Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Another reason NOT to smoke
"Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released.
"In fact, researchers said the 'effect is so fast that it's equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,' in findings described as a 'stark warning' to those who smoke."
Tobacco kills 440,000 Americans every year, and about one out of every two people who smoke will die from it, losing on average fourteen years of life, then dying a slow, agonizing, expensive death. Compare this with marijuana, a drug that kills less than two people per year every year.
Which is illegal? Yep, the safer one.
To put it in perspective, Appalachian State University has about 16,000 students. If 30% of those smoke tobacco (seems like it), then more than 5,300 students smoke. More than 2,600 of them will one day die from smoking-related conditions.
How many are being arrested for tobacco? None.
And for marijuana? Dozens every year.
And the Chief of Police at Appalachian says marijuana is safer than alcohol, yet keeps arresting people for smoking pot.
Makes sense to me.