Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bhutan’s tobacco law described as ‘utter madness’

Bhutan’s tobacco law described as ‘utter madness’
May 31, 2011—Bhutan's opposition leader has condemned the country's anti-smoking law as ‘utter madness’ after another three people were sent to prison fhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifor possessing cigarettes, according to an Agence France Presse story.


What an understatement coming from the country that purports to guaranty "Gross National Happiness" to "all" of its citizens. Isn't that quaint? Of course there is no FORCE involved in implementing their vision of a utopian society. The bishops of do-goodery would never bring about an aura of bad karma by jailing a monk (usually known as quite peaceful folks)for being in possession of tobacco, would they? Naaaaaah, that would make it a dictatorship, and we all know that happiness is next to impossible to achieve (save for the powerful few) under such a circumstance.


Bhutan’s tobacco law described as ‘utter madness’

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Early deaths from air pollution shame UK, says report - UK Parliament

Thanks to Dave Atherton for posting this on Facebook-

Tim Yeo MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said:

"Air pollution probably causes more deaths than passive smoking, traffic accidents or obesity, yet it receives very little attention from Government or the media."



How about that, huh?


Early deaths from air pollution shame UK, says report - UK Parliament

Friday, May 27, 2011

Members of parliament unite to change smoking ban

From the Smoker's Club Newsletter via Amend the Smoking Ban:

23 MAY 2011 - MPs from the three main political parties have joined forces to support a campaign to change the smoking ban. The Rt Hon Greg Knight, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire, Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, and John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, will host a reception for the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign at the House of Commons on Wednesday 29th June. ..


I guess we in America would call this a "Tri-Partisan" movement. Am I dreaming? Could it be?

Save Our Pubs & Clubs - AmendTheSmokingBan.com

Scores of smoking-pill suicides overlooked - Health - Health care - msnbc.com

Hundreds of reports of suicides, psychotic reactions and other serious problems tied to the popular stop-smoking drug Chantix were left out of a crucial government safety review because Pfizer Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, submitted years of data through “improper channels.”


Improper channels? Lord have mercy..

PMI acquires potential harm reduction technology

Doug Dean, PMI's senior vice president, research and development, said the agreement represented a further important step in PMI’s efforts to develop products that had the potential to reduce the risk of smoking-related diseases.


This is a step in the right direction. All tobacco companies (big and small) should be seeking out harm reduction strategies and the FDA should also be behind them by showing their support. It is time for the FDA to move in the direction of harm reduction, as the abstinence only approach has proved to be an abysmal failure of epidemic proportions. Ideally, there should be many harm reduction products on the market that smokers of different tastes and needs can choose from: vaporized cigarettes, partial combustion cigarettes, combustible cigarettes (yes, even combustible tobacco can be modified via specific curing techniques, adding anti-oxidants like pine bark and turmeric, new and novel filtration,, etc.., smokeless tobacco, etc...

The real challenge is going to be whether or not tobacco companies will be ALLOWED to communicate with their adult customers. Freedom of speech is going to play an important role in getting current smokers to try these new products. If we in turn are allowed to know what the hell we're buying, then we will be armed withhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif the knowledge that will enable us to make comparison with regards to the relative risks of varying tobacco products (even the smoked ones). Many smokers WILL try these products, but first we have to know that they EXIST.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
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The next challenge is going to be: Can they make these new products tasthttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gife good? It's just a matter of time I'm sure.

Here's looking to the future:-)

PMI acquires potential harm reduction technology

Philip Morris Press Release

New nicotine cigarette gives rapid lung delivery of nicotine-
SRNT 2010_ PosterAbstract_ Rose.doc

Further information via Bill Godshall on E-cigarette Forum:

1 March 2010 New nicotine cigarette gives rapid lung delivery of nicotine

After tests by Health New Zealand Ltd and Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust in Christchurch NZ in 2009, this product is now ready for commercialization as a smoking substitute or as a stop smoking medicine.
SRNT 2010_ PosterAbstract_ Rose.doc
This device was tested for Duke University (the patent holders), in 2009 on nine healthy smokers. Results were announced by Principal Investigator Dr Jed Rose, of Duke University at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 27 February 2010. The inventors are Rose, his brother Dr Seth Rose, an organic chemistry professor; Dr Jim Turner, a co-inventor of the nicotine inhaler; and Dr Raju Murugesan, a pharmacologist at Duke. Dr Laugesen and Dr Chris Wynne of Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust were co-authors for this SRNT paper, entitled
Pulmonary delivery of Nicotine Pyruvate: Pharmacokinetic and Sensory Characteristics

