Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Nicotine Delivery Business

Back then, it was all about chemically manipulating the nicotine content contained in tobacco.

Now it's e-cigarettes, a pure and less restricted form of nicotine delivery. But, the business model remains the same - push nicotine addiction for profit regardless of the consequences to its users.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Project Quit | Arizona

People from all walks of life use tobacco, and trying to quit tobacco is a struggle for everyone.

Recently, four courageous people made a commitment to quit using tobacco and kick nicotine to the curb. So, Project Quit tracked their progress for 30 days and filmed their unscripted stories.

Project Quit is a community of Arizonans determined to quit using tobacco. These tobacco users generously shared their intimate feelings, emotions, and lives with us throughout the quitting process.

But, Project Quit is about you, too. Anyone Can Join. Everyone Can Quit. If you’re ready to quit tobacco, they invite you to join Project Quit.

They know what addiction is like. They're aware that the nicotine in tobacco has characteristics that affect people physically and mentally. In fact, they're aware that nicotine is even more addictive than many illegal narcotics like heroin and cocaine.

So, what are you waiting for? Give them a chance to help you quit.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Nicotine Is A Gateway Drug

Don't think that smoking tobacco or e-cigarettes is just a harmless endeavor to prove yourself cool to your so-called "friends". According to the gateway drug model, epidemiological evidence suggests that most illicit drug users report use of tobacco products or alcohol prior to illicit drug use.

And do you think that the corporations that manufacture these products care what happens to you? Of course not, sweetheart. You're just a tool they're using to line their own pockets. This time it's just a smoke, but what happens next time?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Have You Become A Firestarter?

Are you still trying to become a tobacco industry prodigy? Didn't I say that nothing good ever comes from a nicotine addiction? Don't play their game, and you won't earn that terrible moniker.

Monday, September 16, 2013

How Addictive Is Nicotine?

Let's see what this brave woman who was willing to freely share her story with everyone has to say about the difficulties and consequences of a nicotine addiction.

Unfortunately, Terrie finally succumbed to her smoking-induced cancer this week at age fifty-three.

You were a hero to many of us, and your bravery helped others avoid the same fate. You've made a definite impact in peoples' lives and you've left a terrific legacy Terrie. RIP knowing that you did good!

Source: CDC: Tips From Former Smokers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Don't Let Your Shit Become Fucked Up

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Warren Zevon, the legendary singer/songwriter whom I admired not only for his musical talents, but for his great sense of humor too. Warren passed away from lung cancer at age 56 due to mesothelioma, but exacerbated by years of being a smoker.

Here's what Warren thought after receiving his frightful diagnosis at such a relatively young age.

Folks, don't let your shit become fucked up. Don't let it happen to you before your time is due. Make sure to see your physician for a yearly check-up, and for God's sake, attempt to quit smoking before it's too late, and you find yourself writing a song about the consequences.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Listen To The Lovely Felicia

Not only should you listen to the smart and beautiful Felicia about the financial costs of smoking, but consider the guilt-producing evil-eye that you'll get from your children who know that your smoking will also affect them. Smoking IS NOT worth the costs. If you're upset about it, call to enlist some help.

Source: New York State Smokers' Quitline

Monday, September 2, 2013

You Can't Hide Your Nicotine Addiction

Because I'm a healthcare professional, I tend to notice the physical signs of sickness or disease in people that others don't see, unless they specifically know what to look for.

As such, I'm writing this post because I happened to watch from my window as one of my neighbors walked her dog the other morning. I live in a large complex and haven't met her before, and don't know anything about her. But she was attractive, had a slim body, and looked to be in about her mid-60s.

But because I've been trained to focus on certain signs, and even though she was about 50 feet away outside my window, I could tell that she was a long-term smoker. Her skin and hair gave her away. I started thinking to myself that she was probably only in her 50s, and that her smoking made her look much older then her actual age.

She had that grayish/orange-colored hue to her skin, and that dried-up, smoked-jerky wrinkling effect that can often be seen in many long-term smokers. Her hair was also thin and fragile-looking. It really detracted from her otherwise good looks.

