Monday, February 8, 2010

A sad drag at nicotine

Did you notice that all those smokingly bright people, - King, Russell and Einstein were all smokers? Russell once said – “smoking saved my life”. Henry Allingham, once the oldest living man on the planet (died in 2009 at age 113) stated the secrets to his long life were "Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women — and a good sense of humor". Till the seventies, people used to smoke everywhere – in the flights, in the offices and inside the mosquito nets.

If you look at the pattern of tobacco consumption in the US, it shows the rise and fall of smoking. It has been declining almost as rapidly as it grew, peaking in the mid-sixties. Coincidence: those were the years of highest triumph in our modern history, since when our HPI (Happy Planet Index) has dropped by 30%. Well, more than 30% smokers have quit since then. Wanna misapply statistics again? There is a brilliant correlation between the number of inventions and per capita cigarette consumption in the US. God knows if man could ever land on the moon if there were no cigarettes. Just kidding, buddies. Smoking does not save your life - unless your arch rival is a chain smoker or Russell is your only source of sustenance.

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