Smokers worldwide have had their alternative lifestyles repeatedly maligned by news media, government agencies, and stubbornly persistent facts. These hateful smokerphobes have gone too far. Rather than promoting tolerance and diversity, schools are being used to discourage the use of tobacco through scare tactics.
The following is an example of the kinds of truths flagrantly taught in schools and by multiple government agencies:
- Chemicals in tobacco cause damage to the macula (the most sensitive part of the retina, the back of the eye).
- Smoking is a risk factor for all cancers associated with the larynx, oral cavity and esophagus.
- Heavy smokers have laryngeal cancer mortality risks 20 to 30 times greater than non-smokers.
- Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict which causes the blood pressure rise and strain is put on the heart.
- The carbon monoxide in cigarettes depletes the oxygen carrying capacity of a smoker’s blood so that the heart has to pump harder to get enough oxygen to the rest of the body.
- Smoking increases blood cholesterol and fibrinogen levels which cause the blood to clot more easily and this will increase the risk of having a heart attack, caused by a blood clot forming in the heart.
- The tar content of cigarette smoke damages the cells in the airways of the lung, making the cilia unable to sweep away the harmful substances.
- Harmful substances from the smoke are detected by the protective cells of the body and these cells move to the lung and try to defend it, but are destroyed by the cigarette smoke. The dead cells release substances that damage the structure of the lung, which leads to chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- Tobacco accounts for more than 80% of the lung cancer cases.
- The overall relative risk of stroke in smokers being about 1.5times that of non-smokers
- Smoking has been shown to contribute to such common disorders as heartburn and peptic ulcers. It also increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and possibly gallstones.
- Nearly 50% of the bladder and kidney cancer in men are caused by smoking.
- Approximately 30% of all deaths from pancreatic cancer are attributable to cigarette smoking.
- Smokers get more and deeper wrinkles all over their faces because nicotine constricts the tiny capillaries that nourish the skin.
- Men who smoke are twice as likely to become bald as are men who do not smoke, and premature graying is 3 to 6 times more common in smokers.
- Smoking delays the healing of fractures, and in some smokers bone healing is indefinitely delayed.
- Smokers are at a much higher risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Smokers also have poorer muscle strength, agility and balance.
Multiple supposedly “neutral” and “scientific” sources are cited. The biased and hateful authors of these sources and the people who teach these things apparently do not consider the feelings of people who smoke before discouraging our younger generation from following in their footsteps.
It’s Smokerphobia and it’s got to stop! Smokers are people too!
To add insult to injury, many offer stop smoking programs as if they had the right to tell people who smoke that their lifestyle choice was less than their own.
“Certain Gene Found to Influence Why People Start Smoking and Why Some Get Addicted and Others Don’t” —APA
Few people recognize that smokers are “born that way” and there is scientific proof for the genetic propensity for smoking. Information published by the APA about the genetic links to smoking are consistently ignored.
Ok Ok Ok…… So at what point do we draw the line?
There is obviously a huge difference between educating people about the very real consequences of smoking and hating smokers. Hopefully we can all see that being an educator that teaches that there are consequences to smoking does not automatically make that person a “smokerphobe” who hates smokers and wants to prevent them from enjoying the freedom to smoke.
There are very real consequences to homosexual behavior. Educating about those consequences is not the mark of a bigot, a hater, or even a homophobe.