Thursday, July 26, 2012

Anti-Smoker Activist Gets Taste of His Own Medicine

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

WOODLAND HILLS - A man who fought against secondhand smoke by spraying smokers with water as they lounged by a pool is being evicted from an apartment complex in Woodland Hills.

Every once in awhile there is justice in this world.

Woodland Hills anti-smoking activist declared a nuisance, being evicted - LA Daily News

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tobacco Bad, Pot Good in San Francisco

 SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Smoking anything other than medically-prescribed marijuana at San Francisco street fairs, festivals and other outdoor events held on city property would be banned under new legislation before the Board of Supervisors.

SF Considers Strict Outdoor Smoking Ban – Except For Medical Pot « CBS San Francisco

Oh, for the love of God...or Buddha..Things just keep getting nuttier in California by the day. Apparently, 2nd hand smoke from tobacco (in the great outdoors, mind you) is lethal, whilst 2nd hand smoke from pot is not.

Obviously, smoking anything in the great outdoors harms no one, save for the end user who chooses to imbibe. However, if the all-knowing and pious members who sit on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are going to put forth the argument that smoking a tobacco cigarette outdoors is harmful to passersby, then perhaps they should take look at this study that was published by Science Daily back in 2007:

Marijuana Smoke Contains Higher Levels Of Certain Toxins Than Tobacco Smoke

The scientists found that ammonia levels were 20 times higher in the marijuana smoke than in the tobacco smoke, while hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and certain aromatic amines occurred at levels 3-5 times higher in the marijuana smoke, they say. The finding is "important information for public health and communication of the risk related to exposure to such materials," say the researchers.

Oh, that's right, I forgot: tobacco smoking bans are all about health. Yep

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Filter carbon study shows weight is key to efficiency

I have just received this new study in my inbox:
Efficiency in an activated carbon filter largely is determined by the weight of carbon rather than placement, according to a study by Filtrona Scientific Services.

Filter carbon study shows weight is key to efficiency

Here is the link to the actual study:


Monday, July 16, 2012

Links of the day

 Thanks to Matthias Clock for posting this on Facebook via NYC CLASH-

What a great idea!!

The past couple of years has seen the growth of an interesting idea: mobile cigar shops.

Small Cigar Shops Go Mobile « FineTobaccoNYC

....and a not so great idea:

The Clearwater, Florida City Council will soon consider some drastic new laws aimed at homeless people, but which could also affect the general population.
The city council has already welded shut the doors to public bathrooms, turned off access to water in public areas and discouraged donations to a soup kitchen.
Oh, where have all of the hippies gone? The compassionate folks that sit on the Clearwater, Florida City Council appear to be in direct competition with their bleeding heart brothers and sisters in San Francisco. ..Or maybe they're attempting to emulate the proud malevolence currently being directed towards smokers in Santa Monica. One thing is clear: It appears that there are some amongst us that are engaging in a race towards the bottom of the barrel of humanity, and they're doing it at lightening speed.

Clearwater, Florida May Ban Sitting on Sidewalks idea whose time has come:

Can using nicotine as a long-term substitute enhance smoking cessation over using it only as a cessation aid?

An open-label randomised pragmatic policy trial of nicotine and smokeless tobacco products for short-term cessation assistance or long-term substitution in smokers

On an individual basis, substituting cleaner forms of nicotine use for cigarettes would substantially reduce much of the health-related harms of tobacco use,
Exactly, I bet that the good folks over at the University of Queensland would be ecstatic to know that researchers at Cornell University have already developed a safer cigarette, one with the potential to reduce the carcinogenic nature of active smoking by 90%! I am sure that once made aware of this staggering breakthrough in science and public health, public health reps worldwide will be all over this latest development that has the potential to save 10s of millions of lives annually.

"You may say that I'm a dreamer......"



Sunday, July 15, 2012

F.D.A. Spies On Its Own Scientists

The intercepted e-mails revealed, for instance, that a few of the scientists under surveillance were drafting a complaint in 2010 that they planned to take to the Office of Special Counsel. A short time later, before the complaint was filed, Dr. Smith and another complaining scientist were let go and a third was suspended.
In another case, the intercepted e-mails indicated that Paul T. Hardy, another of the dissident employees, had reapplied for an F.D.A. job “and is being considered for a position.” (He did not get it.) 

 ..Pretty shocking stuff...err, not.

This is a great piece of journalism. Read on:

F.D.A. Surveillance of Scientists Spread to Outside Critics -

Sore Loser Wants "Partial" Recount of Prop 29

 Thanks to Magnetic01 for posting this on Frank Davis' blog-

A San Francisco surgeon has filed a request for a partial recount of the June 5 tobacco tax ballot initiative, which lost by less than 1 percentage point of the statewide vote.
They never quit, do they?

