Saturday, July 19, 2008

Is it moral to teach students about beating up smokers?

(Article below comments)

So now the schools are teaching kids they have the right to beat up ANY smoker eh?

I sincerely hope a kid doesn't try beating up his own mom or dad just cause the mom and dad happen to smoke. That's sick thinking!

Teaching a Black kid to defend him/herself from racists is understandable. But I know the schools are essentially teaching all kids to become bullies toward smokers.

I wish a kid in the streets DID try to beat me up just cause I smoke. I wouldn't be afraid to teach him/her a lesson about respecting the elderly. I am technically an elderly person to a 8 year-old antismoking kid since I'm a lot older.

I don't intend on teaching a kid to beat someone up if the adult smokes. Kids need to learn about respecting othas for their decisions in life. Now, if that adult says slurs to my future kids and/or makes physical contact with him/her, that type of beating up is different.

Whoeva wrote that offensive test Q oughta get fined if not jailed for teaching kids to be evil towards any adult who smokes.

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By Scott Leamon
WSLS10 Reporter
Published: July 18, 2008
A Roanoke County schools on-line health exam question on smoking
was "inappropriate, " according to the district's coordinator of
health and physical education.
Barry Trent said the true-false question on the rights of a "non-
smoker" to "beat up smokers" has been removed from the test.
"The students that have taken the quiz already were given points [for
the correct answer]. We've notified all students involved this
question was not written correctly and not scored correctly."
Trent said the school district was still looking into how the
question got on the test in the first place.
He said a teacher likely keyed in answer incorrectly on a computer.
Trent said the question has been taken off the test.
James Mansfield said his soon to be freshmen son at Hidden Valley
High School pointed out the question Thursday night.
A smoker himself, Mansfield called it "shocking," but accepted the
school district's explanation it was a simple mistake.
"It goes back to the question, [should the test] have been reviewed
to make sure the kids are being taught the right thing?" Mansfield
said.

Question 12

The right to express your preference that people not smoke around
you, the right to demand a non-smoking seat at a restaurant, the
right to expect smokers to properly dispose of tobacco trash (butts,
juice, etc.), and the right to beat up smokers are all things the non-
smoker has a right to do in order to avoid the dangers from passive
smoke.

Answer according to test: True

Sample of other questions and answers.

Question 10
The Food and Drug Administration requires the manufacturer to a
medicine to supply information about the drug's chemical composition,
intended us, effects, possible side effects, and cost.
Answer according to test: True.

Question 11
Cigarette-smoking is now considered the leading cause of avoidable
death in the United States.
Answer according to test: True.

Question 13
Alcohol should be considered a drug because it contains ethanol.
Answer according to test: True
http://www.wsls. com/sls/news/ local/article/ test_question_ on_beating_ up
_smokers_a_mistake_ says_school_ system/14316/

Friday, July 18, 2008

Anotha nonsmoker dies from lung cancer

e just heard during tonite's Cub game about this Cub fan who died this week at 23. He was the fan that sung the Ball Game song at Wrigley in September of last year.

A 23 year-old guy who neva smoked, still died from lung cancer. While my lover (who's at the same age) is still alive and she's smoking menthols like it's perfectly normal. And the best part is there are no immediate risks to her health.

Antis say smokers get lung cancer. But they can't explain how a nonsmoking person can get and die from LC at only 23, while a sista I know at that same age has been smoking for 8 years so far and her health is perfectly fine. Based on their illogic of smoking causing "us" to die sooner, it's a wonder why she neva got LC at say 18.....please!

I guess the reason why she neva got LC unlike that nonsmoking W-boy is cause her decision to start smoking as a teen prevented her from getting LC. Maybe that Cub fan who died at her age would've lived longa if he smoked.

Or maybe his family has a deep history of LC-related deaths...anotha valid reason why that 23 year-old nonsmoker died before my gf.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Good news for now

It's good someone else out there sees the discrimination towards me as a Black smoker when it comes to banning menthols. The best way to stop "us" from smoking is by banning menthols, right? Wrong! While some Blacks may quit, some will look into making menthols. Some may look into getting menthols from otha countries. Some may even switch to smoking weed for good which is really bad. Growing your own menthol tobacco is an option too.

Based on how good antis made menthols sound before (Menthols are more addictive, menthols have crystals in em, most of the menthol smokers are Blacks, etc), me surprised they wanna ban menthols period.

Based on their Fin illogic, leave the menthols alone so they can watch me die from smoking those cigs. If they hate us so much, let us smoke the "dangerous" menthols so we can die peacefully. LOL....a-holes!

You can keep on dreaming if you think smoking menthols for decades is a good way to commit suicide!

