as all they have is fucking blank pages!] and not one of them mentioned smoking. I thought I was getting close when they mentioned Environmental Factors, but still no mention of the Evil Weed.
I did a little more research and pages started to pop up.
The NCBI threw up an interesting little nugget or two –
Both retrospective and prospective epidemiological studies have consistently demonstrated an inverse association between cigarette smoking and PD, leading to theories that smoking in general and nicotine in particular might be neuroprotective.
Then, from MedScape we get the following –
The risk of Parkinson's disease is reduced by cigarette smoking, which raises some unanswered questions.
And from Haaretz –
Israeli scientists have identified the genetic mechanism that protects cigarette smokers from Parkinson's disease, which could ultimately lead scientists closer to a treatment for the degenerative disorder.
So here we have a possible [probable] major benefit to be found in Nicotine, but is any further research being done?
Of course the problem here is that the Anti-Smoker brigade have campaigned tirelessly against Big Tobacco and one of their base mantras is that everything that comes from tobacco is the epitome of evil. It is inconceivable that tobacco or Nicotine could have any benefits whatsoever, and anyone who suggests otherwise is in the pay of the Devil himself.
Non-smokers should be particularly worried about this. Not only are they at a much higher risk of lung cancer [the medical attitude seems to be that if you don’t smoke there is no need to check the lungs] but there is a big potential out there for medical intervention in Parkinson's Disease, and presumably also for such lovelies as Alzheimer's.
So if you're a non-smoker and lung cancer gets you, or if you come down with Parkinson's, just give the Tobacco Control Industry a passing thought.
Damn sure they don't care about you.