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Kitty Cancer

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 30, 2011

New research shows pets are affected adversely by secondhand smoke, according to Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, an Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service veterinarian.


“There have been a number of scientific papers recently that have reported the significant health threat secondhand smoke poses to pets,” MacAllister said. “Secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds.”

MacAllister cited a recent study at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine that found the number of cats diagnosed with mouth cancer, or squamous cell carcinoma, was higher for cats that lived in a smoking environment than for cats in a non-smoking environment.

“One reason cats are so susceptible to secondhand smoke is because of their grooming habits,” she explained. “Cats constantly lick themselves while grooming, therefore they pick up the cancer-causing carcinogens that accumulate on their fur. This grooming behavior exposes the mucous membrane of their mouth to the cancer-causing carcinogens.”

Cats who cohabitate in homes with smokers are also twice as likely to get malignant lymphoma, or cancer in the lymph nodes, she said. And this form of cancer is fatal to 75 percent of cats within 12 months of developing it, she added.

Inhaling smoke is not the only danger cigarettes pose to pets, because curious cats can eat tobacco products that can cause nicotine poisoning when ingested.


Adult Smoking Rates

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 30, 2011

Sept. 29, 2011 -- Education, occupation, and socioeconomic status are major factors affecting cigarette smoking rates among working adults, according to a new CDC report.

The CDC reports that the smoking rate of working adults is 19.6%, but that number jumps to 28.4% for those with less than a high school education, and to 28.6% for those who have no health insurance.

These rates are higher than Healthy People 2010 goals to reduce cigarette smoking rates among adults to 12% or less.

Also, the smoking rate for working adults who live under the federal poverty level is 27.7%.

Age also is a factor, with 23.8% of working adults aged 18 to 24 counted among the nation’s smokers.

Researchers say “substantial differences” in smoking rates were detected in data for various industry and occupational groups, with blue collar workers being far more likely to be smokers than those in white collar ranks.

Smoking rates by industry for working adults ranged from 9.7% in education services to 30% in mining.

The researchers say that though progress has been made in reducing smoking rates among working adults, employers should take more steps to encourage employees not to smoke.

CDC researchers analyzed seven years of data from the National Health Interview Survey, collected between 2004-2010. The report estimates that 223 million adults were age 18 or older and that 63.3% were employed during the week before the interview.

Among the key findings:

  • Current cigarette smoking rates decreased with increasing age. About 24% of working adults 18-24 were smokers, compared to 10.2% of those 65 and older.
  • Smoking rates were highest among working males at 21.5%.
  • The smoking rate was 29.7% in those with construction industry jobs, compared to only 8.7% among workers in education, training and library occupations.
  • While the smoking rate for working adults with less than a high school diploma was 28.4%, it fell to 9.1% for workers with bachelor’s, master’s or higher degrees. The smoking rate for workers was highest in the Midwest at 21.7%, compared to 18.7% in the Northeast, 20.8% in the South, and 15.9% in the West.

Smoking in the workplace not only affects the smoker’s health, but also co-workers exposed to secondhand smoke.

The agency calls on employers to work with state and local health departments to reduce smoking rates among all workers. Recommended workplace interventions include:

  • 100% smoke-free workplace policies.
  • Comprehensive health insurance with little or no co-payment for cessation treatments.

The research is published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 30, 2011.

Tobacco companies knew that cigarettes contained a radioactive substance called polonium-210, but hid that knowledge from the public for over four decades, a new study of historical documents revealed.

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, reviewed 27 previously unanalyzed documents and found that tobacco companies knew about the radioactive content of cigarettes as early as 1959. The companies studied the polonium throughout the 1960s, knew that it caused "cancerous growths" in the lungs of smokers, and even calculated how much radiation a regular smoker would ingest over 20 years. Then, they kept that data secret.

Hrayr Karagueuzian, the study's lead author, said the companies' level of deception surprised him.

"They not only knew of the presence of polonium, but also of its potential to cause cancer," he said.

Karagueuzian and his team replicated the calculations that tobacco company scientists described in these documents and found that the levels of radiation in cigarettes would account for up to 138 deaths for every 1,000 smokers over a period of 25 years.

The study published online in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Cheryl Healton, is the CEO of the American Legacy Foundation, the organization created from the 1998 legal settlement against tobacco companies. She said the knowledge that cigarettes contain radiation is disturbing today, but would have been even more unsettling to Americans in the midst of the Cold War-mindset of the 1950s and 1960s.


"This was when we were crawling under our desks during school radiation drills and thinking about building bomb shelters in our backyards," Healton said. "You probably could not imagine a more ideal time where you would have maximized the impact of that information. Unquestionably, this fact would have reduced smoking if it had been publicized."

She added that most Americans are probably still unaware that cigarettes contain radiation.

Polonium-210 is a radioactive material that emits hazardous particles called alpha particles. There are low levels of it in the soil and the atmosphere, but the fertilizer used to grow tobacco plants contributes to the levels of polonium found in cigarettes.

Dr. John Spangler, a professor of family medicine at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, said when smokers inhale, the radioactive particles damage the tissue on the surface of the lungs, creating "hot spots" of damage. When combined with other cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco, Spangler said the damage from radiation is potent. 

"The two together greatly increase your risk of lung cancer," Spangler said. "So tobacco smoke is even more dangerous than you thought before."

David Sutton, a spokesman for Philip Morris USA, the largest U.S. tobacco manufacturer, said the public health community has known about polonium in tobacco for decades.

"Polonium 210 is a naturally occurring element found in the air, soil, and water and therefore can be found in plants, including tobacco," Sutton said.

All tobacco products on the market today still contain the polonium. In 1980, scientists discovered that a process called "acid washing" removes up to 99 percent of polonium-210 from tobacco. The documents reviewed by UCLA scientists reveal that tobacco companies knew of this technique, but declined to use it to remove the radioactive material from their products.


