Kids smoking and eating sugar and red meat, oh my

As smokers have been warning for decades, restrictions and attitudes against smoking serve as a precedent for everyone.

The risks of smoking are greatly exaggerated to the point of absolute propaganda. Most people don’t realize that sugar, red meat, and alcohol are just as “dangerous” as smoking (or, to put it in a more realistic way, smoking is only as bad for you as sugar, alcohol, and red meat).

That puts people in a really awkward position. When you ask someone if tight restrictions on smoking are a good thing, they’ll usually say yes. When you ask why, they’ll say because it’s addictive and unhealthy. When you follow up by asking them if kids should be allowed to eat sugar, their brain breaks. Ask them if no one under 21 should be allowed to buy or possess sugar. They can’t answer, or they contradict their first point.

This is what propaganda does to people. It dumbs them down and reduces their thought processes to mere slogans.

Over the past decades, attacks and restrictions on smoking, as well as an ill-informed public’s attitude toward it, have largely originated from the pharmaceutical industry, which sells competing nicotine products. Until recently, there had been no financial reason for mega-corporations to brainwash people against red meat, sugar, or alcohol.

Until now.

With the advent of artificial meat and a “quit drinking pill,” expect attacks on these products to increase. For example, debate has already begun whether to raise the drinking age to 25. The “debate” probably originates from the pharmaceutical industry injecting it into the public psyche, but that’s no different than the smoking “debate.”

The American Cancer Society has expanded their “enemies list.” No longer are they content with targeting only smokers, but meat eaters as well.

Sugar, too. The pharmaceutical industry produces artificial sweeteners, and now there is a “debate” as to whether a minimum age for sugar consumption, possession, and purchase should be established.

It all sounds too crazy, right? Nothing will ever come of it, right? Well, try going back to the 1990s and telling a smoker what’s in store for them. They’d make the same mistake you are. As time goes on and the claims that sugar, meat, and alcohol are bad for you get more and more extreme, remember this article.

The blame for the burgeoning psychosis lay squarely on the pharmaceutical industry and their anti-smoking, brainwashed, astro-turf activist lapdogs. They established these precedents. There is legal basis by which to restrict products like candy and red meat. Unless the public wakes up and confronts smoking restrictions themselves, prepare yourself for countless other enjoyments to be restricted.

Expect expensive, professionally-produced “public service announcements” like this to become unavoidable:

These kids will probably be smoking in 5 years just from the psychological impact of participating in this video. You can also clearly see at lest some of those sure look like real cigarettes, not herbal – right down to the labels on them!

One last note: The federal government has raised the smoking age to 21. Age 18 is an adult, not a child. 18 is old enough to vote, old enough to be drafted or join the military, old enough to get married and yes, old enough to be in porn. Doesn’t it strike you as scammy that 20-year-old marine, married with a child, isn’t allowed to smoke a cigarette?

Should the kids in that video be allowed to smoke? I definitely wouldn’t let any of them drive a car, whether it was legal or not. But, a little though exercise: for people who are old enough to drive a 2-ton vehicle down a highway during rush hour in a blizzard, should they be allowed to smoke? Should it at least be their parents’ choice? People in my high school died in car accidents, while in high school. And from pharmaceutical products, while in high school. Some have died since graduation, for various other legal reasons. But to this day, a grand total of none of them have died because they started smoking in high school or earlier. If some handful of them “die from smoking,” it won’t be for decades and decades from now (and then only if they smoke too much.)

It’s interesting to ponder how we’ve been trained to think and feel about certain things.

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