Your Doctor Wanted You to Smoke

In 1946 This Doctor Wanted You To Smoke

In 1946 This Doctor Wanted You To Smoke

Yes, there was a time when doctors and athletes were paid by tobacco companies to promote smoking.

Time has created a photo gallery of vintage pro-smoking advertisements.


Price of Cigarettes Going Up in NYC

It’s going to cost more to destroy your health.

From MyFoxNY

Price of Cigarettes Going Up in NYC

Last Edited: Sunday, 08 Feb 2009, 5:06 PM EST
Created On: Sunday, 08 Feb 2009, 4:57 PM EST

NEW YORK – What a drag! A pack of cigarettes will soon cost more than $10 in Manhattan.

Costing More to Destroy Your Health

Costing More to Destroy Your Health

That’s because a 62 cent federal tax on cigarettes will take effect this week.

This means the cost of a pack of smokes in New York City will be the highest in the country.

Smoking Ban Hits Home. Truly.


January 27, 2009
Belmont Journal
Smoking Ban Hits Home. Truly.

BELMONT, Calif. — During her 50 years of smoking, Edith Frederickson says, she has lit up in restaurants and bars, airplanes and trains, and indoors and out, all as part of a two-pack-a-day habit that she regrets not a bit. But as of two weeks ago, Ms. Frederickson can no longer smoke in the one place she loves the most: her home.

Ms. Frederickson lives in an apartment in Belmont, Calif., a quiet Silicon Valley city that is now home to perhaps the nation’s strictest antismoking law, effectively outlawing lighting up in all apartment buildings.

“I’m absolutely outraged,” said Ms. Frederickson, 72, pulling on a Winston as she sat on a concrete slab outside her single-room apartment. “They’re telling you how to live and what to do, and they’re doing it right here in America.”

And that the ban should have originated in her very building — a sleepy government-subsidized retirement complex called Bonnie Brae Terrace — is even more galling. Indeed, according to city officials, a driving force behind the passage of the law was a group of retirees from the complex who lobbied the city to stop secondhand smoke from drifting into their apartments from the neighbors’ places.

“They took it upon themselves to do something about it,” said Valerie Harnish, the city’s information services manager. “And they did.”

Public health advocates are closely watching to see what happens with Belmont, seeing it as a new front in their national battle against tobacco, one that seeks to place limits on smoking in buildings where tenants share walls, ceilings and — by their logic — air. Not surprisingly, habitually health-conscious California has been ahead of the curve on the issue, with several other cities passing bans on smoking in most units in privately owned apartment buildings, but none has gone as far as Belmont, which prohibits smoking in any apartment that shares a floor or ceiling with another, including condominiums.

“I think Belmont broke through this invisible barrier in the sense that it addressed drifting smoke in housing as a public health issue,” said Serena Chen, the regional director of policy and tobacco programs for the American Lung Association of California. “They simply said that secondhand smoke is no less dangerous when it’s in your bedroom than in your workplace.”

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Anti-smoking group gives New York a mixed grade


State praised for taxes, laws, but rapped on prevention

By Heather Senison

ALBANY – Despite the state’s increased focus on getting smokers to quit in 2008, the estimated economic cost of smoking was $14.1 billion, according to an American Lung Association study.

Each year, the association evaluates how successful the state’s smoking-prevention programs are in comparison with the amount of money the state spent on those who got sick from the habit. The economic costs include health care expenditures and productivity losses.

In this year’s study, New York did well in the areas of cigarette taxes and smoke-free air laws, but badly in the areas of improving coverage of services to help people quit and spending on tobacco prevention and control. The state provided $81.9 million for tobacco prevention and control, less than a third of the $254.3 million recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report found.

“This is an updated and very realistic picture of where New York excels at tobacco control and where we have a lot of work to do,” said Louise Vetter, chief executive officer of the American Lung Association in New York.

There were 2.75 million adult smokers and 140,000 youth smokers in New York as of 2008, according to the association.

Smoking-related illnesses cause almost 393,000 deaths in America each year, the report said. More than 25,000 New Yorkers die from tobacco- related illness each year.

New York has one of the strongest clean indoor air laws in the country, and Gov. David Paterson signed legislation last year that enacted the nation’s highest cigarette tax, said Claire Pospisil, a state Health Department spokeswoman.

“Youth and adult smoking rates in New York are at their lowest levels on record. The New York State Smokers Quitline provides free smoking cessation services and nicotine replacement products,” she said. “We look forward to reviewing the report to help determine what steps, if any, are necessary to further reduce New Yorkers’ tobacco use.”

Quitline received more than 1 million calls and helped roughly 125,000 people quit in 2008, according to the state Department of Health.

The American Lung Association believes New York should step up efforts to help people quit, Vetter said.

Elmira Star Gazette

A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’


Parents who expose their children to first, second or third-hand smoke, should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. We’re pleased that the Bay Terrace Cafe has always been a smoke-free venue.

A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’

“Parents who smoke often open a window or turn on a fan to clear the air of second-hand smoke, but experts now have identified another smoking-related threat to children’s health that isn’t as easy to get rid of: third-hand smoke.

That’s the term being used to describe the invisible yet toxic brew of gases and particles clinging to smokers’ hair and clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting, that lingers long after smoke has cleared from a room. The residue includes heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive materials that young children can get on their hands and ingest, especially if they’re crawling or playing on the floor.”

“When their kids are out of the house, they might smoke. Or they smoke in the car. Or they strap the kid in the car seat in the back and crack the window and smoke, and they think it’s okay because the second-hand smoke isn’t getting to their kids,” Dr. Winickoff continued. “We needed a term to describe these tobacco toxins that aren’t visible.”

Third-hand smoke is what one smells when a smoker gets in an elevator after going outside for a cigarette, he said, or in a hotel room where people were smoking. “Your nose isn’t lying,” he said. “The stuff is so toxic that your brain is telling you: ’Get away.’”