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To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate
the  beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.T. S. Eliott

 

Some of you may think that I've been morbid, lately and thuth be told, most likely I am. Many, many of my Best Friends are clinging to life! I just let go of another Fella who had COPD and is now breathing free with Our Lord! Praise Be to God! This Gentleman was only 76. Funny how when I was 20, I thought 76 was ancient! But now that I'm 52, my perspective has changed! Anyway, his name is Jim and he was a tall man at 6 feet plus a bit but only weighed 90 some lbs. That's one of the consequences of Emphysema! He had been battling courageously for decades and finally, came to the end of his endurance. Watching him, I saw myself! Then there's JoJo, who we all love and adore, giving her all for her "lucky lungs", and Our Friend Laura who has been unconscious in ICU for a Month now. There's my Friend, Jessica, only 25 years old, a young Mother, who has severe bullous emphysema and never smoked! And my Friend Zahc who is totally isolated and really doesn't understand why he's alive. I could go on and on....

 

Today, I'm about to go in to the hospital for a battery of tests that will clearly map out my status with COPD. I'm scared! I know the tests are only telling me where I'm already at but some things are just plain hard to know! So I wish to ask for your prayers, to help me to accept God's will for me! We are all in His Hands, anyway! And I ask that if you are new here, that you stop and think about this - Life is precious! You are precious to your Family and to your Community (including, especially US!) and to your Creator! Cherish your Health! Do your part today and LIVE Smoke FREE! Take a deep breath and say, Thank You for the Gift of LIFE! PLEASE!

Just curious.... how much life expectancy can you and I gain by becoming EXes? Of course, nobody can generalize their life which is in Our Creator's hands but statistics do give us some idea....

From the European Code of Cancer Statistics:

"Tobacco can kill in over twenty different ways including causes such as lung cancer and other forms of cancer, heart disease, strokes and chronic bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. Smokers have three times the death rate in middle-age (between the ages of 35 and 69) than non-smokers and about half of regular cigarette smokers will eventually die from their habit.

Many of these are not particularly heavy smokers but they can be characterised by starting smoking in their teenage years. Half of the deaths from tobacco will take place in middle age (35-69) and each will lose approximately 20-25 years of non-smokers life expectancy: the remaining half of the deaths will take place after the age of 70.

Life Expectancy in the U.S. is 75.4 years for Males and 80.4 years for Females.  I'm 53 years old. How old are you? Don't you think it's past time to get serious about your quit and realize: 

Protect your QUIT as if your LIFE depends on it - because IT DOES!

 Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. This Saturday is World Stroke Day. Did you know there are things you can do right now to reduce your risk of stroke?

The government calls it the ABCS – 

      
  • A is for aspirin. Fewer than half of Americans who should be taking an aspirin a day are taking one.
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  • B is for blood pressure control. Fewer than half of Americans with high blood pressure have it under control.
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  • C is for cholesterol. Only one in three Americans with high cholesterol is effectively treated.
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  • S is for smoking cessation. Less than a quarter of Americans who smoke get help to quit when they see their doctor.

Stroke can cause death or significant disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control. New treatments can reduce stroke damage if patients react quickly at the onset of the symptoms.

Symptoms of stroke include, sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

 Landmark public health campaign DRIVE4COPD today kicked off a high-profile social media competition led by DRIVE4COPD Celebrity Ambassadors* Danica Patrick and Patty Loveless to see who can get the most people screened for risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during the two weeks leading up to the Great American Screen Off on November 4, 2011.

To view the multimedia content associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/52699-drive4copd-great-american-screen-off/

 

  

In the two-week, head-to-head social media contest, Go Daddy and NASCAR Nationwide Series(TM) and IndyCar Driver, Danica Patrick, is teaming with NASCAR® to take on Grammy Award-winning country music star Patty Loveless and the Country Music Association (CMA). CMA is a DRIVE4COPD partnering organization and DRIVE4COPD is the Official Health Initiative of NASCAR. Using Twitter, e-mails to fans, Facebook and other tools at their fingertips, each team will encourage their fans and followers to take the screener, share it with loved ones, and educate others about COPD, which affects an estimated 24 million Americans.

  

"Last year the Great American Screen Off took on four cities to see where we could get the most people screened. This year we're going further and taking it nationwide to help find the millions who may be at risk for COPD and don't know it," said Patrick, whose grandmother suffered from COPD. "My friendly competition with Patty is about making a difference and motivating people to take that first step to find out if they may be at risk, and it can be done right in the privacy of their own home."

  

COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. It kills more people in the United States each year than breast cancer and diabetes combined, and is the only major leading cause of death that is on the rise; yet as many as half of those who may have the disease remain undiagnosed. People age 35+ are encouraged to log onto DRIVE4COPD.COM to take a five-question screener to determine their risk for this progressive disease and share the results with their healthcare professional.

  

The Great American Screen Off

  

The social media competition is part of a series of activities taking place to heighten awareness of COPD, individual risk and the burden on our nation. The competition will culminate on November 4, 2011, the official date of the Second Annual Great American Screen Off, which is believed to be the largest single day dedicated to screening for risk and raising awareness of COPD.

  

On this one-day wake-up call to inform the public about the importance of early COPD screening and detection, the DRIVE4COPD partnering organizations are encouraging all Americans to wear the color orange - the new official color of COPD - to remind others to be screened and to help heighten awareness. On this day, men and women aged 35 or older are encouraged to join the more than 2 million Americans already screened to see if they may be at risk for COPD.

  

 

  

"Orange was officially named the color of COPD awareness at a Washington, D.C. Congressional Briefing earlier this month," said Patrick. "Together with the U.S. COPD Coalition (USCC) we encouraged policymakers, healthcare professionals, organizations and the general public to get involved in the movement and encourage their constituents to get involved in the second annual Great American Screen Off."

  

Partnering organizations and retailers across the country are supporting the movement with local activities. Throughout the month of November, DRIVE4COPD will work with pharmacies across the country to incorporate the screener into their wellness clinics and flu shot programs. Respiratory therapist members of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) are adopting organizations across the country to bring COPD education and screening to their employees, customers and members.

