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Rob Lorei

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Tobacco Industry Program

Rob, I know I already called in today, but your listeners may be interested in an interview I heard yesterday on NPR's All Things Considered with the director of the nation Truth organization. She stated that her ANNUAL budget is equal to the Tobaaco Industry's ONE DAY MARKETING budget. Also ... As a former drug and alcohol program director ... tobacco is harder withdrawal and more difficult to stay off than HEROIN. I have witnessed it and had former addicts and alcoholics tell me the same thing!! That's why so many former addicts and alcoholics drink coffee and smaoke! Just go to most AA or NA meetings and you will see it for yourself! I grew up in a household where both my parents smoked ... My father much more than my mother .. My father died from heart disease directly related to smoking 15 years after his massive, almost fatal heart attack. They used the paddles on him 9 times. The only reason they continued working on him was because his pupils remain equal and reactive after each paddle use. Before the massive heart attack, he had a mild attack and just (literally) made it to the ER before the masssive heart attack. Had he not beein in the ER, he would have died. He stopped smoking cold turkey, which I have no idea how he did that, but still died 15 years later from smoking related heart disease. His heart attack happened when I was a senior at UCLA. Had it not been for a film I saw in my 7th grade science class, I would have become a smoker myself! In the film, a man being treated for lung cancer who had a permanent trachae was smoking through the trachae! That swore me off cigarettes for the rest of my life! That was in 1968! Steve was right ... the only way to stop a new generation from smoking is to get to the children while they are younf, and continue to support the message as they grow. Barack Obama is a smoker who has tried to stop, and evidently uses nicorette gum to help him reduce the number of cigarettes he does smoke. He would do the world a great public health service if he went public with his previous attempts to quit, and stage (sincerely) a public withdrawal from his cigarette habit permanently!!! I would also like to have the name of the organization that Steve described and its website! Thank you!! You do such a magnificent job at WMNF and WEDU! You truly are a broadcast hero!!! I will continue listening to you and supporting the station once I do land in CA. My deepest blessings and wishes of peace to you and the entire WMNF staff, volunteers, and listeners! You have kept me sane while living in Florida!!

Tobacco settlement/tax

This is in response to some of the feedback from Wednesday’s Radioactivity show on the tobacco settlement money. Two of the callers today left messages seemingly against the tobacco tax, & said that perhaps we should tax fast food because of obesity as well as other chemicals because they are a danger. In all fairness, I think they were being flippant to try to make a point, but it does raise the question. It’s the abuse or misuse of food and chemicals that causes most problems or makes them unsafe. But, on the other hand, there is no “safe” or “healthy” dosage for cigarettes, plus they have the really nasty characteristic of harming everyone that comes into contact with their smoke. For example: Research shows that only 20% of women smokers quit when they become pregnant. Babies of mothers who smoked during pregnancy have a lower birth weight on average, which increases the risk for childhood & adult illnesses as well as reduced lung function. This all but guarantees that more money will be spent on healthcare for these children, which translates into a larger burden on the tobacco settlement fund & various other state funded healthcare programs. This is just one example of the cost that All Floridians share because of tobacco use. There is much more info on the true cost of tobacco/cigarettes on my website: www.FloridaTobaccoTax.com for anyone who might be interested.

Tobacco settlement/tax

This is in response to some of the feedback from Wednesday’s Radioactivity show on the tobacco settlement money. Two of the callers today left messages seemingly against the tobacco tax, & said that perhaps we should tax fast food because of obesity as well as other chemicals because they are a danger. In all fairness, I think they were being flippant to try to make a point, but it does raise the question. It’s the abuse or misuse of food and chemicals that causes most problems or makes them unsafe. But, on the other hand, there is no “safe” or “healthy” dosage for cigarettes, plus they have the really nasty characteristic of harming everyone that comes into contact with their smoke. For example: Research shows that only 20% of women smokers quit when they become pregnant. Babies of mothers who smoked during pregnancy have a lower birth weight on average, which increases the risk for childhood & adult illnesses as well as reduced lung function. This all but guarantees that more money will be spent on healthcare for these children, which translates into a larger burden on the tobacco settlement fund & various other state funded healthcare programs. This is just one example of the cost that All Floridians share because of tobacco use. There is much more info on the true cost of tobacco/cigarettes on my website: www.FloridaTobaccoTax.com for anyone who might be interested. Thank You, Grant

Liberal Hypocrisy too??

I listened to your show, and found many good points of view, one in particular commented about conservative hypocrisy and how often conservatives have no answers to valid liberal ideas, so they just stare at you with a blank stare, and ignore the question. I have also found this to be the case, many times. However, liberals are also guilty of the "blank stare" when faced with valid arguments. For example, EInstein was a famous and great Pacifist. He criticized war and warriors add infinitum, UNTIL he realized the germans were extinquishing HIS people, then he famously criticized the US for staying out of the war, and indeed helped bring about the A-Bomb, with his well thought out letter to Roosevelt about the possible threat from the Germans building it first. So my question to peace loving "pacifists" is simply this; wasnt Einstein a HYPOCRITE for not supporting a war, UNTIL he found out his people were being extinquished? I consider myself a peace lover, but i find it the height of hypocrisy to criticize that which keeps us from having to worship false gods (as, btw, we would be doing right now had Hitler come up with the A Bomb first, UNOPPOSED)and keeps us free; ie the armed services. I just want a response to that argument, if possible, instead of the usual blank stare I get from self righteous "pacifists", right before they change the subject. Is that asking too much? thanks, Dan