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Monday, December 29, 2014

El Paso Banned Smoking at Bus Stops

Smokers in El Paso, Texas, will no longer be allowed to light up at bus stops, city parks and stadiums as the new smoking ban comes into effect from the beginning of the next year. In summer 2014 city council passed second phase of the Clean Air Ordinance which comes into action on January 1. It bans use of tobacco … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kentucky Business Leaders: Smoke-Free Helps Bottom Line

Health advocates are targeting the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of a comprehensive smoke-free law that would cover all indoor public places and workplaces.

Lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee will explore the impact on property rights in Frankfort on Wednesday. Brent Cooper, president of an I.T. firm in Covington, says a statewide law is a sensible compromise.

"It's perfectly reasonable to ask people to step outside," says Cooper. "You don't have the right to do anything you want in your building if it negatively impacts the health of your customers or your employees."

Cooper founded his business, C-Forward Inc., in 1999. At that time employees were allowed to smoke discount cigarettes inside, but he eventually went smoke-free in 2005, citing compelling evidence about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Some lawmakers remain hesitant to tackle the property rights issue even though the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says 92 percent of its members who responded to an annual survey support a statewide smoke-free law. Brad Richards, who serves as the president and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, says it's a "no-brainer," and that the law would help businesses.

"I think they understand the issue as it relates to their bottom line, and what health care costs are," says Richards.

According to Smoke-Free Kentucky, annual health care expenditures in the commonwealth from secondhand smoke exposure are as high as $106 million. Cooper says that's a point he plans to emphasize when he testifies before legislators.

"As time goes on the healthier your state is, the lower your healthcare costs will be," he says. "Absolutely, that's a compelling reason."

Kentucky currently has a patchwork of local laws regarding indoor and workplace smoking, with about a third of the population living in smoke-free zones. Richards says for those who oppose the idea of taking the law statewide, his message is not intended to be anti-smoking.

"We're not against you being able to smoke, or anyone being able to smoke," says Richards. "But please, do it outside. Don't affect other people in what it is that you're doing."

The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare of the Kentucky Legislature meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Less Smokers in Wisconsin, USA

The Department of Health Services (DHS) in Wisconsin revealed data which demonstrates that in the state adult smoking rate achieved its lowest level for the first time in history. Today adult smoking rate in Wisconsin is 18% while in 2012 it was 20%. Today’s smoking rate almost coincides with the national smoking rate of 17.8% which was also revealed recently … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The mystery of Mandela the smoker

In 1992, former president Nelson Mandela gave a talk at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Johannesburg in which he advised the youngsters never to smoke, because, as everyone knows, smoking is bad for you. On hearing this, renowned photographer Jürgen Schadeberg, who was also at the event, approached Mandela and joked: “But you used to smoke Colts cigarettes

According to Schadeberg, Mandela replied: “No, no, I never smoked.” Schadeberg then showed Mandela a photograph of his younger self, during the Defiance Campaign in 1952. The photograph shows Mandela, then president of the ANC Youth League, reading a ­newspaper with two of his comrades, Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Dr James Moroka. The suave Mandela is immaculately dressed, with a cigarette dangled comfortably between his lips.

“Oh well, you see, I was just showing off. The cigarette was not lit,” Mandela told Schadeberg, and laughed.

Schadeberg, refusing to back down from this clear attempt to rewrite history, remembers saying to the former president: “But there were ashes on the ground!”

According to Schadeberg, Mandela stood firm, saying: “Well, we were celebrating because we were found not guilty. Someone must have placed the cigarette in my mouth. We were too relaxed and were happy to be acquitted.”

The photograph, which clearly shows that the cigarette was lit, was taken after the court case in which the three leaders of the Defiance Campaign – Dadoo, Moroka and Mandela –were accused of ­contravening the Suppression of Communism Act in October 1952. They were found not guilty. ­Schadeberg photographed them reading the latest newspaper report at Johannesburg’s supreme court.

Schadeberg took the picture when he worked as a freelancer for Time Life. He was asked to follow the Defiance Campaign, “which I did in depth”, he said.

The Defiance Campaign was designed to defy six of the major unjust apartheid laws. This increased ANC membership numbers from 7?000 to 100?000 and put the ANC on the map in South Africa.

“This was a landmark event in the 1950s in the freedom movement,” said Schadeberg.

Mandela emerged from jail in 1990 a different man to the radical hothead he had been known as in the 1950s. The former president is certainly not known to have been a smoker after his release, but there were still those photographs …

Schadeberg said Mandela “made the claim that he never smoked and that the 1952 image was just an exception because of the stress of the court case”.

“Then I told him: ‘But you also used to smoke a pipe,’” remembers Schadeberg, laughing.

He said the first image he took of Mandela was at a discussion about the launch of the Defiance Campaign on April 6 1951. Mandela was with Ruth First and he was smoking a pipe.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Embassy Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Imperial Tobacco, the famous tobacco company, told last week about its intention to celebrate 100th anniversary of Embassy cigarettes brand. The brand was launched in 1914. The year was remarkable for many other important events. In 1914 Charlie Chaplin made his fisrt appearence on stage, Henry Ford launcged his T-Ford car and World War I began. Embassy cigarettes brand with … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Motivational Interviewing for Quitting

It is a well known fact that smoking habit can hardly be changed. To help smokers deal with their habit a technique called motivational interviewing can help. With the help of it smokers may quit for good by exploring reasons why they use cigarettes, why they want to get rid of them and what difficulties they may face while quitting. … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Will Adele's career end in a puff of smoke?

It's a mystery that’s been baffling her fans: why has singer Adele failed to release any new material for almost three years?

Now I can reveal that the 26-year-old’s smoking habit is one of the reasons she has been kept out of the studio – and she has turned to hypnotherapy to save her career.

Adele lost her voice completely in 2011, cancelled shows, had surgery and was told by doctors to quit smoking or face the end of her career.

Now she has had a £295 session with Harley Street hypnotist Susan Hepburn in an attempt to give up for good.

A source said: ‘Adele has tried to quit, but the cravings kept getting the better of her. She wants to get back in the studio.’

Her last performance was at the 2013 Academy Awards. She has said: ‘If I wasn’t a singer I would still be smoking 25 Karelia Slims Blue a day. It’s my favourite thing to do.’

Troubled designer John Galliano will be welcomed back into the fashion fold tomorrow night in London when he presents American Vogue editor Anna Wintour with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards at the Coliseum.

That’s the fashion pack’s equivalent of being pardoned by the Queen at the Palace. Galliano, 54, disgraced himself in 2011 when he was found guilty of shouting racist and anti-Semitic abuse in a Paris bar.

Stella McCartney may be regretting asking Steve Coogan to turn on the Christmas lights at her Mayfair store.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tasmanian tobacco bill to ban smoking for youth

The Tasmanian government is considering ruling out banning tobacco sales to people born after 2000. Independent Legislative Council member Ivan Dean was preparing the private member's bill and said the aim was not to penalise the young smoker but to clamp down on the supply side.

The 2000 Smoke-Free Generation initiative had secured the backing of Tasmania's independent upper house, the Legislative Council and will be scrutinised by the state government.

The initiative, brought to Australia by a University of Singapore academic, meant that those who turn 18 in 2018 would be unable to purchase cigarettes.
Penalties would be imposed on anyone caught supplying tobacco to the "tobacco-free generation" whether a retailer or an individual.

The necessary legislative change would require an amendment to the Health Act.
The Tasmanian branch of the Australian Medical Association has backed the move and Imperial Tobacco Australia has been meeting with members of the Legislative Council this week to outline the industry's case against a push to ban tob­acco sales to younger generations.

The maker of Gauloises cigarettes online, Imperial Tobacco head of corporate affairs, Andrew Gregson, said Mr Dean needed to learn from history that prohibition doesn't work and leads to black markets and criminal activity.

In a statement, Mr Gregson said:
 “Mr Dean's proposal is neither sensible nor practical. If he is successful, he will merely punish Tasmanian retailers. Tobacco consumers will either buy from interstate or - worse still - move to the illicit market that is already a problem in Australia.”