A simple blood test may be capable of identifying smokers who are at the greatest risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

The findings could have important implications, as smoking is known to be one of the leading contributors to the development of heart disease, the top cause of death in the U.S. Despite significant efforts in recent years to get people to quit, one in five adults still use tobacco.

For the study, a team of researchers from the UT Southwest Medical Center administered blood tests to smokers. The results showed that those who had heart disease had substantially higher levels of a protein called pulmonary surfactant.

"We now are close to having a blood test to help measure the smoking-related effects that contribute to atherosclerotic heart disease," said lead researcher Anand Rohatgi. "Smoking is one of the biggest contributors to the development of heart disease."

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month and to honor the awareness campaign, shine.yahoo.com, the leading website for women's lifestyle content, with nearly 30 million readers per month, takes a deeper look at user's attitudes on social smoking. A survey of more than 1,000 Yahoo! users reveals interesting data about how people view social smoking, how social smoking affects relationships and dating decisions, and how users view the danger smoking presents to their health.

According to the shine.yahoo.com survey, 57% of men and 71% of women perceive smoking to be "very uncool." A sentiment widely shared across all gender and age groups.

Smoking is on the decline among younger participants, with 61% of respondent's ages 18-34 saying they have NEVER smoked.

Smoking could be hurting your love life:

-- Over one-half (58%) of women and most men (49%) said they would NOT date a smoker

-- Women are more likely to be secretive about smoking with 32% saying they never smoke around their significant other

 

Are we kidding ourselves about smoking?

-- Only 28% of smokers admit to being addicted and dependent on cigarettes

-- A majority (72%) of smokers across both genders and all age groups claim "I choose when I smoke and can go without at any time"

Social Smoking: I only smoke when I drink:

-- Social smoking is more prevalent amongst the younger generation with 41% of participants ages 18-34 saying they only smoke occasionally and typically only in a social setting

-- The reason behind social smoking for those ages 18-34 appears to be the belief that smoking "enhances" the drinking experience. 56% of those surveyed ages 18-34 said they smoke when drinking because "I like the extra buzz it gives me"

-- Social smokers appear to smoke in moderation, with 65% saying they consume 1 or 2 cigarettes while they are out

-- Women are slightly more prepared for social smoking with 36% saying they will actively buy cigarettes in advance of a social situation

-- Women are somewhat more likely than men to believe social smoking poses a risk to their health; 76% of women said that all smoking poses an equal risk to health compared to 42% of men

 

Men vs. Women - Barriers against full time smoking:

-- Health risks deter both men and women from full time smoking with 63% of men and 59% of women claiming concerns about the health risks as the top barrier against being a regular smoker

-- The cost of smoking is a secondary concern for men, with 50% of men saying that smoking is too expensive to be a full time habit

-- Women on the other hand claim the smell of cigarettes as the top secondary concern with 50% of women claiming smoking is gross and they do not want to smell like cigarettes

For those who struggle mightily with quitting smoking, the belief that "some people just can't quit" resonates with their broken confidence in their ability to quit. Emotional beliefs and cognitions crop up around the physical realities of addiction such as: "I can learn to keep this under control," or "I need this to cope with stress" or "I just can't quit." The biology of addiction and withdrawal and the psychological dynamics of smoking addiction conspire to undermine the smokers' self-confidence, which is a central component of long-term quitting success (1). The addiction itself destroys smokers' confidence that they can quit, good therapy rebuilds it so they can restore themselves to a smoke-free life.

Recently, the destructive notion that "some people just can't quit" has opened up a way to market controversial products such as electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to smokers desperate for a lifeline out of smoking. E-cigarettes are unregulated products (outside the scope of the FDA), with poor quality control and little unbiased research to guide consumers. E-cigarettes are essentially a new form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). They are now competing with the available forms of NRT by presenting themselves as a new kind of cigarette, and without going through all the usual product safety and effectiveness testing required by the FDA. This means they do not have to adhere to any quality control standards, except those imposed by the rough and tumble of the marketplace. So buyer beware.

When marketers capitalize on the unhelpful belief that it's impossible to quit, it reinforces addicted smokers' own broken confidence. Let's redouble our efforts instead to make available proven and safe methods which can inspire confidence in all of us.

Presidential candidate Herman Cain touts his 9-9-9 plan on the campaign trail, but his top adviser appears to be subtly suggesting a different slogan: ”Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.”

The Cain campaign released a quirky web video Monday night featuring Cain’s chief of staff  and campaign manager, Mark Block.

Block says in the ad, “We need you to get involved, because together we can do this. We can take this country back.” At the end of the spot, Block is shown taking a long drag from a cigarette and blowing smoke into the camera lens as Tea Party singer Krista Branch’s song “I Am America” provides the soundtrack.

There are numerous hidden costs associated with smoking that most people fail to consider. These costs are rarely examined when people talk about how much their smoking habit costs. Some of these costs arise due to higher payments associated with the risks of smoking while others result from a decrease in asset value due to smoking. All told, these hidden costs of smoking can increase the actual amount a smoker pays each year several times the cost of the cigarettes alone.

This site examines some of the costs of smoking that you may not have considered before. While your health should be the main reason to quit smoking, when you come to realize that you may be spending close to $10,000 a year because of your smoking habit, this may be one more motivating force to kick the habit:

Life Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of dieing at a younger age than non smokers and this risk is reflected in higher life insurance premium payments.

Health Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of medical problems than non smokers and this risk is reflected in their medical insurance premium payments.

Health Care: Since smokers frequently have more medical problems than non smokers, they must pay more to take care of these problems.

Medications: More medical problems for smokers usually results more prescription medicine taken by smokers than non smokers. 

Home Owner's Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of burning down their house than non smokers and this risk is reflected in higher home owner's insurance premium payments.

Value of the House: Smoking leaves a bad smell in a house thus decreasing the value to potential buyers.

Value of Your Possessions: Just as with the house, smoking leaves a bad smell to many of the items in your house thus decreasing their value.

