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Wisconsin 4th in Nation in Smoking Quit Attempts

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A new CDC report shows Wisconsin is among the states with the highest percentage of residents who have tried to quit smoking. Those smokers may benefit from knowing that there is free help at their fingertips by calling 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visiting the newly redesigned

CDC analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for the years 2001-2010 and 2011-2013 to provide updated state-specific trends in quit attempts among adult smokers. During 2001-2010, the proportion of adult cigarette smokers who had made a quit attempt in the past 12 months increased in 29 states and the US Virgin Islands.

The states and territories with the highest proportion of smokers who reported a quit attempt during the preceding 12 months were Puerto Rico and Guam (76.4 percent), District of Columbia (64.4 percent), Connecticut (72.5 percent) and Wisconsin (71.3 percent).

The states and territories with the lowest proportion of smokers who reported a quit attempt during the preceding 12 months were Kentucky (56.2 percent), North Dakota (58.7 percent), West Virginia (59.7 percent), Iowa (59.8 percent) and Delaware (60.2 percent).

The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, established in May of 2001, is managed by the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) and is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It does not matter where you buy cigarettes – you are invited to participate in the campaign.

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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Tobacco News


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WHO Tobacco Treaty Would Make It Harder For Smokers To Quit

The toll of tobacco smoking is public health problem number one. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that one billion lives will be cut short by “tobacco” (smoking) this century, if current trends continue. Yet, despite the abject failure of currently-approved methods for helping addicted smokers quit, public health authorities, nonprofits, and politicians worldwide are doing their best to impede, rather than promote, a potentially miraculous new technology devoted to that very goal: electronic cigarettes and e-vapor products (e-cigs).

From San Francisco to Washington to New York, self-styled experts as well as heads of federal agencies routinely warn smokers not to even try using them, no matter how often they’ve failed to quit.

Now the same message will be coming from Moscow! The WHO’s own tobacco control treaty (the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, FCTC) will be discussed, debated and revised over the next week in the former seat of the USSR. While this treaty has some feel-good measures that have not (and will not) have much effect on reducing the toll of cigarette smoking — much like our own tobacco law, enacted in 2009 — the net damage it does to public health far outweighs any conceivable benefits. Again like our own law, it has high hurdles for any new product to enter the market.

That’s a problem, because new often means reduced-risk nicotine delivery, especially for e-cigs. Sections ostensibly aimed at benefiting public health — plain packages, encouraging cessation methods we already know do not work, raising taxes (including on e-cigs), forcing cigarette companies to list their ingredients — have not reduced smoking discount cigarettes significantly in any of the 180 or so signatory nations (the USA has never adopted the treaty, and in any event we are boycotting the Moscow meeting as part of our anti-Putin campaign. I doubt he will lose any sleep over this charade, however, nor will it impact public health).

Smoking rates have declined slowly or not at all over recent years in Europe and America, while Asian populations have taken up the habit avidly, egged on by big tobacco’s predatory recruitment tactics largely abandoned in the west. While most smokers want to quit, the currently approved methods work about one time in ten, an unacceptably low “success” rate.

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Tobacco News



Doctors offer advice on resolving to quit smoking

With the new year just days away, many smokers are resolving to kick the habit. New Year’s Day is the single most popular quit date of the year, says Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends at the American Cancer Society. Many others pick days with special significance to them, such as an anniversary or a child’s birthday.

While giving up smoking is a notoriously difficult challenge, doctors say they know more than ever about what works and what doesn’t. And people have more choices today than ever about how to develop a “quit plan” that works, Glynn says. Developing a plan is essential, he says, given the strength of nicotine addiction.

Some choices are easy. Strategies to skip include acupuncture and hypnosis, which have never been shown to help people quit smoking, Glynn says. Another bad idea? Trying to quit on your own, without a plan, support, counseling or medication, says Bill Blatt, director of tobacco programs at the American Lung Association. Only about 5% of people who take this approach manage to quit long-term, staying smoke-free at least six months, Blatt says.

People can boost their odds of success by writing down their reasons for quitting, telling their friends and families about their plans, talking to their doctors and by thinking of ways to change daily routines that revolve around smoking, he says. People who normally smoke first thing in the morning, for example, may want to break the habit by jumping in the shower as soon as they wake up instead. Those accustomed to smoking after dinner may want to talk a walk outside.

Telling friends and families about a quit date helps people to enlist support – and patience. That can be key, given that a common side effect of nicotine withdrawal is irritability, Glynn says. “A lot of psychological research shows that when you make a public commitment, you are more likely to do it,” Glynn says. The lung association’s “Quitter in You” program offers guidance both for smokers and those who want to help a loved one quit.