He said the ban would hit Tasmanian retailers hardest, because people would be forced to buy online from interstate. He said the ban could seriously affect up to 1000 Tasmanian retailers for whom tobacco sales were a significant proportion of their turnover.

Closer to a third, or 30.6 per cent, of 18-24 year old Tasmanians smoke, according to Tasmania Medicare Local. The Island state had the second highest rate of smokers in the country, behind the Northern Territory. It is understood Singapore and Finland are the only other jurisdictions considering such a law.
If the bill is approved, Australia would become the first country to ban tobacco sales to some generations and not others.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Framingham Wants to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21

In order to prevent youth from smoking, the Board of Health wants to increase the minimum age to buy cigarettes in Framingham, Massachusetts, from 18 to 21. The Board would consider the proposal on its meeting at the beginning of the week when they would discuss modifications to city’s tobacco regulations. The city also wants to limit sale of e-cigarettes … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jon Stewart's advice to Cruz: 'Start smoking'

Jon Stewart has some advice for President Obama: “Stop smoking.” The “Daily Show” host gave his presidential recommendation to The New York Times at a Sunday night screening of “Rosewater” at the Newseum in downtown Washington.

While Obama has said in the past that he kicked the habit years ago — he quipped last year, “I haven’t had a cigarette in six years ... that’s because I’m scared of my wife" — Stewart had a different suggestion for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), telling the newspaper the lawmaker should “start smoking Marlboro cigarettes online.”

Beyond doling out vice advice, the 51-year-old comedian offered his take on today’s Internet culture, saying it hasn’t turned viewers into “blithering idiots,” as some social critics argue. But journalists, Stewart said, are contributing to “a sense of despair” by creating a false sense of urgency in their reporting.

“I think it’s disingenuous when people say they get the news from us ["The Daily Show"]," Stewart told PBS “NewsHour” host and the screening’s moderator, Gwen Ifill, when asked about the country’s disenchantment with journalists. “It wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense, what we do, without a basis [in fact],” Stewart said.

“Everybody has got this nostalgic view of how the country used to work as informed citizens. We’ve been idiots for a very long time. You know, on our hair dryers it says, ‘Don’t use this in bathtub.’ It’s not as though we were a society of nuclear physicists back then,” the first-time director continued.

The traditional thinking is that “with pop music and the Internet, we suddenly turned into blithering idiots,” Stewart said.

“I reject this idea that we are in a new age of incoherence. I think there is more information out there; it just needs to be contextualized.”

The media, Stewart contended, creates “a false urgency and forget to contextualize all of the information that is being processed and therefore contribute to a sense of despair and unnerving nature of what’s happening.”

“Rosewater,” Stewart’s first foray into directing and dramatic screenwriting, based on a memoir by reporter Maziar Bahari about his time in an Iranian prison, opens in theaters Friday.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holbrook Raises Age to Buy Cigarettes to 19

Authorities in Holbrook, New York, prohibited sale of synthetic marijuana in town and increased legal age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 19. The change comes into effect from January, 1, 2015. Last week, the Holbrook Board of Health with the majority of votes adopted a law which increases the age from 18 to 19 to legally buy tobacco … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Westminster Considers Banning Sale of Tobacco Products

At the beginning of the week Westminster Board of Health organized public hearings on the proposal to prohibit sale of tobacco products in the town. There came 70 people to express their opinion on the subject. It turned out the the majority of them is against the ban. Selectmen cannot participate in voting for the proposal but they attentively listened … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MA town should go through with measure against smoking

The  sleepy town of Westminster in central Massachusetts might soon become the first in the nation to ban the sale of tobacco products. Though ambitious, the effort is certainly admirable as the first step in a series of actions that could truly make a difference.

Policies in the past have succeeded in curbing rates of smoking, but this ban, if passed, will get to the root of it all — tobacco itself. Since a study by the U.S. Surgeon General determined that there was a causal relationship between excessive cigarette smoking and lung cancer in 1956, there’s been significant progress. According to the Surgeon General, smoking rates among adults and teens are less than half what they were in 1964. And yet, 42 million American adults and 3 million middle and high school students still smoke. To this day, smoking is linked to about one in five deaths annually, remaining the single largest cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.

So, though smoking OK Blue in restaurants, workplaces and other public areas is often prohibited to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke, laws need to shift to help smokers themselves quit and prevent the initiation of tobacco use. The proposed ban would do just that.

For those who need an extra push to start quitting, the measure would help trigger awareness and motivation. The urgency is definitely there.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is linked to stroke, coronary heart disease and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. Those who smoke are about 25 times more likely to get lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body, from the liver to the colon.

Besides those numbers though, the emerging market appealing to youth poses another threat. With 69-cent bubblegum-flavored cigars and dissolvable smokeless tobacco that resembles Tic Tac candies, the industry needs to be stopped.

Small businesses will take a hit if the ban is passed, but if this fight against smoking plans to move forward, that’s inevitable. According to the Inquistr, store owner Brian Vincent, who claims that about 5 percent of sales comes from tobacco products, said, “It’s going to send business five minutes this way or five minutes that way — no one’s going to quit.” He started a petition against the ban and has collected more than 800 signatures.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Adebamowo: Matters Arising On Tobacco Control Legislation

THE senate committee on health last week held the public hearing to repeal the tobacco control law of 1990 and to enact the National Tobacco control Bill 2012 to provide for the regulation, and control of production, manufacturing, sale, advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco and cheapest cigarettes in Nigeria.

As we know, tobacco control is about reducing or completely eradicating, the effects of tobacco smoke on the consumer. The question, however is that, has the war on tobacco smoking control failed or worked? it is pertinent that all proponents for and against tobacco control policies should sit down and accurately evaluate if the tobacco control policies or the drive for its implementation in several countries globally failed or succeed.

Different schools of thought have begun to emerge to look critically at the push for several policies and the appropriate strategies which may be deemed effective for those whom the policies wish to affect. World Health Organisation (WHO) states that ‘the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing nearly six million people a year.

 At the public hearing, it was expressly declared that the bill is not meant to ban tobacco, but to set up a legal framework that will allow for effective control of the tobacco industry. According to the chairman Senate committee on health and the sponsor of the bill, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa representing Delta North in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, there is the need to control the distribution and supply chain stakeholders.

“There is need to control the distribution and ensure that those in its supply chains are licensed in order to monitor their compliance to the regulatory framework. We are not out to ban tobacco or send people to the labour market. The industry operators only need to know that and comply with regulation, as it is not our intention to drive the operators away but put laws in place in order for them for them to operate in a responsible manner.” He stated

Monday, November 3, 2014

Branson, Missouri, Approves No Smoking Ordinance

The Board of Aldermen in Branson, Missouri, at rheir regular meeting unanimously voted for adopting a smoke-free ordinance. It was approved with 5-0 votes. Alderwoman Cris Bohinc was not present on the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting Alderman Rick Davis thanked the board members, city mayor, workers from Cox Medical Center Branson and the Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance, … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Syracuse University Prepares for Smoking Ban

As you probably know, Syracuse University, New York, is preparing to enforce smoking ban on its campus. Experts say that smoking should not be totally banned and there is a need to create special designated areas where mokers could light up. In order to ensure the implementation of the ban, there must be introduced fines or other disciplinary actions for … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tobacco CEO and CVS exec both want people to quit smoking

What happens when your business practices and what you want your brand to represent are in conflict?

Reynolds American, the maker of Camel cigarettes announced that it will ban smoking from its offices starting next year. On the surface, the news isn’t shocking; society at-large has acknowledge cigarettes’ toxicity and banned their use in countless public places (and CVS Health CVS 0.65% recently outlawed the sale of tobacco products in its stores). But those very products are a huge part of Reynolds American’s business, as the company owns brands like Camel and Pall Mall—and is the No. 2 tobacco company in America.

The decision begs the question: What happens when your business practices and what you want your brand to represent are in conflict? The two women behind these recent decisions—Helena Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy and EVP of CVS Health, and Susan Cameron, President and CEO of Reynolds American—shared their thoughts on the question of what to do when value and values collide in early October at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.

