The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall…
Earlene E.: Rayn, I heard it through the grapevine that one of the ingredients in cigarettes is whales vomit.
Rayn: Don’t forget about the ARSENIC (rat poison), CYANIDE, FORMALDEHYDE (embalming fluid), AMMONIA, ACETONE (nail polish remover), and about 586 other chemicals that were approved by the FDA for use in cigarettes, including “fragrances,” in an effort to lure non-smokers into their death-trap. Of course, not all brands carry these toxic ingredients, of course, but the vast majority do.
I’m not sure if you remember, but I actually used to work for the New York City Department of Health’s “Youth Tobacco Cessation Unit.” The FDA is responsible for this fiasco because they have deemed cigarettes to be neither a “food” or a “drug,” and therefore, there is no real end to what can make its way into a typical pack of cigarettes.
Check out some of the facts here:
Harmful Chemicals in Cigarettes:
Another interesting fact: 90% of all smokers started before the age of 18! (There is a reason for this, too.)
Here’s something else: inhalation of tobacco smoke affects the brain in a very similar way as so-called “anti-depressant” and “anti-anxiety” drugs do. However, besides being much more quick-acting (seconds vs. weeks) cigarettes are hundreds of times less likely to induce suicide, or homicide. In some ways, they can be considered a form of “self-medication,” or even the “poor man’s” anti-anxiety-depressant. (By the way, did you know that almost every single person that has “gone postal” and tried to massacre innocent people was on some form of anti-depressant? Hmmm… I wonder if there is a connection?). Anyways, read these articles to understand:
Brain’s Nicotine Receptors Also Target For Anti-Depressants:
Cigarettes Can be an Anti-Depressant:
Cigarettes wouldn’t be nearly as bad for people if companies did not insert all kinds of poisonous additives inside of them in an effort to get consumers addicted to their particular BRAND OF POISON. Native Americans smoked tobacco out of peace-pipes (no filter), and did not succumb to nicotine addiction. They were pictures of health until America engaged in full on addiction-warfare against them using alcohol (not to mention bio-warfare with government issued smallpox blankets for Reservations.)
Personally, I don’t condone smoking at all, and I advise anyone against engaging in the activity based on EXPERIENCE as a smoker. But, if you are going to do it anyway, at least buy a brand that 100% ADDITIVE-FREE natural brands, like “Natural America Spirits” (who even remove tobacco stems, and only use whole leaf) or even “Nat Shermans”. Once you get used to either of these brands, you will soon notice that you have much less “BRAND LOYALTY.” You will feel satisfied by ANY 100% NATURAL BRAND you smoke! What this really means is that cigarette companies don’t want you “hooked” on tobacco or the natural nicotine that is within – they want you to crave their particular formula of toxic additives!
I picked up the habit of smoking at 11 years old, after my first year of living in the NYC shelter system. Four years later, I was finally living in a real home, but still smoking. After a while, I quit for two years, but stressful situations brought me right back. I also quit again for about six months, but again, went back. So, to lessen the damage to my health, I began exclusively smoking Natural American Spirits (and the occasional Nat Sherman). Though they took a few packs to get used to, I found them to be a much more enjoyable smoking experience than any of the well-known death-brands out there. Apparently, I never even knew what REAL TOBACCO tasted like because it was being adulterated with fake flavors and fragrances from the “manufacturer” to make it more palatable to CHILDREN – the main customer of most major brands!
All tobacco companies that have been around since the 1950s are being forced to pay off on a gigantic lawsuit for targeting children. It is called the Big Tobacco Deal, and started in 1998. The amount is so large, they have been collectively paying for over a decade, now! And, interestingly enough, both tobacco companies I mentioned before do not have to pay this “fine” because they were not found guilty. (Another interesting thing to note is that the CIGARETTE TAX was ushered in by lawmakers just as soon as the Big Tobacco companies were reluctantly coughing up the cash. There is very likely a connection between these two events – and it appears to be an opportunistic, parasitic one!)
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