As I continued to watch her walking her dog, I felt bad for her because I knew that she probably has a long-standing nicotine addiction that she can't kick, and because she probably doesn't realize how bad smoking cigarettes has affected her complexion.

I also felt bad because she's now around that age-stage where the serious healthcare consequences of her addiction are about to manifest themselves, and that she's probably in denial about it.

But you don't have to be a healthcare professional to see how smoking affects smokers in ways that other people can see. This video really does a good job of showing just what those signs look like. If this is what smoking does to the outside of one's body, just imagine what the inside must look like.

Source: Take A Stand Arizona

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Be Free From Regret

Almost all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. 88% of adults who smoke daily started smoking by age 18; 99% started by age 26.

Smoking of parents and other relatives leads to a substantial increase in the number of children who were determined to smoke in the future or were considering it.

Smoking of family members significantly reduces the efficiency of school educational anti-smoking activities aimed at children and young people.

Most smokers realize that they're addicted to nicotine, regret becoming smokers, and want to quit.

Would you want your children to follow in your footsteps of being a smoker? Of course not.

Be free from that regret. If you currently use tobacco, you can still make a difference.

Your best move, of course, is to attempt to quit smoking. Meanwhile, don’t use tobacco around your children, don’t offer it to them, and don’t leave it where they can easily get it.

Source: New Lung OC: Be Tobacco Free

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Take Your Freedom Back?

E-cigarette manufacturers will do anything to make their products seem more attractive. They'll even hire celebrity douches to say ridiculous things like "It's time we take our freedom back."

But keep in mind that smoking an e-cigarette doesn't make you look cool, it just keeps you addicted to nicotine, which keeps you buying their products. And perhaps the production of toxic secondhand cigarette smoke may not have been the only reason behind your "freedom".

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Nicotine Addiction: It's Not A Lifestyle Choice

For nine months, James Capps didn’t have a bite of food. He had to pour nutritional supplements into a feeding tube for nourishment while he underwent and recovered from treatment for oral cancer.

Capps was hooked to nicotine by the time he was 15, and he began "dipping" because that’s what every good Oklahoma cowboy did. "You don’t need that crutch to be someone you want to be,” he says. “You should do it without tobacco.”

Source: The Missoulan and Chew On This

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Are You Just Blowin' Smoke?

If you're one of the frequent visitors of Smoking Blows, then you'll know that I like to convey my views and opinions about smoking and nicotine addiction through the use of video.

Thanks to a recent Tweet from SmokeFreeDonna @SmokeFreeLife I discovered this "button-pushing" Kacey Musgraves video while reading the very insightful commentary by Julia Cartwright found at The Partnership at

According to Julia -
This song is a smart but sad anthem for most of the 44 million Americans who still smoke. What a four-minute song can’t put into context is just how powerful an addiction to smoking is. For those not informed of how difficult it is to quit nicotine, smoking is framed as a lifestyle choice instead of an addiction that can plague people for years – no matter how hard they try to stop. [my emphasis]
As a leader in the battle against nicotine addiction, Julia's assessment is right on the mark about the problems facing many Americans that come from the sinister forces enabling the tobacco industry to market the use of tobacco subconsciously through print advertisements, the internet, on film, and even in music videos, in order to normalize nicotine addiction.

But, like I usually do, I'm presenting this country music video with a slightly different interpretation, to serve as an educational resource with commentary that enlightens smokers about the subconscious behaviors, and the unfortunate consequences that a nicotine addiction will bring into their lives.

It's a sad fact, that as a smoker, you most-likely fell victim to your nicotine addiction because of the omnipresent and sinister marketing efforts of Big Tobacco directed towards you as a child.

Like Julia points-out, many young smokers are unfortunately tricked into believing that tobacco use is a lifestyle choice instead of an addiction. There's nothing you can do to change the past, but now that you realize that you were "played", you must make the conscious decision to do something about it.

So, like Kacey says, "Don’t wait for a quarterlife crisis to cross things off your bucket list." Don't just blow smoke about your current situation. Start on that journey and change your life now. Quit!

