Friday, November 21, 2008

E-Cigarette gets attention from the FDA

I neva tried the E-cig before. I want a cig with tobacco in it, and not just nic. That E-Cig thang sends the message that smokers smoke just for the nic. But that's not true with every smoker. I like the actual taste of tobacco, especially the menthol tobacco. I like the smell of menthols when they're lit.

I wonder how come I still saw smoke coming outta those folks' mouths in that news clip within the article. If it has no tobacco, how can it still produce smoke?

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It looks like, puffs like, but isn't a cigarette.

There's no tar or tobacco in the electronic device called Smoking Everywhere, but because there is real nicotine, the Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether e-cigarettes should be regulated ¡ª like the nicotine patch or nicotine gum.

Both the patch and gum are sold to help people quit smoking.

Ohad Naim, who owns the Smoking Everywhere franchise at Grapevine Mills Mall, says there is no comparison. "The electronic cigarette is not a cessation device," he said. "It's more a product that will help people smoke in a healthier way and give them the convenience to smoke everywhere."

However, the Smoking Everywhere refill filters do come in what some might consider "step-down "doses ¡ª from high nicotine content to medium and low.

While marketing materials for Smoking Everywhere include the universal "no smoking" symbol, there is also a "Stop Smoking" sign at the outlet's booth ¡ª something that might get the FDA's attention.

"Again, we're not trying to market as a cessation device that will help people to quit smoking," Naim insisted.

But Rhena Panos was buying the e-cigarette for just that purpose. "I've smoked for ¡ª gosh ¡¬ over 40 years, and I've done everything there is out there to try, and so I'll give this a try," she said.

The FDA has acted on other so-called smoking alternatives. Nicotine Water was pulled off the market in 2002. It came in flavors and was suspected of being targeted at children.

After being reformulated, Nicotine Water returned for sale four years later.

Smoking Everywhere also comes in "fun flavors," including chocolate and cherry, but Naim emphasizes that it is not a product for underage users.

"For people under the age of 18, we do not sell it," he said.

Then he showed us the new "pink" Smoking Everywhere cigarette.

But unless and until the FDA rules otherwise, Smoking Everywhere remains on sale with no restrictions.

The FDA would not comment on its investigation, which is believed to focus on whether the e-cigarette should be classified as a "medical device."

Global Tobacco Control

•"[T]obacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended,"


I smoke, and tobacco hasn't killed me. Antis can say all of that BS about "When you reach your golden years, tobacco will kill you then." As crazy as it is out here, I'm lucky to live for 30 years and counting. A lot of folks out here get murdered before they even reach 20 years of age. Neva mind the fact I've seen elderly folks smoking cigs numerous times.

Anybody can smoke tobacco for decades and still live a long life if they got a healthy diet.

I think ALCOHOL is the #1 legal consumer product that kills more. There are probably more people who get killed by drunk drivers per year than the numba of folks who die from smoking-related causes (if there are any of those latta deaths at all).

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http://us.oneworld. net/article/ 358635-countries -meet-rein- big-tobacco

Four years ago, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the tobacco treaty, but he has yet to submit it to the Senate for ratification. In 2005, now-President- elect Barack Obama, along with 10 other U.S. senators, called on President Bush to send the treaty to the Senate for consideration. At that time Obama wrote, "The FCTC [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] is a crucially important step for public health both globally and here at home. The treaty provides the tools needed to combat the damage inflicted by tobacco....The U.S. must seize this opportunity to show leadership in combating the global tobacco epidemic."


•"[T]obacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended," according to the Oxford Medical Companion. It is the greatest preventable cause of death and disease in the world, claiming over 5 million lives every year, adds Corporate Accountability International, a corporate abuse watchdog group.


•The main forces driving the global consumption of tobacco are Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco. The combined revenue of these transnational corporations exceeds the combined GDP of El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Jordan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. Each company is also known for marketing their products to children and using "their political influence to weaken, delay and defeat tobacco control legislation around the world," states Corporate Accountability.



