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We know, you know everything there is about the effects about cigarettes and smoking. Well, sometimes you need to be reminded what not quitting smoking can do to you. The makers of Smoke Away present for you 17 facts that you may or may not have know about smoking.

  1. Smoking-related diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. If the same rate continues, by 2030 smoking will kill one in six people.
  2. About a third of the male adult global population smokes.
  3. Cigarette smoke  contains 11 chemical compounds that are known to cause cancer.
  4. Someone dies every eight seconds from tobacco use
  5. Every minute 10 million cigarettes are sold
  6. Among young teens (aged 13 to 15), about one in five smokes worldwide.
  7. Half of long-term smokers will die from tobacco. Every cigarette smoked cuts at least five minutes of life on average – about the time taken to smoke it.
  8. Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. It is a prime factor in heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. It can cause cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder, and contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.
  9. More than 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals have been found in tobacco smoke.
  10. Cigarette smoke contains benzene, carbon monoxide, arsenic, hydrogen cyanide and polonium 210.
  11. Tobacco is an addictive substance. Smokers who use other drugs such as heroin, methadone, amphetamines and barbiturates rate tobacco as their most addictive drug.
  12. At least a quarter of all deaths from heart diseases and about three-quarters of world’s chronic bronchitis are related to smoking.
  13. A 1998 survey found that tobacco companies were among the top 10 advertisers in 18 out of 66 countries surveyed.
  14. Through advertising, tobacco firms try to link smoking with athletic prowess, sexual attractiveness, success, adult sophistication, adventure and self-fulfillment
  15. Evidence shows that around 50% of those who start smoking in adolescent years go on to smoke for 15 to 20 years.
  16. Peer-reviewed studies show teenagers are heavily influenced by tobacco advertising.
  17. The tobacco industry has changed the way it advertises in the last 30 years. Now, only 10% of advertising expenditure goes to print and, outdoor ads, while more than half goes to promotional allowances and items, such as t-shirts for young people or lighters and key rings.

It’s up to you. Right now, do you want to keep smoking? Or continue to puff away? It’s your choice and Smoke Away is here to help you make the right decision.

Guess what?  Britney Spears  isn’t a fan of cigarette smoke — or any other kind of smoke, for that matter — while she’s performing. How about that? A celebrity saying smoking isn’t cool!

The 27-year-old pop star left the stage for about 30 minutes during a concert in Vancouver on Wednesday night, apparently because of smoke in the audience.

According to The Vancouver Sun, Spears’ concert was halted about 15 minutes into her performance, and an announcer told concertgoers to put out their cigarettes. Some audience members grew impatient while waiting for Spears and her troupe to return to the stage, the Sun reported.

After she returned and ended the show, Spears — who has been to rehab and is on the comeback trail after a long stretch of troubles — told the crowd, “Don’t smoke cigarettes or weed for that matter.”

Spears could really spear-head a movement here if she wanted. Just telling kids that smoking can kill would be a good start. For more info on how to quit smoking, check out Smoke Away

Being severely obese is as hazardous to health as a lifetime of smoking, shortening life by a decade, a group of Oxford University experts has warned.

Even moderate obesity cuts life expectancy by about three years, says the Clinical Trial Service Unit.

The findings, published in The Lancet, come from data on almost a million people from around the world.

In the UK, a quarter of adults are now considered obese, with a body mass index (BMI) above 30.

BMI is useful for assessing the extent to which fatty tissue causes ill health.

If you are becoming overweight or obese, avoiding further weight gain could well add years to your life
Dr Gary Whitlock of Oxford University

It is calculated by dividing a person’s weight by their height.

Each incremental rise in BMI above the healthy zone of 20-25 increased premature death risk, the Clinical Trial Service Unit concluded.

Much of the obesity-related risk is down to heart disease and stroke, and to a lesser extent cancer.

Amongst middle-aged people in the UK, as many as one in four deaths from heart attack or stroke and one in 16 cancer deaths are due to being overweight or obese, the researchers estimate.

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In adult life, it may be easier to avoid substantial weight gain than to lose that weight once it has been gained, they say.

And avoiding middle age spread could add years to life.

Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation, which supported the work, said: “This is the latest and most convincing demonstration of the close relationship between being overweight and poor heart health, and confirms that smoking is harmful regardless of your weight.

“We all have a role to play in maintaining a healthy weight ourselves, but this study emphasises the importance of public health measures, such as the recently launched Change 4 Life campaign, as part of a raft of Government initiatives that will be needed to reduce the nation’s weight.”

Epidemiologist Dr Gary Whitlock of Oxford University, who led the analysis, said: ”Excess weight shortens human lifespan.

“In countries like Britain and America, weighing a third more than the optimum shortens lifespan by about three years.

“For most people, a third more than the optimum means carrying 20 to 30kg of excess weight. If you are becoming overweight or obese, avoiding further weight gain could well add years to your life.”

Sara Hiom of Cancer Research UK said: “Moderate obesity is becoming worryingly common in the UK and these factors combined are great cause for concern.