Car Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of getting into a car accident than non smokers and this risk is reflected in their car insurance premium payments.

Car Resale Value: Smoking leaves a bad smell in a car thus decreasing the value to potential buyers or when traded-in for another car.

Earn Less Money: Studies have found that smokers earn between 4% to 11% less money than their non smoking counterparts. 

Less Social Security / Pension Benefits: Since smokers earn less than non smokers, they receive less overall social security and pensions benefits than non smokers. 

Cost of Cleaning: Whether its the inside of their home, the inside of their car or their clothes, smokers have to spend more to keep things clean. 

Dental Care: Smokers spend more on dental care and special dental products than non smokers.

Lost Interest: All the extra money that smokers must spend means that money can't be saved resulting in lost interest.

When you look beyond the cost of the pack of cigarettes and incorporate all the other monetary costs associated with smoking, you begin to see smoking is a huge drain on ones personal finances.

Black tea could help chronic smokers detox, experts at a daylong conference on the benefits of tea and its abilities to cure several maladies said here Wednesday.

‘Health and Longevity Through Chai: The Wonder Beverage’ was organised by the International Life Sciences Institute-India (ILSI-India) and supported by the Tea Board, the National Institute of Nutrition and the National Tea Research Foundation.

Scientists from around the world, who have been doing extensive research on tea and its medicinal properties, presented papers and took part in the discussions.

According to Koustubh Panda, head of Calcutta University's department of biotechnology and director of West Bengal Biotech Development Corporation (WBBDC), black tea can be a preventive measure for smokers who are at the risk of contracting emphysema, the fourth major killer disease around the world.

“Ninety percent of emphysema victims are cigarette smokers. The antioxidants in black tea prevent cigarette smoke induced oxidants of lung protein and thereby protects against emphysema,” said Panda.

“It can act as a saviour for those who lack the willpower to kick the butt. However, this research does not encourage people to take up smoking,” he added.

Another expert, Amar Misra, from the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, said a study conducted on patients who had suffered a stroke revealed that those who consumed five or more cups of tea daily were at a much lesser risk of suffering another attack.

Helping someone quit the behavior of smoking cigarettes every once in a while calls for tenacity and also commitment. To aid your teenager quit smoking, lead by example, stay away from cravings, encourage healthy activities, seek out medical assistance and aid constantly.

The modern teenager is subjected to numerous elements of life that are both terrifying and also frightening to a father or mother. Smoking is one of these, and in case you are concerned about your adolescent, listed here are ways you could aid her or him stop this kind of unhealthy behavior.

Lead through example

When it comes to handling troubled teens, you have to lead through example to make an effect. If you’d like your adolescent to avoid cigarette smoking, it doesn’t make sense to keep lighting up yourself right after each meal. In a bid to change your teenager’s lifestyle, you’ll need to be aggressive in implementing lifestyle changes that are wholesome and also beneficial. Become a role model for your kid because ultimately, regardless how rebellious they can be, as a parent you are the person they turn to.

Prevent temptations

One of the greatest approaches to stop your kid from smoking cigarettes is through removing the influences and also situations which could result in him or her lighting a cigarette. For example, limit her or his connections with people who’re more likely to influence him or her to smoke. Considering the fact that these are teens you are managing, you will need to discover a method to look out for your own child without having to be overbearing or even extremely controlling. Do this surreptitiously in case you’d like to avoid a full-blown adolescent rebellion.

Encourage healthy activities

There’s no doubt that introducing healthier activities to your teenager’s routine will assist to distract her or him from bad habits such as smoking cigarettes. Encourage your teen to take up sports activities, or plan family physical exercise trips together. Exercise is a sensible way to prevent your child from cigarette smoking since it releases a boost of endorphines that will keep your kid active and healthy and may prevent them from acquiring bad smoking habits. Becoming energetic in sporting activities can help your teenager concentrate on his well being and understand that there is a connection between his sports stamina and how many cigarettes he smokes daily. This can hopefully encourage him to drop the smoking habit.

Seek medical assistance

In case all else fails, you could think about taking your child to a medical practitioner to get a prescription to assist your teenager quit smoking. In most cases, a health care provider will recommend nicotine patches or nicotine gum to aid your child wean themselves off the smoking habit and deal with nicotine withdrawal.

Aid continually

When it comes to breaking a poor habit, a lot of effort, hard work and also initiative should be committed to the task. Slip ups and rebellion are sure to happen, and when the going starts getting tough, your kid might be more than tempted to give up. Being a parent or a individual who cares, you need to show your adolescent that no matter how bad the withdrawal signs or symptoms get, she or he has a person there to aid and also guide them through it.

When issues get tough, it’s valuable to keep in mind that we have all been teenagers before. Teenage rebellion stems from confusion and emotional distress, so a keen understanding may help soothe and iron out sticky situations should they arise.

Tripoli: Several cell phone images have shown that killed Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mutassim was allowed a last smoke before being killed by the rebels in Sirte. 

Mutassim was reportedly captured and killed the same day as his father in Libya. 

One of the images that spread through the social media show him smoking, while others show him drinking from a water bottle and resting with his hands on his head, ABC News reports. 

 

Even under these circumstances my answer would be N.O.P.E.! Now that's FREEDOM!

Thomas3.20.2010

Breathless

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 21, 2011

 Are you always stopping and resting because you're short of breath, wheezing or coughing? Do you find that you have trouble with simple, daily activities like climbing stairs, carrying groceries or gardening? If this sounds like you, your lungs could be trying to tell you something. You could be experiencing symptoms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe.

James Kiley, Ph.D., director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health, answers questions about COPD symptoms, risks and diagnosis.

Q. I haven't heard much about COPD, is it a common disease?

 

 

A: In COPD, sometimes referred to as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs are partially blocked, which makes it hard to breathe.

Some of the most common symptoms you may notice in yourself or others are frequent shortness of breath, chronic cough, wheezing and excessive phlegm production. Take a look at things you do every day - like going up and down the steps, walking to the mail box, or shopping. Are these things more difficult than they used to be because you find yourself having to catch your breath? This could be COPD and it's worth discussing with a health care provider.

