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Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

No matter how you slice it, puffing on a cigarette, or any other tobacco product for that matter, simply ups the ante for more health complications. Smoking causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths each year. About 8.6 million Americans suffer from smoking-related chronic conditions, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease.

Cancer

The smoking-cancer link is well-known to most: Smoking causes at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Smoking increases the risk of at least 15 cancers, including those of the throat, nasal cavity, lip, mouth, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, cervix, kidney, bladder and stomach, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.

ALZHEIMER’S: Risk doubles with heavy smoking

Diabetes

Diabetes and smoking don’t mix. Tobacco use can elevate blood sugar levels and lead to insulin resistance, say experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The more you smoke, the bigger your risk: More than 20 cigarettes a day almost doubles smokers’ risk of developing diabetes, compared with nonsmokers’. “People with diabetes already have higher cardiovascular risks,” says David Kendall of the American Diabetes Association. Smoking “just adds to the burden of that risk.”

Heart

Smoking’s assault on the heart doubles or triples the risk of dying from coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the USA, the American Heart Association says. The toll is enormous: Each year, nearly 900,000 people die of coronary heart disease.

That’s because smoking narrows blood vessels supplying the heart and other parts of the body; it also promotes blood clotting, raises blood pressure and weakens the biggest artery in the abdomen, sometimes causing it to burst, a condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm, AHA says. Secondhand smoke kills 23,000 to 70,000 people prematurely each year.

Pregnancy and childhood

During pregnancy, smoking increases the risk of complications that can endanger a mother’s life. It nearly doubles the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby and is a leading cause of preterm labor, the March of Dimes says. Smoking causes an estimated 910 infant deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Babies who breathe in secondhand smoke are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, ear infections and other problems.

Skin

If you’re going for a rosy glow, nix the smokes.

“The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin,” says internist Richard Hurt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic. “This impairs blood flow. … Your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen, an important nutrient.”

He says tobacco contains more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which can damage collagen and elastin, fibers that give skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

Quitting improves skin’s health and appearance, says cosmetic dermatologist Hema Sundaram, author of Face Value. She says smoking also raises the risk of skin cancers, slows its healing rate and worsens hormonal imbalances during perimenopause and menopause.

Camel Cigarettes Coupons – Cigarette Coupons You Must Have

Monday, October 25th, 2010

camel lightsWhen you hear the name Camel, you really have a vision of the exotic places of Egypt and Morocco. If you loving smoking Camel, then you know how if you are hot for a pack of these cigarettes, then you need to make sure that you grab your Camel coupons before you head out to the store.

Saving money is the idea and with everything so sky high these days, you can see why you may say “How about those Camel coupons?” Some would say the taste, others the allure and still others will tell you they are a good brand to smoke. With everything going sky high these days including the price of cigarettes, grabbing your Camel coupons will help you to save a bit on the high price of a pack of smokes.

It can be so very frustrating to see prices going up and up and up along with the taxes you have to pay for them. That is why using these coupons is a great benefit. That is where coupons, specifically Camel coupons comes into play. Smoking is a pleasure and why have the price of a carton or pack put a damper on enjoying a cigarette? Doesn’t make sense does it?

A Camel cigarette is cool because we say it is! Get your head out of the books if you want to be a greaser! This is a guy that people will really like and has a good smooth taste to him! You would either have to smoke like a smokestack to get them or ask for other people to find the coupons for you. It is up to you if you choose this particular route to go through.

The fourth option would be to look at tobacco retailers. They do have coupons there as well. Here is the last image I want you to think about. Imagine him driving back to the store when he ru

ns out of Camel cigarettes. Look at the swagger as he walks in and pays less for a pack by using Camel coupons. Ka-ching!

This can help you to save plenty of money and time, but only if your coupons are up to date and valid! This man is going to be one very cool customer. Wouldn’t want to take him in a fight! All they cost is printer ink and paper and can be used anywhere that you shop for tobacco products.

Tinder Box Mango Tango Review

Monday, October 25th, 2010

box of tobaccoI stopped into my local Tinder Box this week and picked up a few of their blends, one of which is Mango Tango.. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Tinderbox or anything, but I find their pipe tobacco to be reasonably priced and fresh. I hear a lot of people complaining about TB quality, but I think it has a lot to do with your local franchise. Anyway, onward to the review!

The pouch aroma of this tobacco is very sweet, sugary and some slight fruit bouquet. Not a chemical fruit, more of a natural, fresh cut fruit smell. Nice and inviting.

The tobacco itself is mostly black/dark brown with golden brown strands mixed in sporadically. Nothing terribly interesting to the eye.

After the initial light and some slight tamping the bowl burned very well until about 2/3 the way through, in which case the dottle was so wet that there was basically no chance for a re-light. A lot of Tinder Box tobaccos have this issue and I understand it to have a lot to do with the PG content of the tobacco.

