Friday, February 22, 2013

More Madness

By unanimous vote, the Senate Regulated Industries Committees approved the measure (SB 258), which expands the state’s clear indoor air restrictions to more outdoor venues. Voters approved the Florida Indoor Clean Air Act a decade ago.

Right. So voters approved the Indoor Clean Air Act over a decade ago, but apparently, that was not enough to satisfy the prohibitionists. Once given an inch, anti figures out a way to incrementally make us all miserable.

“Nobody wants to put anyone in jail for doing these things but it does send a signal,” said Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine. “This state wants to be smoke free, eventually…. this is just one incremental step toward getting there.”

What kind of signal does it send Sen. Thrasher, that incremental steps towards neo-statism are all that's good and noble? This is the trajectory that you have chosen to pursue? Are you sure that you're a Republican sir?

Take a gander at how much $$ the state of Florida takes in from tobacco alone.

From the fiscal year of 2010:

$1,908,661,429- That is how much the state of Florida made off of tobacco in the fiscal year of 2010. 

I think that it's time that we demand a bit of respect.

No smoking outside?: Senate panel passes outdoor smoking ban bill | Pensacola News Journal |

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

E-cig Exec Says Higher Smoker Premiums are "Good" for Business

“We definitely see there will be a potential for this law to drive current tobacco smokers to an alternative, and the most likely product is electronic cigarettes,” White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes co-founder Matthew Steingraber said.

His company plans to launch a direct mail campaign targeting demographics with high rates of smoking sometime this spring.

Same song, same dance...same sh*tty game plan. Who needs enemies when you have friends like this?

Big tobacco and anti-cancer activists agree: Health provision goes too far

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Louisiana Citizens for Tobacco Rights Action Alert!

Surprise, surprise! Politicians in Louisiana would like smokers to foot the bill in order to balance the state budget. Nice, huh? Where's our "free" health insurance?

When legislators return to Baton Rouge this spring, they will be looking for ways to fill the gaps created by Governor Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the personal and corporate income tax

In addition to increasing the state sales tax, the legislature will consider nearly TRIPLING the state cigarette tax.  If passed, adult smokers will pay $1.41 per pack and over $14.00 per carton in state taxes alone!

 Citizens for Tobacco Rights

Monday, February 18, 2013

Less is More

This is an inspiring story:

Cowell first lit a cigarette in 1931, and has smoked two or three a day since. Her daughter Lynda Fowler (which I almost typed as "Lila Fowler") said "The secret to mum's long life is a cigarette and a cup of tea with whisky. That and hard work and poverty. She's an inspiration."

Now that sounds like the good life to me!

I take this to mean that indulging in a little bit of what you enjoy is better than having none of what you enjoy. No one is perfect, therefore there is no logical reason to strive towards the unrealistic goal of being "perfect". There is a middle path, and ironically, this path of moderation (rather than all out abstinence) may in fact be the key to life extension for some.

Trying to be perfect is stressful and we all know that stress is bad, not only for your mental health, but for your physical health as well.  It makes "perfectly" (pun intended) good sense therefore, to permit yourself to dabble in a little bit of what's "bad" for you;  for what is a life that is devoid of a few simple pleasures here and there?

..Makes a lot of sense to me. A life enjoyed is a life well lived.

For some inspiration, read on:

102-Year-Old Woman Quits Smoking (But Not for Her Health)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Beta-carotene, is it safe for smokers?

Over the last couple of decades there has been a lot of controversy with regards to beta carotene supplementation, which has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer amongst smokers and drinkers. As I sit here chomping on a bowl of fruit topped with goji berries, this gives me cause for concern. Ah, but thankfully, it appears that beta carotene is safe for smokers when ingested from a whole food source. Supplements with beta carotene on the other hand, are not so safe for smokers:

Unlike supplements, foods rich in beta-carotene pose no lung cancer risk.

Well, that settles it: I now have no intentions of giving up my morning goji berry habit.

Synthetic beta-carotene supplements have been found to increase the risk of both colorectal and lung cancer in smokers, especially those who also drink alcohol. A study published by an international team in the January 2004 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention indicates that beta-carotene consumed as part of whole foods has no such negative effects.

Translation: do not take beta-carotene supplements if you smoke &/or drink on a regular basis, but do eat well.

Carotenoids may play a role in the prevention of the following health conditions:
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Angina pectoris
  • Asthma
  • Cataracts
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Chlamydial infection
  • Heart disease
  • Laryngeal cancer (cancer of the larynx)
  • Lung cancer
  • Male and female infertility
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Photosensitivity
  • Pneumonia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Skin cancer
  • Vaginal candidiasis

Statistically speaking, smokers and drinkers eat fewer foods that contain carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Also, researchers suspect that cigarette smoke destroys carotenoids. However, if you do smoke or drink, use carotenoid supplements with caution

To read more, click on the link below:
 WHFoods: beta-carotene

Friday, February 8, 2013

Citizens for Tobacco Rights

 There are some very important tips here that show how to fight back against smoker discrimination:

Citizens for Tobacco Rights

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Prison for Smokers, Permits for Strippers! (Nanny of the Month, Jan '13)

When asked on occasion why I bother to write about smokers' rights, I try to explain to them that I am against the cruelty and discrimination of a minority that takes part in a legal activity. Some people immediately understand exactly what I'm talking about. For those who "just don't get it", this video from Reason TV says it all.