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The Top 5 Cigarette Brands

Monday, January 31st, 2011

camel filterscamel filtersHere is the list of the top 5 most demanded cigarettes in the whole world by smokers. 5. Pall Mall cigarettes Manufactured by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and British American Tobacco those cigarettes are well-known in buts USA and Europe. Famous for their chorcoal filter, they’re your best bet if you’re not sure what to smoke and if you want mild, but well-tasting cigarettes. Some may not like the “chorcoal” aftertaste, but you can quickly get used to it. Also, they’re easy to get almost everywhere and are not too expensive, maintaining a good balance between price and quality.

4. camel filters

After introducing Joe Camel, a cartoon character of a camel smoking a cigarette, Camel got the attention of American Medical Association for making their mascot nore easily recognised than even Mickey Mouse. Still, Camel is another fine brand of cigarettes if you don’t mind their unplesant throat scratching. They’re strong, and you can really feel that you’re smoking, even after years of cigarette usage. However, in some places they’re hard to get, but if you stumble upon a pack of Camel classics, try it out. May be just your taste.

3. l&m

Not that popular in the United States, L&M cigarettes are a huge market in Europe. After the reroll in 2007 they’ve become easier to get in the US, thus increasing their popularity, but still not many smokers are acknowledged to them. L&Ms introduced a triple filter, which surprisingly doesn’t change the taste that much – however, they’re not much softer on your throat, and – as opposed to Pall Mall – there’s no chorcoal aftertaste. However, be aware that L&M Red are very strong and are not suggested if you’ve just begun smoking.

2. Lucky Strike cigarettes

The oldest brand of cigarettes out there, Luckies don’t need an introduction. DuringWorld War IIthey were handed out to soldiers, thus becoming a post-World War II hit.

Since their introduction in 1871 they haven’t changed a bit, and if you pass an unfiltred Lucky Strike to your grandfather, if he was a veteran of World War II, he’ll surely recognise the “toasted” taste. Nowadays, their popularity seem to downfall a bit, especially in Europe, however rest assured they’ll be there if you want them.

1.Marlboro cigarettes

Marlboro cigarettes is the largest selling brand ofcigarettesin the world. It is made byPhilip Morris USA(a branch ofAltra) within the US, and byPhilip Morris International(now separate from Altria) outside the US. It is famous for itsbillboard advertisementsand magazine ads of theMarlboro Man.

The Making Of The Safe Cigarette And Its Purpose

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

marlboro-filter-plusExtensive research has been made on the production of the safe cigarette to come out with a product that can equal or even surpass the use of the traditional one. Many factors are to be considered to come out with a safe cigarette, in the real sense of the word. They basis of the making of safe cigarettes are in its four contents namely nitrosamines, aldehydes, polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons, and some metal elements, that what the researches do.

The main priority of researches is on the lowering or the total free of nitrosamines, carcinogenic compounds which is commonly viewed by most people as the most deadly cancer-causing agents in tobacco smoke. This are the compounds which can cause severe diseases and even people around who can inhale the second hand smoke. This is called passive smoking. It is even more dangerous for the passive smokers to inhale these agents in cigarette smoke that’s why manufacturers consider the production of smokeless cigarette as a safe alternative to the traditional one, if not the electric cigarette or the best electric cigarette.

Aldehydes are formed by the burning of sugars and cellulose contained in tobacco cigarette considered harmful also to the smoker. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which form in the cigarette behind the burning tip; and traces of heavy metals present in tobacco as a result of fertilizers used on the plant are all harmful chemicals present in the traditional tobacco that all leads to ill-effects on health particularly the deadly lung-cancer.

The cigarette manufacturers first started working on the production of safe cigarette by not including the tar content which is heavily contained in the traditional one. As a result of this, many of them responded with the production of a variety of new filter cigarettes that will greatly reduce tar levels. But this was seen by the public as merely to increase their revenues but not on eradicating the bad effects the traditional cigarette passes to the health of the smoker because there is little evidence that filter cigarettes, like the best electric cigarette of today, were healthier than the regular cigarettes.