Q. What are the most common causes of COPD?

 

 

A: Regardless of their smoking history, if someone is experiencing these symptoms, they should talk with their health care provider and ask to take a simple breathing test called spirometry. It is quick and easy and can be taken right there in the doctor's office. The earlier a person gets diagnosed with COPD and receives treatment, the better their chance to improve quality of life.

Q. My doctor has diagnosed me with COPD, how do I begin managing my symptoms?

 

 

 

A: You can find out more by visiting COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov. This educational website is part of the "COPD Learn More Breathe Better" awareness campaign from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. 

Several other large employers have begun charging higher premiums to employees who smoke, according to Mercer, a benefits consulting firm. Among the largest employers, about 28 percent vary their premiums based on tobacco use.

Mr. Rossiter defended the penalty for smokers, saying, “Tobacco users generally consume about 25 percent more health care services than nontobacco users.”

In its health care brochures, Wal-Mart told its employees that diseases caused by tobacco result in $96 billion in extra health care costs nationwide. And it noted that some other prominent companies, including Home Depot, Macy’s and PepsiCo, charge smokers more as part of their health plans.

Tammy Yancey, a $9.50-an-hour gas attendant at a Sam’s Club in Pinellas Park , Fla., complained that she would no longer be able to afford health insurance from the company. Ms. Yancey, a smoker, said her premiums would jump to $127.90 every two weeks — or $3,325 a year — up from $53.80 at present, when she earns $12,000 a year from her job.

“I won’t be able to afford the insurance,” she said. “And I really can’t go without insurance because I have a heart problem.”

 

I have a suggestion for Tammy! QUIT SMOKING! Why should the non-smoking coworkers lose their benefits because Tammy wants to smoke?  If she has heart problems I'm convinced that she's been told many times over to QUIT SMOKING! What about you and me? If we have health issues, we owe it to our Community, we owe it to our Families, but mostly, we owe it to ourselves to LIVE Smoke FREE!

And NO REGRETS! Had I decided to "cheat" or "slip" or "lapse" I would have had many, many regrets! Now, all I have is the JOY and PRIDE of Living Smoke FREE Abundantly as my Creator intends for me to LIVE! CELEBRATE LIFE! Celebrate your QUIT! Take a long deep breath and Thank Your Creator that you CAN breathe! Today is a gift - that's why we call it The Present!

When I "quit" in the past I made myself a promise - I won't sacrifice my lifestyle and friendships for my quit! I can have BOTH! And I can tell you that is EXactly what cost me my Quit!!!! My quit journey IS a Lifestyle Change! If I'm not willing to change my lifestyle and yes, the nature of my friendships, then I might as well just keep right on smoking! Hanging out with the smoking crowd on breaks, chumming around with my smoking neighbors on weekends - while they puff away - just doesn't work! It's not about snobbery! It's the reality of Second Hand Smoke! Besides the myriad dangers of Second Hand Smoke ( lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, COPD, etc,) being around smoke will physically trigger my addictive processes all over again! That's not a risk I am willing to take! This is a LIFESTYLE Change! You will be a very surprising person if you can hang ourt around smoke every day and not fall off the wagon! Yes, Peggy, You are incredible! If you were giving up Alcohol would you hang out in a bar every weekend? Of course not! We are ADDICTS, Folks! I want my Quit more than I want to feed myself deadly second hand smoke! This is FOR LIFE!

Thomas3.20.2010

After Tobacco!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 15, 2011

WASHINGTONOct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To coincide with a new book recently released by Columbia University Press titled, After Tobacco: What Would Happen if Americans Stopped Smoking?, public health experts will discuss what the nation might look like if and when smoking rates plummet to historic lows. Our panel of experts will consider the social and economic impact of reducing smoking rates and what it will take to reach current national public health goals.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101101/DC86294LOGO)

WHY: Over the last ten years, policymakers and public health advocates have taken great – and sometimes controversial – measures to help fight the tobacco epidemic that kills more than 400,000 people every year in the United States. Higher cigarette taxes, expanded clean air laws, smoking cessation and prevention campaigns and programs, new federal regulatory authority over tobacco as well as reduced harm products have potential consequences and benefits for all Americans. Until recently, no study has responded to these concerns by capturing the impact of tobacco control across the nation.

WHO:

      
  • Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
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  • Dr. Jed E. Rose, Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research, Duke University Medical Center
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  • Dr. David Levy, contributing author of After Tobacco and a Senior Scientist with Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
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  • Dr. Pebbles Fagan, Associate Professor and Program Director, Prevention and Control University of Hawaii Cancer Center
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  • Moderated by Dr. David Abrams, Executive Director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy®


WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 12:30 Noon to 2:00 P.M., ET 
Legacy 1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The panel will be available via webcast at www.legacyforhealth.org or www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=82819starting at 12:25 p.m. prior to program start.


Legacy is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Located in Washington, D.C., the national public health organization helps American live longer, healthier lives. Legacy develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use, especially among vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the toll of tobacco, through grants, technical assistance and training, partnerships, youth activism, and counter-marketing and grassroots marketing campaigns. The foundation's programs include truth®, a national youth smoking prevention campaign that has been cited as having contributed to significant declines in youth smoking; EX®, an innovative public health program designed to speak to smokers in their own language and change the way they approach quitting; and research initiatives exploring the causes, consequences and approaches to reducing tobacco use. The American Legacy Foundation was created as a result of the November 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) reached between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. Visit http://www.legacyforhealth.org/.

Thomas3.20.2010

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 15, 2011

Here's a few sites where you can read about Nicotine Addiction while you're waiting for some respon

http://www.whyquit.com
http://quitsmokingonline.com/
Allen Carr's book - "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download - http://joga.365.lt/Allen-Carr_Easy-Way-To-Stop- Smoking_Download-free-PDF-EBook

 

Enjoy your reading!

Thomas3.20.2010

DRIVE4COPD

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 13, 2011

Launched in February 2010, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals' DRIVE4COPD is an ongoing public health initiative aimed at helping people identify symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and take action.