I didn’t really find any “mango” flavor in the bowl, just a lot of sweetness, (think iced tea, not honey) and some overall fruitiness. Kind of a “citrus” Tums flavor, somewhat bland and dry.

This is a decent tasting aromatic. Nothing to knock your socks off but something I’m not afraid to share with friends that don’t smoke a pipe often.

The bottom line: Overall: 6/10.

Pouch Aroma: 7/10
Taste: 6/10
Room Note: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Sencillo

Monday, October 18th, 2010

pipe of tobaccoSimple…  Simple was the goal of Keith Park when he created his new line of cigars called Sencillo.  Mr. Park is the CEO of the the company that has brought us great cigars from Prometheus like God of Fire and Angelenos.

“The best things in life are simple pleasures. Let’s savor each moment.”                                                                                Keith K. Park

When I was given these cigars from Rob I had never heard of them and was under the general assumption that they were just another boutique company that was trying to make a name for themselves.  Not being one to judge without giving the cigar a fair and speedy trial, I took the smokes and stuck em in my Humidor for another day.  I loved the look from the get-go, very classy and “simple” and decided to give one a try.  I’m glad that I did…

The Sencillo was made especially for Keith Park by Camacho with the intent of creating a great everyday, affordable cigar from Prometheus.

At first glance the Sencillo has a very attractive Honduran wrapper that was vein free for the most part and very consistent of premium cigars made by Christian at Camacho.  . The double robusto had a nice weight to it and was without any soft spots or noticeable blemishes on the wrapper.  The Sencillo is a triple capped Honduran puro and has a very simple and classy look and band.  When lighting up the first thing i noticed was the burst of cedar spice and the abundance of smoke that came from the cigar which I love.  The spice was very dominant and left its mark on my tongue.

As I smoked though the 1st third and past the half way point the spice had settled and some leather and Espresso notes started to arise. The Ash held strong and had a the burn was jagged at times but never needed to be corrected.  The Sencillo also had a near perfect draw, little work required but with just enough resistance to keep the cigar feeling sturdy.  The smoke was plentiful and cool.

The leather and tobacco flavors stay dominant through the remainder with hints of spice along the  way and finishes with a burst of red pepper in the final third.  Although the flavors changed throughout, the cigar stayed pretty much medium to full bodied from start to finish.  There was an almost hidden sweetness to the Sencillo that kept the spice in check throughout and had my full attention.  It was a great combination.

So, another great cigar from Prometheus except this one happens to be 8 bucks.. From the fantastic construction to the complex flavors I will definitely be smoking it again…

“Simple” it is not…  But who wants simple anyways… I want great cigars and Sencillo is just that…

Duty free cigarettes under review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

tax free cigarettesDuty free cigarettes are also under review as preparations are made to ban smoking in prisons from July next year.
Tobacco, lighters and matches will all be banned from prisons after a 12 month campaign to help smokers kick the habit.

ONE News has revealed officials are also looking at whether to ban duty free cigarettes.

The anti-smoking lobby group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) says the blackmarket is fuelled by tobacco brought in by international travellers and it should stop.

Duty free goods have long been a perk of long-distance travel, but there are calls to take tax-free cigarettes off airport shelves.

“We’re obliged to do it and we urge the government to do it as soon as possible,” says

Ben Youdan, director of ASH.

ONE News has been given an exclusive preview of ASH’s report into the tobacco blackmarket which claims most illegal tobacco in New Zealand comes in duty free.

The maximum travellers are allowed to bring into the country is a 10-packet brick of cigarettes.

An example of how this personal limit is abused is, for instance, by tour leaders who get every traveller to buy a brick and that way they end up with more than they’re actually allowed.

“Then the tour leader would pay them and take all those packets to then go on and sell them at a reduced price,” says Youdan.

A ban in duty free cigarettes is already being considered.

“We’ve been asked by the minister to take a look at it to see if there is any scope for New Zealand to do anything,” says Dr Ashley Bloomfield of the Ministry of Health.

New Zealand has already agreed to control duty free tobacco. Seven years ago New Zealand signed a World Health Organisation treaty agreeing to raise tobacco prices, ban smoking in indoor public places, put health warnings on packets and prohibit or restrict duty free tobacco products.

Singapore and Hong Kong have already banned duty free tobacco under the treaty.

But New Zealand has also signed Customs conventions requiring us to allow tax-free tobacco in.

“People are able to buy duty-free goods anywhere, on the plane, on the exit point of wherever they’re leaving. So why would New Zealand sign up to that if airlines were going to continue to sell cigarettes on board?” Prime Minister John Key questions.

But with no deadline on our international agreement, there’s no telling what tobacco’s shelf-life is in airports.