Helena Foulkes:

The background: In February CVS Health (then called CVS Caremark) said it would stop selling cigarettes, a move that would take some $2 billion in revenue out of its stores. Foulkes said the company had talked about doing it for years and wrestled with the huge financial decision. “It was very consistent with our purpose,” she said. “It reflected where we’re going as a company strategically.”

Foulkes added that the decision stemmed from CVS formalizing its mission a couple of years ago to help people on a path to better health. The message of health and being a health company fit with its three different businesses of pharmacy stores, benefits management service, and retail medical clinics. If that mission was going to be a filter for every decision executives made, Foulkes said CVS knew it would have to stop selling cigarettes. Foulkes admitted that she’s surprised no other major retailer has followed, in large part because CVS spent a lot of time worrying about who in its competitive set would make the move first.

The decision led to an “incredible sense of pride” at the company, she said. CVS employees have since come forward with their own stories—Foulkes’ mother died of lung cancer, for example. She noted that while we often feel uncomfortable marrying a personal decision with a business decision, in this case the company embraced both

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Third Quarter Report by Reynolds American

Net income of Reynolds American Inc, the manufacturer of Camel cigarettes, increased by 2.2% in the third quarter due to high cigarette prices which helped to compensate decline in cigarette sales. The tobacco company’s income increased to $467 million (88 cents per share) for the quarter which ended on September 30. In the same period in 2013, the company reported … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anusree: I Started Smoking For Ithihasa

Actress Anusree says that she started smoking cheap Style cigarettes for the perfection of her character in the movie Ithihasa. Anusree opened up about her experiences while doing Ithihasa, in a recent interview given to a leading daily. The actress states that she has turned into a skilful smoker after the long filming schedule.

Anusree is receiving highly positive reviews for her terrific performance in Ithihasa and is referred as the next “Action Heroine” of Mollywood. The actress played Alby, a young man who unknowingly gets the physical appearance of a girl named Janaki. As the character is a pick-pocket, who drinks, smokes and often indulge in fights, it demanded Anusree to show the body language of a real man; which was a bit hard for the actress.

It is doubtless that Anusree has done a fantastic job in the movie; as the audience and critics are equally praising the actress for her flexible acting skills. The actress is often compared to the popular actress Uravashi, for her impeccable comic timing and versatility.

According to her mentor, director Lal Jose, Anusree is one of the finest actresses of current generation. Anusree was the winner of the acting reality show Vivel Active Fair Big Break, and thus won the chance to play the lead role in Lal Jose directed Diamond Necklace. Her portrayal of Rajasree, an innocent yet talkative village girl, earned rave reviews. She later earned popularity with her works in the movies such as Red Wine, Left Right Left and Angry Babies.

Monday, October 20, 2014

No Smoking at Workplaces in Alaska

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is very glad that 2014 Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp managed to adopt a statewide smoke-free law which prohibits smoking at workplaces in order to protect Alaska Native people from secondhand smoke effects. The smoke law was initially proposed by Petersburg’s ANS President Brenda Louise. On October 11, the law was passed … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

University of Alaska Wants a Smoke-Free Policy

Authorities from University of Alaska told they prepared a draft for a new no-smoking policy on campuses, which is expected to come into effect in 2015. . Due to students anti-smoking initiatives, more universities in the USA have become smoke-free. This contributes greatly to creating a healthy environment in the state. Most decisive moment was in September, when a number … Continue reading

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aaron Rodgers Says Presnap Smoking Signal Is Tribute To The Jay Cutler Meme

One of the funnier places on the Internet has been and remains the Smokin’ Jay Cutler site that produces various memes by adding a Armada cigarette to photos of the Bears quarterback. It’s a good way to waste 10 minutes on a slow day at work, for sure.

Well, now we have a new twist. In his radio show on Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about one of his presnap hand signals from Sunday in which he appears to mimic smoking a cigarette. What did it mean and what were its origins?

“That was just a tribute to Jay Cutler, because there’s that ‘Smoking Jay’ web site,” Rodgers responded, according to The Big Lead. “So I was just doing a tribute to him.”

Was Rodgers completely serious about that? It’s hard to tell (click here to hear the audio yourself), but according to The Big Lead, Rodgers’ signals like that date back to last season. There seems to be a hint of sarcasm and easiness in his response as well.

For what it’s worth, Rodgers and Cutler have a friendly relationship. Check out the Vine below, courtesy of Ricky O’Donnell at SB Nation.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Watch Bill Murray smoking, watering plants and singing Bob Dylan

Bill Murray just keeps getting better and better.

Here he is grumbling along to Bob Dylan's Shelter From The Storm in a new promotional video released for his new film St Vincent.In the video you may see him smoking cigarettes

The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, sees Murray play a war veteran who gets recruited by Melissa McCarthy to babysit her son and also stars Chris O'Dowd.

If the clip above is anything to go by, it's classic Murray fodder. Which is absolutely fine by us.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lorillard Reported Cigarette Volumes Drop

On July 30 Lorillard presented report on its second-quarter 2014 results, which reflects earnings increase by 3.7% from the prior-year quarter and sales increase. Reduction of outstanding share count resulted in earnings growth. Due to low e-cigarettes sales, in the report there was no Zacks Consensus Estimate of 88 cents by 4.5%. The report showed a reduction by 0.3% in … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pall Mall to Have New Package Design

Last week, on Friday, the representatives of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. told the tobacco company plans to modify the packaging of its Pall Mall cigarette brand, so that it could have a more contemporary look. The change starts this week and it would touch both cigarette packs and cartons. As spokesman Richard Smith told, the new modified packaging will have … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cambodian PM says he quits smoking successfully

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, a nearly life-long cigarette smoker, announced  He used to smoke Davidoff cigarettes

Thursday that he has completely quit smoking after trying to stop it for more than a decade. "I announce today that I have successfully given up smoking cigarettes after struggling to quit it for nearly 15 years," he said during a graduation ceremony of more than 2,000 students at the Chamroeun University of Poly-Technology. "Now, there is no smell of cigarette smoke in my home."

The 62-year-old prime minister said he has completely stopped smoking for eight months.

Cambodia issued a circular to ban smoking in public venues and workplaces in February.

Mom Kong, executive director of Cambodia Movement for Health, said some 10,000 Cambodian people die from tobacco-related diseases every year and Cambodian smokers spent about 100 million U.S. dollars a year for cigarettes and tobacco.

The Southeast Asian nation has a population of about 14.8 million. Of the number, 7.5 million people are adults. According to a National Adult Tobacco Survey 2011, some 1.4 million adult Cambodians smoke cigarettes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Passes Cigarette Tax Increase

After a long period of delay, the Pennsylvania House finally approved a bill which imposes to increase taxes on cigarettes. The new tax of $2 per pack will be used to fund schools. The bill passed with the majority of votes (114 against 84) and is going to be sent to the Senate for the final decision. Anti-smoking activists welcomed … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Leonard Cohen to start smoking again at 80

Singer Leonard Cohen has vowed to celebrate turning 80 by taking up smoking Davidoff Classic again.

The “Hallelujah” singer, who gave up cigarettes after years of heavy smoking, celebrates the milestone birthday on Sunday and will ring it in with a cigarette.

Speaking at a press event in New York City on Thursday, the singer told reporters, “Quite seriously, does anyone know where you can buy a Turkish or Greek cigarette? I’m looking forward to that first smoke. I’ve been thinking about that for 30 years. It’s one of the few consistent strings of thoughts I’ve been able to locate.”

Cohen will also celebrate his birthday by releasing his new album, “Popular Problems” on Tuesday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tobacco Still Sold in New York Pharmacies

In past, American smokers could come to the hospital gift shop, buy cigarettes and light them up not only in the waiting room but everywhere in the hospital. Yeah, today this seems strage to us as smoking is banned in most public places including hospitals. However, these days tobacco continues to be sold in pharmacies, which also do sell presriptions … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Smoking Rates on the Rise in New York City

New York City’s Department of Health released this week report which reveals that in the city there are more than 1 million smokers for the first time since 2007. The released data is quite alarming as it shows an increase in number of tobacco users in New York in spite of local authorities efforts to fight smoking by launching numerous … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

David Beckham lookalike to perform at stop smoking event

A David Beckham lookalike will be appearing in Enfield today at an event to help people give up smoking.

