In the past few years, at least four acquaintances of mine have died in their late 50s or early 60s. All of them were smokers at some point in their lives; a couple had quit, the others still smoking till the end.

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that cigarette smoking contributed to their premature deaths and, yes, they knew the risks and chose to smoke anyway.

What troubles me today is that tobacco companies are still producing cigarettes, poisoning people and, ultimately, killing them. It seems to me to be one of the worst criminal acts of our time, with governments in collusion as they skim off “tax” money. It is murder on a grand scale.

And it seems to me that too many conservative “family” organizations are turning a blind eye to it, and instead spending their time trying to set limits on the parameters of other people’s love lives by denying same-sex marriage and the like.

Why aren’t the Christians and the Catholics et al lobbying against the tobacco industry? Why aren’t they trying to keep tobacco out of the hands of their children by having the weed banned?

Why aren’t they, in the name of God, trying to save the lives of tobacco industry victims?


— Jillian