Today is World No Tobacco Day. With smoking generally on the decline in the U.S., and with smoking bans popping up everywhere from New York City to Ireland and Italy, have you ever wondered how Big Tobacco keeps making so much money to contribute to the Republican Party, its candidates and causes?
Because Big Tobacco sales of cigarettes in the developing world are great and getting better!
According to the World Health Organization:
Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people that smoke today--that is about 650 million people--will eventually be killed by tobacco.
What is more:
Tobacco and poverty are inextricably linked. Many studies have shown that in the poorest households in some low-income countries as much as 10% of total household expenditure is on tobacco.
Stop and think about something: during the Terri Schiavo debacle, when the Republicans were using the force of the State to keep a dead person's body animated, they were also trying to paint Democrats of promoting a culture of death. The Republican Party financial base comes from:
*AMERICANS SUPPORTING THE DEATH PENALTY
*PRO-GUN ADVOCATES who even managed to get the GOP-controlled Congress to lift the ban on assault rifles!
*CONTRACTORS OF WEAPONS SYSTEMS, and
It is a truth so blatant and obvious--like the fact that a hot stove will burn flesh--as to have too often escaped comment: The modern Republican Party is utterly based on a culture and economy of death.