Hundreds of old cigar labels
. Vintage lighters
. Cigar bands from the "Golden Age" of cigar advertising
(1890s - 1920s). Japanese Matchbox label
& manufacturing. Depression Era Cigarette Packs
. Cigarette Holders for the Ladies
. The Victorian
Gentleman's Smoking Cap
). The History of the Cigar Store Indians
and Side Walk Figure Statues.
Let’s not forget the ashtrays [more inside]
Fed up with anti-smoker sentiments and taxation of cigarettes, Audrey Silk decided to plant her own tobacco
at her home in Brooklyn.
Australia, already a leader in tobacco sales restrictions
, is seeking
plain packaging for all cigarette packaging, forcing a fight with Big Tobacco. Other governments around the world watch interestedly
, as arguments revolve around intellectual property rights
and spill-over effects
. An astro-turf group
has been formed
to protest "on behalf of retailers
". Meanwhile, the Federal Opposition maintains
it's links to
the tobacco industry. (previously)
Ever wanted to start smoking
a tobacco pipe
? Begin by selecting
from the many types of pipes available
. Next, choose
type and flavor
. Pipe smoking has
and storied history
- many a famous man
, or fictional character
would not be parted from his
or her pipe
(link slightly NSFW). Pipes in art
. Books about pipes
. And of course, there is widely varying opinion
on just how healthy pipe
Every Cigarette Smoked in Mad Men
. Well, clearly not every cigarette, but it seems to me the show is one big tobacco ad. Also mentioned in parody
. [more inside]
Here's a strange one for the books: Science has taken notice that a really
LARGE proportion of schizophrenic patients smoke. In fact, Scientific American Mind reports
that an average of 85% of schizophrenic patients smoke cigarettes compared to only 20% in the general population. Many schizophrenics also appear to have abnormal thermoregulation
, an impaired ability to understand body language
, an inability to perceive an optical illusion called "the hollow mask illusion,"
an impaired ability to produce a brain protein known as the muscarinic M1 receptor
, and an abnormally large number of genetic mutations known as CNV's or "copy number variations."
Are US tobacco companies conspiring to make tobacco more addictive
through additives or aren't they
? Ever since the first reports
published in 1999
, this has been debated
off and on
for years as the tobacco lobby defended itself against allegations of racketeering and outright lies. Recently they lost the case
. But the question
of American cigarettes being more addictive
than others still remains
The House passed H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
a few days ago
. The bill would put regulation of tobacco under the jurisdiction of the F.D.A.
of this bill, pointing out that Philip Morris is behind it. But the bill does contain many positive elements
. Manufacturers would be required to disclose product ingredients to the F.D.A. and marketing to children would be further restricted. [more inside]
It looks like a cigarette. It smokes like a cigarette. But it's actually the e-cigarette
, and it might be the future of smoking. [more inside]
Helping Smokers Quit: A Role for Smokeless Tobacco?
45 million Americans still smoke, and 438,000 die each year, despite a 40-year intense public health campaign. Apart from 'quit or die', the third
is smokeless tobacco. The linked report by the American Council on Science and Health
describes the products and examines the risks.
With all the public smoking bans
coming in effect over the past few years, the anti-tobacco movement seems en route to achieve its favored objective: prohibition
. Michael Siegel
keeps a careful eye on them at The Rest of the Story
Does smoking have health benefits?
Some argue yes, but is it enough to stop the masses from making this seed bearing plant
the root of all evil? If we feel it wise to keep the young from smoking is it OK to outright lie
if the end justifies the means?
Recent research claims that even smoking a few cigarettes a day is dangerous
according to Tobacco Control
. This is bad news for millions of smokers who have cut-back their daily consumption of cigarettes. It is also contrary to previous research which claimed that light smoking had little impact on health.
"It's clear the government hasn't thought through what it's doing."
The war? No, he's talking about the DOJ tobacco trial
, which is wrapping up with government lawyers suddenly and inexplicably dropping the penalty against Big Tobacco companies from $130bn to just $8bn. A far cry from the $280bn originally sought. More inside.
It's only a matter of time
before Canada's last bastion of smoke-filled cafes frequented by tortured artists succumbs to the trend sweeping the nation
, and the world
. The real question is: do they care about our health
, or are they trying to stop a conspiracy?
As long as they don't ban poutine
, I think we'll be okay.
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)
Teenage lesbian or bisexual girls… are the worst hit by tobacco among all groups of young people, according to a new US study. "Antigay stigma and harassment, rejection from family and friends, and sometimes even physical violence can create a hostile environment for many young people coming to terms with their sexual orientation. This, combined with the tobacco industry's targeted marketing to lesbian and gay communities, is putting lesbian and bisexual girls in harm's way."
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.
A company that "develops and markets smoking products with science-based reductions in certain harmful elements."
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
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.
"aaaah, lovely fags !!"
From the smoke filled dreams of Father Ted - "aaaah, lovely fags !!" The age of innocence.
THE CITY DOES NOT EMPLOY INDIVIDUALS WHO NOW USE OR HAVE USED TOBACCO PRODUCTS WITHIN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS.
- Is this legal? I myself do not smoke, but it seems dangerous that governments or corporations may be able to refuse to hire you based on something you may legally
do on your free time. Is this common? More importantly, is this the start of a very slippery slope?
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.
File Under "Duh": Hollywood Colluded With Tobacco Giants
. You'd think they'd never seen film noir
Nicote-free cigarette from genetically modified tobacco
Apparently a company has developed it and they're running taste-tests too, in stores soon. Looks fine for wannabe smoke quitters. You found another way to get
rid of cigs ?
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."
Smoker awarded $3 billion in lawsuit
. Call me crazy, but, even from an anti-tobacco standpoint, doesn't this strike anyone as a bit excessive?
is this the beginning of the end
for tobacco companies? an award for damages caused by passive smoking has sparked huge debate here in oz.
I know it's all about anti-tobacco, but I still don't get their television commercials. Their website
is hella phat, though.
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.
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.