“We can eat less and move more to reduce weight. But smoking remains the single most significant cause of cancer death – and stopping smoking works.”

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, said: “Being obese not only shortens life, it also leads to chronic ill-health – diabetes, high blood pressure, gallstones, back and joint troubles. My advice is don’t let it creep up on you.

“Cut down the fat in your food and use every opportunity to be more physical.”

The makers of Smoke Away could not agree more!

As hard as it is to quit smoking, it can be even harder for friends and family that also helping a smoker quit as well. The makers of Smoke Away get this, and for this reason we provide you with 15 tips to help get you and the person trying to quit  through it.

  1. Respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.
  2. Ask the person whether he or she wants you to call or visit regularly to see how he or she is doing. Let the person know that it’s okay to call you whenever he or she needs to hear encouraging words.
  3. Help the quitter get what she or he needs, such as hard candy to suck on, straws to chew on, and fresh veggies cut up and kept cold in the refrigerator.
  4. Spend time doing things with the quitter to keep his or her mind off smoking — go to the movies, take a walk to get past a craving (what many call a “nicotine fit”), or take a bike ride together.
  5. Try to see it from the smoker’s point of view — a smoker’s habit may feel like a cherished friend that has always been there when times were tough. It’s hard to give that up
  6. Help the quitter with a few chores, some child care, cooking — whatever will help lighten the stress of quitting
  7. Celebrate along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!
  8. Do remind the quitter how long he or she went without a cigarette before the slip.
  9. Do help the quitter remember all the reasons he or she wanted to quit, and forget about the slip as soon as possible  If they have tried and have not succeeded:
  10. Praise him or her for trying to quit, and for whatever length of time (days, weeks, or months) of not smoking.
  11. Encourage him or her to try again. Don’t say, “If you try again…” Say, “When you try again…” Studies show that most people who don’t succeed in quitting are ready to try again in the near future.
  12. Encourage him or her to learn from the attempt. Things a person learns from a failed attempt to quit may help him or her quit for good next time. It takes time and skills to learn to be a non-smoker.
  13. Say, “It’s normal to not succeed the first time you try to quit. Most people understand this, and know that they have to try to quit again. You didn’t smoke for two whole weeks this time. You got through the worst part. Now you know you can do that much. Now that you know you can get through the worst part, you can get even further next time.”
  14. Do smoke outside and always away from the quitter.
  15. Do keep your cigarettes, lighters, and matches out of sight. They might be triggers for your loved one to smoke.

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?

The makers of Smoke Away love the message in this video. What do you think? It’s not cool to smoke anymore is it?

Maybe this would help too?

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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!

Brain scans of smokers taken before and 24 hours after quitting showed increased activity in certain areas of the brain that cue the person to crave a drag when they view photographs of others smoking, according to research published online Jan. 5 in Psychopharmacology.

“We saw activation in the dorsal striatum, an area involved in learning habits or things we do by rote, like riding a bike or brushing our teeth. Our research shows us that when smokers encounter these cues after quitting, it activates the area of the brain responsible for automatic responses. That means quitting smoking may not be a matter of conscious control,” researcher Joseph McClernon, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, said in a news release issued by the school.

“So, if we’re really going to help people quit, this emphasizes the need to do more than tell people to resist temptation. We also have to help them break that habitual response,” he added.

“Only five percent of unaided quit attempts result in successful abstinence,” McClernon said. “Most smokers who try to quit return to smoking again. We are trying to understand how that process works in the brain, and this research brings us one step closer.”

Study co-author Jed Rose, director of the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research, said previous research he conducted showed that wearing a nicotine patch and smoking a cigarette with no nicotine breaks the learned behavior.

“The smoking behavior is not reinforced, because the act of smoking is not leading them to get the nicotine,” Rose said in the news release. “Doing this before people actually quit helps them break the habit so they start smoking less. We’re seeing people quit longer this way.”

Maybe Smoke Away can help but maybe not, what it ultimately comes down to, is your desire to quit 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.

According to the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking, eliminating smoking can greatly reduce the occurrence of coronary heart disease and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Smoking cessation is important in the medical management of many contributors to heart attack. These include atherosclerosis (fatty buildups in arteries), thrombosis (blood clots), coronary artery spasm and cardiac arrhythmia (heart rhythm problems). Quitting smoking also can help manage several other disorders, especially arteriosclerotic peripheral vascular disease (fatty buildups in peripheral arteries) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

According to the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report, tobacco smoking remains the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.

About 23 percent of adult men and 19 percent of adult women smoke. This figure is down considerably from 42 percent in 1965. Changes in smoking habits during the late 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s have very likely contributed to the drop in cardiovascular deaths that occurred at the same time in the United States.

Why Quit?:

  • 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, 20 to 40 percent of participants are able to quit smoking and stay off cigarettes for at least one year.  Smoking cessation programs seem especially helpful for people who smoke more than 25 cigarettes a day. If you are having trouble wrapping your arms around data like this and you need answers, the makers of Smoke Away suggest going to The Smoke Away Support Site to get answers today on how to quit smoking in the new year.

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