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"Doing Penguin"

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 28, 2015

It isn't regulated, so what's leading to more kids 'doing penguin?'


VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s a new concern for parents trying to keep their kids on the straight and narrow.


High school administrators in Spokane, Washington say students in at least one high school are mixing liquid nicotine with juice and drinking it to get high.


It’s the same liquid used in e-cigarettes.


On the streets, it’s called “doing penguin” and it can be it can be fatal, says BC Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall.


“It’s really quite dangerous, depending on the dose. Nicotine is a toxic poison so swallowing the amount of nicotine that’s present in two cigarettes could be a lethal dose, depending on your weight. So these kids aren’t swallowing cigarettes but they are certainly swallowing variable amounts of nicotine. And that can be poisonous.”


The US Centre for Disease Control says poison control centers across the country get 400 calls a month related to liquid nicotine. Many are accidental cases but there a growing number of kids are doing penguin.


Poison centers in Washington saw calls related to liquid nicotine jump from two in 2010 to 170 last year.


The Surrey School District hasn’t seen any cases of it here and neither has Kendall. But he cautions that even if it’s not lethal, it’s still very dangerous.


“If you had a serious overdose with a coma and breathing and respiratory failure, you could get brain damage and organ damage. You could, if you took an awful lot of an overdose but not enough to kill you, actually be left quite severely disabled.”


There’s also the fact that e-cigarette liquid nicotine is unregulated.


“The vaping liquid is not a regulated industry so you would have no idea basically as to how much nicotine is in the fluids you were drinking,” says Kendall.


He’s also not sure why “doing penguin” is so popular.


“I doubt that they get much of a high from it. You’d likely get toxic symptoms before you felt much else,” says Kendall.

When we  accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy  and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.

Arland  Gilbert

So many new names and also some folks returning! Yea! You are embarking on a tremendous adventure! You can see it as overwhelming or you can come prepared and look at it as the Greatest Adventure of your LIFE! This is the journey that brings you face to face with.....YOU! Your God - given Self has been in there the whole time, occasionally begging you to let him (or her) out! You've heard that Voice that gnaws away at you... "I really should quit smoking! I know this is bad for me!" Part of the launching of the Quit Journey is simply a matter of turning your focus toward that Voice and away from your Addictive Voice! Our addiction has literally driven grooves into our brain but it has never 100% been able to shut out the God - given Voice! Never! It has just drown it out with noise! You and I (like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) always had the ruby slippers! We just have to realize it that we do! "There's no place like home!", she says! Well, our Mantra goes something like this, "There's nobody like me!"


"There's nobody like me!" Turn the volume up! Listen to that Voice! All it wants is to get to the person you really can be because you have always been - you just didn't know it! Isn't that miraculous? But you also see what I mean about being tremendous, as well! Am I going to like me? YES, YOU ARE! You will learn to love that part of yourself that doesn't want or need to hide under a smoke cloud! 

So how do I turn the volume up? It seems like my addiction is screaming in my ear 24/7! It may seem that way but in reality that Nico-Voice is only lasting a few minutes during withdrawal and less and less each and every day that I live Smoke FREE! Have you heard that saying, "Don't Feed the Monster?" In other words, Keep them away from your face! Well, the opposite is true too, "Feed the God - given Voice!" That's why we insist that you READ, READ and READ some more! You will be feeding the Voice! That's also what Positive Affirmations do! They FEED the VOICE! I have collected Positive Affirmations literally for years - long before I began my Quit Journey. Aztec also collects and posts Positive Affirmations daily because she's nuturing your God -given Self! If you tune into yourself, you'll begin to notice when you are hungry for this kind of nourishment! Then you can go to Our Group, Positive Affirmations for SUCCESS any time day or night and replenish your FREEDOM LOVING God - given Self!

That Voice will be telling you why you want to stay clean! It will given all the reasons and motivation you need to Succeed! It will give you the strength you need when you're having a bad day or when you're having a good day but the Nico-Voice is too loud! Most important of all, feeding the Voice will create new grooves in your brain and eventually those grooves will be deeper and more natural than the nico-grooves! Your whole effort becomes easier! Your Miracle Happens!

