The New Second-Hand Smoke
Ahhhhh. The Good Ol’ days when the smoking was easy.
I have memories of looking up at my momma from the seat of the grocery cart and watch her puff out smoke as she jaunted down the aisle; memories of older guys smoking cigarettes in the hockey locker room; memories of piled-high ashtrays in the middle of the breakfast table.
“ You mean you ATE with an overflowing ashtray at your TABLE?!”
Sssiigghh. Good times.... Good times....
Isn’t it amazing that we can now recoil in horror at something we took for granted so recently ?
I wonder what will have us go “Eeww” in 20 years?
30 years ago, guy goes to a Doctor and hears he has lesions in his lungs.
Doctor says “stop smoking”.
“But Doc, is there really any PROOF that smoking and lung cancer are related?”
“Well, it hasn’t been proven conclusively, jury is still out”
“Any other options?”
“Well, you seem to have a spike in several immune-system responses. That’s hopeful....”
Today we are inundated, perhaps inured by distress signals from the life-support systems we continue to see as “out there”. And while biologists can point to many examples of nature regenerating and healing itself, the overall pattern is easily diagnosed.... One can have strong muscles, a good heart and low cholesterol and still be ravaged by cancer.
This poses a question to business-as-usual:
What distinguishes the illegality of one form of second-hand smoke over another, and is the distinction worth betting your business on ?
If there are cost-cutting, and infinitely secure alternatives, what is YOUR business case for NOT investing ?