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Injunction Made in Lawsuit Fighting FDA Cigarette Warnings

Five tobacco manufacturers filed a lawsuit August 2011 against the FDA over the agency’s requirement that all cigarette packages carry a graphic warning label depicting the dangers of smoking.

By September 2012 the FDA requires all packaging to have a warning label. The main argument in the lawsuit was that this requirement threatened the constitutional rights of the tobacco manufacturers.

On November 8, 2011 U.S. District Attorney Judge Richard Leon granted an injunction on behalf of the tobacco manufacturers.

Big Tobacco Win Injunction

Judge Leon suspended the FDA’s requirements until the lawsuit is resolved. Therefore, the FDA cannot require tobacco manufacturers to include one of the nine proposed graphic warnings on cigarette packaging. Judge Leon noted that forcing the companies to do so violates their 1st Amendment rights of free speech.

Graphic FDA WarningAdditionally, the images proposed by the FDA went beyond portraying fact, and appear to be a form of advocacy as they carry a powerful emotional component. Judge Leon wrote in his ruling:

It is abundantly clear from viewing these images that the emotional response they were crafted to induce is calculated to provoke the viewer to quit, or never to start smoking – an objective wholly apart from disseminating purely factual and uncontroversial information.

The five tobacco manufacturers involved are R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco Co., Commonwealth Brands Inc., Ligget Group LLC, and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Inc. The lawsuit is expected to take years to resolve.

SC Horry County Schools

Smoke Free Horry Education and Resource Center

Students in the Digital Art and Design program at the Academy for Technology and Academics in Myrtle Beach have helped create a marketing campaign aimed at educating others students about the dangers of smoking.

The Smoke Free Horry Eduction and Resource Center opened in Myrtle Beach Mall as a resource center where students can help counsel other students with a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Statistics note that 240,000 South Carolina students are exposed to second hand smoke each year. 103,000 of these kids will likely die prematurely as a result of this exposure. Each year, 6,300 South Carolina children under the age of 18 become smokers themselves.

Students Taking a Smoke-Free Stand

Horry County Schools is one of the only districts in the country with a 100% tobacco-free policy. The Smoke Free Horry Eduction and Resource Center features educational and promotional material designed by students. This project has been both a valuable learning process for the students as they have learned to create an entire campaign from idea stage to completion, as well as an effective peer-to-peer method of spreading information.

SC Horry County SchoolsIn addition to the informative brochures and unique displays featuring facts and statistics about smoking and its harmful effects, the Digital Art and Design students have created a game, designed tee shirts, and even offer backpacks and yo-yos as part of their promotional campaign spreading the smoke-free message.

Spreading the No-Tobacco Message

Students working on the Smoke Free Horry campaign have travelled to various schools to help spread their message. Teachers, school administrators, and others who have partnered with this group are impressed with the entire process and look forward to seeing the positive outcome of such an innovative campaign.

Horry County Schools hopes that through youth risk surveys administered year to year, students’ answers regarding tobacco issues will indicate the peer-to-peer informational campaign is working.

Reference: http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/09/21/2402086/smoke-free-center-to-open-with.html

Cigarette Smoke Exposure Not Safe in Any Amount

Have you seen the recent new headline: Surgeon General Issues Latest Warning: Tobacco Smoke Exposure Not Safe in Any Amount?

Statistics highlight how one in five Americans are first-hand smokers. Whether these smokers have one cigarette a week, or an entire pack a day, the poisonous effects of cigarette smoke does not discriminate.

There are millions of others who are exposed to second-hand smoke, whether regularly or irregularly. These people are also at equal risk to the poisonous effects of tobacco smoke.

The Surgeon General stresses that no amount of cigarette smoke is safe for anyone.

Surgeon General’s Warning

For over 45 years the Surgeon General has been issuing strong warnings about the consequences of smoking and tobacco exposure. In the latest release, the Surgeon General warns against any and all exposure to tobacco smoke: whether a smoker or a second-hand bystander, no level of smoke is considered safe.

Social smokers often consider their habit “safer” because their exposure is limited to a cigarette here and there. Not so, claims the Surgeon General. Cigarette smoke immediately travels from the cigarette, into the lungs, and into the blood stream.

The toxins then attack the blood vessels, causing them to narrow, and even encourages clotting of the blood. This increases the person’s chance of heart attack or stroke.

