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Written by: Vester Gravley on Thursday, August 20, 2015 Posted in:

The End of Smoking in America

Lung disease has recently gone where no man has gone before! Foxnews Health reports that the galaxy’s favorite Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy, revealed “in a Twitter message posted last week that he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a severe lung ailment that the U.S. surgeon general has concluded is linked to smoking.” Admiral Spock then offered some sage logic; “Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now.”

Well, based on another Foxnews Health article posted just three days later, it would appear that many Americans are taking his advice.The article sites a nebulous group identified only as ‘Health Officials’ which “has begun predicting the end of cigarette smoking in America.” This conclusion is founded upon, among other things, “a recent confluence of changes that has recently prompted public health leaders to start throwing around phrases like ‘endgame’ and ‘tobacco-free generation’. Now they talk about the slowly-declining adult smoking rate dropping to 10 percent in the next decade and to five percent or lower by 2050.” The article goes on to delineate the various measures and controls to be implemented to make this a logical reality. Perhaps the proverbial Vulcan salute will become a self-fulfilling prophecy for Americans throughout the galaxy; “Live long and prosper.”

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