“Creative, flawless execution, hits all the buttons,” one judge said of the initiative.

The campaign has been very successful. As of May 2011 nearly 1.43 million people had been screened; COPD awareness had increased to 87%; the rate of patients asking doctors about COPD had nearly doubled; unique website visitors topped 245,000; and 5,000 Ambassadors pledged to share a five-question COPD Population Screener.

“This well-known program continues to deliver the results,” said a second judge.

Biosector 2 did extensive target audience research before developing the campaign. The main strategy is to engage consumers online and “where they  live” offline—mostly at sporting and country-music events and state fairs. Partnerships with celebrities and organizations such as the AARC, Country Music Association, and COPD Alliance, have helped drive engagement.

Events included a “Race for the Missing Millions,” in which NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick, actor Jim Belushi, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner, country-music star Patty Loveless and former Pro Football great Michael Strahan toured 14 cities along four routes in RVs to spread the message and screen people. More than 45 “PitStop” events were held at NASCAR races, state fairs and other venues.

Other elements have included PSAs, which have garnered 812 million impressions; an employers/managed care rollout; a songwriting competition; a website (with the screener); and Facebook and Twitter outreach. Other results include 294.5 million media impressions (870+ placements); more than 4,000 Facebook likes; nearly 60,000 Twitter followers; and 10,600 YouTube views.

 

Learn about COPD early warning signs and when you go to your next physical, ask your Doctor for a Spirometry Test! Early Diagnosis is critical!

A Romanian dad is demanding custody of his daughter after his ex-wife taught the two-year-old to smoke, a report says.

She then uploaded the video onto the internet and admits that she has also taught the youngster to like coffee at their home in Bughea de Sus, in Arges, according to orangenews.com.

The couple reportedly spilt a year ago and the court ordered custody to Elena Ursu, 28, but that may now be reviewed if dad Gabriel Burulea, 30, gets his way.

Burulea said: "She wants to taunt me by showing me how she is treating our child, but I hope it will backfire and be what I need to win custody. Our daughter doesn't want milk - just coffee - and instead of sweets she wants cigarettes. It's terrible.

"When I am allowed to visit her I can see that she is so desperate for a cigarette that she even grabs the ends of cigarettes and puts them in her mouth. It's sick."

The video shows the girl smoking and her mother Elena Ursu, 28, encouraging her to do so.

Thomas3.20.2010

You WIN!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 13, 2011

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but
tomorrow is ours to win or to lose." 
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Become an EX for LIFE! N.O.P.E.!

If you smoke cigarettes, you have more in common with someone who has cystic fibrosis than you think. A new research report appearing online in theFASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) shows that smoking cigarettes affects the lungs in a way that is very similar to cystic fibrosis, a life threatening disease affecting the lungs and other organs.

In cystic fibrosis, improper movement of salt and water in the cells lining the lungs causes a thick and sticky mucus to form. Bacteria become trapped in this mucus and thrive, leading to life-threatening lung infections. The FASEB Journal study shows that smoking negatively affects the lungs in a similar way, leading to mucus that causes dry cough, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, among other problems.

"We hope this study will highlight the importance of airway hydration in terms of lung health and that it will help provide a road map for the development of novel therapies for the treatment of smoking-related lung disease," said Robert Tarran, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To make this discovery, Tarran and colleagues conducted multiple experiments both in humans and in laboratory-grown cells testing the effects of cigarette smoke on the function of a protein that helps the lungs stay hydrated, called "CFTR." They found that people exposed to cigarette smoke had a 60 percent decrease in CFTR activity, compared to those exposed only to clean air. They also exposed human lung cells to either air or cigarette smoke and the measured the level of liquid covering the lung cells. The cells exposed to cigarette smoke had much lower liquid levels, which remained low for at least two and a half hours. Additional studies showed that this was caused by cigarette smoke interfering with CFTR's function. Finally, the researchers found that the addition of hypertonic saline -- a treatment for cystic fibrosis -- to cells exposed to cigarette smoke caused the level of liquid above the cells to increase toward normal levels. The hypertonic saline treatment also increased mucus clearance.

"This novel finding suggests that treatments aimed at cystic fibrosis might also help people with caused smoking-related diseases - and vice versa," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, "But the bottom line remains: the most effective treatment for smoker's cough, or worse, is to quit smoking, now! "

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health have announced a joint, large-scale, national study of tobacco users to monitor and assess the behavioral and health impacts of new government tobacco regulations. The initiative, called the Tobacco Control Act National Longitudinal Study of Tobacco Users, is the first large-scale NIH/FDA collaboration on tobacco regulatory research since Congress granted FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

Scientific experts at NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse and the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products will coordinate the effort. "The launch of this study signals a major milestone in addressing one of the most significant public health burdens of the 21st century," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. "The results will strengthen FDA's ability to fulfill our mission to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America's past and will further guide us in targeting the most effective actions to decrease the huge toll of tobacco use on our nation's health."

Investigators will follow more than 40,000 users of tobacco-product and those at risk for tobacco use ages 12 and older. They will examine what makes people susceptible to tobacco use; evaluate use patterns and resulting health problems; study patterns of tobacco cessation and relapse in the era of tobacco regulation; evaluate the effects of regulatory changes on risk perceptions and other tobacco-related attitudes; and assess differences in attitudes, behaviors and key health outcomes in racial-ethnic, gender, and age subgroups.

More ... read or print:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=235723

Thomas3.20.2010

Craving!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 11, 2011

"Most of our obstacles would melt away
if, instead of cowering before them, 
we should make up our minds 
to walk boldly through them."
- Orison Swett Marden

Replace Obstacle with Cravings! Don't build cravings up in your mind that they are more than they are! They will be less powerful when you DECIDE to put them in context. Even the worst Craving only lasts 3-5 minutes - physically - but if you feed them with trepidation, then you are adding fuel to their power! you know they are physically real, especially in the first few days, but even then, you can minimize them in a number of practical ways:

-Drink Cranberry Juice - this is stabilize your blood sugar levels

-Cut your Caffeine in half - this will keep you from feeling wired and at the same time, keep you out of Caffeine Withdrawal

-Drink more Water than a Fish! - that will keep you hydrated

-Take long sloooow deep breaths - bring your breath down to your belly (Yogic Breathing) and exhale very slowly (at least a count of 4) 

-Exercise - keep those endorphins flowing

-Stay busy and FOCUS on some other activity - Acknowledge the craving but keep it in the background of your awareness

Walk boldly through your cravings, knowing that you are stronger, better, more powerful than a dead leaf wrapped up in paper and dipped in thousands of deadly poisons! You CAN do this!