Immediate Effects of Cigarette Smoke

There are numerous deadly effects of smoking on the body. Specific immediate effects pointed out by the Surgeon General include:

  • The blood pumped through the body carries the toxins from the tobacco to every organ, thus affecting every organ’s functioning.
  • The tobacco smoke’s toxins affect the body’s DNA, leading to different types of cancers.
  • The functions of the lungs are affected by the tobacco smoke’s poisons, leading to COPD.

While smoking for longer periods of time will increase the negative effects of smoking, no cigarette—not even one, and not even second-hand smoke—is a safe amount to be exposed to.

The Only Solution: Prevention

No matter how long a person has been smoking, quitting is the best thing that can be done to stop the poisoning and toxic effects of cigarettes on the body. Quitting at any stage gives your health a boost.

Reference: “Surgeon General: One Cigarette is One Too Many” by Lauran Neergaard
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Smoking Bans – Smokers Not Hire Ready

Employers are using smoking vs. non-smoking as one of the criteria to hire employees.

Whether a person smokes or not could be a deciding factor even before you have been E-Verified.

For smokers looking for gainful employment, their addiction makes the possibilities even harder than they may realize.

Fair Debate for Smokers and Non-Smokers

Smokers are willing and able to work in smoke-free environments and can put up with it in order to work.

Once that craving hits though, they will sneak outside on breaks to have a few puffs of nicotine until quitting time. The working smoker’s perception is they have the best of both worlds – a smoke-free environment on the inside of the workplace and a chance to smoke on the outside during working hours.

The non-smokers want to work in smoke-free environments. A smoking policy inside an employees place of employment will provide an environment free of second hand smoke … except:

What if the employee who smokes reeks of cigarettes

What if the second hand smoke finds its way through open windows, doors, and hallways from around the building.

What if smokers begin smoking in bathrooms, or stairwells?

Then an environment is not truly smoke free and for employees a non smoking is really non-existent.

The Win/Win/Lose

Hospitals and other smoke-free conscious employers are pulling out the stops for justifying their no smoking policies.

With the current healthcare reform policy, employers are justifying the testing of potential employees.  Nicotine tests similar to random drug testing are qualified and being administered.

If non-smokers are hired it is less likely the employee will be hospitalized for ailments related to lung cancer. Insurance cost savings is the rationale for these tests because they can save on costly medical expenses in the future.

Medical costs will be considerably less because symptoms related to asthma, bronchial infections, and allergies will not exist.  Families will be healthier and have less cause to visit the doctor or fill a prescription.  Insurance premiums will not have to cover as many catastrophic illnesses related to smoking and second hand smoke.

If a ban on hiring smokers is embraced by businesses in all 50 states, a long road of tough economic times will be facing those that smoke if they refuse to quit.  Smokers will feel defeated not because they lack the skills to perform their jobs but lack the skills to quit smoking to gain and keep their jobs.  Being a smoker will have a stigma that has obvious and detrimental consequences.

Quit While You Can

These bans are the sign of the times and smokers need to prepare to move with them.  If you are currently unemployed, be aware that your smoking addiction is a possible criterion as to whether you land the next job.

Still working and smoking? Higher insurance rates especially for smokers and other unnecessary risk takers are certain to be the norm. Cessation Programs may have some provisions that give you a timeline to quit before your insurance rates and premiums are dramatically increased.

An important part of your life may be your career.  Do not let smoking be the thing that ends it.

References:

  1. WHO POLICY ON NON-RECRUITMENT OF SMOKERS OR OTHER TOBACCO USERS
  2. Smokers Not Hired

Cassius Cheong’s Positively Quit! Manual

It’s estimated that about 45.3 million adults in the United States smoke.

Are you one of them?

Do you love someone who smokes?

Amongst all these smokers reports say that about half of them try to quit every year. Only 5% experience success; the other 95% fail.

Why? Most Everyone Knows the Dangers of Smoking

With the wealth of information on health and lifestyle diseases we all know the dangers of cigarette smoking and its implications on health.

Why then do so many people smoke? And more importantly why, despite their most heroic efforts, do almost all of them fail to quit.

With all the methods to help smokers become non-smokers available on the market today why do they fail?

In Cassius Cheong’s book Positively Quit! Manual he explains what years of research into cigarettes and smoking as well as his own experience with quitting smoking have taught him.

Cheong’s First Hand Experience Lays the Groundwork for Quitting

After twenty years of a pack a day smoking Cheong first attempted to quit in 1994 after the birth of his son. Using many of the common quitting smoking methods around today he failed time and time again.

