The average smoker takes five years and seven attempts to give up the fags, a report revealed yesterday.
Researchers studied the behaviour of 3,000 smokers and ex-smokers. They found most quit over fears for their long-term health.
Other common reasons include their smoking being a turn-off to the opposite sex, struggling with breath, and ‘being judged’. Ream more »
Just like a game of Whac-A-Mole, sin tax proposals keep popping up. State voters repealed the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol in a November ballot question. Now, health care advocates are pushing for a 50 percent hike in the excise tax on cigarettes. An anti-smoking coalition called Tobacco Free Massachusetts has made increasing the excise tax on cigarettes by $1.25 per pack one of its top legislative priorities this year, and 28 lawmakers have signed on.
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Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and other drug charges against him have been dismissed.
Johnson-Koulianos was granted a deferred judgment Monday. He received a year’s probation and was fined $315.
Johnson-Koulianos had also been charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and prescription drugs. Ream more »
Clay Butler is developing a line of “soda pot” called Canna Cola, a medical marijuana soft drink. In addition to that flavor, the California-based commercial artist plans on releasing others, including “Dr. Pepper-like Doc Weed, lemon-lime Sour Diesel, grape-flavored Grape Ape and orange-flavored Orange Kush,” according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Ream more »
Backers of electronic cigarettes are watching legislation that could make New York the first state in the nation to ban the devices widely advertised on the Internet as a way to help quit smoking.
A key vote in the state Assembly Health Committee could be cast as early as Tuesday.
Health officials say e-cigarettes are just another addictive habit, one that can hook kids early and legally on smoking. Ream more »
The golden leaf, a mainstay of the state’s economy since the 1600s, has declined in importance in recent years as recognition of its dangers to human health has grown.
Nevertheless, lawmakers still shrink from taxing it.
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Was your New Year resolution to stop for good ?
As we head towards the end of January, are you struggling to keep to that resolution or have you gone back to smoking? Ream more »
Four ninth-graders made the trip with Wilkinson Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Nancy Selby.
Austin Anderson, Drey Bratcher, Cambree Billehus and Hailey Bendixson, testified before the North Dakota House Transportation Committee on HB 1150.
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Some of us smokers received, over the holidays, the well-intended gift of e-cigarettes to save us from the deadly carcinogens of real cigarettes. But not so fast; this supposedly ingenious solution to the most addictive substance ever known to man may actually give us more problems than its promised cure.
Electronically-fired cigarettes look, taste and sometimes smell like real cigarettes but do not have the same amount of cancer-causing chemicals, it is believed. What makes them even better is that they don’t release residual or second-hand smoke that can be inhaled by others (second hand-smoke is believed to be more toxic than the actual smoke).
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Camel cigarettes branded for the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, called recently (and for years prior) the “new front line” of gentrification, are selling pretty well in their namesake area, at least according to anecdotes from bodega owners. Brooklyn Paper reports that the special packs, also rotting minds and lungs in Seattle and Austin, are “selling out…quick.” Sure, they’re a buck cheaper, but they’re also the evil idea of R.J. Reynolds, a huge corporation. Ream more »