This is a partial re-post connected to the discussion on the slogan "e-cigs save lives".
1951Richard Doll started his doctor's study on smoking and lung cancer. He submitted reports in 1950
1954, 1956 the 1970's This study lasted till 1991. A report came out in 2004. It is full of
numbers - numbers repeated eternally by the Tobacco Control Industry. It's true, numbers show us things. I think, of all the smoking
and lung cancer studies, this one is worth considering because of the time period
and Doll's dedication to it. He was devoted - researched without computers, using old fashioned method.
His notes do not appear in the 2004 report, but I have read his notes (can't find the link). In his notes he observed a
strange thing. Smoking became MORE harmful to smokers in the last
section of his studies. He says....QUOTE "When current cigarette smokers were
compared with lifelong non-smokers,
the excess mortality associated with smoking was already substantial
during 1951-71, but it was considerably more extreme during 1971-91.
During 1951-71, the death rates in cigarette smokers were about double
those in non-smokers throughout middle age; during 1971-91, the
corresponding difference was nearly treble. If, as is likely, most of
the difference in mortality between smokers and non-smokers is actually
caused by smoking then a threefold excess would imply that about two
thirds of the deaths in middle age among the smokers were caused by
tobacco. Even at older ages the excess mortality associated with tobacco
was substantially greater in 1971-91 than it was during 1951-71. This
difference between the apparent effects of tobacco in the two periods
arose because age specific mortality decreased substantially only among
But, he realises this is not logical and
wonders why the improvement in healthcare did not affect also the
smokers. There is some discussion about this strange fact - and in the 2004 report - it is "solved"! I have a different theory (but then I'm not a scientist). "Smoking Kills" and anti smoking images appeared on packs from the 70's. I guess,
that the warnings on Tobacco Packs became self fulfilling nocebos of death. "Smoking Kills" is a pretty plain message making tobacco more dangerous. Furthermore, Tobacco Control made cigarettes more dangerous still by demanding the Tobacco Industry make "safe" products.
The Tobacco Control Industry has meddled so deeply, in smoking that THEY are the problem.
Modern statistics record that smoking is more dangerous than the numbers Doll's Doctor's Study ever produced. Nowadays science is done in Universities, funded by "interested" corporations, often as
the student attempts to get his degree that entails writing a paper. His
paper is a scientific study backed by the numbers convention of proving
his postulation. Now, many postulations are proven because he is paid
to prove them. I think science has become totally corrupt, especially
the science linked to health.
We are constantly being given visual images - medical porn - on what smoking does to us - and as we think - so it is.
am not a smoker, but a vaper yet I believe that medical violoporn and the violence of the visual images on cigarette packaging, deeply affects our minds.
It is a criminal act on smokers by those who know not what they do. I
think it is most important, but I seem to be a voice crying in the
wilderness. My opinion is that the grotesque images on packs of
cigarettes are so violent to the mind, that we severely affect our
health by just looking at them. They take effect before even the
cigarette has been lit!
If, in the future, there is
some dedicated scientist who is devoted to exposing a great wrong, he
could measure the effect of tobacco and lung cancer before and after the
use of images on cigarette packs over the years.
predict that those to whom the greatest harm will be done through terrifying brainwashing, is to the
young people and the children who will grow up with nothing else but
such abusive pictures in their minds, and to them tobacco will be
The only way to enjoy nicotine and all the
comradie, social pleasure and joy of "smoking" that I once had, is for
me to be a vaper. I am a smoker who vapes only because I prefer vaping
to smoking. But I have not forgotten my roots. I was treated unjustly. I
was made to feel of the lowest class - a leper. I was mentally violated
every time I opened a pouch of tobacco that told me it would kill me. I
was relegated to outdoors, and then even that was taken away by law. Do
you know of ANY group of humans so treated in a civilised country in
Modern History? We were an expense to the State. We were milked in taxes
and the profit was great. I will not forget. I am a human being. I am
NOT a number. I am not a statistic, I have paid for every medical
treatment I get. I have never harmed anyone by my smoking. The whiff of
Second Hand Smoke from me in the park will cause no harm. The harmful
effects are measured by scientist's numbers over many many trillions of
whiffs. and you won't be in them that long - not even in my car. You
have been given the right to abuse me, to call me names, to not employ
me, to suggest I am mentally ill, to invade my privacy, to judge me.
a vaper I will remember my roots. I see the eyes of smoking enemies
swiveling towards vapers. But, this time, it might be different. Vapers
are ex-smokers. Remembering our roots might galvanise us into protecting
our future because tobacco's modern deadly form, is not an option.
Well, it's not for me.
"E-cigs save lives" is a slogan that certainly beats "Smoking Kills"