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The plain facts — 10 Comments

    • Not a bad idea.  Though I have a leather tobacco pouch for the pipe, and I already decant cigarettes into tins for Herself.

      The worst part is having to examine every fucking pack to be sure I have the right brand.

  1. Now there’s a challenge for an epidemiologist?

    Hardly a challenge, what with nicotine having a ‘half life’ longer than that of weapons grade uranium and tobacco smoke residue sticking better than ‘No More Nails’ to anything it touches…people today are DYING because their great grandads once had a pipe. FACT !

    • He’s a fast mover all right.  So in essence there is fuck all point in giving up the smoking if our descendants for the next thousand years are going to die anyway.

      • ‘Our descendants for the next thousand years’ are going to die anyway, whether or not tobacco has ever been involved in their ancestry or lifestyles.  That’s life – or more accurately, that’s death – all lives come to an end, naturally or otherwise.

        The anti-tobacco lobby gets away with claiming that not smoking will stop you dying: it won’t, you’re gonna die, the only issue is when.  Smoking may or may not make that event occur sooner: the jury’s still out on whether, for whom and by how long.

    • In other words, CT scans cause far more problems than second hand smoke.  But it’s the “good guys” who are doing the damage so that’s all right then.

  2. It could be logically argued that medical research is responsible for cancer: in days of yore, most of us would have shuffled off this mortal coil from one or more of a plethora of (now curable) nasty diseases; or died worn-out from a lifetime of seriously arduous toil; or from having annoyed the local gentry or their men-at-arms, so most of us probably wouldn’t have made it to 50 years old. Now the local squire can’t bump us off at will, and most nasty illnesses are no longer the threat they were, cancers are appearing amongst the elderly whereas centuries ago, the percentage of elderly wrinklies was very much lower.

    • Spot on.  Every few years [seven or so?] each cell in the body replicates and replaces itself.  The more replications, the greater the chance of an error creeping in.  DNA is after all just a code, and once an error creeps into that code then the error will also replicate.  The longer you live, the greater the chance of those accumulated errors will cause major problems.  Cancer is mainly a disease of old age.

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