Closet Smoking

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 30, 2011
" I smoked. I just couldn't not. I know it makes me weak, but I needed it." Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. Henry Ford The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself. - Gamaliel Bailey Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. ~Lyndon B. Johnson Folks, I'm sorry to say that it's faulty thinking to think that you can take a "Smoke Vacation" away from your quit for any reason! It sounds really good and one would think that it's reasonable. After all, on holidays and vacation, I can drink a beer or two without turning into an alcoholic! In the past during my months long quits I certainly did this with sickerettes and really convinced myself that it was possible. Therein lies the problem! Here's one nico-lie I told myself: Now that I've been quit for Months, I "deserve' the reward of letting my hair down and setting a window where I can halt the vigilance, kick back and if I want a smoke, by golly, I'll smoke! Then at such and such a day I'll hop right back on the quit wagon, no problem! Do you see the landmines all over this statement? -I deserve to kill myself? -I'm willing to risk my Smobriety for a "Break?" -Smoking is "kicking back?' -vigilance is a part-time job? -I "want" to smoke? -smoking is "preferable to" non-smoking, given true freedom of action?!?!? People, quitting isn't about deprivation and doing without! It's not about rolled-up Courage and Strength! It's not a sacrifice you do for whatever reasons! It's not about romance denied! It's not about staying stressed all the time in our vigilance! Quitting is an Attitude of Gratitude that recognizes that smoking is PRISON - the Prison of ADDICTION! It is a Recognition of the ENEMY - Nicotine - that will do any thing, say any thing, try any trick, to get me to relinquish of my own volition my FREEDOM from ADDICTION! I'm visualizing the hypnotic Count Dracula seducing the beautiful woman into a tryst just to wind up biting her in the throat! KNOW THE ENEMY! Smoking is counter to Life-Affirmation! It denies me my own nature - my own character of courage and strength to face life's challenges with my God-given Spirit! Quitting is an ATTITUDE of SELF-LOVE knowing that each sickerette brings me that much closer to DEATH! It's very possible, even likely, that the sickerette you're holding in your hand RIGHT NOW - is the killerette that will slooooowly get you! Quitting with the right frame of mind - SMOKING IS NOT AN OPTION ANY MORE ( for any reason, under any circumstance) - is totally stressless. I don't make the DECISION every day! That choice was made by me for me a long time ago!!!! When I pledge NOPE I AFFIRM that I will RESPECT myself enough to HONOR the DECISION TODAY! No Stress!!! I recognize the decision as Life- Giving, Self Respecting, Self-Loving, JOYOUS FREEDOM! So again, with total freedom of choice, I HAPPILY pledge TODAY, just as I have for 559 Days, NOT ONE PUFF EVER!
Cigarette smoking may be associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain in women, according to a new study. University of Kentucky researchers surveyed more than 6,000 women over the age of 18 on their smoking habits and symptoms of chronic pain. They looked at syndromes including fibromyalgia, sciatica, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, joint pain, chronic head pain, nerve problems and pain all over the body. The researchers said that the results of the survey showed that women who smoke, or used to smoke, have a greater chance of reporting at least one chronic pain syndrome, compared with never-smokers. Specifically, former smokers showed a 20-percent increased chance of chronic pain, occasional smokers showed a 68-percent increase and daily smokers’ chances more than doubled at 104 percent. Daily smoking was also associated more strongly with chronic pain than older age, lower education, obesity or living in an Appalachian county. Researchers are not certain whether smoking causes chronic pain, or if women suffering from the conditions smoke to cope with them. Read more:
Cigarette smoke is full of harmful chemicals. Breathing in secondhand smoke is harmful for smokers and nonsmokers alike. Smokers suffer a double dose though, increasing the destructive effects of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke kills about 3,000 nonsmokers each year from lung cancer. Secondhand smoke causes 30 times as many lung cancer deaths as all regulated pollutants combined. Secondhand smoke causes up to 300,000 lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in infants and young children each year. Secondhand smoke causes wheezing, coughing, colds, earaches, and asthma attacks. Secondhand smoke can produce six times the pollution of a busy highway when in a crowded restaurant. Secondhand smoke fills the air with many of the same poisons found in the air around toxic waste dumps.
I'm talking about March 14 - March 20! And no truer statement can be made! On March 14 I went to the Hospital with a temperature of 102! My teeth were clacking in my head. I radiated heat off my feverish body for yards. I was literally delerious and then I was given the news, "Your lungs are inflated." What do you mean, my lungs are inflated? How can that be and why? "You have Emphysema." That's not possible! I hardly smoke at all! "Emphysema is chronic, progressive and incurable." Whoa, hold on here! I haven't smoked that much!"If you don't quit smoking now you will get a lot worse very quickly."YIKES! I guess my smoking days are over! Smoking just isn't an option for me anymore! On March 19th I took my last puff! I just couldn't make myself "waste" those cigs I already had! On March 20th I made the Best DECISION I had ever made in my entire life! FREE! ADDICTION FREE!!! Of course, I didn't know that! I wasn't all that happy about quitting but to me nothing is more disgusting than watching somebody on Oxygen smoke! That sure as heck wasn't gonna be me! Well. I also came to BecomeanEx that week and Read, Read, and Read some more and listened to the long timers to find out what they were doing right and I followed their lead! I was as surprised as anybody about how much easier my quit was than I thought it would be! It all had to do with the basic question. I know, you think the question is to smoke or not to smoke! NO! The question for me was, "Since smoking isn't an option then what can I do in this situation?" What can I do when I drink my coffee? What can I do when I'm driving to work? What can I do when it's break time? What can I do while I'm reading my favorite book? What can I do after dinner? etc.,etc.,etc...Before you know it, I found some AMAZING answers!!! I was transforming before my very eyes!!! I became stronger and more confident and more assertive than I ever imagined! And it just keeps getting better and better! WOW! If I had known that I sure as heck would have quit before I had COPD!!!! But regrets never help the situation! So I do my best to help others see what I see before they get the E-Word dropped in their laps! That's why I say that it was the Best of Times! Because the NEW Thomas was being formed by a simple DECISION! What to do instead! If I can do this you can too! And you will never ever regret THAT!

An analysis of data from 1,533 persons aged 12 to 19 years participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006 (NHANES) has uncovered an association between secondhand smoke and an increased risk of hearing loss in members of this age group, with most of them being unaware of the problem. © Secondhand smoke is a known risk factor for otitis media (OM), with recurrent acute OM being more common in the nearly 60% of U.S. children exposed. Secondhand smoke also may have the potential to affect auditory development, leading to sensorineural hearing loss. © The NHANES adolescents had been interviewed about their health status, family medical history, exposure to secondhand smoke, and self-recognition of hearing impairment. They also underwent physical examination, including hearing tests and blood testing for cotinine, a by-product of nicotine exposure. © Compared with teens that had no secondhand-smoke exposure, those who were exposed exhibited notably higher rates of low- and high-frequency hearing loss. The rate of hearing loss appeared to be cumulative, increasing with the level of serum cotinine. Nearly 82% of the afflicted parties did not recognize hearing difficulties. © "Adolescents exposed to [secondhand smoke] may need to be closely monitored for early hearing loss with periodic audiologic testing," cautioned the researchers.



Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 27, 2011
"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus." My Goal is FREEDOM from Addiction and I will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to accomplish it! What does it take? Don't let a Sickerette near my Face NO MATTER WHAT! That's it! Simple not Easy but Doable!

Self Love

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 26, 2011
The greatest gift you will ever receive is the gift of loving and believingin yourself. Guard this gift with your life. It is the only thing that will ever truly be yours. Tiffany Loren Rowe So many people associate the concept of self-love with narcissism which actually is a lack of self-love! But truly loving ourselves as God loves us is a compassionate place to be in our lives. Our love of self provides the passion to be with that other person in a loving way! So today I give myself permission to love myself as I would love my neighbor! LOL! That truly is a gift from the Almighty! When I Love Myself, it gives me strength, courage, focus, and determination that I so much need in order to Break FREE of Addiction for LIFE! This is especially true during NML when we aren't living the challenge minute by minute but are blindsided by our Addictive Minds out of nowhere, or after a tragedy or great misfortune such as losing a job, or even, yes, after an extraordinary Victory when we think that we "deserve a sickerette!" What I deserve my FREEDOM! I deserve to live LIFE Abundantly as My Creator intends - Smoke FREE for LIFE! And I LOVE Myself enough to recognize the paradox and make the Correct DECISION! So just for TODAY I will LOVE Myself as I would Love my neighbor! Who would wish Addiction on ANYBODY? Surely we DESERVE Addiction FREEDOM!

Getting Started!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 25, 2011
I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and self-respect and whatever courage is demanded, is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from. William Faulkner (1897-1962) American Writer Because we are Addicts, when you first get started, we are still under the influence of our drug of choice - Nicotine - and we are thinking with our Addictive Mind. The process of breaking through Addiction is one of while you're not smoking to let that Rational Non-Addictive Brain take over and to sort out the TRUTH from the Nico-LIES! It doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't happen without effort! That's why you meet people who still Romanticize Nicotine Months and even Years after their Quit! They haven't taken the time and effort to sort the truth from the lies. Building a good foundation for your Quit begins by Knowing Your Enemy! Collect the FACTS about Nicotine and Tobacco, make a Personal List of why you don't want to Smoke, why you want to Quit, the advantages as you see it of quitting! From time to time take out that initial list and you'll be absolutely AMAZED at how few items landed on that list! You were under the Smoke Cloud and could not fathom the TRUTH of Nicotine! So update that list from time to time and you'll be Dumbfounded at how it grows and grows!!!! Some good places to start: Allen Carr's book - "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download - Smoking_Download-free-PDF-EBook but what really counts is your personal list that you have fresh in your mind! Dig deep! Quitting just for your family may not be enough. Quitting for your Doctor most likely isn't enough. Quitting for YOURSELF is what you have to get to! And not just your Health but your Total Self - Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Psychological - TOTAL! Living Addiction FREE is about FREEDOM! There's no other way to get there than to Break your ADDICTION for LIFE! This is the source of Decency, Self-Respect and Courage that you WILL NEED in order to become a SUCCESSFUL EXer!

