Friday, April 3, 2009
Well, here are two more cheap smoke shops I learned about. My blog's list of "Online Smoke Shops" has been updated with the addition of these two shops as well. You'll find this smoke shops page by going FIRST to the "Online Smoke Shops" link you'll see off to the right of this blog.
SMOKIN 4 FREE
Although these smoke shops are based overseas, they DO sell Marlboros (for instance) only around $15. But their Marlboros are the European Marlboros. And the European Marlboro Reds are lighta in taste than the USA Marlboro Reds.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
CLICK THIS to view a political "tobacco" cartoon.
I like this version of a political cartoon. That cig pack the cartoonist drew up is telling the truth about the hi-A taxes making smoking dangerous to your pocketbook (assuming you smoke big-name premades of course). I doubt a SG would warn smoking is expensive though.
The United Pro Choice April 3, 2009 - Issue #521
Rush Limbaugh Morning Update:
High Taxes and Lost Liberties.
Surprise Supreme Court Decision Ends Big Pharma's Pre-Emption Bid for Legal Immunity. The decision has hit Big Pharma hard. The industry, already reeling from layoffs and a loss of innovation, is now facing a wave of lawsuits from potentially hundreds of thousands of people who have been harmed by dangerous prescription medications. The legal path for such lawsuits has now been cleared, and drug companies can no longer claim legal immunity just because they managed to deceive the FDA into declaring their dangerous chemicals were "approved."
Don't Flatter Yourself: Why Survey Research Can Be Flawed. When asked about their own behavior in relation to materialism, compulsive buying, drug and alcohol addiction, cigarette smoking, shoplifting, gambling, prostitution, and intolerant attitudes, people tend to answer in a less than candid manner.
JAMA editors allegedly threatened tipster. Professor Jonathan Leo raised concerns of study author’s ties to drug industry.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Misusing and Tricking Kids into Doing Its Special Interest Lobbying for It; Behavior is Sleazy and Unethical. By Michael Siegel. In all seriousness, this is the sleaziest maneuver I have ever witnessed during my 23 years in the tobacco control movement.
Africa: Urges G20 Leaders to break down trade barriers.
Hong Kong: May allow hi-tech smoking rooms in bars this year.
Scotland: Freedom2Choose Supports Vending Machine Operators.
Scotland: Petition: Request To Terminate Mental Health Consultation: The Truth Is A Lie? From Freedom to Choose.
Somalia: Islamists ban khat and cigarettes in Dhobley.
UK: A Ducking Doctor, Atherton incapable of defending herself.
UK: Phil Williams video response to anti Hamish Champ.
UK: Petition for UK residents only. Please sign today for the pubs.
CT: Mohegan promises smoking ban battle all the way to high court.
HI: IPCPR Says Hawaiians Should "Onipa'a" Against HB895.
IN: Star indulges tyranny of anti-smoking health police.
LA: Cigar 101, Cigar Night for beginners, get a free cigar 4/3/09.
NC: Note from NC Representative Thom Tillis.
NC: Says NO ban when there are no minors in the building.
ND: Smoking ban fails on all ND state university campuses.
NJ: Ex-health chief: NJ anti-smoking program faces cut.
NY: Gov. Paterson wants to snuff out cigarette sales.
NY: OK for American Taliban, but defending big tobacco verboten?
OH: Lawmaker Sen. Robert Schuler wants smoking ban changes.
SC: Local courts to consider if ban violations break law.
SD: Groups Considering Referral Of Smoking Ban. Hold a vote?
TX: Burleson says NO and rejects tougher smoking proposal.
VA: Smoking and non-smoking areas are permitted in restaurants.
USA: Fire Safe Cigarettes - Or - Smokers as Lab Experiments.
USA: PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama tax pledge up in smoke.
USA: Video dedicated to all that still believe in liberty.
USA: Massive Tobacco Tax Increase by Congress Spells Even More Economic Disaster for Jobs and State Economies.
Sign: Smokers Not Allowed. If you're straining to accept the credulity of the sign, you did indeed read it correctly. The sign doesn't say: "smoking is not allowed in this room," it says "smokers are not allowed in this room."
