The Smoke Economy – How Big Tobacco Keeps Growing

Fewer people are smoking – that means tobacco companies are making less money, right? Unfortunately, according to this infographic from purplebox; tobacco companies are pulling in record profits despite lower sales. It is, of course, fantastic that the number of cigarettes being sold in the U.S fell by 37% between 2001 and 2016, but since 2006, the operating profits of US tobacco manufacturers have increased by 77% to a massive $18.4 billion.

Tax on Cigarettes

The tax on cigarettes in the U.S is 42% and this is actually quite low relative to places like the UK who tax cigarettes at 82%. Interestingly, both California and New York are looking to increase the tax on cigarettes. It will likely be the customer who foots the bill here as if you’re addicted to smoking; you simply have to pay whatever price is being charged.

Smokers Increasing

When you consider the world as a whole, the number of smokers is actually going to increase from 1 billion right now to 1.64 billion by 2025. Tobacco companies are always willing to pivot and they can target new markets if they feel others are starting to wane.

For example, one big name is British American Tobacco and they have recently been targeting the less educated African markets. They are currently facing lawsuits related to past and future health care costs related to smoking.

Expensive Habit

The tax will likely continue to go up on cigarettes but unfortunately, an addiction is powerful and people can’t simply quit when the price of a pack goes up by $2. They will generally make cutbacks in other areas of their lives to pay the extra cost. Tax on cigarettes is a good thing but for the smokers left behind; it can turn into an extremely expensive habit to feed.

Read more about how the smoke economy continues to grow in the following infographic:

The Smoke Economy

A Stop Smoking Toolbox

There isn’t too much innovation in the field of anti-smoking products.

Most of the advice is to quit cold turkey, or if you can’t do that, to ease off with nicotine replacement products.

This is why you want to visit: WarmerTurkey.com.

Practical and Helpful

If you’ve already tried everything else, this website offers something a little more offbeat.

Warmer Turkey is a new startup founded by three ex-smokers who understand the many facets of quitting smoking.

They will be launching a new subscription box this summer which promises to include items that will enable you to cope with withdrawal, occupy your time, and stay motivated to quit.

Your Stop Smoking Toolbox

WarmerTurkey has put together a smoking cessation toolbox, tools that have successfully helped smokers quit their addiction and re-focus their attention onto something positive.

This only works if someone is dedicated to quitting, you can’t force a change no matter how positive it may be. If you are dedicated to quitting, but have gone back to old habits time and time again, let them help you!

Once you subscribe from the website, you (or someone you love) will receive items that will enable you to cope with withdrawal, occupy your time, and stay motivated to quit–right at your door each month!

Finally Support That Really Helps!

Their hope is that in the quit smoking toolbox, you will find everything you need to get you through your short term cravings, so that you can enjoy the long term benefits of looking better, smelling better, having more money in your pocket, and living longer.

You can pre-order your own box now at Warmerturkey.com, or follow @WarmerTurkey on twitter for updates!

One of the Best Anti Smoking Ads Ever Created

Usually anti-smoking commercials do not cause a smoker to actually stop and think deeply enough about their habit.

View the impact in a Thailand anti-smoking commercial that presents the viewer (and young smokers viewed in the ad) with a double standard: Caring more for others than one would care for themselves.

Being approached by a child who wants to light up a cigarette is an action that is hard to support. The words in the note the children hand the smokers after their attempt to get a light is quite revealing.

Seems the smokers are shockingly reminded that they care more for others than they do for themselves.

CVS Health – Rebranding After Dumping Cigarette Sale Profits

President and CEO of CVS, Larry Merlo has been out talking it up on the media circuit!

The move to remove tobacco products effective Sept 3, 2014 coincides with a company decision to also change its corporate name to CVS Health

Merlo had this to say to the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Ziobro:

“While there’s never a right time to walk away from $2 billion in revenue, this was the right time. Eliminating this obstacle will allow our company to grow over the long term.”

Nationwide Walk In Smoking Cessation Clinics

pic-cvs-health-rebrandingAlong with a mission and commitment to move toward health and wellness CVS Health is rolling out “personalized” smoking-cessation services.

Support for ceasing smoking will be found at CVS Health’s 7,700 retail pharmacies and more than 860 walk-in clinics.

The new CVS Health Website opens with 3 videos.

1. President and CEO, Larry Merlo explains how CVS Health is shaping the future of health care for people, businesses and communities.

2. Chief Medical Officer, Troy Brennan weighs in on the dangers of smoking and why it’s never too late to go tobacco-free.

3. CVS/pharmacy President, Helena Foulkes details how our comprehensive and uniquely personalized smoking cessation program is helping people quit.

