Smoking is totally legal whether you're healthy, suffer from COPD, or HIV. If they're THAT dangerous, make them illegal! But that won't happen because the gov't depends on OUR cigarette taxes to pay a heck of a lot of bills, such as the children's insurance program right here in Indiana-SCHIPS, isn't it called? And YOU folks don't want to pay the extra taxes that would hit you without us smokers, so just let it go! As Peter Townshend said at the end of the Sandy concert, "go get a **** beer"!
In America, the federal government spends 21 times more money on AIDS as we do on cancer. It spend 78 times more money on AIDS as we do on heart disease. Anti-stroke funding? AIDS gets 97 times more money.
As reported in the New York Post, the Ryan White Act mandates taxpayer handouts to HIV/AIDS victims of about $1.2 billion a year. We have no remotely similar program for victims of any other disease.
All this money for a disease that the World Health Organizations top HIV expert says is largely confined to gay men, drug addicts and prostitutes and their clients, i.e. largely preventable.
I am sure that pot smoke and sucking down plastic fumes have similar effects
“Although the study tied nonsmoking to longer life in HIV patients, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.”
The last paragraph sums it up nicely. They really don’t know.
Interesting that they are worried about the destructive behavior of smoking...but not the deadly behavior that gave them AIDS.
Liberalism is insane.
“make them illegal!”
Don’t you think that is exactly what they want? Far fetched? Hardly. Do you recall when the idea of even gay “civil unions’ was considered outrageous, it’d never fly? The left is nothing if not persistent. And aggressive.
This is just BS liberal science trying to keep HIV (gay) disease in the limelight, the primary motive of which is to somehow connect smoking with HIV and THEN somehow say a portion of the cigarette tax money should go to HIV/AIDS research. MONEY MONEY MONEY. Liberals can’t live without other peoples’ money.
The lesson here: Don’t smoke a cigarette after unprotected sex with a stranger.
Does this mean that smokers can qualify for full Social Security Disability payments for the rest of their lives? (HIV virus qualifies a person for full benefits for life)