Saturday, October 13, 2012

smoking research is bunk

My dad smoked, yet neither any of my siblings nor I developed asthma, are addicted to tobacco, or suffer any other obvious consequences as a result of his smokig. Therefor I conclude that all research that indicates that children of tobacco smoking parents are more likely to develop asthma and/or become smokers themselves is all bunk.

Yes, I realize that "more likely" means they have an increased chance compared to children of non-smokers, but the fact that I know children of smokers who have not experienced these supposed adverse effects means, to me, that those statistics are obsolete. Besides, the oldest documented human smoked until she died at 122 years old; and my mom has been living with my dad for 32 years and she hasn't experienced any documented adverse effects. Also, there are other things that could cause asthma or lead people to start smoking.

Smoking is a personal choice. Parents should be free to breath cigarette or other smoke on and around their infants and children without anyone offering health concerns or research, let alone judgment. It should not be of concern to anyone but the child's parents. People who act like and promote the belief that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy, or that second hand smoke is bad for children or other people, are being judgmental and intolerant, and should learn to butt out. They should keep their negative opinions and "research" to themselves. It shouldn't matter if a parent who is considering taking up smoking, or quitting, has asked if there are reasons others chose to or not to smoke. Biased "research" about the risks associated with second hand smoke should not be offered as reliable resources. The parents should just do whatever feels normal or right to them, for their family. It should not matter if it might/will cost society, in terms of current or future medical costs for the parent or the child. It should not matter that it may now or later impact that child's quality of life in some regard, or that it could perpetuate a continuing harmful cycle whereby the child of a smoker grows up to smoke around their children who grow up to smoke around their children and so on for generations.

Again, I don't believe it will, because my dad smoked and I don't have asthma or battle cigarette addiction. I'm just emphasizing that it ought to be up to parents to expose their children to any "risk" they feel inclined to. They are the ones responsible for their children. It is their parental right.

As an aside, routine infant circumcision is a violation of basic human rights, and there is an abundance of evidence to show how at best it is unnecessary, and at worst how harmful (in some cases fatal) it is. But don't take my word for it; ask a sexually active circumcised man with a normal amount of ego and social conditioning, who hasn't done much (if any) research, if being circumcised as an infant had or has any negative impacts on him psychologically, physiologically, or physically, and if he says "no," then take his word for it, research it no more, and lob off a healthy, functional, sensitive and useful piece of your perfect newborn son's genitals. That's a totally reasonable and legit course of action.

Or, you know, research it, a lot. Don't know where to start? Just ask.


  1. The problem with smoking (or drinking during pregnancy) is that you're not just making a choice about your own health. Your kids, who trust you wholeheartedly, are not given a choice if they want to inhale that smoke or even smell cigarettes.

    In all honesty,, I believe that smoking cigarettes (or consuming alcohol during pregnancy, the like) around minors should be illegal. I'm not sure if I agree with using your own family's experiences as ultimate truth. Maybe you have gotten lucky.

    1. @bianca
      Thanks for your comment.
      I absolutely agree that smoking while pregnant is a terrible idea, as is smoking around children, and that they are at an unfair disadvantage; just as they are when subjected to routine infant circumcision (RIC). Replace every smoking reference in your comment with an RIC reference, and it will ring equally true...

      The problem with routine infant circumcision is that you're not just making a choice about your own health. Your babies, who trust you wholeheartedly, are not given a choice if they want to remain intact or have a painful and unnecessary cosmetic surgery inflicted on them.

      In all honesty, I believe that the routine circumcision of minors, male or female, should be illegal. I' don't agree with using your own family's (or a male friend's) experiences as ultimate truth. Maybe you, or they, have gotten lucky.


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