The device depends on a chemical reaction at room temperature, with no heating or lighting up. The nicotine pyruvate cigarette is expected to reach the market by 2013 or 2015. It is yet to be manufactured and miniaturized down to the size of a tobacco cigarette. It is not an electronic cigarette. The smoker only inhales one molecule – nicotine pyruvate, which dissolves into nicotine and pyruvate on reaching the lungs.
Pyruvate is a normally found in the blood, and inhaling NP is not expected to raise this level appreciably
Nicotine levels will be raised briefly with every puff taken, though not as much as from smoking tobacco cigarettes.

To see the graph click on Plasma Nicotine Rise.ppt


Nine healthy smokers took 10 puffs over the first five minutes. When nicotine in plasma was measured by taking blood at the end of the 10th puff, the nicotine level in the plasma for NP 20 and NP 30 (nicotine pyruvate 20 and 30 micrograms per puff) increased to 5 to 8 ng per ml, a third to a half as high as with a regular tobacco cigarette, and as rapidly. The NP cigarette was less harsh and much more rapid in raising plasma nicotine. In contrast the NV (Medicinal nicotine inhaler) resulted in a much slower rise to 1 ng/mL after 35 minutes.





http://www.healthnz.co.nz/SRNT%202010_%20PosterAbstract_%20Rose.doc



Poster, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 16th annual conference, Baltimore, 27 February 2010

PULMONARY DELIVERY OF NICOTINE PYRUVATE: SENSORY AND PHARMACOKINETIC CHARACTERISTICS

Jed E. Rose*, James E. Turner, Thangaraju Murugesan, Frederique M. Behm, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA; Chris J. Wynne, Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust, Christchurch NZ; and Murray Laugesen, Health New Zealand Ltd Christchurch NZ

Abstract
This study conducted an initial evaluation of a prototype nicotine pyruvate (NP) aerosol generation system. Plasma nicotine levels and subjective responses after NP inhalation were compared to responses after placebo (room air) and after inhalations from the Nicotrol/Nicorette nicotine vapor inhaler (NV). Nine healthy adult daily cigarette smokers, overnight abstinent from nicotine, were exposed to 5 conditions in 5 ½ hours. In each condition, participants inhaled 10 puffs of 35 mL volume, comprising either NP, in ascending dose from 10 to 20 to 30 μg/puff, NV (10 μg /puff) or room air (placebo). Participants and study technicians were blinded as to medication sequences. In each condition, blood for plasma nicotine assay was withdrawn 5 minutes before inhalation, and at 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 30 minutes after the 10th puff. Smoking withdrawal symptoms were first recorded before the puffs, and then again 5 to 10 minutes after the 10th puff, along with an inhaler evaluation questionnaire. Plasma nicotine concentrations were maximal when first measured on completing ten inhalations of 20 µg/puff or 30 µg/puff nicotine pyruvate (5.0 and 8.3 ng/mL increase in plasma nicotine, respectively), with concomitant decreases in craving for cigarettes relative to placebo. Satisfaction ratings were higher than for placebo. Acceptability, as assessed by ratings of harshness/irritation, was higher for the NP 20 condition than the NV control condition. Safety indices showed no adverse changes following use. The results of this double-blind, randomized, cross-over study demonstrate that nicotine pyruvate inhalations produce rapid increases in plasma nicotine concentrations. In addition, nicotine pyruvate inhalation was well tolerated, and at the 20 μg/puff dose, significantly alleviated craving for cigarettes when compared with placebo. At this dose, peak nicotine concentrations were higher and harshness/irritation was rated lower than with the Nicotrol/Nicorette nicotine vapor inhaler. Further trials of this promising nicotine inhalation technology are warranted to assess its safety and efficacy in smoking cessation treatment or harm reduction approaches.
Funding
Supported by funding from the Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (ML, CJW), and a grant from Philip Morris USA (JER, JET, TM, FMB). The company had no role in the design or conduct of the study, data analysis or publication of results.

