with a fascinating (well, unless you're kosher) history of colonial curing methods.
The UK Highway Code
for drivers, cyclists
and pedestrians has just been updated and expanded by 50%. New advice and recommendations include: 'Never show off or try to compete with other drivers, particularly if they are driving badly
' and 'Smoking while driving is now classed as a 'distraction.'
Step by Step
How do you define private property? Apparently the city council of Belmont, CA has their own definition.
As the smoking ban
in England looms ever closer
, some are considering its possible unintended consequences
. Who will be the unintended winners? Wine
merchants, chefs, online bingo sites
, paparazzi, and people who make outdoor heaters
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.
Ban of all Bans?
is this really all about health?
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.
Jewsfilter: Rabbinic Council of America bans smoking for all Orthodox Jews
"Jewish law is fully able to incorporate new realities, recognize new and reliable scientific findings, and embrace the need to change heretofore acceptable behavior."
Read the full technical legal opinion here
Now if only the Orthodox Union would stand up for the LBGT community
in same the way that it has for Darfur
, stem cell research
, heck, even global warming
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
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.
has been collecting full, unopened cigarette packs from all over
. His site now features over 21,000 photos, arranged in alphabetical order by brand name. Some
are fascinating simply for the way they differ from what we're used to seeing at the 7-11
; others are straight-up nine kinds of awesome
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?
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
Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel
Having sweated over the origins of the universe and split the atom, academics have finally tackled the question that has perplexed mankind since the dawn of time: what are the best chat-up lines?
A study from psychologists at the University of Edinburgh
tested 205 people for reactions to 40 vignettes of a woman approached by a man using "verbal signals of genetic quality" in different categories
, and found the best rated approaches to be those revealing character qualities, wealth and culture, although the puzzling winning line proved a flop in real life tests. Unsurprisingly, a direct request for sex received a low score. Previous findings by the Japanese proved equally dubious
. But there's still hope, as the code seems to have been cracked in Dublin, where since last year "there is definitely more pulling"
. The secret? A smoking ban, a lot of crowded pubs, and "smirting"
, an unexpected side effect of the health measure.
Labour Party charlies cock-up smoking ban plans.
Despite years of very public debate on what seems like a fairly straightforward subject, it now looks like the UK government will be forced to rethink its plans to introduce a smoking ban
in public places across England and Wales. Research
in places where bans are in place all support the claims for health benefits
, and the Scottish Parliament is taking the lead
in the UK by introducing a total ban next year, so why can't the Labour Party make up its mind? If you're tired of waiting for the government to take action, this site lists smoke-free restaurants and hotels
around the world.
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.
Nicotine Vaccine Shows Promise.
Smokers may have some help kicking the habit from an inoculation being tested by several companies.
M. Scott Peck: I'm a prophet, not a saint M. Scott Peck, author of the ultimate self-help manual, has Parkinson’s and his wife of 43 years has walked out.
Interesting profile of M. Scott Peck, the best-selling self-help author who preached self-discipline and delayed gratification despite being a smoker, a drinker, and an adulterer.
Via Bookslut. (Possibly nsfw drawing of nude woman.)
Physicians and scientists around the world even go as far as to state that smoking leads to premature death.
Don’t we all know someone who smokes constantly, even heavily, yet is still living — or has lived — to the mature age of eighty, ninety, and older? Furthermore, the MDs and PhDs state that smoking causes cancer and emphysema. If this diagnosis were definitive, wouldn’t these afflictions affect all smokers equally, rather than the small percentage that it actually does affect?
The Smoking Gun is leaked the 1,903 Michael Jackson grand jury testimony.
Because they're our friends, they have summarized the sealed information into three different webpages: witnesses, search. and destroy?
, and topless photos
(not as sexy as you might hope).
And of course there are the individual transcripts
broken up by witness.
Isn't this leak grounds for a mistrial? And what does a lightskinned brotha have to do to get a fair trial any more?
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.
Four employees fired for refusing smoking test.
This month, Weyco Inc.
, a Michigan based company in the health care industry, has gone forward with its plan to fire any employees that smokes cigarettes, even if it's done in their own homes. This is being done primarily to save money on health care. Weyco defends its position
weight loss and exercise... Those who like their booze also like their nicotine. People who drink to excess also tend to be chronic smokers, and a new report suggests the combination of the two might prove more toxic than either one alone. a small study found chronic smoking + alcohol dependence = increased severity of brain damage. The frontal lobes (short-term storage sites) turn out to be the most damaged. A separate study used rats to show that alcoholism and excessive food intake may share the same chemical pathways in the brain.
has the HealthDayNews report that focuses mainly on the smokes, MSNBC
looks more at the eats. They also have an interesting Addictions Sections
. Could it be that some folks are just prone to addictions and everyone settles on something different?
Arnold Signs Prison Smoking Ban
By July 1, 2005, there will be no more cigarette smoking in California's prison system.
Makes sense, no smoking in our bars, no smoking behind our bars.
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."
The Death of the Irish Pub? "The smoking ban is the work of one man, Michael Martin, the Minister for Health and Children, and one of nature's killjoys... He is generally thought to regard the banning of nicotine from Irish pubs as a personal crusade, explaining that he once tried smoking but didn't enjoy it."The ban
was scheduled to start today, but has been delayed until March
. It's one thing to have smoking banned in California
and New York
, but what's the point of pub that's not dark and smoky
? And Scotland might be next
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.
to fire up a smoke in NYC has now chimed. As of today, it is now illegal to smoke in any public indoor space, including bars. The New York City Indoor Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002
gives further detail as to what defines a public indoor space. That, not including your residential lease that may prohibit as well. As Andrew Jacobs writes, Walk a Mile for a Camel? Not Far Enough Anymore.
The evil weed.
Here's a cheery little test for you old folks.
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.
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.
Ireland to ban smoking in pubs.
The room ... spinning ... reality ... falling away....
A company that "develops and markets smoking products with science-based reductions in certain harmful elements."
How Much is a Human Life Worth?
Read the smoke signals that it's nigh time for tort reform.
In the newest bout of self-help jurisprudence, the "good" people of california have gone too far in awarding an obscene amount of money in a case against Philip Morris. Betty Bullock can now take her 28 billion and go shopping for half of Microsoft, or any other Fortune 500 company, if she's so inclined. Assuming that there is a bank in the land that can cash the check.
Smoking my way to the bank.
Smoke Gets In Your...Eyes?
According to Geoffrey Gray in The Village Voice
, a lot of ex-smokers like to...watch. Whether they're pregnant women
, nicotine voyeurs
or just regular, filter-tipped voyeurs
[comes with a pop-up and probably isn't endearing to employers
], it seems that even this intensely physical pastime is becoming virtualized. So be it. But...what does it all mean
? Can smoking really be vicarious?
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