Skin Cancer: Preventing America’s Most Common Cancer. Solar Radiation a.k.a Sunlight is a "Class A" carcinogen.
Third Hand Smoke: From the horses mouth the third hand smoke scare is nothing but lies and irresponsible outpouring of false information. Don’t believe the hype.
$$$: Big Pharm only wants you to use THEIR quit smoking products.
Most cig dealers are actually bootleggas....people who buy packs and cartons in a different state (or maybe even buy cartons online). And then the bootleggas re-sell the packs in the streets. These folks walk around in the downtown area of my city with a bookbag filled with Newport packs that are meant to be sold of course. Bootleggas would be hard to find in "country areas" of the USA. They a lot easier to find in my town. But I bet there ARE cig dealers out there in not-so-big cities.
A cig dealer around me could even be a low-profile criminal who's not selling weed (LOL) but Newport packs instead. Of course, those packs are actually stolen packs if he/she didn't actually buy them first. A Newport pack by me goes for 5 or 6 bucks if you buy it from someone selling packs in the streets.
While everyone is talking about the effects of the tax hike (including these "Boston TOBACCO Parties" I heard that will be happening in DC, Atlanta, and Dallas on April 15th), here's some otha news. But this is still in relation to politicians and tobacco.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Seems to me IL is one of those few states that don't wanna see people stop smoking in general. I wonder if medicinal weed would be just about as expensive as a pack in the Windy City. LOL
As far as me being a natural resource goes, HA! Even with me stocking up on cartons last month, I'm STILL poor as he!!. I definitely ain't no bank. But I guess if I can afford to smoke cigs, then I must be rich.
(Who said I buy my cigs around here anyway? That assumption from nonsmokers is dumb...a doc even told me years ago "If you can afford to smoke a pack of cigs per day, you can afford to pay for your medication." The joke's on you if you think I buy cigs in IL period!)
http://www.northern star.info/ article/7034/
Smokers have become a natural resource
By KEITH CAMERON
Last updated on .
Smokers, it is the year 2009. Bars and bowling alleys are completely free of , while a few still puff on cigarettes outside in a cold and barren wasteland.
Suddenly, news from the government is handed down. Taxes will rise $1.01 for all tobacco products. Somewhere a smoker coughs in disgust, but no one hears.
"It's a person's personal choice to smoke, and they're not forcing it on anybody else," said senior psychology major Valerie Van Voltenburg. "So if they want to smoke, they should be allowed to smoke and not taxed to death over it."
That sentiment seems open-minded enough, but the country is facing an economic downturn so extreme that news pundits have compared it to the Great Depression. Smokers are a renewable resource that can be tapped to solve all our economic woes. And to ensure that all forms of smoking produce revenue, some states, including Illinois, are moving to legalize medical marijuana.
In a near and ironic future, citizens will be taxed on tobacco products that cause cancer and then smoke medicine charged to their insurance company. A March 27 Wall Street Journal blog commented on New Jersey's medical marijuana bill, which was recently voted out of committee and passed onto the state's legislature. While some may see this as a slight case of hypocrisy, everyone still has a chance to escape the smoking cycle.
"I'm going to cut back from smoking a lot right now," Van Voltenburg said.
Her decision could be the answer smokers need. Instead of paying high costs to push our economy forward, smokers could simply quit. Of course that decision seems awfully selfish when our economic stability balances on the tip of a BIC lighter.
In this desperate time, desperate measures need to be taken. Marijuana is no longer the enemy if the government accepts its usefulness to make money, and tobacco needs to be monetarily punished for all the harm it causes. Smokers, understand that you are not being unjustly persecuted; you've simply become the most profitable natural resource this country needs.
I heard on the news a few mins ago the Quit Smoking Hotline (I guess run by the local version of the ACS) got a lot more calls within the Chicago area. Their lousy rep said they got 400 more phone calls today than usual on their Quit Smoking hotline.
I hope some of those phone calls today came from smoking activists. And not just smokers looking to stop one of life's pleasures. Smoking is really the only positive thang left for me. And it sucks the govt wants to try to force people to quit smoking.