Congratulations to CVS for such a bold move and putting health and wellness above tobacco profits. It may take time to make up the loss from sales of tobacco based products but in time new business in the health sector may far surpass the loss.

Merlo tells Forbes contributor, Bruce Japsen that the changes are:

 “Pointing to $5.4 billion in new business wins for 2015…changing the name catches up with what we have been doing.”

One Good Reason Campaign

CVS “One Good Reason” campaign opens with a powerful video. They state that “seven in ten smokers say they want to quit. While quitting isn’t easy, it can be done.  But sometimes you need a little inspiration and support to finally quit for good.”

You can visit their twitter account and share your  “#One Good Reason”  on why would like to quit, which will provide inspiration for others. Or visit to receive inspiration to help you become tobacco free!

Go ahead, click to put a voice behind your desire and reasons for quitting!

Click > One Good Reason

To learn more, click  > CVS Health CEO Video Explains New Company Direction

references:
http://cvshealth.com/
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/233421
/cvs-rebrands-as-it-declares-itself-free-of-tobacco.html

Video Shows Smoker’s Lungs

Making the choice to smoke cigarettes will in time cause damaging effects to your body’s healthy lung function.

The following video provides an example of what occurs in time to a smoker’s lungs due to inhaling all the toxic elements contained in tobacco products.

Picture That’s Worth More Than 1000 Words

A picture has been said to be worth 1000 words. The visual image in the following video is worth far more.

Sometimes it takes graphic images to sink in what words can convey without much effect. At CiggyFree.com our hope is this video’s shocking evidence may help even one person make a choice to quit or never pick up that first cigarette.

Smoking is such a selfish act that hurts the user and all those they directly and even those whom they indirectly come in contact. First, second, and thirdhand smoke is a real threat to the health and wellness to all who are exposed.

Take a Deep Breath Before Watching



Warning About Electronic Cigarette Chargers

Earlier this week a 62 year old man from Wirral in the UK was found dead in his home. Reports point to a fire that was caused when he was powering up his device using the wrong charger which caused an explosion that lead to a fire.

This isn’t the first fire in this area. At least eight other fires linked to E-Cigarettes have been reported on the Merseyside of Wallasey in the UK.

Consumers Be Aware When Using E-Cigarette Chargers

Besides using incorrect chargers or leaving a device plugged in for too long, there are additional safety concerns that can lead to fires.

Many e-cigarette suppliers provide chargers that have a cord with a USB plug and an AC adapter. This makes it tempting for an E-cig user to try and charge from car adapters, laptops, computers, and video game consoles. This should never be done due. Accidents like the one in Wirral are an example of what can happen when adapters get mixed up or when they are plugged into the wrong type of device.

In the US there have also been reported fires and other types of health risks. One explosion happened in Oklahoma City when a user left their device unchecked while plugged in under their desk.

Phoenix Fire Dept Report

pic-fire-e-cig-charger-1Phoenix Fire Department officials say they’ve noticed the increase and want families to know about the potential danger when charging devices.

The Fire Dept in Phoenix reported on a fire that caused over $100,000 in damage and luckily no lives were lost. Note the pictures in this article are taken from that report.

You can watch a video of the news report at ABC News.

pic-fire-damage-e-cig-charger-2Safety educators say e-cigarette users should not leave their devices unattended. A word of caution, never leave your device unattended and unplug once charged. Also, it would be very wise to make sure your smoke detector batteries are in working order and take out a good renter’s insurance plan.

Hopefully E-Cigarette makers will improve the way devices are charged before one more life is put in danger or more property is destroyed.

23.6 Billion Ruling Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

A lawsuit ruling brought by chain smoker’s widow against R.J. Reynolds was awarded the largest dollar amount of damages in history of any ruling against big tobacco.

“The jury wanted to send a statement that tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people and the American government about the addictiveness of and the deadly chemicals in their cigarettes,”

Stated Christopher Chestnut, one of Robinson’s lawyers.

It took 11 hours for the Jury to determine the case. Upon returning they awarded a compensatory payout of $7.3 million to Robinson and $9.6 million to the couple’s son.

Seven Hours Later

Then the jury took another 7 hours to determine the punitive award. This is when the multibillion-dollar damage award was dropped like a lead hammer.

Big Tobacco Fuming

pic-rj-logo-bulding“This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented,” said company vice president and assistant general counsel J. Jeffrey Raborn.
He vowed to appeal the “runaway verdict” that Robinson’s legal team said was the largest wrongful death payout for a single plaintiff in Florida history.

To read more about this story be sure and visit NY Daily News.

No Butts About It

One of my favorite pastimes is taking a nice long walk for exercise and fitness.

