Saturday, November 15, 2008

An original post from me

There was a time when I had fears for my own mother. I used to think just smoking one cig would kill her. I rememba when she used to cuss at me a lil bit when I used to complain about her smoking and what it would do to her before I became a teen.

When I became a teen, some people online think it was wrong of her to motivate me to try smoking. But her point back then was I can't complain about smoking if I don't try it first.

And now I don't have those same fears anymore. When I tried my first-ever menthol in life (a Newport of course), it was almost like love at first sight. As darn good as that cig tasted to me, I didn't understand what was up with all of the "new negativity" towards smoking. Back in the early 90s it was new negativity.

And now in modern times, I see that negativity has no effect on people still smoking to this day. Sh!t, seeing kids smoke Newports in the streets during warmer weather wasn't common in my adolescent days, but it is now. If it's illegal in this state for an underage person to be smoking in public, regardless of age, it ain't being enforced in our neighborhoods.

I know what would happen if an anti tried complaining to one of us about our smoking. My mother cussed me out, but she neva hurt me before in my life. She was nice in confronting opposition towards her smoking. But I met my share of smokers who ain't afraid to literally fight over a crybaby.

My mother would say "Jason, shut the he!! up!" and that's it.

But a more common reaction in modern times (from anotha smoker around here) is: "I smoke. And what I do in my life is none of your Fkin business. Get the he!! away from me if you don't want to get hurt, a-hole!"

I think antis need to see the truth on that negativity being lies the easy way instead of the hard way. hee hee

FDA News


Source:
CNN, 2008-11-14
Author: Anjali Cordeiro, Dow Jones Newswires; 201

The changing of the guard in Washington is expected to translate into higher taxes and tougher regulation of the U.S. tobacco industry, which is already under pressure from steadily weakening cigarette sales.

Industry watchers widely expect Congress to enact legislation this year that will allow an increase in federal excise taxes on tobacco products to help fund an expansion in the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Also, likely to be on the agenda are measures that would allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the tobacco industry. The changes could pose fresh challenges for the three major U.S. cigarette makers, Altria Group Inc. (MO), Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and Lorillard Inc. (LO). . . .


"Both the FDA bill and the SCHIP funded by tobacco tax have demonstrated bipartisan support and therefore present the new Congress and the new president with the opportunity for early victories," says Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an organization that works to reduce tobacco use. "This president and this Congress is likely to be more supportive to efforts to reduce tobacco use than any in history."

"It's a more adversarial environment for tobacco companies," says Stifel Nicolaus analyst Christopher Growe.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quitting smoking saves lives and money? Yeah right!

So quitting smoking can save my life when it comes to never becoming a victim of crime in the streets? And while I wouldn't be spending money on cigs, I could use that money to buy Bull tickets or even a J or two. No thanks on Bull tickets. A cig carton is much cheapa than those tickets.

ARTICLE LINK

Quitting Smoking Saves Lives and Money: New American Lung Association Report Finds Most States Failing to Adequately Protect Residents and Their Bottom Line