Plasma Nicotine Rise chart for nicotine pyruvate (NP) aerosol generation system
http://www.healthnz.co.nz/Plasma%20Nicotine%20Rise.ppt

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Smokers keep lighting up in New York City parks - not a single summons issued on first day of ban

LOL...It's been a busy day trying to keep up with all of the press interviews and articles that Audrey silk has been posting:-)

The Free Society: Whisper it: non-smokers die too!

Passive smoking is essential to the anti-smoking cause. And here’s the first clue to the deceit and dishonesty that has taken place in this regard. As early as 1975, at a UN World Conference on Smoking and Health, the British doctor and public health official, Sir George Godber, suggested that, in order to eliminate smoking “it would be essential to foster an atmosphere where it was PERCEIVED that active smokers would injure those around them, especially their family and any infants or young children who would be exposed involuntarily to environmental tobacco smoke”.


Defiant Smoking Scofflaws: "New York Is Kind Of Lame Now": Gothamist

Burning holes in the state's indoor-smoking ban | Crosscut.com

Thanks to Dee for posting this over at Smoker's Club-

Democrats who want to bolster their small-business cred in common cause with conservatives who savor challenging a tribal monopoly on all things tobacco. In the midst of a recession, what could be more symbolically rich than politicians laboring to bring back the smoke-filled room?


Marine Sgt. Takes Sniper Round To The Head; Smokes A Cigarette 15 Minutes Later

Marine Sgt. Takes Sniper Round To The Head; Smokes A Cigarette 15 Minutes Later: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

The smoking storm troopers are here. -- WPIX

The smoking storm troopers are here. -- WPIX: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Well, here it is folks: The latest news from Tobacco Reporter. As usual, it is packed with news that will either make you depressed or optimistic for the future. Optimistic? Well, OK, not really, but look at it this way: The claims (and demands) of the anti-smoker establishment continue to get ever more ludicrous and draconian by the day. There seems to be no shortage of outrageous claims (3rd hand smoke is a health threat to children, 2nd hand smoke "magically" travels through walls, etc..); and their continuous assault on the autonomy and human rights of adult smokers (calls to evict smokers in California, outdoor smoking bans, etc..) worldwide make one think that it can be only a matter of time until this is all over. The more outrageous the claims, the less the public believes; and that is what gives me cause for some optimism. In the meantime, keep fighting the man (ie., the Nanny State).


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Metro - What smoking ban? Just try and stop us!

Thanks to Audrey Silk of NYC Clash for posting this on Facebook-

The NYPD is leaving enforcement of the new ban up to the Parks Department, which doesn’t appear to be cracking down anytime soon.


Lol!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bill would snuff out Nevada's smoking ban in bars - News - ReviewJournal.com

CARSON CITY -- Lawmakers have introduced a surprise bill to lift the ban on smoking in bars that serve food, a move that might have generated more buzz Friday night if many taverns weren't already breaking the law.


Friday, May 20, 2011

A.A.'s Fiercest Critic Fires Back | The Fix

Thanks to PBergen of Tobacco Harm Reduction for posting this on Twitter...an interesting read indeed. There is no shortage of parallels (ie., with regards to tackling the issue(s), and lack thereof, of moderation and harm reduction in the field of tobacco "control") here to take note of...a must read.

Thousands Violate Michigan Smoking Ban In 1st Year - Health News Story - WDIV Detroit

Despite the number of violations, the MCDH said there has been a high compliance rate.


...uh huh....


ABC's 'Pan Am' and NBC's 'The Playboy Club' try to replicate 'Mad Men' success - NYPOST.com

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

"There's the relief from all the PC-ness," he says. "Imagine how smokers feel watching those people blow smoke rings in an elevator -- oh, true liberation."

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/that_show_aCebcynpsqKBKihSFo0tsI#ixzz1MunDOLKc


Indeed:-)

Smokers fuming over new New York ban - Scotsman.com News

In defiance of the new rules, protesters are set to light up as one. And behind the discontent is a former law enforcer.

Audrey Silk is a former New York Police Department officer who fought crime in the city for 20 years.


Go Audrey!!