But the visitor will show appearances can be deceptive when he demonstrates his football skills as part of a humourous event to help people quit.

This year's Stoptober will focus on comedy as a way of deterring people and the show today outside Marks and Spencer, in Enfield Town’s palace gardens shopping centre, is one of many events taking place.

As well as Beckham’s double, a magician and balloon sculptor will also be on display.

 Councillor Rohini Simbodyal, cabinet member for culture, sport, youth and public health, who will be supporting the event, said: “Smoking is a serious health concern and the greatest preventable cause of death and disability in the borough.

“There are lots of ways that Enfield’s Stop Smoking service can help our residents quit, with different replacement therapies, coping tools and moral support, and all of this is free.

“I would urge everyone who is thinking about stopping smoking to give it a go for Stoptober, and seek help because research shows you are four times more likely to quit with this extra support than stopping on your own."

Data shows that today Englishmen buy cigarettes from online cigarette shops like rather than from ordinary shops.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Smoking Ban in Bars Rejected in Kokomo

In August, City Council of Kokomo, Indiana, discussed the proposal to prohibit smoking on workplaces in clubs and bars. The ban was approved with 5-4 vote. However, the final vote took place on Monday current week, and Republican Kevin Summers changed his opinion and voted against the ban. Thus the propsal to ban smoking on workplaces in bars was rejected … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cigars and women can wait as Scott promises to KO Leapai

Malik Scott has a few hobbies he'd like to pursue once he retires from the fight game. In no particular order; dancing with his daughter, educating the world about quality cigars and bedding bevies of beautiful ladies.

But that's then. And 'then' would only eventuate if he loses to Alex Leapai on October 24 as the Logan City heavyweight makes his first venture back into the ring since his heavy loss to Wladimir Klitschko in April.

Scott (36-2-1) is coming off a similarly humbling defeat, being knocked out in the first round by rising American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0) and later being accused of taking a dive, an accusation that infuriated the Philadelphia native.

So we arrived in Brisbane on October 24 with both men putting their reputations on the line and in the case of Scott, his career. He has promised to hang them up if he doesn't stop Leapai in his tracks.

"I got to get back in the picture. I cannot let Alex Leapai beat me. October 24, not only am I going to win, I'm going to stop Leapai. If I don't, I'm going to retire, that's it. I have time for nothing else," said Scott, who channels former Detroit Pistons bad boy Dennis Rodman in his sartorial styling.

"You won't see me 40 years old out there fighting young guys. I want to have sex with beautiful women and distribute great cigars throughout the world. I can't do that by fighting, fighting, fighting.

Among cigars, Scott chooses Colts, that are available online at

Monday, September 8, 2014

Smoking Banned in More Than 80% of American Homes

It was found that 4 out of 5 homes in the USA today prohibit smoking inside. The new report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that in previous two decades the number of smoke-free homes was significantly increased in the country from 43% in 1992 to 83%in 2010. These days homes become less tolerant towards smokers with 91.4% … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Berkeley County Hospital Goes Tobacco-Free

Tobacco use is no longer permitted at Jefferson Medical Center in Charles Town, West Virginia. The new anti-smoking ordinance came into action on September 1. Earlier this summer, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg adopted a similar policy. Both hospitals make part of University Healthcare’s system. According to Christina DeRosa, Jefferson Medical Centerl president and chief operating officer, the anti-smoking policy … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Josie Cunningham: I'm going to quit smoking and drinking

Pregnant wannabe glamour model Josie Cunningham has revealed she is to quit smoking and drinking and has cancelled tickets to the birth of her child after finding out she is expecting a girl.

The 24-year-old, who rose to fame after undergoing a £4,800 breast enlargement on the NHS, had originally thought that her third child, due in October, was to be a boy.

She admitted she smoked a whole packet of cheap Vogue cigarettes and drank one glass of wine after the other because she felt 'genuinely gutted' to discover it wasn't the little girl she'd hoped for.

Then last month she announced to her 54,000 Twitter fans that the four tickets to the home birth had sold out in just 14 minutes - netting her £30,000.

She later said that 50 fans would be able to log on to the video chat service Skype and watch the former prostitute's delivery via videolink.

Doctors had originally told Ms Cunningham, from Leeds that she was expecting a third boy but she asked for a second opinion after using a home scan kit which said she was expecting a girl.

It is now thought she is indeed expecting a girl and has had a change of heart, cancelling the tickets, saying she wants to look after herself.

She told the Sunday Mirror: 'I want to enjoy my precious first few moments alone with my daughter and my mum - not share them with the world.

'I've really started looking after myself. I have never purposely put my child at any risk, but when I was originally told I was having a boy I just lost all willpower to avoid cravings.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Latest Data on Philip Morris Earnings

Philip Morris International investors recently faced particular difficulties due to difficult situation on global tobacco industry. Entering the recent quarter, investors got anxious when Philip Morris reduced its profit forecast for the full year. Company told that the major causes for it are currency upswings and cigarette volumes drop which resulted in factory closures. In July the company’s report helped … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paul Ryan Thinks John Boehner Smells Too Much Like Cigarettes

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) really doesn't like House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) cigarette habit.

In a Q&A with the House Budget Committee chairman, Time's Belinda Luscombe asked Ryan if he ever asks Boehner to refrain from smoking.

"No," Ryan said. "But I try to sit as far away from him as I can in meetings that I know are going to be stressful. I just hate getting that smell in my clothes."

HuffPost reached out to Boehner's office for comment, and while press secretary Michael Steel didn't remark directly on Ryan's aversion to cigarette smoke, he did offer some criticism of President Barack Obama.

"The cost of everything from gas to groceries to dry cleaning has skyrocketed in the Obama economy," Steel told HuffPost. "That’s why House Republicans are focused on jobs and pro-growth economic reforms.”

During an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show" earlier this year, Boehner said he had no plans to give up cigarettes and red wine -- even if that precluded him from ever seeking the presidency.

"I like to play golf," Boehner told host Jay Leno. "I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke Donskoy tabak cigarettes online and I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States."

Earlier in the Time interview (which is mostly behind the magazine's paywall), Ryan was asked who he thinks is next in line for Boehner's job.

"You’d have to put Jeb Hensarling high on the list," Ryan said. "I prefer the policy-chairmanship route. [Speaker of the House] is a good job for an empty nester."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Public Comment on Smoking Ban at Oregon Coast Beaches

In state of Oregon this week will take place public meetings where is going to be discussed smoking ban on the state beaches. The first meeting is appointed today. The proposal comes from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Commission, which prohibited smoking at all Oregon parks in February current year. The Commission wants that smoking cigarettes to be banned … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Who is Angelique 'Frenchy' Morgan?

Angelique Morgan, nicknamed Frenchy, is a former Playboy Bunny raised in Paris.

She is known for her party animal lifestyle and wild personality. But she doesn't like alcohol or smoking. Previously she smoked cheap Kiss cigarettes.

In 2004, Frenchy moved to Las Vegas where she was an exotic dancer. While there, she was spotted by Playboy TV and offered a job.

Fame called her name after she was discovered in 2007 by VH1 and she is now best known for her appearances on Rock of Love, Charm School and I Love Money.

Frenchy then made her acting debut in Reality Horror Night. This was a film where American reality TV stars competed for a million dollar prize.

But Frenchy is not just an actress. She also has a Health Coaching License and doesn't believe in traditional medicines.

Finally, the party lover is a supporter of charities against animal cruelty and has been a vegetarian for over 20 years.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Philip Morris and Its Products

At Philip Morris — maker of Marlboro Silver — executives haven’t crafted a slick slogan to accompany a new business direction. But rebranding is part of the corporate DNA. Today, Philip Morris operates under the parent company Altria Group, Inc. The name Altria is rooted in the Latin word for “high.”

Altria’s latest products similarly reflect an evolving marketplace — during the last 50 years, cigarette consumption has been cut in half. In 2013, Altria launched its first e-cig, MarkTen, and expanded Verve, a chewable nicotine disc. Its website is sprinkled with language signaling a different approach, including a vow to “address societal expectations” and a promise to connect “adults who have decided to quit smoking with information to help them.”