Last update: 4:00 a.m. EST Nov. 13, 2008
WASHINGTON, Nov 13, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- -Treatments and Services Provided by Each State to Help Smokers Quit Now Available at www.lungusa.org-
If you smoke, quitting can save you money as well as your life. However, where you live can help or hurt your ability to quit. According to a new report, Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage, released today by the American Lung Association, states are missing a big opportunity to help smokers quit and to save themselves money by covering comprehensive tobacco treatments.
"Millions of dollars and countless lives could be saved each year if more smokers quit," said Bernadette Toomey, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "Smoking's devastating toll in death and suffering is well known. Nearly every family has been touched by tobacco-related illness. But what's less known is the tremendous burden that treating these ailments places on our economy. States cannot continue to ignore this unfortunate reality."
Recent studies estimate that lifetime savings in tobacco-related health expenditures for every former smoker total more than $20,000. Furthermore, employers and insurance plans could save up to $210 per year for every covered smoker who quits. For each pregnant woman who quits smoking, there is a potential cost savings to the U.S. health care system of $881 with each premature birth prevented.
"One adult in five smokes; that's more than 43 million Americans," said Toomey. "Helping smokers quit benefits us all - smokers and nonsmokers alike. Unfortunately, many smokers lack access to the tools needed to help them succeed. Providing these treatments and tools as a fully-covered, comprehensive insurance benefit increases the willingness of smokers to try to quit and improves their likelihood of success."
The American Lung Association calls upon each state to provide all Medicaid recipients and state employees with comprehensive, easily-accessible tobacco cessation medications and counseling. The Lung Association recommends states eliminate artificial barriers such as co-pays, limits on the length of treatment and prior authorization requirements that can make it harder for smokers to get the help they need. Eliminating these barriers is critically important for people with limited incomes, because they create obstacles that greatly discourage these smokers from getting the help they need.
The Lung Association recommends that private insurance plans should also offer comprehensive cessation coverage and encourages states to require all insurance companies to cover these treatments. To date, only eight states (California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota and Rhode Island) have enacted legislative or regulatory standards mandating private health insurance companies to provide cessation coverage.
Comprehensive coverage requires providing open access to the seven cessation medications and three forms of counseling recommended to treat nicotine addiction by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These medications include over-the-counter and prescription nicotine-replacement-therapies and two non-nicotine prescription drugs: bupropion, varenicline. According to HHS, counseling should include at least four individual, group or telephone therapy sessions lasting no less than 10 minutes each.
"Smoking is widely recognized as a disease of nicotine addiction," said Norman Edelman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association. "Just like any other health condition, patients respond differently to various tobacco cessation treatments. Most smokers try to quit more than once and may need to try different treatments in subsequent attempts. States must make it easier for smokers to access all recommended treatments. There is no one size fits all therapy."
Presently, only seven states provide comprehensive coverage for Medicaid recipients: Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Six states do not cover cessation treatments for Medicaid recipients: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. Among the states that provide Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessation treatments, most impose artificial barriers to coverage including sometimes costly co-pays and limitations on the duration of treatments.
Just six states provide comprehensive cessation coverage for state employees. Those states are Alabama, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and New Mexico. Beyond that, 38 states cover at least some cessation medications, leaving much room for needed improvement.
"The American Lung Association is committed to helping smokers quit," said Toomey. "We offer several free or low cost services such as our Freedom From Smoking Program that helps thousands of people quit smoking each year. Still, this is by no means a substitute for the kind of support that is urgently needed from each and every state across the country."
Information on American Lung Association cessation services, including our Freedom from Smoking program, can be accessed by calling the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or by visiting www.lungusa.org.
The new Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage report also provides an index of cessation services and treatments offered in each state. This information can be found by visiting www.lungusa.org.
About the American Lung Association: Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates are currently increasing while other major causes of death are declining. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is "Improving life, one breath at a time." For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to www.lungusa.org.
SOURCE American Lung Association

Smoke-free casinos may likely have crappy food

Here's anotha reason why you shouldn't gamble at a smoke-free casino. I heard the Grand Victoria Casino is now selling crappy food...just hearing that makes me wanna puke.

I ain't stepping foot into that casino, even if I neva smoked. If a casino can't sell FESH food, then I hope even nonsmoking gamblers say "Hasta la vista!" to that casino. Of course, smoking activists know why the casino's food is crappy. The revenues for the casino are so low, they can't even afford to buy new stocks of food items in order to keep their gambling customers happy.

The smoking ban and that new fact on selling crappy food are the two reasons why Grand Victoria Casino is going down. I don't even think a homeless person would wanna eat a plate with outdated food on it.

Vid on how far will smoking bans go?

LINK TO VIDEO


>>>>Recently, the Bay Area city of Belmont passed a law that targets people who smoke in their own homes. “I’m pretty sure I still live in America,” says smoker and Belmont resident David Scott.


>>>>But if Scott lights up once the new law takes effect in January, he might just get a visit from a police officer. The mayor who championed the new law declares, “It is our responsibility to take care of everyone!’ and a pro-ban council member who worries about smoke wafting into neighboring units compares smoking in an apartment to shooting a gun through the wall.


OOOOO! The first ever city I know of that has actually banned smoking in your own crib! It's amazing it took 10 years for a CA town to actually do it!

But I don't need no mothaFkin mayor taking care of me. If he insists on taking care of everyone including Belmont smokers, he oughta pay all of smokers' utility bills and rent for the remainder of his mayor tenure.

