September 20th, 2007
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December 13th, 2006
This Widget does not only show nonsmokers how long they have not smoked for, but it also has three other displays that show how many cigarettes they have not smoked so far, how much money they have saved and how much nicotine and tar isn't inhaled. All the text in the displays are changeable, so it can be adapted to most languages. The options are dual language (English/German).
Very handy little reminder! And free!
Xposted to anti_smoking and pro_fresh_air
November 15th, 2006
The usually upbeat host gets emotional on Monday's episode of her talk show when talking to a hypnotist about her addiction to smoking cigarettes. After being asked by hypnotist Paul McKenna to think of four times she wanted to quit smoking, envisioning them clearly in her mind, he then asks her to then think of lighting up again and DeGeneres begins to cry.
McKenna explains the exercise, "Your brain's like a computer, what we're gonna do is reprogram it so that smoking doesn't mean the same thing again."
It appears the trick was a success, with Ellen exclaiming three days later, "I feel so good. I feel healthier! It seems ridiculous but my skin looks better, I just feel like, I feel healthy. I feel really good."
Here's a link to her blog, where she shares a video of part of her hypnosis session. Way to go Ellen!
November 10th, 2006
There were a few victories for fresh air this last election! I know Arizona made the right choice! I'd love to post a list of all the victories from this last election, but I'm not having much luck finding a good list. This is the closest I could find, but it's not quite that recent!
In any case, that's what this community is all about. Celebrating progress, victories, and being proactive in making it possible to be smoke free!
October 27th, 2006
So, yes. Just watched Thank You For Smoking last night, which is where the cap came from. I was really surprised, it wasn't all what I was expecting! And ultimately it wasn't about smoking anymore than Reefer Madness: The Musical was about pot. It was about "Spin". Politics. And the narrative was great. I don't think I've ever loved a movie so much where I hated 99% of the characters so much. At least Nick knew he was an asshole though. It was really brilliantly done. lunar_geisha wasn't kidding, it will get you talking no matter what your position is on smoking!
And even though smoking wasn't even the real point of the movie, just the vehicle to get their point across, it did lose a point for me with the glossing over of second hand smoke. Sorry, it's a HUGE pet peeve for me when anyone compares smoking to say eating hamburgers or whatever. Sorry, you don't give second hand cheese. Frankly, if smoke couldn't be smelled or have an effect on anyone other than the smoker, I totally wouldn't care. It's your body, do what you want. But that's just not the way it is.
For example, sweet as it is for smokers to try and stand aside out of respect for a non-smoker's space, or in smoking sections, or outside... it doesn't work. The effects of cigarette smoke can be felt strongly for 4 meters, 13 feet, from where you are standing. It doesn't help. The thought it nice, but it doesn't help. It can be detected in smaller amounts for -get this- up to 7 meters/23 feet. And that's just one cigarette, nevermind when it's a group of smokers. This is why those of us who would like to choose not to smoke are so pissed off and frustrated all the time. We don't even have the option so long as we need to go out in public or live with/know/are related to someone who smokes. This is why we desperately want you to stop smoking. It's not about oppressing the smokers, it's about liberating the non-smokers.
But yes, my besides the point nit-picking aside, I think this is a fascinating, disturbing, and hilarious movie!
October 10th, 2006
There's been a lot of commercials for 206 trying to fool people into thinking that the bill will help with the second hand smoke problem. I nearly fell for it myself! But 206 is backed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which alone should tell us something.
201 is backed by the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
If you're an AZ voter, please don't be fooled by 206 and remember to vote for REAL smoke free air with 201! And please, pass it on!
X-posted to anti_smoking
September 17th, 2006
Right next to you is a woman about to light up a cigarette. Here we go...
And she does. And so the disgusting inhaling begins until the bus comes (10 minutes later).
(cross-posted to other anti-smog communities).
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July 1st, 2006
"The good news is that, unlike some public health hazards, secondhand smoke exposure is preventable," Carmona said. "A proven method exists for protecting nonsmokers from the health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure: Avoiding places where secondhand smoke is present," he said.
According to the report, comprehensive smoking bans such as those in New York City and Boston have not hurt the hospitality industry. Also,restricting smoking in the workplace not only reduces secondhand smoke but also reduces active smoking.
Such statements are likely to fuel legislative efforts to ban smoking indoors.
"The report is going to provide an additional tool and some very robust conclusions to support smoke-free laws and ordinances across the country," Billings said. "If anything, the momentum and the pace of passing smoke-free air laws will increase as a result of the report,"he said.
"Those are very powerful conclusions, because those are some of the arguments the foes of eliminating secondhand smoke try to use," Billings continued. "I think this report will rebut those kinds of claims once and for all," he added.
In the meantime, the Surgeon General has these tips on protecting yourself and your loved ones from the effects of secondhand smoke:
- Make your home and car smoke-free.
- Ask people not to smoke around you or your children.
- Make sure that your children's day-care center or school is smoke-free.
- Patronize restaurants and other businesses that are smoke-free.
- Teach children to stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Avoid secondhand smoke exposure especially if you or your children have respiratory conditions, if you have heart disease, or if you are pregnant.
Also, more smoke free links...
June 26th, 2006
Anybody heard of this Hydrostar system? It's basically working toward getting cars to run on *water* which would be both safer and cheaper! Very cool stuff, it'd be nice if the government(s) and the big name car companies would throw their bucks in for stuff like this. We'd get there faster if they would! I like this idea better than the veggie oil one. Cleaner and less stinky.