Judge OK’s class-action smoker suit

Monday, October 11th, 2010

smoking is badA federal judge certified a class-action lawsuit yesterday that demands Philip Morris USA Inc. pay for chest scans to diagnose whether heavy Marlboro smokers have early signs of lung cancer, a ruling that a lawyer for the plaintiffs called the first of its kind in the country.

Nearly two years after lawyers for two named plaintiffs sought class certification, US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner granted the request and said she would let the case go to trial on claims that the cigarette manufacturer designed a product that delivered excessive levels of carcinogens. Certifying the class-action suit means the judge has opened up the legal action to other plaintiffs with similar circumstances.

“Going forward, plaintiffs still face a substantial hurdle of proving liability,’’ Gertner wrote in the 56-page order. “But based on the record before me, plaintiffs have demonstrated that they are able to do so as a class.’’

Her ruling allows thousands of other Massachusetts smokers to join the suit, which covers people 50 or older who have smoked at least one pack of Marlboro cigarettes a day for at least 20 years. If a jury sides with the smokers, Philip Morris could be required to pay for each patient’s low-dose computed tomography scan, which can detect early-stage lung cancer.

The tests typically cost $400 to $500 a year, but many health plans do not cover them, according to Christopher Weld Jr. of Boston, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs.

Lawyers for Philip Morris did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Weld said there is a similar suit pending in New York, however, this is the first one in the country that he knows of that has been certified as class action.

“It’s a terrific decision for our class,’’ Weld said. “It allows the case to go forward on a group basis, which is critical. And in many respects, she has accepted our understanding or interpretation of applicable law that will be favorable to the class.’’

The case differs from other tobacco lawsuits because the plaintiffs have no apparent symptoms of lung cancer and are not seeking conventional damages, Gertner wrote. Instead, they want medical monitoring — regular screenings to detect early signs of lung cancer. The plaintiffs say if they do eventually develop the disease, the screenings will increase their likelihood of survival almost six-fold.

No class member would be eligible if they have been diagnosed with lung cancer or are under a doctor’s care for suspected lung cancer, and all must have smoked Marlboro cigarettes within Massachusetts, she wrote. Marlboro cigarettes are designated because that is the brand the two plaintiffs smoked.

Richard Daynard, a law professor at Northeastern University and chairman of its Tobacco Products Liability Project, said if the plaintiffs win, the case could spawn dozens of similar suits in federal courts across the country. “It’s a tremendously important case,’’ he said.

The case before Gertner, he said, will probably turn on whether the chest scans save lives. A growing body of evidence, he said, indicates that they do.

The plaintiffs named in the suit are Patricia Cawley of Rockland and Kathleen Donovan of Randolph. They say they began to smoke more than 30 years ago and suffered lung tissue damage that greatly increases their risk of developing lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women and is one of the most difficult cancers to treat, according to the American Cancer Society. It is very hard to detect when it is in the earliest, most treatable stage. About 87 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking.

Coffee and cigarettes

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Smokers are running out of room. Due to a growing number of California communities banning cigarette smoking in public places, lighting up is becoming more of a challenge. And now even local Starbucks coffeehouses, where cups of joe and cigarettes traditionally go hand in hand, recently have joined the smoke-free cavalcade.

Lawmakers also are rethinking outdoor smoking. This past May, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed an otherwise widely supported bill that would have barred smoking at most state beaches and parks; Sacramento already prohibited smoking in its parks in 2007. This followed on the heels of a 2002 law passed to prohibit smoking within 20 feet of any city of Sacramento building and a 2003 state law stating that there could be no smoking within 20 feet of any government building.

As for indoor smoking, more and more cities continue to ban it in multiunit housing facilities. Major hotel chains, including Sacramento-area Marriott, have gone smoke free, with designated smoking areas outside their facilities.

But the banning-smoking-outdoors trend truly has gained steam with Starbucks, which on June 7 made its patio-seating areas smoke-free in all California stores. Its decision, which could alienate loyal customers that enjoy lingering over coffee and cigarettes, also might kick-start a trend of more businesses going smoke-free.

“Starbucks, being a big chain, feels a lot more comfortable adopting the policy,” says Liz Williams, project manager with Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. “I would imagine more companies might follow Starbucks’ lead.”

Williams is excited about Starbucks’ new policy and says there’s been positive feedback from communities. “The outdoor, smoke-free movement is growing in response to public demand,” she says. “People are exploring what works best for their community.”

In fact, entire hospitality districts in California cities have now prohibited cigarettes. The Third Street Promenade, a six-block outdoor mall in Santa Monica, recently became completely smoke-free, joining its nearby city beaches. “They’re one of the first communities to look at making a shopping district smoke-free,” Williams notes.