That Voice will be telling you why you want to stay clean! It will given all the reasons and motivation you need to Succeed! It will give you the strength you need when you're having a bad day or when you're having a good day but the Nico-Voice is too loud! Most important of all, feeding the Voice will creat new grooves in your brain and eventually those grooves will be deeper and more natural than the nico-grooves! Your whole effort becomes easier! Your Miracle Happens!


This is EXciting!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 23, 2015

Scientists find brain circuitry that raises anxiety during nicotine withdrawal

A discovery about the brain may offer new hope to smokers finding it hard to quit. Scientists writing in the journal Nature Communications describe how they identified circuits in the brain that they believe are responsible for the anxiety that often accompanies nicotine withdrawal.

Senior author Andrew Tapper, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), says:

"Increased anxiety is a prominent nicotine withdrawal symptom that contributes to relapse in smokers attempting to quit."

He and his colleagues found circuitry in the brain that appears to be specifically wired to increase anxietyduring nicotine withdrawal.

The team also discovered several other interconnected features in the brain that trigger anxiety during nicotine withdrawal.

They suggest their findings may open the door to new treatments to relieve or even prevent anxiety during nicotine withdrawal.

The new work builds on achievements accomplished over several years - both at UMMS and at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.

It follows, for example, a study published in 2013 in the journal Current Biology, where Prof. Tapper and colleagues had shown that a specific set of cells in a region of the brain known as the interpeduncular nucleus causes physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and insomnia originate.

The team was surprised to find that the area of the interpeduncular nucleus that is activated during withdrawal-related anxiety is distinct from the sub-region they had previously identified as being linked to nicotine withdrawal behaviors.

The researchers were also surprised to find that signals from two other brain regions come together at the interpeduncular nucleus to trigger anxiety-causing brain cells.

One of the signals comes from the ventral tegmental area - a group of cells at the very centre of the brain - which is normally linked with reward or pleasure. The study shows that this area activates brain cells in the interpeduncular nucleus using corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) - a brain chemical that is released in response to stress.

The other signal comes from the medial habenula and triggers cells in the interpeduncular nucleus by releasing glutamate - the chemical most used by brain cells to send signals to each other. In this case, the arrival of CRF at the interpeduncular nucleus cells appears to increase the effect of glutamate.

Reducing stimulation of interpeduncular nucleus cells alleviated anxiety in mice

In further tests, the researchers found they could alleviate anxiety in mice by reducing the stimulation of the cells in the interpeduncular nucleus, and they suggest the same may be possible in humans.

Prof. Tapper says both of the inputs - CRF from the ventral tegmental area, and glutamate from the medial habenula - appear to be important and offer potential treatment targets:


"We could alleviate anxiety during nicotine withdrawal by either preventing corticotropin releasing factor synthesis in the ventral tegmental area, or by silencing the medial habenula inputs into the interpeduncular nucleus."

Drugs that block CRF receptors on cells already exist, says Prof. Tapper. He also notes that these receptors have already been linked to anxiety and depression, so their study findings could have implications for anxiety disorders in general.

The team now plans to investigate interactions between anxiety, stress, reward and withdrawal from addictive substances and explore whether the circuits they have identified relate to stress-induced anxiety in general or just that induced by nicotine withdrawal.

Written by Catharine Paddock PhD

imageimageWe Addicts ignore our values if they conflict with our drug use. As Nicotine Addicts we can erroneously be tree hugging environmentalists while using a highly toxic and wasteful product. The following articles site just some of the ways that cigarettes destroy and pollute our one and only Planet Earth:

Fewer cigarette butts means a less toxic environment.

While most people know that exposure to tobacco smoke—both active and passive—is life-threatening, many do not realize that the dangers from smoking don’t end once a cigarette is extinguished. A growing body of research is documenting the impact of tobacco litter on the environment. In the US alone, a large number of the 280 billion cigarettes purchased each year end up littering sidewalks, waterways, parks, beaches and public roads.

But the environmental impact of tobacco goes far beyond litter. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals —including arsenic, cadmium, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons—that could pollute the environment and harm its ecosystems. They are mostly made of plastic and are only biodegradable under ideal conditions, making them a long-lasting threat to the environment.