COUNTRIES MEET TO LIMIT BIG TOBACCO'S INFLUENCE

INDUSTRY INTERFERENCE SEEN AS #1 OBSTACLE TO HEALTH TREATY'S ENFORCEMENT

From: Corporate Accountability International

November 17, 2008

DURBAN-Representati ves of 160 ratifying countries are meeting this week to negotiate guidelines for a provision in the global tobacco treaty that may determine whether millions get the health protections they are now guaranteed under the treaty.

The negotiations center on the implementation of Article 5.3, which protects the treaty and related public health policies from tobacco industry interference.

At stake this week is how narrowly or broadly these protections are defined. If defined broadly, ratifying countries will recognize the tobacco industry's fundamental conflict with public health, and reject collaboration with tobacco giants like Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT). If defined narrowly, Big Tobacco could continue to gain influence with governments, and demand a seat at the table when public health policies are being developed.

"Industry interference is the number one obstacle to the implementation and enforcement of the global tobacco treaty," said Kathy Mulvey, international policy director of Corporate Accountability International. "Article 5.3 is the lynchpin of the treaty, determining whether or not countries will be able to reverse this preventable epidemic without Big Tobacco standing in their way."

The global tobacco treaty, formally called the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), took effect in 2005 and now protects more than 85 percent of the world's population. But efforts to implement the treaty are being systematically stymied by tobacco transnationals, reinforcing the importance of this week's third Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban.

In Zambia, for example, BAT is developing a cozy relationship with the Minister of Local Government and Housing, who is responsible for enforcing a new ban on smoking in public places. The tobacco industry is trying a similar strategy in Kenya, courting the Minster of Local Government in an attempt to roll back protections against exposure to tobacco smoke.

In Colombia, another country that has recently ratified the global tobacco treaty, PMI and BAT are lobbying hard to preempt a new Health Ministry resolution on smokefree environments. PMI bought Colombia's largest tobacco corporation in 2005 shortly after a report found that seven was the average age people were beginning to smoke in the country's second largest city.

In the lead-up the resolution's taking effect, BAT launched a so-called "youth smoking prevention" campaign as activists were organizing a series of events to expose and challenge tobacco industry interference in public health policymaking.

And these are but a snapshot of tobacco industry interference globally.

"If we don't lay out clear terms now about the tobacco industry's fundamental conflict of interest when it comes to health policy making, it may cost us everything we have achieved through this treaty in turn," said Akinbode Oluwafemi of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth-Nigeria, a member of the Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT). "We are dealing with an industry bent on protecting its profit interest at all human expense - an industry that has written the book on policy manipulation and interference. "

Corporate Accountability International, a non-governmental organization with observer status at the COP, and its allies in NATT believe that the following provisions of the draft Article 5.3 guidelines would help prevent abuses such as those highlighted in Zambia, Kenya and Colombia:
• Prohibiting government partnership or collaboration with the tobacco industry.
• Protecting against conflicts of interest for those involved in setting and implementing tobacco control policies.

Corporate Accountability and NATT are calling for the draft Article 5.3 guidelines to be strengthened, in order to:
• Avoid government interaction with the tobacco industry, and set strict rules of engagement for any meetings determined to be necessary.
• Ensure transparency around government interaction with the tobacco industry and around tobacco industry activities and operations.
• Emphasize the tobacco industry's fundamental conflict with public health.

Since negotiations on the global tobacco treaty began in 1999, Big Tobacco has used its political and economic influence in an attempt to undermine, delay and water down public health measures. Japan Tobacco, for example, is 50 percent owned by the Japanese government. The Japanese Ministry of Finance is heavily represented at treaty meetings, and Japan has often played an obstructionist role.

"We are optimistic that Parties will keep the interests of our children's health closer to their heart than those of tobacco transnationals, " said Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) Spokesperson Muyunda Ililonga, also of the Zambia Consumers Association. "But we know from experience that some will act from the pocket when the circumstance demands they act from the heart."

