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Big Tobacco Bought Protection From Public (Oregon)

Let’s be clear.

The evidence is in, and cigarette smoking is drug addiction, not sin.

Big Tobacco is a legalized pusher and they are targeting your children, the next generation of addicts.

Our hospitals, nursing homes and morgues are full of their victims from cancer and cardio-vascular disease. And we subsidize it all from our own wallets with higher insurance premiums, higher taxes for Medicaid, Medicare and disability payments.

Businesses subsidize tobacco addiction with lost productivity from sick and dying workers.

John DoeSo let’s not fool ourselves. The Big Tobacco drug pusher has bought protection from Republican politicians and from you, the public.

So let’s not fool ourselves with arguments about fairness for the nicotine addict and the constitution.

We lost, children lost and the drug pusher won.

— Bill Ryan, Salem Statesman Journal

COPD & Facial Wrinkling Study

The presence, and perhaps the severity, of COPD might be predictable by examining the facial skin, and accelerated wrinkling could signal the need for studies of lung function.

Smoking is associated with other health-related problems, and future studies might attempt to correlate skin findings with cardiovascular disease in smokers.

Laboratory elucidation of the specific mechanism behind increased susceptibility would be useful and interesting.

Picture of Wrinkled Face from SmokingIf a genetic predisposition is identified, susceptible families and individuals might receive more urgent counsel to avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Learn more about > COPD.

— Jeffrey P. Callen, MD