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  • Gallup: Smoking rate in U.S. falls, ties all-time low

    08/22/2012 7:54:22 PM PDT · by Drango · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 8/22/12 | Rachel Lowry
    PRINCETON, N.J. — The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 20 percent, tying the all-time low first recorded in 2009, according to a new poll by Gallup. The decline is sharpest among young adults, a signal the overall rate may continue to fall after years of plateauing. "This is all very good news," said Randall Burt, professor of medicine at the University of Utah and senior director of prevention and outreach and clinical services at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. "Ultimately, less smoking will result in fewer cancer deaths, as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and...
  • ADA lawsuits questioned after serial plaintiff claiming emphysema caught on tape hiking

    09/01/2011 2:03:15 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 15 replies
    KABC ^ | 8-26-2011 | Marc Brown
    A man who has filed well over a hundred lawsuits against local small-business owners says he's an advocate for the disabled. His critics say what he does is harassment and extortion. James Farkus Cohan says he's disabled with end-stage emphysema. He sues small businesses, claiming those businesses are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cohan has filed at least 161 lawsuits... Eyewitness News caught up with Cohan after his daily hike up a steep hill near his Sun Valley home. He was hiking without a wheelchair, walker or oxygen tank.
  • Bitter Taste Receptors In The Lungs Could Revolutionize Asthma Treatment

    10/25/2010 12:15:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 24 Oct 2010 | Christian Nordqvist
    Bitter taste receptors we have in our mouths were found to also exist in our lungs - what researchers discovered about these functioning receptors in the smooth muscle of the bronchus in the lungs may transform future treatment for asthma and obstructive lung diseases, scientists wrote in an article published in Nature Medicine. When bitter taste receptors in the lungs were exposed to certain doses of substances known to activate bitter taste receptors in the tongue, they opened up the airways better than most current medications are able to do. Senior author, Stephen B. Liggett, M.D., a pulmonologist from the...
  • Gene variant may help against emphysema, asthma

    12/31/2009 8:28:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 403+ views
    Science News ^ | January 16th, 2010 | Nathan Seppa
    Uncommon version seems to lessen risk of lung disease in smokers People who carry a variant form of a gene that encodes a protein called MMP-12 are in luck. This uncommon form of the gene appears to provide some protection against emphysema and asthma, researchers report online December 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the study, an international team of researchers analyzed data on lung function and genetics from seven studies that included more than 5,000 people and found that 7 to 13 percent of people harbored the beneficial variant of MMP-12. In four of the studies,...
  • Smoking linked with aging on skin that usually is not exposed to sunlight

    03/19/2007 9:46:26 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 21 replies · 917+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 03/19/07 | University of Michigan Health System
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In classic movies, cigarette smoking was used as shorthand to convey sultriness and beauty. In the real world, the connection between smoking and one’s appearance – as many studies have shown – has more to do with premature signs of aging and less to do with glamour and refinement. A new study from the University of Michigan Health System adds another dimension to the link between cigarette smoking and skin damage. The study suggests that smoking may be associated with a higher degree of aging on areas of skin, such as that of the inside of...
  • Anatomy of a Hoax

    02/09/2007 6:33:28 AM PST · by rellimpank · 129 replies · 2,699+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 9 Feb 07 | Lawrence Henry
    Some years ago, when I was freelancing at a mutual fund company, I took a break to go downstairs and smoke my pipe. On my way back upstairs, I found myself sharing the elevator with one of my co-workers in the corporate communications department. "Ewww, smoke!" she exclaimed. "Let me out of here! I don't want you to give me cancer!" Let's absorb this slowly. My fellow worker thought that: 1) Cancer was contagious. 2) She could "catch" cancer from the smell of tobacco smoke clinging to my clothes -- not from the smoke itself, which was long gone outdoors,...
  • The Case Against Smoking Bans

