May 11, 2006

This Post is Old!

The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

Smoking is Healthier Than Fascism: Long-Time Tobacco Control Advocate Speaks Out

Medical doctor and prominent tobacco control advocate Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health is accusing the anti-smoking lobby of having a hidden prohibitionist agenda and knowingly spreading misinformation about the scientific data. Siegel essentially claims anti-smoking groups have ceased to be motivated by concern for public health and are moving forward with a total prohibitionist platform based on sheer hatred of tobacco smokers. These fascistic movements are now attempting to ban smoking in private homes, and in all outdoor areas, and to deny employment to smokers. They are making claims such as "that 30 minutes of secondhand smoke exposure causes narrowing of blood vessels and hardening of the arteries." Siegel says these claims are false - and he should know, he has a long history of journal papers on the health effects of second hand smoke.

As Seigel says to his fellow activists, "I think we need to turn back now before it's too late." The government must begin to respect the private property and self-ownership rights of tobacco smokers, restaurant owners, and everyone else. What you put into your body on your land is none of the government's business. These smoking bans are beginning to get scary (as if they weren't before).

(HT: Hammer of Truth)

Posted by Kenny at May 11, 2006 11:35 AM
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