Smokers, needless to say, aren’t pleased with the movement. “It makes you not want to go to Starbucks anymore, because you can’t sit and visit,” says Casey Campbell, a Sacramento resident who was taking an afternoon smoke break in Midtown last week.

Other Sacramentans agree. “I would go to a different coffee shop if they allowed me to smoke,” says Irene Saala-Williams, a local smoker. “I feel that as long as smoking is legal, we should be able to [smoke] outside.”

But a Sacramento Starbucks manager, who preferred to remain anonymous, says that, so far, the restriction hasn’t impacted sales. “I don’t think we’ve seen a dip in business because of the policy,” she observes.

Smokers-rights advocates are worried, though, that people’s freedom to smoke is slowly being ostracized from the civic outdoors. “You’re telling smokers ‘You’re not wanted at these public places,’” argues Robert Best, state coordinator of The Smokers Club Inc. “That’s discrimination. You’re telling me I can’t have a cigarette when it’s in an outdoor environment, when it’s not hurting anybody?”

But experts say cigarettes are causing harm—and in more ways than we realize. According to April Roeseler, chief of local programs at the California Tobacco Control Program, a division of the California Department of Public Health, one major issue is ecological. Specifically, she cites the refuse left from cigarette butts at California beaches and parks. “It’s like toxic waste,” Roeseler says. “Forty-four percent of litter is cigarette butts and 13 percent of the California adult population smokes. That’s pretty significant.”

“It’s very toxic for fish and other marine life, and for children and pets [who consume] it,” adds Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

Still, many national parks continue to allow smoking. And Best argues that if anti-smoking advocates don’t want cigarette butts around, then public areas need more trash cans with ash trays. “I find trash everywhere,” he says, “not just cigarette butts.”

 

Casey Engmark hangs out at a local Starbucks drinking coffee and smoking. Maybe he doesn’t know about the coffee chain’s new policy that bans smoking in its outdoor environs?

PHOTO BY JEROME LOVE

As for Starbucks, nonsmokers-rights advocate Williams says she’d receive frequent calls from unhappy customers about secondhand smoke. “They were frustrated that they couldn’t enjoy a sandwich or coffee because of the drifting smoke,” she explains.

The Starbucks manager says that she too had been bombarded with complaints before her company banned smoking on its patios. “People in the lobby we’re bothered from smoke coming in through the doors,” she explains.

Best counters that Starbucks is pushing away its base. “For a smoker, [coffee and a cigarette] tend to go hand in hand,” he says, noting that smoke “dissipates outside.”

Starbucks’ written statement on the ban says that the smoking “interferes with the aroma of [their] coffee,” and that, specifically, smoking will be restricted within 20 feet of all the chain’s coffeehouses. “If someone is smoking on our patio, it’s usually simply a case of a customer not being aware of our policy,” the statement explains. “When told of our policy, people understand. If they wish to continue smoking they are asked to leave. We have had very few issues to date.”

But the Starbucks manager says that smoking isn’t the easiest thing to put the kibosh on, and that customers don’t always comply. “It’s 50-50,” she surmises of her success rate. “We have customers that keep smoking out there and wait for us to tell them to stop.”

Is it a hassle? “I would prefer to not police it. I have other responsibilities to tend to,” the manager says.

Some Starbucks smokers might not be aware of the policy yet. The coffeehouses’ outdoor tables are adorned with posted cards explaining the new smoke-free decision, which is partially based on Proposition 65, the California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act that voters passed in 1986. But on some tables, the cards are missing.

Best thinks smokers will be proactive and find a spot to smoke anyway. They will walk out the door with their coffee, go around the corner and light up, he says.

“[But] it makes you want to get your coffee to go,” says smoker Campbell, who still enjoys going to the coffee giant despite the change.

Sacramento could see more smoke-free zones in its future, if other California cities signal a trend.

In 2007, Belmont, a city in the Bay Area, received national attention by becoming one of the first cities to adopt a policy that forbids smoking in multi-unit housing. Belmont also has 100 percent smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and free-standing bars.

East Bay city Richmond soon followed with a similar housing measure. Sebastopol is currently debating the issue, as well, and is on the brink of passing a comparable ordinance.

“The smoke drifts between the electrical sockets, plumbing and ventilation systems,” Williams explains of why cities are enacting such regulations.

Calabasas, in Southern California, is believed to have the strictest outdoor-smoking policy in the nation, where having a cigarette is banned in all indoor and outdoor areas, and you can only light up in designated smoking zones.

Best says this could lead to ridiculous extremes. “Legislation is trying to ban smoking in cigar shops and hookah or charcoal bars,” he says, laughing. With all the additional restrictions, he laments that smokers might actually one day have to drive to Nevada to enjoy a cigarette.

One thing is for sure: Smokers will always find a way.