    02/06/2007 4:41:36 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 104 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | Thomas A. Lambert
    In recent years, legal scholars have produced a voluminous literature on the rule of law in indirectly controlling social norms and individual preferences. Smoking bans provide on of the favorite "success stories" of those who laud the use of legal rules to change norms and preferences. According to these scholars, smoking bans affect behavior, even if under-enforced, because they change the social norm regarding smoking in public. With the advent of smoking bans, non-smokers who previously felt embarassed about publicly expressing their distaste for ETS are speaking up. By providing a de facto community statement that public smoking is unacceptable,...
  • $10,426 Tax Bill For Smoker Who Bought Cigs Over Internet

    02/04/2007 4:51:40 PM PST · by Malacoda · 115 replies · 3,324+ views
    NBC-10 ^ | February 4, 2007
    BRICK, N.J. -- New Jersey residents who buy their cigarettes over the Internet are experiencing a big reason to quit: huge sales tax bills. The state is cracking down on residents who buy their smokes online in order to avoid state sales tax, a development that has caught many Garden State smokers by surprise. Brick resident Craig Mathews, 57, quit smoking last April, but not before racking up a $10,426.11 sales tax bill for buying cigarettes over the Web for years. Another Brick resident, Tim Nolan, 52, received a sales tax bill from the state for $4,115.28 for the Pall...
  • About that level playing field (ANTI-SMOKING JIHADISTS RUN WILD AS VICTORY NEARS)

    02/04/2007 9:26:55 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 64 replies · 1,089+ views
    Star Newspapers ^ | February 4, 2007 | Tom Houlihan
    Way back when, the closest thing to a "smoking ban" had to do with the age at which you could legally buy cigarettes. I think it was 12 or 13. After that, about half the teenage population seemed to be lighting up at least once an hour. At Morgan Park High School, where I spent four years in the 1960s, there was a white line on the sidewalk a block away from the school building. That marked the point where the high school determined kids could smoke. It didn't stop the hard-core smokers who really needed to feed their habit...
  • Elderly smoker dies while having cigarette

    01/27/2007 10:30:59 AM PST · by starzed_ · 25 replies · 1,643+ views
    Sudbury star ^ | January 25, 2007 | Laura Stradiotto
    OPP probes nursing home death; Resident, 65, was left outside Gore Bay facility when he went for a smoke -ON Sudbury Star- January 25, 2007 by Laura Stradiotto Local News - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a nursing home resident who was found outdoors in a courtyard Jan.16. Detectives from the Ontario Provincial Police's crime unit in Orillia were at the Manitoulin Lodge in Gore Bay on Wednesday. Nursing home resident Murray Myles Patterson, 65, was transported to the Mindemoya Hospital on Jan. 16 and died a day later. In a statement released Wednesday by the...
  • The Bogus 'Science' of Secondhand Smoke

    01/30/2007 11:38:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 2,896+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2007 | Gio Batta Gori
    Smoking cigarettes is a clear health risk, as most everyone knows. But lately, people have begun to worry about the health risks of secondhand smoke. Some policymakers and activists are even claiming that the government should crack down on secondhand smoke exposure, given what "the science" indicates about such exposure. Last July, introducing his office's latest report on secondhand smoke, then-U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona asserted that "there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure," that "breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can damage cells and set the cancer process in motion," and that... --snip-- In addition,...
  • U of MN researchers turn cord blood into lung cells

    11/09/2006 9:46:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies · 615+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 11. 01.06 | Sara E. Buss
    Discovery step toward developing treatment for various lung diseasesResearchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, coaxed umbilical cord blood stem cells to differentiate into a type of lung cell.  The cord blood cells differentiated into a type of lung cell called type II alveolar cells. These cells are responsible for secreting surfactant, a substance which allows the air sacs in the lungs to remain open, allowing air to move in and out of the sacs. The cells are also responsible for helping to repair the airway after injury.  "In the future, we may be able to...
  • Airline Will Cater To Smokers [No Non-Smoking Section]

