The Truth. The phrase sounds noble, solid and immutable. Once
you arrive at The Truth your search is over. No one can argue with The
Truth. Our courts claim it is their objective. Our journalists say they
dig for it. Our religious leaders teach that it will set us free.
But people on both sides of every argument insist that they
are telling The Truth. Politicians and other criminals swear to tell
The Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but The Truth just before giving
outrageously dishonest testimony. News programs blow up trucks with
model rocket engines, then proudly display the journalism awards they've
won for bringing us The Truth. Modern day snake-oil salesmen promise
their high-priced, useless cures will restore our health. Thousands
of backwater Bible thumpers assure their congregations they alone know
The Truth, and that all their fellow thumpers, who also claim to know
The Truth, are truly dupes of the devil.
Perhaps The Truth isn't as absolute as we assume it is. It's always
colored by our perceptions. If I tell you my wife is beautiful, that's
the truth. If you disagree with me, does that make you a liar? And if
Truth is not absolute, what can we rely on?
The web site thetruth.com claims to offer The Truth about tobacco.
They're really offering a smattering of facts mixed in with a great
deal of propaganda and quite a few outright lies. We offer the antidote
for their "truth." No, not our version of The Truth; that would make
us as suspect as they are. We offer something that no imitation truth
can stand up to. We offer The Facts.
Facts are stubborn things. Facts are verifible. Facts don't change
with the political mood. Once you know The Facts, The Truth becomes
Fact: This site is designed
as an aid for those who wish to fight the growing nanny movement in
the US and elsewhere. Although we retain the copyright to these pages,
we encourage people to copy them and spread them around. You're free to use them, in whole or in
part. We'd appreicate if if you credit the source, with a link to
these pages, but it is not required.
Fact: We've put a great deal
of effort into making sure everything labeled "Fact" is as accurate
as possible. The data and information has been checked and rechecked
by people with expertise in several different fields. But we're human,
so some mistakes may have slipped through. If you find any of our facts
in error please let us know immediately, and we'll correct them. When
pointing out errors, please provide a reference that shows us our mistake,
preferably an online reference from a reliable source.
Beware of those claiming to have The Truth, all neatly packaged for
your convenience. They are usually selling you a pack of lies. Instead
of searching for The Truth, learn The Facts. Once you know the facts,
it's easy to figure out the truth yourself.