Smoking in an apartment is not the same thang as shooting a gun through a darn wall. Pffting through a wall can actually kill someone. If you smoke in an apartment and someone Btches about it, I wish that smoker had the right to cuss that whiner out. Sh!t, SHS even smells a lot diffferent than gun smoke.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Economy, smoking ban snuffs out casino profits

Comments area included. And me left a few comments myself in this article from the Daily Herald.

ARTICLE LINK

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Obama's dirty little secret

LINK TO PAGE of this citation (below my comments).

I wanted to actually comment on this quote from the cited page.

"I'm very sorry, sir, but you cannot board this plane with that cigar," said the agent. "But the cigar isn't lit," said my friend, "and I don't intend to light it."

"I'm sorry, but that doesn't matter. Your cigar is a threat to the other passengers."


How the he!! can an unlit cigar be a threat to passengers on a plane? That's nothang but an unlit cigar in the dude's mouth. Not a handgun.

Speaking of handguns, betta get yours now if you haven't already. Since I hear Obama intends on taking away the right to use firearms. Although that Obama law ain't gonna stop folks around here from getting guns illegally. People are already buying Newport packs illegally. No law is gonna stop em from getting a gun in an alley or a street.



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This is being written on Election Day. I will cast my vote for John McCain, but I'm sure when you read this, all will be lost, and Barack Obama will be President of the United States.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

Let me set the record straight. I don't smoke – I haven't touched a cigarette in 30 years. I don't represent a tobacco company, nor do I ever intend to represent one in the future.

But I'm appalled by the way smokers are treated.

We tax them unmercifully and force them to stand like dogs outside their workplaces, in the dead of winter, puffing on cigarettes that will eventually kill them.

Smokers are the most maligned, put-upon group of people in the world.

If you're a smoker and you light up, even your loyal pet dog looks at you with disdain. Take one lousy puff and everyone hates you.

How bad is it? Even liberals who claim they love everyone openly hate and persecute cigarette smokers. They are far kinder to heroin junkies than they are to those unfortunate people who can't break their cigarette addictions.

Libertarians are in favor of taking away smokers' rights.

People who are ready to forgive Son of Sam and Charles Manson won't give their mother a break if they catch her puffing on a Marlboro. Even those who are not smoking but just carrying an unlit cigar or cigarette are being harassed by the non-smoking Mafia.

This is a true story. A few years ago a friend of mine who was desperate to quit smoking decided to wean himself off the weed by keeping an unlit cigar clenched in his teeth. One day as he was boarding a flight from Santa Fe to Los Angeles he was stopped by the agent who was checking passengers onto the plane.

"I'm very sorry, sir, but you cannot board this plane with that cigar," said the agent. "But the cigar isn't lit," said my friend, "and I don't intend to light it."

"I'm sorry, but that doesn't matter. Your cigar is a threat to the other passengers."

"But it's not lit. I don't have matches on me."

"But it's a threatening gesture to the other passengers and I cannot let you on board."

My friend had to pocket the cigar and then get on the plane.

The sad fact is that non-smokers, in the name of fresh air, are persecuting smokers with a vengeance.

So what have we done today? We have put a smoker in power. Yes, Barack Obama is a smoker. Here is a quote by Barack Obama on his cigarette addiction:

"I'm struggling with those. I've quit before. It's one of those habits that creep up when you're stressed and you have to shake it off. It's not something I'm proud of."

But what if he's the stealth candidate of the all-powerful cigarette lobby?

Remember, there are 45 million smokers (and voters) still puffing away in the United States. What if Obama is their new poster child?

What an inauguration that will be. Imagine Obama – a cigarette dangling from his mouth – taking the oath. Delivering a great speech about protecting the rights of oppressed smokers, the speech punctuated by a hacking cough. Then, of course, comes reality. Even the President must obey the anti-smoking laws of the land.

I can't wait until some enterprising photographer with a long-range lens treats the world to a picture of our new President on January 21st. He's standing in a doorway outside the White House in his shirtsleeves, freezing his ass off because the law says he can't smoke in the White House. So our new President Barack Obama, puffing away on a Marlboro, takes his last few puffs, throws the butt down, steps on it, and then goes back into the White House to run the country.