- ‘Obamacare’ to hit smokers with huge penalties (RT, Jan 26, 2013):
Smokers, beware: tobacco penalties under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act could subject millions of smokers to fees costing thousands of dollars, making healthcare more expensive for them than Americans with other unhealthy habits.
The Affordable Care Act, which critics have also called “Obamacare”, could subject smokers to premiums that are 50 percent higher than usual, starting next Jan 1. Health insurers will be allowed to charge smokers penalties that overweight Americans or those with other health conditions would not be subjected to.
A 60-year-old smoker could pay penalties as high as $5,100, in addition to the premiums, the Associated Press reports. A 55-year-old smoker’s penalty could reach $4,250. The older a smoker is, the higher the penalty will be.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Global News, Government, Healthcare, Obama administration, Obamacare, Politics, smoking, U.S.
- New research reveals breathing pattern of smokers deepens the addiction (Natural News, May 29, 2012):
Ask nearly any smoker or ex-smoker why cigarettes are so addicting and they’ll probably say, “It’s the nicotine.” But delve further into the hook, and what is revealed is that most smokers breathe quite differently while smoking than they do when they’re not, aiding in relaxation by simply engaging in the same inhale – hold – exhale rhythm, sometimes 500 times a day. This pattern for many can be considered meditation, used for reflection or forward-thinking time, and when most people attempt to quit smoking cold turkey, they don’t even think about what they’re “missing.” The lack of that breathing pattern alone sends them right back to the well, as they light up again the first time something stressful comes their way (http://ezinearticles.com). Continue reading »
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- Dangerous glass fibers in cigarettes worsen lung damage for smokers (Natural News, May 04, 2012):
Shocking new research reveals that a specific type of lung cancer many smokers develop comes from tiny tears in their lung tissue caused by microscopic glass fibers, also known as glass wool, found in many conventional cigarette filters. These rips in the epithelial (soft) tissue fuel the development of tumors and cancerous cells due to the constant overload of toxins, namely pesticides, nicotine and ammonia, contained in commercial cigarette smoke.
The filters of typical commercial cigarettes contain microscopic, needle-shaped shards of glass wool (like fiberglass insulation) which escape into the mouth and throat, and then lodge with tobacco tar in the lung tissue, surrounding the alveoli (tiny air sacs) and lead to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema and eventually lung cancer.
A physician’s assistant (PA) and an intensive care nurse at a major hospital reviewed the damaged lung tissue of several cigarette smokers and said the x-rays looked identical to those of patients exposed to asbestos, and that diagnostic imaging revealed what looked like “ground glass” which settled in the soft tissue near the bottom of the lungs (GGO – ground glass opacity). The interviewed nurse said, “When lung tissue is damaged over and over, it develops lesions, and the cancer plants itself in there like seeds.” (http://www.appliedradiology.com)
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Tags: asbestos, Cancer, Corporations, Health, Lung, Lung cancer, smoking
- Fukushima’s Leaf Tobacco Farmers Secured Contract with Japan Tobacco for 2012 Crop (EX-SKF, Feb. 5, 2012):
494 leaf tobacco farmers in Fukushima will grow leaf tobacco this year and sell it to Japan Tobacco (JT), a monopoly in Japan (50% of shares owned by the Ministry of Finance) and the 3rd largest tobacco and cigarettes manufacturer in the world, next to British American Tobacco.
Did you know that there is no national safety standard for radioactive materials in leaf tobacco?
From KFB Fukushima Broadcasting Co. (2/5/2012):
After the nuclear plant accident last year, the tobacco producers’ union in Fukushima Prefecture gave up planting the tobacco. In the next growing season , 494 farms in central, southern and Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture will resume planting on 474 hectares.
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Tags: Economy, Environment, Farmers, Global News, Health, Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Radiation, smoking, Tobacco
Marketers of “light” cigarettes may be sued, the court ruled.
Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Time
WASHINGTON – Tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision that will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.
The case was brought by three smokers from Maine as a proposed class action. They sued Altria and its Philip Morris USA unit, alleging fraud under Maine’s Unfair Trade Practices Act and saying they had been injured by what they called the false statements of the companies.
They sought compensation for economic rather than medical harm. They claimed, in other words, that they had overpaid for cigarettes based on deceptive advertisements suggesting that “light” cigarettes were safer than regular ones; they did not seek money for injuries caused by smoking itself.
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Tags: Economy, Fraud, Health, Law, Philip Morris, smoking
Brain expert warns of huge rise in tumours and calls on industry to take immediate steps to reduce radiation.Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take “immediate steps” to reduce exposure to their radiation.
The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks.
Young people are at particular risk from exposure to radiation Continue reading »
Tags: asbestos, brain tumor, Cancer, Science, smoking, study, Tumors, Vini Khurana