If Quinn thinks youngstas are gonna be more inclined to not smoke by making cigs more expensive, he's crazy. A youngsta can do somethang like steal $10 outta one of his/her parents' wallets, and buy a pack. Or sh!t, that youngsta won't have to worry about buying cigs for a while if he/she knows an "older smoker" who intends on pulling off a robbery to get cigs.
And as far as motivating ME to quit...well Quinn would have a heart attack if he read my thoughts on why I have no intention on ever quitting. (A huge cig heist in this state would make him think twice on the STATE tax increase)
Make sure you catch IL's reason for raising the state tax...the senate wants IL smokers to help pay the state's Medicaid bills. So when someone buys a pack in IL, they helping fund SCHIP AND help pay overdue Medicaid bills.
(When smokers around me steal their cigs, Quinn won't have to worry about some of us paying ANY medical bills!)
As a 62-cent federal tax hike on packs of cigarettes hits stores today, lawmakers in Springfield are considering an additional $1 tax over two years that would make Chicago among the most expensive cities in America to buy cigarettes.
A state Senate committee approved legislation that would increase Illinois' 98-cent tax on cigarette packs by 50 cents this year and another 50 cents next year to pay down the state's backlog of Medicaid bills. But for weary smokers still smarting from a statewide ban on lighting up in bars and restaurants, the tax increases are seen as yet another government-led assault on their lifestyle.
"These are my last packs. It's just getting to be too much money," said Larry Gasper of Orland Hills, one of the countless smokers who flocked to city and suburban cigarette retailers Tuesday before the federal tax spike. "They're just taxing us to death. I've had it."
The rising prices will affect retailers in different ways, pushing the over $5 in many of the collar counties, about $8 in Cook County and more than $9 in Chicago, retailers estimated.
"I think smokers are more likely to cut back on other things they buy than cigarettes," said Cathy Bay, who stocked up on cartons at the Tobacco House near her home in Tinley Park. "It's too tough. For older people who've been smoking most of their lives and now they have to deal with this, it's a difficult situation."
Others fear budget-minded smokers will find good deals wherever they can, even if it means driving to another state.
"This is an aggressive tax. It will cost Illinois tax revenue, slow the economic recovery, and it will cost Illinois jobs," said Bill Fleischli, executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores.
In Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn signaled support for the that advanced on a 7-5 party-line vote of the Democratic-controlled Senate Executive Committee because it reflects his March 18 budget proposal.
Quinn said the higher cost of cigarettes will stop youngsters from becoming smokers and cause some older smokers to quit. "Raising the price is actually a key way to do that," he said.
It's the kind of news smokers said they're used to hearing.
"A few years ago, I would have said $8 is too much for a pack of cigarettes. Now I say $10 is too much," said Andy Gleeson of Chicago's Northwest Side. "I've had to cut back on how much I'm smoking, but I'm not quitting yet."
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
$1 million (not $90k) was stolen in cigs. They say the total amount of cartons stolen was 150,000.
That cig heist sounded just about as good as a huge bank robbery if they were able to steal that many cartons!
Those robbers gotta be smokers themselves. Even with the intent of reselling those stolen packs underground, I can't imagine criminals who don't smoke but they still stole
1 million bucks in cigs.
If I heard of a group of robbers around here bragging about stealing 1 million bucks in cigs, I'd make sure I'd get my piece of the share before they sell the rest of those cartons. My "share" would be at least 60 cartons of only Newports. hee hee
Monday, March 30, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio—It’s big news for smokers. A new federal increase on tobacco means it will cost more to light up.
It’s a $.62 jump per pack and a bigger increase for loose tobacco.
Some smokers said it’s enough to make them quit. Others said they’re trying to stock up before the date.
Others said they’re worried about possible crime.
NBC 4’s Marcus Thorpe reported ON WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU Monday.
Hal Kuhn, manager of Tobacco Discounters in Columbus, said he wants his customers to shop now before the Wednesday, April 1, tax jump.
He said people have been getting cases and cases of tobacco.
Kuhn’s job is about to get a lot more dangerous.
“I won’t have people come in stealing my money. They’ll come in and say, ‘Give me all your cigarettes.‘ “
This week’s Central Ohio Crime Stoppers’ crime of the week was a perfect example.