Being stuck in a rut, working a crappy job, and barely scraping by is the perfect time to quit spending money you don't have to buy cigarettes, other tobacco products, or e-cigarettes. It doesn't make any sense waiting until you become successful before you decide to quit smoking. The time is now.

Because if you take a closer look at your life, you'll see that your nicotine addiction is one of the main culprits contributing to the so-called "un-success" that you're experiencing. For example -

Cigarettes are EXPENSIVE, not only to continually purchase, but to treat the illnesses they cause.

You limit your options of finding a life-partner if you're a smoker. Understandably, many non-smokers refuse to date smokers. No one likes being around smokers, except other smokers.

Imagine the difficulties you'll experience going back to school as a smoker to earn a degree when just about all of the colleges and universities are now becoming tobacco-free.

A nicotine addiction will also limit your options of finding a good-paying job. The increasing number of companies that institute tobacco-free employee programs (pdf) refuse to hire smokers.

AND, as described by this video, if you're seeking to become a wildly-popular and successful country singer, not only will smoking harm your beautiful voice, but it will also taint your beautiful face.

Stop blowin' smoke. Use your anger as motivation to "quit smoking" before your quarterlife ends, so that you don't have to begin worrying about an end-of-life crisis, way before reaching your midlife one.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Decades of Lies and Deception

From the first day in 1964 when the Surgeon General of the United States publicly announced that cigarette smoking can be harmful to one's health, the tobacco industry has spend untold amounts time, resources, and money to deceivingly convince the American public into believing otherwise.

If the past 50 years have taught us anything, it's that the tobacco industry cannot be trusted to place the public's interest above their own profits no matter what they say. And what's almost unimaginable to me, is that after all those years of discovering evidence proving the contrary, they're still able to lie to us without any criminal accountability.

So if you're anything like me, you'd have to wonder why, after so many decades of proven lies, deceit, and fraud, that Big Tobacco representatives (pdf) should be allowed to provide any type of scientific advice or information to the organization that's empowered by the Government to regulate tobacco?

Source: The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fight The Enemy - Tobacco

The war on tobacco remains a back-and-forth conflict, and DoD needs your help to fight the enemy.

They've found this sinister enemy to be all around us, infiltrating our forces, preying on our family, our friends, and fellow DoD service members. Their weapons in this battle are many, but DoD is reaching out to you today to enlist your help in a tactical mission they believe can help turn the tide.

Using the audio/visual equipment found in your arsenal, create a short video that illustrates the threat tobacco poses to individual’s health and social status. The Fight the Enemy video campaign aims to change the social norms surrounding tobacco use by declaring that tobacco use is the "enemy" that degrades health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity.

The mission of creating videos "by Service members for Service members" is to frame tobacco use as socially unacceptable. This video competition is open to all DoD Service members, DoD Civilians and family members of DoD Service members. You can do it, get out there and kick some butts!

Video submissions will be accepted from August 15 -- October 15, 2013.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Quitting Smoking Is A Journey

When you eventually make the decision to quit smoking, it's ALWAYS going to be in your own best interest to enlist some help. Take advantage of the many free services offered by your local quit team (1-800-QUIT-NOW) and your neighborhood pharmacist.

Make sure to also discuss it with your personal physician before you attempt to quit. Your ability to successfully quit smoking improves when evidence-based anti-smoking medications are incorporated.

Become familiar with what's involved in a quit attempt and what's to be expected when you've decided to beat your nicotine addiction. Learn as much as you can about the process beforehand.

And remember the ancient Chinese proverb, a journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.

Here's an excellent video created by Mike Evans, MD explaining the mechanics of a quit attempt -

HT: Manchester Stop Smoking Service

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fighting For Smokefree Air | Cynthia's Story

Cynthia Falls has been dealing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for decades. She loves her job, but hates the cigarette smoke. Cynthia, a nonsmoker, used to be much more physically active, but the daily exposure to secondhand smoke has made it difficult to breathe and she can no longer do the things she once loved.

To become involved and support the effort to make casinos 100% smokefree for workers like Cynthia and her colleagues, please visit Smokefree Casinos.

