Saturday, October 25, 2008

A thought on modern cig ads vs. classical cig ads

Seems like during this year, if you lucky to come across cig ads at all, you might see one or two cig ads in adult mags like Playboy. The days of seeing ads based on PM brands and even RJR brands are over. I know in earlier years of this decade, me still saw a few Camel ads, and ads for Winston, Salem, and Kool...all of these beign RJR brands. But this year, they ain't in Playboy anymore.

The two cig ads I DID see in this most recent issue of Playboy had no people in it. Just a pic of the cig brand's pack. One ad was for American Spirit...I forgot the otha brand being advertised in that mag. But it sounds like a cig brand made by a US-based LIL tobacco company.

Seems like Newport is the only well-know premade brand that's still advertised in 2008 mags at all. I miss the days of seeing people in cig ads with happy looks on their faces. Big Tobacco used to make smoking look like a glamorous habit, and it IS glamorous to me. A cig ad where you just see the brand itself and no people in it isn't appealing to me...and that's likely why the companies always had people in the ads in the old days. Cayse the companies thought if they just had a pic of the pack, then nobody would be interested in trying it unless they saw some otha folks enjoying the brand.

Despite cig ads essentially being dead, people are STILL smoking. And kids are STILL experimenting with smoking. That goes to show the type of people you hang around has a bigga influence on your decision to at least try a cig. Those classical ads wre a nice way for me to learn of the different brands. But I know the Marlboro Man or Joe Camel neva motivated me to actually start smoking.

A kid who actually said "I wanna smoke Benson and Hedges cause this lady looks hot with a B&H cig" would be funny. I bet running into a chick who's smoking a Newport or a Marlboro Light while walking to school would be a MUCH bigga influence on his decision to smoke compared to a seeing a lady with a cig on a piece of paper. Of course, growing up with parents/siblings who smoke are big factors too.

I can't explain it. But seeing a chick smoke in person is more eye-catching than seeeing a chick smoke in a paper ad. Maybe it has somethang to do with a smoking chick looking betta eye-to-eye compared to a smoking chick on a piece of paper.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lung Cancer is not caused by smoking

Here's an interesting find on the LC topic. I think that 10 percent of people with LC and neva using tobacco is a lie. I bet it's more like 90 percent nonsmokers and 10 percent smokers with LC.

Most of the people with LC got it in the genes anyway. I can't imagine how smoking a cig can cause LC anyway. Sure, antis say smokers get it over time. And not immediately. But I think if anyone gets LC over time, it has nothang to do with smoking. It has more to do with that person's family history of deaths. -Jay

http://www.injurybo -news/gene- study-sheds- new-light- on-lung-cancer. aspx?googleid= 249956

A large new study by the National Institutes of Health more than doubles the number of genes associated with lung cancer and points to new treatment options.

Researchers examined DNA sequences from more than 600 genes in tumor samples taken from 188 patents with lung adenocarcinoma, the most common form of lung cancer.

Lung cancer claims the lives of more than one million people worldwide each year, including more than 150,000 people in the United States. The average 5-year survival rate is estimated at 15 percent, with survival being longest among those whose cancer is detected in the early stages.

The study, called the The Tumor Sequencing Project (TSP) found up to 26 genes that are frequently mutated in lung cancer tumors at high frequency. Earlier studies linked 10 gene mutations with lung cancer – and only five of them were known to be mutated at high frequency.

Nearly 90 percent of lung cancer patients have long standing histories of cigarette smoking, but 10 percent report no use of tobacco. Smokers' tumors carried up to 49 mutations. While none of the tumors from non-smokers was found to have more than five mutations.

More research is needed to determine what these differences mean for the management of lung cancer. However, doctors do know that in some forms of cancer, high mutation levels may cause a tumor to rapidly spread and/or be resistant to treatment.

Two-thirds of the tumors were found to carry a mutation in a gene that affects a chemical pathway called mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Which suggests this group of compounds affects the MAPK pathway – the MEK inhibitors – and may be particularly effective.

More than two-thirds of the tumors carried a mutation in a gene affecting a chemical pathway called mitogen-activated protein kinase, also known as MAPK. This suggests that a group of compounds that affect the MAPK pathway – the MEK inhibitors – may be effective. The same compounds have shown promise in a mouse model of colon cancer.

The findings also raise hope for Rapamycin, an existing drug approved for use in kidney cancer and organ transplants that affects the mTOR chemical pathway. Approximately a third of the lung tumors examined in the gene study were found to affect the mTOR pathway.

"Our research paves the way for many new therapy targets for this deadly disease," said Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, MIT and Harvard researcher.

The study was funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the October 23 issue

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Smoking still a hot topic

Quote from this linked page:

>>>The first step is the prevention of college students using tobacco at all, the second is to encourage students to stop using tobacco products, and the third step is to stop all smoke exposure for those individuals that do not smoke.

First, how are you gonna stop 1000s of college students from using tobacco at all?

Second, those college students oughta say "I'll stop using tobacco if you pay my tuition and my apartment rent/bills for my ENTIRE career as a student here." I can't imagine a smoker going to college and living in a smoke-free dorm.

The third point doesn't even deserve a comment. I hope me blowing smoke in your face won't kill you.

I wonder how many antis in this world think people will actually stop smoking if the anti says "I want you to stop using tobacco period." I'd get a kick outta seeing the (so to speak) fireworks if an anti tried talking to a smoker in my community like that. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tobacco will be an issue afta the election

While I don't keep up with politics, someone online mentioned the reason why both candidates are quiet on smoking/tobacco issues is cause they don't wanna lose smokers' votes. And then when (for example) the Dems DO win, that's when tobacco becomes a top priority to them.

I got sad news for OBama and the Dems. I think you guys lost several smokers votes already. The fact both candidates want a fed smoking ban is a turnoff for me. However, my own mother told me I shouldn't vote for Obama just cause he's a brotha, or just cause he wants a fed smoking ban. But I can assure him and McCain that they both lost several smokers' votes, among the ones who are actually involved in the battle with antis.

Smoking ban not being enforced

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Small benefits of smoking

Maybe one piece of truth nobody wants to hear is smoking PREVENTS ling cancer.

When the adult smoking rate goes down, the lung cancer rate goes up. Maybe those ex-smokers neva would've gotten LC if they neva stopped smoking.

And depending on how you wanna look at it, being s smoker saves you money since lots of nonsmokers would ratha waste their money on beer cases, Js, illegal drugs, and buying too much fast food. Smoking a cig makes a good substitute for snorting coke (which is a he!!uva lot more expensive than a cig pack).

A cig makes a good sub for even eating a bag of potato chips as a snack.