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webmaster | 05/04/13

The Relay for Life camp out starts at 9 a.m. today in Town and Country Park. A lot of time and work has gone into the project, which is a big family slumber party. Money raised goes to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research and services for cancer patients. It is a great community effort and everyone is welcome to attend this wonderful event.

Medicine has yet to figure out exactly why one person gets cancer and another person doesn’t. The favorite target is, of course, tobacco use.

As a smoker, I feel persecuted and am tired of the discrimination that goes along with it. There is a huge anti-smoking campaign in progress. Television ads currently running depict cancer survivors who implore smokers to quit while there is still time to save our lives. The commercials are extremely graphic and I find them offensive. They show people who have been ravaged by cancer or have other health problems, supposedly because they smoked.

One depicts a “patient,” who is sick because of exposure to secondhand smoke. In another one, a grandfather with only a few years to live talks about putting a lifetime of loving his grandchildren into a short span of time...


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