Smoking and Blindness

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 25, 2011
If you are a smoker not only is your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) greater, but also the risk of existing AMD progressing faster is also higher if you smoke. This is according to an article published in Archives of Ophthalmology (JAMA/Archives). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss among older people, the authors explain. Previous studies had already demonstrated that smoking is one of the few modifiable risk factors for AMD. Smoking leads to higher AMD risk through several pathways - smoking reduces antioxidant levels, it lowers blood flow around the eye, and it may also affect the coloration (pigments) in the retina. "In summary, while controlling for other factors, smoking appears to be related to the incidence and progression of AMD in our population. This has important health care implications, because early AMD is associated with an increase in the risk of developing late AMD and smoking behavior is modifiable."
. The goal of the COPD community is to get every state to officially recognize COPD Awareness Month through a Governor's Proclamation What are the benefits? . Draws attention to COPD from people in the state government and in the general public . Shows your governor recognizes the issues associated with COPD and the need to pitch in to raise awareness in your state . Raising awareness for COPD is crucial, as it remains largely unnoticed despite its position as the fourth leading cause of death and second leading cause of disability in the US How to submit a proclamation request . Go to your state Governor's website there should be a section labeled "Proclamation request" . Many states require submission of proclamation requests six or more weeks in advance of the date requested, so don't delay! . If and when your governor issues a proclamation, make sure to express your thanks and appreciation for the gesture through a phone call or email Here's the sample proclamation: SAMPLE Governor's Proclamation WHEREAS, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the third leading cause of death in the United States and is the only one of the top five causes of death whose prevalence and death rate is rising; and WHEREAS, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a chronic and progressive disease that affects over 24 million individuals in the US, half of whom have not been properly diagnosed; and WHEREAS, A diagnostic test for COPD, known as spirometry is available for office use, allowing early diagnosis of COPD yet many patients suffering with COPD are not diagnosed until they have reached an advanced stage of COPD; and WHEREAS, The major risk factor for COPD is smoking. Other risk factors include environmental exposure to air pollution, industrial irritants and burned biomass fuels; and WHEREAS, COPD can also result from genetic conditions, such as Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency; and WHEREAS, COPD is considered to be the second leading cause of disability in the nation; and WHEREAS, the annual cost to the nation in 2011 is estimated to be $49.9 billion; and WHEREAS, increased public awareness, early detection and treatment are crucial in the prevention or slowing the progression of lung disease and can lead to reduced costs and better quality of life for our residents; and NOW, THEREFORE, I, _____., Governor of the Great State of ____, do hereby proclaim November 2011, as COPD AWARENESS MONTH throughout the state and encourage all residents of _______ to learn more about the prevention and treatment of COPD.

Never Too Old to Quit!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 24, 2011

Perhaps you've heard of the "damage is done" scenario. An elderly family member started smoking as a young person, maybe a teenager, tucking a pack of cigarettes into his rolled-up shirtsleeve or into her purse. Decades later, despite wall-to-wall anti-smoking ads, despite smoking being outlawed in nearly every public space, perhaps despite family pleas or doctors' admonitions or even a heart attack, that person remains a smoker. Martin Diebel/Getty Images What's the point of stopping now, he or she figures, when my body has already suffered the consequences of a lifetime of tobacco addiction? The damage is done, isn't it? So while the rate of smoking in those over age 65 is smaller " a bit over 8 percent " than it is in the younger population, more than 22 percent of whom smoke, older smokers are much less likely to try to stop. More than half of smokers ages 18 to 24 have tried to quit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported, but only about a quarter of those over age 65 have. In the three decades following the first report by the surgeon general's report on smoking and health in 1964, smoking rates dropped much more among younger adults than among older ones. "They've been smoking longer, so they might be more nicotine-dependent," said Bethea Kleykamp, a postdoctoral fellow in nicotine pharmacology at the National Institutes of Health, trying to explain those differences. But older smokers may also be embracing the idea that the damage is done, Dr. Kleykamp added. "They think, "Eh, I've lived this long. It's really not so bad. Why quit now? Let me enjoy my last years." " Sometimes, she said, their doctors concur. But in their article, "The Older Smoker," recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Kleykamp and Stephen Heishman, a nicotine researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, argue that the damage isn't done. Even at older ages, she told me in an interview, people who wean themselves from cigarettes can feel better, possibly improving enough to stop taking certain medications, and may even ward off cognitive decline. In short, they may have better and possibly longer lives. Even a month without cigarettes can significantly lower blood pressure, for example. "If you're open to quitting, regardless of how old you are, it's one of the best things you can do for your health," she said. Conversely, though all of us are prone to binary thinking about old age " we're fine or we're outta here, as if we have on-off switches " continuing to smoke can make seniors" final years much worse, exacerbating a long list of chronic diseases. Smokers who enter hospitals will endure withdrawal along with other unpleasantness, and nicotine patches aren't necessarily comfortable substitutes. Smokers have higher rates of hospital delirium, Dr. Kleykamp pointed out, and they heal more slowly after surgery. As for smoking's effect on the aging brain, still a topic of debate, an Australian study (a small one, it should be said) published this spring used standard cognitive tests and brain scans to detect differences among three groups: older adults who'd never smoked, those who'd enrolled in stop-smoking programs and successfully quit, and those who tried to quit but didn't succeed. After two years, the quitters showed cognitive decline similar that of those who'd never smoked; the ongoing smokers showed greater decline than either. So the damage apparently wasn't all done " it continued. The good news for older smokers is that under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare now covers smoking-cessation counseling for any beneficiary who wants to stop. A quarter of older smokers have already made an attempt. (Previously, Medicare covered such programs only for those who already had a smoking-related disease.) And Part D drug plans cover medications "patches, gum, pills " in most states. "We know that the best treatment is a combination of pharmacology and counseling," Dr. Kleykamp said. You'd think that reducing smoking among the elderly population would save Medicare a boatload of money. The not-so-good news, though, is that doctors and researchers know very little about tobacco's biological effects on older people and therefore about which treatment methods are most likely to work in this particular population. In tobacco research, as in clinical trials generally, older adults are underrepresented. In a review of 15 rigorous studies on withdrawal symptoms, for example, participants" average age was 38. That won't help much. So Dr. Kleykamp is calling for more age-specific research on what tobacco does to older bodies and on how to turn older smokers into older ex-smokers. "We have a lot of friends and family living very long lives, and whether we like it or not, they've held on to some addictive behaviors," she said. "They may need or want to stop, and we need more information about how to help them."

The Colorado State Health Board voted yesterday to ask R.J. Reynolds Company to remove Camel Sticks, Strips and Orbs from Colorado until a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate such products as tobacco products is made. TOBACCOFACTS.NET Those products already have been removed from some markets. “In passing today’s resolution, the board made an important statement — that dissolvable tobacco products are a risk to the public’s health,” Dr. Chris Urbina, the state’s chief medical officer and executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a press release. The products are seen as a way to entice young people to start using tobacco or continue its use. Some of these products are packaged to look like breath mints or gum. The FDA is expect to rule on dissolvable tobacco products regulations next year.
How much hair loss people experience is usually determined by our genes. For instance, if your grandpa lost all of his hair at midlife, you could face a similar story. But now, doctors say we might have some control over hair loss. Researchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio studied 150 sets of twins at a twin festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Dr. Bahman Guyuron took photos of the identical twins and asked them a long list of questions: did they smoke, have children, etc. "Twins are destined to have similar faces, similar amount of hair," says Dr. Guyuron. So if there's a big difference in how they look, like the amount of hair, Dr. Guyuron figures it has to do with a person's lifestyle. Divorce and spouse death were among the strongest predictors of hair loss in women. Heavy drinking was another factor. For men who want to keep their hairlines from receding, cut down on sun exposure by wearing a hat, get some exercise and put out the cigarette. "Avoid smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, reduce the stress as much as they can," says Dr. Guyuron. Overall, it seems that stress is the main factor for both men and women. So stay stress-less if you don't want to be hairless.