    10/18/2006 8:32:11 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 62 replies · 1,300+ views
    WGAL.com ^ | 10/16/06 | Unknown
    BERLIN -- Are you ready to fly the smoky skies? Here's an airline where you won't have to worry about tampering with the lavatory smoke detector. Because not only are you free to light up -- you can even puff away on a Cuban cigar. A German businessman with a pack-and-a-half-a-day habit is behind Smoker's International Airways. He hopes to start flying in March between Dusseldorf, Germany, and Tokyo, using a trio of 747s. Not one will have a no-smoking section. Along with creating a smoker's haven, the plan is to also bring back the golden age of air travel....
  • Ark. governor: Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold

    08/02/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 229 replies · 2,786+ views
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide workplace smoking ban earlier this year, predicted Wednesday that cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks. "I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were." Huckabee was responding to a caller's question of why cigarettes are...
  • Surgeon General Carmona Leaves Post (Dancing in the streets alert!)

    08/01/2006 4:15:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 280 replies · 3,731+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | uly 31, 2006 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON -- Quietly leaving his post as surgeon general, Dr. Richard Carmona said he would judge himself successful if he had persuaded one student to make good health choices or one mother to stop smoking. Carmona's report condemning secondhand smoke was a hallmark of his tenure as the nation's 17th surgeon general.
  • Puff, Puff, Bash - The smoking ban is based on an agenda of lies.

    06/28/2006 10:39:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 124 replies · 2,250+ views
    Philadelphia City Paper Net ^ | June 29, 2006 | Michael J. McFadden
    Psst! Hey kid! Come over here and jump off this bridge! All the cool kids've done it 'n you're the only one left! It won't hurt, it'll be fun. Anyhow, if ya don't do it, I'm gonna come back 'n bugya, 'n bugya, 'n bugya forever till ya do. With that sort of reasoned discourse in the background, accompanied by taunts of "You smell like an ASHTRAY!", Philadelphia finally jumped on the bandwagon and banned smoking. Well, sorta. They banned it unless you're a bar that agrees not to feed its customers anything healthy, one that's well-off enough to have...
  • Urgent Prayer Request

    11/03/2005 6:49:34 AM PST · by emiller · 50 replies · 681+ views
    My Dad | 11-03-05 | emiller
    My father's name is Ray, and he is 74. He has had emphysema for years. Last night, he collapsed, and he was nonrepsonsive. The doctor wouldn't say that he had had a stroke, as they are waiting for the results of my dad's CT scan. I'm pretty sure it was a stroke. My dad was having trouble exchanging oxygen, and although he was awake, he was not really there. My dad started smoking when he was 19 in the navy, and quit about 10 years ago. He has had trouble getting around and breathing for some years. This is the...
  • Helping emphysema patients breathe easier

    10/30/2005 11:10:25 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 1 replies · 269+ views
    Over 3.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with emphysema, and its aftermath: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the fourth-highest cause of death in the US. (The article describes joint US-Israel clinical trials of a new non-invasive approach to treating emphysema) The technique involved injecting the lungs with material described as "biological glue" which completely destroyed the cell connections in the damaged portions and "sealed them up," combined with antibiotics to prevent infection. In the sheep, the damaged lung areas collapsed and scarred, leaving only the healthier, better-functioning parts of the lung intact - the technique essentially reduced the...
  • SMOKERS NOT WELCOME AT WINTHROP BEACH, Maine - Then post a sign!

