Tobacco tax increase expected to reduce smoking

smoke ashtray apx For the estimated 20% of Americans who smoke cigarettes, the impact of a federal excise tax increase that takes effect Wednesday is already being felt.

Earlier this month the manufacturer of Marlboro, Parliament and Virginia Slims, Philip Morris USA, increased prices by 71 cents a pack, 9 cents more than the federal tax increase. The maker of Camel, Kool and Salem cigarettes, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, bumped wholesale prices up by 44 cents a pack and reduced discounting.

The revenue from the tax increase, which will be used to expand coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to an additional 4 million low-income children, was signed into law in February.

Dying for a breath? Please stop smoking!

Cigarettes killed my Mom. In fact, I could visualize Joe Camel there with his hooves around my mom’s throat as she lay dying in the hospital recently. Of course, Joe Camel was not literally there in the hospital room squeezing the oxygen out of her as she gasped for each breath like a guppy out of a fish tank; but he killed her just the same.

No Smoking, Thank You Very Much

Cigarette smoke — ugh. Just the thought makes me shudder. It’s the one scent that can truly drive me from mannered to raving lunatic. I can’t even walk by someone smoking on the sidewalk without my eyes watering and nose starting to hurt.

You see, I was pretty much born and raised on second-hand smoke. I was a preemie in 1970 and used to joke that I just couldn’t wait to escape my smoking mom’s body. As a child, I was constantly sick. A cold didn’t just last a few days for me. It would last for weeks and months. I’m fairly certain my lungs will never fully recover from a childhood trapped in smoke-filled rooms and cars.

Women: Cigarette smoking to lose weight?

women cigarette smokingThe cigarette smoking habit in female university female students has reached the high rate of 5.3 percent, a recent survey says.

The survey carried out by HealthBride of Canada of nearly 2,000 female participants under 25 in Hanoi and Thai Binh provinces shows that the rate is lower in high school and elementary schools.

Medical school students do not have much more knowledge than other students about the damage smoking causes to health, said the survey.

Almost all women think smoking is a bad habit, but many say smoking helps them lose weight and relieve stress. Others say smoking is not harmful because they smoke cigarettes for females.

Even occasional smoking can harm arteries

occasional smokingUniversity of Georgia researchers used ultrasound to measure how the arteries of young, healthy adults respond to changes in blood flow.

“Most people know that if they have a cigarette or two over the weekend that it’s not good for their arteries,” said study co-author Kevin McCully, a professor of kinesiology in the UGA College of Education, “but what they may not be aware of—and what our study shows—is that the decrease in function persists into the next week, if not longer.”

Stark cigarette packet warning

Graphic pictures of throat cancer and rotting teeth will appear on cigarette packets from next month to illustrate the risks of smoking. Among the other images smokers will see are rotting lungs, a corpse in a morgue and a body cut open during surgery, the Department of Health (DoH) has said.

The UK is the first country in the EU to introduce the photo warnings, which will be manufactured on cigarette packets from October 1. The warnings will extend to all cigarette packets by October 2009 and other tobacco products from October 2010.

France an epitome of smoking ban success

cigar smokingThe ban on smoking in public places in India came into effect on Thursday while that in France was implemented earlier in 2008. Just like in India, smokers protested at first against the ban in France too. Some said it was a question of liberty and others mourned the death of the caf culture where the coffee with the cigarette was a must. However, over the period of time, an overwhelming number have come around to support the ban.

Feeling Sick after Quitting Cigarettes

If you have recently quit cigarettes or are thinking about quitting, you may be concerned about feeling sick and other bad withdrawal symptoms. You’re not alone. Nausea is one of the most common side effects of nicotine withdrawal. It can occur days after you quit, or one night after your last cigarette. And the period for which it lasts can vary from minute to weeks.

What makes us feel sick after quitting?

Facts about Cigarette Smoking and Tobacco

The facts about smoking are hard to deny. Learn the facts about smoking, and learn how to quit!

To say that the facts about smoking are questionable is like saying guns aren’t dangerous. As a result of Inhaling tobacco smoke we greatly increase the potential of heart disease, cancer, breathing issues, potential deadly effects during pregnancy, stomach problems plus gum and teeth problems, these are the real facts about smoking!

How Cigarettes Were Designed to Kill

We still have the freedom to make a choice. We can still choose to apply our will to fight the challenge offered by the demon.

As the power war waged by corporate marketing behemoths and their co-conspiring governments wages on, we the people remain sole recipients of the mass destruction wrought by their weapons.

Not the least of these ‘weapons’ in the commercial sector is the cigarette. By now, the knowledge is all to common that the average cigarette contains over 4000 chemicals, over 200 of which are pure poisons. These include, but are not limited to: Arsenic, Benzene, Cadmium, Cyanide, Formaldehyde, Mercury, Polonium-210, and other very deadly ingredients.