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Joe Soucheray: So why don't the anti-smoking zealots care about marijuana?
St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 2/4/14 | Joe Soucheray

Posted on 02/05/2014 8:12:20 AM PST by rhema

Because we don't have enough to worry about and the news is slow and it's February and, well, the whole country seems to be suffering from cabin fever, a new level of smoking has been defined just to shake us up. I suppose, whenever there is a lull in the national conversation, you can always count on a medical researcher to bring up smoking, just in case we forget it is a nasty habit.

There is, as we all know, firsthand smoke. Firsthand smoke is when you actually light a cigarette while you are standing outside in a frigid doorway and start puffing away. Firsthand smoke is dangerous. We have been told that for about 50 years now.

There is also secondhand smoke. People who have quit smoking but accidently walk past the guy standing in the frigid doorway and smell the smoke from the guy's cigarette are exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is apparently responsible for there being no firsthand smoking anymore inside restaurants and bars and theaters and the like. A few of us actually remember when you would go to see the Saints play the Millers at the St. Paul Auditorium and you could hardly see the skaters because of the haze in the building.

Now, researchers at the University of California-Riverside have come up with a new hand. They have come up with thirdhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke is the smoke left behind by secondhand smoke on drapes and furniture and table tops and whatnot. In other words, it is the faint odor of smoke you get in many hotel rooms that have seen better days. Why it isn't the smoke left behind by firsthanders doesn't seem to make sense, but it does give a new heft to the seriousness of secondhand smoke.

I guess the secondhand smoke clings to surfaces and builds up as a toxic coating. When mice were exposed to thirdhand smoke, they started acting goofy and got a little hyperactive.

Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology who led the study, said in a statement reported by CBS News: "We found significant damage occurs in the liver and lung. Wounds in these mice took longer to heal."

By the standard of there now being a thirdhand smoke, we can never be safe. For if there is thirdhand smoke, doesn't it stand to reason there has to be a fourth- and fifth- and maybe even a sixth-hand exposure? I mean, if you buy a coffee table at a garage sale that was exposed to cigarette smoke, you are at least at a level four contamination. There was the original owner of the table, a smoker, all the secondhand smoke the table was exposed to on Sunday nights watching Ed Sullivan, the thirdhand smoke that has resulted in the table being so cheap in the first place and now the fourth hand, bringing that piece of furniture with its thirdhand effects into your dwelling, where, if you have mice, they will start acting goofy.

You have to grudgingly admire the zealots. They just don't stop. If they feel that they have not frightened enough people, they just come up with another hand.

I keep looking, but have yet to discover where the anti-smoking zealots stand on the legalization of marijuana. It seems to me that marijuana is just as dangerous as cigarettes. The residues are just as oily and toxic, thus meeting the criteria for first-, second- and thirdhand exposures. Not to mention that marijuana has the additional fault of contributing to obesity because marijuana smokers often consume whole loaves of Wonder Bread at one sitting.

But I have yet to see or hear the zealots go after marijuana. I don't see any billboards. I don't see any warnings. I don't see any force of public shaming beginning to gain ground. I don't even see any high-powered law firms looking for somebody to sue. Man alive, imagine what some of those early settlements would have been if they had had a third hand to work with.


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1 posted on 02/05/2014 8:12:20 AM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

Because Pot turns people into liberals and useful idiots. That’s why.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 8:14:30 AM PST by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

Cause they can’t tax smokes anyone since so few are smoking, going after left people smoke pot, tax it, them demonize it later.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 8:15:23 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: rhema
Just wait until Big Tobacco becomes Big Marijuana, then there will be someone with Big Pockets to sue.
There's no profit in suing anyone for secondary pot smoke just yet.