Smokers fuming over new New York ban - Scotsman.com News

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

$100 million in Affordable Care Act grants

Today I received an e-mail from PHLP-Public Health Law Policy- proclaiming the benefits of the Community http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifTranformation Grants (CTG) that are set to award over $100 million in Affordable Care Act grants to government officials, bureaucrats, "health" advocates, community leaders and "non-profit" organizations at every level and in every state. There will be no escape -not at the federal level, not at the state level, and certainly not at the local level- from meddling do-gooders-with your money in hand-trying to coerce, I mean force you-and everyone that doesn't eat sprouts for breakfast (while refraining from tobacco, of course)- into living your life according to what they see as fit.

First, they came for the tobacco smokers. No one defended our right to be treated as adult citizens with free will because it did not affect them (directly). Oh, but fear not dear smokey friends, now the grant seekers have begun to move onto unprecedented grounds: Just as many of us in the blogosphere have predicted, we can now expect to see an onslaught of new and pesky ordinances that seek to further stick it to the little guy and whatever free will those of us who take up residence in the proletariat factions of society have left. I know, "it's for our own good".

..a few words from the HHS on how they plan on achieving their objective of a United States devoid of disease:

Consistent with the law, these grants will focus on five priority areas: 1) tobacco-free living; 2) active living and healthy eating; 3) evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol; 4) social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access tohttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions; and 5) healthy and safe physical environments.



Notice how there is no mention of moderation or harm reduction with regards to tobacco use? Abstinence only is the only prescription available from the prohibitionists. Can you imagine a world where there existed only one option for treating and preventing disease? Is this a policy that purports to be in line with the reality that there are always going to be people who smoke? If your answer to this question is no, then one has to wonder aloud about how our tax money is being put to use with regards to the whole, rather than the sum of parts, when it comes to the issue of "over-hauling" health care in these United States.

Let's move on to point two: How does the government plan on getting us all to exercise and eat healthy without infringing upon the sovereignty of every individual in this country? If public officials are so concerned about Americans being active, then why have they been cutting physical ed classes from public schools across the nation? So, let's see....There is no money for gym glass, but their is money for this? Wouldn't it make more sense to fix the underlying problem (waste), so that there would be no need to make cut physical ed classes in the first place? As for encouraging (er, forcing) Americans to eat healthier via more NS (Nanny State) legislation, I am sure that we can expect a whole new barrage of taxtion (that will surely be used to give away more grants to wealthy recipients) on all foods and drink that are deemed to be "unsavory". Of course, these taxes will be paid out by the poorest of the poor, who will in turn have no choice but to surrender to the local bully (ie., insert your local city councilman here) who has been ordained by the righteous cardinals of neo-healthism to carry out the king's orders. Of course, the wealthy will still eat their high calorie, flour-less cake free of harassment and higher taxation. So much for being for the little guy.

Now let's take a gander at point # 4, which aims to tackle the very personal issue of social and emotional wellness. I'm sorry, but this has gotten downright creepy. Who gets to decide what a social and/or cultural norm is? Who gets to define the meaning of emotional wellness? I'm sorry, but it doesn't get any more Orwellian (or scary) than this. As a nation of individuals, there are many different cultural norms. Some of us like hip-hop, some of us work out everyday and down wheat-grass shots in the morning, some of us smoke (and enjoy it), some of us are clean-cut, some of us are gravitate to a more bohemian way of life...Me, I work out, do wheatgrass shots, drink red wine, AND smoke. I know, I don't fit in to what has now become the newly defined "norm", but that's the POINT; I'm an INDIVIDUAL and I know what's best for me, not some politician or bureaucrat. Ah, well, you get the picture..The point here is that the government has no place in instituting cultural norms; it has no authority to define happiness for me or for anyone else.

Here are a few examples of how some of the money for "prevention" has been allocated thus far:

In the state of California:

Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded approximately $42.7 million in grants to organizations in California through the Prevention and Public Health Fund to help improve wellness and prevention efforts, including:

Community and Clinical Prevention ($8,988,000): This funding supports prevention activities that have been shown to be effective in reducing health care costs and promoting health and wellness.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work ($3,600,000). Supports federal, state and community initiatives to address tobacco control, obesity prevention, HIV-related health disparities, and better nutrition and physical activity.
Primary and Behavioral Health Integration ($1,987,000). Assists communities with the integration of primary care services into community-based mental & behavioral health settings.
HIV Prevention ($3,161,000). Focuses on HIV prevention in high risk populations and communities by increasing HIV testing opportunities, linking HIV-infected persons with appropriate services, and filling critical gaps in data and understanding of the HIV epidemic.
Tobacco Cessation ($240,000). Strengthens California’s ability to move towards implementing a plan to reduce tobacco use. It also enhances and expands the national network of tobacco cessation quitlines to significantly increase the number of tobacco users who quit each year.