Thomas3.20.2010

This is me!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 9, 2011

But I Won't Smoke Over It!

Thomas3.20.2010

Two Short Years!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 9, 2011

Compared to people who don’t smoke, smokers face twice the risk of stroke and they are likely to have that stroke nearly a decade sooner, a Canadian study finds.

But within two years of quitting smoking, the risk for stroke or heart disease drops to non-smoker levels, the researchers said.

“Stroke is preventable,” said Dr. Mike Sharma, deputy director of the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), in a CSN news release. “This study highlights the sizable role smoking has on stroke. Quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, following a healthy diet and being physically active significantly reduce the risk of stroke.”

In conducting the study, to be presented Monday at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Ottawa, researchers examined 982 stroke patients over roughly two years. The researchers found the average age of stroke victims who smoked was 58 — nine years younger than the average age of the non-smokers.

Smoking causes atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque inside the blood vessels, and increases the risk of blood clots. The study’s authors said smokers have double the risk of a stroke caused by a dislodged blood clot (ischemic stroke) and four times the risk of a stroke caused by a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) than people who don’t smoke.

“The information from this study provides yet another important piece of evidence about the significance of helping people stop smoking,” said study co-author Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, in the news release. “It also alerts the neurologycommunity to the importance of addressing smoking in stroke patients.”

The study also showed smoking increases the risk for complications from stroke and the likelihood of subsequent strokes. To prevent this from happening, the researchers said several initiatives are needed, including:

Limiting children’s access to tobacco

Curbing the use of illegal tobacco products

Monitoring prices for tobacco products

Systematically helping smokers quit

Establishing an integrated smoking cessation unit within the health community

“It is critical for governments to continue to wage the battle against tobacco industry products,” concluded Dr. Michael Hill, Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson, in the news release.

Thomas3.20.2010

Seize the Day!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 7, 2011

Have you been thinking, I know I should quit one of these days. I've been smoking for XX years and sooner or later it might catch up with me. But I LOVE Smoking! Through thick or thin, smoking has been there to help me relieve stress and to celebrate a job well done, to give me a break throughout my day, and to give me time to think. I've been in and out of relationships and jobs but I've been able to count on my smokes!We all think about quitting "some day!" But right now, my life is too busy,there's so much going on for me. Maybe later when things settle down!

 

Well, I'll tell you when things settle down - it's when they put you 6 feet under! Life goes on and there is no end to the "reasons" that an Addict can come up with for postponing their Quit! That's because your Addictive Mind a.k.a. Nico-Demon, knows that if I can just get to my next FIX then I can go from there to the FIX after that! In other words, "I'm a puff away from a Pack a Day!" Maybe you'll be like me and finally decide to Quit the Day the Doctor says COPD to you and maybe not, but I can tell you this - living with COPD is very stressful! Maybe you're saying, I'm only XX years old - I got plenty of time to smoke before I get COPD! You might be right and you might not - I just met a Young Lady online this morning who is 20 years old and has COPD! 

 

 

ONE CIGARETTE!

One cigarette changes your DNA setting you up for a whole range of Cancers! One cigarette makes your blood clot abnormally setiing you up for a stroke, one cigarette alters airway tissue at the cellular level laying the groundwork for airway thickening(COPD) and precipitating precancerous changes in cell proliferation. Facts daily are confirming more and more that a whole range of smoking-related illnesses don't care one bit how much you smoke or how old you are! EVERY smoker - and even those exposed to passive smoke - are risking their health in a multitude of ways! EVERY CIGARETTE! There is no such thing as a safe level of exposure to Smoking!

 

When do you Quit? How about TODAY? It will be a Life-affirming act that will give your body and your loved ones a chance to better the odds against smoking-related illness! And you will find that living Addiction FREE is a whole new world! Seize the DAY! TODAY is a GREAT DAY to LIVE Smoke FREE!

 

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. Seize the day, trust not  to the
morrow. - Horace

Every 13 seconds someone in the world dies of a smoking related illness.  That's a big responsibility that your company must live with each day.  Every year, 15,000 infants and children die from complications from second hand smoke.  Children have no choices because they are forced to be around adults that are in cars, enclosed rooms, in restaurants, etc... Second hand smoke is not filtered smoke and is worse than the smoker who is smoking a cigarette.  It DOES affect the people around you.  People addicted to smoking are literally killing themselves with each cigarette they smoke.  It DOES affect the people around them.  With the percentages being so high for smoking related deaths, I bet you know someone who has died from smoking.

 

When my Grandpa and Grandma were teenagers, smoking was advertised as the cool thing to do.  They got hooked from the nicotine in the cigarette and smoked for years.  Cigarette companies like yours even created catalogs you could buy things from with a coupon that came in the carton and on the box.  Cool people like James Dean would be shown smoking.  Now you advertise in teen magazines and make cigarettes look like XBOX symbols and things that would be attractive to kids.  You get people when they are young to keep your business alive.  Now my Grandpa has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.)  I promise you it doesn't look cool when my Grandpa is doing his breathing treatment because he can't breathe.

 

False and misleading advertising is immoral.  People are dying because you've led them to believe that smoking isn't going to hurt them.  All the research shows that your company is killing people. Please, if you aren't going to stop and caution people about the dangers of your product, at least tell the truth.  Own up to the fact that cigarettes kill thousands of people a year and you are making a profit from their sales.  At the very least, tell the truth on the packaging of your product.

THE INTERESTING history of smoking tells us a lot about man, about ourselves as a people, as a nation, and about human beings on planet Earth in general.