Eventually he began to dive diligently into researching cigarettes, smoking, and quitting smoking. After ten years of intensive research Cheong was able to apply what he learned and successfully quit smoking – for good!

In Positively Quit! Manual Cheong teaches you in 59 easy to read pages what he learned and what worked for him and his numerous clients.

Are You a Stop Smoking Myth Believer Too?

Most cigarette smokers believe many of the myths associated with smoking.

One of the most influential in failing to quit smoking is that nicotine is harder to quit than heroine or cocaine. With this myth firmly planted as fact in the mind of a smoker who wants to quit, he’s practically failed before he’s begun.

This manual approaches quitting smoking from a unique, alternative perspective. Putting to rest false myths about smoking, learning about why you started smoking and what keeps you smoking, and looking at smoking and quitting from an entirely new view are paramount to the success of this program.

A Unique Approach Brings Stop Smoking Success

Cheong calls his manual “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Quitting Smoking.” He tells the readers that if you can open your mind, are an independent thinker, have a rational more than emotional mind, and really want to quit then you can.

Following his easy to read and understand manual will dispel the myths that keep you a smoker and help you unlock the tools within you to finally quit smoking for life!

Cassius Cheong's Positively Quit! Manual CoverWith questions that get you thinking and checklists to help you discover the core issues of smoking you’ll finally understand more about smoking and you.

Once you know a bit more you’ll be ready to face your smoking addiction head on and win!

If you’ve tried Nicotine Replacement Therapy, cold turkey quitting, weaning off tobacco products, and other commonplace quitting approaches with no luck Cassius Cheong’s Positively Quit! Manual may just be the book you need to beat cigarettes once and for all.

Armed with facts about smoking and fierce determination you too can join the rest of the non-smokers enjoying life without cigarettes.

It is also important to mention that the Positively Quit Manual has received 13 five star 6 four star reviews. You can read what others have to say by visiting the link below.

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“The Thinking Person’s Guide to Quitting Smoking.”

Research Discovers Tobacco in Cigarettes Contain Live Bacteria Strains and Human Pathogens

Scientific American just published an article by Brett Isreal with a stiff warning that users of tobacco products are also inhaling live bacteria into their lungs when they smoke tobacco.

The amount of carcinogenic substances and chemicals in cigarettes has been the bulk of the research studies, along with the effects of nicotine addition, until now.

This new research study at University of Maryland points to “hundreds of different strains of bacteria” being introduced to the body with cigarette use. The facts found in this research study begin to explain why smokers contract so many infections and chronic diseases.

The live bacteria, which they are inhaling also contains human pathogens. This is a very serious discovery and researches are trying to deal with the public health implications and additional risks from the second-hand smoke.

Almost every organ in the human body system is harmed by smoking cigarettes. The evidence points to high risks for catching colds, influenza, asthma, bacterial pneumonia, and even interstitial lung disease.

Cancer research facilities are finding the news of this study exciting because it spurs on new research opportunities on the bacterial diversity of tobacco. This is critical research to help scientist understand the dangers for everyone who is exposed, whether they are the smoker or a passerby who experiences the smoke indirectly.

pic-bacteriasThe discovery of bacteria contamination in tobacco leaves prior to harvesting caused concern over what happens when the tobacco is harvested and made into tobacco products and cigarettes. The answer that was found is that the harvested tobacco was also contaminated and was a breading ground for various bacterial strains.

The health implications of smoking that was once thought to just be related to ingesting heavy metals, carcinogenic chemicals, and dealing with the negative effects of nicotine has just added another contributor.

The concern of smoking bugs by inhaling them deep into the lungs is a pretty gruesome picture. I thought parasites were bad.

Stay tuned for new health alerts once this study circulates providing the public is made aware.

Excuse me honey, while I go outside to inhale some bugs in that tasty cigarette!

Credit: Brett Israel and Environmental Health News & Scientific American

60 Research Papers on Toxicity of Smoking Destroyed in 1992 by Imperial Tobacco Company

Report from Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Earlier this month it was reported in an abstract paper by Canadian Medical Association Journal that British American Tobacco had its affiliate, the Imperial Tobacco company destroy over sixty research documents dating back to 1992.

With this action now surfacing the embarrassment for big tobacco could also lead to future litigation due to the implications of the information discovered in the studies.

Studies on Carcinogenics in Cigarettes and Nicotine Addiction

The documents were internal research studies to better understand the effects of smoking cigarettes and offered evidence on the negative and addictive effects of smoking and nicotine addiction.

