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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When states
wrested billions of dollars from the tobacco industry to pay for the ill
effects of smoking, renovating a morgue wasn't exactly what public health
advocates had in mind. But morgue construction in
Some anti-tobacco groups are appalled,
and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Heart Association
released a report Thursday tracking state spending blueprints so far, and
urging the federal government to step in.
The Senate in March went on record supporting the states' rights to spend the money as they see fit and rejecting any federal claim to a share of the money under Medicaid law. The House has not yet taken a stand, and the issue is now tied up in an emergency spending bill for Central American hurricane relief which in turn has gotten entangled in the debate over emergency spending for Kosovo.
Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat,
said the mounting evidence that the states are not doing what they said
they would may shift the debate in the Senate. But the vote last time was
71-29, so change is an uphill battle. According to the
However, 16 states have decided to spend from zero to less than two percent of the funds on smoking prevention. And most other states have either enacted or are considering plans that either reject smoking programs altogether, lump them into bigger public health pots that may or may not end up addressing smoking, or put off decisions until next year.
HERE IS MY GRANDDAUDGHTER
my quit smoking story. here he is:
Dale pray of Pigeon Hill Universe-ity fame
To all those quitting smoking, this is an interesting site. There's a program that
will track the days, the hours, the $$, the # of cigarettes, etc. It's an easy way
to monitor your progress.
Stop Site for Stop Smoking Support
Tobacco (cigarettes) are an addictive product...........FACT
- Tobacco Companies are the supplier. The dealer.
The pusher of the addictive Smokes.........................FACT
If you purchase any drug dealers product, you are placing your life in their hands......................FACT
And If you choose to smoke their product, it
is evident that you care as little about your own health as
they have proven they do....................FACT
I think we can plea that case, as we all made the decision to smoke based on their lies about their
product. So, we decided, whether consciously or unconsciously to take our chances with fate. We threw
caution to the wind and the dice came up craps for most of us. But it is a real cop out to try to pin the
entire blame on anyone else. But, then again that would be the easy way out if it were true.
The Boo Mistress,
Epilepsy drug may help kick nicotine addiction
The following was
on the front page of the Personal Technology
section of the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"It's not often a tobacco company
tries to teach people how to quit
smoking. Still, Brown & Williamson, a unit of British American Tobacco
PLC, which makes Kool cigarettes and other brands, has a section called
'Quitting Smoking' on its Web site (http://www.brownandwilliamson.com)
alongside information on matters like organizing your community to
prevent smoking bans.
The item went on the Web in May,
and has received 150 to 200 visitors a
month. 'We wanted to help people who want to quit,' said Sharon Boyse of
Brown & Williamson. 'That may sound unlikely, but no manufacturer wants
people to be in the position of using the product if they don't want to.'
The information, which was culled
from other Web sites, including the American
Cancer Society's, as well as academic studies, notes readers may have
been 'persuaded by the media that you're now an addict and that therefore,
quitting is impossible.' It points out 45 million people have quit.
It lists techniques, from drugs to hypnosis, that may be helpful."
-- Cigarettes should be treated as a drug and subject to the same rules
that apply to
other forms of nicotine, such as patches and chewing gum, said the World Health Organization chief.
is a euphemism for a cleverly crafted product that delivers just the right
nicotine to keep its user addicted for life before killing the person," WHO director-general
Gro Harlem Brundtland told a meeting of the International Conference of
Drug Regulatory Authorities in Berlin.
it did not stand to reason that harmful nicotine in cigarettes was sold
prescriptions were needed for therapeutic nicotine sold as a pharmaceutical. Tobacco kills
4 million people every year, more than 70 percent of them in developing countries, according
to WHO figures. In the first quarter of the next century, the number of deaths will rise to 10 million
and become "the single largest contributor to the global burden of disease," Brundtland said.
said the WHO would convene a high-level meeting of international regulators
"the extent to which the tobacco industry had subverted science and used false advertising and
promotional tactics to veil nicotine addiction as an act of free choice."
The QuitNet helps smokers kick their nicotine addiction. This free service is a joint project of Join Together, a program of the Boston University School of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program.
Counselors from American Cancer Society's Quitline participate in The QuitNet's forums.
LEARN HOW TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF
7 Steps to Personal Effectiveness
Tobacco Use & Health Risks and Benefits of Using Tobacco
The benefits of using tobacco, as perceived by users.
helps me deal with stressful situations.
Tobacco provides a pleasurable and enjoyable break during work or play.
Tobacco helps me relax and unwind from stress.
Tobacco helps me cope with unpleasant and painful situations or feelings.
Tobacco helps me prevent unpleasant nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Tobacco helps me deal with an overstimulating environment.
Tobacco keeps me from feeling bored, depressed or anxious.
