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Letter sent to 20/20 after their announcement of the EPA findings rating environmental
tobacco smoke as a carcinogen.
Back One Step
New York, NY. 10023
Dear Barbara, Hugh and John,
To congratulate John for being on top of the EPA story
on second hand smoke is akin to congratulating an otherwise
failing student for passing science with a 40 average
because the teacher graded on a curve. It is apparent from
your comments that fair science or even good science is
unnecessary to prove a point that you wish to endorse. The
EPA merely lowered the standards of acceptability of such
studies to make previously inconclusive studies conclusive
so as to gain this "preponderance" of evidence.
Thank God that Hugh and Official Washington are not
bigoted against blacks or women as it would leave open, for
example, the interpretation of many studies that show that
the academic achievement of young black males is lower than
that for whites or that conversely that the Black population
has a higher involvement in crime than the White population.
By leaving out the many other variables and significant
influences on these findings, which would otherwise
contradict your chosen position you still would have not
uncovered the truth.
Contrary to John's unfounded beliefs, many respiratory
problems (which are increasing in society while smoking
indoors has already been limited for many years thus
decreasing exposure) are caused by the worsening outdoor
environment and by Sick Building Syndrome, both of which are
charges of a failing EPA. Ignoring these factors in the
studies is akin to ignoring the environmental impact on the
academic achievement of young blacks. If you can't fix the
problem, POST a scapegoat and for now, second hand smoke will
serve to deceived a society in jeopardy.
Setting aside for the moment these considerations of
health, Hugh's closing remark suggested that smokers be made
to feel like pariah requires an apology as it is much like
saying that if we hang a few of these young bucks it might
force the others to stay in school and stop being criminals.
This declaration of social warfare shows the real ignorance
and insensitivity to the fact that studies have shown that
smoker are genetically different from nonsmokers ( just like
Gays) and that many are truly addicted as the blood
chemistry of the smoker differs from that of the non smoker.
I can not help but wonder if the "gentle thief"
featured on your show had been a smoker if you would have
been so quick to de-vilify a man who should have been
sentenced to 6300 years in prison for 105 separate armed
robberies. Either way, given that the EPA now classes
second hand smoke with asbestos exposure my offer made in my
response to John's original report still holds. I will be
willing to sit in a small room where somebody smokes a pact
of cigarettes if you three will sit in one where somebody
smokes an equal amount of asbestos.
Ira T. Lapides, Ph.D.
Back One Step
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Change in the form of a 30% or better increase to the cost of tobacco products with an added dose of insult. Get mad. Call your representatives and call them a name. Economically Ignorant Extortionist Fool, is politically correct and accurate. Here is the phone number for contacting your US Senators.
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Tobacconists are as helpless as any other victim of organized crime. Maybe we are even more helpless since we face criminals masquerading as government representatives.
The time for nice words and platitudes has passed. The tax-gouging Congress has declared war on 20% of the American population. They have used taxation as a method of discrimination and discrimination as a tactic for persecution. Their punitive taxes have caused tremendous price increases for product, and you and we in the tobacco business have no representation to or protection from our government. Our forefathers went to war over a few pennies increase in the tax on tea, while we suffer from tax increases in the hundreds of percents. We too are being forced to cede our freedoms or also go to war.
The government’s negative economic radical action against smokers will cause decreased tax revenues for the programs that these new taxes were to fund, and sooner rather than later, all will share in the misery caused by congressmen turned extortionists. It is way past time for being the squeaky wheel. It is time to be the screeching halt. Consider acts of civil disobedience before your obedience becomes subservience.
Ira T. Lapides, PhD