I have just counted the number of times that I inhale and exhale over the course of a minute while ‘in repose’ – quietly sitting on the couch. I counted 12 inhalations/exhalations. Thus during the course of a day, I ‘breath in-and-out’ 12 x 60 x 24 = 17,280 times per day.
I have titled this post ‘Inhaling’ because any harmful substance can only enter the lungs when it is inhaled, and not when it is exhaled.
I smoke about 50 cigs per day. But I do not really inhale, in the sense that I breath the smoke deeply into my lungs. I tend to draw the smoke into my mouth and let it linger there while possibly drawing a bit of the smoke deeper, but not really deep. Or. for example, I often take the smoke into my mouth and then breath in through my nose. Or, I do all the above and then deliberately inhale.
I have several ways of enjoying tobacco. None of them have anything to do with health. All of them have to do with pleasure. Gosh! How I would hate to be thinking about health when I am enjoying my tobacco! Imagine worrying about your health while enjoying one pint of bitter! It does not bear thinking about.
So I breath some 17,000 times a day. How many of those breaths include tobacco smoke? I’m just trying to calculate. You see, I have stopped puffing while I have been typing that last sentence. And I have stopped puffing while I have been typing this sentence. Oopst! Lost my pen…. Got it. Take swig of vino and puff of cig. That was a mouthful and an inhale through the nose. Now where was I? Pause to contemplate…… Another puff. Another swig. Another puff.
I can stop recording because the pattern has become clear – I take a puff, on average, once per minute.
So, give or take a bit, I have puffed on my cig 12 times during 10 minutes (you must bear in mind that the cig which I am puffing on is one of my own creations and not one of those low quality, expanded tobacco products which Tobacco Control has created). Usually, my own creations last for about 15 minutes, so it is probable that I have puffed more often than usual.
Even so, my puffing has been, very roughly, about one puff per minute. Thus, my puffing ratio is 1 x 60 x 24 per day = 1540 puffs per day.
But wait! I said that I smoke 50 cigs per day. I sleep for about 8 hours, which means that I smoke 50 cigs in 16 hours, which means that I devour them at a rate of 50 divided by 16 = 3 and a bit cigs per hour. Not all the cigs that I devour are home-made, but that calculation sounds about right.
So I breath about 17,000 times per day. Of those breaths, some 1,500 contain tobacco smoke.
What do the other 15,500 breaths contain?
Would it not be very educating for the people to know what the ingredients of every breath we take are? We know that the ingredients are not just pure oxygen and pure nitrogen. There is a lot of crap in the air we breath and always has been.
What happens to dust, bacteria, pollen, etc when those substances are inhaled? How do healthy lungs deal with them? NOT A WORD ESCAPES THE MOUTHS OF ‘PUBLIC HEALTH’ ABOUT SUCH SUBSTANCES. And yet we breath such substances 15,500 times per day as compared with smokers breathing tobacco smoke 1,500 times per day.
There is a terrible stink of bullshit. The stink wafts around.
To go to the nub of the matter, it is worth asking the question: “How did it come to pass that Doll’s ‘Doctors Study’ was so biased”? There has been no confirmation of the dire results of ‘heavy smoking (25 cigs per day)’ in recent times. Did DOLL ET AL fiddle the figures? They did not need to. All they needed to do was ‘adjust’. That is, assume that those doctors who said that they smoked ‘moderately’ were lying and that they actually smoked heavily.
But even worse is the assumption that only tobacco mattered. Remember that lots of those doctors had been involved in two world wars. Also remember that there were horrible smogs caused by industry.
I do not distrust ‘National Statistics’. Any Government, other than a fascist or totalitarian one, would want to know ‘FACTS’. It could be true that Nat Stats is corrupt, but I doubt it. That does not mean that Nat Stats is always ‘clean as a whistle’. Despite that proviso, I think that Nat Stats is as objective as can possibly be.
But that does not mean that they are asking the right questions.
We ‘inhale’ stuff all the time. There is no such thing as ‘clean air’. The atmosphere is filthy. Our bodies absorb and deal with pollution.
It has always been so.