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http://tinyurl. com/6487eb

Bill to Give FDA Jurisdiction over Cigarettes Bill Dying or Dead for
Now // Menthol Manipulation, Racism or Racial Implications, Only
Latest Problems for the Beleaguered Bill

John F. Banzhaf III, Professor of Public Interest Law, George
Washington University Law school
2008-07-17 21:12:58 - The bill to give the Food and Drug
Administration [FDA] authority to regulate cigarettes appears to be
dying, at least in this Congress, according to a number of sources
and for a variety of reasons, says Action on Smoking and Health
(ASH), America's first antismoking organization.

FDA Week admits that "the bill's future is entirely unsure,"
especially in the Senate, where Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has vowed
to block it.

But the publication also cited other major problems the bill faces:

* "jurisdictional objections" by Natural Resources Chair Nick Rahall
(D-WV) (over Native American reservations) , and by House Ways and
Means Chair Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Appropriations
Chair David Obey (D-WI) (over user fee provisions)

* "The Congressional Black Caucus has also raised concerns about the
bill's treatment of menthol cigarettes."

* "the health of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the leading Senate
sponsor."

* testimony by FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, approved by
the Office of Management and Budget, that the FDA doesn't want to
regulate tobacco [as well as a veto threat by President Bush]

A leading tobacco blog reports that "Support for FDA Tobacco
Legislation Continues to Crumble," citing two additional antismoking
organizations which have just come out against the bill in its
present form.

The blog also cited an editorial in "Black America's Daily News
Source" which highlights the racial implications of prohibiting
virtually all other flavorings in cigarettes but specifically
exempting menthol.

Indeed, this is a theme which has resonated with many media sources
reporting to Black America. For example:

Menthol Exemption Called Risky for Black Smokers, Final Call News:

'If we're banning things such as clove and peppermint, then we should
ban menthol,' said Dr. Louis Sullivan. 'If it doesn't happen, this
bill will be discriminatory against African-Americans. ' 'The
(menthol) exemption harms the Black community,' said Robert McCaffree
of the American College of Chest Physicians. . . . William S.
Robinson, director of the African American Tobacco Prevention
Network, said his group firmly believes a better tobacco control bill
could be drafted without the support of Philip Morris, which produces
a high number of menthol brand cigarettes."

Restrictions Sought on Menthol Cigarettes, Chicago Defender:

"Black lawmakers are pushing for more government regulation of
tobacco, starting with changes to a House bill that would place a ban
on menthol cigarettes. The Congressional Black Caucus, along with the
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and other
organizations, is leading the movement to make changes to a provision
in the bill, entitled the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco
Control Act, that bans additives like cinnamon, clove and other
fruit, spice and candy flavors in cigarettes but exempts menthols.
Many believe that the exclusion of menthol from the Act is racially
charged since mostly African Americans smoke menthol cigarettes."

The menthol loophole was originally seen as racist by the
Congressional Black Caucus and many former HHS Secretaries.

For example, former HHH Secretary (and former ASH Trustee) Dr. Louis
Sullivan charged that:

"This loophole especially undermines the health of African-
Americans," and that "the bill caves to the financial interests of
tobacco companies and discriminates against African Americans-the
segment of our population at greatest risk for the killing and
crippling smoking-related diseases. It sends a message that African
American youngsters are valued less than white youngsters."

The concerns about the racial implications of the menthol loophole
have just been exacerbated by a new study showing that cigarette
makers deliberately manipulated levels of menthol -- just as they
previously manipulated levels of nicotine -- so as to attract young
(especially Black) smokers (by masking the initial harsh taste of
smoke) as well as to increase the hold on established smokers.

Many if not most of the news articles emphasized the racial impact.
For example:

Tobacco Industry Manipulated Cigarette Menthol Content To Recruit New
Smokers Among Young People, Science Daily:

"The researchers noted that race was also a factor in use and brand
choice, with African Americans as a whole more likely to use menthol
brands. . . . Earlier HSPH research described industry efforts to
target African Americans with menthol brands."

Big Tobacco Lures Young Smokers With Menthol Cigarettes: Study, US
News & World Report:

"Tobacco companies are manipulating menthol levels in cigarettes to
appeal to newer, younger smokers, part of a deliberate strategy to
get younger people, particularly African -Americans, hooked, a new
study contends. 'Menthol is being used as a candy to help the toxin
go down"

In addition, ASH has learned that former HHH Secretaries Louis
Sullivan and Joe Califano, as well as William Robinson, Executive
Director, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, met
privately with the bill's principal House sponsor, Rep. Henry Waxman
[D-CA], to urge him not to support the bill with the menthol
loophole.

