Are you in mortal danger from a cigarette smoker? Do you think cigarette smokers are drug addicts? Are they weapons of mass destruction? However you perceive cigarette smokers they are not exactly benign harmless creatures of habit, are they? The odd thing is that some cigarette smokers agree and admit they endanger themselves and others, with less concern for their fellow man, woman and child than I like to know.
~When President Barack Obama hosted Uruguayan President José Mujica in the Oval Office, Mujica, a one-time smoker, highlighted his country’s ongoing litigation with tobacco company Philip Morris over Uruguay’s stringent anti-smoking laws. “Mr. President, who is speaking is an old smoker,” Mujica said. “In the world, per year, eight million people are dying from smoking. And that is more than World War I, World War II. It’s murder. We are in an arduous fight—very arduous—and we must fight against very strong interests. Governments must not be involved in private litigation, but here we’re fighting for life.” ~ time.com
In 1880 it was an American inventor from Roanoke County in Virginia who invented the “James Bonsack” rolling machine that rolled 120,000 cigarettes in a ten hour workday. Before the invention 200 cigarettes were rolled a day.
And, so began the history of yet another industrial holocaust against humanity.
Today, 6 trillion cigarettes are sold worldwide.
There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. Over several thousand chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette – up to 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer and many are poisonous. These known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke or both. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded in 2004 that "Involuntary smoking (exposure to secondhand or 'environmental' tobacco smoke) is carcinogenic to humans.”
Dangerously improper disposal of cigarette chemicals leach into the soil table and water supply for ten years. Cigarette filters are non-biodegradable. The most common ground trash worldwide is cigarette related products. Over 100 million pounds of butts are discarded annually. Millions of pounds of remnant butt tobacco, discarded packs, lighters, matches and other cigarette product related waste are discarded annually. An estimated 4.5 trillion of the annual 6 trillion cigarettes sold worldwide are not properly disposed.
Exposure to cigarette smoke, both voluntary and involuntary, are known causes of the largest variety and numbers of chronic medical conditions and deaths known to man. No other human activity equals the harm related to cigarette use.
The reckless endangerment of cigarette smokers clearly shows that they have too long been getting away with murder.
In Vermont today, there are no state indoor smoking laws to protect men, women, children and pets from cigarette smokers.
Vermont’s political, legislative, community service organizations and property owners have little or no regard for the health, safety and welfare of our residents and even less will to protect them from cigarette smokers. Yet, they use the criminal justice system for their “chosen” illegal drugs industry that have far less reaching and extensive damage and harm to our people.