“We believe that, given our deep experience in the largest categories today, we truly understand what adult tobacco consumers are looking for,” said Altria spokesman Bill Phelps. “So we've communicated publicly that we have a strategy to grow new income streams with innovative products that meet those adult consumer preferences.”

Along with that shift, Altria has supported giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, Phelps said. In April, the FDA proposed asserting its jurisdiction over new tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and nicotine gels.

“Our companies are focused on developing lower-risk products that would appeal to adult tobacco consumers,” Phelps said. “And we think that’s an important opportunity under this FDA regulation.”

But after five decades of federal health warnings, heart-breaking tales from dying ex-smokers, and hefty civil penalties against cigarette makers for causing wrongful deaths, talk of “harm reduction” and “lower-risk products” has plenty of skeptics.

“Business transformation is like open-heart surgery — you’ve got to crack the ribs and remove some organs. It depends how serious they are,” said Dean Crutchfield, a New York-based brand consultant. His past clients include BP, PepsiCo and McDonald’s.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Jersey Increases to 21 Cigarettes Buying Age

In New Jersey there was proposed to increase age to buy cigarettes to 21. According to experts, the anti-smoking initiatives to prohibit smoking in public places first appeared more than 30 years ago, when numerous researchers came with a negative opinions about smoking. Today anti-smoking fight has a great success locally in cities and counties, and gradually will have success … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Constantine Image Shows Him Smoking

In the comics, he's a chain smoker, a lung cancer survivor who tricked a demon into guaranteeing his safety even in the face of continued smoking, and staunchly in the camp of people who wouldn't care about things like television standards and practices.

Of course, now that there's a TV series based on the character, somebody has to care and NBC and the producers raised quite a few eyebrows when they said that he wouldn't be seen smoking Marlboro Red Cigarettes Online onscreen. The pilot, which was screened at Comic Con International: San Diego last weekend, depicted him stamping out a cigarette in the opening moments of a scene, but not actually enjoying one.

Well, here's the latest tweet from the official account. Again, stamping out his cigarette, but here it's clearly smoking and there's just something about it that makes it seem more like a creative choice than an obligation. It's difficult to miss the fact that, just days after series star Matt Ryan was booted from his Comic Con hotel for smoking in his room, this is the image they picked to share.

There's been a surprising level of backlash against the move to downplay Constantine's smoking -- moreso than when the showrunners indicated they had no plans to touch on the character's bisexual past in the series.

Of course, part of the backlash may be related to the fact that David S. Goyer of Man of Steel fame is involved and it seems that every time he talks lately, he riles some group of fans, from telling them that fan opinion isn't a consideration in his writing to downplaying the significance of the smoking and bisexuality when confronted about Constantine.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Reynolds American Сelebrates 10th Anniversary

Last Friday, on August 2, tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary of company’s creation. Reynolds American finished its $4.4 billion purchase of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. on July 30, 2004. This has arised discussions about the benefits of this purchase for the future of company. In order to finish the deal successfully, the directors of Reynolds … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Exercises Help Depressed Smokers to Quit

A new study shows that depressed people have difficulties with quitting smoking. Scientists say that depressed people can hardly go through symptoms following quitting such as insomnia, cravings and anxiety. However, extra exercises may help smokers quit faster. Even simple walking can help here. The co-author of the stufy is Gregory Moullec, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of exercise … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Arsenal's Wilshere regrets new smoking mistake

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed regret after pictures of him smoking during a holiday in Las Vegas appeared in the British media.

"The smoking? Of course I regret it," Wilshere was quoted as saying by the Sunday editions of several British newspapers.

Wilshere was photographed smoking a Parliament cigarette outside a nightclub last year and vowed it would never happen again. The recent images showed him smoking amongst friends in a Las Vegas swimming pool.

"I've been seen before doing it. I said then I made a mistake and I have made a mistake again. People make mistakes," the 22-year-old added.

"I'm young and I'll learn from it. I realise the consequences it has and the effect on kids growing up.

"I have kids myself and I don't want them growing up to think their dad smokes and it's OK for a footballer to smoke, because it's not. It's unacceptable and I will accept the consequences and I will move on," Wilshere said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe to visit rehab for smoking addiction

 Daniel Radcliffe, who smokes 20 cigarettes a day is going to rehab to beat his smoking addiction, according to reports. He loves Red & White cigarettes.

A source told the Daily Star that it will be a kind of residential treatment programme that will involve counselling, both individual and group and stress management and herbal treatments to help withdrawal symptoms.

The insider asserted that Radcliffe knew he had an addictive personality, and he had been open in the past about his drinking demons.

The insider added that now the 'Harry Potter' star saw cigarettes as his last major vice to conquer, and he was confident that he will succeed once again.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2014 Tour de France to be Smoke-Free

On July 5 in Leeds, England, starts Tour de France and the organizers call on visitors to protect, respect and enjoy the environment on the most important sporting event for cyclists. No smoking will be permitted. There are expected thousands of spectators to enjoy the event along the section of B6138 and the A58 next to Blackstone Edge Reservoir during … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pregnant Josie Cunningham Is Smoking Because She Is Disappointed About Baby's Sex

Mother-to-be Josie Cunningham was so disappointed on learning the sex of her unborn baby she has taken up drinking and smoking Davidoff B&W Black cigarettes with great gusto. The 23-year-old recipient of an £4,800 NHS-funded breast enlargement is expecting her third son in two months.

She exclusively told The Mirror: “The evening I found out the sex of the baby was when I lit up my first cigarette. I’m not proud of it – but I couldn’t stop myself. It changed everything.” Revealing she had several glasses of wine and smoked a whole packet of cigarettes that fateful night, Cunningham is now in the grip of a 20-a-day habit, but hopes to receive NHS help to kick it.

She said: “I knew it could harm my child but it didn’t stop me. Deep down I know I wouldn’t be smoking or drinking if I knew I was having a girl.”

Cunningham, who is currently claiming £6,000 a year in tax-payer funded taxi rides because public transport gives her panic attacks, then appeared to compare carrying a son to a having a run-of-the-mill vehicle, as opposed to the “luxury car” experience of expecting a girl.

“If you’ve already got a couple of Fords and you’re told your next car is going to be an Audi, your excitement goes through the roof.

“You make promises to yourself that you won’t smoke inside the car or let people eat takeaway food in it. But if it was another Ford those things wouldn’t be a problem.

“I know some people will find it disgusting that I started drinking and smoking again simply because I’m having another son, but I’m being honest,” she said.

Earlier this year Cunningham announced her intention to have an abortion to increase her chances of appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, but later changed her mind. And on Sunday she revealed she was mulling two book deals and expects to have a tell-all volume on the shelves by the end of the year.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Smoke-Free Movement in The Hub City

West Texas Smoke Free Coalition decided to create a smoke-free movement in The Hub City. Today in the city smoking is permitted in bars, restaurants and cocktail lounges in designated areas. Bartender Antoine Craft is the member of the coalition and he says that they do fight for the right thing. People do not want to sit in a bar … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Arlington Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 20

Arlington, Massachusetts, is going to increase minimum age to buy tobacco products to 20. The change comes into action from July 1, 2014. The next year the legal age to buy cigarettes will be increased one more time, to 21. The proposal to make these changes came from Arlington Board of Health which passed these regulations in 2013. Previously the … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

William Shatner about Smoking and Obesity

 “Moving America Forward,” a national television show is excited to announce the appearance of Richard Gelso the executive director of Slimple™ and weight loss and fitness expert Lisa Lynn. Interviewed at the Los Angeles “Moving America Forward” news studio by William Shatter and Doug Llewellyn they talked about MaCoca™ the new revolutionary weight loss secret that can only be found in Slimple products. Becoming one of the most talked-about products on the market Slimple not only boosts energy levels but can help you stop smoking and lose weight. Unlike other appetite suppressants Slimple is rich in nutrition and literally replaces the vitamins and minerals that are contained in a well- balanced meal without a trace of caffeine. The Slimple vaporizer is all-natural and contains no tar or nicotine.

MB Innovations LLC introduced the world to Slimple to tackle two of the biggest health issues in America, Obesity and Smoking. More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. In the United States, tobacco use alone is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; this equals about 480,000 deaths each year, another 50,000 non-smokers die yearly from secondhand smoke. The medical cost of obesity & smoking combined were estimated to be as high as $130 billion a year, with roughly half financed by Medicare and Medicaid.