Emphysema and COPD!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 23, 2011
Emphysema is more than just a word which is what it was for me before I got diagnosed so I thought you all would like this article: Emphysema is a lung condition in which tiny air sacs in the lungs - alveoli - fill up with air. As the air continues to build up in these sacs, they expand, and may break or become damaged and form scar tissue. The patient becomes progressively short of breath. Emphysema is a type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The main cause of emphysema is long-term regular smoking. The alveoli turn into large, irregular pockets with holes in them. The surface area of the lungs is gradually reduced, resulting in less oxygen entering the bloodstream. The small elastic fibers that hold open the small airways leading to the alveoli also become destroyed. When the patient breathes out they collapse, i.e. the patient has problems exhaling air. Emphysema is not curable, the condition cannot be reversed. However, treatment may slow down its rate of progression and alleviate symptoms. According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, emphysema is: 1. Presence of air in the interstices of the connective tissue of a part. 2. A condition of the lung characterized by increase beyond the normal in the size of air spaces distal to the terminal bronchiole (those parts containing alveoli), with destructive changes in their walls and reduction in their number. Clinical manifestation is breathlessness on exertion, due to the combined effect (in varying degrees) of reduction of alveolar surface for gas exchange and collapse of smaller airways with trapping of alveolar gas in expiration; this causes the chest to be held in the position of inspiration ("barrel chest"), with prolonged expiration and increased residual volume. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis often, but not necessarily, coexist. Two structural varieties are panlobular (panacinar) emphysema and centrilobular (centriacinar) emphysema; paracicatricial, paraseptal, and bullous emphysema are also common. What are the signs and symptoms of emphysema A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as pain, while a sign is something everybody can detect, such as a rash. A patient with emphysema may experience no symptoms for many years. Eventually, as the condition progresses, there is a shortness of breath (dyspnea), which starts off gradually. An individual with early stages of emphysema may avoid physical activity because it makes them pant too much. Eventually, the shortness of breath is present even when the person is resting. Something you should know is that only HALF of those who have it have even been diagnosed and that Doctors often miss the opportunity to test for it. Considering that One out of every Four people in the US will have Emphysema in their lifetime I believe that ALL Smokers and EX Smokers should be tested! Ask your Doctor for a Spirometry Test! It's much better to know than to not know and early diagnosis is a BIG advantage! Advocate for yourself and get tested! Your lungs will appreciate it!

Positive Attitude

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 23, 2011
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller (1880-1968) We talk about Positive Attitude a lot here but to a person who first sees that term used here might be left wondering just what we mean! After all, you would think that there are as many smokers with a Positive Attitude as those who have quit or never smoked, right? Well, when it comes to smoking cessation and addiction even the most optimistic person when confronted with their addiction will still cling to their drug of choice as much as any other addict. But they do have a skill that they can use - once they change their perspective about Nicotine. I call this KNOW YOUR ENEMY! We addicts - any addict - think that our drug is our Friend! So when we talk about Positive Attitude - First, we must educate ourselves on the ENEMY NICOTINE! Knowing that Nicotine simply spends excessively our money, time and energy at the expense of the PEOPLE in our lives while simultaneously robbing us and our Loved Ones of Health and Happiness brings the Optimistic Person to refocus their Goal! I must have HOPE and CONFIDENCE that I can set aside this Addiction FOREVER! This is the Positive Attitude we speak of! I can Break the Chains of Addiction Inprisonment for LIFE! I will always be an Addict but I can DECIDE to live Addiction FREE for LIFE! I can reclaim the True Self that was bestowed on me by my Creator and is my Birthright! I can do this because I, like Dorothy, and her ruby slippers always held the key to FREEDOM. No matter how gilded the Cage of Addiction may appear to me, I recognize that it is Not FREEDOM! And when seen through the eyes of freedom the gilding on the cage was purely an illusion! So NEWBIES, We call on YOU to have Optimism! Cling to your Hope and Confidence when you are having a very challenging moment! You CAN do it! 45 Million people want to quit but 47 Million people HAVE SUCCESSFULLY QUIT! Coming here every day you will constantly encounter people who are doing it and those who continue to do it years in advance! There is absolutely nothing different or special about these people that leads to their SUCCESS! They were just like YOU when they got started. Some of these people had stop-start sputters, some had once and for all Eureka Experiences, some used these quit tools, others used those quit tools but what they all had in common was POSITIVE ATTITUDE! READ,READ,READ about Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation and come here Daily and Read, Blog and Comment! The more you participate the more you help yourself to become one of the SUCCESSFUL EXers! The DECISION is yours! Is your and your family's Health and Happiness worth the effort? Cling to your Positive Attitude and your Quit will not only be successful but relatively easier! Who wants to spin their wheels? "The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." - Mark Twain


Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 22, 2011
Our fears are more numerous than our dangers, and we suffer more in our imagination than in reality. Seneca I was so afraid to quit! I was afraid that I would miss my constant companion. I was afraid that I would never "get" to smoke again! I was afraid that I would "try" and fail! I was afraid that I would become one of those EX - smokers who hate anything closely related to tobacco!!!! HA! The whole time I was afraid of all the wrong things! I SHOULD HAVE been afraid of Smoking Related Illness! But you know what? It never really crossed my mind ......until! Yep! Too late! Now I have the BIG Smoke Related Illness - COPD! What did I imagine a quit would look like? Well, I thought that I would have that skin crawlly feeling forever! I thought that I'd always wish I had a Sickerette! I thought that I would have to be Super-Human depriving myself the one kick-back relax my-time activity I allowed myself to indulge in! Little did I know that I was about to embark on the most Spiritually Expansive, Personally Maturing, Physically Renewing journey of self-exploration that I could ever imagine! Oh, how I wish I had known before I got sick! But I'm GRATEFUL every day for this journey! And YES, I'm PROUD to be one of those EXers who HATES the ENEMY! Now I kick back and relax naturally - not because I NEED MY FIX! But because I'M ADDICTION FREE! So NEWBIE! Will you change? ABSOLUTELY - you will discover the NEW YOU - so much better than you could ever imagine! There's only one rule: keep those Sickerettes away from your face! All the rest will happen naturally!
In dozens of rural villages in China’s western provinces, one of the first things primary school kids learn is what made their education possible: tobacco. “On the gates of these schools, you’ll see slogans that say ‘Genius comes from hard work -- Tobacco helps you become talented,’” said Xu Guihua, secretary general of the privately funded lobby group Chinese Association on Tobacco Control. The schools are sponsored by local units of China’s government-owned monopoly cigarette maker. “They are pinning their hopes on young people taking up smoking.” Anti-tobacco groups say efforts to reduce sales in the world’s largest cigarette consumer, such as a ban on smoking in public places introduced in May, have been hampered by light penalties, a lack of education about the dangers of smoking and the fact that the regulator, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, also runs the world’s biggest cigarette maker, China National Tobacco Corp. China has more than 320 million smokers, a third of the world’s total, and about 1 million Chinese die from tobacco- related illnesses every year. Reducing mortality in the country from cardiovascular diseases, for which smoking is a main risk factor, by 1 percent a year over the three decades to 2040 could generate economic value equal to 68 percent of China’s 2010 real gross domestic product, or $10.7 trillion, according to a World Bank report published in July. “Despite the strong will of the government to implement smoking control policies,” the volume of cigarettes sold in China is expected to keep rising from 2011 to 2015, London-based researcher Euromonitor International said in a July report. It forecasts China’s tobacco market will grow at an average 14 percent a year to hit 1.8 trillion yuan in retail sales in 2015. Read more at:

Improve your Memory

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 21, 2011
People who give up smoking generally experience a significant improvement in memory, apart from enjoying substantial overall health benefits, researchers from Northumbria University, England reported in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The authors explained that when the majority of smokers quit, their pre-smoking everyday memory can eventually be restored fully. Dr Tom Heffernan from the Collaboration for Drug and Alcohol Research Group, and team tested 27 individuals who were current regular smoker, 18 non-smokers who used to smoke, and 24 people who were lifetime non-smokers. They all underwent a real-world memory test. According to prior studies, giving up smoking improved "retrospective memory" - a person's ability to learn information and then retrieve it later on. This study measured "prospective memory" - a person's ability to remember to do something at a specific future point in time. They were taken on a tour of the university campus and asked to remember pre-determined tasks at 15 specific locations. For example, checking for messages on their mobile phones when reaching the library, or remembering to ask about the cost of membership when arriving at the sports center. They found that: Current regular smokers remembered just 59% of the tasks Non-smoking previous smokers remembered 74% Lifetime non-smokers remembered 81% The authors added that there was no difference in the IQs between each group. Dr Tom Heffernan said: "Given that there are up to 10 million smokers in the UK and as many as 45 million in the United States, it's important to understand the effects smoking has on everyday cognitive function - of which prospective memory is an excellent example." This is the first time that a study has set out to examine whether giving up smoking has an impact on memory. We already know that giving up smoking has huge health benefits for the body but this study also shows how stopping smoking can have knock-on benefits for cognitive function too." The research team now plan to find out what impact passive smoking (second-hand smoke) might have on everyday memory and health.
The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time. W.J. Davison So what is our goal? To not smoke? For me, the answer is no! I have gone Months not smoking but still romancing the addiction. All I wanted was to get back to my lover - my Sickerette! My FIX! My goal has been FREEDOM from Addiction! I can't change the FACT that I am an Addict and will always be one! But I can now savor FREEDOM from Addiction. I hear you, "Now Thomas, stop playing with words!" Seriously, I'm NOT! I'm explaining the difference that makes this THE QUIT for LIFE! Not Months, not until something bad happens, not until I feel good and can breathe and stop coughing again, FOR LIFE! So how does an Addict become Addiction FREE? You live LIFE abundantly! You relinquish ALL of those illusions that Addiction creates in you: Sickerettes help me relax, an occasional Sickerette won't hurt, I have the RIGHT to Smoke! You name your own! There isn't a single one of them that is TRUTH! Not ONE! So is this FREEDOM achievable for an Addict? YES! But you have to KNOW THE ENEMY! You have to ask yourself - what is the goal of that thought: Boy, a Sickerette would sure be nice right about now! - My next FIX! That's all my Addictive Mind wants! On day 5 or Day 50, on Day 500 or Day 5000 - My next FIX! Because Addictive thinking knows that I'm a puff away from a pack a Day - and always will be! Cut those Nico-Lies down to size! Good Gracious! Do you (=me=NicoDemon) really think I'm going to throw away a 500 Day QUIT? ROFLMAO! I got better things to do - like Living Smoke FREE Abundantly! THAT IS THE GOAL! That is the Plan! That's how you get to One Year and a Half Smoke FREE and LOVING IT!

