Here’s a real controversial subject. Anyone, and this includes me, who smokes is seen as a social leper, can’t smoke here, can’t smoke there. Cancer, heart disease, clogged arteries, the list is endless illustrations of which cover the packaging of your favourite brand in an attempt to scare you into stopping the habit.
Here however, lies a two edged sword. On the one hand the Government is seen, with it’s ever more draconian rules and regs, to be banning tobacco, while on the other, they practically run the country on the forever increasing tax placed on the product.
A simple quick Google search of ‘cigarette tax revenue uk’ resulted in:
Tax revenue from tobacco in 2012/13 amounted to £12.3 billion – £9.7 billion in excise duty plus £2.6 billion in VAT. The total tax burden (excise duty plus VAT) accounts for 88% of the price of the cheapest cigarettes on sale in the UK.
That’s no doubt why there isn’t a complete ban on tobacco. Hell of a shortfall in the coffers if they did.
But the scaremongering goes on, which is justifiable as yes they do kill, as do the other legal drugs that are prescribed by your doctor to combat the effects of smoking, but that’s allowed apparently. Strange old world ain’t it.
Giving Up Is Hard To Do
There’s nothing worse than being in the company of someone who is trying to quit smoking, especially if they are having a bad day. The cold turkey quitters are the worse. You neither ask how it’s going or light-up in front of them because violence can ensue.
Of course now we have e-cigarettes, full of harmful chemicals that do just as much damage as the real thing. And now the Government, who has realised that these things are cutting into their profits have started putting new ruling on them too.
The best way to give up is to not start in the first place. You’ll so much healthier and richer.
However if giving up is not an option and many fall into this category, then change the rest of your lifestyle.
In other posts on this blog, it’s explained how we all produce cancerous cells all the time and the natural function of the body eradicates them. To do this successfully the body has to have more good stuff going in than bad. So a good nutritious natural diet, nothing laden with chemicals and plenty of exercise are the main ingredients.
Now if you increase the intake of the good to be more than the bad you counteract the effects the bad can do, because your body will have everything it needs to fight off the rubbish you’re putting in by smoking.
All you hear in the news is how many deaths smoking causes, however what’s not reported on is the general health of these people.
Smoking on it’s own is only one contributing factor to long term health issues but in the statistics published by anti-smokers and the NHS it’s blamed for all deaths of people who smoke and don’t die in a car accident or something.
At least some of these dead people lived on bad food, breathed poisoned air from chemical laced cleaning products, took prescription drugs, did little to no exercise and smoked 40 a day.
In contrast, George Burns the great stand up comedian died 49 days after his century birthday in 1996, after having smoked since the age of 14. It’s been estimated he smoked 300,000 cigars in his lifetime. In ’94 he fell in the shower smashing his head that lead him to a spell in hospital to have fluid drained from his skull. On recovery he attended Frank Sinatra’s 80th birthday bash where he caught a belt of flu. March 9th ’96 he died of an heart attack at his home in Beverley Hills.
To survive that long smoking is not down to luck. He ate well and it’s reported that he had a strict exercise regime of swimming, walking, sit-ups and push-ups.
The numbers are stacked against tobacco and the taxes on them keep on rising. A never ending cycle.
Now this may seem weird and off topic.
The videos below concern radiation. America for the last few years, and it’s still happening now, is going through the hell of having radioactive nuclear waste leaking into the very air they’re breathing.
However they do back up what I was saying earlier. Put more good stuff in to combat the bad.