The original form of tobacco was native only to the Americas, which they started growing as early as 6000 BC, but it was in 1000 BC when people started chewing and smoking tobacco. The first recorded smoker in Europe was Rodrigo de Jerez in 1493 AD, a fellow explorer of Christopher Columbus, who enjoyed the New World version of the Cuban cigar. When de Jerez returned home and smoked in public, he was jailed for three years by the Spanish Inquisition, the first victim of the anti-smoking law at the time.

Obviously, the Spanish people then were much ahead of their time (more than 3000 plus years ahead of us today) in the campaign against the killer tobacco.

The most probable individuals who brought tobacco to England were Sir john Hawkins, first English slave trader (1532-1595), and Sir Francis Drake (1541-1596), the first sea captain to sail around the globe. Although he popularized tobacco in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) was mistakenly thought to have been the first one to introduce this substance to England. It was approximately in 1565 when the first shipment of tobacco reached England. Commercial production of tobacco in the United States started in the 17th century.

In his treatise, King James I (1566-1625) described the tobacco plants as “an invention of Satan.” In Russia, Michael Feodorovich (1596-1645), the first Romnov Czar “declared the use of tobacco a deadly sin in Russia and forbade possession for any purpose…usual punishment were slitting of the lips or a terrible and sometimes fatal flogging. … and in Turkey, Persia, and India, the death penalty was prescribed as a cure for the habit.”

In the 1600, “although banned by His Holiness Pope Clement VIII, who threatened anyone who smoked in a holy place with excommunication,” smoking continued to become popular.

More than 300 years later, in 1912, Dr. Isaac Adler observed a significant increase in lung cancers among smokers. Ten years later, “15 states in the USA had banned the sale, manufacture, possession, advertising, and/or use of cigarettes….In 1927, Kansas became the last state to repeal its ban,” after the tobacco companies used physicians in their advertisement to counteract the grave concerns over the health risks.

Today, it sounds absurd that the Journal of the American Medical Association allowed in 1933 Ligget & Myers tobacco company to advertise in this medical publication. That went on for the next two decades, proclaiming the health benefits of their brands. The last two companies to run Ads in the JAMA were Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds in 1953.

It was 48 years after the link between tobacco and lung cancer was noted by Dr. Adler that the “Journal of the American Medical Association, in 1950, published the results of the first major study of Dr. Morton Levin definitely linking smoking to lung cancer.”

Since 1918, American soldier’s daily rations included cigarettes, until it was stopped in 1975.

Surgeon General Luther L. Terry on January 11, 1964, “released the report of a national committee aided by more than 150 consultants that concluded cigarette smoking was responsible for a 70 percent increase in the mortality rate of smokers over nonsmokers.” Most of these were from cancer of the lung. At that time, more than 42 percent of Americans were smokers. In 2009, this has decreased to 21 percent (about 46 million), which is still 21 percent too many.

In 1987, the United States congress banned smoking on airline flights of less than 2 hours. On April 5, 2000, a law was passed in the United States banning smoking on all flights to and from the USA.

In 1998, 46 states accepted $206-billion settlement with cigarette companies over health costs for treating sick smokers. In 2000, punitive damages of about $145 billion against tobacco firms was awarded by a jury in a class action suit in Florida.

The family of smoking victim Jesse Williams was awarded $81 million in punitive damages by the jury in Portland, Oregon, against Philip Morris, but this was reduced by a judge to $32 million in 2002.

On March 31, 2003, New York City has banned smoking in all public places. Most of the states have now banned smoking in public places in one form or another. Many major cities around the world have followed suit.

Worldwide, a billion people will die from smoking this century, according to the World Health Organization.

“Smoking kills. It is that plain and simple. There is no more doubt today that tobacco (cigarette smoking) is the predominant cause of lung cancer, besides other malignancies and cardiovascular diseases that maim, kill men and women and hurt our society, especially our children. In the United States alone, almost half a million die each year from smoking-related illnesses. These are preventable deaths! Demographic studies have shown that smokers are about 10 times more prone to die premature deaths than non-smokers. This unnecessary loss of lives is at an immense direct cost for non-smokers in terms of increased health risks from passive smoking, in higher health insurance premiums and taxes, not to mention personal and family tragedies in all shapes and forms.”

As we have alluded to before, secondhand smoke is even more dangerous. Innocent bystanders are forced to inhale cigarette smoke at their workplaces or in public places, thus increasing their health risk. In one stick of cigarette, there are about 4000 chemicals and 200 of them cancerous. The Environmental Protection Agency engineers have shown that even the best available ventilation and air-moving equipment were unable to reduce carcinogenic (cancer-causing) air contamination to a safe level for a non-smoker sharing work space with a habitual smoker. Physical isolation of the tobacco addict is most essential as shown by these scientific studies.”

We have likewise stated in another article that smoking a puff or two, or inhaling secondhand smoke, will instantly, within minutes not years,

damage part of our DNA. It is, indeed, very scary, since news about non-smokers who developed lung cancer and died from it is very common.

But, as I have critically pointed out in the past,

designating a smoking section in a restaurant, casino, or of any public building is like providing a urinating area in a section of a swimming pool. A smoking area must be a separate building with a dedicated ventilation and exhaust system of its own.

To those who smoke, it is never too late to quit.

Giving up cigarettes is very tough but getting cancer is a lot tougher.

So what will you do instead?

Thomas3.20.2010

Stroke

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 3, 2011
  
   


  
  

In fact, the smokers were almost a decade younger when they were referred to the clinic for treatment — with an average age of 58, compared to an average age of 67 for non-smokers.

  

The researchers stumbled upon the findings in the midst of another study aimed at finding out whether medication would help people quit smoking.

  

The study involved 982 people treated at the centre between January 2009 and March 2011. They were at high risk for stroke after having a mini-stroke known as a transient ischemic attack, a suspected TIA or an actual stroke.

  

Of these, 718 were non-smokers and 264 were smokers.

