Do You Mind If I Smoke?

If someone asked you, do you mind if I smoke?  What would you say?

Would you mind if they lit up a cigarette in your child’s classroom or in your house?  The answer would probably be, why yes, I do mind if you smoke!  That’s how most people would answer because we are all aware of the health risks associated with smoking and second hand smoke.  Quite honestly, we should all be as concerned if not more about wireless technology and other electronics and the health concerns they pose.  In the case of wireless technology, we are just barely beginning to see the writing on the wall.

It took decades before the U.S. government began to regulate the tobacco industry and protect public health.  It looks like history is repeating itself, now with the Telecommunications Industry.

Let’s compare some of the similarities and differences between these two powerful industries:


A cover-up or denial of scientific evidence that product has health risks.  Commericals used to show doctors recommending their favorite brand of cigarette.  The general viewpoint on wireless devices is that they are completely safe and there are virtually no risks.
Both tobacco products and wireless devices pose a health risk to the user as well as bystanders.  Like second hand smoke, wireless devices expose people to second hand radiation.
Both tobacco and wireless technology products have addictive properties.  We’re all aware of people who are addicted to cigarettes or chewing tobacco and how difficult it is for them to quit. We are now hearing and seeing cases of adults and children who become addicted to technology and undergo rehabilitation for their addiction.
Both the Tobacco and the Telecommunications Industries are very powerful.  Tobacco is a multi-billion dollar industry (still to this day, even with government regulation).  The Telecommunications Industry is even more powerful, hitting the trillion dollar mark a few  years ago and their growth is expected to continue.  It is without a doubt one of the most powerful industries in the world today.
Our government was reluctant to stand up to the tobacco industry because of it’s power and influence.  The situation with the Telecommunications Industry and our government is very similar.  There is essentially a business relationship between them and the federal government  generates revenue by taxation on wireless usage.
Some differences:
You can see, smell, taste, touch cigarette smoke.  It is detectable, whereas wireless radiation is invisible and undetectable to most people.
Smoking is more of a habit / thing to do.  People smoke to calm their nerves, relax, be social, be cool or they simply like the taste. Wireless technology on the other hand is a very useful tool and many people see it as an essential modern utility.  It reminds me of the early days of the automobile when there was a very high demand for this amazing invention but people were dying because there were no seat belts and advocates had to fight for automobiles to be manufactured with seat belts.
The damage from wireless technology is much greater than what results from tobacco or cars without seat belts.  For example, cell phone towers emit radiation that blankets the entire community it serves and the damage is more troubling and complex.

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