Had I only known!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 20, 2011
Had I known just how systemically poisonous Nicotine Addiction is then I would have Quit years ago! Had I known the damage to not just Body but to Mind and Spirit, then I might never have smoked in the first place. Young people think they are invincible but they do want their FREEDOM and will go to great lengths to obtain it! If they knew that sickerettes would pollute their brains and darken their Souls maybe they'd be less likely to pick up that Nicotine Product! I only wish that you newbies who are on the verge of quitting could have a crystal ball and see yourselves 1 1/2 years in the future Smoke FREE! All of your fears and apprehensions would evaporate! The real YOU is hiding under that Smoke Cloud! Let Yourself OUT of the Addiction made Prison! You hold the key and you will NEVER regret it!

Researchers led by Dr Arthur Brody of the University of California in Los Angeles found secondhand smoke strongly activates nicotine receptors in the brain, leading to cravings.

The researchers said the findings may explain why smokers regularly exposed to secondhand smoke have trouble beginning and maintaining an attempt to quit.

In the study, 24 young adults sat in a car and were either exposed to secondhand smoke, or not exposed, for one hour.

Eleven were moderately dependent cigarette smokers and 13 were non-smokers.

Before and after sitting in the car, participants' brains were scanned using PET to look at whether nicotinic acetylcholine receptors had been activated.

Researchers found both smokers and non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke had a 19% greater activation of nicotine receptors.

Smokers reported an average increase in craving of 23% following exposure.

I see a lot of Folks on this site Celebrating their FREEDOM! WHOOHOO! They're Dancing and Singing their JOY at living Abundantly Smoke FREE! And I see some Folks who are mourning the loss of their Best Friend - the Serial Killerette - as my Friend JoJo calls it! With Friends like that who needs Enemies???? And I also see a lot of Folks who are fighting the NicoDemon without even realizing that the NicoDemon is just another part of YOU! Now, let me ask you this - how much Harmony and Healing can come from fighting Oneself? So where did those EXcellent People get that Partying SPIRIT? I'll tell you where! It came from a Fella  who said - when you have a craving - LAUGH!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!! It comes from each and every one of YOU who contribute their time, wisdom, and ENTHUSIASM not only as they Pay Forward the EXpert Advice they received but because it helps them to Protect their Quit because they Never Ever Forget - what it was like to wish you were smoke FREE, what it was like to make it one day, one hour and sometimes, one minute at a time, what it means to Protect Your Quit TODAY NO MATTER WHAT, that Addiction is a Lifetime Condition and QUITTING IS A LIFETIME JOURNEY so kick back and ENJOY the Ride - You're Smoke FREE for LIFE!!!!  The Quit isn't about giving up anything of importance in the least! It's about what you gain - the REAL YOU the way your Creator intends for you to be -Addiction FREE! It's about healing your Mind, Spirit, and Body from years of abuse and finding your NEW NORMAL! It's about growing into the person you dream of being! Now, what's not to SMILE about????

Confidence on the outside begins by living with  integrity on  the
inside.          Brian  Tracy

Just in case you're new here today and haven't heard, we are JUNKIES! I am and YOU ARE, Too! Here's the difference between us and those guys jonesing for a fix! When you have QUIT SMOKING you break the cycle of dishonesty that says anything to "justify"  my next hit! You know, "Oh I don't smoke much, everybody deserves a vice!", or "just one won't hurt!", or (I love this one!)" I can quit any time I want!" (and here's the other half!) "I can't quit - I've tried a dozen times!" There are an infinite number of LIES that we tell ourselves in order to give in to that next craving and keep the Monster happy!

 Now, once you stay quit for a good while,that smoke cloud rises and you are left standing there in all your natural beauty! The REAL YOU! The Rose with thorns! You have to learn to live with yourself just as God intends for you to be! You have to become INTEGRATED! You can't run for a cig and hide behind the smoke any more! This is YOU! And it's a Great Opportunity to look at yourself - really take a good look! - and say "I like what I see!" There's a person with so much courage (s)he kicked the addiction for LIFE! There's a person who had FOCUS, who had DETERMINATION, who RESPECTS themself, who HONORS their DECISIONS! That's a darm AWESOME PERSON! You set a Goal and made it happen even though you were afraid, anxious, upset, disoriented! You made it happen! YOU DID THAT! WOW! If you could do that you can do all kinds of things! You have EXcellent reason to be CONFIDENT because you have INTEGRITY! Now, seriously, folks, how many people do you know who can say that? Feel PROUD of YOURSELF! 




Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 18, 2011

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with  the ability to say no to  oneself.               Abraham Joshua
Heschel 1907-1972


Whether you're on day 54 or day 540 - What are you going to do before you drop your Quit? Come here and discuss your thoughts with your Fellow EX - Addicts! I'm on Day 546 - yet I'm a puff away from a pack a day! It takes Discipline to Protect Your Quit! It's very easy to take the first dreaded puff - until you realize what you just did! I've "quit" many times for Months at a time! Every time I lacked self-respect and dignity - I simply quit quitting - and every time I regretted my decision. This is my lifetime quit - thus, even on day 5540 if I need to think this through I'll be here sharing my thoughts and listening to my fellow EXers. None of us are beyond discipline!



Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 18, 2011

"We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that here,
now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone its value is
incontestable."  --Joyce Carol Oates

Today I am not going to think about what I wish I had done differently, what I wish I had said, where I wish I had gone, which choices I wish I had made. Dwelling on the past does me no good at all! 

Today I am not going to fret about what the future holds, whether I'll have money, fame or even food, clothes and shelter, or HEALTH! That's not for me to worry about! Matt 6:25ff

Today I choose to think about TODAY! Just for TODAY, I Thomas, choose to live LIFE Smoke FREE Abundantly! I will not smoke even one single puff under any circumstances, for any reason NO MATTER WHAT! I will make the most of my FREEDOM from ADDICTION to protect my Health and ENJOY my Happiness! When I work, I will work for my betterment, when I rest I will rest for my relaxation and renewal, when I go amongst my fellow man I will remember that they too have their story! 

I can't change the past and the future is just a series of NOWS! One moment at a time! 




Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 16, 2011

DRIVE4COPD and Michael Kalish are excited to present 24M: THE DRIVE4COPD MONUMENT. 24M is a visual representation of the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States to encourage the public to take action to see if they may be at risk and talk to their healthcare professional.


24M is a monument inspired by the DRIVE4COPD pinwheel icon that symbolizes a person's ability to breathe. Internationally renowned artist and sculptor Michael Kalish used his signature medium, the license plate, to create 24 large-scale pinwheels representing the estimated 24 million Americans who may have COPD. The sheer size and scale of 24M represents all corners of the country and embodies the breadth of the disease and its impact on America.

A total of 2,400 license plates were used to create the pinwheels, and the number of license plates incorporated from each state reflects the percentage of the population affected by COPD in that state. Each pinwheel base will be in the shape of a state so from an aerial view, the monument comes together to form the map of the contiguous United States. 24M is about the size of half of a football field or approximately 30,000 square feet.