And like many aspects of tobacco, the impact of cigarettes on the environment has economic implications as well. Cities, towns and other municipalities must pay clean-up costs for tobacco litter; in 2009, in the city of San Francisco alone, these costs were estimated to be more than $10 million each year.





Worldwide, it is estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as waste each year. 910 A study conducted by the California Department of Transportation found that cigarette butts make up 34 percent of the total waste captured in California.11

The production of cigarettes is very damaging to the environment. It is estimated that one tree is consumed for every 300 cigarettes produced - that's one tree for every one and a half cartons.12

Smoking poses a direct threat to our forests, homes and parks.12 Discarded cigarette butts have been linked to large wildfires, resulting in the destruction of wildlife, vegetation and property.14 Cigarette-induced fires claim hundreds of lives in California each year, not to mention the millions of dollars in property damage.






There are around 1.2 billion smokers in the world (about one-third of the global population aged 15 and over).  Nearly forty per cent (39.4%) of Europeans smoke, (up from 1995, when a figure of 33.9% recorded.) 

At least 4.5 trillion [non-biodegradable] filter-tipped cigarettes are deposited annually somewhere in the world. 

China, United States, Brazil, Turkey and Indonesia are the five countries that produce the most raw tobacco leaves and manufactured cigarettes. 

Malawi, Korea, Macedonia, Moldova, and Lebanon devote more than 1% of their agricultural land to tobacco leaf production. 

In Africa, around 5% of all deforestation is caused by tobacco. In Malawi, where the ancient dry forests of the miombo highlands are particularly under threat, tobacco accounts for 20% of deforestation. 

Each year nearly 600 million trees are destroyed to provide fuel to dry tobacco. Put in another way one tree is destroyed for every 300 cigarettes. 

Globally, tobacco curing requires 11.4 million tons of solid wood annually. 

Tobacco is a sensitive plant prone to many diseases. It therefore requires huge chemical inputs: up to 16 applications of pesticide are recommended during one three-month growing period. Aldrin and Dieldrin, and DDT are among the chemicals used. Methyl bromide, widely used as a fumigant in developing countries, contributes significantly to ozone depletion. 

As well as being hazardous to users, chemicals may run off into water courses, contaminating local water supplies.2 There are also concerns about high levels of pesticide use leading to the development of resistance in mosquitoes and flies, making the control of diseases such as malaria more difficult. 

Tobacco is particularly potassium-hungry, absorbing up to six times as much as other crops, leaving soil in poor condition for essential food and cash crops. 

Modern cigarette manufacturing machines use more than six kilometres of paper per hour. 

In 1995 worldwide tobacco manufacturing produced 2.26 billion kilograms of solid waste and 209 million kilograms of chemical waste. 


Releases to the environment of Toxics Release Inventory chemicals by the tobacco manufacturing industry in the United States recorded for 1996 included (but weren't limited to): 
Ammonia 946,155 kg 
Hydrochloric acid 407,371 kg 
Methyl ethyl ketone 340,821 kg 
Nicotine and nicotine salts 900,377 kg 
Sulphuric acid 67,228 kg
Toluene 349,622 kg

Need I say more?

When we quit smoking we can return to our authentic selves and live by our Values!


No Safe Sickerette!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 17, 2015

Smoking Cigarettes Even Rarely Harms Your Health: Understanding The Real Risks

Answer this question: Does your risk of lung cancer decrease once you stop smoking? A new public health survey revealed that many people do not know the correct answer (which is 'No'). Despite decades of anti-smoking campaigns, say French researchers at the European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, many people still underestimate the health risks linked to smoking and also fail to acknowledge the risk of smoking even a few cigarettes a day.

Dr. Laurent Greillier, an oncologist at Hopital Nord in Marseille, France, and his colleagues analyzed data from a representative survey of 1,602 French people between the ages of 40 and 75. Their survey included 1,463 people with no history of cancer; of these, 481 were former smokers and 330 were current smokers, whose average daily consumption amounted to about 14 cigarettes.

Questioning all the participants, a full third wrongly believed that smoking up to 10 cigarettes a day was not linked to any risk of lung cancer.

