The Debate – Alcohol or Smoking

I am a smoker, and I do not drink.  I am not bias in either situation.  I choose not to drink because one of my previous jobs showed me what alcohol can do to a life.

The government has brainwashed everyone to fully believe that smoking is bad.  While this may be true, they don’t brainwash anyone about the truly harmful “Alcohol.”  Being that there are no actual “set in standard” statistics for either incident there are many sources that can show statistics that they have compiled.

While smoking causes “First Hand”, and “Second Hand” diseases there are many factors to take into consideration.  While cancer is not something to take lightly, there is no puplicly shared hard proofed data regarding deaths caused by “smoking.”  They can say someone died from cancer, but I have yet to read “died from smoking.”

In my area of the globe we have a town that had a cancer outbreak that was apparently linked to a company with initials CG.  Cancer has been suspectedly linked to automotive exhaust, drinking, and quite a few more things.

With that said… Alcohol on the other side of the fence has a direct impact on statistics.  The government has allowed banning of smoking in public places because of the medical “professionals” that have data that is not fully conclusive.  Alcohol has been tracked for many years, and statistics are vastly available.  Just so you know… Alcohol is known to cause cancer.

The interesting chart that I found showed the alcohol fatality / injury to total fatality percentages.  I have copied it here for your review so that you can see hard evidence to support my thoughts.  If alcohol is directly linked to cause issues, then why doesn’t the government do something about it, as they have done with the “Silent Statistic Smoking?”  I have searched the internet, and cannot find any statistics supporting the smoking issues.  Here is the irony… I can find articles about a alcohol related death at least once a day, while I can’t find a single article about smoking deaths.

Many private companies have taken the whole alcohol – smoking issue to their own level.  As I previously posted in “Disney – No Smoking / Go Drinking Policy“, Disney has banned smoking in quite a bit of places on their property, but on the other side, they allow drinking with almost no extent.  The strange thing is that Atlantic City still allows smoking in parts of the casinos.  (According to the last article I read on this.)

I personally feel that all states should have a mandatory law for the requirement of alcohol sensors in all automobiles.  Maybe they can work out how not to inconvenience everyone, but if the world is going forward based on what it is today, then maybe a little inconvenience would be good at this point. 

I am not a medical professional, or some politician with an agenda based on non existant information, but I personally think that they have gone too far with this.  If you look at it this way… Politicians see more revenue from alcohol.  The revenue results from funds like: DWI, DUI, and a lot of other motor vehicle related fines, and charges.  How can you fine someone for smoking, as I still haven’t seen… “Man smoking while driving kills 6.  News at 11.”  I have seen… “Drunk man kills 3.  News at 11.”

 
Total fatalities
Alcohol related fatalities
 
Year
Number
Number
Percent
1982
43,945
26,173
60
1983
42,589
24,635
58
1984
44,257
24,762
56
1985
43,825
23,167
53
1986
46,087
25,017
54
1987
46,390
24,094
52
1988
47,087
23,833
51
1989
45,582
22,424
49
1990
44,599
22,587
51
1991
41,508
20,159
49
1992
39,250
18,290
47
1993
40,150
17,908
45
1994
40,716
17,308
43
1995
41,817
17,732
42
1996
42,065
17,749
42
1997
42,013
16,711
40
1998
41,501
16,673
40
1999
41,717
16,572
40
2000
41,945
17,380
41
2001
42,196
17,400
41
2002
43,005
17,524
41
2003
42,643
17,013
40
2004
42,518
16,919
39
2005
43,443
16,885
39
2006
42,532
15,829
37
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One Response to The Debate – Alcohol or Smoking

  1. I remember when there was no sale of alcohol, tobacco, or gun in the Parks. Kids were there and Disney aimed to role-modeling. That was before they decided to chase for the bucks aboout the time they put family ethics aside.

    Now what interests me is their change in Vacation Club places. There were No rules against smoking in the contracts bought and paid for by consumers over most of the last approx. 20 years. However, a couple of years ago that changed.

    if you look at the fine print and a purchaser’s right to vote on the issue, it simply doesn’t exist. Disney configured its board to allow it to do what it wanted regardless of public sentiment. In fact the public–meaning the owners–weren’t even asked about their feelings on the total no smoking policy.

    I am personally a non-smoker. But, I do think that the right to smoke should at least have been grandfathered into the contracts on file.