    07/17/2005 11:51:36 AM PDT · by SheLion · 162 replies · 2,755+ views
    Maine Smokers Rights ^ | 7-16-05 | D. Brennan
    What's up in the town of Winthrop, Maine? SMOKERS NOT WELCOME AT WINTHROP BEACH!Winthrop proves smoking is not a health issue at all.  But it's all about CON T R O L!7-16-05 - I was notified of the ridiculous treatment given to one family just because a family member was smoking. A cop approached the family and told them they would have to leave because this was a "no smoking beach."  The family, as you can see, is not "on" the beach, but on the grassy area.  There were no signs stating that the area was smoke free.  The cop told...
  • Free Republic Smokers' Lounge

    04/15/2005 10:55:32 AM PDT · by Just another Joe · 195 replies · 1,703+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 4/15/05 | francisandbeans
    Join the FR smokers lounge bump list...click on the logo Welcome Friends, foes and associates to the completely remodeled Free Republic...Smokers' Lounge Here you will find a comfy place to smoke, drink, joke or whatever. We always have a great time, so sit back, relax and...Smoke 'em if you got 'em shsshshsshsshsshssh shsshsshsshsshsshshsshsshsshshsshshsshsshsshssh shsshsshsshsshsshshsshsshsshshsshshsshsshsshssh shsshsshsshsshsshshsshsshsshshssh aaaaa,:`___________________________||`,:'.",`.;'`,:'.',`: <--------Life is good! A very special thank you to Registered for providing us with this fine logo....we will bear it with pride.
  • Tobacco case up in smoke

    02/05/2005 4:50:42 AM PST · by Hawk44 · 29 replies · 603+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 02/05/2005 | Hilary Roxe
    WASHINGTON — In a victory for American cigarette makers, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Justice Department cannot seek $280 billion it alleges the tobacco industry earned through fraud. The industry had urged the court late last year to throw out a lower court decision allowing the Justice Department to seek the penalty from the companies for allegedly misleading the public about the dangers of smoking. The federal government brought the lawsuit, now being heard in U.S. District Court, under a civil racketeering statute originally designed to prosecute mobsters. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
  • Quit-smoking product enters NASCAR

    01/28/2005 4:50:19 AM PST · by SheLion · 43 replies · 1,139+ views
    yahoonews.com ^ | 1-18-05 | JENNA FRYER
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- One year after kicking its decades-long cigarette sponsorship habit, NASCAR apparently needs a little help staying smoke-free.  Nicorette gum became the first smoking cessation product to enter NASCAR when GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare signed a sponsorship deal Thursday with Chip Ganassi Racing.  Three of its quit-smoking products -- the gum, the NicoDerm CQ patch and Commit lozenges -- will be advertised on the rear decklid of Casey Mears' car for the entire season. Nicorette will also be the primary sponsor on the No. 41 Dodge for one race in a deal estimated to cost the company $3...
  • Company Fires All Employees Who Smoke

    01/25/2005 5:01:51 AM PST · by KidGlock · 80 replies · 1,794+ views
    WFTV ^ | 1/25/04
    Company Fires All Employees Who Smoke Michigan Firm Won't Allow Smoking, Even On Employee's Own Time UPDATED: 7:34 am EST January 25, 2005 LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan health care company has fired four of its employees for refusing to take a test to determine whether they smoke cigarettes. The company enacted a new policy this month, allowing workers to be fired if they smoke, even if the smoking takes place after-hours, or at home. The founder of Weyco Inc. said the company doesn't want to pay the higher health care costs associated with smoking. An official of the company...
  • Company Fires All Employees Who Smoke

    01/25/2005 8:59:47 AM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 155 replies · 2,831+ views
    WRAL.com ^ | 01-25-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    LANSING, Mich.-Four employees of a health care company have been fired for refusing to take a test to determine whether they smoke cigarettes.Weyco Inc., a health benefits administrator based in Okemos, Mich., adopted a policy Jan. 1 that allows employees to be fired if they smoke, even if the smoking happens after business hours at home.
  • Company Fires Smokers