Public Health Infrastructure ($7,257,000): These grants strengthen state and local capacity to prepare health departments to meet 21st century public health challenges and support the training of existing and next generation public health professionals.

Public Health Infrastructure ($4,020,000). Supports state, local, and tribal public health infrastructure to improve information technology, workforce training, and policy development.
Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity ($1,289,000). Builds state and local capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
Public Health Training Centers ($1,948,000). Improve the public health system by enhancing skills of the current and future public health workforce.

Primary Care Training ($26,457,000): These funds support the expansion of the primary care workforce.

State Health Care Workforce Development ($150,000). Helps California strengthen its comprehensive health care workforce planning and/or implementation of such plans.
Primary Care Residency Expansion Program ($18,240,000).Increases the number of residents trained in family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics.
Advanced Nursing Education Expansion Program ($1,056,000). Increases the number of primary care nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who graduate by expanding class sizes and accelerating graduation rates for part-time students.
Expansion of Physician Assistant Training ($4,054,000). Improves access to primary care by funding the training of primary care physician assistants and expanding the primary care workforce.
Nurse-Managed Health Clinics ($2,957,000). Provide primary care and wellness services to underserved and vulnerable populations through clinics that are managed by advanced practice nurses and provide valuable clinical training sites for primary care nurse practitioners.


...in the state of Louisiana:

Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded approximately $7.8 million in grants to organizations in Louisiana through the Prevention and Public Health Fund to help improve wellness and prevention efforts, including:

Community and Clinical Prevention ($316,000): This funding supports prevention activities that have been shown to be effective in reducing health care costs and promoting health and wellness.

HIV Prevention ($243,000). Focuses on HIV prevention in high risk populations and communities by increasing HIV testing opportunities, linking HIV-infected persons with appropriate services, and filling critical gaps in data and understanding of the HIV epidemic.
Tobacco Cessation ($73,000). Strengthens Louisiana’s ability to move towards implementing a plan to reduce tobacco use. It also enhances and expands the national network of tobacco cessation quitlines to significantly increase the number of tobacco users who quit each year.

Public Health Infrastructure ($1,889,000): These grants strengthen state and local capacity to prepare health departments to meet 21st century public health challenges and support the training of existing and next generation public health professionals.

Public Health Infrastructure ($200,000). Supports state, local, and tribal public health infrastructure to improve information technology, workforce training, and policy development.
Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity ($289,000). Builds state and local capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
Public Health Training Centers ($650,000). Improve the public health system by enhancing skills of the current and future public health workforce.
Capacity Building ($750,000). Provides capacity building assistance to state, tribal, local and territorial health departments to ensure successful adoption of best or promising practices that address key areas of public health infrastructure investments.

Primary Care Training ($5,593,000): These funds support the expansion of the primary care workforce.

Primary Care Residency Expansion Program ($5,593,000).Increases the number of residents trained in family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics.


....in the state of Illinois:

Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded approximately $17.14 million in grants to organizations in Illinois through the Prevention and Public Health Fund to help improve wellness and prevention efforts, including:

Community and Clinical Prevention ($8,142,000): This funding supports prevention activities that have been shown to be effective in reducing health care costs and promoting health and wellness.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work ($5,800,000). Supports federal, state and community initiatives to address tobacco control, obesity prevention, and better nutrition and physical activity.
Primary and Behavioral Health Integration ($918,000). Assists communities with the integration of primary care services into community-based mental and behavioral health settings.
HIV Prevention ($1,308,000). Focuses on HIV prevention in high risk populations and communities by increasing HIV testing opportunities, linking HIV-infected persons with appropriate services, and filling critical gaps in data and understanding of the HIV epidemic.
Tobacco Cessation ($116,000). Strengthens Illinois’s ability to move towards implementing a plan to reduce tobacco use. It also enhances and expands the national network of tobacco cessation quitlines to significantly increase the number of tobacco users who quit each year.