Source: Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Those Things Will Kill You

Like I've said one-hundred times before, nothing good ever comes from a nicotine addiction.

Friday, July 26, 2013

30 Seconds Can Save A Life

It's never too late to change someone's life and help them stop smoking for good. Just spending 30-seconds of your time as a healthcare provider could help save a life. Ask-Advise-Act.

30 Seconds - A Short Film About Saving a Life from UHL on Vimeo and HT: Action to Quit.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Take Your Last Drag

I've mentioned the strange love affair that often occurs between smokers and their cigarettes before on Smoking Blows, and the fact that many smokers consider cigarettes to be their first love.

But, nicotine addiction is not the kind of love worth pursuing. It may seem right in the beginning, but it's only after being abused for many years when smokers eventually come to realize that it's a love affair that should never have been consummated. Taking your breath away is never a good thing.

And, while taking your last drag and stomping out that cigarette is a good thing, using e-cigarettes to quit smoking has not been proven safe and effective, and still leaves you craving that bad relationship.

Don't buy into that e-cigarette porn. Take your last drag and kick nicotine out of your life altogether.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Reena's Story

Reena started smoking at 13 years of age. By 19, she had cancer. She never thought she would be so sick ... so quickly. She says: "I didn't realize that such a seemingly small decision would have such a big impact on my life. But I do now, and now it's too late."

Source: N.C. Health & Wellness Trust Fund and QuitNC

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Project SCUM

Project SCUM was a devious plan proposed by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR) to sell cigarettes to members of the "alternative lifestyle" areas of San Francisco, CA, and in particular the large number of Gay people living in the Castro area and the homeless people found in the Tenderloin.

The acronym "SCUM" stood for "subculture urban marketing." RJR, perhaps recognizing the offensive nature of its label, later renamed the marketing plan "Project Sourdough."

An anti-smoking campaign called The Truth targeted R. J. Reynolds for Project SCUM, arguing that it not only showed the usual exploitative tobacco marketing techniques but added to them an explicit contempt, or even hatred, for the people for which it was trying to market its products.

What do you think? Submit your vote at: ugly truth

Friday, June 14, 2013

Chicago Voices | Anita's Story

What happens when the light comes on? Chicago native Anita shares her powerful story about confronting, and ultimately beating, her tobacco addiction with the help of her son.

Source: Chicago Department of Public Health

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Who Are The Real Criminals?

In Australia where plain cigarette packaging is mandated by law, evidence continues to mount that the use of plain packs protect our youth from becoming replacement smokers.

Other countries, like New Zealand, the U.K., and even the U.S.A. have attempted to follow suit, but their elected leaders seem to prefer serving corporate interests/profits over the health of their entire constituency, and the efforts against plain packaging by Big Tobacco continue to prevail.

But, not every political leader caves to corporate threats or demands. Following Australia's efforts to put public health ahead of corporate profits, Ireland has become the second country in the world to legally mandate plain cigarette packaging. Kudos to Ireland for doing the right thing!

And what does Big Tobacco have to say about it? The tobacco industry claims that plain packs would be easier to counterfeit and would lead to more organized crime. Go figure.

I wonder what organized crime leaders would have to say about Big Tobacco's fear-mongering?

Source: Foundation Against Cancer | HT: REframe Kent

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's World No Tobacco Day 2013

Free yourself! This is WHO's message to all governments on World No Tobacco Day 2013 today, and their theme for this year is - ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

A comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco kills nearly six million people every year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.

Government leaders worldwide must intervene, and implement Article 13 of the WHO FCTC.

Why? Because about one-third of youth experimentation with tobacco occurs as a result of exposure to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Advertising bans significantly reduce the numbers of people starting and continuing to smoke. Banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco use.

And because, whatever will be, doesn't have to be. The future can be ours to see.

Source: Quit Victoria - Australia | HT: Smoke Free Donna

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Someday Never Comes

By now, I'd have to say that all adult smokers know that smoking is hazardous to their health.

Yet, if you ask many of them when they are going to seriously take the steps necessary to beat their nicotine addiction, a good portion of them will respond with the dismissive word "someday".