Taking a Food and Drug Administration-approved medication can boost the odds of quitting to 20%, Blatt said. FDA-approved smoking cessation drugs include several available without a prescription. Among them: nicotine-replacement gum, lozenges and patches. Other products, such as faster-acting nasal sprays and inhalers, require a prescription. So do two drugs that help to reduce nicotine’s effects on the brain – varenicline, sold as Chantix, and bupropion, sold as Zyban – which can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Tobacco Articles


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Marathon runner to push giant ‘Stoptober’ ball through Norwich

Rory Coleman will be running a 28 mile route, including three miles while pushing a giant ‘Stoptober ball’ on Sunday, September 29 as part of the Stoptober campaign – the country’s mass attempt to quit smoking.

The ex-smoker, who lives in Cardiff, will stop off at the Sportspark, on Earlham Road, where he will push the four metre high ball around the running track, before taking it onto the city’s streets and all the way to Norwich Haymarket, outside Next.

At the finishing line he will be met by a team of expert advisors from Smokefree Norfolk, the stop smoking service provided by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

The feat is part of Mr Coleman’s 28 x 28 challenge, which he’s signed up to in a bid to inspire others to kick the habit during Stoptober. It will see him run at least 28 miles a day for 28 consecutive days as he makes his way across the country.

The challenge got underway on September 9 in Salford, seeing him make his way to Norwich via Liverpool, Leeds, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Bristol, and Birmingham, before heading to London and Cardiff.

Mr Coleman said: “This is one of the biggest challenges I have ever taken on, but it was important for me to do something to support Stoptober. Twenty years ago I was a chain-smoking alcoholic who could barely run to the corner shop let alone a mile. To see the difference that stopping smoking has made to my life has been overwhelming and I want more people to take the first initial steps to quitting.”

“It takes determination and willpower to stop smoking but if an ex 40-a-day man can keep running for 28 days, hopefully it will inspire people to keep off the cigarettes for that long too.”

Mr Coleman has become well-known across the country, after running almost 200 ultra-marathons and setting nine Guinness World Records. He decided to take on the latest challenge to help raise awareness of Stoptober, which is now in its second year and aims to help smokers to quit for 28 days during October.

In Norwich, people will be able to commit to quit by attaching their pledge to a three metre high Stoptober wheel which will be in place at Norwich Haymarket. They will also be offered information about the help available from Smokefree Norfolk and will be invited to sign up to access support to quit.

Katie McGoldrick, Smokefree Norfolk lead advisor, said: “Giving up smoking is one of the single most important things you can do to improve your health. Rory is such as inspiration and shows exactly what you can achieve if you set your mind to it.”

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Tobacco Facts


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Cigarette stunt hero Rajinikanth asks fans to quit smoking

Tamil cinema icon Rajinikanth, whose inimitable style of popping a cigarette into his mouth earned him many youth fans, has urged them to kick the habit. Addressing a gathering of his fans to mark his birthday, he said his illness had been caused by smoking, but admitted that he was unable to give it up. “I haven’t quit smoking, but you should do so,” he said, adding he recovered from his kidney ailment, involving extensive medical treatment, only by God’s grace and the prayers of his fans. Here’s a look at some of Rajinikanth’s iconic cigarette stunts in some of his movies.

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Tobacco Articles


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How Aamir Khan quit smoking

It has been more than a year since Aamir Khan stopped smoking, and this time he says it is for good. And if there is one thing he has in common with SRK, is that in his case too, it was the constant goading from his children that got him to kick the butt. There was a time when he smoked 40 cigarettes a day.

Aamir Khan
 Aamir Khan – an Indian film actor

Speaking to Mirror from Delhi airport, the actor spoke about his several failed attempts and emphasised that this time he would not give in. “Never,” he insisted.

Talking about what often ate into his resolve to quit smoking, Aamir, who is currently in transit for his forthcoming TV show, said, “Whenever my film was about to hit the theatres, I got nervous. And I felt that a cigarette could ease the pressure.” So what triggered the renewed promise this time? Aamir revealed, “Honestly, my son Junaid and my daughter were getting very annoyed. Kiran and my mother too were constantly telling me to throw my cigarettes and lighters away. There was this day, January 1, 2011, to be precise, when I decided that ‘Enough is Enough’. I can say that four people were instrumental.”

The actor says that the resolve to kick a harmful habit not only benefits the individual but the family as well. “Your family loves you the most, don’t they?” the actor added. It also helps that there is only a week’s gap between the release of his next and the commencement of Dhoom 3. Aamir is expected to undergo a strict fitness regime for the film, and cigarettes are an absolute no.

So, is he using nicotine patches to control his craving? “There is no craving. Trust me, this time I don’t feel the urge to have even one puff if I see anybody smoking near me,” the actor says, adding, “I know it’s difficult to learn to say ‘No’ to things that become a habit with you. But this time my will power is immensely strong and I shall not smoke again.”

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Tobacco News


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