The United Dairy Farmers convenience store at 1341 Georgesville Rd. was robbed at about 1:53 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, according to police.
Two unknown black males allegedly stole more than $900 worth of cigars.
When the store manager attempted to confront the suspects, one of them grabbed her arms and physically pushed her to the doorway, and then both suspects exited, police said.
“They are more violent, more aggressive, more blatant because they will go through anything to get the items,“ Assistant Prosecutor Bill Hedrick said.
Hedrick said theft and resell is big business.
“The people stealing are not stealing to smoke a pack; they are stealing cartons,“ Hedrick said.
Some stores are changing operating hours. They plan to be open at well-lit times. Others are stocking up on security cameras.
Kuhn said he will keep informing his customers and shopping for himself—even if it’s not always in Ohio.
My wife just left for Florida. I told her to make sure she got a couple of packs down there, Kuhn said.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This article ain't just talking about the tax hike. But it brings up anotha topic that only online smokers know about as well.....possible FDA regulation of tobacco. And me read in this article that Obama WOULD sign a bill that would regulate tobacco. But I ain't really surprised that big-@$$ liar would do it.
At least tobacco regulation might make it illegal to add FSC chemicals in brands...I hope.
At least I was right about more cig-related robberies happening with the tobacco tax hike. And the robberies are happening already. Based on the economy, I ain't surprised these robbers can't wait til April 1 to cash in on cartons.
Heist nets more than $90,000 in cigarettes
- March 29, 2009
Police say more than 1,500 cartons of cigarettes and an undetermined amount of health and beauty supplies were taken in the burglary early Saturday at Montano Cigarette, Candy and Tobacco on Boston Post Road.
Officials say a large truck used in the burglary was stolen from a local rental business.
Video surveillance shows the perpetrators damaged the burglar alarms and disrupted phone and electricity services to the building. Then, they climbed a ladder to an adjacent building's roof, disabled other alarms and punched holes in the roof over the business to get inside.
SENECA NATION, CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY - The Seneca Nation of Indians Tuesday announced a change in law to make sure all cigarettes sold on Nation territories are "fire-safe" and that all are tested, certified and marked as such before they can be sold.
The Tribal Council on Saturday joined 37 state legislatures in voting in favor of the measure, asking the Nation's Import-Export Commission, the agency that regulates tobacco commerce on Nation lands, to ensure that all tobacco products employ "safe-burn" technology so they self-extinguish if left alone.
"The Seneca Nation recognizes its responsibility to sell the safest-possible products and this decision was an easy one," said President Barry E. Snyder Sr. "Thanks to the Council's action, this now has the force of law."
The implementation plan states that as of Sept. 1 no cigarettes may be imported into, or manufactured within, the Nation's territories unless testing, certification and marking standards are met. By Dec. 1, 2009 all provisions of the law will take effect and no cigarettes can be sold or offered for sale within the Nation's territories unless the testing, certification and marking standards are fully complied with.
It is expected that most retailers will move quickly to meet the mandates, not waiting until they are legally enforceable. Cigarette manufacturers and wholesalers will have to meet a series of stringent testing criteria and certify their products are safe, on penalty of losing the right to sell in stores on Seneca territories.
The Nation enacted its Import-Export Law Feb. 15, 2007 "to protect Nation territorial integrity through the regulation of goods imported and exported into and from Nation territory and to generate revenue to conduct essential government operations." Revenues derived from stamping and regulating tobacco on Nation territories go in part to pay for Nation health-care programs.
Fire-safe cigarettes are an effective way to counter the risk of fires started by unattended cigarettes. The most common fire-safe technology used by cigarette manufacturers is to wrap cigarettes with two or three thin bands of less-porous paper that act as "speed bumps" to slow a burning cigarette. If a fire-safe cigarette is left unattended, the burning tobacco will reach one of these speed bumps and self-extinguish.
"Clearly the Seneca Nation endorses standards that ensure public safety and will minimize the risk to consumers," said Council Chair Richard Nephew. "This amendment to our Import-Export Law allows only so-called 'fire safe' cigarettes to be manufactured, imported and sold in the Nation's territories."