Saturday, September 6, 2008

New poll Q on my blog

Me updated the poll Q on my blog. It basically deals with the topic of banning menthols. I saw a prosmoking site the otha day, and the smoker asked a good Q about the claim of "us" representing the majoriity of menthol smokers. "Where's the proof that Afro-Americans actually represent the majority of menthol smokers?"

While I agree menthols are the most popular cig for "us" in general, I do see his point of menthols could be very popular among W smokers in several US regions/states. Like just cause Newports is the #1 brand for those of "us" who smoke in the Windy City doesn't necessarily mean menthols are the most poipular among smokers in every single Black comunity.

I can actually go along with that point of antis shouldn't assume that all menthol smokers are Blacks. The Black Caucus anti group wants to "Save our community" and sh!t by banning menthols. Afta all, me has seen W's smoking menthols in my town before.

How does banning menthols save my life anyway? A miracle in making HIVs vanish is one way that anti group can "save lives in our community."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Most smokers ain't mentally strong

There is somethang else missing from the brainwashed smokers. When was the last time you heard a smoker say "I'm not changing for anyone?"

The last time I heard that it came out of my gf's mouth actually. She has no intention of quitting smoking, and she refuses to quit for anyone else's sake. She's the only smoker I ever met who refuses to quit period (aside from the few online smokers I met in person).

If she refuses to change herself for anyone, I'm sure that includes her saying "I ain't gonna quit smoking to make Big Daddy happy."

If more smokers in America had that mindset, then we would have more outraged smokers towards the high tobacco taxes as well as the numerous smoking bans.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Live somewhere with a no smoking in cars with kids law? Get a SUV!

My gf loves SUVs cause they big and they got those tainted windows. She doesn't like the idea of ANYONE disturbing her privacy from the outside, especially cops.

But I figured if we can get away with lil thangs in her SUV since the cops can't tell if we even have seat belts on, a smoker in say Maine can use an SUV to drive with kids inside of it.

A smoke cop can only pull a vehicle over if he/she sees a kid inside of the vehicle with a smoker. But a cop can only see the kid in an actual car. The cop can see nada from an SUV window.

An SUV is a nice vehicle too for making love with your opposite-sex mate outside without the public seeing sh!+ as well.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Researchers wnt tobacco

http://tinyurl. com/6ljfyw

While international smoking trends continue to drive up demand for
South Carolina's tobacco, researchers are studying alternative uses
for the plant.

"It's a plant that produces a fair amount of soluble protein in its
biomass," explains Bruce Fornum,

Ph.D., of Clemson University's Pee Dee Research and Education
Center, "So there's the opportunity to genetically modify that
tobacco to produce other proteins that might be useful - possibly as
an industrial protein or as a pharmaceutical protein. That would give
tobacco farmers another avenue.

"We've tested materials here at the station and have conducted
several on-farm tests in South Carolina. Tobacco has some real
advantages. Along with the protein, it's self-pollinating so you
don't have problems like airborne pollen."

Several colleges with ag schools are conducting experiments to both
improve the tobacco plant and identify alternative uses. Clemson,
North Carolina State, the University of Georgia and the University of
Central Florida
are just some of the institutions in tobacco country
that have on-going programs and projects.

Meanwhile, in California, researchers at Stanford University are
growing and testing in injectable cancer vaccine in genetically
engineered plants.

In the private sector; researchers and bioengineering entrepreneurs
have already begun to use tobacco plants as hosts for processes that
may produce new antibiotics, vaccines, cancer treatments, blood
substitutes
, biodegradable plastics and industrial enzymes and
solvents.

Others are exploring the possibility of growing genetically
engineered tobacco plants near munitions dumps to decontaminate the
soil.

While tobacco grown for such purposes doesn't sell, per pound, for as
much as that sold for cigarettes, it has a much shorter growing cycle
and it's not as labor intensive as flue-cured tobacco. Also, an acre
of land can grow 100,000 biotech tobacco plants, but only 6,000
plants for traditional use.

One cigarette company that's looking seriously at pharmaceutical uses
of tobacco is J.J. Reynolds. They've created a subsidiary, Targacept,
to compete with Eli Lily and Abbot Laboratories in developing
nicotine-based drugs to treat Alzheimer's.

However the leaf is utilized, Galloway believes tobacco farming is
going to be around for a long time. "The next generation or two,
there could be some drastic changes," he says, "but right now, I
think we'll be growing tobacco for a long time.'

"It's a commodity that we'll see grown in the Carolinas for quite
some time," agrees Fornum. "We have excellent farmers in "South
Carolina
. That's one reason I think there's a bright future."

David Branham, S.C. Farm Bureau's Director of Commodity of Commodity
Relations, also thinks that tobacco has a future in South Carolina.

"Farm Bureau does not promote the use of tobacco products, especially
among young people, but as long as tobacco is a legal crop and as
long as people can obtain it legally, our farmers will continue to
grow it."

Growing Tobacco to Fight Diabetes group of biomedical scientists from
the University of Central Florida have established that insulin
capsules produced from transgenic tobacco plants can cure diabetes in
mice. Dr. Henry Daniell and his molecular biology team isolated
freeze-dried plant cells from tobacco plants that were modified
genetically with insulin genes. The isolated cells were then put into
a powdered form and administered to five-week-old diabetic mice.
After an eight-week treatment, the glucose levels in both the blood
and urine were at normal levels. In addition, the beta cells began
producing optimum levels of insulin. Five or ten years from now,
tobacco farmers could wind up in the pharmaceutical industry.

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