We are becoming a society of hypochondriacs. Jack Dini of the American Council on Science and Health comments on the encroachment of health fanaticism into every facet of life. The “dangers” of “second-hand” tobacco smoke are noted as a hysterical bellwether, and of “third-hand”smoke Mister Dini notes:
“What was the scientific study, which incidentally was given great TV coverage by Dr. Nancy Snyderman of the Today Show? Dr. Winickoff and his colleagues surveyed 1,500 households across the US and asked folks if they agreed with the statements:
• Breathing air in a car today where people smoked yesterday can harm the health of babies and children.
• Breathing air in a room where people smoked yesterday can harm the health of babies and children.
Those surveyed who stated they agreed or agreed strongly were categorized as believing third hand smoke harmed the health of babies and children. This is the ‘evidence’ that third hand smoke had been ‘identified’ as a health danger.”
When is this insanity going to stop? When we make it stop. Not a moment sooner. Help us now.