Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Cigarette industry unable to kick the habit of robbing and killing us, part 2

In the first, lengthy installment, I explained a little how the cigarette industry tried to keep their policy to rob and kill us, and a lot how to stop smoking. However, the cigarette industry really tries to influence the Israeli public and law givers towards no limits for electronic “smokeless” cigarettes. Brazil, Singapore, the Seychelles, Uruguay, and Norway have banned e-cigarettes. That may betray that they are not as innocent as its drug pushers pretend. The aggressive campaigning for these products also is not indicative of their harmlessness. The sly advertising by the industry asks for more words against naively believing its seemingly sympathetic approach.

The gigantic ads (does smoking ruin eye sight?) for smokeless cigarettes that Israeli newspapers run now are a crafty ruse! They contain lies and half truths: as if these products just constitute “health risks” [sic]. Rather, they hurt directly — nothing just risks. They supposedly promote these drugs for people who “intend” and “want” [sic] to continue tobacco use. No one desires to continue addictions! Therefore to outlaw these harmful “alternatives” [sic] is not “depriving” [sic] smokers. Of course: when the fox preacheth, then beware your geese. I’m sorry for their missed revenues, but I do not want this junk in my newspaper!

Since cigarette smoke contains 100 known carcinogens, and 900 potentially cancer causing chemicals, what would be bad in cigarettes that have no harmful smoke? These electronic cigarettes, that use a vapor instead of smoke, should they not be hailed and subsidized because they are no doubt much healthier than the old cigs, no? No! How not?

  1. Most of the bad effects of classical cigarettes come from the nicotine and nicotine addiction, not the carcinogens. More people die of cigarette-induced heart trouble than of lung cancer. Nicotine is one of the hardest drugs to quit and definitely harmful in the short and the long term. Those “new” e-cigarettes have as main component nicotine. Experimenting with them could lead to a lifelong addiction. The vapor “alternative” too runs on the whole warped attitude to solve life’s stresses with drugs, a quick pseudo-fix, instead of finding a listening ear.
  2. The so-called lesser-harm e-cigarettes might be a starting point for nicotine use towards the classical cigarette, and would so introduce cigarettes rather than diminish their use. Even the types without nicotine, with just the aromas, are stepping stones to the ones that do contain this very simple but wonderful nicotine, that relaxes, makes one focus, suppresses fears and help abates stress…. People would switch from using smoke to using vapor? It could easily go the other way around. Any narcotic is a springboard to all other ‘recreational” and mind-bending drugs, legal or illegal. Stealth vaping cannabis is the most direct example.
  3. Many youths in the US and UK use both smoke and vapor. That being supposedly safer than only using the smoke ones, dual use possibly delays or deters quitting. The vapor ones lower the threshold to the smoke ones. Fruit and candy taste are signed to get young people hooked.
  4. It’s like giving alcoholics strong beverages with half the alcohol contents: they do not help – they hurt still. For the same reason, health authorities have blocked adding vitamins B to alcoholic beverages. Surely, the first massive health disaster in alcoholics is often a lack of those, because they stop eating grain produce. However, they did not want supposedly “healthy” beer or liquor on the marked.
  5. The producers do not advocate to stop smoking and close down tobacco production. Rather, they use this “alternative” to promote the false notion that smoking does not need to be so bad. It’s a billion dollar business, so don’t trust whatever the producers say. Traversing the street with only your eyes closed is less risky than with your eyes and ears blocked; but from that does not follow that crossing “only with your eyes closed is safer.” It is still stupid. The tobacco lobby does not have the interests of the public at mind at all ever.
  6. Addicted Orthodox Jews may use the old cigarettes on the Festivals (lit from an existing fire) but not the electronic ones. This way, the ones who use the supposedly innocent e-ones are pushed towards the “kosher” smoke ones, up to 12 days a year in the Diaspora. A failing e-cigarette battery is quickly remedied with a “helpful” smoker offering the low-tech olden alternative.
  7. More-advanced generations of vapor cigarettes (four so far in 14 years, with all kinds of novel constructions that work more or less similarly) are invented all the time. Who doesn’t want to look sophisticated and smoke the newest thing?
  8. The industry tries to get a fresh start with the electronic cigarettes: no health regulations banning them. The good old days, when smoking was considered a harmless enjoyment and could be promoted as relaxing, fun, giving popularity and friends. There is a solid medical consensus that cigarette smoking is very bad for one’s health. But on e-cigarettes there is still debate. And guess who profits from that big time. Would you want your loved ones to use vapor cigarettes and be nicotine addicted until the long-term effects in a few decades become clear? Physicians are right when they urge: kindle not a fire that you cannot extinguish.

No smoke without fire? No smoke — also fire.

Stop big tobacco before it stops non-smokers (vapors) too!

Meanwhile, Israel’s Health Ministry’s annual report notes the biggest single-year rise in smoking rate among Israelis in more than a decade.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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