Throughout 2011, 24M will visit cities in the four states that have the highest prevalence and population of COPD in the United States: California, Florida, New York and Texas. Through the monument and the message behind it, DRIVE4COPD and Kalish hope to inspire everyone to learn about COPD, find out if they or loved ones might be at risk and to do something about it.



  Did anyone go?
Two-Ton Pinwheel Monument Raises Awareness Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary

24M will be open to the public for viewing in

New York City at Hudson River Park, Pier 84 on W. 44th St. and 12th Ave.

September 14th-20th..This will be AMAZING, wish I could see it!! 

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Landmark public
health campaign DRIVE4COPD today announced the unveiling of 24M: The
DRIVE4COPD Monument, a visual representation of the impact of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States. Reaching 14 feet
at its highest peak and spanning half a football field, this
first-of-its-kind monument, comprised of 24 large-scale pinwheels to
represent the 24 million Americans who may be living with COPD, was designed
by internationally renowned artist and sculptor Michael Kalish.

To view the multimedia content associated with this release, please click:


For photos of the pinwheels sculpture and other activities of the DRIVE4COPD Campaign,

NASCAR and the four celebrities involved and others have hit the trail pretty hard.
My favorite photo is the very serious looking family posing with a cut-out of Danica Patrick
standing with them.

Young adults who quit smoking are less impulsive and neurotic than those who are still smoking.

The new study “Smoking Desistance and Personality Change in Emerging and Young Adulthood,” which will be published by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, found a relationship between smoking cessation and improved personality.

According to Andrew Littlefield, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri, “The data indicate that for some young adults smoking is impulsive. That means that 18-year-olds are acting without a lot of forethought and favor immediate rewards over long term negative consequences.

They might say, ‘I know smoking is bad for me, but I’m going to do it anyway.’ However, we find individuals who show the most decreases in impulsivity also are more likely quit smoking. If we can target anti-smoking efforts at that impulsivity, it may help the young people stop smoking.”

Compared people, aged 18-35, who smoked with those who had quit smoking, researchers found that individuals who smoked were higher in two distinct personality traits during young adulthood — impulsivity and neuroticism.

Littlefield added, “Smokers at age 18 had higher impulsivity rates than non-smokers at age 18, and those who quit tended to display the steepest declines in impulsivity between ages 18 and 25. However, as a person ages and continues to smoke, smoking becomes part of a regular behavior pattern and less impulsive. The motives for smoking later in life – habit, craving, loss of control and tolerance – are key elements of smoking dependence and appear to be more independent of personality traits.”

Smoking rates have been declining across the United States -- and with them, so have lung cancer rates, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Men have been abandoning cigarettes at a steady clip over the last decade, with corresponding drops in the lung cancer rates -- 1.4% from 1999 to 2005, and 2.9% from 2005 to 2008.

The West led the charge, with a decline of 3.9% in men's lung cancer incidence from 2006 to 2008.

"Many of the states with the lowest lung cancer incidence, as well as smoking prevalence, were clustered in the West," thereport said.

Women's lung cancer rates had actually been on the rise, by 0.5%, from 1999 to 2006, before decreasing by 2.2% from 2006 to 2008. Though, to be fair, even though lung cancer rates are dropping faster in men, the disease affects far fewer women (per 100,000 people) to begin with.

Women quit in higher rates in the West and Northeast, but, according to the report, "Nearly half the states with higher smoking prevalence for women and more than a third of states with higher lung cancer incidence are in the South."  

The CDC points to strong smoking cessation efforts as part of the reason both smoking rates and lung cancer rates have gone down.

"States that invest more fully in these programs, such as California, have experienced decreases in youth and adult smoking prevalence, decreases in lung cancer, and significant health-care savings," according to commentary accompanying the numbers.

Even though lung cancer rates are going down, it's still thecancer pantheon's most effective killer in the nation, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you or a loved one are trying to quit smoking, the first step is making a plan to do so. 



Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 15, 2011

Don't forget to get your Flu Shot NOW! And if you haven't had a Pneumonia Vaccination in the last 5 years get one of those too! The sooner the better!

Did you know that smoking in your home can kill your indoor pets? Dogs, cats and birds have shown to be affected. Research from Colorado State University has found that secondhand tobacco smoke has a clear effect on dogs and their chance of disease. One study shows that the more members of a household who smoke, the higher their dogs’ risk of developing certain kinds of cancer. It’s such a direct connection that dogs with long noses are at an even greater risk of developing certain nasal and sinus cancer, as they expose more tissue to the carcinogens when they inhale. Short and medium-nosed dogs are more susceptible to lung cancer, as the carcinogens more quickly pass the nose and settle in the lungs.


Likewise, a study done at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine found that cats exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased chance of developing a type of oral cancer that smoker’s often fall victim to–squamous cell carcinoma. It is suspected that because of the grooming behavior of cats, they expose the mucous membranes of their mouth to the cancer-causing chemicals. Cats living with smokers are also twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma, a cancer that occurs in the lymph nodes and that is fatal to three out of four cats within 12 months of developing it.


Anyone with a pet bird knows to avoid using Teflon-coated pans because of birds’ sensitive respiratory systems–so it’s no surprise that birds are also at risk for lung cancer, as well as pneumonia, from secondhand smoke.


Of the 5,000 chemicals identified in tobacco smoke, public health authorities have classified between 45 and 70 of those chemicals (including carcinogens, irritants and other toxins) as potentially causing the harmful effects of tobacco use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 126 million Americans who don’t smoke are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, vehicles, workplaces, and public places. This exposure causes thousands of lung cancer and heart disease deaths among nonsmokers every year, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency. Now, we can add pets to this sad set of statistics.


Read more: pets.html#ixzz1Y2IjzasF


Back from the gym

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 12, 2011

....and feeling SUPER! So today is Monday, huh? (And a full moon!) But the GOOD NEWS is I can DECIDE my ATTITUDE! It's not something imposed on me by the World or circumstances. I CHOOSE! So let me think a minute...... I can moan and groan about how tired I am and Oh well, it's Monday OR I can live life to the fullest Smoke FREE and loving it because I FEEL GOOD! Not much to think about, now is there? I'm alive and breathing pretty good today! I think I'll spend the day being Grateful for what I have! Meanwhile....


I, Thomas, pledge to each and every one of you, my fellow EXers, and most importantly, to myself, that just for Today NO MATTER WHAT I will not take so much as one little puff under any circumstances for any reason.!!! NOPE!

Do you remember 9/21/2001? I do! Stores were sold out of American Flags! Flags were at every Door step. in every window. hanging from every car! Nobody asked are you Conservative or Liberal - WE ARE AMERICANS!!! And we were attacked on our Homeland! We all became more vigilant - we all cared about our fellow citizen! Let's get that spirit back this Weekend! Remember that be it New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, or Emporia, Kansas - we all live in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA! 


I want to remind everybody to pray not just for the surviving family members of the dead, and for the survivors who somehow escaped those buildings but also for the First Responders who courageously ran into those buildings and many of whom now have Lung Disease!


Overall, the proportion of firefighters with below-normal lung function went from 3 percent before the attacks to 18 percent after. Eight years later that number stabilized at 13 percent.


These folks are dying from the consequences of that fatal day! And First Responders are not even invited to the ceremonies tomorrow! But I willl remember each of them in my prayers and I ask my fellow EXers to do the same!


Social Outcast!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 10, 2011

When smokers light up they usually are forced to do so far from human contact. And now the obvious is confirmed: Many Americans hold people who still smoke in lower regard.




One in four people say they respect a person less when he or she smokes, according to a recent Gallup poll, vs. 14% in the 1990s. Former smokers aren't more empathetic; even among current smokers, 5% have less respect for tobacco users.

The good news: A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week says that, among daily smokers, the percentage who smoke 30 or more cigarettes a day dropped to 8% in 2010 (down from 13% in 2005). And today there are more tools, free advice and greater understanding of how tough it is to quit.

Despite this social marginalization — layered atop a barrage of anti-smoking ads, restrictive legislation, soaring per-pack prices, heightened pressure from employers, doctors and insurers, and the ban of smoking on 500 college campuses — 19.3% of the U.S. population still smokes.


