In this video climaterealityproject.org shows the other times when doubt was used to sell folks on harmful products and even attack those who disagreed. The perfect correlation here is the cigarette companies claiming their products were safe when they knew better. Also, the example of DDT was used here. People were so convinced the insecticide was safe they sent threatening letters to scientist and writer Rachel Carson who wrote the powerful book, Silent Spring, and about the scourge they were to this planet. Due to the efforts of environmentalists the use of DDT was outlawed by Congress.
So what happened to the manufacturers of DDT? Did they go out of business? Nope, they reinvented themselves as biotech corporation Monsanto and now they engineer your food and they can vote since they are a person!
Not only has a recent study conducted by the University of Alabama Birmingham and U.C.–San Francisco found pot smoking is “better” for you than smoking tobacco but it also found pot smoking may also improve your lung capacity. That could possibly be caused by the stretching involved in taking deep tokes.
Where the news of this study says pot smoking is “better” for you in this case that means less harmful and not smoking anything is what’s better for you. There is a downside in this study though as slate.com reports:
“If you have lived more than 10 “joint years,” aka a joint a day for a decade, and smoked pot more than 20 times a month, your lung capacity decreased.”
Regular smokers in Japan are about to experience a serious hike in the cost of cigarettes. The tax hikes are not intended to be temporary either; if Health Minister Yoko Komiyama is successful the hikes will annually increase by 100 yen ($1.30). The new average for a pack of cigarettes in Japan is 700 yen ($9.13). The assumed intention behind this price increase is to act as a deterrent to smokers, smokers in 2005 cost Japan 4.3 trillion ($56 billion) in medical costs and economic loss. For many Japanese citizens higher cost for such a dangerous habit should act as a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle.