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The Case for a Smoker's License

  • Published: November 13, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001342

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Smoker: Competing interests declared with or without a License!

Posted by wmisaki on 30 Nov 2012 at 19:04 GMT

While I would wish to be as intellectually rationale as possible; I find Chapman's propositions rather shallow, self-centered and non-evidenced. Unlike EKeller, who has successfully quite, I still do despite several attempts to quite. Amidst these struggles therefore, you can possibly picture why I find it outrageous that Chapman attempts to stand outside the box and label those living within the box. Truthfully regretting each day I brought the first stick to bear; the truth is nicotine is now my muscle. While its difficult to appropriately state the benefits of welding this nicotine-muscle on my personal side; I want to bring out the fact that the very same muscle has wrought many Nobel prized technologies that are sustaining the over 7 billion persons on this planet. In his recent movie "Flight", Denzel Washington is caught in the same catch 22: "an alcoholic pilot who maneuvers his plane out of never before done 'mechanical error' to saves lives of many passengers aboard; he finds himself left but to the mercy of panel accusing him of being a drunk. His response to these charges: " I am an alcoholic, as matter of fact--I am drunk even now as you question me". Well, sorry but I have to say the same to Chapman: Smoker--competing interests declared with or without a License! I know every risk smoking carries, but bring on the License and I will risk my medical license to 'forge' the prescriptions! My thought is that, more effort needs to be placed on stopping new people-especially the young, from ever starting to smoke! And for those smoking, seriously listen to EKeller testimony.

Competing interests declared: I am a smoker!