Pop Quiz: The following celebrities all died of lung cancer. They also had one other thing in common. Can you guess what it was?
(HINT: just compare the names highlighted and see if it pops into mind . . .)
- Linda McCartney– Musician
- George Harrison– Musician
- Desi Arnaz – Actor
- Yul Brynner – Actor
- Allen Carr – Anti-Tobacco Guru
- Eric Carr – Musician
- Nat “King” Cole – Musician
- Luiz Jose Costa – Musician
- Willie Denson – Singer-Songwriter (“Mama Said”)
- Jimmy Dorsey – Musician
- Morton Downey, Jr. – Comedian
- Duke Ellington – Musician
- Freddy Fender – Singer
- Jim Finks – Football PlayerPaul Gleason (Mesothelioma) – Actor
- Susan Hayward – Actress
- Moe Howard – Comedian (“Three Stooges”)
- Nancy Gore Hunger – Al Gore’s Sister
- Peter Jennings – ABC Anchor
- Andreas Katsulas – Actor (One-armed man in “The Fugitive”)
- Eddie Kendrick – Singer
- Larry Linville – Actor (Comedy)
- Bob Marley – Singer
- Dean Martin (Lung Cancer, Testicular Cancer) – Actor
- Roddy McDowell (Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer)Steve McQueen – Actor
- Eddie Rabbitt – Country SingerLou Rawls (Brain/Lung Cancer) – Soul Singer
- Dana Reeve – Actress
- Carl Wilson – Musician (The Beach Boys)
- Warren Zevon (Mesothelioma) – Musician
At some time in their lives they smoked or used marijuana or hashish regularly. The highlighted (pardon the pun) folks were particularly famous (or notorious) for their advocacy of marijuana as the “healthful” alternative to tobacco smoking.
Really. Look it up.
Not known if there’s any connection, but even the uber-liberal Netherlands is beginning to rethink their policy on selling marijuana and hashish in “Coffee Shops” as well, and Tourists are no longer welcome in the cannabis-selling coffee shops anymore:
The Dutch government wants to maintain its tolerant policy towards cannabis and keep so-called coffee shops open, but they should no longer be tourist attractions, Dutch ministers wrote in a letter that was leaked to the press on Tuesday.
The ministers of justice, home affairs and health wrote that reducing the number of coffee shops and keeping foreigners out should make it easier to reduce crime and other nuisances the coffee shops are now causing.
A government memorandum on altering the coffee shop policy and other drug-related issues is expected this fall, but the letter already shows where the ministers now stand. They want to implement a members-only system to keep tourists out.
Herds of tourists who buy their drugs in border towns near Belgium and Germany have become a pest in several places and neighbouring countries have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Dutch system.
An advisory committee said in July that the policy has gotten out of control in the past 15 years and needs to go back to small, private shops for local users. It advised against legalising soft drugs altogether.
The three coalition parties in the government have long disagreed about the overhaul of the drug policy. Christian democrat had called for an end to the tolerance policy and the orthodox Christian Unie agreed, but the Labour party believes banning coffeeshops will not solve the problems of crime, nuisance and health and wants to legalise the whole chain of supply.
Sort of reminds me of growing up in Indiana in the 70’s near the Michigan border, where the drinking age was still 18 years old. Runs to the border on Prom night were frequent and common until enough kids died horribly in DWI’s that Michigan raised the drinking age to 21 as well.
The main reason? Lawsuits. Wouldn’t surprise me if that was the motivation here as well.