The Vice President Elect, Doesn’t BELIEVE that Smoking Can Kill You! He Is SERIOUS!
There has been much debate over the latest 2016 election and the new President Elect, Donald Trump, and the new Vice President Elect, Mike Pence. All politics aside there are some things people say that are just plain stupid. Regardless of personal political beliefs, I think science may prove my point that occasionally people are just wrong.
The topic of discussion for today is that Mike Pence believe that smoking does not kill people. Pence wrote, “Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers so not contract lung cancer.” This quote was taken from an article published in 2000, written by Mike Pence.
Now, before I judge let us take a look at the pure scientific facts that we know about smoking. Let us see if Pence’s statistics are anywhere close to the actual truth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, about forty million people smoke in the United States alone. The CDC states that one out of every three current smokers are dying from a smoking related illness, and one out of every ten smokers develops lung cancer.
Smoking does, in fact, kill approximately 480,000 people every year, and Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Now, while the statistics that Pence quoted are not completely incorrect, it still stands the wonder what his point was. Smoking does kill people and even those the odds are that 2 out of 3 will survive I still think I’ll pass. If the facts are that at least one out of three die from smoking than Pence is clearly wrong in thinking that smoking doesn’t kill.
Now while 2000 was a while ago, it is still unsettling to think that a very important person in our country’s leadership might think smoking dangers are not real, despite the concrete proof. A worst thought is that he simply doesn’t care. Could the big money lobbyist for tobacco companies be the real face behind these statements and way of thinking?
Smoking Targeted to the Middle and Poor Class
Another fact about smoking is that nearly twenty-seven percent of smokers are people who live below the poverty level in the United States. Forty-three percent of smokers only have an education level of a GED, and nearly twenty-three percent haven’t finished high school.
Is this further proof that there is a conspiracy behind getting people to smoke? Are the rich tobacco company’s lining their pockets with the hard-earned money of the middle class and poor?
What are your thoughts about smoking? Do you or a family member smoke? Should someone in a leadership role like Mike Pence be more careful with his comments about things like smoking? Maybe we should ask Mike Pence to take up smoking for a few years and see how here feels in about twenty year. Share your thoughts in the comments below!