San Francisco surgeon seeks partial recount of anti-tobacco Prop. 29 - Los Angeles Times

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dr. Douglass, Defender of Moderate Drinking

I have just received this commentary from Dr. Douglass in my inbox. Apparently, researchers at Oxford are putting forth the idea that even moderate alcohol consumption is unhealthy. Of course, we never saw this coming!

Dr, Douglass does not agree with this flawed hypothesis:

These teetotaler researchers claim their ridiculous new limits would save 4,500 lives a year in the U.K. alone — including 3,000 lives from cirrhosis of the liver and 2,600 lives from cancer.
Yes, I know — that adds up to more than 4,500. Either a typo, or the researchers are terrible at math. Or maybe they’re secretly drunk.

I’d say any of these things are possible.

To read the rest of Dr. Douglass' refutation, follow the link below.

New push to limit booze

Friday, July 13, 2012

Steve Martin's NYC Park Is Much Cooler Than Letterman's (VIDEO)

 Thanks to Audrey Silk and Pluseek Lin for posting this on Facebook via NYC CLASH-

In these times of stress, austerity measures, budget cuts, and overly onerous regulations (on the little guy), a good laugh can be therapeutic.


Steve Martin's NYC Park Is Much Cooler Than Letterman's (VIDEO)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chinese and Australian Patents Allowed for 22nd Century's NBB Nicotine Biosynthesis Gene - MarketWatch

 22nd Century expects the NBB gene technology to play an important role in reducing the harm caused by smoking. The company announced on April 10, 2012 that it will file applications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for two types of modified risk cigarettes in accordance with the FDA's Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications Draft Guidance. A presentation titled, Effect of Smoking Low Tar-to-Nicotine Ratio Cigarettes on Smoke Exposure, will be given by 22nd Century Group at the 66th Tobacco Science Research Conference being held in Concord, North Carolina on September 9-12. The presentation will summarize 22nd Century's planned exposure study on one of its two modified-risk cigarette candidates.

Chinese and Australian Patents Allowed for 22nd Century's NBB Nicotine Biosynthesis Gene - MarketWatch

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

How To Stay Healthy Even If You Eat Junk, Smoke Ciggies, Skip Exercise & Booze It Up | Care2 Healthy Living

 Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook via NYC CLASH-

Clearly, there are many factors contributing to why one person winds up sick when another stays healthy, in spite of poor health habits. The same is true for the health nut who is doing everything “right” but still winds up sick.
So what are these factors that your doctor probably isn’t discussing with you?

 This is a great article/commentary that should put a smile on everyone's face.

Read on:

How To Stay Healthy Even If You Eat Junk, Smoke Ciggies, Skip Exercise & Booze It Up | Care2 Healthy Living

Congress Sneaks Anti-Tobacco Provision Into Transportation Bill

 A measure sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and tucked inside the bill could spell the end for hundreds of “roll-your-own” tobacco stores that have sprouted up across the nation in recent years, shop owners and tobacco experts said.
 Happy 4th of July! I'm going to go and roll a few smokes for freedom's sake.

Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Stores May Cease To Exist Under New Law

Sunday, July 1, 2012

No One Deserves To Die of Lung Cancer

 Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, yet it is the least funded.

Where are our tobacco tax dollars going again?

I'm getting a bit tired of being ripped off, how about you?

4 out of 5 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in former smokers and life long non-smokers.

It's time that we smokers and former smokers demand the funding for cancer research that we deserve (we have already paid for it). If this funding should also benefit life long non-smokers as well, who could stand to lose from the funding of lung cancer research?

There is no need for increased taxation on tobacco, only the need for oversight with regards to current tobacco taxes and MSA payments. Quite simply, we need an overhaul in the way tobacco tax dollars are allocated. Too much money has already been wasted on the pet projects of many a politician and special interest group in every nook and cranny of this land under the auspices of public health for projects as wide and varied as golf courses and balancing state budgets from NY to California. That's our money and we should reap the benefits as a result.

It's also time that we are made aware of safer cigarette alternatives that have already been developed, for it's not the act of smoking that is "bad", but the unfortunate adverse health effects that can follow the act of smoking over a long period of time. How is it that smokers are taxed into oblivion, yet lung cancer remains the least funded form of cancer? Concurrently, how is it the right of anyone to deny smokers  access to  reduced risk products in any form ? A lot of people have been stealing from us in more ways than one. Collectively, there is a  need to inform the public of what has become an institutionalized injustice so that we may bring it to an end.

Indeed, it's time to end the stigma and prejudice associated with smoking and lung cancer once and for all.

Let the fight begin!

No One Deserves To Die of Lung Cancer