4 posted on 02/05/2014 8:17:25 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: rhema

If it wasn’t so pitiful it would be hilarious to watch the Tobacco Police twist themselves into pretzels trying to justify their support of dope smoking while opposing tobacco smoking.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 8:23:18 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: rhema

Cultural reasons. Cigarettes are associated with the older, more conservative, pre-hippie generations... farmers, ranchers, housewives, blue-color workers. Marijuana is associated with hippie libs, the righteous self-absorbed “me” generations... and everything ‘they’ do is automatically a virtuous pursuit of enlightenment and freedom. The latter now control the culture, and their nasty vices require constant confirmation and celebration.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 8:25:01 AM PST by greene66
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It’s their hatred of corporations.

Notice they are for De-criminalization of pot, not legalization

There is a significant difference.

De-criminalization, things a like now except nobody get arrested

Legalization, big corporations start selling their own mass produced brands


7 posted on 02/05/2014 8:25:03 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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Because “Big Tobacco” were once HUGE Republican donors.

If they were huge Democrap donors we would all be hearing about the healthful benefits of “bathing your lungs in cleansing smoke”

8 posted on 02/05/2014 8:25:58 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: rhema

Second hand smoke from a doobie is intoxicating! Unlike liquor, the person next to you doesn’t get drunk on what you drink!


9 posted on 02/05/2014 8:31:37 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: greene66
and their nasty vices require constant confirmation and celebration.

....including fudge-packing, infanticide, and carpet licking.

10 posted on 02/05/2014 8:35:01 AM PST by expat2
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To: rhema

Potheads are not fully mentally aware. That makes them excellent democrat voters.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 8:39:49 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: rhema

Does Joe still think the Tea Party is a pack of rabbis dogs?


12 posted on 02/05/2014 8:41:23 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: expat2

Did someone say carpet licking?


13 posted on 02/05/2014 8:42:21 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: greene66
There is something of reverse class warfare in the dope vs. tobacco argument. Cigarette smoking has moved down the socioeconomic ladder since the 1960s. Blacks, Hispanics, and blue collar and rural whites are more likely to smoke than the financially better off and more formally educated. Therefore, tobacco use is subject to social stigmatization, high taxes, and constant nagging from the government and "public service" advertisements. Marijuana users are generally not high achievers, but tend to be family members of high achievers. Certainly marijuana use occurs among poor people as well, but if it were confined to them, this drug would be as socially marginal as crack or meth.

Prohibition of marijuana and other illegal drugs has been an abject failure if the goal was to end its availability in the underground market. Alcohol prohibition was a failure as well. However, the end of alcohol prohibition and the subsequent availability in the open market led to more drinking. Similar results will occur with marijuana.

14 posted on 02/05/2014 8:49:41 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: rhema

Probably something to do with public smoking of marijuana not being legal.


15 posted on 02/05/2014 8:53:24 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: rhema

Up until 1967, when the “Solid South” began to turn from democrat to republican, democrats had no problem with tobacco and oil. As soon as those industries began to give their sizable corporate campaign contributions to republicans, all of a sudden, cigarettes and gasoline became poisonous symbols of American industrial greed and the subject of intense government-financed scientific scrutiny. Always follow the money!


16 posted on 02/05/2014 8:59:26 AM PST by cartoonistx
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To: rhema

We have a stoner president and we know how that worked out another reason to keep it illegal.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 9:01:44 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: rhema

Doesn’t it set off the smoke alarms in trendy apartments?


18 posted on 02/05/2014 9:05:47 AM PST by onedoug
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To: rhema

I’ve been asking this question for a long time. I used to volunteer usher at a music venue, and we had to direct tobacco smokers to their designated corner, but pot smokers could enjoy the music while toking. When I asked why, I was told pot smells better and is socially acceptable. (this was CA)


19 posted on 02/05/2014 9:08:40 AM PST by Rusty0604
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pot does not smell better

Some of it literally smells like skunk and some like poop.

I think people have to be stupid to smoke anything, especially if it smells like crap, literally


20 posted on 02/05/2014 9:11:41 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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