Negative Comments of Viewers to this
Following is a sampling of some of the email I receive
from people reacting to this site. I'll begin with the stuff from people who
"just don't get it," but there is even more from people who
understand what's going on but may not know
what to do about it. I will not identify the writers as it is not my intent to
personally ridicule anyone but rather comment on the issues.
Wow! Ya know, I started reading your editorial thinking
that finally someone agreed with me on this out of control tobacco crap. When
you said that it's not about health, it's about money - you were right on the
mark. But from there I don't know where the hell you went. I myself am tired of
our hypocritical government "fighting" tobacco. But I'm also sick of big
tobacco doing everything and anything to make a buck. You'd be out of your mind
to think that inhaling smoke doesn't bother your body at all, even if you don't
think it causes cancer. I don't doubt there are plenty of conspiracies and
cover-ups by the government, but do you think they're the only devious entities
on this planet? Come on, don't expose your ignorance so easily. And I tell you
what, next time you write about some new "hidden truth", why don't you go ahead
and blame it on the homosexuals and drug users. After all, they are the cause
of every societal problem known to man. But I guess if you can't find a real
answer, you just blame it on people you label as "bad". Come on, why don't you
wake up and smell what you're shovelin'. Ignorance breeds ignorance - you've
proven that without a doubt. But hey, thanks for keepin' the hope alive!
The ongoing anti-smoking
campaign is not about public health, drug abuse, or teen smoking. What it is
all about is money, control, and jurisdiction.
1. MONEY: The U.S.
government and health care industries need money to fund their failed socialist
2. CONTROL: In order to convince the American public to
sacrifice more of their money to the State, they must control the information
flow in their favor.
3. JURISDICTION: In order to confiscate and
redistribute the income of the tobacco industry and American taxpayer, the
State must extend its jurisdiction and regulatory powers.
The U.S. government has
robbed Medicare and the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for it's increased
social spending and now needs to replenish its coffers. Health Insurance
companies have built huge empires, homes, and lifestyles for its executives
with the profits from health insurance premiums and now need to find a source
of income to pay its increasing claims. I actually believe the Health Insurance
industry is on the verge of collapse unless it comes up with something.
From its very beginning,
the Clinton Spin Machine has been at work popularizing Socialism in our
society. Examples abound everywhere, blowing the health issues with smoking WAY
out of proportion is only one. Hillary's entire "It Takes A Village" propaganda
campaign has been designed to turn the Americans attention from the real issues
of them dismantling "democratic capitalism" to embrace a more "socialistic"
form of government. The "for the children" mantra is designed to tug at your
emotional strings. One example of their success is your comment, "I'm also sick
of big tobacco doing everything and anything to make a buck." You see, they
have succeeded in convincing you that "big tobacco" is the villain. I would
challenge you to give me one example of a company or industry in America that
does not do "everything and anything to make a buck. My friend, that's
capitalism! and that's what America has been all about. Whether you agree with
it or not, it is the freedom and opportunity to make a buck, that has sent
thousands upon thousands of American boys to fight and die in foreign lands
throughout our history.
They can never accomplish
the above goals unless we, the American people, give them more power (and by
extension - permission) to do so.
If by conspiracy you mean
"hidden" or "behind the scenes," ... there has been no conspiracy here. They
have been open with their agenda. All one has to do is listen to their
speeches, read their press releases, etc. and it clear they are not hiding
anything. The same applies to some new "hidden truth." It's not hidden ... it's
"Ignorant" is defined in Webster's Dictionary as, (1a) "destitute of
knowledge or education," also: lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing
specified, (b) "resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence,"
and (2) unaware, uninformed.
It is my goal to provide
you and others with knowledge and information you may be lacking, helping you
in your comprehension of the matter, resulting in you being more aware and
informed. Whether you choose to accept that and what you do with it is your
Are you insane? What do you think caused those tubes
shoved down people's throats? You ignorance is what killed my grandparents. you
cannot justify the evilness of cigarettes. It does kill people and they ARE
addictive. You saying that is just ignorant. If you believe it then you are
likely what killed your grandparents (and is now slowly killing you) is that
they went to the wrong doctors with their health issues..., doctors with a
financial stake at keeping people sick and treating their symptoms with
profitable pharmaceutical drugs. I am not justifying the evilness of
cigarettes, rather I'm pointing out it's not about your health but it is about
money, control, and jurisdiction. [-smokinjoe]
Your website seems somewhat biased.