The patented, clinically-proven, all-natural ingredient MaCoca™ is exclusive to Slimple and cannot be found in any other herbal weight loss supplements. MaCoca™, a proprietary blend that is derived from a decocainized Coca Leaf is an ingredient shared by only a handful of companies in the world, Coca Cola being one of the select few. Claimed to be the “best kept secret in the world” Slimple is the only weight loss product that contains MaCoca™.

MB Innovations is not only trying to get America healthy but to also promote a cleaner safer planet. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable and harm our ecosystems. They contain over 165 chemicals. Anticipated to revolutionize the wellness world, MB Innovations will be offering business opportunities for affiliates to help promote all the Slimple products with MaCoca™ independently as well as in Kiosks. provides not only tobacco products but latest news in the tobacco industry.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

History of Smoking Bans in Massachusetts

Let us see the evolution of anti-smoking policies in the state of Massachusetts from 2004 till present days. July 2004 First anti-smoking law comes into action on July 5 and it bans smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces. There were established next fines: $100 for people caught violating it and $300 for business owners who permitted smoking in their establishment. … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Obama Deemed Healthy With Occasional Nicotine Gum Fix

 President Barack Obama has been given a clean bill of health, and even with the occasional use of a nicotine gum his doctor says that test results indicate he’ll remain healthy for the rest of his time in office. Obama, a former smoker, remains tobacco free, exercises daily and drinks alcohol occasionally and in moderation, according to the third physical of his presidency, which was conducted last month. There were times when Obama smoked a pack of cheapest Camel cigarettes.

It was Obama’s first physical since October 2011. His doctor, Ronny L. Jackson, said he was releasing the health information included in a letter to press secretary Jay Carney with the consent of the president.

“The President’s overall health is excellent,” Jackson wrote. “All clinical data indicates that the President is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.”

In addition to the nicotine gum, which he uses occasionally, Obama, 52, takes a daily Vitamin D supplement to treat a mild deficiency and occasionally takes ibuprofen, a non-prescription pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug to treat intermittent plantar fasciitis, his doctor said. The president also has taken an anti-malaria pill, Malarone, for the times he’s traveled to areas where the disease is endemic.

Obama, who in previous years blamed his cholesterol results on the plethora of desserts available to him as president, still has elevated levels. At 213 mg/dL, he falls in the range of “borderline high” according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, which classifies anything from 200-239 mg/dL in that category.

At 6 foot 1 inch, Obama weighs 180 pounds and has perfect 20/20 vision. Exams of Obama’s eyes, head, ears, nose and throat as well as neck, were all normal. So too were his neurological, pulmonary, cardiology, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tests.

Other than Obama’s recurrent plantar fasciitis in his right foot, which could explain why he’s been playing less basketball, the president’s musculoskeletal exam was “unremarkable.” The doctor also noted “several small benign skin tags” on his neck, though there’s no evidence of skin cancer or any sort of skin disease.

Monday, June 16, 2014

American Teens Smoke Less

A survey by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in the USA fewer teens are having sex, fighting and using cigarettes, however, a great number of high school students are texting while driving. In 2013, 15.7% of teens told they are smoking cigarettes and this is the lowest rate recorded since 1991 when the National Youth Risk Behavior … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

University of Louisiana Bans Tobacco on Campus

From August 1, 2014, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette prohibits tobacco use on its campuses. Joey Pons, associate director of Public Safety at UL Lafayette, says that the new state law imposes that public universities should have smoke-free policies. Now smoking is allowed at the distance of 25 feet away from building entrances, but the new policy will totally … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CRAIG BROWN: U.S. traitor - or Pipe Smoker Of The Year?

When did you last see a pipe-smoker? Even in these days when smokers are gathered on every street-corner, doggedly puffing away, you are as likely to spot someone smoking a pipe as someone wearing spats, or riding a penny-farthing, or yodelling. For 40 years, the British Pipesmokers’ Council ran an award for the Pipe Smoker Of The Year, but they discontinued it ten years ago. The list of past winners — Jack Hargreaves, Frank Muir, Fred Trueman, J.B. Priestley — is marvellously evocative of a bygone era.

Their contemporary equivalents — Jeremy Paxman, David Mitchell, Andrew Flintoff, Martin Amis — wouldn’t be seen dead with a pipe in their mouths. My favourite modern political portrait is Ruskin Spear’s of Harold Wilson, pipe wedged in mouth, his head shrouded in clouds of smoke.

With the death of Tony Benn in March, we may well have seen the last of the great political pipe-smokers. It is easier to imagine today’s party leaders — Cameron, Clegg and Miliband — wearing bowler hats than puffing on pipes. Of all our contemporary politicians, only Vince Cable looks even remotely suited to a pipe, and that is because he has a very old-fashioned face, of the sort that might easily belong to a background soldier on Dad’s Army. 

The modern face is ill-suited to a pipe. This was my first reaction on seeing the photograph of the flaky U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl posing with a pipe between his lips at an observation post in Afghanistan before he was captured by the Taliban. It may have looked good on Biggles, but it simply looks silly on Bowe Bergdahl, almost as though a child has just crayoned it onto the picture, and will shortly be adding a pair of specs, a top hat and a Hitler moustache.

Small wonder that Bowe Bergdahl’s colleagues remember him as a bit of a weirdo and others claim he is a traitor.

In the old days, smoking a pipe was taken as a sign that you were a trusty sort, given to wearing tweed jackets with leather elbow patches while chewing the cud over topical issues in the saloon bar. These days, smoking a pipe signals that you are as nutty as a fruitcake.

Pipes used to be associated with patience, perhaps because they always seemed to be going out. My boarding-school headmaster used to puff-puff-puff on his pipe in the classroom — those were the days! — but he never seemed to be able to get more than three puffs at a time before it went out.

There followed an elaborate process of putting in more tobacco, tapping it down, and then desperately trying to relight it with a noisy stream of sucks. At some stage, a pipe-cleaner might be employed. At last, the pipe would be relit — before, seconds later, going out again. Nowadays, no one has the time for such an exhausting procedure, or for such a high ratio of effort to pleasure.

It was all different in the old days. ‘It is quite a three-pipe problem,’ says Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson in The Red-Headed League, ‘and I beg that you won’t speak to me for 50 minutes.’Patrick Moore poses with a pipe the shape of a telescope - which he was given for being Pipe Smoker of The Year in 1984

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Monday, June 9, 2014

BAT NZ Reported High Profits

British American Tobacco in New Zealand (BAT NZ) is the largest tobacco company, which produces Dunhill cigarettes. Recently it reported its biggest annual profit since 1999, after revenues increased by 15% as it cut costs while increased excise tax hiked prices. According to the report, the tobacco company boosted profit to $132 million in 2013 from $115 million in 2012. … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What Makes Teenagers Smoke?

A new research made in Canada found that among teenagers who smoke for a short period of time, boys are more likely to quit than girls. Moreover, girls and boys who make sports and are frightened by warnings on cigarette packs, are more likely to quit. Most of all teenagers are attracted by slim cigarettes, such as Glamour. The results … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne Talks About Cigarettes

Ozzy Osbourne's short term memory has been damaged by his past alcohol and drug dependencies. The legendary rocker has always been open about the battles he's faced, and when a fan quizzed him on writing his autobiography Ozzy wasn't shy in admitting he struggled to recollect certain times.

"I can remember the '80s vividly. I think my short-term memory is damaged from all the years of abuse; I don't know what I did four seconds ago but I can remember clearly things that happened when I was a kid," Ozzy revealed to British music magazine Q.

His autobiography I Am Ozzy was released in 2010 and records the Black Sabbath star's meteoric rise to fame, as well as the downside to being in the public eye.

"The '80s was a fabulous decade. I remember thinking 'Wow, this is great. This is going to last forever.' [My wife] Sharon said to me 'You wait until 1990. It'll all change.' I went 'Naah, it can't be that quick.' Sure enough it changed.

