South Beach Smoke is Now in The Hands Of Celebrities


I always hear about those gift bags that celebrities receive when they go to awards shows, you know, the ones filled with iPads, Rolex watches and other things we all wish we could afford?

Well, South Beach Smoke has definitely proved that they are now a part of the elite, because at the recent MTV movie awards, their electronic cigarettes were packaged in the gift baskets with all of those other awesome gadgets.

The difference here is that South Beach Smoke’s electronic cigarettes are actually affordable to all of us. I own one and I’m far from rich.

I think this is a testament to the quality of the South Beach Smoke brand. They obviously feel that it’s worth putting into the hands of scrutinizing celebrities, and I agree with them.

If you haven’t already, order from South Beach Smoke now.

Federal Judge Not Letting Tobacco Industry Off That Easy

NOTE: This article has been updated with the court ruling.

The big tobacco companies are in trouble for not properly stating that cigarettes they produce that are labeled as “low tar,” “mild,” or “ultra light” aren’t actually healthier or less addictive than other cigarettes.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler is considering making these companies, the nation’s largest manufacturers of cigarettes, pay for a campaign designed to correct these statements; a campaign that will properly inform the public about the misleading labels that have been placed on cigarettes for decades.

The tobacco industry has recently argued that Judge Kessler doesn’t have jurisdiction based on a law from 2009 that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation over the industry, but a federal judge has rejected the argument.

Update

A year later since this post was originally published, Judge Kessler made her final ruling and has ordered that tobacco companies publicly admit through advertisements that their companies have deceived consumers by making false claims regarding the dangers of cigarettes.

Several corrective statements have been ordered to be placed on cigarette labels, including:

  • “Smoking is highly addictive”
  • “Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco”
  • “When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain – that’s why quitting is so hard.”

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It’s So Sad to See Young Kids Smoking

Yesterday I was standing in my kitchen snacking on some sunflower seeds while watching the Mets vs. Yankees game and I looked out of my sliding glass door and saw some kids hanging out across the street. These kids have been hanging out under the tree for as long as I’ve lived here, about 3 years, so it’s nothing strange but then I noticed something that looked like a cigarette in their hands.

I watched and waited to see what it was and sure enough, they took a drag and blew out smoke. It was a cigarette. 🙁

These kids probably aren’t any older than 15 or 16. I started smoking at around that same age, but it still surprises me when I see someone that young already starting on such an addictive, destructive and completely pointless bad habit.

According to studies, more than 3,900 kids ages 12-19 become regular smokers every day. That’s a huge number! But you know what? Only about 1 in 16 middle school students and 1 in 5 high school students start smoking and the number of kids who start smoking decreases every year.

This is great, because it shows that we’re making great progress in preventing tobacco addiction. What all of us are doing to prevent underage smoking – educating children, being non-smoking role models, and continuously fighting the tobacco companies – works!

Lots of kids are curious to see what a cigarette is like. That’s how I started. In some cases, kids might sneak a smoke, decide that they don’t like it and never smoke again. I hope the kids in my photo make the smart decision.

Quitting Smoking Provides The Willpower to Accomplish More in Life

Quitting smoking is hard. It’s one of the toughest challenges you’ll ever have to face in life. But after facing that challenge, you’ll be a stronger person for it.

A recent study from researchers at Trinity College along with the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society shows that former smokers have greater willpower than current smokers. The study compared functional MRI images from current smokers, non-smokers, and former smokers to determine the results.

The results imply that smoking cessation methods work. Cessation therapies and devices help to provide the brain with the cognitive skills to control the impulses and desires of smoking.

And once these skills are learned, they remain. This is great because if you’re able to successfully quit smoking, just think of the challenges you can overcome in the future.

Your willpower to quit smoking not only benefits your health, but also the way you live your life moving forward.

If you want to read more about the study, check it out at Science Daily

* image courtesy of Darcy McCarty

Would You Date a Smoker?

I came across this interesting little survey asking the question “Do people who smoke determine whether you will date them or not?” and I thought I’d post the results so far.

The results don’t really surprise me. The majority of voters say that they would rather not date someone who smoked. It may seem hypocritical of me, but even when I was a smoker, I wouldn’t date a girl who smoked. It’s gross kissing a girl who smokes and it’s not attractive at all.

What do you think? Would the fact that someone you met smoked perhaps sway your decision of dating them?

How Much Money Do You Waste by Smoking?

How much money are you wasting every day by smoking cigarettes? According to this “cost of smoking calculator” from the American Cancer Society, you could save anywhere from $16,000 to $36,000 per 10 years. With cigarettes costing anywhere from $5 to $10 or more per pack, it’s just not worth it.

