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According to The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Media campaigns that portray the tobacco industry in a negative light may be a powerful intervention to decrease young adult smoking, U.S. researchers said.

To determine attitudes, the researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, asked respondents how strongly they agreed or disagreed with three statements: Taking a stand against smoking is important to me; I want to be involved with efforts to get rid of cigarette smoking; and I would like to see cigarette companies go out of business.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found people who agreed with those statements and supported action against the tobacco industry were one-third as likely to be smokers as those who did not support action against the tobacco industry.

Among current smokers, those who had a negative attitude toward the tobacco industry were at least four times more likely to plan to quit smoking than smokers who did not support action against the tobacco industry.

“Running anti-tobacco ads to expose the fact that the tobacco industry kills five million people worldwide annually turns out to be hugely successful in preventing and promoting cessation,” study co-author Stanton Glantz, director of UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, said in a statement. “Other anti-smoking advertising campaigns have focused more on health hazards of smoking, rather than those including tobacco-industry denormalization messages.”

With that being said, the makers of Smoke Away would highly suggest checking out our product. You’re motivated and you’re ready. Now is the time to get with it!

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Larry Jukes said he remembers when he could buy 10 cigarette packs for $2.50.

Coloradan Larry Jukes says he's upset about the hike but doesn't expect it will persuade him to quit smoking.

Coloradan Larry Jukes says he’s upset about the hike but doesn’t expect it will persuade him to quit smoking.

But he’d now take the days when — just last month — he could buy his carton of choice for $49.

Thanks in part to the largest-ever federal cigarette tax increase — a nearly 62-cents-a-pack hike that starts Wednesday but was reflected in many prices earlier — Jukes on Tuesday paid more than $58 for a 10-pack carton at the Cigarette Store in Denver, Colorado.

That same store was selling it about $9 cheaper weeks ago. Jukes and other shoppers there said they feel stuck and taken advantage of.

“They’re picking on us poor people, the ones that smoke,” Jukes, a 65-year-old who has been smoking since he was a teen, said of the government. “They have been for years.” Video Watch Jukes argue smokers are unfairly targeted »

The cigarette excise tax that tobacco companies must pay the federal government rose Wednesday by 61.6 cents per pack, or $6.16 per carton. The tax now comes to about $10.10 per carton, or $1.01 per pack.

But major tobacco companies began incorporating that increase into their prices to wholesalers in March. And the companies, wholesalers and retailers in many cases gave prices a boost beyond the tax increase, in part to make up for an expected drop in sales caused by the hike, some of them said.

“We don’t anticipate another raise for Wednesday. The [March increase in prices] was the raise,” said Mary Szarmach, vice president at Colorado-based Cigarette Store Corp., which operates 85 stores in five states. “The manufacturers took what they needed beyond [the tax increase] to maintain their profit margin and take care of what they think will be diminishing sales. …

“And to maintain gross profit margin, retailers in general tacked on a little, too.” Video Watch how and why the tax hike was instituted »

If the increase does scare off customers, 83-year-old Gloria Egger isn’t likely to be one of them, she said. She said she’s upset at the government for raising the tax, but Egger, who has been smoking since she was 18, isn’t likely to quit. iReport.com: Share your thoughts on the tobacco tax increase

“I think it’s ridiculous. … They’re picking on smokers,” Egger said at the Denver store, where she bought two cartons Tuesday. “I think they’re trying to run the tobacco companies out of business.

“As old as I am, I’m not going to quit smoking, regardless of what they do.” See other reactions to the tax hike »

Federal taxes also are going up Wednesday on other tobacco products, including cigars. Federal per-cigar taxes, which vary based on weight and price, used to be capped at 4.9 cents but now are capped at 40.26 cents.

The tobacco tax hikes, which President Obama signed into law in February, will be used to finance an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. The expansion, which will cost $35 million over five years, is expected to secure federally funded health care for an additional 4 million children.

Before the expansion, SCHIP covered almost 7 million children whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid — the federal health insurance program for the poor — but can’t afford private insurance.

Dave Bowersox, who bought a box of Prime Time Little Cigars at the Denver store Tuesday, said he’s fine with the tobacco tax increases.

“I think tobacco, alcohol, that kind of stuff should be taxed instead of gasoline and food — things that are necessary for people to survive,” Bowersox said.

But near Orlando, Florida, cigar smoker Leah Fuller called the hikes “ridiculous.”

“There are [other] things that you could be targeting in the U.S. right now. Why the tobacco industry?” Fuller said. “I, personally, smoke cigars to relax. Why am I being punished for it?”