compared to what? [-smokinjoe]
In my family smoking killed 3 family members....ONE of
whom was a non smoker who lived with a smoker. It recently put me in the
hospital with among other things torn rib muscles from coughing and advanced
asthma. Smoking IS a filthy habbit...... it has been proven that smoking is
more addictive than heroin......and as someone who has recently quit I can tell
you that withdrawl is horrible and I pray I never have to go thru it again. The
AMA has medical evidence on the effects of
smoking......what do you have to back up your views? Nothing except a bunch
of people who smoke in front of their children with little concern that they
are slowly KILLING them. Smoking is banned from my home, and I am working on
getting it banned from the common areas including outside of my
building......and I WILL SUCEED because everyone knows that SMOKING KILLS
Smoking is not a freedom. Smoking is an addiction. Smoking does not
hurt just you. You see if you want to do something you can. Anything you want.
"As long as it hurts no one else. " The problems is ...smoking doesn't just
stop at your lungs and yours alone.
If you pay all the hospital
expenses from your pocket and not mine; if you do not put me or my child at
risk for lung cancer with your second hand smoke and if you do not care that
your body is a temple and should be taken care of FINE. But the truth of the
matter is, smoking is costing me. I have breathing and sinus problems from all
the family members around me that made that God given choice. Trouble is, it
was never mine. We are making someone so very rich and we are dying to do so.
This is one
of the arguments socialists make to justify
government provided health care that
will result in punishing taxes on smokers because as this person points out...
"smoking doesn't just stop at your lungs and yours alone".
As a former three pack a day smoker and messed up lungs I
will fight the damn tobacco lobby as long as I have oxegan in my tank. It is a
crazy filthy addiction and should be curtailed in all public places. Smokers
have the right to smoke but not in my face, anyplace anytime.
Your arguments about control and smoking seem rather
irrational to me. It is tobacco companies who are now admitting in court they
sought to "control" the smoking habits of smokers and keep 'em hooked by
increasing dramatically the nicotine in cigarettes. And though I don't work for
insurance companies, there is documentation in traffic courts around the
country of distracted smokers fumbling with cigarette paraphernalia and causing
crashes. I'm sure insurance companies will begin asking questions about cell
phones soon since they also cause similar distraction and accident rate
increase. Smoking doesn't promote health, and does promote disease. Since it's
not part of our nature to need cigarettes to live why not skip it and spend
your money on something more productive. It has always been the perogative of
government to protect citizens from public health problems and smoking has been
identified as one. If you have evidence its not, then sign up with rjr, or see
the surgeon general about it. If you choose to smoke do so sparingly, and maybe
try something that's not taxed like the dickens...like cigars or pipes.
not a smoker and believe smoking is not a healthy act to engage in. Why support
smoking in your newsletter about insurance companies. What has this to do with
spreading the Gospel of Christ anyway? Smoking is like any other desire created
by marketing. Some people engage and others do not. God gave us the urge to eat
and drink to sustain us, but I know of no one born with the urge to smoke. I
really have no sympathy for people who are paying higher insurance because they
smoke (yes the insurance industry rates for smoking drivers are higher since
they have been proven to be distracted while lighting and smoking cigarettes
and trying to drive). While I am not in the insurance business I suspect they
will soon raise the rates of those with cell phones since they cause similar
distractions while driving, and result in similar accidents.
This article does nothing
to persuade me that anyone's rights are being removed during the rush to
villify smoking as paint it as the drug delivery system it really is. After all
the tobacco companies themselves are now beginning to admit in courts they
tried to keep people smoking by changing and enhancing the chemicals delivered
in smoke. Sounds like it's the tobacco companies trying to control people and
keep 'em hooked on smoke. It also sounds to me like the writer of this article
might just be a smoker feeling a little of the "guilt" talked about above. I'm
not here to cast guilt on anyone, because I do not believe that we are
specifically forbidden to smoke as Christians. Its not what goes into the
physical body that justifies in the end. But I also do not think it's wrong for
society to attach penalties to behaviors which society sees as harmful to the
teach tobacco cessation classes. I see the idiots held captive by the
advertisers illusion. Addicts!! Their addiction will kill them it's only time.