Specifically the sixty documents focused on cigarette carcinogenics and their addictive nature.

At the time, worries about this information becoming public provoked the destruction of the documents for fear that if the people became less attracted to nicotine the loss of revenue could greatly effect the British American Tobacco giants profits. Also, if the evidence found in the research made its way to government regulators it would most likely lead to regulatory implications and actions that could effect the growth and profits of the industry.

By visiting the CMAJ website you can read the original abstract.

Abstract by David Hammond, Michael Chaiton, Alex Lee, and Neil Collishaw

View the CMAJ PDF files containing a summary of the studies:

Denying Your Rights to Know

Smoking ResponsibilityIf you are a smoker and think that you haven’t been manipulated into smoking think again.

The proof of the dangers of smoking cigarettes has been known for a long time and it should make you as mad as hell that you weren’t made aware by those dispensing them before you started the habit.

Had you known the facts of these studies you could have made a real choice. Rather than protect the consumer, it is our opinion that Big Tobacco was and still is more interested in creating profits than protecting anyone’s health, or the health of those breathing a smoker’s second hand smoke.

Research Focus on Two Important Points

We need to also mention that two points in the sixty studies revealed that second-hand smoke, especially from low-delivery cigarettes was more toxic than directly smoking, and smoking filtered cigarettes lead to greater smoke inhalation for about the same amount of nicotine intake.

Hopefully uncovering the science in these documents will lead to positive steps for creating greater awareness on the dangers of tobacco addiction as the science behind this news is uncovered and shared with others.

Credit & Copyright: David Hammond, Michael Chaiton, Alex Lee, and Neil Collishaw
Destroyed documents: uncovering the science that Imperial Tobacco Canada sought to conceal
Can. Med. Assoc. J. 0: cmaj.080566v1.

Herbal Stop Smoking Aid – Using Homeopathic Medicines to Quit Smoking

We all know the dangers of smoking, even the dangers associated with second smoke are well documented.

With this alarming information constantly etched into the mind why then, do smokers continue to smoke?

And even more important, is there a safe, sure fire way for them to quit?

Coming into recent attention are the use of homeopathic medicines (herbs) to ease the difficult withdrawal symptoms that keep many smokers from trying to stop and drives many smokers who are attempting quitting back to smoking.

Click to check out > Smoke Deter Natural Stop Smoking Aid

In the Face of Withdrawal Symptoms Many Smokers Pick Up Again

The withdrawal symptoms associated with ending this powerful addiction are headache, nausea, nervousness and irritability, food cravings, cough, shortness of breath, aches and pains, cold sweats, and more.

No wonder the smoker is reluctant to try to stop. But the trade off for not quitting is a continued spiral of adverse health effects that are far worse than the temporary and uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.

Discovering the Theory of Homeopathic Medicine

For years homeopathic doctors have used certain herbs to treat these uncomfortable symptoms separately with success.

Derived from the Greek words “homoios” meaning similar and “pathos” meaning disease or suffering, homeopathic medicine employs the use of plants, minerals, and animals to illicit the same symptoms the ‘sick’ person is experiencing.

Although this may sound strange it is logical and has been proven over centuries to work.

The body’s symptoms caused from the sudden change are the body trying to restore itself to homeostasis or balance. Therefore, encouraging and even evoking those symptoms enables the body to find that balance and heal.

Common Homeopathic Medicines and Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

Some of the common homeopathic medicines used to treat the symptoms associated with withdrawal from nicotine addiction are:

  • Black Spruce
  • Monkshood
  • Oates
  • Poison Nut

These traditional homeopathic medicines treat not only the physical symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and food cravings but also the emotional and mental symptoms of withdrawal like nervousness and irritability too.

Smoke Deter Homeopathic Quit Smoking ProductThe benefit of using a natural, homeopathic aid to ease withdrawal symptoms instead of common over the counter and prescription aides is that the OTC treatments continue to supply the body with dangerous, addictive nicotine. The homeopathic medicines allow the smoker to successfully work through the period of withdrawal until they have ceased without the continued assault of toxic elements.

It is important to understand that if you choose the patch, gum, or other nicotine products you’re only extending the withdrawal period from nicotine.

Homeopathic medicines let you face the withdrawal symptoms head on and win!

Smoke Deter Battles Withdrawal Symptoms with Homeopathic Medicines

There is a liquid spray, “Smoke Deter” that utilizes the homeopathic medicines mentioned earlier in one product to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking and enable the smoker to quit for good.

