Americans are so intoxicated with pharma-drugs they can’t discern that the dangers of passive smoking are a fraud. We link here to CNN’s take on an AP scoop we have previously reported. Americans, you see, are ingesting pharmaceuticals every time they drink a glass of water. This likely applies to folks across the globe as well. Should we not be shocked? No, no, we are talking here about water pollution primarily by the products of Big Pharma, advertiser nonpareil, so in this case, the mass-media have reassuring words (emphasis added):
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Officials in Philadelphia say testing there discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or by-products in treated drinking water. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.
The concentrations are reminiscent of those of the “poisons” in passive smoking, but in that case the mass-media would portray such as "risky" and “deadly,” followed, of course, by blarney "statistics" on indemonstrable mortality, and the old grind that "smoking is the number one cause of preventable death."
That’s the antitobacco rhetoric that pleases “public health” authorities and those advertisers whose products, we are now told, are leeching into the drinking water. The mass-media sure know who is paying their bills, nowadays.
Indeed, minute traces of nicotine (as cotinine), which is present in tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and in the most common vegetables, are also found in drinking water (another criticism of using blood cotinine as a measure of "passive smoking" exposure), but with these being in company with the traces of BP products in our water, the "experts" deem to overlook all.
Be that as it may, all of this is to be taken in the right perspective: the quantities in every case are indeed tiny, and measurable only with the advanced technology that we have today. As always, exposure does not mean danger. The "experts" overlook that when it comes to a nanogram of passive smoking, of course, in which case you may be “at risk” of instant death! More people every day are figuring out that the "experts" are alarmist cranks.