This is only a small
part of the select few redistributing wealth. Slick Willie and the Teflon Kid
are just arrogant pawns in the devils one world order game. They will all lose
in the end with coming of the Messiah.
husband has asthma, and being in an enclosed area where people are smoking does
indeed exacerbate his breathing problems. I've stood beside too many emergency
room beds not to know this.
Besides, nicotine is a
drug. Why would you want to put tar and nicotine into your body, which, if you
are a believer, is God's temple?
granddaughter of a British WWI veteran who survived the war only to die at the
hands of Philip Morris, I was torn between laughter and disgust when I read
your page. Disgust won. If you think smoking is so great, go ahead. However, if
you want to die that badly, Dr. Kevorkian is faster, and cheaper. Don't make me
pay the cost of YOUR recreational drug addiction!
apalled at your ignorance of the real health issues involved. Smoking kills and
it costs the taxpayers millions of dollars in health care to take care of these
people and the innocent people they inadvertantly harm, through an addiction
that has been foisted and promoted upon the general public via the tobacco
industry. Who financially benefited? The tobacco industry. Personally I don't
think they should be allowed to be in business in the first place. Who else,
besides the tobacco industry, do you know who sells a product that used as
directed kills the user and other people who happen to be in the vicinity on a
believe as a relatively conservative Christian that smoking should not be
supported by any Christian for any reason. We as Christians are told by Paul
several times in Corinthians that "Everything is permissible for me but not
everything is beneficial for me." we are also told that one of the deciding
factors should be whether we are going to cause a fellow brother or sister in
christ to fall. Another argument against smoking from my Christian prespective
is that our bodies our temples of the living God and we would never think of
harming God's churches but you seem to have no trouble harming your temple by
smoking. If you want to live as Christians you have to give your whole selves
to God you can not say I will do Gods will concerning abortion but not
I wonder if
this writer also does not support the medical profession that pushes
pharmaceutical drugs, communities that put poisonous fluoride and other
chemicals in our drinking water, or the industrialized food producers that give
us chemical laden and genetically modified products that are poisoning our "our
temples of the living God"? It's far too common for many so-called "Christians"
to condemn those things they don't like, but turn a blind eye to the things
they like to consume. The Bible calls that hypocrisy. [-smokinjoe]
disapprove of the massive Federal Monster, however many of your comments on the
health effects of tobacco indulgence are
misleading and clearly
uninformed...sad when someone identifying with Biblical truth would seem to
defend a habit so harmful. I suppose you think the smoke that filled the Temple
in Isa. 6 due to angels having a "smoke break". If it dosn't promote Life
(which righteousness does--read your Bible) than its not of God's kingdom.
Tobacco is a weed--see any old Websters dict. Of course it's a weed. You can't
eat it and gain nourishment; it has no medicenal uses; it isn't a pretty plant
to be classed a flower...hum...gee, maybe it's a weed...I know! Let's smoke it!
What a pathetic thesis
you have presented. My word for smokers: DUMB. The Bible dosn't tell us in
exact words...Do not smoke...nor does it say, Don't shoot heroin, in exact
words either. The Biblical principal however is whatever is done should glorify
God. What kind of warped rational admits that smoking is clearly responsible
for some illnesses and then proceeds to excuse the habit? Can you bring glory
to your creator while you willfully destroy His creation? Patriot you may be.
Sincere I do not doubt you are. Theologian you do not be. Theologaster...well
time only will reveal. Please answer and give me sound Biblical grounds why any
person may destroy the creation of God willingly and not be held accountable.
Also please sight unbiased studies on longterm tobacco use that prove the
concusions you have arrived at (don't knock yourself out searcing the
web...their are none!) Your statistical feats are amusing...but hard facts
languise in your report. Friend, your time would be better spent pointing
sinners to Christ and exhorting them to righteous and godly living. Thumbs down
on your "they want your dough" diatribe. It disturbs me to find trash like this
on a website seemingly in place to promote the love of Christ and
righteousness. If you are a Christian I am appalled by your shameless support
for an unholy habit. I beg you to reconsider your position.
when people are confronted with their own hypocrisy, rather that face it...
they instead attempt to divert the attention and wrongfully blame others. Seems
like that behavior began in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:12-13) and continues to
this day. I don't defend the smoking habit. Rather, I'm pointing out the
hypocricy of the anti-smoking groups arguments as being nothing more than
really about money, control, and jurisdiction. When Christians support this
kind of corruption, they surely will be held accountable (Pslam 50:18).