For background on tobacco industry interference in the global tobacco treaty download the 3rd edition of the Global Tobacco Treaty Action Guide, available in English, French and Spanish, visit: www.StopCorporateAb use.org.

The Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) includes more than 100 NGOs from over 50 countries working for a strong, enforceable Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Corporate Accountability International, formerly Infact, is a membership organization that protects people by waging and winning campaigns challenging irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world. For 30 years, we've forced corporations- like Nestlé, General Electric and Philip Morris/Altria- to stop abusive actions. Corporate Accountability International, an NGO in Official Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), played a key role in development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Iowa first lady caught smoking

IOWA FIRST LADY CAUGHT SMOKING

Here's anotha Iowa-based article. What you gotta like about this one is how this journalist describes Iowa's first lady smoking in a prohibited vehicle as if she committed a late nite robbery or somethang.

Now the media is blowing up articles dealing with smokers getting caught. The media wants to make catching a smoker sound like they caught a most wanted person or somethang.

That Iowa first lady is brave for smoking in a prohibited vehicle. I'm sorry people saw her.

I'll be looking forward to a similar article in the future where a famous bro or sis is caught smoking....where the media will not only blow up the fact "He/she smokes!" but they will make a big deal outta catching a Black person smoking...like a bro or sis smoking period is "news" to begin with. LOL

Probably the most offensive antismoking billboard in the USA

Me saw the billboard pic. That pic is SO offensive, I wish I could scratch out the "tobacco" word in the ad and replace it with "antismokers" or "smoking bans."

I hope enough smoking activists in Iowa or the midwest could look into filing complaints (I guess with Iowa authorities) in order to get this bogus billboard taken down.

Promoting antismoking poisonanda is one thang. But (at least to me) the message in this billboard is going too far.

CLICK THIS for a link to the article....pic of the billboard itself is included within the article of course.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Smoking Ban sought at Lake County Parks, Beaches

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Updated 11/18: Smoking ban sought at Lake County parks, beaches

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November 18, 2008

Are public parks and beaches going to be the next places to go smoke free?

Lake County health officials and a group of local teens are urging local park districts and towns in the county to consider banning smoking in outdoor parks, playgrounds, beaches and other outdoor recreational facilities.

The Smoke Free Illinois Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, banned smoking in nearly all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants, casinos and workplaces.

But some park districts and towns have gone even further to extend bans to parks and other outdoor public places. Buffalo Grove Park District prohibits smoking in all of its outdoor park and recreational facilities.

Other villages including Deerfield, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Hawthorn Woods also have smoke-free ordinances in public parks. Highland Park, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff also prohibit smoking on beaches.

Local health officials hope that other park districts or towns will follow suit.

"Second-hand smoke is bad, whether it's inside or outside," said Barbara de Nekker, community health specialist for the health department's Tobacco Free Lake County program.

Kris Andersen, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Lake County program, said children congregate in public parks and playgrounds and they can be hurt by the effects of second-hand smoke.

Also, she said cigarette butts often are not properly disposed of and become a major source of litter in parks and beaches. De Nekker said cigarette butts and tobacco-related trash accounted for 44 percent of the debris found on Illinois beaches in 2005 according to the International Coastal Cleanup.

"It's a health issue and it's bad for the environment," said Andersen.

In early November, health department officials held a training meeting at the Libertyville Sports Complex for teens interested in working to create tobacco-free parks. Thirteen teens from the Lake County chapter of the Reality Illinois youth group attended the training session including students from Carmel, Vernon Hills, Zion-Benton and Stevenson high schools.

Grishma Pandya, a former Mundelein High School student and former Reality Illinois youth member who now attends Loyola University, said she has talked to the teens about ways to encourage park districts or communities to enact outdoor smoke-free policies or ordinances.