Jeff Borysiewicz, founder of Orlando-based Corona Cigar Co., said he believed the federal tax hike will cause cigar sales to drop. And he said the increase comes as Florida is considering a $1-per-cigar state tax hike. iReporters debate whether the change in price is fair »

Cigarettes, too, have been hit by state excise tax increases. Since January 2002, the average state cigarette tax has increased from 43 cents per pack to $1.21 per pack, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

A conservative estimate for the average per-pack cigarette price in the U.S., based on data collected from states and territories at the end of 2008 and adjusted for the federal tax increase, is $4.80, the group’s Eric Lindblom said.

Tobacco company Philip Morris USA raised list prices for its major brands by about 71 cents per pack last month “in direct response to the tax increase,” said Bill Phelps, spokesman for Philip Morris’ parent company, Altria.

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. on March 16 raised its cigarettes’ list prices by 41 to 44 cents per pack and, in many cases, reduced discounts to retailers, basically keeping “our pricing in line with the competition,” spokesman David Howard said.

“The federal tax increase was the primary driver,” Howard said.

Both companies said they expect a decrease in sales, with Howard noting industry analysts have estimated a drop of 6 percent to 8 percent. One factor in Philip Morris’ decision to increase list prices beyond the tax hike was the company’s expectation that the new tax level will decrease sales, Phelps said.

Not all U.S. sales declines would be due to smokers quitting, Phelps said.

“Tax increases create an incentive for people to bring cigarettes into the country illegally — [from places] where they don’t have to pay that higher tax,” Phelps said.

Nick Hamad, a tobacco store owner in Seattle, Washington, said he thinks the tax will ruin the American tobacco industry.

“If we lose the sales, the state will lose the revenue,” he said. “We will be hurt, the state will be hurt and eventually the consumers are being hurt.”

As for Jukes, higher prices probably won’t force him to quit smoking, he said.

“I’ve been smoking about 50 years,” Jukes said to which the makers of Smoke Away say, “should anyone have any sympathy for Jukes or other smokers for that matter? The answer is No. And if you want to quit smoking, then a good first step is to contact the makers of Smoke Away on their site or call 1-800-611-5930

In what has to be one of the more stupid things we have seen in quite some time. Yahoo Answers has lost their moral compass in publishing an entry titled:

How do you smoke a cigarette.

Not only is it irresponsible but it is leading others to smoke through this virtual enabling of young smoker wannabe’s. Hey Yahoo, wake up and take this down! The makers of Smoke Away are trying to help, but what are you doing?

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  1. What are the effects of cigarette smoking on cancer rates?
  2. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths . Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women . Smoking is also responsible for most cancers of the larynx, oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, and bladder. In addition, it is a cause of kidney, pancreatic, cervical, and stomach cancers, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.

  3. Are there any health risks for nonsmokers?
  4. The health risks caused by cigarette smoking are not limited to smokers. Exposure to secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in nonsmokers, as well as several respiratory illnesses in young children. (Secondhand smoke is a combination of the smoke that is released from the end of a burning cigarette and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s National Toxicology Program, and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have all classified secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen—a category reserved for agents for which there is sufficient scientific evidence that they cause cancer. The U.S. EPA has estimated that exposure to secondhand smoke causes about 3,000 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers and is responsible for up to 300,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infections in children up to 18 months of age in the United States each year.

  5. What harmful chemicals are found in cigarette smoke?
  6. Cigarette smoke contains about 4,000 chemical agents, including over 60 carcinogens. In addition, many of these substances, such as carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic, and lead, are poisonous and toxic to the human body. Nicotine is a drug that is naturally present in the tobacco plant and is primarily responsible for a person’s addiction to tobacco products, including cigarettes. During smoking, nicotine is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and travels to the brain in a matter of seconds. Nicotine causes addiction to cigarettes and other tobacco products that is similar to the addiction produced by using heroin and cocaine.

  7. How does exposure to tobacco smoke affect the cigarette smoker?
  8. Smoking harms nearly every major organ of the body. The risk of developing smoking-related diseases, such as lung and other cancers, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses, increases with total lifetime exposure to cigarette smoke. This includes the number of cigarettes a person smokes each day, the intensity of smoking (i.e., the size and frequency of puffs), the age at which smoking began, the number of years a person has smoked, and a smoker’s secondhand smoke exposure.