On weekends we like to locate a new park to check out, or go to a local neighborhood walking path where we can also enjoy nature.

It’s rare to walk in a park that doesn’t have some tell tale signs of smokers revealed by the cigarette butts along the way. A good percentage of smokers are simply uneducated when it comes to tossing butts and the toxic implications left for nature to defend.

Tracking Litter Offenders

A website you may want to visit is LitterButt.com. They even sell stickers one can display to help create more awareness on this topic. As awareness grows many US states are now implementing new litter laws with stiff fines and requirements of community service for butt tossing offenders.

Butts Sticker

Questioner: So What If I Throw My Butts on the Ground? They’re Biodegradable, Right?

Answer: WRONG!! If you throw your cigarette butts on the ground, they eventually find their way to the ocean and other water sheds and YOU are contributing to the most commonly found man-made waste that originates from land!

“The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Washington, D.C., compiled the results of a shoreline cleanup day conducted by volunteers last year in 68 countries. It covered a combined 34,000 miles of shoreline and collected 7 million pounds of litter, 80 percent of which had been washed from land into the water. Of the 7.7 million items of debris collected worldwide in 2006, cigarettes and cigarette butts accounted for roughly 1.9 million, the sixth consecutive year they have topped the list.

“People think they are biodegradable,” said Kathryn Novak, coordinator for the Florida branch of the Ocean Conservancy. They’re not, so think before flicking that cigarette butt out the car window.”

Tossed Lit Cigarette Butts Can Cause Fires

Another concern over tossing butts is their potential to start deadly fires. They have been known to start major forest fires, burn down retail buildings, complexes, homes, and cause extensive damage to all types of personal property.

We ask that smokers pay attention to how they discard butts. Please be responsible, and snuff those butts in a proper container. The accumulated butts are probably best disposed of in a toxic waste facility! Really … although that isn’t a requirement.

Thirdhand Smoke Effects DNA

On March 17th, 2014 Fox News reported new findings on the effects of “thirdhand smoke” from cigarettes and how it can damage DNA.

The revealing information points to the significant consequences secondhand some has on personal and home furnishings when they become covered with second hand smoke.

Items like clothing, drapes and curtains, all types of furniture, carpets, wallpaper (really any item where second hand smoke adheres) become permanent toxic delivery vehicles.

Bo Hang, at the Lawrence Berkeley lab, found that when nicotine in secondhand smoke reacts with nitrous acid in the air, it creates new compounds called nitrosamines. Hang discovered that these nitrosamines can bond to human DNA in a way that damages genes and gives rise to the potential for cells to become cancerous.

Children are at greater risk of coming into contact with nitrosamines as they crawl about, drop things and pick them up, put their fingers in their mouths.

Thirdhand smoke is there all the time – means that your exposure doesn’t end when they put that cigarette out. You’re being exposed constantly,” Schick from the University of California commented.

Thirdhand Smoke Adheres to WallsThe entire news report reveals how the effects of smoking in a home can linger long after the smokers move from the residence. This revealing study makes one think twice before buying a car, RV, home or any used item that belonged to a smoker.

One study examined homes that were previously occupied by smokers and the effects on children who moved into them. They found the children actually had higher levels of nicotine in their blood than children who moved into non-smoking homes.

Firsthand, secondhand, and now thirdhand smoke reveals that effects linger and can harm anyone in contact.

To read the entire article and watch the video news feed, visit > Thirdhand Smoke Poses Cancer Risk

Surgeon General: Smoking Poses Greater Risks Than Originally Thought

The tobacco related news is buzzing this week with a critical new report from the Surgeon General on the dangers of smoking.

This report was shared on Friday, Jan 17th, 2013 and lists many more associated diseases including great concern for children’s health risks.

The report makes makes it clear that second hand smoke is just as dangerous as directly inhaling a cigarette.

Additional diseases added to the list effect all age groups: young, middle aged, and aging population:

  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Macular degeneration that can blind older adults.
  • Two additional types of cancers: liver and colorectal.

Number of Deaths Since 1964: 20.8 Million

The report also noted the number of deaths related to smoking since the very first Surgeon General Report published back in 1964. About 20.8 million people in the U.S. have died from smoking-related diseases since then. That is staggering yet not surprising. 2.5 Million of those who died who directly related to second hand smoke. The report also stated that 100,000 of the smoking-caused deaths over the past 20 years were babies who died from SIDS or other types of complications related to health problems caused from the parent’s smoking (or direct household exposure.)

When you think of all the American deaths caused by war, stop and think again how tobacco related deaths equal 10 times the number of of all the nation’s wars combined. For an excellent summary of the report. There is no safe cigarette, period.