They followed up their meeting with a very strong letter which said
in part:

"We want to reiterate our view that the current version of the bill,
which gives menthol a protected status, would have the effect of
discriminating against the health interests of African Americans and,
as such, the bill devalues the health of African Americans. . . .
Given the history of big tobacco's targeted marketing of menthol
cigarettes to African Americans, it is unconscionable to let Philip
Morris (or any other tobacco company) have a provision in law that
protects their ability to continue to exploit African American teens,
while the same law protects other teens from being seduced into
smoking, by banning other flavorings."

Banzhaf notes that delaying the bill until the next Congress to
remove the racially-charged menthol loophole would actually
strengthen it in other ways as well.

After January, the bill will not face the veto threat from President
Bush which seems to have forced proponents to make many concessions
to Philip Morris, as well to those who oppose regulation, in order to
obtain the votes necessary to overcome a veto.

It also would face a Congress less adverse to governmental
regulation, and more willing to pass a strong bill which can be
effective in protecting the public health.

PROFESSOR JOHN F. BANZHAF III
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School
FAMRI Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor
FELLOW, World Technology Network
2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
(202) 659-4312 // (703) 527-8418
banzhaf.net

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Meet a cigar smoker at 100 years old

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Meet Jack, who puffs his way through 10 cigars every day, enjoys a
shot of whisky and is celebrating his 100th birthday

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:13 PM on 16th July 2008

Jack Priestly is still puffing on cigars and downing whisky at the
age of 100 - after smoking every day since he was nine.

The retired baker has puffed 153,000 cigars and 715,400 cigarettes in
the last 91 years and drunk a shot of whisky in his morning cup of
tea every day since the age of 24.

Incredibly he has suffered no serious health problems related to
smoking or drinking, despite it increasing the risk of developing
cancer, heart and lung disease.

Jack Priestly from Lincoln is celebrating his 100th birthday

The centenarian started smoking 40 cigarettes a day at the age of
nine, but switched to cigars in 1966 after being told they were a
healthier option - and smoked 10 a day ever since.

Since his first puff in 1917 he has smoked 715,400 cigarettes -
35,770 packets of 20 - which would cost £207,000 at current prices.

After moving to cigars aged 58 he has smoked 153,300 ranging from
four to eight inches long. Laid end to end they would stretch nearly
15 miles.

His cigar habit would have cost nearly £450,000 at current prices but
the majority were gifts.

Jack is photographed with his late wife Louise on their wedding day
in 1940.
Jack has quenched his thirst with around 925 bottles of whisky - 693
litres, enough to fill nearly three wheelie bins.

Jack celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday (July 12) surrounded
by more than 60 family members and friends.

He said: 'I love my cigars. I wouldn't be without them. I don't care
about the brand - a cigar is a cigar.'

Jack said: 'My doctor wasn't a fan of pipes. He advised me to smoke
cigars instead. And who am I to ignore doctor's orders?'

He added: 'I've been operated on from toe to head but I've still got
a good set of lungs. There's nothing wrong with them.'

Jack's wife, Louise, died in 1993 at the age of 83 after a 27-year
battle with cancer. Jack cared for her throughout her illness.

His mother-in-law got Jack hooked on whisky. Without fail, he drinks
it as soon as he gets up - before his shower and breakfast.

Jack, from Pinchbeck, Lincs., was a baker from the age of 14.
During the Second World War he was not allow to fight - he was
ordered to stay at home and do public baking.

He has kept himself active since his retirement more than 30 years
ago and still shops twice a week, gardens and keeps chickens. He
stopped driving two months ago after he was refused insurance. He
uses a motorised scooter to get about.

Jack said: 'I don't feel my age. I've still the mind of a young man.
But if I had the company of a good woman, I'm sure I'd feel 40 years
younger in a flash.'

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tobacco and Terrorism

PDF ARTICLE LINK

OOOOO...terrorists and criminals are smuggling in cigs into the USA in the same way weed is smuggled in. That's impressive (from the standpoint of a smoker used to hood life). And the funny thang is tobacco ain't illegal. It's just too darn expensive for millions of smokers. And terrorists can make big bucks by smuggling in cheapa cigs.

I guess this smuggling has gone unnoticed cause of the fact tobacco is legal. But I guess you need smoking bans and hi-A cig prices in order to let people aware that millions of cigs are ilicit in the US.

From a smoker's standpoint, I could careless if I get my hands on illicit menthols. As long as I can get cigs to smoke without having Big Daddy force me to quit, I hope this cig smuggling can teach the govts a lesson about hi tobacco taxes.

I said before the moolah is in the cigs (and not the bank) during modern times. And how a loose pack of cigs found in the urban streets is like finding loose cash in the streets. Even if someone finds a pack and doesn't smoke, that brotha can still get money by selling the loose cigs to those who can't afford to even buy a pack.

Selling loose cigs is similar to what terrorists do with cig smuggling... they sell lots of "loose cigs."