"I don't really remember the '90s. I don't know why. My drug addiction and alcohol addiction were absolutely fierce then. I was just going for it full bore, so there was a lot of blackout time," he explained.

Out of all his vices, it's smoking that ranks highest for Ozzy in terms of addictiveness. Before kicking the habit the 65-year-old star remembers that it didn't matter how ill he was, he'd always find the strength for another cigarette.

"I honestly do think if they discovered tobacco today, then it would be right next to heroin. I mean, I haven't smoked for a quite a while now but it was one of the most addictive substances that I ever put in my body.

"Even if I had a cold, chest infection, pneumonia, I'd still smoke, It's a miracle that I stopped," he added.

Ozzy told that his favorite cigarettes are Parliament.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be tobacco free

Fans and players at the 2014 World Cup will benefit from 100% smoke and tobacco free environments.

FIFA announced that the tobacco ban will apply to games in all 12 Brazilian cities that are hosting the 2014 games.

The ban will apply to both indoor and outdoor spaces within the perimeters of each participating stadium and means that no smoking, no sales of cigarettes or other tobacco products, and no tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship will be allowed at the games.

Starting with the 2002 World Cup games in Korea and Japan, the last four FIFA World Cups have been tobacco-free. FIFA’s tobacco-free policy was developed with support from World Health Organization (WHO), which is also providing operational guidelines for the policy’s implementation.

“Besides a smoke-free environment, a tobacco-free World Cup means the tobacco industry cannot use its deceptive marketing tactics to recruit new smokers among the thousands of young fans who attend the games,” said WHO tobacco control advisor, Adriana Blanco. “It supports the trend of tobacco-free mega-events and helps advance social change toward rejection of tobacco.”

People who love football but will not go to Brasil, may stay at home and smoke their favorite variety of Monte Carlo cigarettes.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Smoking Ban in San Luis Park

San Luis, Colorado, will be the first city in Yuma County to have a smoking ban at a public park. The initiative came from a youth anti-tobacco group that proposed the City Council to adopt the law. Thus Moctezuma Park will become a smoke-free public place. The ban will come into action 30 days after the council’s approval of an … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Smoke-Free Policy at Louisiana State University

Main campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) becomes tobacco-free from autumn 2014. Judith Sylvester, an associate professor at LSU, is the person who proposed and promoted the smoking ban on campus. She told that she is happy about the smoking ban but implementation of this smoking ban is just less than half the battle. These days at LSU smoking is … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Famous Tennis Dad Writes, but Not About Tennis

Richard Williams stood outside his Midtown Manhattan hotel Monday afternoon, fighting a losing battle with a gusting wind as he attempted to keep a half-smoked cigarette lit. Passers-by who recognized Williams as the famous father of the tennis champions Venus and Serena asked if they could take a photograph. Each time, he obliged.

“I don’t dislike anything, and I like anything,” Williams said, using the coded riddles that often inform his conversations. “Whatever happens, I try to be who I am.”

I first met Williams in 2000, the year Venus won her first Wimbledon championship. He shooed me away at first, then relented one afternoon after Venus had defeated Serena in an emotional semifinal. We talked casually for half an hour, and when we finished, he told me that I had better not try to write a book. I assured him I would not. Fourteen years later, Williams has written his own.

He is in New York this week to promote his memoir, “Black and White: The Way I See It.” I wondered how Williams, 72, could fit such a rich life into fewer than 300 pages. In fact, Williams said, he has completed several books on multiple aspects of his and his family’s lives. This is the only one that has been published.

“The only reason I released this is because these last seven years, Serena kept pushing me,” Williams said. “She said, ‘Publish something; I don’t care which one.’ I was about to burn them.”

This is not a book about how Williams made his daughters into tennis champions, and it is not a how-to book.

“This is about my life,” he said. ”A lot of people thought I was writing about a bunch of tennis, backhands and forehands. This is about my life, and tennis was not part of my life growing up. I think there are enough books about tennis.”

Odd as it sounds, given his reputation for offering unfiltered opinions, Williams said he had wanted to write a book that would set the record straight.

“You can’t allow anyone to determine where you stand or where you go or how you’re going to turn out,” he said. “I’ve never done that in my life.”
With that, Williams abruptly excused himself and headed out to the front of his hotel. He had said his piece, and now he wanted to finish his cigarette, his favorite Chesterfield.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Foster Homes to Become Smoke-Free in Minnesota

At the end of last week the Minnesota Legislature adopted the Health and Human Services Policy Omnibus Bill, which included a paragraph which makes foster homes smoke-free in the entire state. Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs at ClearWay Minnesota says that smoke-free foster homes will help to protect children from effects of secondhand smoke on the body. When the … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kym Marsh Smoking with Her Teen Daughter

 Former pop star-turned-actress Kym Marsh has been slammed by anti-smoking campaigners after she was snapped puffing on cigarettes with her 16-year-old daughter.

The former Hear'Say star, who know appears in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street, caused outrage when she and teenager Emily were both seen smoking outside a nightclub in Manchester, England last month (Apr14).

Deborah Arnott from health charity Ash, which helps smokers quit, has now lambasted Marsh for lighting up with her child, saying, "Most parents don't want their children to become smokers and they need to know that if they smoke their children are up to three times more likely to become smokers themselves."

In the U.K., you must be 18 to legally buy cigarettes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lorillard Increased Prices on its Top Brands

Lorillard Inc. has increased by 6 cent per pack prices on some of its top selling cigarette brands. The company representatives say that this measure is need to be done in order to keep pace with its major rival on the cigarettes market Altria Group Inc. The Greensboro, tobacco manufacturer of Newport and a number of other cigarette brands, is … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ben Affleck making efforts to quit smoking?

 Hollywood star Ben Affleck is reportedly trying to quit smoking by getting himself involved in household work.

The 'Argo' director, 41, is keeping himself occupied with domestic chores in a bid to cure his nicotine addiction on the persistence of his wife Jennifer Garner, with whom he has daughters Violet, Seraphina, and son Samuel, reported Contactmusic.

"Ben's promised to ditch the butts again, but now he's just a bundle of nervous energy and is doing anything to keep his mind off cigarettes. He comes up with all sorts of household projects to stay busy," a source said.

"Ben decided he needed to keep his hands busy, so he built a bookshelf for the girls' playroom. It would up comically lopsided, with the books tumbling off of it," the source added. offers you cheapest cigarettes and premium brands at affordable prices!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Anne Hathaway Promotes 'No Smoking' On the Red Carpet

Anne Hathaway hits the red carpet at the Lollipop Theater Network’s Night Under the Stars Screening of her movie Rio 2 on Saturday (April 26) at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.

The 31-year-old actress, who was joined by her hubby Adam Shulman, wore a blouse that had the words “No Smoking” written across it in many different languages.

Earlier that day, Anne and Adam got in a workout at the Equinox Gym in Hollywood.

The day before, the married couple was seen in some casual clothes while leaving Jinpachi sushi restaurant in West Hollywood following a late lunch.

However, people decide by themselves to smoke cigarettes or not.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Smoking Ban in University of Vermont Faces Opposition

The University of Vermont will soon ban smoking on its campus. Student Abigail Earle told that she is indifferent to smoking ban but smokers will be quite displeased with this smoke-free initiative. The ban comes into action the next year. A research found that 26% of UVM students who currently smoke started the habit after living on-campus. The major aim … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Minnie Driver caught with a cigarette

She was once in a band called Puff, Rocks and Brown and it appears Minnie Driver is still living up to the name of her former group.

Well, the first part of it anyway.

The Good Will Hunting star, 44, was seen sucking on a cigarette outside a friend's place in Beverly Hills on Friday and seemed to be enjoying the nicotine more and more with every mouthful.

In sunglasses, a chic blue top and eye-catching cobalt heels, Minne Driver looked youthful but stressed beneath a cloud of tobacco-smoke.

She also seemed in a hurry as she paced and tapped away at her smartphone.

'I like that she is an amalgamation of a lot of people that I have come into contact with,' she recently said on Huffpost Live.

'I love her, I think she's difficult and fragile, annoying and a really good-hearted mother.'