“This finding is particularly impressive and threatening,” said Greillier in a press statement. “In our study, only half of subjects answered that there is no 'safe' cigarette.”

Even worse, only half of the current smokers in the group considered themselves at higher risk of lung cancer than average, while less than 40 percent of people were not aware that the risk of lung cancer does not disappear after smoking cessation.

Clearly, 'denial' among smokers remains strong. According to oncologists, the risk for lung cancer is most dependent on duration of smoking, while the number of cigarettes smoked each day matters as well. Though less cigarettes is definitely better than more, it is important to remember risk for cardiovascular disease along with lung cancer starts with just one cigarette per day.

Worldwide, smoking among women is highest in the European Region at 22 percent, according to the World Health Organization, which also finds smoking among men to be highest in the Western Pacific Region, where just over half of all men age 15 and older smoke some form of tobacco. In all regions except Europe, girls between the ages of 13 and 15 are using tobacco at higher rates than women older than 15. The rates at which teen boys use tobacco average around 18 percent globally.

Though everyone appears to understand that smoking is a risk factor for developing several cancers, especially lung cancer, Greillier believes people may be aware of the dangers of tobacco, “but might consider that the risks are not for themselves, but only for other people." He added, “Our findings suggest to urgently initiating campaigns concerning the risk of any cigarette. The war against tobacco is not over!”

Curt Schilling has a message for his teenage self: do not start chewing tobacco.

For background: the former MLB pitcher revealed he’d been diagnosed with cancer in February 2014, and announced his cancer was in remission that June. Since then, the 48-year-old hasattributed his oral cancer to his use of chewing tobacco.

Now, in a post for The Players’ Tribune, Schilling pens a letter to his 16-year-old self, traveling back to the moment in which he took a dare to start chewing tobacco. He begins:


“Dear 16-year-old Curt,


Tomorrow at lunch, a kid is going to dare you to take a dip of Copenhagen. If you say yes, like I did, you’ll be addicted for the rest of your life. Well, the rest of your life up to the point when you are diagnosed with cancer.”

Schilling goes on to describe his addiction in graphic detail:

“You will brush your teeth and your mouth will bleed. Not light blood from your gums, but darker blood from deeper inside your mouth. That’s the chew destroying your tissue. You will get message after message, but your addiction will always win, until it wins the biggest battle.

If you say yes tomorrow, you will begin to kill yourself from the inside out. It’s difficult for you to understand in this current phase of your life, but by chewing tobacco, you are jeopardizing your participation in what will be some of your most important moments.”

...and eventually abandons you!

Doubling down on yourself just doesn't work! Try accepting your new Smoke FREE Lifestyle in all of it's many facets! Smoking took over our lives - let quitting take over yours now and you will find that you no longer have to attack yourself!

Celebrate your daily Victories, large and small!

What's not to celebrate? Smoking steals so much from us. Recovery gives all of that back - one by one by one! The blessings just keep unfolding throughout our lifetime quit journey! 

Smoke FREE is the only way to BE!


Addiction is Deadly

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 6, 2015

We are now in the final days of life for my Friend, Kenny. The pain and suffering will soon be over and he will meet his maker - an active alcoholic. Yes, he's still drinking! Evidently some buddy of his has decided that if he wants to go out drinking, that's his business and is willing to supply the Vodka. 

We all quit smoking, eventually either in life or through death! That's the way it is. I choose LIFE!

I came across this article online today that talks about how people actually DO quit. It's interesting to note the large percentage of cold turkeys!

Had I contributed I would have said Smart Turkey!

I have "quit" cold turkey many times but my forever quit was done  smart turkey. Education made the difference between the short term quit and the forever quit. We could talk Smart Chantix or Smart Wellbutrin or Smart Patches, etc....

There's no such thing as smart e cig. 

For you folks who are just getting started, listen to the folks who have their forever quits! They did it the Smart Way! You'll know who they are because for one, they'll tell you! But also they speak a language different from your current language - the language of recovery! 

Life is too short! Don't smoke it up!

Do you trust ESPN with your children? You shouldn't.

