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Cigar Smoking Raises All-cause Mortality

All forms of combustible tobacco pose health risks to the user.

There are some who smoke cigars because they think they are not as harmful  as cigarettes. A 26 year study of almost 360,000 U.S. adults, found those who exclusively smoked cigarettes experienced twice the risk of never-smokers. The all-cause mortality of those who exclusively smoked cigars was 20% higher than never-smokers, but each group of smokers had a significantly elevated risk of dying from tobacco related cancers.

PositiveTip: No safe form of tobacco exists!

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No Safe Level for Smoking

Smoking a single cigarette a day is associated with significantly more risk than non-smokers.

Lighting up just one time per day poses a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke. This large meta-analysis of 141 studies in 21 countries found smoking one cigarette a day was associated with a 48-74% increased risk in men, and a 57-118% risk for women.

PositiveTip: Remember, light smoking, smoking fewer cigarettes, and occasion smoking brings a substantial risk of harm.

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Phillip Morris Vows to 'Give Up Cigarettes'

Phillip Morris if you are really serious, just stop selling cigarettes today.

Phillip Morris International ran advertisements in the U.K. this week vowing to stop selling cigarettes. It is hard to believe, and many suspect this is a stunt--like a bad April's Fool's joke. PMI claims it has a global commitment to replace cigarettes with smoke-free alternatives. Yet teens who use these kinds of products are twice as likely to begin smoking cigarettes with one year.

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From the Plant to the Puff

There are 93 known and potentially harmful chemicals in cigarettes.

You may not be a smoker, but you know that cigarettes can kill you. It actually kills half of all who start and never quit! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created some videos and interactive tools to help you learn more about the potentially harmful chemicals in cigarettes from the plant to the product to the smoke.

PositiveTip: If you have children or grandchildren take some time to show them these videos and information. It could help them never start smoking.

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Global Smoking Deaths Rising

Eighty percent of current smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

Smoking is responsible for about 6 million deaths per year globally at an estimated associated cost of $1 trillion. An international report projects that by 2030, smoking-related deaths will rise to over 8 million a year! While smoking in the U.S. has fallen to a record low of 15.!% of adults, it has been countered by rising numbers of smokers concentrated among the poor and other vulnerable groups. Just five tobacco companies account for 85% of global cigarette production.

PositiveTip: Fully support all reasonable efforts to control tobacco use!


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No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

Even a single cigarette each day increases mortality risk by 64%.

Many smokers believe very light smoking or not smoking every day may reduce their health risks. In a study of 290,000 middle-age and older smokers, researcher found long-time, low-volume smokers had significantly higher mortality risks compared with those who had never smoked or quit. Those who reported consistently smoking 1-10 cigarettes a day had an 87% greater chance of dying prematurely. These associations were similar for men and women.

PositiveTip: All smokers--even light smokers--can benefit from smoking cessation.

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Big Money Spent to Fight Cigarette Tax Hikes

A 10% increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes drops kid's use by 7%.

Big Tobacco will spend almost $100 million on this election to defeat tax hike propositions in just three states: California, Colorado, and North Dakota. If approved, per-pack taxes will rise by $1.75 to $2.00. Proponents of these hikes say one of the most effective ways to encourage people to stop smoking is to raise taxes by $1.00 per pack. 

PositiveTip: Support all reasonable efforts to curb the tobacco habit, especially if tax funds are used to help cessation efforts.

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Will Big Tobacco be Victorious in the U.K.?

U.K. tobacco 'plain packaging' laws challenged by manufacturers.

Big Tobacco, representing companies like Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco have filed suit against the U.K.'s "plain packaging" laws which are due to take effect in May 2016. They claim the law seizes their property without compensation. Tobacco kills over 100,000 people each year in the U.K. This law aims to discourage children from smoking and to help smokers quit.

PositiveTip: Remember, it is best to never start smoking, and if you do smoke, now is the best time to quit!

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"Quit Like a Champion"

Smoking is still the single largest cause of disease and preventable premature death.

The 2015 Great American Smokeout is one week away! The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of each November to encourage smokers to go the distance and give up smoking. Ready-to-use graphics for social media, flyers, posters and table tents can be downloaded. If you are curious about the impact of smoking in the movies, check out this resource!

PositiveTip: It is never too late to quit smoking. Get the help you need to stop--or help a smoker you know quit!

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Kuddos to the FDA!

The FDA does not approve products, only clears them for marketing.

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the marketing of four R J Reynolds cigarette brands because they do not meet specific safety and composition requirements. The FDA found they have changed so much over the last few years they do not resemble the original products--with higher levels of formaldehyde, menthol, sweeteners, and unclear tobacco blends. No tobacco product is "safe" even if approved for marketing.

PositiveTip: Don't start smoking, stop if you started, and help others quit. It's still good advice.