This neat find only proves my opinion as an actual fact.

I do wonder if there are more illegal sales in cigs compared to weed sales....

Smokers should have their own places (Daily Herald)

Here's a I guess letta to the editor that reflects on one of my favorite topics and one of my strengths as a smoking activist. Here's anotha person who makes smokers sound like us. But he does it in different wording. This page's theme is smokers shouldn't be cut off from society (and have their own places to smoke instead), and I agree.

What's wrong with smokers having their own joints when Afro-Americans were legally allowed to have their own places? Neva mind the fact it's unfair for the non-Black smokers to receive the Black (negative) treatment from antismokers and the state of Illinois.

Oh yeah, we have our own communities nationwide afta being cut off from society ourselves. But if smokers tried forming smokers communities nationwide where most of the residents (in the area) are smokers, then I'll bet a million bucks smoke cops would invade a smokers community, and arrest as many folks as possible for smoking inside of places. Even if you live in your own community for smokers, you still need to abide by the same laws W folks abide by. Which includes...the smoking ban law. :(

Society can live with a Black community. But not a community with mostly smokers instead of mostly Blacks.

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"SMOKERS SHOULD HAVE A PLACE TO GO"


Craig Brenner from Hanover Park is right on in his applause for smokers who are taking a stand against the silly smoking ban in Illinois.

Why can people who choose to smoke not have a place to assemble together? Are we afraid that a nonsmoker will want to join them? I don't get it.

No one is saying smoking is a good thing to do. I think we all know better than that, but some of us choose to smoke, and to not have a single bar or restaurant to go to, well, it seems a little unconstitutional to me.

My wife and I used to go the local tavern here in town every Friday. Have a couple of beers, a burger, play darts or whatever, and enjoy the camaraderie of neighbors.

Since Jan. 1, we have gone maybe three times and each time, the place had less than half the patronage it used to. So I am sure that bar owners are feeling the pinch too.

I wonder what freedom will be the next to go.

Terry Ficcardi

Streamwood

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Smoking is good for your memory and concentration

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Smoking is 'good for your memory and concentration'

By David Derbyshire

Last updated at 12:01 AM on 14th July 2008

Smoking can aid concentration and the memory, offering hope of a nicotine pill to help Alzheimer's sufferers

Smoking can help boost memory and concentration, say scientists. The discovery offers hope of a nicotine pill that mimics these effects to treat Alzheimer's disease.

Experts are developing drugs that copy the active ingredients in tobacco that stimulate the brain without causing heart disease, cancer, stroke or addiction.

The move follows the discovery that nicotine can boost the intelligence and recall ability of animals in laboratory experiments.

The researchers, who present their latest findings at a brain conference today, hope that the new drugs, which will be available in five years, could have fewer side effects than existing medicines for dementia.

But they stress the new treatment would not be a cure for Alzheimer's disease. At best it will only give patients a few extra months of independent life.

Tobacco has long been known to have a stimulating effect on the brain. Victorian doctors recommended smoking as a means of sharpening the wits and boosting concentration.

However, the deadly side effects of cancer, stroke and heart disease, mean its benefits have been neglected by medical research.

Professor Ian Stoleman, from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, has shown that nicotine can improve the performance of rats in an intelligence and memory test.

"The substances that we call drugs have, in the majority of cases, do have a mixture of beneficial and harmful effects and nicotine no exception to this," he said.

"When we started this work 10 years ago we didn't think that we would find beneficial effects on cognitive performance on normal subjects.

"But we were able to find an effect in the sense of the acute administration of nicotine producing small improvements in performance of tasks in normal rats."

His team trained rats to respond to a brief flash of light by standing in an area of a cage. If they moved to the right spot, they were rewarded with a food pellet.

A good night's sleep can boost the memory... but only 21% of us get the recommend eight hours

After they mastered the task, the rats responded correctly around 80 per cent of the time. But after being injected with nicotine, the success rate went up 5 per cent.

The difference was much starker when the rats were distracted with loud noises. Then they got the task right 50 per cent of the time without nicotine - but 80 per cent of the time with it.

Prof Stolerman's team have studied how nicotine alters the brain's circuitry to boost memory and concentration - and identified some of key brain receptors and chemical messengers - such as dopamine and glutamate - that are involved.

They also found differences in the chain of events that leads to boosted brain power - and the chain of events that leads to addiction.

"We believe that by building on these differences it may be possible for medicinal chemists to devise compounds that produce some of the beneficial effects of nicotine," he said.

The findings are being presented today at the Forum of European Neuroscience in Geneva.

Drugs companies have been working for 10 to 15 years to develop compounds based on nicotine that produce only beneficial effects. The new discoveries could lead to a new drug - based on nicotine - within "a few years".