Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Section 5 from Smoke-Free IL Act

First off, I came across an updated article on the PA mayor reversing the grill ban, and he admitted to making a mistake. If mayors can admit to making mistakes by banning smoking, life would be a lot better in America.

Now on to the topic of this blog post. With the citations from the section in bold.

Section 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds that
tobacco smoke is a harmful and dangerous carcinogen to human
beings and a hazard to public health. Secondhand tobacco smoke
causes at least 65,000 deaths each year from heart disease and
lung cancer according to the National Cancer Institute.

IL politicians need to ask the National Cancer Institute "How the heck did you determine SHS causes at least 65,000 deaths? Did they actually see 65,000 death certificates that all say SHS caused each death directly?"

Secondhand tobacco smoke causes heart disease, stroke, cancer,
sudden infant death syndrome, low-birth-weight in infants,
asthma and exacerbation of asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia in
children and adults.

SHS causing heart diseases in a lie I never heard of til now. I would cuss out someone who told me "Don't smoke around me! The last thing I need is you giving me a heart disease or a heart attack with that cancer stick!" To put it nicely, there are OTHER THINGS IN THIS WORLD that cause heart disease, strokes, and asthma. SHS causing all of these things in the quote are lies. If you think my cig can give you a heart disease, I'd love to give you a "heart attack" myself if you don't leave me the heck alone! It's a wonder why you're even around me if you're sooooo freakin concerned about my cig "giving you asthma or heart diseases."

Secondhand tobacco smoke is the third
leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
Illinois workers exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are at
increased risk of premature death. An estimated 2,900 Illinois
citizens die each year from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Were IL workers dying on the job while being exposed to SHS years ago, during the days when folks could smoke in tons of places? I don't think so. SHS exposure in modern times is no different in that sense. And again, show me darn proof that IL workers and IL residents actually die from simply inhaling SHS! How tough is that to do (on showing me proof)?

The General Assembly also finds that the United States
Surgeon General's 2006 report has determined that there is no safe
level of exposure to SHS and that scientific evidence that secondhand smoke causes serious diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, and
respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, is massive and conclusive.

That General Assembly needs people who graduated with a high school diploma, and not only with an 8th grade diploma. They should know the SG report from 2006 is a report with screwed-up lies and false stats.

And BTW, IL politicians shouldn't believe everything they read. If someone said in a SG report "SHS exposure causes AIDS" (and this HAS been said before from antis themselves), would they believe it? I know banning smoking in IL won't protect me from AIDS (let alone strokes and heart diseases). Condoms would protect me from AIDS instead.

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