  9. How would quitting smoking affect the risk of developing cancer and other diseases?
  10. Smoking cessation has major and immediate health benefits for men and women of all ages. Quitting smoking decreases the risk of lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke, and chronic lung disease. The earlier a person quits, the greater the health benefit. For example, research has shown that people who quit before age 50 reduce their risk of dying in the next 15 years by half compared with those who continue to smoke. Smoking low-yield cigarettes, as compared to cigarettes with higher tar and nicotine, provides no clear benefit to health. For additional information on quitting smoking, why not check out the Smoke Away website?

People who are paid to stop smoking are about three times more likely to quit and not have another cigarette than those given no cash, a study found.

Almost 15 percent of study participants who were given money as a reward were still not smoking six months after quitting compared with 5 percent in the group that didn’t get the cash incentive, research in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine found. Some people in both groups eventually started smoking again after the financial offers ended.

Smoking is the top cause of preventable death in the U.S., responsible for killing about 438,000 people each year, according to the study. Getting one person to stop smoking can save businesses about $3,400 a year by boosting productivity, decreasing absenteeism and reducing illnesses, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Employers are already paying for the cost of smoking,” said the study’s lead author Kevin Volpp, director of the Center for Health Incentives at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in a Feb. 10 telephone interview. “Rather than paying for the consequences, why not try to use some of that money to help motivate people so that they don’t develop smoking- related illnesses in the first place?”

Smoking can cause lung cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cataracts, according to the National Institutes of Health. About one in five U.S. adults, or 45.3 million, smoked in 2006, according to the Atlanta-based CDC. The percentage figure remained constant since 2004 after a previous seven-year decline in smoking among U.S. adults, the CDC said.

GE Employees

Robert Galvin, chief medical officer for Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co., said the company participated in the study to help determine if incentives would encourage people to stop smoking, which would lower health-care costs. GE spends about $50 million each year on health care for smokers, a figure that doesn’t include the cost of lost productivity, he said. GE, the biggest maker of jet engines and the owner of the NBC-Universal media unit, employs about 152,000 people in the U.S.

“We are very excited about the fact that we have proved that incentives can work to help stop smoking,” said Galvin, who is also an author on the paper.

The study included 878 people who worked at GE in the U.S. Of those, 436 employees were given information about smoking- cessation programs along with an offer of cash incentives and 442 were only provided information about the programs, without money.

Money for Quitting

Those in the financial incentives group received $100 for completing the smoking-cessation program, $250 for not smoking within six months after enrolling in the study and $400 for abstinence after six months more, confirmed by saliva or urine tests. The trial was designed to see how many people remained nonsmokers nine or 12 months after enrolling in the study, depending on whether they initially stopped smoking within three months or six months of participating.

After an additional six months, 9.4 percent of the paid group still wasn’t smoking though they were no longer receiving cash rewards, compared with 3.6 percent of the other group.

“There’s a lot of room for further intervention,” Volpp said. “If we could encourage broader adoption of these programs, that would go a long way to improve cessation rates.”

About 70 percent of those who smoke in the U.S. say they want to quit, but only 2 percent to 3 percent succeed each year, the researchers said. Most relapses occur within the first month of quitting and about 90 percent of those who start smoking again do so within the first six months, according to the authors.

Rewards for Healthy Behavior

The study was supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Volpp reported owning equity in GE.

A study by Volpp in December in the Journal of the American Medical Association also found that people who were paid to lose weight dropped 13 to 14 pounds on average after 16 weeks, compared with a loss of 3.9 pounds by those who didn’t get the cash incentive.

“There’s something very powerful about the awards being paid to you using other people’s money. That’s very motivating,” Volpp said. Providing people with money gives them a reward in the present rather than waiting for a future reward like better health, he said.

Now the makers of Smoke Away are not going to pay you to quit smoking but they will certainly help you in your quest to stop smoking.

About 46 million American adults smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 49 percent of all adults who have ever smoked have quit smoking.

  • After one year off cigarettes, the excess risk of coronary heart disease caused by smoking is reduced by half. After 15 years of abstinence, the risk is similar to that for people who’ve never smoked.
  • In 5 to 15 years, the risk of stroke for ex-smokers returns to the level of those who’ve never smoked.
  • Male smokers who quit between ages 35 to 39 add an average of 5 years to their lives. Female quitters in this age group add 3 years. Men and women who quit at ages 65 to 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 year.

More than four in five smokers say they want to quit. And each year about 1.3 million smokers do quit. With good smoking cessation programs, like Smoke Away, 20 to 40 percent of participants are able to quit smoking and stay quit.

Overheard from a smoker:

“It’s got little rings around it in a couple of spots,”

The rings? They are thick bands of low-permeability paper, and they are rapidly appearing on cigarettes across the country. The idea being if you set down your cigarette — or fall asleep in bed while its still lit— the cigarette will go out when the ash reaches one of the rings.