It's likely that at this very moment ESPN is inside your child's middle or high school, where it is intentionally trying to entice them to smoke, dip, vape or chew nicotine. Need proof?

The March 30, 2015 edition of ESPN magazine is its 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Preview. This edition thrice hurls addiction slowballs at more than 2 million youth readers ages 12-17.

Here, I've added images associated with the three tobacco ads appearing on pages 2 and 3 (Grizzly Long Cut smokeless), page 23 (Natural American Spirit) and page 63 (Newport cigarettes) to ESPN magazine's MLB edition cover (996 x 1240 | 800 x 996 | 398 x 496 ).

Students are first greeted by a two-page Grizzly dip ad inviting them to and to experience Grizzly's "darker," "richer" "flavor." (full size image | 800x490 )

This after baseball lost hall of famer Tony Gwynn at age 54 on June 16, 2014 to oral cancer, which, during a 2011 ESPN special, Tony asserted was caused by his addiction to dipping.

Next, in the spirit of "The Natural," ESPN hits teens with Natural American Spirit (850 x 1205 | 700 x 992 | 300 x 425). Spirits are spirted because they contain up to 35% freebase nicotine (compared to Marlboro's 9.6%), making them one of America's most addictive cigarettes ever.

Does ESPN require that kids be warned that American Spirits are super addictive? No. Instead, it allows the advertisement to suggest that American Spirits may be the healthiest cigarette on the planet, in that they are "100% additive-free natural tobacco" with "organic tobacco & organic menthol."

ESPN's third strike appears on page 62 where teens are invited to "Strike it rich" by experiencing Newport's "premium tobacco pleasure!" (976 x 1250 | 800 x 1025)| 300 x 384).

Still, is it fair to suggest that ESPN is intentionally targeting America's kids for addiction to nicotine? Absolutely!

The mailing address on the front covers of the copies of ESPN magazines I've thumbed through over recent months indicate that ESPN is knowingly mailing tobacco ads into public schools.

Want to get angry too? Pick up the phone and call your child's school (you can quickly get the number by Googling the school's name). Ask for the library or media center. Now, ask if the school subscribes to ESPN magazine and whether they have the MLB Preview edition picturing baseball player Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins on the cover.

If so, kindly ask the librarian if they wouldn't mind looking and telling you what advertisement appears on pages 2 and 3, page 23, and page 62. Last, ask if the school's name clearly appears on the front cover mailing label.

As I reviewed in 2005, since 1989 selective binding technology has allowed magazines to insert or remove any advertisement they wish into or from any magazine edition, allowing them to create multiple advertising versions of the exact same magazine.

It's why ESPN intentionally attacking your child's sanctuary inside their school should be criminal. The presence of so many tobacco ads inside our schools should be a wake-up call for every parent, teacher, librarian, administrator and school board member.

ESPN knows or should know that a child's mind can only withstand so many conscious and subliminal invitations to experiment before their first fateful "what the heck" moment, "let me see what all the fuss is about."

It knows or should know that it may only take a child using a time or two before their brain dopamine pathways begin generating wanting for more.

This is a sports magazine for God's sake! You'd think ESPN would fight to protect the student's ability to breathe instead of addicting them to their lungs gradual destruction, while instantly robbing carbon monoxide inhaling smokers of cardiovascular endurance.

Almost as horrible, ESPN is knowingly undermining physician counseling of smoking patients.

During your next visit to the doctor look closely and reflect upon the subconscious message ESPN is delivering to smoking patients. It's that smoking health concerns can't be that bad if your doctor is forcing them to endure tobacco ads while waiting to see them.

Director of the nation's leading nicotine dependency recovery site, WhyQuit, I call on ESPN to immediately cease and desist in targeting students for addiction to nicotine.

Broader, I implore the nation's Attorneys General to threaten litigation against any magazine knowingly sending nicotine marketing into any public school. For if that isn't targeting, what is?

And I call upon the American Medical Association to flex its muscle in demanding an immediate end to tobacco ads being sent to the office of any subscriber known to be a physician or other health care provider.

Together, we can protect our children from a neo-nicotine industry, and purchased influence, hell bent on enslaving them

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