  

"We started to look carefully at who these people were that were being referred to us who are at high risk for stroke, how old they were, whether they were men or women, where they came from, and that's what led to this surprise finding," said one of the principal investigators, Dr. Mike Sharma, a stroke neurologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

  

"We compared the characteristics of the smokers to the non-smokers, and much to our surprise, the smokers were having this disease about a decade younger than the non-smokers."

  

The findings were unveiled Monday as the Canadian Stroke Congress got underway in Ottawa.

  

It's an association study that doesn't show cause-and-effect, but Sharma said it is a way of translating the risk associated with smoking into something that people can relate to — time.

  

Smoking does a few things to blood vessels, he said. There is a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, and blood is stickier

When you smoke you have more blood cells and the proteins that clot the blood are increased. So you can imagine if you've got hard narrow blood vessels — thicker blood if you will — that you're much more likely to clog up a blood vessel and cause a stroke," he said in an interview before the conference.

"The other thing that we know about smoking is that even a single puff of smoke makes the arteries stiffer and shoots the blood pressure up."

Risk factors travel together, he noted.

"So that is to say that if you smoke, you may well be likelier to have high cholesterol or high blood pressure or exercise less."

On hearing about the findings, Dr. Felix Veloso, a neurologist in Regina, said he will relay them to his patients in an effort to help persuade them to stop smoking.

"I think what they've been talking about is first-hand smoke, the smoker, but I think that ... second-hand smoke is just as harmful, and spouses exposed to second-hand smoke have about two times the risk of having a stroke," he said.

He said the desire to stop smoking must come from the smoker himself.

"I see this in my practice all the time ... they don't have the will, they don't acknowledge that there's a problem, and that's where we have the difficulty."

"So we have to motivate the patient and I don't know how to do this, except maybe more education."

Among his own patients, Veloso said he sees that smokers suffer from stroke and heart problems and high blood pressure a lot earlier, and a lot worse, than non-smokers.

Sharma said smokers will often suggest quitting will "only make a small difference in my life and what my outcome is."

"In fact, what it looks like here is it can make a big difference. Ten years is a lot of time, when you think about it."

He said information like this might push a person from contemplating quitting to actually doing it.

Co-author Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute said quitting is worthwhile because within 18 months to two years the risk of stroke declines and is similar to that of non-smokers.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, more than 37,000 Canadians die prematurely each year because of tobacco use.

Dr. John Cole, a vascular neurologist at the University of Maryland and Baltimore VA Medical Center, said the Ottawa study provides more evidence that smoking seems to induce stroke at an earlier age.

"I think it calls again for more preventative efforts particularly in a very young population so you can maybe get them to never start smoking in the first place," he said.

Feeling the impact of a major stroke 10 years sooner is significant, he indicated.

"This population's also going to be suffering from those deficits that much longer; it's a major burden obviously on the patient, their family and health-care system in general."

  

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Tobacco has been in use since ancient times in different forms.  Smoking of tobacco has and is always a topic of debate owing to ills effects and systemic problems.  It is known that even second hand smoke is not good for your health and can even lead to genetic abnormalities.  It was compelling to read reports about tobacco leaves that can contain radioactive material. This radioactive material can lead to increase in cancer among people consuming this tobacco.

What do reports reveal about radioactive material in tobacco leaves?
The tobacco leaves used in making cigarettes contain radioactive material, particularly lead-210 and polonium-210. The radionuclide content of tobacco leaves depends heavily on soil conditions and fertilizer use. Soils that contain elevated radium, lead to high radon gas emanations, affecting the surrounding tobacco crop. Radon rapidly decays into a series of solid, highly radioactive metals (radon decay products). These metals cling to dust particles, which in turn are collected by the sticky tobacco leaves. The sticky compound that seeps from the trichomes is not water soluble, so the particles do not wash off in the rain.

The major source of the polonium is phosphate fertilizer,which is used in tobacco crop. The trichomes of the leaves concentrate the polonium when tobacco is dried and processed.


What is the impact of radioactive materials on health?
Research indicates that lead-210 and polonium-210 are present in tobacco smoke as it passes into the lung. The concentration of lead-210 and polonium-210 in tobacco leaf is relatively low, however, this low concentration can accumulate into very high concentrations in the lungs of smokers.

In a person smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes per day, the radiation dose to the bronchial epithelium in areas of bifurcation is 8000mrem per year — the equivalent of the dose to the skin from 300x-ray films of the chest per year.  This figure is comparable to total-body exposure to natural background radiation containing 80mrem per year in the person living in the normal area.

Hiding the presence of radioactive materials in the cigarettes by the manufacturers

S. Karagueuzian, an adjunct professor of cardiology, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA’s)..

Cardiovascular Research Laboratory, analyzed dozens of previously unexamined internal documents from theTobacco Industry that say tobacco companies developed “deep and intimate” knowledge about the cancer-causing potential of radioactive alpha particles in cigarette smoke, but deliberately kept it from the public for more than four decades. The researchers wrote a paper about their findings that was published online on 27 September in the peer-reviewed  journal Nicotine  & Tobacco Research.

 

The author asserted that the documents reveal that the industry was well aware of the presence of a radioactive substance in tobacco as early as 1959, they were deliberately hiding the facts for more that 5 decades.

The researchers examined the documents that came to light in 1998 as the result of a legal settlement, the landmark 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

It was further revealed that the industry was not only well aware of the potential ‘cancerous growth’ in the lungs of regular smokers, but also did quantitative radiobiological calculations to estimate the long-term lung radiation absorption dose of ionizing alpha particles emitted from cigarette smoke.

Alpha particles do not dissolve; they bind with resins in the cigarette smoke and instead of dispersing in the lung tissue, they get stuck and collect at the branching off points of the airways forming.

The information that cigarettes may be radiation hazards will have a considerable public health impact and it is important that the awareness regarding this is spread. It is surprising to see that cigarette manufacturers, constantly, fail to acknowledge their social responsibility and hide such important fact of radiation containing substances from public domain.

Thomas3.20.2010

TODAY!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 3, 2011

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

 

My Goal? Addiction FREE Living! Life is short - there's no better day to Live Smoke FREE than TODAY!