At this moment, people may conclude that low-tar cigarettes are far better for them than the regular one. The mechanics of lowering the tar levels by manufacturers also made to lower nicotine levels, and studies have shown that smokers compensate for the loss of the nicotine by inhaling more deeply and taking puffs more often and this is still tantamount to smoking the real tobacco cigarette.

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Cigar of 45 meters length

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Bigest cigar everFor the forth time, Cuban cigar smoker Jose Castelar Cueto has entered Guinness Book of Records. This time previous his records Jose has eclipsed by appearance of 45 meters long cigar. It is the longest cigar made on Cuba and that entered Guinness Book of Records. For obvious reasons nobody will be able to smoke such cigar but in return you can enjoy to the full the sight you will see.

Cuban hasn’t grudged time for making his brainchild and has spent 50-60 hours a week to make giant cigar. Necessary measurements have been made and have been carried cigar analyzes after what “Guinness Book of Records” commission has approved new record. On May 6th, 2009 Cueto has received from hands of Cuban Tourism minister Manuel Marrero diploma. Thid document officially confirms that Cueto already for the forth time got in the list of record holders. “For me, personally, this is an honor as I represent Cuban tobacco Sellers” – 65 years old Cueto who manufacturers cigars for 50 years already (from being 15 years old) told.

Now in Cueto plans is to make cigar that will have length of Havana’s avenue Maleon that is 7 kilometers long.

Things to Avoid While Quitting Smoking

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Get Rid Of Smoking For Good! After reading and hearing a lot about smoking endangers and looking at those awful “quit smoking” ads, we all at some point develop a natural urge to stop this nicotine salvation forever. Many of us just can’t resist the temptation, while many of us try and fail and never try again! This article explains a few things you can adopt while you’re on the journey towards quitting, and if you really want this quit to be your last one. Read along, it may help.

Do you want a life that’s free from the haunting thoughts of smoking and relieve you from the desire to take one more puff even after you have gotten rid of those nasty cigarettes? The fact is, you’re still not over it, and chances are, you may soon indulge in the mess again. Here are some points enlisted to make your quit a firm one and prevent you from losing your confidence in the process. We recommend you to avoid these:

Losing Your Cool

A habit developed over the years may not go with a snap of your finger, it may take time and with that your patience and endurance. Smoking cessation is a constant path of action and not a sudden accident, so be very serene while thinking to replace it with a healthy lifestyle. Things may not seem very positive in the beginning, but it’s just a matter of little patience, and you’ll get along the quitting process quite well.

Pessimism

Don’t cry over the years you’ve spent smoking, as you’re not able to bring them back. Instead, think of what steps you can take to get rid of this now. Remember, no step is too small, so whatever stage you are in, whether chain smoker or just a beginner, strong determination and thought positivity is what’s going to make your efforts count.

Ignoring Yourself

Smoking cessation is a hard time, and you need to focus more on yourself at such a critical point. Lack of self-care may turn you back towards smoking, but healthy lifestyle including balanced diet, proper rest, plenty of water intake, and regular exercise will help simplify your nicotine withdrawal process to a great extent.

Not Finding Smoking Alternatives

Face it – leaving cigarettes is not a piece of cake, especially at the initial stages when the thoughts keep hitting back on you. In such cases it is recommended you take support of smoking alternatives to help you pass this stage. One of the best smoking alternatives in the market today are E-Cigarettes. You can continue using this harmless electronic cigarette until you’re not fully out of the nicotine clutches and then you can terminate its use whenever you want.

Get Rid Of Smoking For Good!

After reading and hearing a lot about smoking endangers and looking at those awful “quit smoking” ads, we all at some point develop a natural urge to stop this nicotine salvation forever. Many of us just can’t resist the temptation, while many of us try and fail and never try again! This article explains a few things you can adopt while you’re on the journey towards quitting, and if you really want this quit to be your last one. Read along, it may help.

