Serum hemoglobin is related to endurance running performance. Smoking is known to enhance serum hemoglobin levels ... alcohol may further enhance this beneficial adaptation.
A recent paper
by Kenneth Myers in the Canadian Medical Association Journal
reviews the potential benefits of smoking for endurance atheletes. [more inside]
posted by nangar
on Nov 26, 2011 -
If you've quit smoking and you're trying to get through the early withdrawal symptoms without gaining 20 pounds, one coping strategy is to get busy crafting. Sure, you say, you've made naughty figurines
out of your cigarette packages in bored moments before, but now if you're going to craft you want to make something that celebrates your fantastic self-discipline and can serve as a worthy memorial to your renounced habit. If that's how you feel, check out these links. [more inside]
posted by orange swan
on Nov 23, 2008 -
Ce n'est pas une cigarette
France is the latest to ban smoking in public, joining Spain, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Ukraine, and the U.S. among others. This short article
from The Atlantic shows the long history of countries attempting to ban smoking, from Pope Urban VIII to Hitler. Somehow I think these bans are here to stay.
posted by papoon
on Feb 3, 2007 -
The Australian cigarette health warnings
have pretty much filtered down to every retail packet that's bought now. They're pretty gruesome
and some smoking acquaintances cover them up with stickers. I thought I'd have a look around and see what other countries warnings were like. None of them were pulling any punches except for Uruguay.
posted by tellurian
on May 17, 2006 -
is brilliantly simple: take the cash you'd waste on cigarettes and invest it instead. Perhaps this could help coax economists into quitting smoking, for everyone else, it might be better to have some savings and your health than burning up a few more expensive coffin nails
. [this site from mefi projects
also won the contest
posted by mathowie
on Dec 14, 2005 -
More kids smoking marijuana than tobacco.
A report by the CDC
reports that more kids now report having smoked pot in the last thirty days than those that reported having smoked a cigarette, and in fact, tobacco usage is showing a steep decline while marijuana usage is showing a steady uptick. This item is just one of many interesting statistics contained within the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance
report, taken between February-December, 2003. The war on some drugs wages on... (via my friend C-Dawg)
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jun 23, 2004 -
Why Do Gays Smoke So Much?
Yet another escape from the cruel shackles of responsibility. Why do Gays smoke? 1. They have no children. 2. Social Opprobrium. 3. People are mean.
This isn't journalism. It's crap. High risk behaviors tend to promote other high risk behaviors, like the tattoos-sex-cigaretts connection. It could be something even more sinister, like the values of particular subcultures.
How can we get people to take more responsibility for self destructive behavior? Cigarettes, fat, alcohol, unsafe sex... if we are ever forced into National Health Care, there will be no reason to deny ourselves anything. Have another cigarette on me.
posted by ewkpates
on Aug 5, 2003 -
Cigarette filters don't want to go away. A sigh of releaf from the smokers except our lovid earth. Not as harmless as the Everlasting Gobstopper, eh.
The word biodegradable doesn't warrant interest from the companies
. The gov should be able to protect us...maybe they sponsor the grassroot
with all the money made.
posted by lightweight
on Feb 18, 2003 -
Hard time gets harder.
New York City has banned smoking in all workplaces, and apparently that includes jails. Do you have the right to smoke in jail? A prison full of convicts all having nicotine withdrawl at the same time can't be a good thing.
posted by quibx
on Feb 6, 2003 -
A company that "develops and markets smoking products with science-based reductions in certain harmful elements."
posted by chemgirl
on Jan 21, 2003 -
Another smoking gun.
Tobacco companies fought the marketing of anti-smoking products in the 1980s and '90s, by exerting financial pressure on companies that make nicotine gum and patches--like Dow Chemical. (NYT, reg req'd - CBS News version here
posted by gottabefunky
on Aug 14, 2002 -
No butts about it...
Bloomberg plans to ban smoking in small bars and restaurants in NYC. Why not? The pope
took it even further. And after all, it won't hurt business
owners. Perhaps a better plan would be to limit food
portions instead. How do
NYC smokers feel about this? I know Carrie Bradshaw
will not be too thrilled.
posted by bmxGirl
on Aug 9, 2002 -
Drug War Roundup III A 70% increase in the price of cigarettes seems to have dropped
the teenage smoking rate by 7%. On May 15 you heard the Drug War Czar say anti-drug ads were a flop
. He announced a new campaign
the next day. San Franciscan test subjects in a medical marijuana study say they're given "low-potency ditch weed
." Subjects in a similiar study in Canada say the weed they're given is way too good
. Lastly, Canada is debating whether to decriminalize
smoking pot on the heels of a committee conclusion that it doesn't lead to hard drug use, committing more crimes or driving fast.
posted by raaka
on May 19, 2002 -
Smoking - A quitters diary.
Recommended reading for those wanting to quit, those who have quit and those lucky people who never started and could do with understanding the 'ordeal' of giving up.
posted by Frasermoo
on May 3, 2002 -
A judge has ordered a smoker to stop lighting up
at home or in her car if she wants continued visitation rights with her 13-year-old son who has complained about her pack-a-day habit. "Where the child's health is involved," the judge said, "the court would intervene, even if it meant overriding the parents' religious beliefs." Is this in the best interest of the child or an intrusive ruling?
posted by phooey
on Mar 26, 2002 -
Smoking creates "indirect positive effects."
A report from tobacco giant Philip Morris concluded that the Czech government saved money because of the "indirect positive effects" of the early deaths of cigarette-smokers. PM makes about 80 percent of the cigarettes smoked in the Czech Republic. Said a Philip Morris spokesman
: "Tobacco is a controversial industry, but we are still an industry and sometimes we need some economic data on our industry."
posted by tranquileye
on Jul 17, 2001 -
File under: "Duh!"
"We agree that smoking is addictive and causes disease in smokers," said David Davies, vice president of corporate affairs of Philip Morris Europe.
posted by fraying
on Oct 12, 2000 -
No wonder my mom got hooked.
My mother turns 70 years old on the 26th of this month. She's smoked since college. It's the only thing that I really bug her about; try to stop. She quit about five years ago for almost a year, then started again. I know she's lonely, living alone, but then when I see ads like the link above, I get a better understanding of the cultural acceptance of smoking that was prevalent when she was in college. I watch her immediately reach for her smokes when she gets out of the car after a ride; is that her body chemistry screaming out for more nicotine? I just know there's a special place in hell for the cigarette executives; a special room where they're forced to watch videos of their own children lighting up for the first time.
posted by marktucker
on Jun 1, 2000 -