On Sat, 24 Dec 2005 18:27:09 -0000, "John Brockbank"
Post by John Brockbank Post by Maria
Smoking can cause
Serious ill health, but not always, even if heavy smoking.
And people have the nerve to refuse to employ smokers?
Not always? You think that people can smoke cigarettes for, say 40 years
and their health is not always affected?
Not always in a major way. There are people who have smoked very days
for 60 years and don't suffer.
Post by John Brockbank
I will tell you something that you might find interesting. Just about the
most common disease which people in Britain suffer from and need regular
treatment by doctors is COPD, currently over half a million British people
receive daily medication and many more need it but suffer because they have
never heard of it. More people suffer from COPD than suffer from all types
of cancer combined, and it will, in the end, kill them, and in the meantime
make them very ill. There are so many, that next time you go to the
doctor, there are certain to be some there ask them about it and see if
they think it is funny. You get to park in disabled spaces, but that is not
enough compensation. Never heard of it? Look it up and then never again
think that you can smoke and get away with it. That is just the tobacco
company's propaganda; they don't want you to know about COPD.
Ok, and my Gran died of emphysema due to smoking 60 player's no 6 for
50 years -she was 70 (no cancer)...Grandad smoked until he died aged
85 (heart attack) but that's not really the point. They never harmed
anyone else and it didn't effect the way they lived their lives. The
point is that some companies are now refusing to employ smokers and
someone has been sacked for smoking even though it does not affect the
way that person does their job. There is an onslaught against smokers
as if they were serious criminals, while a substance which *does*
cause serious criminality *and* a public menace to health and social
well-being is ignored. How many people have been sacked after turning
up to work with a hangover so bad they couldn't do any work? We used
to get people on a monday who would spend all morning throwing up
rather than working. How many coke-users are chucked out of a job,
even when their colleagues know they are doing it?
That's the only point I am trying to make.
It's an important point - the principle of sacking people on account
of their potential for bad health is a dangerous one - people may not
care what happens to smokers, but if they get away with it, maybe you
can be sacked because you are fat, or have HIV, or catch colds