She said students will be picking up cigarette butts in parks, surveying residents about what they think about smoke-free parks, and talking to local park officials about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Pandya, who worked to promote the county and state indoor smoking ban in 2007, thinks making parks smoke free makes sense. Pandya said the goal is not to infringe on smokers' rights to light up outside their homes or in their cars, but rather to restrict smoking in parks and outdoor public places where others can be exposed to smoke.

"A park is a place for children and the issue is second-hand smoke," she said.

Mike Rylko, executive director of the Buffalo Grove Park District, said the district adopted a policy in July 2005 prohibiting smoking on all park property, including athletic fields, playgrounds, pools and bleacher areas.

Rylko said there has been very good compliance with the ordinance from the public and they've received few negative comments about it, mostly from smoking rights groups outside the town.

"We've had a lot more positive feedback than negative on the whole ordinance," he said.

No cutback in cig, liquor, and lottery sales in IL

I see WBBM radio here in Chicago (780 AM) is reporting no cutbacks in cig, liquor, and lottery sales for the state of Illinois.

July 1st is when the new budget year began. And that was 4.5 months ago. That ain't a long time to examine a cutback on sales on anythang.

Actually, in the case of cig sales around here, I can't see sales getting worse. A pack is already too Fkin high in price. Maybe if the price goes up again, cig sales might see anotha cutback.

There are probably cutbacks by region. Like there are fewer people buying cigs legally in my area. But in Southern IL, sales are probably steady on cigs cause those smokers don't have to even worry about paying 6 bucks per pack.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

12 reasons to KEEP smoking

There were so many Fked up lies on that list of 12 reasons to quit smoking, it'll make you puke.

(If you wanna view the list me is referring to, you can CLICK THIS.)

Lemme see if I can think of 12 reasons on why a smoker should neva quit (in no particular order-this is brainstormin)

1) Smoking helps you make new friends. Since people are out more often, they obviously run into fellow smokers a lot.

2) Smoking helps you eat less by curbing your appetite. This point benefits smoking chicks more. Since some chicks view cigs as weight loss tools. And it is true that if a lady who used to be slim while she smoked...she would gain a lotta weight back if she quits. Cause she would be eating more.

3) Smoking is a good alternative to eating junk food. I'd ratha smoke a menthol than to eat mint-flava'd candy.

4) Smoking helps prevent Alzheimers. My grandpa didn't get Alzheimers til he stopped smoking his nonfiltered Camels.

5) Smoking helps prevent you from getting certain diseases. I rememba reading this somewhere within the groups and the forums...I forgot where though.

6) Smoking helps you use money more wisely. Antis Btch about smokers wasting money on cigs. But hey, at least buying one carton per week is a he!!uva lot more cheapa than someone who wastes 100s of bucks in a smoke-fre casino per week. Call me when you actually win somethang, motha.

7) Smoking is more of a hobby. Not a habit.

8) Smoking plays a role in preventing lung cancer. Antis don't wanna believe this. But at least I don't make up sh!t as they do. Seems like most of the people who do get LC are eitha nonsmokers and ex-smokers who get it afta they quit. Makes you wonder if those ex's would've gotten LC at all if they kept on smoking.

9) Smoking relaxes your mind. When a smoker is peed off, stressed out, or basically has too much negative sh!t on his/her mind, what's the first thang the smoker does? Light up a cig. It ain't no lie smoking makes a good reliever for stress.

10) There are cig flavas that satisfy smokers of all ages and races. One beauty of smoking is there are various flavas to choose from if you prefa cigars. There's a flava for everyone almost. If you don't like one flava, find the one that's the best for you. There are different flavas for cigs too aside from menthols...although there's that talk of banning the different flavas for cigs.

11) Smoking makes men look handsome. This actually depends on the type of chick the man meets. Cause most of the ladies who called me handsome before were smokers themselves.

12) Smoking helps some enjoy alcoholic drinks more. I heard this point before about beer tasting betta when you drink it while smoking cigs.

There, that's MY list of 12 reasons to keep smoking.