This product comes in a spray that is used in the mouth that delivers the all natural medicines quickly and safely by sublingual application.

The medicines are absorbed by the blood vessels under the tongue and quickly delivered to the body to stop the symptoms.

Smoke Deter uses Monkshood, Oat, Ignatia Amara, and Poison Nut to aid with the mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms like stress, nervousness, mental hysteria, and the physical symptoms induced by stress.

It also contains Black Spruce, Monkshood, Arsenicum Iodatum, Lung (Pulmo-porcine,) Plantago Major, Quibracho, Stricta Pulomaria (Lung Wort), and Tabacum to treat the physical symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, cravings, aches and pains, headaches, cough and cold like symptoms, and lung and bronchial inflammation.

Smoke Deter has been proven to work by its many users whose testimonials give credence to this all natural products ability to help the smoker battling to quit to win the battle over withdrawal symptoms and finally become a non-smoker.

You can easily learn more about this unique product which is getting excellent reviews.

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Smoke Deter Works

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May 31 Celebrate World No Tobacco Day

In 1987 World No Tobacco Day was created by WHO, the World Health Organization.

With a focus on the negative health effects of tobacco smoking, the aim of May 31st is to reduce tobacco deaths each year.

Right now that number stands at about five million yearly. That number is expected to double within the next ten years which is pretty scary.

On this date WHO provides awards to individuals and organizations who have supported the cause of reducing tobacco use in exceptional ways.

We are looking forward to see to whom this year’s awards are given for their outstanding work to bring greater awareness to the world.

Ban on Tobacco Advertising

Just last year, WHO moved to lobby for a ban on tobacco advertising because of the obvious link between ads aimed to get young people to start smoking and ads that attempt to make smoking look attractive, appealing, or whatever motivator they can conjure up to market the poisons they package.

The Great American Smokeout is another world event, which is recognized the Third Thursday in November. Just in time for the holiday season. This is a gift that can keep on giving for it can save a life if a smoker stops in time.

This Years World No Tobacco Day Theme – Tobacco Health Warnings

pic-crushing-ciggysThis year the celebration is centered around warning people around the globe about the dangers of tobacco and cigarette use.

Attention is drawn to the practices that big tobacco companies partake to keep the smoking epidemic growing each year even though every year thousands of lives are lost due to the dangerous effects of smoking.

Some deaths are also due to second hand smoke, and links have been made to smoking during pregnancy and the negative effects it has on the fetus and baby.

Pass the Word – No Smoking!

On May 31st, take the lead and tell everyone you know to pass the word. One voice at a time may make the difference in someone’s life.

Watch this short video to see what the effects in just one year from the accumulation of tar in cigarettes.

 

Will New FDA Regulations Backfire and Lend Big Tobacco a Hand?

Government tobacco regulation has been a topic of discussion for years.

Today, the house approved a bill titled, “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” that would allow the FDA the power to regulate the sale of tobacco products and the ingredients they contain.

For instance, tobacco companies would be banned from adding fruity flavors or additives designed to hook young smokers.

Look Dad, I Can Smoke, Too

pic-candy-ciggysDepending on your age, you may remember the candy cigarettes given to kids. I remember eating them and mimicking my parent’s smoking habits. In those days, the dangers of smoking was downplayed and the uphill battle to expose their risks had not yet kicked in.

Recently, R J Reynold’s Camel No 9 marketing tactics were similar. They aimed their campaign at young women smokers with packaging that is dressed up in pretty pink, a light and luscious slogan, and parties offering gifts. If this bill makes it through congress, perhaps the FDA will take steps to curb actions that attempt to entice young smokers to the negative effects of smoking tobacco products.

We wonder how closely the FDA will view all the harmful additives in cigarettes, and how much of a difference it will make in the end. The FDA does not have a strong track record in keeping toxic substances out of food or personal care products. Therefore, how well will they regulate products we inhale or chew?

Another thing to consider are the existing cigarette ingredients. If they are to be “grandfathered in” like the cheap ingredients found in many personal care products, the FDA could end up allowing more toxic substances in consumer items than they already do.

Imagine the FDA regulation of tobacco products backfiring and thus supporting Big Tobacco’s idea to manipulate FDA regulation by advertising that their products as “FDA Approved.”  This would give people the wrong idea: that there is a safe cigarette.

Hopefully, by the time this bill is approved, it will be well thought out. At least the government is attempting to take the lead in addressing the unchecked power over people’s health that Big Tobacco has had for years.

Times are changing, this is a good thing.