Thanks for you response. We seem to differ on some major concepts.
Your response: Tobacco is not working its dastardly deeds while growing in
Reply: If it wasn't growing then we would have a such a high rate of
cancer. (Quoted by some to be 1 in 2 ). Brother, that is dastardly by
Your response: And when one does consume tobacco in one form or another, it
unknown to the user.
Reply: While my mother never smoked in her life, she was forced to work in
a smoke ladened environment. This, I am very certain has contributed to her
emphysema that she suffers from today. So it is "forced upon" those of us
who do not intend, nor want, to inhale the smoke but because we do not have
an option of not breathing the air surrounding us, we will suffer from
"second hand smoke."
Your response: One has a choice, both philosophically and practically,
because it is physically possible to exercise that choice. I never worry
that I will shake dried oregano on to my pizza, but that tobacco will fall
on it instead.
Reply: Well when I go for pizza I risk the contact with second hand smoke.
Exactly what would you do or can you do when you are eating and the
inconsiderate person at the next table is smoking and blowing the smoke your
direction. I opted for clean air but instead I get smoke ladened air which
again has been proven to be carcinogenic
Your response: I don't have to grow all my own food in an enclosed biosphere
to avoid consuming tobacco.
Reply: Well the only way we can get away from smoke from others is to do
just that, live in an enclosed biosphere.
Your Response: How shall I exercise my "right" to not consume GE food? Or
do I have such a right?
Reply: You have a much better chance avoiding the GE foods than I have of
avoiding "second hand smoke" from others.
Now that I have refuted each of your lines of reasoning, are you now ready
to come to Georgia and stomp out some tobacco fields?
As a post script: I contacted the Secretary of Agriculture in the State of
Georgia and specifically asked if we could require farmers to list the
ingredients fed to animals for human consumption--specifically hormones,
steroids, antibiotics and animal by-products. His response was that it was
an impractical and impossible thing to do. If you are interested in the
exact verbiage I will be glad to fax a copy of the letter to you attention.
Jere B. Hitchcock
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