2nd - Hand Smoke

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Tobacco consumption, by way of smoking, poses an enormous threat to the health of everyone exposed to it. To the smoker and to those who are exposed to ambient smoke created by those smoking it. It's called toxic "air pollution" folks!

In some ways, it is like alcohol, a legalized/lethalized drug.

The addictive component of tobacco is nicotine. A substance which, today, can be obtained by applying an epidermal "patch" to one's own skin. Preferrably, to the forehead where someone's 1st tattoo should go. Pharmacies also sell chewing gum containing nicotine for those trying to end their smoking habit. More power to them.

Smoking tobacco is associated with increased occurrences of lung cancer, cancers of all kinds(ie. mouth and throat), emphysema, heart disease, stroke and digestive tract ulcers and other illnesses, diseases and/or health disorders. Those exposed to 2nd-hand smoke can be even more susceptible as smokers exhale additional toxins than just those to be found in the tobacco itself.

To this I say: Before lighting-up next time. Empty the tobacco into your mouth and chew on it for as long as you can stand to do so. If this does not help you break the habit, then I don't know what to say. Hypnosis may help you.

It might also help to think of others who you love and matter to you. Your spouse who may have to kiss your diseased mouth and/or your children who may suffer with impaired health and may lose you to terminal disease prior to when they can become financially independent adults.

The increased costs, to you, in terms of health care, life insurance premiums and the incredible cost of tobacco products themselves, taxed beyond all comprehension.

The photograph is of Jack Wild just before his death in 2006 from mouth cancer. Wild attributed his cancer to cigarette smoking and an addiction to alcohol prior to being diagnosed in 2000. Wild received an Oscar nomination for his role as the "Artful Dodger" in the 1968 movie musical "Oiiver". Wild also starred in the popular children's TV program "H.R. Pufnstuf" in the late 1960's, which was based loosely on or bore a resemblance to the 1939 movie musical of the "Wizard Of Oz".

Submitted: September 15, 2007

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2nd-Hand Smoke

By E. J. T. BRADLEY

Truly No Joke!

2nd Hand Smoke!

Why Is It Called

2nd Hand Smoke?

Cancer and Stroke From

2nd Hand Smoke!

Can Visit Us All

Without A Toke?

Time We Awoke To

2nd Hand Smoke!

Losing Our Bets With

2nd Hand Smoke!

If You’re A Bloke

Who Likes To Smoke!

Try To Think Of

Others?You'll Choke!

Next Time You Smoke

Go Take A Soak!

Cast Off That Yoke!

That Makes You Smoke!

Don’t Be Surprised!

When You Should Croak!

Breathing All That

2nd Hand Smoke.

Copyright (C) Edward J. Bradley 2007


© Copyright 2018 EdwardJBradleySr. All rights reserved.

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