And when you consider the likelihood of medical expenses further down the road for disease and other conditions caused by smoking, those numbers go way up.

If you quit now, your bank account could be $36k larger in 10 years. You could buy a new car with that money. Or you could continue smoking and end up with lung cancer or some other smoking-related disease.

10 years goes by faster than you might expect. And on your 10 year anniversary of quitting smoking you won’t believe how much better you feel and how fast those ten years flew by. You’ll also be adding many more years to your life which will give you more time to save even more money!

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Smoking a Hookah Might Feel Mild, But It’s Actually Worse Than Smoking Cigarettes

A recent study from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that hookah smoking is becoming increasingly popular among young adults. Erin L. Suftin, Ph.D of the Department of Social Sciences and Healthy Policy says

Unfortunately, many young adults are misinformed about the safety of hookah smoking and some mistakenly believe it to be safer than cigarette smoking.

I own two hookahs, which I purchased only a few months before deciding to quit smoking. I was actually one of those people who thought that a hookah filtered out most of the toxins and made smoking healthier, but after using it a few times and waking up with an extremely sore throat and chest, I decided to do some research.

It turns out that not only is using a hookah no healthier than smoking a cigarette, it’s actually worse, because most hookah smokers will casually smoke for as long as 30 minutes to an hour or longer. And because the smoke feels mild, most people will take much deeper and longer drags. That’s a ton of toxins going into your body.

Needless to say, I haven’t smoked my hookahs since I’ve quit smoking, but to be completely honest, I do plan to use them in the future with friends. I had a lot of fun using my hookahs, but I’ll probably only use them maybe a one or two times per year from now on.

I’ll also be switching to nicotine-free, tobacco-free shisha. Burning anything and inhaling it introduces toxins into the body, but at the very least I would like to prevent the addiction of nicotine from coming back.

If you’d like to read more about the study check out “Hookah use widespread among college students; Study reveals mistaken perception of safety in potential gateway drug.” There are tons of interesting facts about smoking a hookah in this report.

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The QuitNet Community Will Help You Quit Smoking

Need help quitting? There’s nothing more motivating than joining a community of like-minded people with the same goal as you. You can sign up for a free account at QuitNet.com, get helpful advice and gain access to tools and resources to keep you motivated.

I only smoked about 4-5 cigarettes per day before I decided to quit. Using the QuitNet.com tool during the registration process showed me that by quitting, I’m now saving about $438 per year and I’m adding 11 days and 3 hours to my life each year as well. It all adds up!

Quitting smoking is hard. Even if you don’t think you need help, you should join QuitNet.com. The resources will keep you motivated and the tracking tools will help hold you accountable so that you don’t want to smoke.

Do You Think Menthols Are Healthier For You?

I read an article recently about the FDA claiming that marketing messages for menthol cigarettes imply that they are healthier. I’m not trying to stick up for tobacco companies here, but is that really true? I used to be a menthol smoker and I never felt like ads were designed to make me think they were better for me than regular cigarettes.

The claims are that menthol cigarettes are “refreshing” and “soothing.” The article also mentioned that the use of the color green implies “nature.” Do people really think this way? I really hate to think that anyone can’t see how unhealthy any type of tobacco is.

Did you know that smoking tobacco from a hookah is just as bad as smoking a cigarette? Many people think that because the smoke is filtered through water, it comes out cleaner and healthier. Not true. All forms of tobacco are bad and will eventually lead to your death. DON’T SMOKE!

If you want to read the full article that inspired this post, check out Menthol Cigarettes Marketed as ‘Healthier,’ FDA Panel Says.

Electronic Cigarette Cig-a-Like Battery Life Observations

I haven’t smoked since August (7 months ago), but I wrote this post when I first started using an electronic cigarette and I forgot to publish it. I thought it would be good information for anyone who is using a “cig-a-like” e-cig, so I decided I’d put the post up today.

I fully charged my electronic cigarette 5 days ago and haven’t used it until today. Since I was drinking with some friends, I knew I would need my e-cig to keep me from smoking a regular cigarette. Sadly that didn’t happen, because the battery only lasted for about three smoke sessions. I was also sharing with friends so it quickly drained what was left of the battery.

I’ve smoked my electric cigarette several times on a full charge and I haven’t had any problems at all so far. I’ve been able to smoke to my heart’s content. But it seems that leaving the cartridge attached to the battery for a week, even on a full charge and without smoking it at all, drains the battery.

So just a little tip for you – if you want to conserve the battery, detach it from the cartridge after every smoke. This is especially important if you only have one battery and the electronic cigarette is the only barrier stopping you from smoking a real cigarette.

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