They really, really want to keep people’s attention on lifestyle medicine: eating, drinking, smoking, and sex. I guess they had a bad experience with Ebola, which grabbed the world’s attention away from lifestyle medicine for a few months. So this time round, they’re going to use the latest epidemic – Zika – to quickly focus attention right back on the “tobacco epidemic”.
But this time there’s a new twist: the “disease vector” of smoking is commercial motion pictures – Hollywood – which is the “last unrestricted promotional channel” through which kids can possibly learn about smoking. Because otherwise they’d never ever find out.
So as Hollywood exports movies all round the world, it’s acting as the channel through which the “tobacco epidemic” is spread. Hollywood is as effective – far more effective, in fact – than mosquitoes at spreading disease. If your son or daughter watches Casablanca, it’s equivalent to being bitten by a rabid dog.
Zika virus causes microcephaly in newborn children. But H/T Joe L, microencephaly is caused by smoking anyway. And alcohol. And meat. And sex.
Slower brain growth can be caused by a number of factors. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common causes include:
– infections in the womb: toxoplasmosis (caused by a parasite found in undercooked meat), rubella, herpes, syphilis, cytomegalovirus and HIV
– exposure to toxic chemicals: maternal exposure to heavy metals like arsenic and mercury, alcohol, radiation, and smoking
– genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome
– severe malnutrition during fetal life
That touches all the lifestyle bases very nicely: food, sex, alcohol, and tobacco. They all get a mention.
And they’re all being exported all round the world by Hollywood. It’s not just that there should be an R rating on movies with smoking, but also ones with sex, alcohol, and meat. And guns. I almost forgot the gun epidemic.
I wonder how many movies will be left when they take out all the smoking, drinking, meat, sex, and guns?