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Air Pollution and Smoking Cigarettes – Global Killers

Air Pollution and Smoking Cigarettes – Global Killers

According to a 2015 report from Berkley Earth, air pollution each year claims more lives than AIDS, diabetes, malaria or tuberculosis. While the impacts of air pollution and society’s ignorance toward the issue continue to remain an issue of complacency in some industrialized communities, the dangers of smoking have been addressed with a more focused and funded effort in the U.S. and other industrialized countries.

More People Die from Smoking than from Air Pollution

ScienceDaily reports online with data from the World Health Organization (WHO) that air pollution collectively claims the lives of 4.6 million people each year across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, smoking takes the lives of more than 8 million people worldwide each year. 

Media sources like The Guardian have shed light on this epidemic too. However, their numbers show an even more alarming statistic suggesting the number of global air pollution deaths each year is more than the 4.6 million lives suggested by the WHO. The Guardian made claims in 2018 that the stakes were higher and that smoking cigarette takes 7 million people annually. 

The U.S. and Industrialized Nations – Government Funded Efforts

The WHO also reports that 80 percent of smoking-related deaths occur in industrialized nations. While the international focus on deterring people to stop smoking has not been properly directed toward the communities most in need of tobacco education, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been aggressively alarming Americans about the dangers that could be related to smoking. The federal government, which funds the CDC, still allows cigarettes to be purchased and consumed. With that ability for Americans to consume, 480,00 Americans are likely to die each year from cigarette smoking. 

Cigarette Smoking – Part of the Air Pollution

The same report from Berkley Earthclaims, “Air pollution is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today.” According to LiveStrong.com, cigarette smoking contributes to air pollution through tobacco growing, manufacturing, transporting, consumption and disposal. The dangers of smoking cigarettes go far beyond killing smokers and second hand smokers. It contributes to the air pollution problem. 

Two Global Killers, One with Even More Dire Consequences

Air Pollution Is A Big Problem. What’s Worse? Cigarette Smoking 

While air pollution is a horrible problem that, according to The Guardian, can take two years off of a person’ life, it’s negative impacts are close to, but not worse than another huge global dilemma, cigarette smoking. 

One Billion Global Smokers

The online health experts from WebMD claim that half of the one billion global smokers till die from tobacco use. However, even though alarming reports like this one have been released, access to tobacco has not been fully addressed. Smoking tobacco has remained a huge crisis in America’s high school. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids claims that 1.1. million of the United State’s high school student smoke tobacco. 

Smoking doesn’t just take the lives of smokers and second-hand smokers. According to truthinitiative.org, more than 1.3 million pounds of harmful chemicals go into the earth’s atmosphere as a result of tobacco productions. Tobacco smokers also contribute to the earth’s horrific environmental picture. This is done, not just through of tobacco, but also with how it disposed of. Decomposing cigarettes slowly release toxins into Earth’s atmosphere. Eventually, these chemicals make it into the lives of everyone, one way or another. 

Dangers Exist, as Does Inaction – at Least in the US

While the dangers of air pollution and cigarette smoking have become more integrated into society, lawmakers across the globe continue to set a double standard, amidst alarming individual and organizational reports that have shown the negative impacts of both of the global killers. Ironically, the Truth Initiative received $10 million in tobacco settlement funds, while the tobacco industry is still allowed to produce tobacco and make it available to the masses worldwide. This same type of ironic priority making is not just found in anti-smoking nonprofits. The U.S. federal government allows for tobacco products to be made, disseminated and consumed, while at the same time funding anti-smoking campaigns from the CDC.

Death By Food Processor?

Death By Food Processor?

I want a food processor. It has been on the top of my ‘must buy’ kitchen appliance list for a few weeks now. I found a really great sounding graham cracker recipe the other day, and decided it was time to give in, and get one.

Luckily for me, my dad is excellent at bargain shopping. He can get me a sweet deal on anything! So, I picked up the phone and gave him a call. I told him how just about every graham cracker and macaroon recipe I want to try this summer calls for a processor, and I need one ASAP. And that’s when it happened….

My dad told me a story…

Did I believe it?? No way!

Was it funny to listen to my dad go on in a panicking rant about it? Of course!

Here’s how our conversation went:

Dad: ‘Jess, I will NOT help you buy one of those machines! They are so dangerous!! I cannot tell you how many horror stories I’ve heard about them. One guy in Florida was decapitated!’

Me: ‘I’m sure that didn’t happen. They wouldn’t sell something if it were that dangerous.’

Dad: ‘It really happened. Well, maybe it was 20 years ago… and it could have been a juicer… I’m not sure which one… but it happened! Don’t buy one of those crazy machines! With your luck, you’ll end up cutting something off!’

Thanks for the confidence dad!

Thanks to our little pep-talk, I have yet to buy a food processor. Not because I think they are dangerous, but because I’m looking for the best deal, and the best product. I decided to try out our blender, and see if I couldn’t make it work for now.

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Graham Crackers
{Adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe}

8 3/8 ounces graham flour
1 7/8 ounces all-purpose flour
3 ounces dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes and chilled
1 1/8 ounces molasses
1 1/8 ounce honey
1 1/2 ounces whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-Place both flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the molasses, honey, milk and vanilla extract and process until the dough forms a ball, approximately 1 minute. Press the ball into a 1/2-inch thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

-Unwrap the chilled dough and place it onto a large piece of parchment paper and top with a second sheet of parchment paper. Roll the dough out until it is 1/16-inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and cut the dough, using a cookie cutter of choice. {I used a heart shaped cookie cutter, and skipped the next step} Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of each cracker. Place crackers on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 16-18 minutes or until the edges just start to darken. Remove from the oven, set the pan with the crackers on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. {It is important to make sure they are cooled. The cookies will come off MUCH easier!! Otherwise you’ll end up with a graham cracker mess.}

-Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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These are SOOOO good. Dax & I sat down and finished off 15 of these crackers!
I do have a suggestion. You want to roll these out SUPER thin. If they are too thick, you’ll end up with a soft bran type cookie, so the thinner the better. You want to make sure it gets a good crunch. Also, watch them closely. They get dark pretty quick!