"Just because someone has already failed once, twice or more doesn't mean they can't be successful the next time. We know that now," says Patrick Reynolds, who in 1989 started the non-profit Foundation for a Smokefree America. "Failed attempts are part of the normal journey toward becoming a non-smoker." Reynolds is the grandson of cigarette company founder R.J Reynolds and a former smoker who's spent more than two decades taking the tobacco companies to task, amassing information about the ill effects of smoking, connecting with the best scientific experts, speaking to audiences worldwide — especially school kids — and sharing much of his accumulated knowledge on his website,

                 "Most people who still smoke feel shame more than anything," he says.

Although within the ranks of smokers there are some who are outspoken, even aggressive about their right to smoke — the internet is filled with smokers' rights groups and blogs, and simmering emotion regularly erupts when smokers and nonsmokers share public turf like parks and sidewalks — Reynolds believes proud rigidity among 

Towson, Md., clinical psychologist Marc Lipton says 30%-35% of his quit-smoking clients — people who are highly motivated yet repeatedly unsuccessful —"have untreated anxiety and depression," and smoking can't be addressed until those issues are. But once they are, success is more likely.

Success or failure is impacted by "overlapping variables," including genetics ("some people can smoke two or three cigarettes a week their whole lives and never increase their numbers, others escalate rapidly to three packs a day") and motivation level, he says.

Lipton, a former heavy smoker who quit when his dad died of smoking-related cancer "nine hours and 20 minutes before he would have retired," says long-term smokers "who found it relatively easier have already had success" — now it's the tougher cases who consider quitting.

Most anti-smoking campaigns give special attention to young people, hoping to dissuade them before they develop a habit and addiction that requires traveling the hard road of quitting later on. Reynolds says one of his most effective techniques is to remind young people of today's truth. "Why would you take up a habit," Reynolds asks them, "that is guaranteed to make you a social outcast?"

Is that who we are and more important, is that who we wish to be? Or do we wish to extend the hand of friendship and encouragement to our fellow addicts?

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly
endless. - Mother Teresa


One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of
impatience may ruin a whole life. - Chinese Proverb

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence
of our friends.  - Martin Luther King Jr.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind
word, a  listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act
of caring, all  of which have the potential to turn a life  around.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that
is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has
nothing  to eat. - Mother Teresa

If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen  of
the world, and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands,
but  a continent that joins them.   Francis  Bacon

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is  what
makes it permanent.      Marilyn vos Savant  1946-NA

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you  never
take any chances.     Julia Sorel  1926-

Our fears are  more numerous than our dangers,
and we suffer more in our imagination than  in reality.

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.Henry  Ford

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself  Nietzsche

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins  to
blame someone else.   John  Burroughs

There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it,
perhaps,  for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle
for less.  Kurt Hahn

Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead
of  hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre
of a  character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation
represents a new  fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and
weathered in the right spirit  makes a soul nobler and stronger than
it was before.  James  Buckham


Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out  our
courage and strength.   Anonymous


The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing.  They
believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability  to
correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.

--  Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529) Chinese  Philosopher

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are,
for what we could become. - Charles Du Bos

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every
 time we fall. - Nelson Mandela

You can't change the past,  But  you can ruin the present
By worrying over the future  !

"Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing
great or small, large or petty.
"Never give in except to convictions of  honor and good sense."Winston

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures  for
long-term values.   Joshua L.  Liebman


If I were to say "Oh no you don't! You just think you do", you would never believe me because you're still thinking with your Addictive Mind! So let's just say for the sake of argument that you really truely enjoy your sickerette! Please tell me one other pleasure you have that you are so enthralled in that you will literally suffer and die for it! THAT is how much you enjoy smoking? Really?  Here's a reality check that I read about yesterday - ONE IN FOUR US citizens will have COPD sometime during their lifetime! Guess who they are for the most part! You and ME! Yes, I have COPD already! But at least I know about it! Did you know that HALF of the people with COPD don't even know that they have it? So am I unlucky that I have COPD or am I lucky to know that I have COPD?  


So just what is COPD? Huh? Don't you take your Spiriva or Advair and go traipsing around with the Grandkids? Absolutely not that glamorous! COPD is Chronic, Progressive, and Incurable! It is a combination of Asthma, Bronchitis, and Emphysema. You can't breathe right EVER!Ever get winded going up a flight of stairs? Try living that way for the rest of your life! Ever wake up with a smokers' cough? Try waking up every single day with the cough years after you quit smoking! Now combine the two! Here's another way to experience COPD when you don't have it: take a breath in and without exhaling count to 3 and take another breath in. Now do it again! You see, emphysema means you can inhale but you can't exhale! So what do you exhale? That's right, CO2!!!! I can't do that as well as you can! Nice, huh? 


1% will be in those aged 40-49, 21% in those aged 50-59, 25% in those aged 60-69, and 42% in those aged over 70.

Datamonitor estimates that in 2010, the majority of COPD cases in the seven major markets (the US, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) were mild cases. Approximately 54% of cases were mild, 38% were moderate, and 8% were severe or very severe.

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So you enjoy smoking THAT MUCH?!?!? I used to think that sickerettes relaxed me! Do you ever think that? Believe me, they don't relax me any more! Are you going to follow in my footsteps and quit only when you HAVE TO or are you going to make a commitment NOW before you have COPD and be a heck of a lot smarter than me? RELAX? With meds and oxygen and doctor's appointments and vaccinations and exacerbations, and disability, and a million other things that MUST change to accomodate my illness? RELAX when I had to tell my Wife and Kids what I'd done to myself in the name of PLEASURE and RELAXATION? Seriously? Can you see the contrast - the disconnect between my Addictive Mind and REALITY???  Get Smart! QUIT SMOKING for LIFE!!!!

Ever since the link between smoking and lung cancer was established more than 50 years ago, the tobacco industry has displayed extraordinary tenacity when it comes to denying the scientific evidence showing that smoking kills. In 1952, British scientist Richard Doll, working with his mentor Professor Bradford Hill, compiled a seminal study published in the British Medical Journal that established a "real association between carcinoma of the lung and smoking". Over the next few years and decades, the evidence became stronger, but just as soon as this evidence began to emerge, Big Tobacco quickly launched a damage-limitation exercise. As early as 1953, the tobacco industry sought to spread disinformation to counter medical evidence. Tobacco companies hired New York public relations company Hill & Knowlton to "get the industry out of this hole", as industry documents released four decades later as part of legal processes revealed. "We have one essential job - which can be simply said: Stop public panic ... There is only one problem - confidence, and how to establish it; public assurance, and how to create it," one Hill & Knowlton paper said. "And, most important, how to free millions of Americans from the guilty fear that is going to arise deep in their biological depths - regardless of any pooh-poohing logic - every time they light a cigarette." In Britain, British American Tobacco (BAT) even invented a secret code word for lung cancer that was to be used in its internal memos. The "C" word was to be substituted by Zephyr. As one BAT memo written in 1957 stated: "As a result of several statistical surveys, the idea has arisen that there is a causal relationship between Zephyr and tobacco smoking, particularly cigarette smoking." Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, tobacco companies were brazen in their denials despite the mounting scientific evidence linking smoking with a range of cancers. "None of the things which have been found in tobacco smoke are at concentrations which can be considered harmful," said a 1976 Philip Morris document. "Anything can be considered harmful. Apple sauce is harmful if you get too much of it." During the 1980s, behind closed doors, there were doubts about whether the denialist charade could be maintained much longer. "The company's position on causation is simply not believed by the overwhelming majority of independent observers, scientist and doctors," said one internal BAT document. And then in the 1990s came another bombshell. Second-hand smoke inhaled by "passive smoking" was linked with ill-health and there were calls to introduce smoking bans. In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency produced a report on "environmental tobacco smoke" and concluded that it is a cancer-causing substance. In Britain, a 1998 report of the Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health stated: "Passive smoking is a cause of lung cancer and childhood respiratory disease. There is also evidence that passive smoking is a cause of ischaemic heart disease and cot death, middle-ear disease and asthmatic attacks in children." Despite the evidence, tobacco companies refused to accept the conclusions. Philip Morris, the world's biggest cigarette company, began a campaign to undermine the scientific case against second-hand smoke, highlighting what it labelled "junk science". Its strategy was best summed up in a letter written in 1993 by Ellen Merlo, senior vice-president of corporate affairs, to the chief executive. "It is our objective to prevent states and cities, as well as businesses, from passive-smoking bans," she wrote. Many tobacco companies have accepted that smoking causes lung cancer, but refuse to admit that passive smoking can cause disease in non-smokers. But having lost the debate over smoke-free offices and public spaces, the industry is turning its sights against the possible introduction of plain packaging. Their fight against these proposals is based on undermining scientific evidence that plain packaging can reduce the number of children and young adults who take up smoking. They seek to discredit the research, a tactic they have used for more than 50 years of scientific denialism.