As most anti-smoking advocates know, for a lot of those smokers, like Bill - someday never comes.

Bill urges young people to never start smoking. "If I was young again, I would never smoke," he says. "It's not good for your health or your pocketbook. It doesn't make you look cool, and it doesn't help you in any way!"

Bill also regrets the example he set for his children. "It's embarrassing when your 5-year-old asks you why you don't quit smoking. Yes, my children saw me smoke. But I'm glad they saw me quit!"

I can't say it enough - nothing good ever comes from a nicotine addiction. You'd better learn it fast, you'd better learn it young. Because for many, once you're addicted, someday never comes.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Freedom Of Choice Fallacy

I've been a disciple of Dr. Allen Brandt's views about nicotine addiction after I began to dig deeper into the issues involving smoking with Smoking Blows. I've been spreading his message ever since.

And the fact is - there is no such thing as "freedom of choice" when it comes to tobacco abuse.

Almost 90% of adults smokers began smoking while they were children, not yet capable of making a rational, informed, or even a legal decision to smoke. That's why the tobacco industry has targeted children and teens, they're easy to manipulate.

Once those young smokers become addicted to the nicotine found in cigarettes, and upon reaching adulthood and realizing their mistake, their addiction now impairs their ability to make the "choice" to quit smoking. Most adult smokers want to quit smoking, but many just can't beat their addiction.

Yet, the tobacco industry, the people in their pockets, and especially the many unwavering political Libertarians continue to push the view that smoking is a matter of personal choice.

In their views, smokers who experience the negative health consequences associated with long-term smoking should only blame themselves, because they had a "free choice" whether to smoke or not. Of course, once you understand the facts behind a nicotine addiction, you then realize that those views are pure fallacy.

Unfortunately though, there are still many uninformed people who buy into that Libertarian "freedom" line of reasoning whom mistakenly blame themselves for their medical predicament, and whom also support Big Tobacco's efforts to find replacement smokers and continue the genocide.

So, it's heartwarming to find other medical professionals following in Dr. Brandt's footsteps, and using all of their abilities and skills to inform the public about the real issues behind nicotine addiction and the fallacy of "freedom of choice" surrounding smoking. See for yourself -

Dr. Pauline Dekker and Dr. Wanda de Kanter are both pulmonologists at the Red Cross Hospital in Beverwijk (Netherlands). After 20 years of daily practice in which they treated thousands of patients with smoking related diseases (mainly lung cancer and COPD) they decided that something needed to change. Chemotherapy, inhalers, the pain and the suffering, all could have easily been avoided if only tobacco had never been legalized.

While continuing their work as chest physicians at the hospital in 2008 they started a project to keep young people from smoking. For their efforts they have received several prizes, the latest being the prestigious “Muntendam prize” by the Dutch Cancer foundation (KWF).

They used that money to fund their latest campaign at TEDx-Nijmegen which illustrates the guilt and the shame that lung cancer patients feel when confronted with their smoking related disease. Guilt and shame that should actually be felt by the tobacco industry.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nico-Teen Zombies | SWAT

Great anti-tobacco PSA from the smart generation of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT).

SWAT is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. They are a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future, and the prevention of nicotine zombies. Support their efforts!

SWAT empowers Florida youth to educate their peers about the manipulative tactics of Big Tobacco so that together they can take a stand and make a change for the next generation.

HT: Florida Tobacco Prevention Training

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tobacco Corruption

Great insight from the good folks at Breathe North Dakota -
Big Tobacco means Big Money. Each year, the tobacco industry spends $8.5 billion marketing its products in the US. That’s over 23 million dollars a day or about one million dollars every hour!

In North Dakota alone, the tobacco industry spends 25.7 million dollars per year. The most vulnerable members of our society – children – are more susceptible to advertising as well. Studies have shown that kids are three times as sensitive to tobacco advertising as adults.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Smoking | It's A Hard Habit To Break

Wouldn't it be much easier to never start smoking, and avoid becoming another victim of a tobacco industry always looking for replacement smokers? I would hope so. Because if you know anything about smokers, it's that many long-term smokers consider cigarettes their first love.

