All great truths begin as blasphemies.
-George Bernard Shaw
|So-called "facts"||Actual Facts|
|Second-hand smoke is a Class A carcinogen that contains over 4000 chemicals. There’s no safe level; if you can smell it, it’s killing you.||Sunshine is also a Class A carcinogen and normal human breath contains the same chemicals. You get more exposure to air-borne pollutants by driving your car than by living with a smoker.|
|Constantly raising the price of cigarettes keeps kids and adults from smoking. Every 10% increase in price causes a 7% decrease in youth smoking||The price of cigarettes has risen by over 400% since 1991. The percentage of adult smokers is the same now as then. Youth smoking is higher and kids are starting younger.|
|Smokers cost you billions of dollars in Medicare (up to $7 for every pack they smoke). Non-smokers are paying the difference.||All research except that of the anti-smoking lobbyists shows that smokers pay into the system far more than they take out. According to the Congressional Research Service, smokers have subsidized non-smokers since at least 1994.|
“You just hate smoking, so you use all your
money and power to force other people to
think like you do. That's called fascism,
you tubby asshole!
-Kyle, “South Park”