    01/24/2005 6:01:07 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 64 replies · 2,668+ views
    The Associated Press. ^ | The Associated Press.
    Michigan Firm Won't Allow Smoking, Even On Employee's Own Time LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan health care company has fired four of its employees for refusing to take a test to determine whether they smoke cigarettes. The company enacted a new policy this month, allowing workers to be fired if they smoke, even if the smoking takes place after-hours, or at home. The founder of Weyco Inc. said the company doesn't want to pay the higher health care costs associated with smoking. An official of the company -- which administers health benefits -- estimated that 18 to 20 of its...
  • Vatican Closer to Condemning Smoking

    01/01/2005 4:14:04 PM PST · by Catholic54321 · 59 replies · 1,043+ views
    UPI ^ | 31 December 2004
    Vatican City, Vatican City, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An article in a leading Roman Catholic journal signals that the Vatican may join the public health establishment's crusade against cigarette smoking. The latest edition of the scholarly publication Civilta Cattolica, published by the Jesuits and approved by a top aide to Pope John Paul II, says smokers cannot damage their own health and that of others "without moral responsibility." The article by Giuseppe de Rosa stops short of calling smoking a sin, but says lighting up is "not neutral either in social or indeed moral terms." De Rosa's views, and presumably...
  • Lost My Mom Thursday Evening

    07/29/2004 9:58:37 PM PDT · by feedback doctor · 182 replies · 4,631+ views
    self | 07/30/04 | Self
    Just wanted to share with all my friends here that I lost my mom Thursday night. It was not unexpected as she has been hospitalized for nearly 3 months due to emphyzema, a stroke, and heart attack. I know many prayers have been offered up by folks here, and they are appreciated, and they are answered. I know that my Reedemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives. God is a great God, and His character is Kindness and Mercy, and Goodness. I see that even though it seems the night is dark, He is there!
  • A Smokeless Alternative to Quitting

    04/06/2004 1:14:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 508+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 6, 2004 | SALLY SATEL, M.D.
    COMMENTARY For decades, public health advocates have championed harm reduction for people who cannot stop taking health risks — or do not want to. Needle exchange is a classic example. Intravenous drug users get clean needles because, the reasoning goes, contracting and spreading AIDS is worse than making heroin use a little easier. But harm reduction for hard-core smokers is another matter. At issue is a form of smokeless tobacco, a popular Swedish product called snus (rhymes with loose) that satisfies smokers' nicotine addiction with negligible health risks of its own. But to many foes of smoking, it is not...
  • Farewell to a FReeper FRiend - Max McGarrity

    03/12/2004 6:11:06 PM PST · by Gabz · 148 replies · 4,000+ views
    FR | 3/12/04 | Gabz
    It is with heartache and tears I inform the rest of the FReeper community of the loss of another one of us. FReeper Max McGarrity passed away peacefully while taking a nap on Monday March 8, 2004. Max and I have been online buddies and real life friends since we first encountered each other on another forum back in 1998. Without Max I would never have found Free Republic when I did. There has been a very long standing joke between Max and me, we "cyber flirted" all the time on such threads as the Smoker's Lounge..... the joke being...
  • CT: Bar closing worries other owners

    01/02/2004 12:07:18 PM PST · by SheLion · 64 replies · 1,325+ views
    NorwichBulletin.com ^ | 1-2-04 | FRANCIS McCABE
    <p>With the closing of Pinstripes Sports Cafe on Dec. 24, some other bar owners in the city are concerned that they will be next.</p> <p>Pinstripes closed as a direct result of the state public places smoking ban, according to Frank Bokoff, who said he was a spokesman for F and J Management, the group that owned and operated the bar and grill.</p>
  • Johnny Carson has emphysema, says he's fine

    09/20/2002 5:25:15 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 225+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/20/02
    <p>Johnny Carson, retired king of late-night television, has emphysema, but says it isn't causing any major problems.</p> <p>Carson had just finished playing tennis when he learned of a tabloid report that claimed he is seriously ill.</p> <p>A National Enquirer story that the New York Post cited in Thursday's editions said the 76-year-old Carson had become a virtual recluse aboard his luxury yacht.</p>