As such, trying to get smokers to quit smoking is one of the most difficult tasks anyone who cares about smokers can undertake. A nicotine addiction is a hard habit to break. But, don't just take my word for it, listen to these long-term ex-smokers from Chicago.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Avoid Bagram Batman | Quit Smoking

U.S. troops, their family members, and retirees who wanted to stop smoking could attend counseling and had access to online education tools to help them quit. But they couldn't get medications to curb cravings unless they paid for them out-of-pocket.

Though a limited number of smoking cessation medications have previously been available in military hospitals and clinics, beneficiaries living in the United States can now get a wide range of gums, pills, lozenges, patches or nasal sprays delivered free through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery.

So, lets stop smoking right now! Don't wait until you're deployed to Afghanistan to try to quit. These pharmaceutical weapons are much more safe and effective than one weapon most-often used to curb smoking in TRICARE beneficiaries already deployed overseas.. Bagram Batman.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tobacco And The Environment

What's tobacco's global impact on the environment? Tobacco and deforestation - did you know that they're linked? Cigarette production causes a serious impact on our environment. Here's the facts -

Source: Y Do U Think?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Take A Stand Against Tobacco

What's the number one thing that comes to mind when you think about smoking?

Source: Take A Stand Arizona

Thursday, March 28, 2013

How Addictive Is Nicotine?

Let's re-visit with Terrie, a former smoker. She can tell you about the addictive powers of nicotine.

Source: CDC: Tips From Former Smokers

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tobacco Industry Prodigy

Do you really want to become a psychopathic tobacco industry prodigy?

Don't breathe their pressure. If you decide to play their psychosomatic addict-insane game, and start smoking, they'll test you. Inhale, exhale, and before you know it.. poof, you're their victim.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Are You A Social Smoker?

Social smoking is still smoking. Calling yourself a social smoker is as ridiculous as calling yourself a social farter. If you smoke, you're a smoker. Period. Quit the denial and enlist some help today.

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Your TURF, Protect It

Youth leaders with San Francisco's Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF) tell their story about the impacts of tobacco in their neighborhoods, and what they are doing about it.

The low-income neighborhoods of San Francisco, with relatively high densities of youth and people of color, have a disproportionately high concentration of tobacco retailers. This exposure fosters higher smoking rates among the poor.

TURF members, who are gaining skills as researchers and community advocates, have put forward a proposal to protect public health by limiting the density of retailers permitted to sell tobacco, and continues to advocate to develop legislation — the first of its kind in the U.S. — that will effectively address the over-concentration of tobacco retailers in disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

TURF is a project of the Youth Leadership Institute.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alcohol And Cigarettes | A Deadly Combination

How addictive is nicotine? So addictive that some smokers won't even put down their cigarette to participate in a barroom brawl. Alcohol and cigarettes - never a good combination.

Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tobacco Control in LGBT Communities

Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. use tobacco at much higher rates than the general population. Take a closer look at tobacco use among the LGBT population (pdf) through the following personal stories and expert insights presented in this video.

Source: Legacy for Health

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Real Costs Of Smoking

Each pack costs smokers a statewide average of $9. But every pack of cigarettes costs Alaskans, smokers and non-smokers alike, an additional $19 per pack from smoking-related damages.

Source: The Real Cost Alaska

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Smoking And Black History Month

A clip from, "Take this Hammer"... KQED's mobile film unit follows author and activist James Baldwin in the spring of 1963, as he's driven around San Francisco to meet with members of the local African-American community.. discussing victimization.

Talking about not being a victim and refusing to be a victim are two different things. As long as you keep the white man's nicotine sticks between your lips, you're going to be considered somebody's nigger. Give up you're nicotine addiction and free yourself from Big Tobacco's slavery.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Replacement Smokers | Indonesia

If the tobacco industry can't find replacement smokers in the United States, what's to stop them from addicting children elsewhere in the world? Good parenting? Not when 70% of the population already smokes and cigarettes are cheap. One sure way to address the problem is by raising tobacco taxes.

Source: Metropolis TV