Do you want a life that’s free from the haunting thoughts of smoking and relieve you from the desire to take one more puff even after you have gotten rid of those nasty cigarettes? The fact is, you’re still not over it, and chances are, you may soon indulge in the mess again. Here are some points enlisted to make your quit a firm one and prevent you from losing your confidence in the process. We recommend you to avoid these:

Losing Your Cool

A habit developed over the years may not go with a snap of your finger, it may take time and with that your patience and endurance. Smoking cessation is a constant path of action and not a sudden accident, so be very serene while thinking to replace it with a healthy lifestyle. Things may not seem very positive in the beginning, but it’s just a matter of little patience, and you’ll get along the quitting process quite well.

Pessimism

Don’t cry over the years you’ve spent smoking, as you’re not able to bring them back. Instead, think of what steps you can take to get rid of this now. Remember, no step is too small, so whatever stage you are in, whether chain smoker or just a beginner, strong determination and thought positivity is what’s going to make your efforts count.

Ignoring Yourself

Smoking cessation is a hard time, and you need to focus more on yourself at such a critical point. Lack of self-care may turn you back towards smoking, but healthy lifestyle including balanced diet, proper rest, plenty of water intake, and regular exercise will help simplify your nicotine withdrawal process to a great extent.

Not Finding Smoking Alternatives

Face it – leaving cigarettes is not a piece of cake, especially at the initial stages when the thoughts keep hitting back on you. In such cases it is recommended you take support of smoking alternatives to help you pass this stage. One of the best smoking alternatives in the market today are E-Cigarettes. You can continue using this harmless electronic cigarette until you’re not fully out of the nicotine clutches and then you can terminate its use whenever you want.

Schwarzenegger Vetoes Smoking Ban

Friday, January 21st, 2011

schwarzenegger smoke cigarGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another bill that would have banned smoking in California’s state parks and beaches. One tobacco company, Commonwealth Brands, had publicly opposed the ban, arguing it would infringe on smokers’ rights.

“I’m sorry the governor did not agree with this widely supported effort to increase public awareness about the environmental threats carelessly tossed cigarettes are doing to our marine life and to the great outdoors,” Oropeza said in a statement.

Schwarzenegger told lawmakers the best way to discourage people from leaving cigarette butts at beaches and parks is to increase fines and penalties.




Tobacco companies accused of promoting cigarette brands online

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

A cigarette packet is transformed into a robot on YouTube. Anti-smoking groups argue that such images are promoting tobacco.Pro-tobacco content on Facebook and YouTube is glamorising smoking among the young, warn health groups. Leading health organisations have expressed alarm at how the internet is being used to promote smoking.

Tobacco companies deny using the online world to market their brands, but there is mounting concern that social networking sites are glamorising smoking, especially among young people.

British American Tobacco (BAT) has been forced to conduct a damage limitation exercise after it emerged that several of its employees had established fan sites on Facebook for the company’s Lucky Strike and Dunhill brands, apparently without the company’s knowledge.

Ash, the anti-smoking group, has also established that BAT hired an online marketing firm, iKineo, to promote the Lucky Strike brand in South Africa.

iKineo boasted on its website that it had “extended the Lucky Strike campaign into the digital space, using it to mobilise a powerful underground movement to advocate the brand”.

Other tobacco companies have also looked to the internet. Thousands of smokers – who had to confirm they were over 18 simply by clicking on an online box – have accessed a website allowing them to design packets for new blends of Camel cigarettes, manufactured by the American firm RJ Reynolds (RJR). The resulting exercise saw the launch of a range of new packets that extended the Camel brand and saw it climb up internet search engine rankings.

The market research exercise did not breach rules prohibiting tobacco advertising, but Robin Hewings, Cancer Research UK’s tobacco control manager, said: “The industry has a history of searching for loopholes which allow its lethal products to target young people.”

