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AP headline over at the Detroit News: Study: More than 600,000 people killed by 2nd-hand smoke every year. Shock! Outrage! Ban smoking! Torches and pitchforks! The study itself is a farce because you simply cannot gauge how much 2nd hand smoke someone breathes, much less a total number for the entire planet. But 'scientists' did just that and then:
...estimated that passive smoking causes about 379,000 deaths from heart disease, 165,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease, 36,900 deaths from asthma and 21,400 deaths from lung cancer a year.
It isn't an estimate in the sense that they interpolated available data. It is a fabrication. A figment of someone's imagination. Here is a far bigger number that isn't a figment of anyone's imagination because it causes death instantly - 42 million babies die each year at the hands of abortionists. Why doesn't the AP wring its wrists and gnash their teeth in opining that abortion be banned rather than smoking because of so many deaths? In fact, abortion is the #3 cause of death worldwide after heart disease and stroke (the WHO of course doesn't list abortion, but just check the numbers).
I bet most readers don't know that the #1 risk factor for getting breast cancer in women is abortion. Breast cancer results in about 500,000 deaths annually. So pretty much the secondary effects of abortion (2nd hand abortion?) are just as bad as the secondary effects of smoking. Why doesn't the AP chew on that for a while?