Driver recently signed up to promote Claritin - a drug used to treat hay fever - but she might want to think about swapping to Nicorette.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

John Daly Smokes 40 Cigarettes a Day

John Daly isn’t in the field of 95 golfers competing for a green jacket this weekend, but you can still find him at Augusta National at his usual spot in Hooters on Washington Road. Daly, who hasn’t played at Augusta since 2006, has an annual tradition of meeting with fans and selling merchandise.

Daly spoke with Ewan Murray of The Guardian, and said that he still feels good about his golf game — Daly can still boom drives miles off the tee. The two-time major champion missed time recovering from elbow surgery last year, but has made two of five cuts on the PGA Tour this season.

 The man famous for his rock star lifestyle has also curbed his addictions somewhat. Daly says he hasn’t had a drink for nearly six years, and though he still smokes 40 cigarettes a day, he’s cut back on his obscene Diet Coke consumption.

In his autobiography which released in 2006, Daly wrote that he drank 514 gallons of Diet Coke per year. He’s knocked that down to 10-12 cans a day.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Western Illinois University to Become Smoke-Free

Western Illinois University wants to become smoke-free as many universities in the USA. It was estimated that more than thousand American college campuses have become smoke free. There was made a survey which revealed that there are many people who are against smoking ban on campus. Smokers say it is their right to smoke. When they do it outside they … Continue reading

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Suffolk County Increases Age to Buy Cigarettes

Authorities in Suffolk County, New York, decided with majority of votes to increase legal age to buy tobacco from 19 to 21. The change comes into action from January 1, 2015, and it follows New York City’s law which increases tobacco-buying age from 18 to 21 that was taken in November 2013 and comes into effect in May 2014. Back … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wayne Rooney spent too much time 'smoking cigarettes'

Wayne Rooney missed the opportunity to be a world class player because he lacked discipline, claims Joey Barton. The QPR midfielder, never shy of offering an opinion, was scathing of the Manchester United striker during an interview with Radio 5 live Sport about England's World Cup hopes.

"Our players aren't world class. They are not world class," Barton, who made one appearance for the national team, said.

"Rooney could have been world class but look at his mentality compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. Polar opposites.

"Why does Ronaldo achieve what he achieves and Rooney doesn't? When you see Wayne Rooney smoking cigarettes, does he live his life correctly?

"From the questions I've asked of players who have worked with both....he (Ronaldo) is in the gym or honing his game. Barton continued: "The level of discipline he has for his chosen profession is the reason he is the best player in the world at the present time, and that's the reason Rooney isn't."

Barton also dismissed any hope of the Three Lions succeeding in Brazil this summer. The former Manchester City and Newcastle player pointed to the fact there appears to be a lack of belief right at the top of the organisation.

"If the coach doesn't believe, the organisation doesn't believe, if the media don't believe, the players.....nobody believes we can win it. So we're not going to win it," Barton said.

"When you see Greg Dyke's reaction to the World Cup draw, for me that said everything I need to know."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Philip Morris to Move its Australia Production to Korea

Tobacco giant Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, last week told that by the end of current year it stops manufacturing cigarettes in Australia and moves production to Korea. Philip Morris company has been making cigarettes at its Melbourne, Moorabbin plant for around 60 years. Almost 180 factory workers are going to lose their jobs. However, representatives of Philip … Continue reading

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

No-Smoking Wave Hits Ocean City

Soon lighting up a cigarette on the beach in popular summer resort Ocean City, Maryland, may be banned as authorities plan to adopt a new anti-smoking law. Annually around 8 million people visit Ocean City, reaching peak in summer time when most people come here for vacations. It means that during the summer months beaches are overcrowded. Some members of … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cambodian leader promises again to stop smoking

Cambodia's strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen has vanquished virtually every foe in almost three decades in power but admits he has failed to overcome his smoking habit.

He pledged to do so Thursday at the inauguration of a dam in western Cambodia but admitted promising to do so at least 10 times before. There was once a time when he was rarely seen without one of his favored 555 brand clutched between his fingers.

The 61-year-old leader said the temptation seizes him mostly when he plays chess, an addiction equal to the one he has to nicotine.

Stopping smoking is hard, he acknowledged, but he said he is now down to three cigarettes a day at most and his home no longer reeks of tobacco. Just the night before, he said, he was searching for a smoke, "but luckily my grandson arrived."

His vows to stop date at least to 1997, when he said he would quit when his daughter graduated from school. Declarations to stop when all five of his children married, and later when he had grandchildren, also went up in smoke.

Hun Sen currently is facing the biggest challenge in many years to his authoritarian rule from opposition protests calling on him to resign and hold new elections. The opposition says elections last July were rigged.

Last month, Cambodia banned the import, sale and promotion of e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco, a favorite of hookah-using smokers. The Cambodian Anti-Drug Authority said electronic cigarettes, which emit water vapor containing nicotine, and shisha, flavored tobacco smoked through a water pipe, had been imported in increasing quantities and were becoming popular with young people, posing health and social problems.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Altria: High Prices Compensate Volume Declines

The consumption of cigarettes lowered by 4% in the USA because of numerous smoking bans, increase of legal smoking age, quit smoking programs and high prices on cigarettes. People today are aware enough about the effects of smoking on their body and more and more of them do refuse from smoking. Food and Drug Administration is main regulator of tobacco … Continue reading

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Smoke-Free Parks in Charles City, Iowa

Charles City in Iowa state wants to make its parks smoke-free in order to create a healthy environment for people. Recreation Board and Charles City Park in collaboration with FOCUS, a Floyd County substance abuse prevention program, act to eliminate use of tobacco at all public parks in the city. Totally there are 13 parks in the city and the … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Naomi Campbell struggling to quit smoking

 Naomi Campbell is struggling to quit smoking.

The 43-year-old model - who checked into rehab in 1999 to seek help for a cocaine addiction - is determined to kick the bad habit since she doesn't want to have to stand on ''street corners'' lighting up but confessed it has been more difficult than she expected.

She told Shape magazine: ''People told me that cigarettes are harder to quit than alcohol. I didn't believe it, but you know what? It is harder.

''I'm not someone who wants to light up inside people's homes, including my own, and I don't want to stand outside on street corners anymore.

''It's still a struggle. In fact, just talking about it makes me crave one, so let's stop, please! But I am really trying.''

Naomi - who is using nicotine patches to try and wean herself off all kinds of cigarettes - has previously admitted she enjoys life more since giving up alcohol.

She has said: ''I choose not to drink today in my life because I find that I'm allergic to alcohol.

''I have more energy and I have more fun than when I was drinking and I can hang out really late and get up early in the morning with no hangovers and still smile.''

Monday, March 24, 2014

Several Counties Responsible for Smoking Rate Decline in the USA

Generally in the USA smoking rates are decreasing and this may be driven by just several counties with big populations or are part of larger cities. Recently the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington conducted a study in which participated 5 million smokers in counties across the U.S. There were established rates of regular smokers, … Continue reading

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cassidy and Rawiller fined for smoking

The tax on cigarettes got even higher for jockeys Nash Rawiller and Jim Cassidy at Randwick on Saturday when both were fined $100 for smoking between races.

Cassidy said he had never heard of the rule prohibiting smoking but stewards produced rule 91 to close the case.

Stewards caught the pair when they were looking for Rawiller to question him over the unplaced performance of Boban in the Apollo Stakes and were told he was outside.

The riders were told the case came under the rule which says jockeys must remain in the jockeys' room once on course.

The fines amount to the equivalent of around five packets of cigarettes.

Monday, February 24, 2014

FDA Banned Sale of Several Tobacco Products

Under the 2009 law, the FDA for the first time prohibited in the USA sale of four hand-rolled cigarettes. The FDA wrote in a statement that these cigarettes are called bidis and are manufactured by Jash International. The tobacco company failed to meet the requirements of the Tobacco Control Act, which is created to reduce tobacco addiction among youth. The … Continue reading

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Smoking Cessation Guide

Most people believe that taking a drug helps to feel normally and weaken withdrawal symptoms, however, nicotine addiction isn’t that simple. People do smoke because the nicotine they have been inhaling for years has changed their brain chemistry to create strong urges to smoke. The urges appear because each cigarette smoked immediately sends a signal to the brain that makes … Continue reading