In effect, the rings act as caution tape. To keep a cigarette lit, you have to keep puffing. When you stop, it goes out by itself in about 5 minutes.  It doesn’t really cut down on smoking now does it?

Fire and public health folks think the cigarettes are a good idea — so good that in the last six years, 37 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws requiring that they be sold; in five other states, such laws are under consideration or await the governor’s signature.

There are no reliable statistical data demonstrating that fire-safe cigarette laws actually reduce fires though.

Fire and public safety officials do point to research conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health, which found that only 10 percent of cigarettes sold in New York, the first state to enact a safer cigarette law, burned down to the filter if left unattended, compared to 99.8 percent of cigarettes without the bands.

Common sense dictates that cigarette are less likely to cause fires if they snuff themselves out, advocates say, meaning fewer deaths, injuries and property loss.

The new smokes ‘taste like crap’-
Good, maybe that will motivate you to quit the nasty habit in the first place! Side by side with a traditional cigarette, you can’t tell much difference. But on the box, the letters FSC above the bar code denote Fire Safe Cigarettes; in some states, it’s RFP for Reduced Fire Propensity. 

“I do understand why they did it, as a safety precaution,” said one woman, But there’s one big problem, she said: “The cigarettes don’t taste near as good as they used to.” Can I get an amen?

And that’s the rub. Asked to rate the new cigarettes, many smokers said they left an unpleasant coppery taste in the mouth. Can I get another amen?

“It’s nasty,” said another man, they “taste like crap.” One more amen please!

And for many smokers, the  feature that fire officials like is a pain in the neck.“They constantly go out, and I have to relight them all the time,” said a woman from Texas. Do you fell sorry for her?

New York kicked off the movement 4½ years ago, when it became the first state to require tobacco companies to make the self-extinguishing cigarettes. As the laws have spread across the land, many smokers have driven to neighboring states to get their smokes. That’s what happened in Kentucky after its law went into effect in April 2008.

That may not be an option for long, though, whether or not the 13 states without fire-safe cigarettes laws fall into line: With the tide firmly against them, the tobacco companies, which initially opposed the laws, now say it is too much trouble to make different cigarettes for different states. As a result, they predicted that by Jan. 1, 2010, all cigarettes sold in stores in the United States will be self-extinguishing.


Which is why some smokers give special thanks for the Internet.

They are turning to online sites like FSCCigarettes.com, which complains: “It’s kind of BS that we the smokers have to put up with more unnecessary and probably unhealthy additive being added to our smokes (That we pay good money for by the way) just because some junkies can’t properly extinguish there [sic] cigarettes.”

And they are venting on online forums like one run by the Smokers Club, which argues that “there is no end to the fictions nicotine ninnies will create to justify their venomous hatred of smokers.”

One poster on the site wrote that if you believe fire-safe cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, “you might want to have your doctor check to see if you still have a brain.”

Meanwhile, a group calling itself Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes said it had collected more than 1,600 signatures on an online petition seeking to repeal fire-safe cigarette laws. Last week, the organization put out a call on its blog for “crucial support from a Scientist with a PH.D. and/or a medical doctor who is willing to come forward and offer their support.”

In a posting on the group’s online forum, a Texas woman wrote that “the new chemicals are making me very ill, and quitting is harder than I ever imagined.”

“It’s time for the government to take responsibility for the bad decisions they have made,” she added. “They used smokers as guinea pigs, and now they expect us to roll over and drop dead.”

With that being said, why complain about your rights as a smoker and become a non-smoker? It’s why we created Smoke Away, to help you quit!

In our efforts to “out” those that continue to set a poor example of smoking, especially in public, we give you the following 10 links that show you or tell you all about celebrities who are currently smoking their lives away, because they think it’s cool. Even if you’re not a celebrity and you think it’s cool, the makers of Smoke Away have news for you. it ain’t.

Female celebrities who smoke

Pictures of celebrities who smoke

Yuck, celebrities that smoke

The influence of celebrities who smoke

Celebrities who still smoke

Celebrities who smoke ciggs, Yay or Nay

Why celebrities smoke cigarettes

What celebs smoke?

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Not if you saw what was going on inside the human body every time you took a drag. Smoke Away wants you to quit. It’s that simple.

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Maybe you just don’t enough about the disease that dominates you? Watch this wonderful video from the Mayo Clinic on why it is so hard to quit smoking. Though the makers of Smoke Away certainly would like you to quit smoking using their product, the bottom line is, we want you to stop smoking anyway that you can.

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