Public Health Infrastructure ($1,324,000): These grants strengthen state and local capacity to prepare health departments to meet 21st century public health challenges and support the training of existing and next generation public health professionals.

Public Health Infrastructure ($600,000). Supports state, local, and tribal public health infrastructure to improve information technology, workforce training, and policy development.
Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity ($724,000). Builds state and local capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

Primary Care Training ($7,676,000): These funds support the expansion of the primary care workforce.

Primary Care Residency Expansion Program ($4,750,000). Increases the number of residents trained in family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics.
Advanced Nursing Education Expansion Program ($1,426,000). Increases the number of primary care nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who graduate by expanding class sizes and accelerating graduation rates for part-time students.
Nurse-Managed Health Clinics ($1,500,000). Provide primary care and wellness services to underserved and vulnerable populations through clinics that are managed by advanced practice nurses and provide valuable clinical training sites for primary care nurse practitioners.



These are but a few examples, but there is one thing that seems to stand out to me when looking at the numbers: the money that is being allocated to tobacco control appears to pale in comparison to that of what is being allocated to other health disparity issues, such as AIDS for instance. I will say that this actually makes sense. Our government's approach to the issue of AIDS has been much more commendable, realistic, and pragmatic, as its template does not set out to bully those who take part in risky behavior with NS regulations and wasteful abstinence only programs; harm reduction (ie., education on how to protect yourself) has been the approach, unlike that of the tobacco control zealots, which tells me that there are a lot of inconsistencies within Obamacare. It also means that there is going to be a hell of a lot of waste.

What seems clear though is that tobacco control may be running out of steam, which is why I fear that they are going to be coming for an un-invited place at our dinner table next. There is only so much money to go around, and eventually the whole structure of the Nanny State will most likely crumble underneath its own impending debt. That's when I'll get my freedom to smoke in a bar back. In the meantime, expect further encroachments upon your freedoms to take place at lightening speed.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Here's the latest from Tobacco Reporter, including a little something about a proposed smoking ban in Iraq. Yep, that oughta go over well in a war torn nation. WHO, er, I mean who says that we don't have a one world government? I used to think that such talk was only for conspiracy theorist types; I am not so sure about that anymore.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Smoking ban for California residential housing seeks approval - San Francisco Rental Business | Examiner.com

Let's see if Gov Brown leans towards his Buddhist tendencies or not.....This issue, and how he responds to it, will say a hell of a lot about who he is as a person..and who he is as an American.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

YouTube - Don't Ban DUI Checkpoint Apps!

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As Beijing corners market, a smoking ban can’t work - The Globe and Mail

Thanks to Audrey Silk of NYC Clash for posting this on Facebook-

When I told her about the new smoking ban, she said she wasn’t aware. A group of young Chinese at a table next to me, listening in on our conversation, laughed out loud. Several of them were smoking.


Where's the defiance in Los Angeles....or Chicago...?

As Beijing corners market, a smoking ban can’t work - The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lawsuit Blames Stop-Smoking Drug For Beaver County Killings - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

Pfizer told Channel 4 Action News that "We have not yet reviewed the circumstances of this case, but no causal relationship has been found between the medicine and neuropsychiatric events such as those alleged here."


Uh huh...Yeah, we believe you.

Smokers ignoring Peterborough City Hospital site ban - Health - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

The investigation is ongoing, with LINk planning to present a dossier of information with its official findings to Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for review.


The INVESTIGATION? Now that about sums up how nutty this whole anti-smoker movement has become, does it not? I almost have to laugh...if it weren't so sad. There are parts of the world where many people do not have access to clean water. Where are our priorities?

Smokers ignoring Peterborough City Hospital site ban - Health - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Blu Develops a Social Networking Device for Smokers - NYTimes.com

Blu, the maker of electronic cigarettes that release a nicotine-laden vapor instead of smoke, has developed packs of e-cigarettes with sensors that will let users know when other e-smokers are nearby.


Lol! This is going to get the anti-smokers and the anti-vapers into a tizzy. Let them try to stop this one. Good luck. In the not too distant future, maybe we smokers (and vapers) can use these crafty little devices to find smoker friendly businesses. Anti-smokers can then get their own applications that alert them to anti-smoker establishments and then we can all avoid each other and live in peace. Wouldn't that be nice?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Is the smoking ban to blame for tired pilots? - Klaus K blog

Researchers conclude that nicotine enhances the brain's performance significantly in the areas of speed, focus, attention, working memory and motor skills.


