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March 9, 2017

"Second-Hand" Smoke: You knew it was a lie at the time but it is now an even bigger lie.

Secondhand smoke isn’t as bad as we thought. The relevant question, however, should not be merely whether there are any dangers from secondhand smoke but also how big they are.

If the alarmist claims made by anti-smoking groups were true, we’d be justified in avoiding secondhand smoke as if it were the plague. But we know now that those claims were exaggerated, so it’s worth asking whether contemporary bans have gone too far.... Now that’s not nothing, but other recent research may be even more surprising. “No clear link between passive smoking and lung cancer,” read a 2013 headline in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, hardly a pro-tobacco publication. That was a report on a cohort study tracking 76,000 women that failed to detect a link between the disease and secondhand smoke. The finding comports with existing literature suggesting that the effect is borderline and concentrated on long-term, high levels of exposure.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 9, 2017 8:22 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Can't get something banned (and users shunned) if it's just "stinky." It has to be a hazard to health, hearth, and the Republic itself.

I also noticed, back in the '70s, that among my coworkers, many folks who *hated* cigarettes were also marijuana smokers.

Posted by: OldFert at March 9, 2017 10:07 AM

The moment bad ass weed became acceptable in public was the day the second hand smoke narrative was going to die. So much for settled science and the scientific method.

Posted by: indyjonesouthere at March 9, 2017 11:41 AM

I've survived it, but hated the way my clothes smelled when I got home.

Posted by: Sam L. at March 9, 2017 12:11 PM

The EPA study on second hand smoke claimed that exposure to secondhand smoke caused 3000 cases of lung cancer a year. However, the EPA didn't measure any exposure. Instead people were asked questions about their exposure and a numerical value was assigned to the answers. This is the fallacious attempt to turn qualitative data into quantitative data. The EPA believes you can prove causality by polling people with a questionnaire.

Posted by: Ray at March 9, 2017 12:28 PM

At times I'd been hearing people assert that second-hand smoke exposure was worse than actually smoking. I can only assume that the reasoning behind that was... filters? As if smokers actually do the majority of their breathing through the filter?

That anybody could have taken that claim seriously is all you need to know about the modern cult of SCIENCE! at it's worst.

Posted by: Schill MacGuffin at March 9, 2017 4:31 PM

" Thou shalt not use tobacco"

It's the only command the lieberals know. Every thing else is wonderful except "racism" and being a white man.

Posted by: Denny at March 9, 2017 5:27 PM

As some one who smoked 4 packs of Marlboro's a day, when I quit I couldn't stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I still can't stand the smell and the stink lingers on one's clothes.

If one wants to smoke, fine your choice, but you cannot smoke around me. That's my choice. If I can move I shall, if I can't then you'll have to move.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at March 9, 2017 11:27 PM

I smoked for almost twenty years, three packs a day. Quit over thirty years ago. I cringe every time I think about subjecting others - especially those I lived with - to the smell of my cigarettes, as they burned, on my clothes, and from my mouth as I kissed loved ones goodnight.

Stopped at a restaurant in Florida years ago, during a day of constant, pouring rain. Saw four chain-smoking adults at a nearby table, with an infant in a car seat in the middle of them. I wondered how the child must have suffered in their car, with the windows closed because of the rain.

Forget the over-rated danger of secondhand smoke. The vile smell and taste of it are reason enough to be polite and smoke where it doesn't affect others. (Yeah, yeah, nothing worse than a former smoker ;-)

Posted by: RegT at March 11, 2017 1:35 AM

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