The "Native American tradition of respectful use of tobacco?"
Please. Spare me the New Age goo-goo stuff.
Some people have evidently watched "Dances With Wolves" too many times. You want "respectful" Native American traditions? Like burning miles of prairie to drive animals? Or how about driving buffalo off a cliff killing hundreds at a time? Or the many Gulf Coast tribes that were cannibals. Yeah, now THAT was respectful. Yet these are all historically documented.
Please. Early Americans smoked tobacco for the same reason later Americans did: It made them feel good and they were addicted to it. Nothing noble about it.
so you're sayin' the whole smokin the peace pipe thing is wrong?
Organics have some minor health advantages. But most of the requirements for an organic designation are based on unfounded beliefs, not necessarily facts. Or at least, not on any "facts" that have struck me as likely to have been true.
Good point, Weary.
I also suspect that smoking is better for you than is cabbage, but let's not go there.
In retrospect, I had a Ukrainian grandmother who used to force feed us cabbage and borscht (after 40 years beets still scare me).
And I chain smoked filterless Camels for two decades.
I miss the cigarettes a hell of a lot more than the cabbage.
My dad is 82 and still smokes but when he comes down here he can handle the trails better than many of the Butterball Brand 30 year old burger chompers that show up here.He walks up and down the beach for a few hours every day.
Fit is fit.
Many, many soldiers smoke and those guys tote immense amounts of weight around all day and also have to do the annual fitness test which would even kill most high school football jocks.
So yeah, I eat cabbage.
And I live in farm area- I know what they do to those cabbages! (Well, kinda.)
DARNIT! I give up.