Friday, September 30, 2016

Smoke And You Die Vape Same Result In El Cajon

We have suspected for a long time and since the Surgeon General’s Report that smoking is bad for your health
For oncology departments and funeral homes the habit creates a lot of wealth
Too many cases of lung cancer, too many cases of heart attacks, too many cases of strokes
Before you develop too much sympathy remember for every ten smokers who die maybe one non smoker dies from second hand smoke
Despite years of higher taxes, anti smoking ads, and curbs on where you can light up and all manner of efforts to this habit snuff
Nicotine is more addictive than cocaine and breaking the urge to smoke is really very tough
All around you see people chewing nicotine gum or a patch of nicotine
A safer way to deliver a drug from which after being hooked most smokers would like to wean
We now find that in the El Cajon shooting of an unarmed black man
All he was pointing at police was a vapor in his hand
No body cams which without which how do you detect or absolve any police crime?
Thank God for a phone video showing this killing in real time
As a white poet a sense of relief that I am not going to be shot on sight
With respect to black males what we are doing is not right
We as a nation have dumped people with mental issues into the streets
Shame on us that someone so suffering gets fatal bullets to greet
© September 30, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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