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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

44 Million Smokers in the USA

Though passed 50 years since release of the first surgeon general’s report on smoking and health, these days studies on effects of tobacco use still continue. Dr. Frieden and public health specialists in the USA are searching for better ways to help the 44 million American smokers to quit and to prevent youth from starting smoking. Dr. Frieden says that … Continue reading

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

John Boehner: wine and cigarettes more important than running in 2016

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner says he has no interest in running for the White House because he doesn't want to give up smoking, drinking – and cutting his lawn. Boehner, who has fought a bitter battle with President Barack Obama over health reforms and spending, said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that he was not about to give up red wine and premium cigarettes to be president.

Asked by Leno whether he ever thought of running for president, Boehner replied, "No.

"I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass," said Boehner, the top Republican in Congress.

"I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. And I'm not giving that up to be president of the United States."

Boehner also told Leno he and  Obama "get along fine" despite their political differences.

"But the country's gotten more partisan. So as a result the Congress has gotten more divided and there's less common ground," Boehner said.

Asked by Leno if the infighting in his own party was as bad as he had ever seen it, Boehner said, "Oh, no," before adding with a smile, 'Well, maybe it is. It's bad."  Since early 2011, Boehner has fought with conservative Tea Party Republicans in the House, mainly over deficit-reduction tactics. The government shutdown in October further frayed relations with right-wing groups.

"The funny thing about the so-called infighting is we agree on all the goals," said Boehner. "We think Obamacare is bad for the country. We think we shouldn't spend more than what we bring in. We think the president is ignoring the laws. It's all a fight over tactics. It's not over what our goals are."

Monday, January 27, 2014

Nevada Shows Highest Rate for Secondhand Smoke Exposure

According to a recent study, more than half of adult people in the state of Nevada are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke and this is the highest rate in the USA. The state on the second place for secondhand smoke is just 10 percentage points lower than Nevada. John Packham, chief of Health Policy Research at the University of Nevada … Continue reading

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jennifer Saunders Can Smoke If She Likes

I'm not a smoker (apart from the odd drag when I'm very drunk) nor have I had cancer (thankfully), but I still feel the need to wade in against the uproar over pictures of Jennifer Saunders 'caught' smoking earlier this week.

Jennifer has never wanted to be publicly defined by a disease that has been and gone (she got the all-clear from cancer in 2010), whether as a cancer-fighting poster girl or otherwise.

So the fact that the cigarette-smoking Ab Fab star has had cancer is completely and utterly besides the point. And yet, despite hopes for discretion and respect, she is still lambasted as a shining example of How Not To Live Your Life After Cancer.

While the pics would no doubt upset some people. It's important to remember that the photographs are paparazzi shots - she didn't Instagram herself with a dog end hanging out of her chops.

This is simply the work of a surly photographer imposing into another celebrity's private life; the photograph was taken on a backstreet while Jennifer was shopping with a friend, she didn't spark up live on stage or television.

Celebrity or otherwise, how Jennifer deals with her post-cancer recovery is her business. And hers alone. I walk past a cancer specialist hospital every morning on my way to work and see people smoking outside.

Whether suffering from cancer themselves or accompanying a loved one, the fact that they are puffing away on a fag outside the hospital front doors does not sit well with me - but then, I find it baffling that people, faced with health warnings and back-breaking price points, continue to smoke at all.

But as long as people are presented with the health information the To-Smoke-Or-Not-To-Smoke dilemma is, frankly, up to them.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Imperial Tobacco is a Solid Investment

Imperial Tobacco, the maker of Gauloises and West, has prevented volumes from falling by increasing prices and boasting a strong balance sheet. Imperial Tobacco manages to contol lowering sales of cigarettes by increasing prices and keeping tight control of costs. In 2013 the volume of cigarettes sold by the Imperial Tobacco dropped by 4bn. However, the company managed to maintain … Continue reading

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Smoking Cessation Needs of Women

Dr. Kenneth Perkins, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School says that for women quitting smoking is more difficult than for men because of next factors specific only to women: 1. menstrual cycle may affect withdrawal symptoms; 2. women fear more than men to gain weight; 3. nicotine replacement therapy may not be as effective as for … Continue reading

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Erap makes no-smoking resolution

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has started chewing sugar-free medicated lozenges after he quit smoking last January 1. “I hope this time, I can make it, and this will be for good,” he said in Tuesday’s interview, adding he has hasn’t touched a stick in seven days.

The 76-year old former president said his last attempt lasted 11 months.“When I smoked again, the number of cigarette sticks in a day even increased,” he said, consuming up to two packs a day. But who got him to kick the habit this time?

“I just want to be healthy,” Estrada said before opening up on talks about a troika in the works with his successor now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former President Fidel Ramos.“There was no political undertone in that visit. It was a friendly visit, and it was done in the spirit of Christmas,” Estrada told Manila Standard, at ease without any sign of craving for a smoke.

Before Christmas, Estrada visited Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest at Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City while facing a plunder case before the Sandiganbayan. Ramos paid a visit on a separate date, fuelling speculations on a “Triple X Alliance,” coined from their former positions as President of the Philippines.

His son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada saw the alleged move as unfounded. “Anything can still happen right now, but I don’t think there will be an alliance. That’s impossible,” he said. Another son, Senator JV Ejercito said the hospital visit was made out of compassion and in the spirit of Christmas.

Ramos had called for Estrada’s resignation from the presidency at the height of the corruption scandal in 2000. Arroyo, then Vice President, succeeded Estrada after he was ousted. Estrada has insisted he did not resign but voluntarily stepped down to prevent bloodshed.

Arroyo and Ramos are both stalwarts of Lakas-CMD while Estrada ia one of the three top leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance. UNA is a merger of Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s PDP-Laban.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Famous People in Vintage Cigarettes Ads

50 years ago, on January 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report on the negative effects from smoking tobacco. When you look at cigarettes ads of 20th century you just get surprised about the attitude people had towards cigarettes. Cigarettes and smoking were so cool that many famous people advertised them. Take a look at them and … Continue reading

Monday, January 6, 2014

Altria Group Maintains Its Stands

Altria Group Inc is the maker of the famous Marlboro cigarette brand, that is sold in the U.S. and many countries of the world. Altria Group owns Philip Morris USA, the leading cigarette manufacturer in the U.S. In 2008, it spun off Philip Morris International in order to increase opportunities in other countries. However, in spite of this, Altria Group … Continue reading