My Daily Pledge

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Sep 3, 2011
I, Thomas, pledge to not take even so much as one little puff EVER starting with TODAY! I will RESPECT myself enough to HONOR this decision NO MATTER WHAT! I also pledge that I will NEVER EVER FORGET the he!! that I went through to get here! Have a Great Holiday Weekend and Folks, PROTECT YOUR QUIT as if your LIFE depends on it, because IT DOES!
Last week at Northridge Middle School, the sixth grade students in Mr. Kyle’s and Mrs. Sowers classes had the opportunity to learn about Towards No Tobacco Use for three days. During those three days students hear and see first hand the health consequences of smoking. On the first day, there is a DVD, and a general discussion about tobacco products. At the end of the first day, students are assigned a writing assignment for a grade. Here is what ShyAnn Vogler wrote Aug. 22. Dear Loved One, I am writing you to let you know how much you mean to me. You are the person that I am closest to in the whole world, and without you I would be completely lost. You are always there to make sure I’m OK, and to keep me safe, so in this letter I am trying to return the favor. You may not know this, but using tobacco is very dangerous. You are a smoker, and with that come several health risks. Smoking can cause lung cancer, premature aging, heart disease and increase your risk for stroke. Smoking also harms all those who are around you, because several thousand people per year die from second hand smoke. Smoking takes away your stamina and causes you to be more tired and drained of energy. It also makes your teeth and skin look awful, and it plain stinks! Tobacco companies make smoking look cool. They try to make people believe that smoking makes you have more friends and that you will have a happier life. They try to make you believe that if you don’t smoke, then you will not have a good life. In actuality, smoking is not cool at all. Visit the cancer ward at the hospital, and I am sure there will be a couple of people there to tell you how not cool smoking is. It is a gross and nasty habit. I am here to tell you straight up that I do not like that you smoke. I think you are a much classier person than that and that you care more about yourself and others to smoke. Smoking is a horrible habit that destroys families, and I do not agree with it. I am asking you, begging you to please stop smoking. Don't you want to see me graduate? Don't you want to see me get married and have children? Do you want me to get sick from your second hand smoke? Do you like that smell of smoke on you? Please consider all that I have explained to you. I know that if you really look at it, you will make the right choice. Love, ShyAnn Vogler 6th Grade Northridge Middle School A letter like that speaks for itself. Thanks to all the sixth graders at Northridge Middle School who participated in Towards No Tobacco Use last week. For more information on how to QUIT visit,

Many workplaces and households ban smoking and, for some women, the effects extend beyond their office building or family home. A new study finds that women smokers who live and work where bans are enforced, even those who did not make explicit plans to quit, are more likely to attempt quitting. The difference is the “spur-of-the-moment” factor. Most people who want to quit smoking make a plan. They choose a day they will stop and they might stock up on nicotine gum or chewing gum or throw out all their ashtrays, for example. They might also keep telling themselves that they intend to quit someday. Even if they never act on that intention, it is there. In other cases, the person decides to stop smoking without having planned or consciously created an intention to quit in advance The new study uses data from a national survey of 7,610 women who work outside the home, 81 percent of whom said they smoked daily. Twenty percent of women with home and work smoking bans said they intended to quit smoking, compared with 14 percent of those with work bans only, 20 percent with home bans only and 14 percent with smoking bans in neither place. Yet, even women who said they had no intentions of quitting still made spontaneous attempts to quit, the study found, and a home ban appeared to have a slightly larger effect than a work ban. Thirty-four percent of women who had no prior intention of quitting but who had a ban only at home said they had attempted to quit, compared with 33 percent with bans at home and work and 25 percent with no bans. “This is good news because smoke-free policies in the home may have an effect on increasing quit attempts regardless of motivation to quit,” said Allison Rose, lead study author, who works with SAIC-Frederick as a contractor to the National Cancer Institute. The study appears in the September-October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Only 29 percent of women surveyed reported that their home and workplaces banned smoking completely, but this varied with socioeconomic factors. Smoking bans were in both places for 17 percent of women with less than a high school education, 21 percent of those making less than $25,000 a year and 17 percent of African-American women. The main goal of smoking bans is to keep people from harm from secondhand smoke, said Bill Blatt, director of tobacco programs at the American Lung Association. Getting smokers to stop smoking is an added benefit of the bans, he added. It is not surprising that home bans are associated with more quit attempts because both are personal or family decisions, compared to workplace bans that an employee might have no control over, Blatt said. Someone who creates a home smoking ban usually is going to follow through on it, he said. “Yet, less than one-third of our population of working women smokers reported that they work and live in smoke-free environments,” Rose said. “This suggests we have a lot more work to do to make sure that all women have full protection from secondhand smoke at both work and home.” 

More children and young adults in the US are having strokes - with unhealthy lifestyles being a likely cause, scientists have said. Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysed hospital data on up to eight million patients a year between 1995 and 2008. In Annals of Neurology, they say stroke rates in five to 44-year-olds rose by about a third in under 10 years. The rate of ischemic stroke increased by 31% in five to 14-year-olds, from 3.2 strokes per 10,000 hospital cases to 4.2 per 10,000. There were increases of 30% for people aged 15 to 34 and 37% in patients between the ages of 35 and 44. In all age groups the increase was greater in men than in women. Figures for haemorrhagic stroke showed decreases in age groups except the five to 14-year-olds, but the researchers said: "The increase in ischemic stroke far outweighs the decreases." The report said the prevalence of hypertension, obesity and tobacco use had increased in stroke patients. "We know that high blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke, along with other factors such as obesity, diabetes, poor diet and smoking. "This research emphasises the need for people to be aware that stroke can affect younger people, and for all of us, regardless of our age, to check our blood pressure and adopt a healthy lifestyle."
Little-known signs of lung cancer 1. Persistent cough or hoarseness 2. Deep chest pain when you cough or laugh 3. Shortness of breath or wheezing 4. Reddened, rust-colored, or bloody phlegm 5. Getting recurrent infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis 6. Thickened, painful fingertips (caused by abnormal bone growth) 7. Weight loss or lack of appetite 8. Abnormal breast growth in men 9. Mood swings, depression, or lethargy in someone who hasn’t been depressed before 10. Sudden onset of irritability, aggression, and temper; could be characterized as “everything gets to him.” Many of these symptoms sound vague, or could indicate a number of other conditions or other cancers. But trust your gut; if you or someone you love is feeling or behaving in a way that’s out of character, see the doctor about it. In the case of lung cancer, this is particularly important for anyone with a history of smoking. Read more:
I added Smoking to Google News and every darn time I open it up there's more and more evidence of the damage that smoking does to the smoker, everybody around him/her, their pets, your home, your car, the environment..... it just goes on and on!!!! Just today, for example: Smoking May Raise Disease Risk by Increasing Hormones Study Shows Link Between Smoking and Increase in Male and Female Hormones in Women Smoking, oxygen prove fatal combo Smoking Harder on Women's Arteries Than Men's, Scans Show Smoking implicated in half of female bladder cancers Moms' smoking tied to psychiatric meds: study Snus 'worse than smoking' for infant apnea Colin Farrell wrote break-up letter to cigarettes It just goes on and on! Everything from SIDS to asthma to birds eating cig filters - there's no limit it seems! Reading about 2nd hand and 3rd hand smoke is enough to give me the chills - because I know I'm guilty!!!! I'm guilty of ignorance - not for myself - but of my loved ones! So my new slogan is KNOW YOUR ENEMY! Be it e-cigs, water pipes, Snu, nicotine candy, the enemy is vast and makes me a preacher. I know! But if you doubt the vastness of the issue, sign up for smoking in google news for awhile and find out for yourself! One thing I KNOW for sure! If this were my last day on the planet - nothing and nobody could make me smoke NO MATTER WHAT! N.O.P.E.!

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