There Is No Death in the Pot

So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. (Kings 4:40)

What is more dangerous: Taking a bath or passing around a joint? Swimming or smoking marijuana in a bong? Taking aspirin or eating brownies laced with marijuana?

If you said a joint, a bong, and marijuana-laced brownies, then go to the head of the class.

According to the National Vital Statistics Reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2.7 million people die in the United States each year. The fifteen leading causes of death are:

  1. Diseases of heart (heart disease)
  2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  5. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)

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  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)
  11. Septicemia
  12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
  13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
  14. Parkinson’s disease
  15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquid

According to the CDC:

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined: HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, firearm-related incidents.
  • More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States.
  • Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all…

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