The secret history behind the science of stress. Hans Selye
, the "Father of Stress
," first coined the idea of "stress" and wrote 1700 articles and 39 books, was nominated for the Nobel Prize 10 times, and received the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honors. He also, Mark Petticrew discovered
, received major funding from the tobacco industry for his research. Tobacco executives hoped he might offer reasonable scientific alternatives for the link between heart disease and smoking. He obliged, writing, "While some scientists have associated cigarette smoking with heart disease, it is reasonably [here, the word “reasonably” has been deleted, and the word “certainly” inserted] clear that a number of other factors including life-style, blood pressure, biochemistry, genetics and in particular, stress, may also be involved." [more inside]
posted by jaguar
on Jul 7, 2014 -
The Case Against a Smoke Free America
"Tobacco is viewed as pure vice by public health officials. Surgeon General Everett C. Koop famously hoped for a smoke-free America by the year 2000. Koop echoed Lucy Page Gaston, the early twentieth century prohibitionist who campaigned for 'a smokeless America by 1925.' This impulse was revived by Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who testified before Congress in 2003, 'I see no need for any tobacco products in society.'... In Elizabethan England, the then novel act of smoking was described as 'dry drinking.' The metaphor is apt: Neither alcohol nor tobacco is essential to life, but both offer pleasant flavors while enhancing mood and sociality. And, of course, both are harmful when consumed in excess."
posted by bookman117
on Dec 25, 2012 -
From about 1875 to the 1940s, cigarette cards
spurred tobacco sales. Sets offer a glimpse into the popculture of the times, spanning newsmakers
, cinema celebrities
, and sports stars
; cute illustrated subjects, like "frisky"
and children with rosy cheeks
; handy info like air raid precautions
, first aid
, and amusing tricks
; and neat stuff like famous escapes
, exotic races
, and figures of speech
. Browse more fun sets
of vintage images.
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 11, 2007 -
The Denial Machine
. A 40-min Canadian (CBC) documentary about the "denial industry" - think tanks, scientists, PR firms, focus groups, lawyers, etc.. the issue?
. It doesn't matter - different issues but the same people.
How to be a professional denier and profit.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 9, 2006 -
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 -
Yesterday the World Health Organization launched a report on diet and nutrition
, saying that sugar should be restricted to 10% of caloric intake. Predictably, the sugar industry (press releases
) threw fits
and called on their cronies in Congress to cut off WHO funding. Apparently they're fighting and clawing
even more than the tobacco industry in similar circusmtances, and WHO fears that lobbyists have more power with the Bush administration. The SA believes that inactivity, not our increased sugar consumption, is the primary cause of the obesity epidemic. Are we in for another few years of declarations of junk science and endless gov't investigations into what seems obvious, a la
most environmental and health concerns?
posted by fotzepolitic
on Apr 24, 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 -
Bush is soft on tobacco
Just say No! Unless you are in cahoots with Big Tobacco. On issues such as this, I do not hold Bush or his party solely guilty but instead view it as The American Way--lobby groups, gifts, elections handouts--all of which blur party lines.
posted by Postroad
on Nov 27, 2002 -
Cigarettes are good for you, say "scientists."
Yes, that's right. According to the Times of India the National Institute on Drug Abuse
did a study in Bethesda, MD that reports that nicotine aids in concentration. The "Times" also says that this means new things for sufferers of ADD
. Unfortunately, NIDA doesn't seem to want to say much about this new study on their own website.
I wonder why the "Times of India" is all in English. Well, if you need a new reason to justify smoking, you can take this at face value, but something tells me there's more to this story than is instantly obvious.
posted by magikeye
on Oct 30, 2002 -
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 -
Smoke 'em if you can get 'em?
Philip Morris' decision to support FDA regulation of cigarettes has smoke coming from between my ears trying to figure it out. Good, bad, victims of the cigarette tax money-grab?
posted by fncll
on Jul 26, 2002 -