Posts Tagged ‘cigarettes’

The Health Care Reform debate is continuing at a steady, although admittedly less intense, pace as people are becoming more vocal about their concerns and want to know more about just how it is going to affect the average American.

I’m curious about what regulations concerning smoking will come out of this process–if there will be new restrictions, new incentives to quit smoking, or nothing at all. Here are some current happenings in the smoking debate: (more…)

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Beginning on December 31, 2010, members of the United States Navy will no longer be able to smoke while aboard submarines. Approximately 35 to 40 percent of the 13,000 sailors currently serving on the Navy’s 71 submarines are smokers.

A study done in 2009 revealed that non-smoking individuals aboard naval ships were being negatively impacted by the smoking habits of their fellow sailors. Specifically, one article states that this study showed that the current method of using air scrubbers to remove the smoke was still leaving an “unacceptable level of secondhand smoke in the atmospheres of submerged submarines.” (more…)

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E-Cigarettes are a product that have caused a fairly large amount of discussion over recent years but never truly grabbed media attention for a sustained period of time. This BBC article suggests that they may not be a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes after all.

True, the people who use e-cigarettes are not inhaling some of the harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes such as tar and carbon monoxide. However, very little research has been done to prove that these are some how healthier.

Several studies are currently exploring this but results won’t be released until later this year at best. Definitely use caution if you have chosen to use one of these devices instead of normal cigarettes.

Go here for help quitting smoking all together:

Visit here or call 1-800-quit-now

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“Tobacco products today are really the only human-consumed product that we don’t know what’s in them,” Lawrence R. Deyton, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s new Center for Tobacco Products

It is startling to me that in 2010 we still don’t know what goes into cigarettes, but that is exactly what a Yahoo! news article reported just a few weeks ago. Its great that the FDA is going to look into this, but why has it taken so long? Clearly this is a signal that it isn’t going to be good news when we do find out.


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