when does your government allow you to die? when it makes enough money.
cigarettes = money. money = power. power = governmental success.
here is what seems like a great hypocrisy:
cigarettes kill. don’t let rush limbaugh, bill o’reilly, or any other republican mouthpiece tell you otherwise. the g.o.p. is spouting off that there is no proof of the dangers of cigarettes. they continue to allow tobacco companies to churn out poison and to do their best to get children hooked on it. but why?
what? you say the cigarette companies do NOT market to children? of course they do. need proof? ok. consider that roughly 1,100 people die each day from cigarettes. that’s a lot of friggin’ people. if that many people keep dying, then won’t the tobacco companies go out of business rather quickly? that would be true, except – no. the tobacco companies work very hard at replacing those 1,100 people. every day.
why would cigarette companies aim their advertising at children instead of adults? easy. because children have more years ahead of them, more expendable cash that they can part with, and have a more rebellious attitude in order to pick up habits that they are told not to start.
why are cigarettes so addictive? tobacco is not. cigarettes are because there are about 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette, but not all of those chemicals are in a natural growing tobacco leaf. those chemicals are added in order to get your brain and body addicted to such a profit-making product. it must suck to live under the control of a factory and its officials who are rolling naked in the money that you’re giving them. so sad.
if i went to the food and drug adminstration with a product that produces hundreds of poisons into your body, including carbon monoxide – the same filth that your car’s exhaust pipe spits out – you can be sure that i would be laughed out of washington. but why do they allow cigarettes to continue? $$$$$$$$$$$$$. the money trail is healthy. the tobacco companies fork it over to lobbyists. the lobbyists harp on the senators. the tobacco companies fork the money into campaign warchests. the politicians can not do without that money, they would not be in office without it, so they’re going to obey the orders of those from whom the money flows.
in addition to that money comes the cash from the drug companies. do you have any idea what it costs to buy prescriptions drugs to fight cancer from cigarettes? if smoking stops, cancers slows, and so does the money from the poor shlubs who have to pay up for those drugs. so the drug companies are also lobbying to allow the free flow of cigarette smoke.
recently, a growing number of states have been banning smoking in public places such as resaurants and bars because the states do not depend on that money in the same way that washington d.c. does. the states are starting to feel the pain of the real families who are losing loved ones. employees are dying from smoking patrons. children are dying of SIDS because of the smoking that their mothers and fathers are exposing them to. adults are dying at younger and younger ages because they are starting at younger and younger ages.
but as long as the money flows – eyes will look the other way and pretend that someone else will take care of it.