Tobacco increases my enjoyment of pleasant experiences.
Tobacco provides enjoyable physical sensations.
Tobacco gives me something to do with my hands.
Tobacco increases my comfort in social situations.
Tobacco helps me focus and concentrate.
Tobacco makes me feel as if I am more productive.
The Drawbacks (As Perceived by Users)
am worried that it is bad for my health and will eventually cause my death.
My breath, clothes, hair, home and car smell bad.
I hate the smelly ashtrays, spittoons and mess that come with a tobacco habit.
I am tired of ruining my clothes, furniture and car with burns and stains from my tobacco use.
I get out of breath more easily.
My stamina has decreased.
Tobacco costs too much already, and it's going to cost even more.
Tobacco use is less socially acceptable than it used to be, and I am more uncomfortable
about using tobacco in public.
I am worried that my tobacco use might be a health risk to others, especially my children and pets.
I have more frequent colds, coughs, sore throats, and/or asthma attacks.
I feel I am setting a bad example for my children or significant other.
Some people do not want to be my friend because I use tobacco.
I am dependent on tobacco, and changing my habit is going to be very hard.
The Health Risks of Using Tobacco
halitosis (bad breath)
Loss of vocal range and singing ability
Increased risk of fire, injury, automobile accidents
Tooth stains, tooth loss and gum disease
Upper respiratory diseases like colds, flu, sinus infections, bronchitis and pneumonia
Prostate cancer (men)
Mouth and throat cancers
Gangrene and limb loss in diabetics
Poorer prognosis for survival following surgery
Improving Your Health - Health-Enhancing Suggestions for Tobacco Users
or quit your tobacco use.
Use tobacco with the conscious awareness of when and why you are using.
Breathe deeply, often.
Drink lots of water and other caffeine-free beverages.
Eat a well-balanced diet.
Get regular aerobic, toning and stretching exercise.
Learn to identify your stress barometers, and identify three to five effective
stress management strategies.
Develop a good support system of family and friends.
Cultivate a good sense of humor.
Avoid getting too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (Remember: H.A.L.T.)
Give yourself adequate rest and sleep.
J. Orrick, M.A., LCDC, CTAC-ACP
Tom Ferguson, M.D.
A National Legal-Action Antismoking Organization
Entirely Supported by Tax-Deductible Contributions
Action on Smoking and Health
Foreword by Patrick Reynolds
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) FOR ALT.SUPPORT.STOP-SMOKING
Techniques, Troubleshooting, and Tips
The urge will pass whether you smoke or not.- unknown
The urge will pass whether you kill or not.- Graham King
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Stages in the life of a Smoker
is bliss Era
Smoker views self as invincible, immortal, destined to be the one smoker who never
experiences any significant health problems. The blissful smoker never smells the stench,
never notices the yellow teeth, honestly believes that there is nothing wrong with smoking.
that ME coughing Era
Characterized by strong attempts to sure up the walls of denial despite the growing
realization that it doesn't look like there EVER will be one smoker who never experiences
significant health problems. This smoker is at the age where at least one important person
in his or her life has died as a direct result of smoking cigarettes. Decides to take up
exercise to prove that cigarettes are not having an effect. Begins to get that nagging
feeling back in the "this is really stupid" part of the brain.
Characterized by sudden nicotine withdrawal followed rapidly by total withdrawal of family
and friends as former smoker terrorizes anyone who comes within fifteen feet. The refrigerator
becomes an only friend. Within a month, cigarettes are bought only to save the marriage and
"take off some of this weight".
I can control
Characterized by extreme efforts to control nicotine intake. May attempt to supplement
cigarettes with other nicotine products such as chew, nicorette, pipes, or patches. Usually
overdoses at least once after putting on the 21 mg patch, chewing two pieces of nicorette,
and then saying, "what the heck...one cigarette won't kill me". Begins to make rules.......
Only smoke in the car....Only smoke with other people who smoke.....Only smoke when the
sun is up.....Only smoke outside....Only smoke standing on head while drinking water.......
etc., etc., etc.....
I'm a smoker Era
Characterized by total cessation of rules and control mechanisms.Subject proceeds to smoke
like a chimney, muttering and cursing the day the put those damned warnings on the packs....
to be willing Era
Smoker wants to smoke but doesn't want to be a smoker. Begins to pray for the willingness to
quit. This stage is characterized by a faint glimmer of hope.
to win Era
Smoker gives up....doesn't want to smoke...doesn't know how to quit. Is willing to do whatever it
takes to be free of this addiction. Finds other people who are quitting or have quit that offer love,
support, and guidance through this process. Begins to feel like a winner. Knows that even if he
or she slips back a step or two on the evolutionary scale, that freedom is within reach and we're
all there for each other. Together we can all be free.
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