It is not always clear who has established the pro-smoking sites. In 1997 RJR withdrew its Joe Camel cartoon figure from its advertising campaigns after the American Medical Association published a report claiming that young children could recognise him more easily than Mickey Mouse. Now a Facebook search for “Joe Camel” brings up more than 25 sites dedicated to the character.

YouTube also carries old cigarette adverts that would fall foul of the comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, recognised by 168 countries if they were aired on television. An analysis of 163 YouTube tobacco brand-related videos, carried out by researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand, found that 71% featured “pro-tobacco content”. Many of the clips are highly sophisticated in their use of tobacco packets. One “freeze frame” video shows a Marlboro cigarette packet being turned into a Transformer robot similar to those featured in the blockbuster film.

Internal industry papers released as a result of legal action reveal that tobacco firms have been experimenting with the internet as a marketing weapon for years. US tobacco company Lorillard ran an online competition at the start of the millennium allowing young people to vote on their favourite music videos. The competition was ostensibly designed to promote the company’s slogan “Tobacco is Whacko if You are a Teen” – a message that has been attacked by anti-tobacco campaigners for implying that smoking was acceptable among adults.

Fresh concerns about the tobacco firms’ use of cyberspace were raised last week when it emerged that the annual Global Tobacco Networking Forum had held a workshop on social media for thousands of delegates in the cigarette industry. Those attending also heard a talk on “Social Media in Regulated Markets” from Jason Falls, a leading expert on internet branding.

In an emailed response to the Observer, Falls said he was unable to discuss his talk, citing the conference’s rules barring speakers from discussing the subject with the media. But Falls emailed a copy of a presentation that he gives to other clients in which he discusses how “it is entirely possible to leverage social media marketing and the social web as a company in a regulated industry”.

The presentation notes: “Regulations and guidelines are not impediments. They are necessary and opportunities to innovate in the social media space.”

Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “I would like the people who are responsible for these new forms of social media to be more responsible in the content they allow, especially content which glamorises and promotes smoking to young people.”

A BAT spokeswoman insisted it was not company policy to use social networking sites to promote its brands after the allegations first surfaced in an academic paper at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Our employees, agencies and service providers should never use social media to promote our tobacco brands,” BAT said.

Tobacco makes good

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

tobacco is goodNew tobacco that produces flu vaccines could rescue the plant’s reputation. Smoking tobacco is well known to endanger human health, but a cousin of the plant could help protect us from a flu pandemic.

This February, Darpa, the Pentagon’s R&D branch, awarded $40 million to Texas A&M University and pharmaceutical manufacturer G-Con to launch Project GreenVax, an effort to speed vaccine production by growing it in tobacco. First, scientists engineer bacteria to carry the latest flu markers and wash them over Nicotiana benthamiana tobacco plants. The bacteria dump the DNA into the plant’s cells, which follow its instructions to churn out the flu protein. Technicians then grind up the leaves to extract the protein. Injected into a person, the protein works like any vaccine, training the body to attack the flu virus.

The entire process is about a quarter of the cost and three times as fast as the conventional method, growing live viruses in chicken eggs, a system so sluggish that it contributed to vaccine shortages last fall. Next year the team plans to do a demonstration production run of 10 million H1N1 vaccines-about 10 percent of a seasonal supply-and start a tobacco-made vaccine in clinical trials, which the vaccine must pass before it could be distributed.

Researchers think a similar approach could produce proteins to treat people who are already sick. This winter, Arizona State University biologists demonstrated the first tobacco-made treatment to cure disease in mice: a protein that gums up the part of the West Nile virus that binds to animal cells. They hope to kick off clinical trials in about five years.

As plant-grown medicines gain industry popularity, this particular species of tobacco could dominate the market. Like its cash-crop cousin, it’s fast-growing and cheap. It easily takes up foreign DNA, points out Qiang Chen, the Arizona project leader and tobacco is much lower-maintenance than chicken eggs and other animal-based methods: “It just needs water, minerals and sunlight.”-Lynne Peeples