RUSH: This is from the AP: ‘Think the occasional cigarette won’t hurt? Even a bit of social smoking — or inhaling someone else’s secondhand smoke — could be enough to block your arteries and trigger a heart attack, says the newest surgeon general’s report on the killer the nation just can’t kick.’ May I ask again: Why is tobacco legal? This story says one cigarette can kill you. Honest! It’s right here. Surgeon General: One cigarette can kill you. These are the same people that control our health care, they want to determine which procedures we can and can’t receive. ‘Lung cancer is what people usually fear from smoking, and yes, that can take years to strike.
‘But Thursday’s report says there’s no doubt that tobacco smoke begins poisoning immediately — as more than 7,000 chemicals in each puff rapidly spread through the body to cause cellular damage in nearly every organ.’ There’s no doubt. There’s no doubt, just like there’s no doubt that man-made global warming is gonna kill us all. There’s no doubt, right? Just because the government says it, just because the Surgeon General says it, there’s no doubt. The Surgeon General is Regina Benjamin. She said, ‘That one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack.’
Well, folks, this is now serious. This is more serious than ever. One puff, one cigarette can kill you? And yet the product remains legal and yet is sold without taxes in Indian casinos. Yet one puff, they say — our government, one puff from one cigarette — can kill you. Even the secondhand smoke from one puff of one cigarette can kill you. Now, if this is true, they should make a scary movie out of this. You know, riding in an elevator, somebody pulls out a cigarette, one puff…and they die! One puff. Do a scary movie about this: People die in droves just taking one puff.
Or somebody sitting next to somebody outside — a smoker has to go outside — takes one puff, and somebody standing next to ’em inhales the secondhand smoke and has a cerebral hemorrhage or heart attack and dies. Repeatedly throughout the movie. How else to convince people of the dire threat cigarettes pose? And then maybe we can bring smokers up on manslaughter charges. I know they’re paying via taxes for the health care for children and so forth, but one puff of one cigarette can kill a bystander? Manslaughter! This is the closest thing to murder I’ve ever heard, and yet the product remains legal. I don’t want to hear anything more about guns from these people. The cigarette — one puff, one cigarette — that’s more deadly than a gun, folks, you gotta admit. Statistically.