Popcorn Lung

electronic cigarette,
vaporizer,
replacement for
the cancer stick
not a
quitters crutch
such as: the patch,
the gum, Wellbutrin,
will power, or
cold turkey
another
consumer market
another
symptom treatment
another
coffin nail

Carson smoked on T.V.
everyone did
back then, which may
have been
a post-depression-ism,
until they finally linked
lung cancer directly to
Phillip Morris,
and pulled tobacco ads
from comic books, and as
we became more
politically conscientious
warning labels were added
though, that only fueled
the Shit Happens
90’s counterculture
which we perversely followed
to our now
21st Century agnosticism
forsaking reason for
indulgence

we wash our hands clean
in dirty water

© Emerys Watchel, 2015 All rights reserved.

*“Popcorn lung is a serious lung disease that is not reversible and difficult to both diagnose and treat. Medically, popcorn lung is actually known as bronchiolitis obliterans. It is a serious disease with a connection to the artificial butter flavoring, diacetyl. A volatile organic compound, diacetyl is a yellowish, green liquid that has a buttery flavor. It is naturally produced in alcoholic beverages and is used as a food additive. It was commonly used in butter flavoring for popcorn which is how the term ‘popcorn lung’ came to be.”

*Exerpted from:

Popcorn Lung (Bronchiolitis Obliterans)

Matt McConnell-TECCR

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