This post will share hard evidence that pesticides in cigarettes inhaled during pregnancy by generations of smoking mothers since the 1950s very likely explain at least some of the current Meth epidemic.
Although fairly widespread amphetamine abuse and addiction began shortly after their invention and first military uses in WWII, and although generations of people have used amphetamines as “prescription medicines”, the Meth epidemic of the past few years has metastasized enough to cause clearly visible and widespread pain and suffering.
We know that the seven generations of smoking mothers since the 1950s have given birth to literally millions of neurologically and mentally damaged babies, and we know that these babies have grown up to disproportionately become substance abusers and addicts. The question is – how much of this damage can be explained by pre-natal pesticide exposure through smoking contaminated cigarettes? How much of the human destruction we see on our streets can be traced to generations of pre-natal exposure to unregulated pesticides in cigarettes? I want to show you the published research and hard data that tie this idea together.
Let’s connect a few dots.
1. We know that children who are exposed to pesticides during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing mental health and neurological problems in adolescence
2. We know that children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are also at increased risk of developing the same set of mental health problems in adolescence as those exposed to pesticides in utero.
3. We know that children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at high risk of developing the same childhood neurological diseases as those exposed to pesticides in utero.
4. We know that children who are exposed to pesticides during pre-natal development are at high risk of developing substance abuse problems in adolescence.
5. We know that substance abuse, mental health problems, and neurological disease are co-occurring health issues for millions of people throughout life.
6. We know that a large proportion of people who develop SUD in adolescence and early adulthood have pre-existing mental health problems and neurological disease – meaning that they arise earlier in life, in utero and during childhood.
Keeping these pieces of peer-reviewed, published evidence in mind, here are the pesticides detected in tests conducted in late 2018 for my book Smoke No Evil.
Just as one example, you might try Googling “DDT” and “pre-natal” since millions of young Black and Brown women are inhaling DDT from the Swisher Sweets you see in the data below. Whether they are pregnant now or in the future, the DDT they are inhaling will find the developing child.
Complementing the “Smoke No Evil” data, these 2022 data are from the first peer-reviewed, published research on pesticide residues in cigarettes since the mid-1970s. No child of any smoking mother anywhere in the world will be spared exposure in her womb.
If pesticides in cigarettes are a contributing cause of Meth addiction, then wouldn’t it make sense to ban the presence of pesticides in tobacco and cannabis completely? Can’t be done, some might say, but I would say take a look at the left hand column in the data. It can and should be done, quite profitably too.
There is no reason other than easy criminal profit for pesticides to be used in growing anything that people are going to be inhaling. When it comes to food the human body has the liver that acts as a powerful detoxifying organ, but the lungs do nothing but take in the pesticides and distribute them throughout the body. Many of the pesticides you see above are especially adept at crossing the placental barrier.
I propose that what we are seeing on our streets today is a simple and direct result of the mothers of these ravaged people smoking cigarettes and inhaling pesticides during pregnancy. If the data on pesticides in tobacco products had not been totally absent from scientific, medical and public view for the past 50 years, what might be the situation today?
So, given the evidence, what do you think needs to be done?