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Monday, September 30, 2013

Are You Ready To Quit Smoking?

Over past years the efforts of many Americans to quit smoking failed. There days 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women do still smoke cigarettes. This is a quite confusing fact for people who never smoked. Does smokers really understand the negative effects of smoking on their body? The ftuth is that the majority of smokers do understand. … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ex-smoker and extreme marathon runner brings mammoth challenge to Liverpool

Ex-smoker and extreme marathon runner Rory Coleman's is bringing his extreme running challenge to Liverpool as part of Stoptober. As part of his challenge Rory is running through the city on Wednesday September 11 pushing the giant red Stoptober wheel from South Ferry Quay by Brunswick Dock, Liverpool Marina at 11.30am to St John's Shopping Centre at 12.30pm.

He will run a phenomenal 28 miles a day for 28 consecutive days to encourage others to follow his lead and quit smoking cigarettes. Stoptober is based on research that smokers are five times more likely to quit for good if they can quit for 28 days.

Last year thousands of people across Merseyside stopped smoking during Stoptober and Rory is hoping even more will see his 28 day challenge as inspiration for going four weeks smokefree. Rory said: "This is one of the biggest challenges I have ever taken on, but it was important for me to do something to support Stoptober.

"Twenty years ago I was a chain-smoking alcoholic who could barely run to the corner shop let alone a mile. "To see the difference that stopping smoking has made to my life has been overwhelming and I want more people to take the first initial steps to quitting. "I am really looking forward to running 28 miles around Liverpool and pushing the wheel with the help of local people to get people thinking about Stoptober."

Eileen Streets, director of tobacco control at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "It’s Stoptober and the message is we are all in this together. "What better motivator than knowing you are among hundreds of thousands of people across England trying to quit at the same time?

"I know quitting for 28 days may seem daunting to some smokers but try to take one day at a time and know that there is help for you if you need it." Dr Paula Grey, Director for Public Health for Liverpool said, "We want to help as many people as possible in Liverpool to quit. There is a wide range of support available.

"Our local stop smoking services (Fag Ends) are doing a great job in supporting people, and last year thousands of people successfully quit with their help.

"If you've been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it. It isn't always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and Fag Ends, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Liverpool."

Rory's challenge will coincide with the national Stoptober roadshow that is taking place at St John's Shopping Centre on the same day. The roadshow is raising awareness of the campaign, distributing information and allowing people to sign up or show their support there and then.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Philip Morris Got “Overweight” Rating at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley recently released a report in which it restated its overweight rating on shares of Philip Morris International, the leading tobacco manufacturer which produces Marlboro cigarettes. At present they have $92.00 target price on the stock, that is reduced compared to previous target price of $95.00. Philip Morris activates in tobacco industry with substantial free cash flow and high … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rahul Dravid is brand ambassador for Tobacco control campaign

 The Union Health Ministry today announced former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid as brand ambassador for its National Tobacco Control Campaign.

India has been committed towards strengthening its national tobacco control efforts as well as contribute towards tobacco control, additional secretary MoHFW, C K Mishra said while making the announcement today.

“Despite effective, evidence-based tobacco control policies, smoking cigarettes continues. India played a leading role in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) negotiations and has been striving to implement more tobacco control measures,” Mishra said.

It is only through collective resolve of governments, world leaders, development partners and civil society, we can save lives, protect and preserve the health of future generations from harmful effects of tobacco use, he said.

“The national anti-tobacco control campaign has to go on till we achieve desired results,” Mishra said.

With World Health Assembly adopting a target of 30 per cent relative reduction in tobacco use by 2025, the global narrative on tobacco control is increasingly exploring the concept of ‘tobacco endgame’, aimed at reducing tobacco availability to minimal levels.

“Since tobacco also degrades the environment, actions to reduce the production and marketing of tobacco must also now be vigorously pursued alongside effective implementation of demand reduction measures,” he said.

“The Centre has taken a lead in implementing the WHO FCTC and we remain committed to supporting its endeavours,” said Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Country Representative for India.

With support from the MoHFW and World Health Organisation, Public Health Foundation of India and Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth is organising the International Conference on “Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco” from September 10 to 12 in which nearly 500 participants from over 50 countries will come together to deliberate and present actionable strategies in fighting the global tobacco epidemic.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Smoking Cessation: Three Days to Five Years Without Smoking

Three Days After You Quit In three days after you quit smoking, the nicotine will be totally out of your body. However, symptoms of nicotine withdrawal will acheve their peak. You may feel headaches, nausea, cramps along with anxiety, tension, or frustration. Experts recommend to use money you usually spent on buying cigarettes, on something nice. Two to Three Weeks … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Smoking Cessation: Two Days Without Smoking

If you decided to quit smoking, you should know how your body will react on it in first two days after your last cigarette. 20 Minutes After You Quit You will feel immediately the effects of quitting smoking as they show themselves at once. In 20 minutes after you smoked your last cigarette, your heart rate returns to normal levels. … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What Kirk Douglas Thinks About Smoking

Children smoking cigarettes? Yes! The tobacco industry has encouraged the making of cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos for children. They are flavored: white grape, strawberry, pineapple and blueberry. They are selling like hotcakes to the future customers for smoking tobacco. The FDA is trying to put an end to it. Why are they so slow? They should have prevented the making of those cigarettes when they started. Smoking is a deadly thing (more than five million each year worldwide).

Movies should be blamed for encouraging smoking. Look at some of the old pictures, everybody is smoking. Actors love it because it gives them something to do with their hands. I came to Hollywood 68 years ago to play in the movie, The Three Loves of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin. I was very excited. In my first scene the director stopped me. "Oh," I thought, "what have I done wrong?"

"Kirk I think you should be smoking a cigarette in this scene."

"Oh, I don't smoke."

"Well it's easy to learn."

And the prop man gave me a cigarette. I smoked my first cigarette and I continued the scene. I didn't finish it because I had to run to the restroom to throw up. But, the director was right, it's easy to learn and I became a two pack a day smoker for some time.

One day, after several years of smoking, I looked at my smoldering cigarette. What am I doing? I inhale the smoke, my lungs take all the impurities out of it and I blow out nice clean smoke.

I thought of my father. Years ago, the doctor told him, "Harry, if you continue to smoke you will die." My father stopped smoking immediately. Here's how he did it: He carried one cigarette in his breast pocket. When he had the urge to smoke he took out the cigarette, stared at it, and in his Russian accent he roared "Who's stronger, you -- me? I stronger!" He put the cigarette back in his breast pocket and never smoked again.

I tried the same thing. It worked! I haven't smoked in over 40 years (I am 96 years old). Of all the drugs, smoking has the highest death rate -- more than 400,000 people per year (which is more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined).

Stop smoking and live longer!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Local Governments to Consider Smoke-Free Laws

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living plans to introduce a smoke-free law in Monroe and West Monroe. If Ouachita Parish Police Jury apprived it, smoking will be prohibited in bingo halls and bars where smoking is permitted today. The proposed initiative will be presented to the West Monroe Board of Aldermen and Monroe City Council on September 10. It will … Continue reading