OMG! Nicotine has BENEFITS? Nooooooooo.....it can't be.

Is the smoking ban to blame for tired pilots? - Klaus K blog:

Adams Board Of Health Eye E-Cigarette Ban / iBerkshires.com - The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.

Many companies view it as a safer way to smoke; some see it as a tool to quit smoking; while some companies market it as a way to smoke in smoke-free areas.


Why are people who don't understand basic science sitting on health boards all over this country? It's not smoke stupid, it's vapor! Oh, I get it: We must destroy those "evil" and "corporate" companies for providing something that many people want. It's called the free market in what is supposed to be a free country. Oh, but we can't have that, now can we?

I don't know about you, but these people are working my last nerve. Who gave them the right to be so bossy and pious anyway? Who secretly anointed these tyrants as the neo-bishops to the new healthist inquisition anyway, and why hasn't anyone asked the us (the people) for our approval (or disapproval) beforehand? Oh, no, they can't have that either, as the democratic process gets in the way of their agenda. Are these the new gods that our elected officials pay homage to on the alter that sacrifices our precious freedoms? It sure appears to be the case. Are "health" officials elected officials themselves? Nope. Have they the gall to act like de-facto despots? Yep. People all over the world need to tell their local, state, and federal (elected and non-elected) busy bodies to kindly go stuff it; it's long overdue.

Pierce Co. doctor tries to snuff out e-cigs - Seattle News - MyNorthwest.com

Dr. Anthony Chen, chief of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, says even though electronic cigarettes use warmed water vapor instead of smoke, they are still unhealthy.

He says research shows the vapor contains nicotine and carcinogens, and the vapor that is exhaled could pose a potential risk to others.


The fanatics are just pulling stuff from out of nowhere now...They don't even try to be remotely accurate or scientific in their claims, but we already knew that, now didn't we?


Pierce Co. doctor tries to snuff out e-cigs - Seattle News - MyNorthwest.com

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Filtration aided by nanomaterials

Filtration aided by nanomaterials
May 4, 2011—Chinese researchers have shown for the first time that nanomaterials made from titanium dioxide can be used in cigarette filters to reduce significantly the amount of harmful chemicals inhaled by smokers, according to a Royal Society of Chemistry story.


Harm reduction is the way of the future.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wannabe experts claim healthy eating is a mental disorder

As bizarre as it all sounds, there are actually individuals out there that have fallen for the crazy tale that eating healthy is a disease, and some actually take these claims seriously


Like so many other nonsensical "studies" that seem to be circulating in the media lately, this doesn't surprise me either. I mean, there are people who are scared of 3rd hand smoke after all.

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States reassess marijuana laws after fed warnings - Yahoo! News

The federal comments have angered supporters of medical marijuana, who had believed that the Obama administration was honoring state laws. Ezra Eickmeyer, political director for the Washington Cannabis Association, said it appears prosecutors are operating under a more aggressive policy.

"Coming in and trying to strong-arm legislatures is way over the top," Eickmeyer said. "We would have expected this sort of thing form the Bush administration, but not Obama."


As a tobacco smoker, I certainly expected it.

States reassess marijuana laws after fed warnings - Yahoo! News

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bribes and recalls

If I were you, I’d just avoid everything from J&J — from Tylenol right on down to Band-Aids.


I have absolutely no problem taking advice from this doctor.

Bribes and recalls

The mafia approach

And no, this isn’t some wild conspiracy theory. A recent study from the Archives of Internal Medicine proves (once again) that Big Pharma buys guideline panels the same way that the mafia buys juries.


Are any of us really surprised by this?


The mafia approach

The unbelievable surge in medical mistakes

I’ve even heard of people who cover their bodies in graffiti before they go in for surgery: “Not here,” “Wrong arm,” “DO NOT AMPUTATE” and so on.


Lord have mercy......


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New cancer fears at the airport

It’s not often I’m on the same page as the American Cancer Society — but their chief medical officer is taking a page out of my book, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Dr. Otis Brawley told CNN he refuses the TSA’s radioactive full-body airport scanners because he has “little confidence” in how the machines are calibrated, maintained, and inspected.

And his deputy agrees — saying he’ll do whatever he can to skip the scans.



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